Bilingual Weekly News
STOCKTON, CA — Motecuzoma “Patric” Sanchez, 2010-11 Vice-President of the Coalition of Mexican American Organizations (COMA) was removed from his post by a majority vote during the morning of April 2, 2011, bi-monthly meeting — only one member voted favoring Sanchez’ continuation. Also, the 2011 Cinco de Mayo Parade Grand Marshals were elected.
For more than an hour, the COMA’s membership majority commented on the passion Sanchez has demonstrated towards addressing issues affecting San Joaquin. But, the same majority voted for his board removal claiming “documented” information over his behavior towards some Coalition’s colleagues. John Castanon, Comision Honorifica Mexicana’s Representative, opened the discussion stating, “We all agree that Motecozuma has the energy and the passion to be a great leader; however, I am concerned about his behavior towards our efforts.”
Sanchez’ Board removal resulted as Michael Villanueva, representing Hispanics for Political Action (HPA) requested the Board to review Sanchez’ public position which Villanueva claimed “conflicts with Coalition’s Mission.” Rebutting Villanueva, Sanchez explained, “My position and statements in the media have been addressed as a concerned citizen, proud parent, and a former student of Pedro Ramirez.”
At the end of the discussion, Sanchez walked away receiving a single vote. As the gabble struck the motion passed, President Ruiz-Huston inquired for unity, “We need to come together not fight one another.”
Also as is tradition, during the month of April, COMA nominates and votes the Cinco de Mayo Parade Grand Marshals. The membership selects key members who have contributed to the community with above work duties. The 2011 Grand Marshall’s are:
Amiga — Rosie D’Arcy, Catholic Charities Migrant Program Coordinator, was selected for her countless hours in reaching, educating, and assisting families through the central valley.
Posthumous — Beto Ramirez, founder of the Mexican American Hall of Fame and a life time of community activism in San Joaquin.
The Cinco de Mayo Parade is schedule for the Sunday, May 1, 2011 and this years’ parade will start at 12:00 noon. “Every year, is difficult for the membership to select the grand marshals as there are many dedicated individuals serving our community. However, we agree that this year’s members have gone above and beyond their call of duty,” stated President Ruis-Huston.