In an email sent April 16 to the Pleasanton Weekly, long-time Pleasanton school district employee Lisa Lorentz took issue with a story in the Weekly's online post of April 10 which erroneously reported that she had sent an email to unionized classified employees endorsing candidate Olivia Sanwong for City Council.
That was wrong. Lorentz's email notified employees about a new Chapter 155 Web site of their Pleasanton Chapter of the California School Employees Association (CSEA) and the features available on that site. These include a new home page, publications for the local chapter and local chapter photos. Information on how to log in to the new Web site also was given.
Highlighted below this information was the actual Web site:
When opened the URL brings up a lead paragraph endorsing Sanwong on behalf of the Alameda Labor Council. The endorsement includes a plea to CSEA members: "We need to help in getting her elected. CSEA will be making calls to members to encourage voting."
Once highlighted, it appeared that the CSEA endorsement was part of Lorentz's email.
But it's clear, as Lorentz points out, that nowhere in Lorentz's email was there any mention by her of the Pleasanton council race.
Lorentz is a member of the CSEA's Pleasanton Chapter and is also executive secretary of Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA), a consortium of participating school districts, which has its offices at the Pleasanton school district headquarters.
As the union's representative, she frequently uses the school district's Web site to advise SELPA and CSEA members about issues of importance to them.
The erroneous report appeared only in the Pleasanton Weekly online edition of April 10 and did not appear in the Pleasanton Weekly print edition. We regret the error.