June 25, 2017
link to facebook link to twitter
More Stories
Credo High School’s special day Jazzed it up with love and music Bikes become the equalizer at UCP day camp Skate park project a possibility for parks and rec SMART and safe Nurse’s strike in Petaluma Sutton takes oath of Eagle Scout Shows are icing on the cake First Rohnert Park student to visit sister city in Japan brings back gift Get ready Cotati - water and sewer rates are rising Cotati woman pleads: consider the salamander PG&E contractors to inspect gas meters in Sonoma County Rohnert Park moves to make medication disposal easier Protestors show up, affordable housing gets closer Caps being tossed after graduation at Tech-High Rancho Cotate Graduation 2017 Now that the dust has settled, is the CRPUSD ready for the next project? Cyber tip leads to Cotati man arrested for possession of child pornography Place receives Girl Scout Gold Award. Fun after school Gift of $1,000,000 to the Sonoma County Fair Foundation Safreno, 2017 Veteran of the Year A sea of flags Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Employer Best Practice Awards Breakfast! RP summer camp brings pets and kids together Petaluma teachers hold one-day strike The annual Avenue of Flags May 29 at RP Community Center SSU commencement; one for the history books Problem reaching AT&T last weekend? During Rohnert Park City Council meeting protestors unexpectedly take center stage Vehicle pursuit ends with arrest of 14-year-old Ex RP public safety officer pleads no contest to sex offenses Rancho 2017 top 20 Great turnout for RPPSOA pancake breakfast to help Project Grad Gabriella stole the show Town Hall meeting A bit of Uganda A mission to help Sheriff's office releases details on SSU officer involved shooting RP to replace old trees A true celebration of ‘Cinco de Mayo’ Bunkers at Foxtail set for repairs RP man arrested for attempted murder Project Grad help in full swing CRPUSD OKs two contracts Credo gets used to new digs at SMV Richard Crane Elementary School Man busted for DUI after crashing into tree in RP New hands bring subtle changes to Sharing of the Green fundraiser A traditional dance of Japan Suspect arrested after evading a Cotati Peace Officer Shameful time in history RP rejects new self-storage facilities Engineering with Legos at the Ray Miller Community room Emiri Nomura awarded scholarship Council amends UDSP Body of missing woman found RAFD names part-time fire chief Golf Course Drive Crossing concerns may delay SMART train ‘Quiet Zones’ Shopping carts ran amok in Cotati last Saturday KRCB garners huge windfall from FCC auction Missing Penngrove woman's body found in Marin County Survey Says: Rohnert Park Residents Love City, but not Traffic Ricardo Oliva receives ‘Coach of the year’ for the Northern District Credo crew marches to new home Cotati delays vote on Valparaiso Bunfest was hopping with bunny lovers Sonoma State University equestrians jump with joy on their way to Kentucky The Voice enters into 25th year Cotati-reviews midyear budget Two RP Parks getting upgrades Double Decker Lanes hosts the QubicaAMF A new look for SSU gym RP man reported missing Padre Town Center changes hands Local Tech High student chosen for Scholars program Boys and Girl Club employee arrested for child endangerment Sonoma County to take a look at immigration issue Bomb scare closes RCHS Treasurer for Rancho Cotate High Project Grad Arrested for Embezzlement Armed suspect arrested after resistance RP to conduct survey Man arrested after high-speed chase through 3 cities RP makes changes to city code for ADUs RP girl accosted while walking to school Man gets 11 years in prison for RP knife attack Man who led chase into SF caught And they're off. . . A crab feast at Community Center Taking a pie in her grill RP man busted for possession of meth Saddle Up and Ride Cotati OKs water, sewer rate study RP votes to regulate vaping CRPUSD schools now a safe haven for immigrant students Community quickly rallies for Project Grad RP adds seven to public safety Cotati votes to host shopping cart race Man arrested for attempted murder Cotati opposes SB 618 Defibrillators proving to be invaluable assets Artists ready for art show at library Reilani Peleti Rohnert Park City Council to host Town Hall meeting on May 3 Corrections Suspected explosive device at RCHS Seventh-graders in local schools to be taught CPR Graton Tribe makes good on payments Voice issues apology to school board, superintendent RP man arrested on drug possession charges Auto burglar arrested by Cotati Police

Nonn expected to sue CRPUSD

By: Dave Williams
February 17, 2017
Legally blind trustee’s lawsuit to claim administration is in violation of ADA 

The inability to come to an agreement with the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District for a special aide has prompted Trustee Tim Nonn to take legal action against the district.

Nonn’s attorney, Timothy Elder of the TRE Legal Practice in Fremont, was expected to file a lawsuit in federal court late Wednesday afternoon, claiming the district has violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA states local government entities must make reasonable modifications for persons with disabilities.

Nonn, who was the top vote-getter in last November’s election, says he needs assistance reading and interpreting documents during school board meetings. He claims the district has not made those reasonable modifications. He also said he’s been met with hostility from three of the four other school board trustees. Leff Brown, says Nonn, has been the only trustee willing to offer any type of assistance.

The district, according to Nonn, has provided certain technology-based assistance such as accessible machine-readable electronic documents for him to read on his computer. “While this accessible technology is helpful, it is not a complete solution,” Nonn said. “I simply need the district to let me use my own independent aide during public meetings at no cost to the district. For over three months, they have refused to provide me with a reason why the independent aide I am currently using is not acceptable. They seem to be determined to litigate the issue out of political spite.”

Superintendent Dr. Robert Haley, Trustees Marc Orloff and Jennifer Wiltermood and School Board President Tracy Farrell were all named as defendants in the lawsuit.

During a special school board meeting held Tuesday, Feb. 14, Nonn was without an aide while the other board members pored over documents and observed a PowerPoint presentation. 

Nonn said neither Orloff, Wiltermood nor Farrell offered any help. Orloff, Wiltermood and Farrell over the years have proved to be reliable votes in board meetings for Haley on just about any issue. None has ever cast a no vote for any issue Haley favors. One could say that if they were to form a singing group, a good name for them would be Robert Haley and the Rubberstamps.

Nonn’s choice for his independent aide is Janet Lowery, who tried to serve as his aide at a school board meeting in December. She was asked to leave the area where the trustees sit but Nonn insisted she stay. After a heated discussion between Haley and Nonn, Orloff, Wiltermood and Farrell voted to adjourn the meeting. On Tuesday, Lowery again tried to serve as Nonn’s aide as he toured a special education program at Rancho Cotate High but again was told she could not be his assistant.

“My request, like so many others, is frustratingly simple,” Nonn said. “It doesn't require any money or extraordinary effort on the part of the district administration. I am blind. I need my independent aide to sit next to me and help me access information at public school board meetings. Why can't we just pull up an extra chair to the table?”

Nonn laments what he perceives to be a waste of resources on the district’s part. 

“My lawyers and I tried for months to reach a settlement with the district through negotiations to avoid a lengthy and costly legal battle,” Nonn said. “But if the district superintendent and other trustees insist on denying my right to accommodations, and so, prevent me from functioning fully as a trustee, I feel there is no other choice.”

Nonn said if he prevails in this case and there is a monetary award, he’ll donate the full amount to the Education Foundation of Cotati-Rohnert Park.