Bay Area Women’s Marcher Plans 2020 Run Against Brigade CEO in San Jose’s District 10

Jenny Higgins Bradanini’s St. Patty’s Day housewarming potluck, which boasted a spread that included 24 pounds of homemade corned beef, doubled as the official launch of her campaign for San Jose’s D10 City Council seat. The timing was no coincidence, she says, but an homage to the Irish maiden name she’s legally reinstating after a divorce.

“I’ll still run as Higgins Bradanini because that’s how everybody knows me,” she tells Fly. “But I thought this would be a great day to celebrate my family’s heritage and the campaign and to welcome people into my new home in Almaden.”

Higgins Bradanini volunteered for national political campaigns for years before delving into the local arena in the wake of President Donald Trump’s 2016 inauguration.

The 55-year-old mother of two served as president of the Bay Area Women’s March before a brief stint as Councilman Don Rocha’s policy director for the last leg of his last term. She says she began seriously mulling a council run while campaigning for other local candidates in the last election and set her sights on Councilman Johnny Khamis’ seat, which opens up when he terms out in 2020.

Sportscaster Robert Braunstein, who lost to Khamis in 2012, recently announced that he decided against another District 10 run, which he initially planned next year upon completing a three-year pact he made with the San Francisco 49ers to broadcast his show, Cal-Hi Sports Report. But the NFL team bought a majority interest in his program, making him a full-timer.

“I am no longer planning on running,” he says, “and hope a fiscally conservative Democrat like myself will run so I can support that person.”

Braunstein’s bow-out pretty much clears the way for Matt Mahan, the 36-year-old CEO of civic activism social network Brigade Media, board member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, jogging buddy of Mayor Sam Liccardo and entrepreneurial colleague of Sean Parker.

Mahan hasn’t formally committed yet, telling Fly he’s “taking a very close look at a possible race for City Council and expect to make a decision shortly.” But his intention to run is the worst-kept secret in town. Fly expects an announcement in April, once he winds things down at Brigade now that the startup is splitting up.

While Higgins Bradanini is the presumed labor favorite and Mahan clearly has strong ties with business, they’re both progressive Democrats who say they care about helping the homeless and keeping San Jose affordable. In staking claim to the center-left, they may end up courting some of the same endorsements.

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  1. There are still Irish people here? If you want to bribe you way into office around here your corn beef will need to be served with curry, eggrolls, and tortillas, but to get my vote you’ll need a good old Republican hamburger.

    • Wow! I am feeling hungry. All that sounds delicious including the hamburger. I like it double, beef, and well-done. Homemade tortillas please. If they add fajitas for sure they have my vote! Where is the meeting?

        • Yeah. Who needs Netflix when you can watch a live … whooping. Way to go San Jose peeps! Keep on speaking up. Court of Public Accountability ya’all.

          • Welcome to the San Jose Inside! This is the elites San Jose facebook and twettee. Be careful when you post your picture there. It may not be the result expected. This is the local people, so we know the life and secrets of public officials and those running for office.

          • How do we the public make a formal complaint about FACES? It is not enough to publish this in a public forum. If the FACES Board is failing to take action, then the donors must take it to the next level. Someone needs to investigate FACES. Investigate Tuyen Fiack. If she has a history of financial corruption, and there are court records to prove it, if she was promoted due to nepotism, if she gave herself a raise to 130K, then indeed she needs to be locked up.

          • Since this thread I did some information gathering. Here is an update:
            1. FACES is in trouble legally fiscally and morally. They presented a minus budget. Their programs are all but nil. Common knowledge that Board member Larry Chang went to bat for Tuyen out of ‘personal’ affection.
            2. They have not won a grant in two years.
            3. Tuyen is now touting herself as a Restorative Practice for schools programs without any training or knowledge in the field.
            4. Shay was let go because she went to Board over and over to speak against Tuyen.
            5.Shay was banned by Board from meetings or official communication in protection of Tuyen.
            6. Shay helped Tuyen get hired to the position by guiding her on how to malign Tuyen’s boss and get herself placed.
            7. Tuyen offered Shay a new job as soon as their plan worked and Tuyen became E.D.
            8. Shay soon realized Tuyen was useless and wanted to get her out.
            9. Tuyen was threatened by Shay and began deliberating with Larry Chang for more help.
            10. Larry Chang convinced the Board to oust Shay and support Tuyen.
            11. The Board, specially Dan Pyne, John Kawamoto and treasurer George Holmes give in to Larry Chang and Frank Fiscalini, Tuyen’s fans.
            12. Frank Fiscalini bullies the Board into getting his motions passed.
            13. Frank Fiscalini brought on Larry Chang without following agency regulations including proper vetting.
            14. Tuyen and Larry were friends and hatched a plan to get rid of former E.D. and get Tuyen promoted.
            15. Despite the agency’s problems and glaring misconduct, the FACES Board of Directors fail to stand up to Tuyen, Larry Chang and Frank Fiscalini.
            16. The deal with YWCA was rescinded as soon as Tuyen was exposed.
            17.No area agency is willing to merge with FACES.
            18. Tuyen has a felony record.
            19. Tuyen’s son is a felon, for burglary, three times over, and is on probation.
            20. FACES has no programs to offer and no more grants.
            21. FACES is paying Tuyen a salary of 130K plus retirement, medical and pension benefits totalling 150K, despite lack of resources.
            22. No monies are being spent on youth directly.
            23. No annual reports are available since the last E.D. left.
            24. The last E.D. was muslim. Tuyen and Larry had a plan from the get go to get rid of her.
            25. Tuyen forced a pregnant employee to quit.
            26.Three former employees are in litigation against FACCES currently.
            27.The former E.D. was paid to the tune of 50K to leave quietly under a gag order.
            28. John Kawamoto was the President under whose watch this arrangement took place.
            29. Tuyen is waiting for Dan Pyne to retire so that Larry Chang can become President.
            30. Tuyen does no work and has no staff or programs currently.

          • Public Accountability is a good start but this agency needs to be officially investigated.

          • In 2016 they hired a professional to run FACES. That year FACES came back to life. There were write ups and coverage. It seemed to me on an upward incline. But suddenly, a nobody like Tuyen was put in charge and the place just collapsed. It is just a matter of time before it is run completely into the ground. Well done FACES Board. You reap what you sow.

      • @Fexx……Let’s Attend FACES Board meeting and ask the following questions: 1. Why was Tuyen promoted? 2. Where are FACES audited financials? 3. Why is Larry Chang Tuyen’s supporter? 4. Why is FACES in litigation from former staff? 5. Why was their former E.D. put on a gag order? Why was she paid tens of thousands to keep quiet? 6. Why is FACES selling programs it has no expertise in? 7. Who is paying to keep FACES open? 8. Why is Tuyen being paid 130K? 9. Why won’t the Board answer? 10. Will the authorities do something to investigate?

    • I must implore San Jose Inside to do an investigation about the public funding being wasted by Silicon Valley FACES given that it is common knowledge that Tuyen Fiack is not qualified to be a CEO, is being paid 150K a year for running a small nonprofit run on donations from public. If Shay Franco was let go, or resigned, and was being paid 100K, along with Tuyen, and is now blowing the whistle on the corruption inside the agency, it behooves our city leadership to look into what is going on. What are these women being paid for when the agency is under fire for mismanagement and bad programs? Will someone in this news paper kindly do an investigative piece on this nonprofit. I am a public watch dog and can vouch from my research that they have not made their audits public, not published their 990’s for over two years, and have denied access to journalists wishing to obtain further information about claims of nepotism and corruption. If indeed it is true that the new Executive Director Tuyen Fiack has been unduly promoted, (it was published during their ED search that the requirements for the job were a Masters degree plus over seven years executive nonprofit experience) which clearly Fiack does not have…..and the monies are being spent to line her pockets with the support of said Board, then the authorities need to do right by those who have paid to keep this agency running in the name of children’s programs.

