Leticia Garcia, Fontana School Board Member, Hid Marriage to Gang Murderer of 2 Santa Ana Men

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A Fontana Unified School District trustee is embroiled in controversy over failing to disclose to voters, parents and school officials her secret marriage to a former Los Angeles gang member who was convicted of murdering two 21-year-old men in Santa Ana in 1984. Leticia Garcia said she decided it was time to disclose her marriage to Jason Garcia after his Sept. 30 release from the California Men's Colony in San Luis Obispo and 27 years behind bars. But some say she never would have been elected to a four-year term in November 2010 had voters and opponents known about the hush-hush union.

"This has put all of Fontana under a cloud," City Councilman Michael Tahan told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin's Jim Steinberg, and if you know anything about Fontana city politics and the town's school board (I used to cover both), you know how thick the cloud over "Fontucky" already is.

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What especially frosts Fontana Mayor Acquanetta Warren is 45-year-old Garcia wrote on her application to run for school board last year that she was divorced when she really was not.

"She is the vice chair of one of the largest school districts in Southern California," Warren noted to Steinberg. "When you are elected, you have to be truthful. Now she is crying out for acceptance of a lie."

In the early morning hours of Sept. 8, 1984, then-16-year-old Jason Garcia and other members of LA's Diamond Street gang drove to Santa Ana in search of a party. Their three-car caravan cruised through what Santa Ana's F Troop gang considered its home turf. When F Troop members chased after their rivals, a shooting ensued. F Troop's Anthony Silerio and Frank Villa were slain. Garcia was one of the shooters.

His defense attorney Carl Dresselhaus decided to forgo a jury trial and only present the case to Orange County Superior Court Judge John J. Ryan. The lawyer later explained he wanted to avoid "emotional" jurors who might react more harshly to the blood-soaked evidence against his client than a cool-headed judge would. Ryan ultimately convicted Garcia of the second-degree murder of one man and participation in the second-degree murder of the other.

Then-Leticia Chavez met Jason Garcia in 2001 while doing research for a criminology class on how the California prison system tries to rehabilitate young men who receive life sentences but might be released. She claims she dropped the project because she knew she had fallen in love with Garcia. After their wedding in 2002, she changed her last name from Chavez to Garcia.

She tells the Daily Bulletin's Steinberg that she decided to keep that part of her life secret from everyone except family and close friends to avoid having to constantly explain and defend herself. She adds that Jason urged her not to mention him while running for school board.

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However, making a messy story even messier is Leticia Garcia's romantic relationship with San Bernardino attorney and Democratic Party insider Tim Prince while Jason was still locked up.

Prince, who said he thought Leticia was divorced for much of their time together, were spotted at several social and political functions until the couple who got together in July 2010 split up this past May. She claims she stopped visiting Jason in prison during her tryst with Prince, who was the Democratic opponent who lost to 'til-he-dies incumbent U.S. Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands) in 2008.

"In retrospect," Garcia told Steinberg, "I could have handled things differently."

Former Fontana police chief and mayor Frank Scialdone would agree. He noted to the reporter that Garcia often talks about the need for transparency at school board meetings "but is secretly married to a guy in prison while she is out gallivanting with a man in Fontana. . . . Where is the transparency? Where is the leadership?"

According to Garcia, she will remain a leader on the school board through at least the end of her first term because, "It's all about the kids."

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Marg57 Garcia
Marg57 Garcia

 Lomza...I agree with you totally. What kind of woman marries a man in prison for murder that has children? Regardless of what you know now she didnt know him then. There is a self esteem issue there if you ask me. But then I've seen her picture, so there is definitely a self esteem issue. There should be someone strong to support our kids and Ms. Garcia in my book...does not fit the bill...sorry!

Marg57 Garcia
Marg57 Garcia

 Like her affair with Tim Prince was confidential? This really isn't about the husband, it is about a woman who does not know the meaning of honesty. The only question here is, had the parents known who she was married to...would they have voted the same? I think not. How she got back into office is beyond my comprehension. What I would like to know is how she is friends on FB with Mr. Prince? Does her husband NOT see her FB friends?

