Elections 2012: Jason Lurie, Candidate for OUSD Board

Orindan Jason Lurie is running for one of two seats on the Orinda Union School District board

General Information

Name : Mr. Jason F. Lurie
Age : 37
Place of residence : Orinda



Attended college : Yes
College : UC Davis
Degree : BA
Year of graduation : 1996

Grad school

Ph D.

University : University of San Francisco
Area of research : JD
Year of graduation : 2002

Employment Information

Job titles held : NA
Employers : Reynolds & Brown/Law Offices of Dana G. Parry

Political Information

Party affiliation : Other
Party affiliation : N/A
Running for a: Local office
Running for position: OUSD Board of Trustees
Incumbent: No
Previous elective offices : NA
Unsuccessful bids for elective offices: NA

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Campaign Manager

Name : myself


Other facts

We are fortunate to live in a community that is united in its commitment to public education. That commitment has allowed OUSD to withstand extremely difficult fiscal pressure without compromising its high standards. Even more challenges lie ahead. Now is a time for pragmatic and solutions-oriented thinking on the OUSD Board. If elected, I pledge to make decisions informed by a full and objective review of the facts and circumstances after weighing all of the options. I have three children, ages 9, 7, and 3. I want them, and all of their OUSD peers, to have the best possible educational experience in Orinda. It would be a privilege to work collaboratively with other Trustees to serve Orinda's students.