      • This is how the fleece the public to keep corruption going: they hold fundraisers and the public is told falsely that the monies are going towards helping children: check out their announcement to public asking for more money:

        May 10 FACES Annual Build A Future Luncheon
        Fri 11:30 AM · Computer History Museum · Mountain View, California
        Causes Empowering, Creating Leaders, Building Community.

        We suckers are being roped in to give anywhere from 5 bucks to 5 thousand, so that people like Tuyen can be paid 150K, and Shay can be paid 100K while we are told the money is for children’s welfare. Wake up San Jose. Put an end to public corruption.

        • Check out their claims on their website.

          “You are cordially invited to our Annual Build A Future Luncheon.
          For over 50 years, FACES has enabled thousands of youth in Santa Clara County to break down barriers and become leaders of change in their communities. Past delegates have gone on to organize peaceful rallies in their communities including Black Lives Matter, March for Our Lives and immigration support. Our delegates have also gone on to become leaders in their communities by becoming elected officials, teachers, law enforcement, and social justice advocates.”

          They cash in tens of thousands of dollars by making such false claims. When will we the public get our heads out of our behinds and realize we are being conned. They are paying Tuyen 150K on the pretext that their students led the movements such as Black Lives Matter? These are LIES. LIES to get us to pour money into their pockets. Ask for audits. How much money did they spend on kids versus salaries based on nepotism?

          • Well Truthbetold, you have certainly woken me up to do more research, thanks for speaking up. In previous years they had some talks on immigration but not where I would donate to them since they have no concrete programs. Their Camp Everytown was exposed to be threatening to many youth who became suicidal due to how they were treated at Camp. Stories were published about emotional abuse that led youth to depression and suicide. Now it seems no one is funding them. Perhaps people are becoming wiser?

            After years today I looked up FACES website. (They have three people working their now, no qualified staff listed, no new donors or foundations listed). When I was on their mailing list, I used to see that some foundations like Morgan had paid for youth to go to camps but stopped giving them any money when it was revealed they were abusing youth and staff. I presume their (what used to be then) a million dollar ill begotten budget is now being funded by the public and not bonafide organizations because they have been exposed for being a sham agency. I suppose the money they make by making false claims is split between salaries and admin costs as they don’t have many programs for youth, as they allege. No one knows since for years now they have made no annual report, no income statement, not published 990s or an audit. (Red flags).

            Donors need to demand accountability. That is why foundations have opted not to fund this agency. It is obviously corrupt because no one is willing to put their name against theirs.

            When I went to their FB page I found this announcement which has nothing to do with them but they are taking credit and asking for monies based on another story. (Con jobs).

            “Silicon Valley FACES March 14 at 11:14 AM · We love it seeing organizations empower the youth! Amazing gesture by the @sjearthquakes who donated soccer equipment to a youth soccer team in Salinas after an estimated $3,000 worth of gear was stolen out of the coach’s truck on Feb 5.” (They are using other peoples names to ask for money for themselves). They have used under the heading the face of a sweet youth smiling, No no one had donated a single penny to them so far. (Good). I am sure they can’t last unless we keep pumping funds to them. That is the way to end this corrupt nonprofit madness. Stop funding through tax payers monies for use by controversial nonprofits.

            #donate #givingtuesday #svfaces #nonprofit #campeverytown
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            $0 raised for Silicon Valley FACES
            Be the first to donate!

        • Shimmel, this is what Shay Franco wrote about FACES when she “left.”
          ” Shugga Shay Franco
          The journey…
          Talking to a friend yesterday, she really made me look at myself. She said I always look out for others, even to my own detriment. Trust me, I have tried to turn off “my caring heart,” but fail miserably every time.
          I know I am a very creative, talented, powerful, strong and a very intelligent Queer Afro-Latina, who loves to serve and help others, but today I see the impact giving has had on me.
          Last Monday, I left a very unstable, leaderless, unprofessional, trauma triggering, toxic workplace, after talking to several powerful leaders in my community. They made me realize I stayed as long as I could, but unfortunately I was putting the agency before my own needs. As hard as it was, it was the best decision. After evaluating my deep roots and ties in philanthropy, corporate/tech and community, I realized I have so much knowledge and community capital, I would be fine.”
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      • I’m curious what FACES has to do with an article regarding two qualified opponents running for D10 race? What relevance is there? This is exactly why FACES is needed now more than ever. The dialogue between Truthbetold and Shimmel is nothing short of bullying behavior hidden behind anonymity. These comments are innuendos and hearsay with no basis in truth disguised as facts, to personally attack people that they do not know. So let me tell you a little more about me and why I am qualified for the position that I am in. As a refugee who was a victim of a hate crime as a child, I can identify with many of our youth who feel ostracized because of the color of their skin, their accent, their unfamiliar customs and the clothes they wear. I was made to feel bad about my culture to the point where I was ashamed of myself for being Vietnamese. I fight every day so that the kids that go through our programs don’t feel the same, that they should be proud of who they are and where they came from. As a victim of sexual molestation as a child, I can identify with the many vulnerable young people who were victimized through no fault of their own, yet still feel responsible. I fight every day so that those youth that have been through our programs don’t blame themselves for others misdeeds and have the confidence to feel beautiful and deserving of love. As a young person who had suicidal thoughts, I can identify with those students struggling with isolation and hopelessness. I fight every day to so that our youth don’t feel so alone and helpless. That they feel loved and understand they have so much to offer the world. Do I have a Masters Degree? No. Are there other people that are more “qualified” to lead this amazing organization? Probably. Is there anyone else that is more passionate about FACES mission and willingness to put up with great adversity in order to serve our youth? Absolutely not. Am I making $150K a year? I wish! Do I question if I would still be getting these ugly comments if I was an attractive Caucasian male instead of a short Vietnamese woman? Yes.

        These comments really are hurting an organization that has done and continues to do great work in the community as well as the amazing staff that put their heart and souls into this work. What does “qualified” mean, that education trumps heart and compassion? These comments also malign a highly professional Board that are volunteering their time out of their very busy schedules to help make our community a better place. These comments discredit the work that our youth have done in the community. What bias comes into play that a teenager’s activism is doubted for organizing a peaceful Black Lives Matter Rally at City Hall? Our programs teach empathy, appreciation for diversity, and how to build healthy relationships among each other to reduce bullying, hate, and violence through honest dialogue. I welcome concerned citizens to meet with me to have an honest dialogue so that we can move from unfounded accusations to concrete solutions to make our communities a better place.

        • One of the strengths of our nation is that the public has access to information, and the freedom to speak their minds. Simply because you are being exposed for the fraud you are doesn’t mean you are being bullied. You are being called out and don’t have a leg to stand on. Any public discussion can lead to an expose which is what is being done to you. Stop hiding behind words and phrases and address the facts.