Marg57 Garcia
Marg57 Garcia

How is it that Garcia can advocate for our children here in Fontana while carrying on an adulterous relationship with Tim Prince? She is now living in Fontana away from her husband and closer to Mr. Prince...and her youngest child is being raised by her husband? Are you kidding me? If she can't take care of her own how is she the authority on OUR KIDS? How does a woman like this 1-get elected? 2-get fired and RE-elected? What is this world coming too? Doesn't anyone have any scruples anymore? 

tiny
tiny

This man took the rap for someone else.  He did not commit the crime,  unfortunately he had to do the time.  God blessed him with a beautiful intelligent wife and they both deserve to live a happy and fullfilling life.

Covergirl1223
Covergirl1223

I think it's real funny how everyone has an opinion about someone elses life and can't keep the focus on themselves. It's real sad that we live in a world that Leticia felt she had to lie because of all the stigmatisms and judgements from everyone who has nothing to do with any of this. I understand she works with kids, ok but because she married who she loves doesn't make her a bad person or a bad role model. It makes her more of a role model becuase she's not listening to all you assholes out there that think their opinion counts for something.At the age of 16 yrs old you know right from wrong however we don't have the intelligence as we would as being adult and experiencing life as we know it. I would not make the same decisions at 16 as I would now, would you? We all say if I could go back and know what I know now things would be different. Everyone makes mistakes in life. He did 27 yrs for his. You have no idea what prison life like unless you have been there or know someone in there. It's no joke. They get treated like less than animals. I don't know what your conception is of prison but it's in-humane. The CO's are stright assholes. I personally saw a CO tackle a visitor because she had a tampon and shw was taken out in an ambulance. I understand they are watching out for the prisons but they treat the visitors like they are the criminals as well. I just think it's funny how everyone wants to put down a criminal and don't have nothing to say about police officers innocently killing people, or the CO's in jail bring in drugs and cell phones to the inmates. Whats your perception on that? What about the men who rape children and get out of jail? Is that ok becuase they didn't kill them. Well they mine as well have because what those kids have to go through to get back correctly mentally is astonishing and most don't make it. Ok some people get abused in their family and they are ok but are mentally messed up and some do the same thing. So don't think because you haven't committed a crime because you were abused you never put your self in a bad situation one time or another. I am very proud of you Leticia that you have comeout. To me the best way to say the hell with them all is to stay strong. Congradulations on your freedom Jason. Enjoy it. Every moment and never take anything for granted again. You were blessed with a second chance. God Bless you and your family.

DEE

Kuatekuat
Kuatekuat

I did grow up in the IE(Rialto City homie) and I still do not think it is right for anyone to kill, but I digress. This story is about whether Leticia should step down or not. Her life is twisted in a labyrinth of lies. Have you ever heard the saying, "It is easier to ask for forgiveness, than it is to get permission." Well I have never agreed with this quote. I think she should have been honest from the very beginning, but she probably would not have been elected. However, somebody with a position as high as hers should practice what she preaches. For example, virtues such as honesty and loyalty. She must step down because students deserve to be exposed to great role models. In a place like Fontana it is very common that they will see many shitty things on da streets. Students should be able to go to a school which is not intertwined with these horrible things. Schools which promote cognitive awareness and moral values. Anyways, it is hard to make it out of IE's schools because so much of the Educational system here lacks integrity, hope this issue does get resolved. 

Leticia Garcia
Leticia Garcia

im fat and ugly so could only get a man from prison....

mdhorg
mdhorg

Wow, short and to the point. You got my vote!

UR ALL 2 FACED
UR ALL 2 FACED

Wow, so far I think you are the biggest idiot posting comments.... what are you, 12yrs old? Grow up already!

RiccardoS
RiccardoS

Leticia Garcia is exactly what you voters deserve in California.  Even though you are idiots, your kids still deserve better than to tolerate some sicko who's got a perversion for murderers to be in charge of your public schools. 

UR ALL 2 FACED
UR ALL 2 FACED

Did you even read the story dee dee dee...... quick to make a stupid comment about something he knows nothing about.... why don't you read all the stories, including her story.... typical male, to lazy to do the research and look at the entire story ..... satisfied by doing a half ass job... why don't you and "Someblackguy" keep your stupid comments to yourself and post your stupidity on facebook where you have selected other idiots as your friends so they can read your crap.

someblackguy
someblackguy

look, the murderer probably did a good thing by killing other pieces of shit like him self so fuck it if he is a killer... what makes this wrong is that she lied.

mdhorg
mdhorg

Gov does it all the time in war.