Chris Nicholson October 03, 2012 at 07:31 PM
As I said on other thread, I would like to see the full text of the complaint she sent before passing judgment. I have managed employees, but none that had customers. I hear you, however. Your question fits exactly with my desire for more context: All good Americans over 35 will have seen and memorized the dialog from Fast Times and Ridgemont High. When Phoebe Cates' brother (Brad?) was fired from All American Burger for using profanity toward a customer during breakfast shift, the customer's prior taunting needed to be taken into account, but wasn't. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1HqjBc6LhA
Carolyn Phinney October 03, 2012 at 07:39 PM
JD got himself fired. I was on the phone talking to headquarters about their policies of not posting all the candidates at once (which all the big newspapers do) when I received this response from JD and read it to HER, JD's boss. From: "J.D. O'Connor" <jd@patch.com> To: carolynphinney@comcast.net Sent: Wednesday, September 5, 2012 11:03:30 AM Subject: Re: Your boss You're talking to him. On Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 10:54 AM, <carolynphinney@comcast.net> wrote: J.D. Who is your boss? Please email me his or her phone number, address, email address. Who owns the PATCH? Please email me his or her or the entity's phone number, address, email address. Carolyn Phinney
Chris Nicholson October 03, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Yeah. Not well played by JD. I assume he meant that he was the (editorial) boss if himself. Still, not well played. Sorry to lash out at you Carolyn. I still think you were a "but-for" cause, which tweaks me (perhaps disproportionately and unfairly to you), but I agree that JD also "stepped in it" and also think his bosses erred in their reaction.
Miles VanBuren October 03, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Carolyn thanks for sharing this with the readers. Everyone has a boss and for JD to dismiss you in such an arrogant reply is not only worthy of termination it raises many questions for this reader about his fair view and overall journalistic practices. Seems like he got caught up believing that his title of editor actually stood for dictator!
Carolyn Phinney October 03, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Thanks Chris and Miles. I had considered J.D. a friend/acquaintance until this page of interactions. What you don't know is that he also censored my responses to his attacks on me. And as someone pointed out, it unlikely that this is more than the tip of the iceberg. We don't know what came before. I am a personality psychologist. He didn't change his behavior randomly on one day of the week. There is likely a pattern that they knew about.
carrera October 03, 2012 at 08:54 PM
I'm sure Carolyn is showing an email that puts her in the best light and JD in the worst. Yeah, the customer is always right, especially with a big corporate owner, but I am sure this customer was "high maintenance" from a website monitor's perspective. Lord knows the tone of her email that demands a bunch of stuff that could be obtained in 3 seconds from Google (and in fact wasn't needed by her except to build an email trail, since she was on the phone with JD's boss just a few minutes after asking JD for the contact information) was probably the last of many. Anyone who has dealt with a difficult customer/client etc has probably felt like doing the exact thing JD did. So he has my sympathy and support for his next endeavor.
Peter Kendall October 03, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Again with the innuendos, Carolyn? "He didn't change his behavior randomly on one day of the week. There is likely a pattern that they knew about."
Carolyn Phinney October 03, 2012 at 09:12 PM
Well, the comments to which I was responding have been removed. Someone else said there must be more to the story and I am agreeing. However, I suppose it is possible that two layers of the administration above him are really mean nasty people and fired him for one slip up.
Carolyn Phinney October 03, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Oh, yes, Carrera, JD's lies are my fault. Great logic. And you know exactly the timing of everything that happened. You are even clairvoyant! Amazing. I emailed JD because I knew in advance that JD was a big fat liar. SURE. Goodbye. This conversation is moronic. There is only one person to blame for JD's behavior.
Chris Nicholson October 03, 2012 at 09:46 PM
This is the first I am hearing about "JD's lies." Also, in your professional opinion, were your postings on this thread and your offline actions normal/healthy/rational/proportionate?
Miles VanBuren October 03, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Gents lay off Carolyn and if you want to know what really lead to his firing read it from JD's own words at the link below. JD got shackled for all the reasons Carolyn points out and many others have complained. He simply chose to be right rather than be employed. http://jimromenesko.com/2012/10/02/patch-editor-fired-for-aggressive-comments-moderation/
Anita Harness October 03, 2012 at 09:56 PM
He was an employee. Employees must follow rules. If employees don't like that they need to find alternative employment.
Anita Harness October 03, 2012 at 09:58 PM
I'd say it's more common sense, Peter. Rarely does an employer fire someone for just one incident.
Chris Nicholson October 03, 2012 at 09:59 PM
@Miles: did *you* read your own link? Who do you think the "leader of the local Democratic club" is? Nonetheless, I agree with your conclusion that he chose principle over profit. I sorta thought that was what journalists were supposed to do-- but I also get the reailties of the marketplace....
Anita Harness October 03, 2012 at 10:00 PM
Why are her actions relevant? She didn't get him fired. For the record, though, Carolyn doesn't do her cause any good by being so reactionary and confrontational. It's often not what someone says but how they say it.
Carolyn Phinney October 03, 2012 at 10:20 PM
JD's Principles in question are: 1. Lying; 2. Attacking Readers -- becoming part of the attacks himself (HUH??? What is an editor doing attacking readers?); 3. Censoring the responses of those he attacks -- responses to his attacks; 4. Allowing horrible, degrading comments about candidates by people who were not posting with real names; 5. Did I say LYING. I hope they find a sincere, honest, engaged editor who knows that she/he is NOT supposed to be a party in the debate, but rather someone who keeps the discussion civil. Editing out comments that oppose the editor's position (why does the editor have a published position in a debate?) is just editorial misconduct. Lying about who is your boss when a reader wants to question your editorial behavior is apparently part of grounds for firing after warning at AOL. Thank you AOL for upholding normal standards of journalistic integrity and conduct.