          • FACT: Your agency has published no annual reports since you took over.
          • FACT: You make 133K a year plus health and retirement benefits totaling 150K. (Published on your 990 which the agency refused to share with public when asked by media for financials).
          • FACT: All your funders, Morgan Foundation, etc, pulled out of your agency when you took over because they do trust your ability to run the organization.
          • FACT: Your agency is in the red and has no new funding in 2019.
          • FACT: The bulk of your annual budget is being spent on salaries and admin costs. Only less than fifteen percent of your donations are being used for kids.
          If these are allegations not facts, publish your financials, send out an annual report, show your 990, show your audited financials. Numbers do not lie.
          • FACT: You were promoted to the position because of your close friendship with a Board member.
          • FACT: The staff who work there have reported you to the Board, including Shay Clausen.
          • FACT: Your agency has pending law suits by former staff all stating you are corrupt, incompetent and clueless to run the agency
          • FACT: Many of the past Board members resigned in disgust.
          • FACT: Your programs and funding have ended for the most part.
          • FACT: You sold insurance (Aflac) from your house. You have NO senior nonprofit experience.
          • FACT: You have a sham family life disguised as a normal family life, which you don’t hesitate to use to sell yourself (playing Vietnamese victim even though you were raised here as an American). Shame on you.

          Mrs Fiack, the truth is that around San Jose, you have a reputation of being a big fraud, and you know it, but refuse to admit it, and the public who gives you tens of thousands of dollars for doing no real work deserve to know the truth. If you can prove the above facts wrong, go ahead and publish your salary of 133K plus benefits. Do you dare deny you gave yourself a raise, yourself, from 80K to 133 K? Go ahead, prove it isn’t so. Publish your audited financials now. They will show the above numbers. Please don’t think the public isn’t aware of who protects you and how you came to be promoted, despite the fact that you applied and were rejected because you did not have the qualifications to be an Executive Director. Those who worked with you know the measures you took to get yourself promoted without the position being advertised or a search being conducted. The position required a Masters level education, ten years of progressive high level nonprofit experience. You have a few years experience selling insurance. It is known by those who worked with you that you were promoted to the position because of your close friendship with a Board member who you collaborated with closely to take over the agency despite your inability to run an agency. The agency has been run down completely. The staff who work there have repeatedly reported you to the Board, including Shay Clausen. Your friend on Board keeps coming to your rescue. Your agency has pending law suits by former staff all stating you are an incompetent staff member who was promoted due to inside politics between you and your close ally on Board. Many of the past Board members resigned in disgust. Your programs and funding have ended for the most part. You sold insurance (Aflac) from your house. You have NO senior nonprofit experience. You have a sham family life disguised as a normal family life, which you don’t hesitate to use to sell yourself ( playing Vietnamese victim even though you were raised here as an American). Here is a fact list you can’t refute. Don’t use words and phrases to blow smoke up the public’s behind. Stop going around pretending you are an expert on diversity who has the qualifications to teach cops, schools, corporations and children about mental health, bigotry, suicide, bullying, hiring, policing……..you are not an expert in any of these fields. You do not have any qualifications for doing any of the work you are trying to sell. You have no paid qualified staff. Your agency has earned a bad name as being controversial and inept at best. You need to stop posing as a qualified professional and start owing up to your role in collaborating with an incompetent Board to line your own pockets with tax payers monies which go towards your undeserved salary. Print your salary if the facts published above are not true. Go ahead. Time to call your bluff.

        • Ms Fiack your agency does not enjoy a good reputation because Camp Everytown was dangerous and exposed as doing harm to youth. You can deny this but the fact is no one wants to work with you. You do not have any programs to offer. You do not have qualifications to be an expert on diversity. Your agency is going to close due to funds being misused. Instead of money being spent on kids, the monies are being spent on your high salary. If you want the truth to be known, why don’t you quote the exact number, which is in close proximation to the number published. Your previous reports quote the E.D. as making 130 plus benefits, which comes close to 150K. Is this not correct? Please prove.

        • Hi Tuyen reading the comments including yours, as someone who doesn’t know you, I request thatif you have nothing to hide please publish your annual report including your salaey. This will validate the facts. Thanks

        • Mrs Fick, the only point I have against your argument is that you seem to justify your position because you were bullied as a child. That does not make you qualified to be an Executive for a senior position, otherwise anyone without qualifications with a good heart would qualify to become a management leader. If it is true that your organization has lost funding and the trust of stake holders, then regardless of your degree, or lack of, it shows lack of acumen to raise funds for an obviously ailing agency. I would suggest that you publish the financials to your company to satisfy the public’s questions of where these donation funds are being spent by you as the leader of FACES. If it is true that the staff salaries are high and the monies are not being spent directly on children, then to me as an outsider, that would be a HUGE red flag against any nonprofit. Also, you say you would not be questioned if you were white. That you are being bullied for being Vietnamese. Mrs Fiack I don’t know you, but I am offended that you use your race to not answer direct questions, which are not meant to bully, but to clarify. Any person in this community, whether they give you five dollars of five thousand, has a right to ask how much you are making, what your budget is, what you are spending on youth, etc. If you are offended by these questions, then indeed, that shows me that you are not a seasoned professional. But I will reserve my judgement unless you don’t publish the data required. Please publish your annual report, your budget, your salary and the program to admin cost ratio of your agency to make us, the public, aware of how FACES is spending tax payers monies. Thank you.

        • Tuyen, these are not accusations from the sound of it, if it is true that:”Your friend on Board keeps coming to your rescue. Your agency has pending law suits by former staff all stating you are an incompetent staff member who was promoted due to inside politics between you and your close ally on Board. Many of the past Board members resigned in disgust. Your programs and funding have ended for the most part. You sold insurance (Aflac) from your house. You have NO senior nonprofit experience. You have a sham family life disguised as a normal family life, which you don’t hesitate to use to sell yourself ( playing Vietnamese victim even though you were raised here as an American)”
          Then I have no choice but to confirm the suspicien that you are indeed as quoted above, running a very sick, toxic workplace. The Board who is supporting you needs to be removed. An indepednt grand jury sat to look into what is really going on behind FACES mismangement.

        • “I welcome concerned citizens to meet with me to have an honest dialogue so that we can move from unfounded accusations to concrete solutions to make our communities a better place.” Thank you for sounding positive Miss Fack.

          Miss Fack, if you are sincere about being honest, why don’t you let us know what the FACES spending chart is, what your and other salaries are, how much money is directly given to kids, and how much does it cost to run FACES. If you are able to provide this information as you offer above, I would be very obliged.

          • Miss F. I did not think you would answer. That answers my questions.

        • Tuyen, this comment is of high concern:
          “Last Monday, I left a very unstable, leaderless, unprofessional, trauma triggering, toxic workplace, after talking to several powerful leaders in my community. They made me realize I stayed as long as I could, but unfortunately I was putting the agency before my own needs. As hard as it was, it was the best decision. After evaluating my deep roots and ties in philanthropy, corporate/tech and community, I realized I have so much knowledge and community capital, I would be fine.”

          If your own senior staff are calling FACES an unstable, leaderless, unprofessional, toxic work place, then something seems very wrong. Care to comment?

        • Tuyen you appear very defensive and unable to make valid arguments. Saying you are being picked on because you are a small Vietnamese woman is pathetic. Everyone who does a bad job will say it’s because they are not white. It’s because they are no good.

