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News Digest: Forkful downtown next month & Foothill VP running for Dublin school board

Also: Concussion lecture at the Bankhead & New gig for Catharine Baker

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Forkful downtown

The Pleasanton Downtown Association is presenting its third annual Forkful event, a comprehensive culinary tour of downtown restaurants and dessert spots, on the evening of Sept. 14.

Attendees will take their commemorative fork to savory and sweet stops across downtown, tasting food while sipping on complimentary adult beverages handed out along the way to accentuate the forkful.

"Forkful is sure to be every foodie's dream come true and an evening of culinary delight," PDA officials said. "This unique self-paced tasting experience will allow event guests to stroll through downtown stopping at over 15 participating locations to taste their perfect forkful of food."

A sparkling wine reception will usher in the event at check-in between 3:30-6 p.m. at the Museum on Main, 603 Main St. Forkful tastings run from 4-7 p.m., with attendees able to sample at their leisure and determine their preferred route using the program as a guide.

Participants must be 21 years old or older to take part. The event will be held rain or shine, with no refunds.

Tickets are available online now for $50 (up to $55 after Aug. 31) at Online sales will close at midnight Sept. 13. If not sold out, tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the event at the Museum on Main beginning at 3:30 p.m. for $60, cash or check only.

Foothill VP running in DUSD election

First-year Foothill High School vice principal Malcolm Norrington is running against analyst and school volunteer Catherine Kuo in their hometown of Dublin this fall for the vacant Trustee Area 3 seat on the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees.

The two residents of Area 3, which covers parts of eastern and central Dublin, were the only citizens to file candidacy paperwork during the open nomination period for the Nov. 5 special election to fill the school board seat that's been open since former trustee Dan Cunningham resigned in March.

Kuo, a 20-year resident of Dublin with two children enrolled in Dublin schools, has held a variety of school volunteer roles and has professional experience in human resources, business analysis and planning management, according to her campaign website.

Norrington, a former teacher in Dublin and at Amador Valley High, was appointed this summer as a new vice principal at Foothill. He has more than six years of experience teaching high school and previously worked for 13 years as a police officer. Norrington has no campaign site yet.


"The Cutting-Edge Management of Concussion" is the theme of the first installment of a new health care lecture series presented by the ValleyCare Charitable Foundation and the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center.

The ValleyCare Speaker Series will open on Sept. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bankhead Theater with Dr. Paulomi Kadakia Bhalla, a Stanford neurologist and director of teleneurology at Stanford-ValleyCare, discussing the latest research on the diagnosis and management of concussion.

For tickets and other information, visit

Baker's new gig

Catharine Baker, the Tri-Valley's former State Assembly member, was recently appointed as president of the Diablo Regional Arts Association (DRAA) Board of Directors.

A previous board member (before her election in 2014), Baker will help lead the Walnut Creek-based nonprofit board during an important time -- the Lesher Center for the Arts will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2020.

"The DRAA enriches the quality of life in the East Bay through our investment in excellent programming and educational outreach to students and families. I am honored and excited to return to the board as DRAA's president," Baker said in a statement.

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8 people like this
Posted by Salieri
a resident of Del Prado
on Sep 1, 2019 at 6:36 am

Malcolm Norrington was NEVER a teacher at Amador Valley High School. He was offered a job, but days later applied for and was selected for the Foothill VP position before ever putting in one day as a teacher. This guy jumps from town to town and job to job with alarming regularity. He was a coach in Dublin, then briefly held a job at their continuation school before moving on to a quick home-schooling gig in Pleasanton, then ALMOST became a full-time high school teacher, then changed his mind and decided he was ready now to be an administrator, and now after three weeks of that he’s running for school board!

Pleasanton Weekly, you seem to be as good at reporting as PUSD is about vetting applicants!

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Posted by puzzled
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 1, 2019 at 12:37 pm

From a quick search of the internet, I find that Malcolm Norrington worked for LAUSD and performed campus security duties for Taft High in Woodland Hills CA. He was re-assigned after a hazing incident involving a sex toy and volleyball team hazing in a locker room at Taft High according local newspapers. He was disciplined in early 2009 for not reporting it according to the LA Times and LA Daily News ( Web Link , Web Link that names the employees). The police department, the LAPD, ended up conducting an investigation.

