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Dublin volunteer Michael Utsumi joins Trustee Area 4 school board race

Original post made on Sep 2, 2020

Bay Area native Michael Utsumi is hopeful his long-term volunteer experience in Dublin schools will pay off by winning the Area 4 seat on the Dublin Unified School District Board of Trustees in the Nov. 3 general election.

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Posted by Dublin Parent Volunteer
a resident of Dublin
on Sep 2, 2020 at 4:37 pm

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Hi Michael,
Where were you when the community rallied for a second high school, when promises were broken and parents were deceived by leaders? Your One Dublin posts were biased against grassroots efforts and sided with Trustees who were responsible for the mess. You didn't present the other side of the story. Do you want examples?
It is great that you come with a lot of experience but parents want leaders who prioritize their students above and over anything else. Voters will be looking for candidates who have been on their side when things went wrong. This isn't about who can become best friends with staff but who can advocate for the rights of kids and point out what's wrong without worrying about offending the network. You weren't involved in the 2nd high school grassroots efforts and that will not work in your favor. I wish you the best.

Posted by Rajiv T
a resident of Dublin
on Sep 2, 2020 at 5:23 pm

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A lot of us parents are tired of DPIE monopoly in Dublin schools. You were and are associated with DPIE and your spouse was the president of DPIE not long ago. If you get elected, is there any chance for the monopoly to end?

Posted by Dublin Parent and Volunteer
a resident of Dublin
on Sep 2, 2020 at 5:35 pm

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Hi Michael, While we appreciate your long volunteering service, the community has not seen your leadership to deal with complex issues. You have unconditionally supported the long-term Trustees who faltered in many levels. Also, your long association with OneDublin promoted unconditional support for the same and promoted misconception in many aspects. A key issue that the community faced was overcrowding and the long-term Trustees have added significant burden to the community (as the unmanaged over crowding has resulted in many bond measures).

You referred to "Unity" issue When Dr. Marken resigned. He resigned his job in his previous district as well. Few people politicized the issue instead of working out the next steps. Spouse of a long-term Trustee incited division. You did not voice for unity at that point in time. I think, the challenge is that they are your friends.

Posted by KSpeck
a resident of Dublin
on Sep 3, 2020 at 9:42 am

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Thank you Michael for your years of volunteer service in our community. I am excited you are running and willing to continue to serve the students of Dublin. I am thrilled to hear your positive messages and wish you the best of luck!