        • Tuyen can you please elaborate what it is exactly you do to:
          ‘I fight every day so that the kids that go through our programs don’t feel the same, that they should be proud of who they are and where they came from. As a victim of sexual molestation as a child, I can identify with the many vulnerable young people who were victimized through no fault of their own, yet still feel responsible. I fight every day so that those youth that have been through our programs don’t blame themselves for others misdeeds and have the confidence to feel beautiful and deserving of love. As a young person who had suicidal thoughts, I can identify with those students struggling with isolation and hopelessness. I fight every day to so that our youth don’t feel so alone and helpless. ”

          Do you have mental health training in suicide prevention? Sexual molestation rehab? All these are highly complex psychological topics needing certification and counseling training. What is your expertise? And where did you learn how to counsel youth on such matters? Is FACES offering counseling? Are you a counselor? Please elaborate.

          What programs are you referring to? Camp Everytown? That induces suicidal thoughts. Are you qualified to take care of that?

        • Tuyen please explain your statement:
          “What does “qualified” mean, that education trumps heart and compassion?”

          Qualified means having education, experience and expertise in fund raising, and skill sets required to run a professional organization. If heart and compassion is all that is needed, I know a pan handler on the street who is loving, caring, and has been through adversity, who would be a perfect replacement for you.

        • Miss Tuyen F. You said and I quote,” Do I question if I would still be getting these ugly comments if I was an attractive Caucasian male instead of a short Vietnamese woman? Yes.”

          Donald Trump gets a lot of ugly questions even though he is a Caucasian male, not a short Vietnamese woman. Do you know why he gets a lot of ugly questions? Because he is doing an ugly job as the President. You are trying to get away with incompetence by claiming heritage.

          If indeed it is true that you have no expertise in the areas you are raising money for, a 130K salary, lack of education, legal cases against your administration, lack of qualified staff, Board nepotism, staff claiming corruption and lack of management experience, lack of funders, “friends” on Board, poorly run programs, financials that have not been made public, lack of transparency, misuse of tax payers donations……..then I am afraid as an on looker, I would have no faith that my monies as a donor are being used properly. But what concerns me the most is your answer to these concerns, that you are being questioned because of your Vietnamese origins? That Miss Tuyen F. is a very lame defense. That response tells us what we need to know about your (lack of) intellect.

          Your response sounds very defensive, very inexperienced, very emotional, and an obvious diversion from some very real concerns about your agency. If I was being asked to donate to your agency I would not give you my money.

          • Trump is everything and anything but attractive! His orange color is quite unique!

        • Hi Tuyen sorry late to the party. Just a reminder, what goes around eventually comes around. Karma is a b. baby.

        • Morgan Family Foundation and Shortino no longer support you yet your website says you are getting in excess of 100K from them. Care to explain?

        • @Tuyen:

          Careful who you offend with diatribes like this.

          >Do I question if I would still be getting these ugly comments if I was an attractive Caucasian male instead of a short Vietnamese woman? Yes.”

          I was all on board with you to say, “Hey, this thread needs to be ontopic” but stuff like that just makes me angry. It’s tribal identity politics at best, no wonder you and Shay are so simpatico.

          That being said though, that little sentence there sent me into a web search tizzy. Who in their right mind would put you in charge of a non-profit? Public record from the SCC court website.

          Chase Bank
          Chase Bank USA, N.A.

          Judgment Amount: $27,086.83

          And Attorney Fees: $1,826.17

          Awarded Against:

          Fiack, Tuyen M

          Amount

          Pre-Judgment Interest: $2,878.15

          Costs: $403.00

          Other: $23,805.68

          Total: $27086.83

          and

          Capitol one bank

          Judgment Amount: $11,665.16

          And Attorney Fees: $1,402.90

          Awarded Against:

          Fiack, Tuyen M

          Amount

          Pre-Judgment Interest: $1,173.08

          Costs: $394.50

          Other: $10,097.58

          Total: $11665.16

          Stereotypes are BS, and you are total proof of that. Aren’t Asian’s supposed to be good at math? Aren’t Asian women supposed to be frugal with their spending? Who in their right mind would put some race baiting nitwit like you in charge of a non-profit?

          • @Cortese
            “Who in their right mind” would put put Tuyen in charge of a charity?

            The name is Chang, Larry Chang. And Dan Pyne. John Kawamoto. Frank Fiscalini. George Holmes.

          • @Robert Cortese, seems the nitwit does have a friend on Board for her to be hired despite financial criminal dispositions. I don’t understand why the rest of the Board is doing nothing about these public concerns. No published financials. No viable programs. Where there is smoke…..

          • I thought she was president of the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers! Do they stop others’ crimes but not theirs? Is she also a board member of the Gilroy Police Department in addition to board of the Gilroy Unified School District? What are they going to teach our children? …Pretent to be a decent person…do what you have to do and become an executive director of a non-profit…?…ask for big donations to finance your $150K+, connection to people more important than education and takent! FACES IS A RIPOFF!

          • @Fexx……….A lot of people are talking. I am told by a reliable source close to FACES that they put a gag order on the former E.D. by paying her hush money because she threatened to expose the corruption of their programs and employees. I was told she tried to steer the agency out of trouble but was not allowed due to Board members negligence. They had to pay her tens of thousands to keep her shut. I wonder if she and other former employees can be sequestered by a grand jury to expose the FACES Board and staff corruption? This is very disturbing indeed.

          • San Jose Inside needs to do an investigative piece on FACES. Interview current and former staff and Board members. Get to the truth. Publish FACES financials. Let us know if it is true that Tuyen makes 130K.

          • How can they employ someone with a felony fiscal past to run a charity? Court records are facts.

            Chase Bank
            Chase Bank USA, N.A.
            Judgment Amount: $27,086.83
            And Attorney Fees: $1,826.17
            Awarded Against:
            Fiack, Tuyen M
            Amount
            Pre-Judgment Interest: $2,878.15
            Costs: $403.00
            Other: $23,805.68
            Total: $27086.83
            and
            Capitol one bank
            Judgment Amount: $11,665.16
            And Attorney Fees: $1,402.90
            Awarded Against:
            Fiack, Tuyen M
            Amount
            Pre-Judgment Interest: $1,173.08
            Costs: $394.50
            Other: $10,097.58
            Total: $11665.16

            Is the FACES Board aware of this? If so they are liable for fraud themselves.

        • Are the published bank judgements against you to the tune of tens and thousands of dollars not a fact?

        • Tuyen you talk about honesty and bullying? You were the biggest bully in FACES. NO ONE wanted to work with you. You wee abusive, self centered, dishonest, and always saying and doing political stuff behind the E.D.’s back because you wanted the job so bad. And now, look what you did. You wangled your way to the top but can’t hold on because guess what? LIES, dishonesty, thug behavior disguised in high heels ALWAYS gets exposed. It was just a matter of time before you were exposed for the evil person you are. I told you before you fired me for no good reason that your past would catch up with you. I am sure, knowing you, you are still trying to figure out how to save face, how to make more money. I SAW you daily. You come in, you have coffee. You would go to Shay and cry saying you don’t know what to do to get more grants. Then you and her became from friends to enemies. Then you tried to sway the rest of us in your favor. Then you fired those who wouldn’t play along. Now you don’t have staff, monies, programs. You think people don’t know that you spend your time making phone calls, getting your hair done, ordering stuff on Amazon during work time, chit chatting, gossiping, and writing yourself a check every two weeks in excess of 7K a month, while you get full benefits, a retirement plan, medical coverage…….YOU ARE AN EXAMPLE OF DISHONESTY, LYING, CHEATING, BULLYING, CORRUPTION, NEPOTISM………SHAME ON YOU AND HOPE YOU MEET YOUR JUST END SOONER THAN LATER. REMEMBER, LIES DON’T LAST.