StomperJD
StomperJD

She's a lying cheating whore....sounds about right for California leadership. Prime example number one would be former Governor Arnie S. Top to bottom that state is only attracting the morally bankrupt to 'serve' (read get rich) the people.

UR ALL 2 FACED
UR ALL 2 FACED

StomperJD, you know what you ignorant piece of crap, who the hell are you to call her a cheating whore when you don't even know the story... do you even live in Fontana? For all we know, you're a lying cheating whore, quick to point a finger, but take a good look at your hand when you point because there may be 1 pointing at her but 4 fingers pointing back at you. Let he who lives without sin cast the first stone.... if you can sit here and tell me your are mother Teresa you are a damn liar. What does her marital status have to do with her job performance....NOTHING! She is doing a great job on the board, which is more than what I can say about the board in the previous years. I have lived in Fontana most of my life and have 4 children who attend and many nieces and nephews.... do you?

Ywest315
Ywest315

None of you have ever done anything you regret? Never made poor choices as a teenager? I thought prison was about rehabilitation? Why else are schooling, job training, and counseling provided? I don't see any of you on here admitting to your mistakes. How about you females who had an abortion before because you made a mistake, should you be sentenced to a life od being sterile because of a mistake? I am not pro abortion bt any means but I am pro forgiveness.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Damn Coker... Who would of thought that a story about the IE let alone Fontucky would get so much traction? 

Nice work!

guest
guest

What an embarrassment the leadership of this district is! Change is needed to stop this community from being defined by leaders who can't even manage the basics of telling the truth and keeping people safe.First there is the growing scandal involving the board vice president (http://www.facebook.com/letici... and now another involving a principal in the district who is being physically threatened by parents (see the comments at 2:19:50 from the board meeting http://www.livestream.com/fusd...

Paul Kim
Paul Kim

This is cause for concern. Any woman who marries a prison inmate let alone one convicted of double murder has some major issues. Who in their right mind would find such scum romantically attractive? Like the woman who married the night stalker Richard Ramirez. Would you really trust someone with such piss-poor judgment with such an important job?

Fontana
Fontana

She looks like Ricki Lake

shawn97
shawn97

i just wanna see her lean like a chola, lol.

Freddie
Freddie

Dont be ridiculous!! It is because of people like u, who are bashing her for something she has no control over, that she lied!! If you have ever fallin in love u would know that sometimes we have no control over that stuff and as for narrying a man who made a mistake at 16 come on lets be real how many of us did horrible things at 16! Granted we may not have done something like that but look at the upbringing!! She is my mom and yeah she made a mistake were human beings but one thing i kno is she loves children and wants to make a difference and because of people like yourselves who are bashing her she was forced to lie about it!! She is so dedicated to what she does and always has the students best interest at heart!! This society is so horrible and judgemental you cant blame her and if you are youre definitely not being honest with yourself!!

Lomza
Lomza

Murder is no simple childhood mistake.  I knew better at 16 and so does everyone else.  The fact is this female married him, which in itself shows bad judgement, then lied about it to get elected.  Anyone with judgement and honesty this distorted and amoral; should not be having an impact on children, let alone in public office.

UR ALL 2 FACED
UR ALL 2 FACED

Where did you grow up? I'm sure it wasn't in the Gang infested streets of L.A. were gangs were a way of life... everyone who has commented about him being a convicted murderer make it seem like he woke up one day and said, "I think I'm going to go kill someone today." I don't know about you, but I am familiar with the gang life, sometimes it's a do a die situation, kill or be killed.... it's a jungle out there and unless you have seen it and experienced it or lived it yourself you will never understand. But don't be quick to judge someones situation if you don't understand it.

Topanga
Topanga

Sorry but no one is forced to lie...She should have told the truth from the start of her campaign & let the people decide if they still wanted to vote for her. Now her character & integrity is compromised. Yes we make mistakes but it doesn't mean that lying & misrepresenting yourself to the public is acceptable or without consequences...even a school board member.

