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MVLA board candidate Carrol Titus-Zambre makes false endorsement claims

Titus-Zambre said superintendent endorsed her, then claimed she misunderstood what endorsements are

Carrol Titus-Zambre, a candidate for the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District's board, falsely claimed that its superintendent endorsed her in the Nov. 8 election and then backtracked, saying it was a misunderstanding.

Carrol Titus-Zambre. Courtesy Carrol Titus-Zambre.

The Los Altos Town Crier reported that Titus-Zambre said that she was endorsed by Superintendent Nellie Meyer, as well as other local officials, including Foothill-De Anza Community College District board member Laura Casas. Both have said that they never made such an endorsement.

In an interview with the Mountain View Voice, Titus-Zambre at first denied ever writing in an email that Meyer endorsed her, before claiming that she had misunderstood the definition of an endorsement when the Town Crier first contacted her.

The Town Crier shared with the Voice a copy of a Sept. 6 email from Titus-Zambre to a Town Crier reporter, where she explicitly includes both Meyer and Casas in a list of endorsements.

Titus-Zambre told the Voice that she had "limited knowledge of endorsements" because this is her first campaign for public office, and that she had a subsequent phone call with a Town Crier reporter where she clarified that Meyer and Casas suggested she run and said that they "support" her campaign, but haven't explicitly endorsed her.

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According to Town Crier reporter Jennah Pendleton, Titus-Zambre said in a phone call that Meyer had "tapped" her to run, but that, when asked, Meyer denied that assertion, too.

"We stand by our reporting that she misled us about her endorsements," Pendleton said.

Meyer confirmed to the Voice that she "did not suggest anyone run" and said that she would support whomever is elected.

“I have not endorsed any candidates for this election and make it a policy not to endorse any school board candidates,” Meyer said in the Town Crier article.

Casas told the Voice that she supports all women seeking public office, but never specifically endorsed Titus-Zambre.

Titus-Zambre is one of six candidates running for three seats on the high school district's board this November.

Controversial COVID-19 comments

She has also drawn criticism for statements about the pandemic that she made last year in an article in The Talon, Los Altos High School's student newspaper. At a March 2021 protest in favor of school reopening, the Talon reported that Titus-Zambre said that she doesn't "know of any other industry where you're allowed to not work and still get paid."

Titus-Zambre told the Voice that she was speaking about the education industry broadly and that she wasn't talking about teachers specifically.

"I wasn't implying that teachers weren't working," Titus-Zambre said. "I was implying that the system wasn't working"

However, the Talon quoted Titus-Zambre as saying, “Look in the parking lot, there’s a lot of nice Teslas, new cars and there are no teachers. What the heck! … It’s high time that they’re back in, or get some new teachers.”

Titus-Zambre also told The Talon that the idea of students returning to campus with masks was "completely ridiculous," although she now says that she knows the school district needed to follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rules.

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MVLA board candidate Carrol Titus-Zambre makes false endorsement claims

Titus-Zambre said superintendent endorsed her, then claimed she misunderstood what endorsements are

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Mon, Oct 3, 2022, 1:42 pm

Carrol Titus-Zambre, a candidate for the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District's board, falsely claimed that its superintendent endorsed her in the Nov. 8 election and then backtracked, saying it was a misunderstanding.

The Los Altos Town Crier reported that Titus-Zambre said that she was endorsed by Superintendent Nellie Meyer, as well as other local officials, including Foothill-De Anza Community College District board member Laura Casas. Both have said that they never made such an endorsement.

In an interview with the Mountain View Voice, Titus-Zambre at first denied ever writing in an email that Meyer endorsed her, before claiming that she had misunderstood the definition of an endorsement when the Town Crier first contacted her.

The Town Crier shared with the Voice a copy of a Sept. 6 email from Titus-Zambre to a Town Crier reporter, where she explicitly includes both Meyer and Casas in a list of endorsements.