        • If you are being paid 130K for an honest dialogue then I want to apply for your job.

      • I also want to ask this newspaper to do an investigation into this agency. Agencies such as FACES give other nonprofits a bad name.
        I have read all the comments on Silicon Valley FACEs by people who were not there. I was. I want to set the record straight. People from outside don’t know all the facts. I do . I was there. I know the real details about all that went down and how Tuyen Fiack took over. Let me tell you that Tuyen is a liar, cheat and manipulator. She has deep complexes about who she is. She is very mediocre. Can’t even read from a script leave alone have a conversation. She wants to be someone she is not. She wears these pant suits and high heels and constantly talked about wanting to become rich, buy a million plus dollar house, how she hates her husband and her son for being gay. How her husband is having an affair and they have an arrangement for money to stay together. She is a hateful, shallow person. She said she had made a plan to take over FACES after she was rejected for the position of E.D.
        The truth is she had applied for the E.D. position after Pat Mitchell resigned due to losing a big grant from the District Attorney’s office which saw FACES lose millions. They advertised for the position. Tuyen was rejected because she had no nonprofit experience, no education, nothing to qualify her. She went on a rampage as soon as the next E. D., a woman with adequate experience and high qualifications, took over. She led a staff war and resistance. She befriended Larry Chang and went behind the staff and Board’s back to malign the new E.D. Even though the agency was going well, gaining visibility and getting monies, Tuyen persisted in making sure the staff led by her stirred troubled.
        The former E.D. wanted to change the curriculum of Camp Everytown and it’s counselors. Tuyen resisted every step of the way. She together with Larry Chang approached John Kawamoto, George Homes, Frank Fiscalini and Bob Lopresto to ‘save’ the Camp Everytown in it’s original form, which was mediocre and dangerous to youth. John the then President joined in and played a double game, telling staff that he would not let Tuyen get away with anything and telling Tuyen she would be the next E.D. He was the main reason why FACES was destroyed. Tuyen made sure her friends on Board, including John Kawamoto and Dan Pyne got pressured constantly to think something bad was happening in the changes the new team was bringing. The Board is to blame for the downfall of this agency. All of us staff tried and warned the Board what was happening but they fell for Tuyen’s antics. They promoted her on the intervention of her buddy Larry Chang, who is more than a buddy to her. At the time Tuyen was brought on, FACES was on the verge of being merged with the YWCA. The former E.D. had proposed to the Board and Staff that as a small agency with bad programs that needed over hauling, and little monies, a merger would sustain the agency. It was supposed to merge. I was working there at the time and had a conversation with the then Education Director Tuyen about it. Tuyen wanted to take over the agency. She did not want a merger. She made sure it never happened. She got rid of all the staff with Masters levels degrees because she does not even have a BA, which is a requirement to be E.D. The Board under Larry Chang’s persuasion, were convinced that FACES would flourish under Tuyen. What a tragedy for this agency. They got rid of able, sincere, hard working people. I saw this agency go down the drain completely. No one there did any work. Tuyen would come and go get her hair done, shop, have long lunches, play on Face Book, make personal phone calls, even help other agencies with fund raisers like Crime Stoppers. Soon Shay began to see the light and approached the Board to tell them what Tuyen was, or wasn’t doing. They would not listen. So strong was Larry Chang’s support of this woman. (They are both Asian and look after each other). Larry would come and give her hugs. He would attend meetings so that he could persuade donors to keep giving FACES money.
        Guess what? NO ONE gave any more monies, grants or donations. Over two years of Tuyen’s and Larry’s taking over, all the foundations, including Shortino, Morgan, Reinhard, Sobrato, all big names, pulled out. No one more cent. Now the agency is crumbling. But does this stop Tuyen and her pal Larry from trying to sell other things like training cops, corporations, schools into thinking FACES can deliver. Tuyen does all the programs herself using curriculum developed by those who were made to leave and even then she does such a mediocre job no one invites her over again. This agency is an example of nepotism, corruption, and misuse of donations. Not one cent goes to kids themselves. All of it goes to paying the building’s rent, Tuyen’s salary package of 150K, and Shay’s salary of 100K. How can the Board allow this to keep going on? Well, when the staff is untrained and corrupt, and the Board blind, and one Board member has feelings for the woman he promoted, the public and donors wise up and stop feeding the sham or should I say, shame show. What a waste. I hope this sham closes down soon due to exposure of truth and lack of funding. People like Tuyen should be investigated and the Board step down. I agree there should be grand jury investigation into misuse of funds, lack of transparency, no published financials, failing programs and nepotism. They should all be written up and fired.

        • This agency is an example of nepotism, corruption, and misuse of donations. Not one cent goes to kids themselves. All of it goes to paying the building’s rent, Tuyen’s salary package of 150K, and Shay’s salary of 100K.

          You had me at nepotism. If a mediocre woman who was not considered to be a viable applicant, becomes the new boss, I smell a rat, or rats.

      • If it’s true they paid hush money to former employees who tried to blow the whistle on Tuyen then an enquiry needs to be made because that points to malfeasance on part of the Board. If the Board knowingly paid off the former E.D. to keep quiet, let her go, and promoted Tuyen, then clearly the Board needs to be investigated for fraud.

      • I have close information of what went down in FACES during the transition from Pat to Tuyen. Tuyen had applied for Pat’s position but wasn’t even short listed. She has no training or education. She is a player. When Pat left the new E.D. reportedly told the Board that she could not run the agency under the current conditions. No staff showed up to work. Some showed up for a few hours after noon. Some never came into the office but were allowed to work from home. Ken Naranjan, Tuyen’s friend, was being paid 85K a year for working from Union City and never coming into office. When the new E.D. came she tried to instill discipline. Tuyen went on a rampage against her and hatched a plan to get herself promoted. Larry Chang came on Board illegally to support Tuyen. He visit Tuyen often. No one does any work in the agency. Tuyen leaves work to get her hair done, shop, have lunch. She is being paid 130K plus. She has no qualifications. All Staff have gone regularly to Board but Board has shunned staff and allowed Tuyen to fire anyone who speaks up against her, including Shay. Shay is in litigation against FACES as is the former camp counselor.

      • ” Gilroy Unified Board District” published this bio – data. “Tuyen’s career has encompassed various industries including government, technology, insurance and healthcare. She has over 15 years of business development experience and corporate management and has a wealth of knowledge in strategic partnerships, contract negotiations, operational efficiencies, organizational growth and social-emotional learning. She is currently the Executive Director of Silicon Valley FACES, a non-profit with a mission to build inclusive communities free of bias, bigotry and violence through educational programs and advocacy, which aligns with her passion towards a more equitable future for our youth.”

        Tuyen does NOT have fifteen years of business development experience, has not worked for government, and does not have a wealth of knowledge in strategic partnerships. She ruined the chances of FACES’s strategic partnerships with YWCA. She has no knowledge of social emotional learning. She does not have any college degrees, yet it says she has a degree in business administration.

        How can the Gilroy School District allow a member with false claims on her resume to assume responsibility?

        Please investigate her.

    • Don’t forget samosas. What about Ash Kalra? Doesn’t he want to know what his former aid is up to?