Freddie
Freddie

She lied because she wanted the job bad enough to and cared about the position strong enough to run the risk as I said before people constantly lie on job applications about different character traits and what not.  Maybe you haven't and that's is great but it happens a lie is a lie!! People lie on job apps typically because they want the position bad enough to or because the job is more than that!! It means that much more to that person!!  And getting into integrity she came out and announced she was married to Jason!! Does that not speak volumes of integrity? The argument swings both ways

UR ALL 2 FACED
UR ALL 2 FACED

That's not what he is saying, he's saying you all don't have the right to judge because at one point in your life, and don't LIE, you have lied about something.... whether it was lying to your wife/husband about working late so you can hit the bar for happy hour, spending extra money on yourself, cheating on your spouse, a dent on your car, checking out that attractive male/female at the store.... no one said it was okay to lie, let he who lives his life WITHOUT SIN cast the first stone. And there is NO ONE here who lives without sin....  so you should all take a good look at yourselves before making comments about lying.

UR ALL 2 FACED
UR ALL 2 FACED

Wow, you must be the idiot who keeps posting stupidity on the sun..... so you saw his facebook and just because he has tattoos you automatically assume they are prison tats.... ppl like you make me sick, you see something and without knowing the story behind it your are quick to make an assumption, you must be a female, you sound like one of those women who spread rumors based on what they think they saw simply because you have nothing better to do.... do you even live in Fontana? I am a proud Garcia supporter, simply because I have seen the work she has done in our district. I have kids who attend this district and have always had problems with teachers, principals, staff and so on.... when I would go before the board and speak, my complaints fell on def ears and nothing was ever done... I always heard, "your the only one who complaint so this is not valid, move on and have a good day." I even had to move my child to another school because he, only 11yrs old, was being harassed by the principle. Since she has been on the board I feel like my complaints will be heard and now I feel that my kids will be safe from school staff, she speaks for the kids in this district and defends them.... to her, these kids are our future and they should receive the education they deserve in a no hostile environment.

StomperJD
StomperJD

There is ZERO excuse for lying. Appealing to ones emotions by claiming 'she cared so much for the kids and the position' is excusing irresponsible and unacceptable behavior from someone in a posititon of leadership over children. She lied, she should lose her position. I would say she should resign but it takes courage to do the right thing and as we've seen she lacks even a modicum degree of that. She also has ZERO integrity. The only reason she talked about it was because people were sniffing out the trail after her failed CHEATING relationship with Prince.

Jidf Seven
Jidf Seven

Since Freddy was raised to think it's ok to lie because 'everybody does it" I wouldn't get him upset since he probably thinks it's also ok to kill since "everybody does it." If this is the same Freddy posting on the Sun board he looks like a thug on his Facebook pic; prison tats, backward hat, in other words your average Garcia supporter.

Topanga
Topanga

Irregardless if she came out and admitted it...she still lied. She still manipulated a fact. She still deceived the voters who didn't have an opportunity to weigh in the circumstances before they voted. So, you're saying its ok to lie on an application for a job because 'everyone" does it?  Its ok to lie if you want something bad enough? Sorry, but perhaps you need to think about that one. If she, or anyone for that matter, wants something bad enough that they have to 'lie' to get it, then I (and many others) seriously doubt that persons integrity. If she is the person you say she is, then she should have been HONEST and let the voters decide for themselves.

909Jeff
909Jeff

I thought the same thing Freddie but she lied on her application which would be grounds for termination in any corporate job. And her marriage didnt seem that important to her when she was running around with Tim Prince... Which take it at face value was probably for political gain.  

UR ALL 2 FACED
UR ALL 2 FACED

She didn't lie about her ability to hold this position, she didn't lie about what her goals were for this district, she didn't lie about her passion to help kids..... she simply didn't state her marital status as it was a confidential marriage license, she really didn't have to if she didn't want to.... are any of you guys reading any of the articles or are you just reading the parts you want to read so you can make quick judgement and talk crap.

Jidf Seven
Jidf Seven

you better read up on California Law , Ybara. Confidential marriage is only granted to those who have been living together. Jason was in the clink for 17 years before LIEticia met him. The happy couple either lied on their affidavit (perjury) or she lied about having a confidential marriage certificate. No two ways about it.It's either or. She's toast.