In October 2009, Malcolm Norrington filed a lawsuit against his employer LAUSD in a labor dispute involving a writ of mandamus. It involves employee discipline and involved allegations of misconduct at least 12 months earlier and prior to the hazing incident. From court records that I can find, it indicates he hired Michael A. McGill from the law firm Lackie Dammeier McGill & Ethir as his attorney in this lawsuit. The lawyer for LAUSD prevailed in the lawsuit and the writ of mandamus was denied.

For this lawsuit, Malcolm Nottingham hired the law firm through the LDF or Legal Defense Fund. His praise for them is found on the testimonial web page where he states at Web Link "I am very pleased with LDF and would use and recommend them again and again and again."
Malcolm Norrington, LA School PA

Lackie Dammeier McGill & Ethir, along with Christopher Lanzillo, a former Riverside police officer, were investigated over the last several years by the Orange County DA and Federal law enforcement and sued by elected officials in Southern California for illegally placing GPS tracking devices on cars to follow and intimidate elected officials throughout Southern California and arranging set-ups to arrest elected officials through false "dirty DUI" set-ups. Furthermore, former city manager Robb Quincey of Upland was arrested for felony corruption for funneling hush money payments to this law firm. This law firm is now closed and in 2018 paid $600,000 to settle claims that the mayor Jim Righeimer, the mayor's wife Lene and Steve Mensinger, a city council member, of Costa Mesa filed in a lawsuit against the police and this law firm for this outrageous misconduct --- Web Link Lanzillo was sentenced to jail.

The webpage for the now defunct law firm that outlines tactics to intimidate businesses, private citizens, city managers, elected officials through a "playbook" was once on their website called that has been taken down, but copies of it can be found online. If you search for the term, you will find references of the contents of infamous playbook in LA Times articles.

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Posted by Dublin Resident
a resident of Dublin
on Sep 6, 2019 at 1:04 pm

Check, this guy has so many lawsuit cases:

Los Angeles County Superior Courts | Family - Harassment | EQ004023 | 10/27/2006
Respondent - NORRINGTON MALCOLM P | Unrepresented

Los Angeles County Superior Courts | Labor - Other Labor | BS123156 | 10/07/2009
Los Angeles County Superior Courts | Family - Marriage Dissolution/Divorce | BD499274 | 01/23/2009
Petitioner - NORRINGTON MALCOLM | Unrepresented
07/16/2009 Proof of Service (- On Behalf of: Petitioner: Norrington, Malcolm ); Filed by Petitioner06/05/2009 Proof of Service - Mail (- On Behalf of: Petitioner: Norrington, Malcolm ); Filed by Petitioner05/28/2009 Notice - Motion (06/29/09 - On Behalf of: Petitioner: Norrington, Malcolm ); Filed by Petitioner

Los Angeles County Superior Courts | Small Claim - Other Small Claim | 07V07948 | 11/29/2007
Plaintiff - NORRINGTON MALCOLM | Unrepresented
Los Angeles County Superior Courts | Property - Residential Eviction | 07B05057 | 10/23/2007
Defendant - NORRINGTON MALCOLM | Unrepresented

Los Angeles County Superior Courts | Contract - Other Contract | 04E08704 | 11/18/2004
Defendant - NORRINGTON MALCOLM | Unrepresented
Los Angeles County Superior Courts | Contract - Other Contract | 04E03356 | 05/03/2004
Defendant - NORRINGTON MALCOLM | Unrepresented
Los Angeles County Superior Courts | Contract - Other Contract | 03E04215 | 05/08/2003
Defendant - NORRINGTON MALCOLM | Attorney Represented
Los Angeles County Superior Courts | Contract - Other Contract | 03E02188 | 03/10/2003
Defendant - NORRINGTON MALCOLM | Unrepresented
Los Angeles County Superior Courts | Contract - Other Contract | 03E01941 | 03/03/2003
Defendant - NORRINGTON MALCOLM | Unrepresented

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Posted by Bobby Khullar
a resident of Danville
on Sep 19, 2019 at 1:29 pm

This is quite alarming and scary.
Dublin residents take note.

Is this your next school board representative?
Wow - do your research.

21 people like this
Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Sep 19, 2019 at 11:46 pm

Pleasanton Unified, were you even aware of this, especially the sex toy hazing? Did you do your research?

12 people like this
Posted by pope john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 21, 2019 at 9:15 pm

How did this guy get hired into the PUSD school system?
Why is he still employed in the PUSD school system?

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