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More fireworks in the Mountain View Whisman boardroom

Original post made on Nov 8, 2016

Things got ugly at the Mountain View Whisman School District's board meeting, when a tense argument between trustee Steve Nelson and the superintendent led to a confrontational back-and-forth over how the district office handles public records requests.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, November 8, 2016, 11:21 AM

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69 people like this
Posted by Resign, Nelson!
a resident of Waverly Park
on Nov 8, 2016 at 12:46 pm

"'Could you please not interrupt me, Dr. Rudolph, or I'm going to start yelling at you,' Nelson said."

Wow. What maturity. What a grasp on dealing with other people.

Good riddance, Nelson, you were an embarrassment from the time you took office until now. The Mountain View Whisman School District's board will be MUCH better served without you being a part of it.


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Posted by Frustrated Parent
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Nov 8, 2016 at 1:34 pm

Thank goodness this man is almost gone. Nelson is so inappropriate, and such a poor example in our community. Next month can't come soon enough.


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Posted by Mom
a resident of Castro City
on Nov 8, 2016 at 1:40 pm

With all due respect Mr. Nelson, I tried to defend you put its been all about YOU. Never about the students .


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Posted by I Don't Know...
a resident of Rex Manor
on Nov 8, 2016 at 2:36 pm

Sure...it's easy to say more time could be devoted to our children rather than these public records requests. BUT sometimes you need a Trustee like this to:
1. Get to the matter at hand.
2. Keep long standing groups from controlling the Board.
3. Keep district administrators factual and honest.
You just don't know, what you don't know, until someone like this rocks the boat and asks pertinent questions rather than "rubber stamping" what's put out for public consumption.


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Posted by Resign, Nelson!
a resident of Waverly Park
on Nov 8, 2016 at 2:43 pm

@I Don't Know...: It's one thing if Nelson were trying to keep the district honest. His frequent records requests, along with his behavior in board meetings, suggest that it's not being a watchdog that Nelson is interested in being; it's about Nelson being an obnoxious jerk, all day, every day.

He will not be missed when his term in office ceases.


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Posted by Old Steve
a resident of Rex Manor
on Nov 8, 2016 at 3:01 pm

I have no problem with any of Trustee Nelson's efforts in the areas noted above @ I don't know. I do know Nelson has no grasp of proper board room behavior, and by my own observation very little self control of his own temper. If you consider the way he has treated district office staff over the course of his term, it would be quite a sacrifice to spend enough time with him to "narrow his request" Since he is about to leave the board, he is welcome to sue the district over future requests he deems inappropriate.

Nelson specifically, as a Trustee or a member of the public, has no business treating the Superintendent in such an angry and condescending manner. "Take a seat!" In many parts of our country, between two similarly situated male adults, would be considered "fighting words" Not worth it, though likely highly entertaining.


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Posted by Manfred
a resident of Waverly Park
on Nov 8, 2016 at 3:14 pm

I feel sorry for Nelson. When I spoke with him a couple times he had trouble forming sentences. Is his health flagging? Drinking issues? Stroke?

Let's ask him to take a couple months off starting now.


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Posted by Curious
a resident of another community
on Nov 8, 2016 at 3:30 pm

I'm curious to know what records he requested from LASD and why.


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Posted by Mt View Neighbor
a resident of North Whisman
on Nov 8, 2016 at 7:01 pm

Interesting article. I'm not sure of the overall context and how this sort of behavior is relevant. Seems to me that if records were requested, and required by law if requested, then the issue is disclosure, not whether someone asks someone else to sit down. Seems like a more relevant headline is, "records required by law, still not disclosed".

Am I missing something?


23 people like this
Posted by Sick of this
a resident of Willowgate
on Nov 8, 2016 at 9:18 pm

@Mt View Neighbor

Good question. What you are missing is the fact that his request(s) have been fulfilled and that he is habitually rude and makes the atmosphere just mean and ugly, when you actually hear and see how he says what he says and does what he does.

He wastes people's time both behind the scenes at the school district, and in front of the camera at the board meetings. Really, it's his delivery more than his message. It's too bad that he lacks self awareness and self control. No one would mind if he simply disagreed with the district on an issue and made an argument. But he doesn't have to be personally insulting and borderline racist. No excuse for that.


4 people like this
Posted by Angel M
a resident of Gemello
on Nov 11, 2016 at 9:26 am

Angel M is a registered user.

@Mt View Neighbor

Firstly, it's Mtn View, not "Mt" as we are not Mount View.

Secondly, seriously? You don't see Nelson's behavior as inappropriate? I can't wait for him to fade away. We all need a little more kindness these days.


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Posted by J
a resident of Monta Loma
on Nov 11, 2016 at 10:36 am

@ Angel.

Did you really just criticize a neighbor for saying "Mt" instead of "Mtn" and then say "We all need a little more kindness these days"?!?

Talk about throwing bricks through glass houses. Reread your comment and reflect on it. It doesn't matter how people abbreviate a city name if it's not hurtful.

Kindness starts with you. The same kindness you speak of.


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Posted by MV Parent
a resident of Monta Loma
on Nov 12, 2016 at 7:50 am

Proud of Dr. Rudolph for standing up to this deplorable behavior. Especially now.


2 people like this
Posted by Leave Nelson!
a resident of Monta Loma
on Mar 20, 2017 at 12:40 pm

How can we get rid of Steve Nelson from our politics? He has been so destructive to our community and our kids's chances of getting a decent education. Is there anything I/we can do as to get him to leave us alone? Any petition? Anything??


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Posted by Whine and Cheeze
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Mar 20, 2017 at 2:04 pm

I think the only thing to do is to pull up your big boy pants and be an adult.


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Posted by So what
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Mar 20, 2017 at 2:19 pm

Any one can make a PR request, whether a board member or not. What makes you think his behavior will change when he is off of the board?


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Posted by Abigail
a resident of Willowgate
on Mar 20, 2017 at 5:06 pm

Steve Nelson did not run for re-election and has been off the board since the first Board meeting in December 2016.


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