Freddie
Freddie

Yeah she did but only because she wanted to make a difference and cared enough to run the risk!!  You can't tell me you have never filled out a job application and wanted a job that bad that you wouldn't lie about one of your character traits to get it!! Granted her lie is on a larger scale but lying for a job is lying for job! We're human beings she wants to make a difference and wanted the position!

Buckaroo
Buckaroo

Freddie, Life can be cold. Therefore, I urge you to go to school and learn grammar. Hopefully, you did not go to high school in Fontana, where some of the school board members care "about the kids."

Rake

909Jeff
909Jeff

Freddie, 

You seem to be an adamant supporter of her's.  Can you explain your affiliation? Friends? Family? Hey, no judgement, like I said I wanted to support her... Her husband sounds at least on the surface like he has successfully reformed himself a true rarity, If i knew her or were family I would defend her too.  

To answer your question... No I never lied on an application.  I hold securities licenses and am required to pass a background check before starting a new job.  A process which I've had to go through a few times in the last couple of years.  And I have been on the other side of the table where we have offered employment and had to rescind the offer when a background check reveals an undisclosed incident.  So the very act of not disclosing is grounds for termination.  

Black Stocking Fetish
Black Stocking Fetish

of course shes gonna Lie, It's a Stigma to go with a ex con who murdered before..But keep in Mind,  He did it when He was 16 and He ended up Turning His Life around..  It's not like she went with a Prison Gang member..  Also she came clean on her own..Gotta give the Woman some credit.  I Usually Don't defend democrats but I am a Fair Person.

GUEST
GUEST

GET REAL HE TURNED HIS LIFE AROUND WHILE OTHERS ARE STILL DEAD. HE TURNED LIFE AROUND WHILE OTHERS STILL HAVE TO PAY STUDENT LOANS BACK. BUT THIS IS NOT ABOUT HIM... SHE NEEDS TO STEP DOWN

Lomza
Lomza

What about the victims?  were they able to turn their lives around after he killed them?  I knew better than to kill anyone when I was 16 years of age. He was afraid of a jury trial at the time of conviction and life was the best he could get?  This should not be over-looked.  Since when would you want someone like that close to your kids?  Also the lies involved?  Is that the meesage you want to show your children from someone in a leadership position?  This is a degradation of standards that should not be tollerated.

Jacob
Jacob

Why is this guy being let loose on the streets after killing TWO people? Is this the kind of example she is setting for out kids? that its ok to murder people? she needs to be executed.

DubV
DubV

I think 27 years is time served; he murdered someone before he could even emotionally comprehend what he had done.  You are not a jury, a judge, nor an executioner.  

Lomza
Lomza

Budget cut-backs forced his release is my guess.

Freddie
Freddie

Wow just when I think they don't make them any more ignorant you post this!!! He is being let go because he made a mistake when he was 17 as part of a gang!! He grew up in a gang and that was what he believed as his family at that time!! We all don't grow up in the beautiful Orange County and sit by the beach and have parties and bonfires all night!! Some kids are brought up into some horrible situations with a horrible nature and no nurture besides what these gangs show em! You're right lets spend tax dollars keeping someone in prison who was being a kid and making stupid mistakes!! Kids make mistakes should they pay for them their whole life? Grow up dude

Lomza
Lomza

I was not raised with a golden spoon.  My dad was a vicious drunk and I was taught that violence was a virtue.  But I never bought into it and I never even thought of killing someone.  There is no excuse.  I am sorry he is parolled and most likely wouldn't have been except for the budget forcing the release of some criminals.

Guest
Guest

He was old enough to know what is right and what is wrong. Letting anyone go that murders someone shows that there are no consequences for their actions. What kind of message does that send to the kids in Fontana?

909Jeff
909Jeff

How come she cant just simply be removed for lying on an application?  Private sector jobs do it all the time? 

calwatch
calwatch

Xavier Alvarez claimed he received the Medal of Honor and still was forced to resign by not showing up, rather than be removed. Maybe if the public occupies Fontana School Board meetings and chews her up in public comment night after night, she will resign.

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