    • I need someone to inform me: Is this DON ROCHA the same person on emails referring to the county employee ANNIE T. SANBORN PARK RIPOFF? HAS she been investigated or promoted? DAVE CÓRTESE AND CINDY CHAVEZ WANTED DON ROCHA as a new supervisor because of the like minded person. We need regular democrats and republicans to run for these supervisors’ seats. CHALLENGE THE ELITES’ CORRUPTION!

    • “I agree there should be grand jury investigation into misuse of funds, lack of transparency, no published financials, failing programs and nepotism. They should all be written up and fired.”

      AGREED. Time to set an example, Expose the Inside of San Jose.

  2. I would like to know what they have done to help the homeless? ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS! All those you see around County Supervisors will eventually run for office. This is how they all become part of the elites corrupted club. Is this Don Rocha the same on the email related to the county employee involved in biker zone corruption? I will like to see unknown Democrats and Republicans running for this. I will not vote for anyone kissing the A$$ES of the county elites, supervisors, judges, Liccardo…

    • > I will like to see unknown Democrats and Republicans running for this. I will not vote for anyone kissing the A$$ES of the county elites, supervisors, judges, Liccardo…

      OK. I’m in.

      > I would like to know what they have done to help the homeless? ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS!

      My action plan for the homeless is to buy them bus tickets to San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Portland.

      They will be compassionate bus tickets and include free bottle water and complimentary peanuts.

      • Well, I will vote for you, but you need to show me you have at least two cents of neuronal potential. I know you have the passion. Thus, get to work into effective and realistic policies. I will vote for a Republicant.

  3. Having a lex luthor moment here with these candidates.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Qy4EIvvVj4

    Just a quick look at their facebooks however…

    Jenny looks like she’s into identity politics. If Shay Clausen was any indication of how well this works, she’s already going down the wrong path. She should stop claiming her Irish heritage. Remove all references to “STRONG ” The divorce may not sit well with the typically conservative voters of D10.

    Matt is young. Seems nice enough, but other than running a Dem club there’s not a lot of experience here. Anyone can be a CEO. The trick is to be a CEO of a company that employs many people and brings in lots of revenue. I have a feeling though that this isn’t the case. Lots of photo’s with public works and safety employees. I went down that path, not really effective unless you’re the guest of honor at their events.

    What will be interesting is who will actually support these two. Matt I see SVYD for sure, but SVYD is no match for the labor interest that keep Rocha in their pockets. I’m not sure if I see Matt being able to match fundraising either. I think with Matt we’ll see a repeat of Kalen Gahlager, probably the most trustworthy candidate getting piledrived by labor and safety’s support, with voters they tend to pick who they perceive as the lesser of 2 evils that has the best chance of winning. I’m betting we’ll see Rich Robinson as Jenny’s campaign consultant as well.

    • > Jenny looks like she’s into identity politics. If Shay Clausen was any indication of how well this works, she’s already going down the wrong path. She should stop claiming her Irish heritage.

      I think you’ve nailed it.

      Jenny is going to find out real fast that there is no room in the “identity politics” pow-wow for any kind of “white identity”.

      She might just as well try running as a “white nationalist”.

      Maybe she could discover that one of her ancestors was a leprechaun and she was descended from people with diminutive stature disorder and English language deficits.

      • Clausen has a lot of explaining to do. She worked at Silicon Valley FACEs and was let go. She is a social climber at best.

        • Shimmel, Shay maybe a social climber, she certainly appears to be but to give the devil her due, as someone who witnessed her during her tenture at FACES, I must tell you that Silicon Valley FACES is a very sick organization. Shay was not let go. She left for good reason. She and the new CEO (Tuyen) were friends. Tuyen was brought to the new position due to insider politics and nepotism. Shay thought she could use her (then) connections with Tuyen to allow them both to make a lot of money for doing no work. (That never works). In the end, the two went head to head. Shay lost. (She does not have the same friend on Board who protects Tuyen). FACES is about to close due to mismanagement, fiscal irresponsibility and the fact that Tuyen has no qualifications. Tuyen sold insurance from home, worked at FACES for a short while before being promoted to CEO, without acumen. The agency has now deteriorated to where it is no longer able to sustain. Shay came in looking to make a name and fast bucks. It didn’t work out for either of them. But that is not Shay’s fault. She was just at the wrong job at the wrong time. Now her name is being dragged through the mud for no fault of her own, regardless of her politics. I must speak up because Shay maybe to blame for a lot of things, but not for being pressured out of FACES. The fault was not Shay’s. She has a valid case against FACES. FACES needs to be investigated. It is a corrupt enterprise.

          • ” In the end, the two went head to head. Shay lost. (She does not have the same friend on Board who protects Tuyen). FACES is about to close due to mismanagement, fiscal irresponsibility and the fact that Tuyen has no qualifications. Tuyen sold insurance from home, worked at FACES for a short while before being promoted to CEO, without acumen. The agency has now deteriorated to where it is no longer able to sustain. Shay came in looking to make a name and fast bucks. It didn’t work out for either of them. But that is not Shay’s fault. She was just at the wrong job at the wrong time.”

            Truthbetold, I agree that FACES needs to be investigated from what I have heard about FACES. I am no fan of Shay’s as you can tell but as far as that ill run agency is concerned, from what I have read in papers and heard from people in town, it is a sham. I don’t think though that Shay was not responsible for being pressured out of her job there, as you say. I think you are right on the money when you she and Tuyen thought they could use a nonprofit to line their own pockets without having the qualifications to do the job. FACES has been down the drain for decades. Once the DA pulled their funding some years ago, they had a little surge to where they were being recognized again, but as soon as Tuyen and Shay came on, the place nose dived. They mismanaged their programs. They paid the CEO and Shay over 250K a year, which is outrageous for a small nonprofit being run on donations. The donors needs to be made aware that FACES is a corrupt outfit that needs to be stripped of its nonprofit status. The new woman there Fiack is a nonentity. She does not have a college degree. She is mediocre and as you said there because someone on their Board put here there. That is corruption and nepotism. Which is not new in San Jose. Except it doesn’t last. I agree with you that FACES needs to be investigated. I hear it is going to close because no one is willing to fund it. I also hear they have had no new grants in years. Their Camp Everytown was mismanaged to where it is obsolete. Now the new woman is going around selling diversity to local cops. This town is a joke when you hear stories of this nature. But it is sad because so much public tax payer money is being wasted via these corrupt outfits. I think the authorities need to shut FACES down. Even if our politics is different, we should stand up where there is obvious corruption going on. If the CEO has no degrees, no experience, and is being paid over 150K a year and Shay was being paid 100K a year from tax payers monies, and someone on the FACES Board is allowing an inept person to be brought on due to nepotism, then an enquiry does need to be made. I agree FACES needs to be investigate. The monies being poured in the name of donations for children should not be lining Tuyen’s and Shay’s pockets. This is not only wrong, it’s illegal.

          • Truthbetold I don’t agree with you or Shimmel because I have inside information about what really happened between Tuyen and Shay. Due to my job, I cannot identify myself in public but believe me when I say I saw first hand what went down in that good for nothing agency. Shay and Tuyen were friends. Shay was brought in by Tuyen after she took over. It is common knowledge among her colleagues that she was very close(perhaps too close for it to be kosher) with a Board Member, L.C. Tuyen was not qualified but promoted after she conspired with L.C and Shay and got herself promoted from within, getting a raise from 85K to 130K. Once Tuyen got herself promoted using immoral tactics, and with Shay’s help, they both went for a merry ride for the first few weeks. But their honey moon was soon over. They now began to work against each other. Shay went to Board many times, as did other staff, by which time I was fed up and left the circus. The programs were mismanaged. All the funders stopped supporting Tuyen. The youth camps were run badly by Tuyen. She made sure no one with higher qualifications stayed as it showed her bad. She has no training. No education. No morals. No class. Neither does Shay but she is lesser evil than Tuyen. Both women ruined the agency. Each was in it for her own gain. Neither of them succeeded. It is only a matter of time before the truth hits the fan and FACES is left penniless. It is already in disrepute.