Carolyn Phinney October 03, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Chris, for the record, I am not a "leader of a local Democratic club." I am an elected member of the California Democratic Party. I am elected by Democrats in the 2nd Supervisory District in Contra Costa County to serve them. I won in a landslide, winning all but a handful of precincts out of about 140 and losing those by 1, 2, or 3 votes. I received more votes than the Chair of the Democratic Party in Contra Costa County. Why? Because I love the voters and bring them important information so that they can make intelligent decisions. I trust them to get it right. For instance, the voters got it right in the Supervisory election and did NOT elect Tomi Van de Brooke, who I have subsequently found lying in her bio on Facebook. Tomi claimed she was re-elected overwhelming(ly) in 2006 and 2008, when I looked her up and found she was never even on the ballot and the elections office says she is an Appointed Incumbent. I campaigned for Tomi, but never again, because INTEGRITY is first for me, over party. That's my number #1 principle. Lie to me and I'm done with you, I don't care what party you are in. In this case, one of the people I was defending against vicious attacks by people who were not using their own names was NOT a Democrat. I had only met her once in my life, but I knew this was wrong. Integrity. The rest is frosting.
Carolyn Phinney October 03, 2012 at 11:03 PM
I am addressing a higher issue. JD got fired for lying and unethical editorial behavior. I mentioned Tomi Van de Brook's lies to address the belief by some here that I my contributions to the PATCH are just the party line. No. My principles drive my contributions. I may be wrong, but I am honest. I used Tomi as an example of putting integrity over party. Here is what she posted on Facebook and similar on her website and in a news article. Check the Elections Office. Tomi Van de Brooke was never on the ballot for Community College Board. This following is a lie. So, NO, I am not a mindless party hack.
Carolyn Phinney October 03, 2012 at 11:07 PM
by Tomi for Trustee - Contra Costa Community Colleges on Friday, January 13, 2012 at 1:52pm ·Martinez, CA – Tomi Van de Brooke was installed as President of the Contra Costa Community College Governing Board and led a special meeting of the Board on Wednesday evening. Van de Brooke, who is the elected trustee from Ward II, ...Van de Brooke was appointed to the Contra Costa Community College Governing Board in 2005 and then re-elected overwhelming in 2006 and 2008. ....
Miles VanBuren October 03, 2012 at 11:51 PM
@Carol, you can still be a "mindless party hack" even if you do not lie and say you are honest. Catching a politician in a lie is like shooting ducks in a barrel. Get over yourself with this self righteous, holier than thou attitude and join the rest of us humans who on occasion make mistakes or misrepresent a fact or two. Nobody elected you to be the hallway monitor.
Amanda October 04, 2012 at 12:15 AM
Are you seriously bragging about having a hand in getting someone fired from their job?
El Cucuy October 04, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Hey y'all I am making "JD LIED: LAMORINDA PATCH DIED" bumper stickers for your favorite SUV or electric runabouts. Let me know if you'd like me to place an order. In all seriousness, sounds like JD made a poor tactical choice responding as he did in the email exchange above. I can see how he'd be frustrated by all the hooing and hawing in the thread above, but it's no excuse. Of course, it looks like Carolyn already knew who his boss was since she was on the phone talking to her, so I don't see what this would-be kerfuffle has to do with price of tea in China. As my grandpappy used to say, "Why ask a question if you already know the answer?"
El Cucuy October 04, 2012 at 12:27 AM
You make it sound like heavy-handed blog comment moderation is a personality disorder.
Carolyn Phinney October 04, 2012 at 05:30 AM
El Cucuy, They call it the internet. It has phone numbers on it! Wow!
Carolyn Phinney October 04, 2012 at 05:33 AM
Miles, All those who like to have young people governed by college board candidates who lie and cheat have found their candidate!
Miles VanBuren October 04, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Carolyn, you say you are a Buddhist but are you not a hypocrite when you turn your back on one the fundamental teachings of Buddhism morality; "Right speech" which means to avoid lying, to avoid back biting or slander, to avoid harsh speech, and to avoid idle talk. You seem to be guilty of 4 out of 5 of those teachings in your rants against JD. So are you lying when you say you are a practicing Buddhist.
Andrew L. October 04, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Who exactly is a "customer" of Patch?
theresa October 08, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Wow! I sure learned a lot from this Jason Lurie posting. Not much about Jason, sadly, but lots about Mr. O'Connor, and even more about Ms. Phinney. I sure hope I didn't vote for her in her last election. If I did, I apologize to the Lamorinda community and assure you that she will not receive another one of my votes again.
Jim Collins November 01, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Jason, Last night I was forwarded the Orinda round table video from a few weeks ago. While you agreed with the other two candidates that funding is the biggest issue I found it odd that you didn't seem to have an opinion or understanding on the best course of action to take a bond measure versus a parcel tax. Or even what the difference is. This seems to be such a elementary issue to not have any insight on? Can you elaborate? You also seemed to be saying that we need women such as Sarah Butler volunteering but not on the school board. Given her answers seems well thought out and backed up with details this told me she can jump on board and make a differernce immediately. It just seems Matt Moran and Sarah Butler had such a better grasp of the issues facing the district at this time while you are lacking in this area. Also Matt and Sarah's broad based volunteer experience in the district should prove valuable what specific expereince at our schools do you bring to the table? It would be helpful to better understand what you have done for OUSD thus far? Thank you
Jason Lurie November 05, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Jim, the comment you posted saddened me. So far from denigrating Sarah Butler, I praised her as a passionate volunteer and advocate. I respect her and her views. You say that your criticisms of me are based on a video supplied to you. No one I know is aware of any video of the public forum. If there is one, please post it so that everyone can judge the weight of your criticisms for him or her self.


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