Friday, November 26, 2010
To the Prospective Employers of Nick Alioto
A couple of weeks ago, it was brought to my attention that a certain Vice-President of Business and Finance at Southwestern College is really quite upset that some blogs have said relatively mean-spirited things about him.
By some blogs, I mean mine. By mean-spirited, I mean the ugly truth.
You see, it appears that Nick Alioto is looking for work. Apparently he’s had his Road to Damascus epiphany and realizes that his future at SWC is as shiny as a gallon of Mississippi Mud. But while he’s still got his job, he’s looking to find another.
And he’s afraid that the ugly truth is going to make it hard to get another cushy job where he can move piles of money from one place to another. Apparently he’d like it if I made it possible for him to find that cushy job by taking down all the blog posts and links I have up.
Not to put too fine a point on it, but I don’t want Nick Alioto to get that cushy job.
So here are a few things you prospective employers might want to read:
"College VP Raised Money from Contractors He Oversees" [San Diego Union-Tribune]
"Southwestern Suitors" [San Diego Reader] [San Diego Union-Tribune]
"Gala Prize was Napa Weekend with Contracting Official"
"Nick Alioto Under Fire for Financial Shenanigans – Again! And There’s More the U-T Didn’t Know!" [SWC Board Must Go - my related blog]
"Firm Overbills Racine Schools" [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]
"Director Left Last District in a Hole" [Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]
"Racine: The Travesty of Smoke and Mirrors Savings" [FoxPolitics.net]
"An Interesting Story about PBCG Head Nick Alioto" [Real Debate Wisconsin blog]
“Is Southwestern College’s Nick Alioto Racine USD’s Nick Alioto?" [This blog]
"The Plot Thickens" [Save Our Southwestern College blog]
"“Sun” Newspaper Earns More National Kudos; Raj and the Governing Board Still Hate It" [SWC Board Must Go]
"The Human Chord: November Elections Call for Change" [Southwestern College Sun]
"Why You Should Come to Wednesday’s Governing Board Meeting" [SWC Board Must Go]
Besides a chance to gather up these tasty links and repost them for all to see, my reason for this post is simple: I want to spare some other school district the pain that Southwestern College went through.
I have been told by two separate governing board members (one of whom is now an ex-board member) that Alioto was presented to the board to vote on by member Yolanda Salcido - who said he was good for the job. They did no background check on him. (I suppose it's possible that they did, and they were even worse judges of character than anyone considered.)
Out of curiosity, I did the research that found the information on his Wisconsin shenanigans. On Google. In about three minutes.
I hope that whoever is considering hiring him reads this, follows the links, and thanks their lucky stars that they're able to take a pass on him.
And if some board member or upper-level administrator does choose to hire him, this post will remain in cyberspace for eternity, as proof that they chose to ignore the warnings.
With the right blogger or researcher opposing you, it can cost you dearly; trust me on that.
I have a few more posts from an earlier version of SWC Board Must Go that are currently inaccessible. As soon as I can get them up, I'll post those links, too. And if and when Alioto is indicted for his shady actions, I'll be sure and post that, too.