Stockton, CA / Bilingual Weekly
The San Joaquin County Hispanic Political Action Committee changed leadership. Then they might have not.
Hispanics for Political Action (HPA) —a San Joaquin County group seeking to advance Latino presence among elected officials— held its annual election for its 2011 board this past Thursday, February 17, 2011, replacing 6-year veteran President Michael Villanueva and Secretary Vicki Brand with Xochitl Paderes and Motecuzoma Sanchez, respectively.
After all emotions subsided some members claimed that bylaws were violated, as Paderes had registered as a member just last month and several of the voting members were not qualified to vote.
Sanchez criticized the group’s decadence and blamed it on a board that, despite “dwindling numbers of members and turn out at events (…) it has become necessary to bring in new leadership.” Sanchez ended stating that “HPA has its new Board and it is time to move forward.”
Villanueva wouldn’t hear any of it. “Everything was done illegally and is null and void,” he said, “until we get qualified candidates I am the President.”
Brand said she is “all for new members and new energy in this very old organization. I hope we can all work this out at our next meeting.”
HPA has been in existence since 1979.