What if I told you that Mark Takano sat on the board of a district that was:
— sued for sex discrimination, sexual assault, battery, age discrimination, civil rights violations, race discrimination and wrongful termination.
You’d wonder how the hell he got elected to congress, of if you were a partisan apologist, you’d say it wasn’t Mr. Takano’s fault. Right.
The U.S. Education Department Office For Civil Rights described the boards responses to claims of harassment in a letter to RCC:
“Evidence of a pattern of unreasonable, ineffective, and inequitable responses to claims of harassment is also reflected in the degree to which students were left to obtain their own resolutions after providing notice to the College of alleged discrimination. Students were left to fend for themselves in seeking cessation of the alleged unlawful conduct and in removing themselves from the alleged hostile environment…”
Based on the examples and documents reviewed by OCR, in those instances when complaints of a hostile environment reached the individuals authorized to investigate the complaints, the investigation process was not timely, reasonably diligent or reliable as required by Titles VI an IX, nor were the processes prompt and equitable, as required by Title IX. The investigations were not sufficient to accord students the protections of Titles VI and IX…
Even where the College’s own internal investigation uncovered discrimination or retaliation, steps reasonably calculated to ensure that the violation would not reoccur were not taken.
The College traded away the disciplinary actions the College itself had deemed to be appropriate and necessary.
US Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights Letter to RCC on 2/28/05
Where was Mark Takano – the defender of Women’s rights? Mark Takano, the choice of Gloria Steinem?
Takano was the “Preferred Candidate” of the Feminist Majority – who were apparently blind to the sordid history of the College District that Takano was elected to oversee.
Worse, Takano did nothing to fix problems once the district was publicly admonished for numerous violations of anti-discrimination statutes. There is a lot to go through here – but we will get to the bottom of the sewer that has defined Mark Takano’s time in office.
What has Mark Takano done to all of us since getting elected to congress? We will introduce you to some of that record in the next installment of the tour de Takano.