        • In Shay’s defense, she did herself no favors working for FACES. She ruined her chances of better things by accepting the role of fund raiser for FACES. No one wants to fund FACES. The facts are plain and simple. See the media coverage they have received. I wouldn’t donate a red cent to a place with this kind of reputation. And for the so called leader to cry about her personal life on media, and whine about being bullied, speaks volumes to her mediocrity. This agency is not going to sustain period, whether Tuyen sells insurance or gets a PhD. It is a rotting nonprofit.

          https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Warnings-on-risks-of-intensive-teen-camps-led-to-13301405.php

          https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Leadership-camps-unproven-painful-12985044.php

          https://www.sfchronicle.com/news/article/Risky-teen-leadership-retreats-come-under-fire-as-13018481.php

    • Robert, pray, who doesn’t use their name and connections to get ahead in this town? Regardless of whether it works or not, it is a measure employed by most.

      • > Robert, pray, who doesn’t use their name and connections to get ahead in this town? Regardless of whether it works or not, it is a measure employed by most.

        Can’t say that you’re wrong.

  4. This totally explains it all
    Last summer Don Rocha was conducting interviews to fill the policy aide opening till the end of his term, (5 months). Through the entire process i Felt this was staged. I was one of the applicants and at the time a current candidate for pubic office in neighboring city. After they said the lack of experience was the reasoning, i noticed that the biggest name of the women’s march was a candidate for the job (Jenny), at that moment i knew, the fix was in. My interview was a waste of time, since essentially they hired her (and she was well to do- why did she need the job) for a short term role. This I said was a set up for her future in the San Jose Political Scene. Today my prediction came true. The job, was not a job, it was grooming for the 2020 campaign.
    Having been through two election cycles in a neighboring city to San Jose I have now noticed this is a giant clique in the bay area that only favors ‘friends’ and not new voices or faces. It’s incestual politics. This is all driven by identity politics, elitism, special interests and labor /developer money and we wonder why nothing gets done or the elected officials vote a certain way. Put your money on Jenny to win now.
    When Jenny was hired part of Rocha’s staff is was only time before this announcement.
    Its a club and we are not invited

    • Did you make the same grammatical errors and typos in your campaign outside of San Jose as you did in that post?

      Someone seems just a touch bitter.

      • Anther troll and grammar Nazi
        I wrote the comment on the quick because most of us have busy lives and no time to write a thesis paper, nor any ability to edit a comment when submitted.
        If you have enough time on your hands to grade comments, you must be lacking things to do….instead of trolling comments to find issue in do something constructive. (you probably vote for the problem not the solution)
        Next time I will be sure to write my comments in a dissertation style.
        Bitter….no…..annoyed on how fixed it is around here, yes. Everything is scripted by bunch of elitists, snobs, and subtle racists in the bay area.

      • I agree with them Sal. It’s easy to have proper grammar when your response consists of 2 sentences.

        Am I bitter because I lost? No, I’m bitter for the giant mess of traffic that was created near my home at Almaden and Cherry. I’m sure you’ll have some pre canned response how Rocha had nothing to do with it.

    • You are totally right. It is an elite club and they invite others with equal minded ideas to fill vacancies while others on top try to go higher. Supervisor Córtese is going to run for state office. His past deeds will come to hunt him though. You do not need to be invited; run for this seat. I will vote for you!

    • He needs more of these points.I am almost voting for him. I need the homemade tortillas and the fajitas too!

      • Extra red sauce plz. Boy, I LOVE that people responded to my comments and added on to the truth. Good job San Jose Inside. The insides of San Jose are not that pretty. Nothing you can’t swallow with a pair of fish tacos.

  5. I know Matt Mahan from when he was my teacher. I am a District 5 resident who in 2007 was an eighth-grade student in his English class at Joseph George Middle School. In many ways, growing up in District 5 at the time felt hopeless for me at the age of 13. Matt made those harsh environments tolerable by being a positive role model for his students. Whenever I struggled with school work, Matt never gave up on me and always motivated me and others to do better. After class, I would stay a bit late to get feedback on my work which Matt highly encouraged for his students since he was passionate about his students’ success. After I graduated high school, I served two years in student government while attending Evergreen Valley College. I am now on my way to San Jose State University where I hope to take my skills in helping District 5 be the best it can be. Everyone goes through tough times in life with very few people helping you along the way. Matt was one of the few most positive influences in my life. All I can say is he is a genuinely good-hearted person who I know will bring positive changes wherever he goes.

    • > I know Matt Mahan from when he was my teacher. I am a District 5 resident who in 2007 was an eighth-grade student in his English class at Joseph George Middle School.

      I wonder if he knew my friend and mentor Patricia Potter. She took a special interest in me when I arrived at Sheppard Middle around 86-87 in the 8th grade. She realized I could write, and spent extra time taking me to special writing courses on the weekend. We stayed in touch over the years until she passed away, her family asked me to speak a eulogy at her funeral.

      Her daughter told me some stories after she passed that made my endearment to her even stronger. Of all the Sheppard Middle School graduation jerseys, she only kept the one from the year I graduated. Her daughter told me that same year, right before the school year ended she was feverishly cleaning out a room, telling her daughter, “We might be having an unexpected guest.” My fate was being decided on in the courts, and her daughter thought that Patricia was going to give me a hideout in case the courts didn’t rule in my favor.

      Very special, compassionate woman. I keep a photo of her on my desk to this day. A true diamond in the rough of east San Jose schoolteachers. I hope Matt got to meet her at his time at Joseph George.

  6. I really am amazed that simply making a comparison of a candidate to Shay Clausen suddenly hijacked the thread into a Shay Bashing.

    • Mr Cortese
      Telling the truth is not bashing, it’s a much need exposition of untenable facts which NEED to be reported. I say close this agency down now.

    • Hijacked is a strong word. It’s called free association, synonymous with “free speech.” I don’t see why two corrupt women can’t be exposed (not bashed) given the whole country is under corrupt leadership. It’s necessary to speak of corruption at all levels, whether it’s inside San Jose or in Washington. The public deserves to know what goes on behind closed doors. For far too long people in positions of power, like FACES Board and staff, have been allowed to get away with boorish and corrupt behavior. Enough. People must take power back and speak up, whether it’s the Mayor, Supervisor, Executive Director, or President. Close FACES down.

      • blah blah blah blah.

        If you want metro to write an expose’ on faces, then write the fly and ask them for one. This was supposed to be a thread on District 10 candidates. You’ve completely ruined any and all ability for this thread to discuss the topic at hand, the candidates in that race.

        Paraphrasing Happy Gilmore: Mr. TRUTHBETOLD, what you’ve just said was one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered an ontopic thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

          • >LOOK MA Mar 25, 2019 @ 4:04 pm
            I ran for an election and lost, listen to me, talk about me, hear me, Me Me Me

            Just like Shay! Wow we actually have something in common!