Titus-Zambre told the Voice that she had "limited knowledge of endorsements" because this is her first campaign for public office, and that she had a subsequent phone call with a Town Crier reporter where she clarified that Meyer and Casas suggested she run and said that they "support" her campaign, but haven't explicitly endorsed her.

According to Town Crier reporter Jennah Pendleton, Titus-Zambre said in a phone call that Meyer had "tapped" her to run, but that, when asked, Meyer denied that assertion, too.

"We stand by our reporting that she misled us about her endorsements," Pendleton said.

Meyer confirmed to the Voice that she "did not suggest anyone run" and said that she would support whomever is elected.

“I have not endorsed any candidates for this election and make it a policy not to endorse any school board candidates,” Meyer said in the Town Crier article.

Casas told the Voice that she supports all women seeking public office, but never specifically endorsed Titus-Zambre.

Titus-Zambre is one of six candidates running for three seats on the high school district's board this November.

Controversial COVID-19 comments

She has also drawn criticism for statements about the pandemic that she made last year in an article in The Talon, Los Altos High School's student newspaper. At a March 2021 protest in favor of school reopening, the Talon reported that Titus-Zambre said that she doesn't "know of any other industry where you're allowed to not work and still get paid."

Titus-Zambre told the Voice that she was speaking about the education industry broadly and that she wasn't talking about teachers specifically.

"I wasn't implying that teachers weren't working," Titus-Zambre said. "I was implying that the system wasn't working"

However, the Talon quoted Titus-Zambre as saying, “Look in the parking lot, there’s a lot of nice Teslas, new cars and there are no teachers. What the heck! … It’s high time that they’re back in, or get some new teachers.”

Titus-Zambre also told The Talon that the idea of students returning to campus with masks was "completely ridiculous," although she now says that she knows the school district needed to follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rules.

Comments

Johnny Yuma
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Blossom Valley
on Oct 3, 2022 at 3:03 pm
Johnny Yuma, Blossom Valley
Registered user
on Oct 3, 2022 at 3:03 pm

When you’re that easily confused, you’re NOT the right person for the job…


Steven Nelson
Registered user
Cuesta Park
on Oct 3, 2022 at 7:55 pm
Steven Nelson, Cuesta Park
Registered user
on Oct 3, 2022 at 7:55 pm

First time running for office, hope not the first time studying candidates statements for Voting,

I guess she might not have known what all the "endorsement list" business was, or ...

Ms. Tanner seems to be a little more (or a lot more?) connected with how this election/candidate business works, even though she too is a first time candidate. If she Is a fast business learn, as claimed, she should learn the How To's of school board business pretty fast. There are hundreds of 'fist time school board candidates' who will be elected across California this year. Most of them will do pretty well, or well enough. A few excellently.


SRB
Registered user
St. Francis Acres
on Oct 3, 2022 at 8:03 pm
SRB, St. Francis Acres
Registered user
on Oct 3, 2022 at 8:03 pm

Claiming an endorsement is pretty similar to providing a reference in a job application, if it doesn't check out .... you don't get the job.


Neighbor
Registered user
Shoreline West
on Oct 4, 2022 at 11:24 pm
Neighbor, Shoreline West
Registered user
on Oct 4, 2022 at 11:24 pm

Oh great, just what we needed here. An anti-masking liar for OUR school board? I don't think so.


Mtn View Mom
Registered user
Shoreline West
on Oct 5, 2022 at 6:30 am
Mtn View Mom, Shoreline West
Registered user
on Oct 5, 2022 at 6:30 am

I’m glad the Voice finally highlighted these aspects around Ms Titus-Zambre’s candidacy. It would been better if the original profile the Voice wrote about her a couple weeks ago referenced these basic and important facts rather than basically running a press release for the candidate.


Go Laura!
Registered user
another community
on Oct 11, 2022 at 8:22 am
Go Laura!, another community
Registered user
on Oct 11, 2022 at 8:22 am

Another disturbing article about this from the high school paper: " MVLA Board Candidate Carrol Titus-Zambre allegedly threatened student, does not comment" Web Link


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