• San Marino Parent Is ‘Hopeful’ After Meeting With Board President


    by Mitch Lehman

    San Marino High School parent Kristine Manley-Hunt, who more than two weeks ago told The Tribune she felt her ex-husband was asked to leave the San Marino High School girls’ basketball banquet at San Gabriel Country Club because he is African American, said on Tuesday night she had a “productive” meeting with School Board President Chris Norgaard and she is “hopeful” all parties can move forward and evolve.

    “I felt good about the meeting,” said Manley-Hunt. “It is good that we were finally able to put a face to one another. The atmosphere was very agreeable. It looks as though we are on the same page as far as evolving is concerned and having a discussion regarding cultural sensitivities. For that, I am very hopeful that we can move forward. I am committed to moving forward and I sincerely hope that the school district will move forward. But it will inevitably be their choice.”

    Accusations began when Paul Hunt, the woman’s ex-husband, was asked to leave San Gabriel Country Club on Wednesday, March 19 when he arrived wearing shorts and sandals at the banquet. Hunt had driven almost three hours to be in attendance and could not make it home to change his attire and back to the country club before the banquet ended. Hunt initially looked for a men’s store in the area, but at 6’5” and 280 lbs., was unable to find a resource that met his specific needs. He never returned to the banquet.

    Two other African Americans were also approached by SGCC staff members and questioned about their attire. One, Dawn McClendon, was wearing denim slacks and was asked to leave. McClendon went home, changed, and returned to the banquet. Another African American, the brother of one of the players to be honored at the banquet, proved to staff that he was in compliance with the dress code and remained on the premises. The fact that the three banquet-goers questioned by staff – and that an Asian American woman in attendance at the affair who was wearing a denim jacket and was not approached by club staff – sparked accusations of racist treatment.

    An Evite that was used by event organizers stated “Attire: SGCC is a country club, no denim allowed.” It did not mention shorts. A comprehensive dress code was added to San Gabriel Country Club’s non-member website a few days after the event.

    Though Norgaard requested that most of the issues discussed at the meeting be kept off the record, he told The Tribune that he will urge the school board and administration to immediately review policies regarding off-campus banquets and events in light of his discussion with Manley-Hunt.

     

    That issues be brought to the attnetion of administartoprs

    Irrsepctive of any venues policy, gthat the dkstrocy indepen=dently verify that the sponsoring member is present at the eventy,

     

    Family needs to be supported and Manley-Hunt

    she believes the district needs to analyze the relationship between the club and

     

    Athletic Director would be responsible that sponsoring member at any club would be present at any banquet that is help off-site

     

    improve the protocol and supervision at off-site events

    Increased visibility of school personnell.

     

    “If we are dealing with outside entities, we as a school district need to know that we are in align,ment with the values of these institutions. This goes to anotgher level of discussioin.

    Same oage – how is this going to happen. How will this be received? that is where we stand right now.,

     

    Holding school officials accountable.

     

    Norgaard on the right side of doing the right thing. I hope I am correct ion that.

     

     

    Wouldn’t climit was a racial incidemt if I didn’t feel it were justified.

     

    For that I am very hopeful that we can move forward.

    I am committed to moving forward and that the school district will move forward and evolcing. I am hgopeful for that. But it wil inevitable be there choice.

    Norgaard on the right side of doing the right thing. I hope I am correct ion that.

     

    I felt it was the school district who was responsible for supporting ur family.

    I don’t feel their intentions are in the right place,.

     

    Lawsuit?

    “Never went into this./ The time that elaosed, lack of empathy I have been feeloing cornered,

    Not intemtion.

    But willing to go as far as i can go to effect change.

     

    The woman who feels her ex-husband was asked to leave the San Marino High School girls’ basketball banquet at San Gabriel Country Club because he is African American told The Tribune she is “at a crossroads” and is considering her options.

    Kristine Manley-Hunt, whose daughter is a member of the Lady Titan basketball program, said she has received letters from both San Gabriel Country Club and SMUSD Superintendent Loren Kleinrock, but doesn’t feel either party is being accountable.

     

    Dawn McClendon, another parent who is also half African American,  showed up in denim and was asked to leave. McClendon went home, changed, and returned to the banquet.

    An Evite that was used by event organizers stated “Attire: SGCC is a country club, no denim allowed.” It did not mention shorts. A comprehensive dress code was added to San Gabriel Country Club’s non-member website some time in the past seven days.

    Manley-Hunt also took issue with a letter sent to Kleinrock by Eric Gregory, general manager of SGCC, which declares the club

    “We strongly stand by the staff’s ability and insistence on enforcing the Club’s policies consistently and believe that our staff properly communicated those policies on the night of the event and provided the option of changing or purchasing an item from the Club’s pro-shop. In review of the dress code policy sent to the event host, however, we have realized that there was no specific mention of shorts or sandals being prohibited.”

    Manley-Hunt said Gregory’s claim that her ex-husband was offered an opportunity to purchase pants in the pro shop “a blatant lie.”

    “Their letter is telling me what their stand is,” said Manley-Hunt. “They are saying their staff is correct in making Paul leave even though the dress code didn’t exist at the time. I really need them to see this and be accountable for it. This is why I must feel there is some racist undertone and we cannot move forward one millimeter. It’s not really even the race thing – it’s that we are pulling parents away from their children, and for what?”

    School Board President Chris Norgaard responded to a claim by Manley-Hunt in last week’s Tribune that the SMUSD had not answered her emails, saying that both he and Kleinrock had written back in less than twenty-four hours.

    John Semcken, president of San Gabriel Country Club’s board of directors declined further comment on Monday night

    “This is the last thing we want to be going on with our family,” Manley-Hunt said. “This is taking a large emotional toll on our family.”

     

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    Added: April 11, 2014. 11:23 PM

    I’m not surprised by this behavior, San Marino is a white and Asian exclusive city. The police department uses racial profiling for traffic stops. City officials and its citizens are just present-day KKK without 5 he white-hooded sheets.

     
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