            >CENTER OF ATTENTION Mar 25, 2019 @ 4:17 pm
            Cortese, get a life

            Wait, maybe we don’t. I have a job that requires skills outside of begging people for money under the guise of being a charity.

          • Oh boy if I can be that snarky from a phone, just wait and see what I can do back on my computer.

            I don’t run around with a catchphrase in life.

            LESBIAN
            WOMAN
            OF COLOR

            It’s so disingenuous. The only reason anyone would advertise something like that would be to garner pity votes while playing identity politics.. I find it quite hilarious, because it’s so damn meme-able.

            https://imgflip.com/i/2wy8t5

      • Amen to your last sentence: people speaking up! People having the power. REPORT THE CORRUPTION OF LOCAL PUBLIC OFFICIALS AND AGENCIES. These are non profit agencies, but the heads make more money than tech people at google! Report their employment violations to the DFEH or at least share on the San Jose Inside. EXPOSE LOCAL CORRUPTION! I am not going to donate to Faces ever!

        • I know Frank Fiscalini. I don’t know who this shady Larry Chang is or Dan Pyne the new Board president of FACES. Frank should be ashamed of letting this happen under his watch. Apparently he is a personal friend of Tuyen’s. Why would a man like Fiscalini ruin his legacy by being associating with corruption?

  7. THANK YOU for the info. This is alarming. A woman with fiscal judgements for cheating banks was promoted to Executive Director of a charity worth over a million? Was no back ground check conducted? What is the FACES Board President doing in the wake of all this expose? What is going on in our town? Please investigate this woman. She has no business being a nonprofit leader.

  8. Well, for whatever reason this topic has struck a nerve. And the reason seems to be: Silicon Valley FACES

    Silicon Valley FACES is just one of those fuzzy do-gooder things out in the ether that I never pay any attention to.

    For the record, here’s what Silicon Valley FACES is all about — as far as THEY are concerned.

    https://www.svfaces.org/

    Looks to me like organized, institutionalized corporate virtue signalling.

    Make that: VIRTUE SIGNALLING ON STEROIDS!!!

    • Their website is deceptive. They list Morgan and Shortino as current funders. Those foundations pulled out as soon as Tuyen was made in charge. The bio suggests Tuyen as having business experience. She sold AFLAC for a season and failed at it. Her only merit is she has a FRIEND on Board by the name of Larry Chang. The organization used to conduct Camp Everytown.That program went down the drain. The whole organization is a farce. Tuyen is being paid a package of 150K. That is what donations are needed for. Larry Chang should just pay for it out of pocket and close this sham down. We should not ignore FACES. We should DEMAND they close this sh – t show down so that Tuyen can stop using tax payers monies. She has litigation against her for bank fraud. What is going on in this town? Speak up people.

    • VICE SIGNALING ON OUR DIME: To ignore them is not an adequate response. This is why corruption is allowed, because no one does anything. Why are the authorities in the wake of this thread not investigating the Board and Staff of this highly controversial nonprofit which no longer has bonafide funding? Why is a woman being paid this amount for no work being done? Who on the top is sitting back and doing nothing?

      • As a former donor, we must ask the FACES Board to explain and answer the following:
        1. Why are their financials unpublished and inaccessible to the public?
        2. Where are their annual reports since 2016?
        3. Why was a qualified woman with high education who was making a comeback for FACES let go?
        4. Why was she replaced by the likes of Tuyen Fiack who is clearly a. corrupt b. uneducated c. incompetent?
        5. Why has the Board namely John Kawamoto, Dan Pyne, George Holmes and Frank Fiscalini allowed this corruption?
        6. Are the Board members themselves corrupt?
        7. Why was Tuyen’s fiscal felony not checked, and if checked, she be allowed to run a million dollar agency?
        8. Why was the search for E.D. not advertised?
        9. Why is Larry Chang being named Tuyen’s friend and supporter?
        10. Why were Master’s level professionals forced out of the agency?
        11. What is the status of the agency’s financials currently?
        12. How much is Tuyen being paid out of donor monies?
        13. What is our money being spent on?
        14. How much money is FACES spending on youth services versus paying Tuyen’s payouts?
        15. Will the Board publish answers to the public’s concerns?

        If the FACES Board continues to ignore media and public queries, then the authorities should step in and close this agency down for corruption.

        • I agree. FACES Board needs to answer. And act fast. I doubt their integrity having let things get this bad so far. An outside authority needs to investigate. Remember, they are already under litigation by former staff.

      • Unfortunately this is how the non-profits work here in the Silicone Valley. Look at any of the main “non-profit” organization in the County, AACI, Catholic Charities, Gardner, their heads make lots of money! Then they have their events to raise money for the disadvantage people the serve. Key persons at these organizations are connected to supervisors, judges, Licardo,…unfortunately for them, the low income people are moving out. Eventually, they will have no clients. Some people at these organizations make more money and have better positions than those with higher education and talent simply because of connections to executives in the organization, just like FACES! This is a culture of corruption under non-profit FACES!

        • @Fexx…….The problem is FACES as a small nonprofit is being ALLOWED to get away with corruption by the likes of Dan Pyne, of Hopkins and Carley, a law firm, George Holmes, accountant , John Kawamoto, an accountant at PP&Co (http://www.ppandco.com/member/john-kawamoto/), Annette Miriman, Singola Consulting, Larry Chang retiree from Hewlitt and Packard, Frank Fiscanili of San Jose……….It behooves them to do the right thing. Shame on them.

          • Apparently contacting the Board members did not result in any investigations or changes at FACES, so at this point one has to presume they are part and parcel of the corruption going on. If they promoted a woman with a financial corrupt past to run the org. and the org. went down, then it speaks volumes about their own integrity.

          • Fexx…..check this out, how ludicrous to have a made up resume based on fiction posted on your website. She has NO experience, sold insurance for a year and that got converted to 15 years business experience. I want to know where she worked for fifteen years as a business expert with no training, and how many years she worked in what place. None of that information is given because it isn’t there.

            Tuyen Fiack – Executive Director
            Tuyen Fiack serves as the Executive Director and brings over 15 years of business development experience and corporate management. Through Tuyen’s leadership, FACES has doubled the number of students served to over 2300 annually and incorporated Restorative Practice into school communities to have a bigger impact on equitable opportunities for student success. Tuyen’s career has encompassed various industries including government, technology, insurance and healthcare. She brings a wealth of knowledge in strategic partnerships, contract negotiations, operational efficiencies and organizational growth. ”

            How can the FACES Board justify hiring this woman who has a fake resume?

  9. > Braunstein’s bow-out pretty much clears the way for Matt Mahan, the 36-year-old CEO of civic activism social network Brigade Media, . . .

    Just checking into Brigade Media to see what it’s all about:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brigade_Media

    Here’s a juicy little snippet from Wikipedia:

    “The platforms data also saw Donald Trump winning swing states before the polls in the 2016 United States Presidential Election.[33] At this time, Brigade had 200,000 verified users. Within the vote pledges, 94.5% of Republicans pledged to vote for Republican nominee Trump, with 2.2% pledging with Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.[33] However, on the Democratic pledge side, only 55% pledged for Clinton while 40% of Democrats pledged for Trump.[33]”

    WHOA!

    Dems voting for Trump and not Hillary?

    What were in ACTUALl vote totals in California? Seems to be a disconnect.

  10. It sounds like FACES deserves an investigative article of it’s own. I’ve seen there are concerning levels of such dubious “nonprofit” activity under the guise of “helping children and schools”.

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