Chen becomes center of attention in school board race

“Conejo Valley school board hopeful Amy Chen’s supporters say she will fight for parents to have more of a say in their child’s education and push back against Sacramento’s liberal agenda. Detractors say she will continue the current board majority’s effort to bend classroom curricula to their personal religious values.”

“But who is Amy Chen? And what has made her such a lightning rod before ever holding public office?  Asked to comment for this article, Chen requested theAcorn email her the questions in advance. Once they were sent, she replied to the Acorn only with passages from her campaign webpage.”

“But as her star rises in GOP circles, her detractors have cried foul, accusing Chen of creating a fake organization with an address in Arcadia so she could present herself to voters as the director of an educational nonprofit. On her ballot designation worksheet, Chen asked to be listed as an educational nonprofit director based on her position at Top Goal Education….”

“Tracy Saucedo, assistant registrar of voters for the county clerk and recorder’s office, said the ballot designation was approved because Top Goal’s president, Jocelyn Lin, sent an email confirming Chen’s position as director.  While the email satisfied the requirements of Saucedo’s review, it is unclear if the organization exists anywhere other than on paper.  The address on California Street in Arcadia is already occupied by First Ave. Education, a for-profit Chinese culture and language after-school enrichment program for which Chen has served as CFO since 2014.”

“Chen told the Acorn in August that Top Goal was created earlier this year as an offshoot of First Ave. Education to provide more families access to the program; at the time, First Ave. Education already had a nonprofit arm called First Avenue Education.  Lin is also the president of First Ave. Education.  In Lin’s email to the county, she said Chen’s duties were to “ensure the well-being of the nonprofit,” which includes “strategic planning, development of policies and programs consistent with the goals of the nonprofit and ensures the nonprofit remains true to its core mission and is effective.”  Half a dozen calls and emails to Lin over the course of three weeks to discuss Chen’s work at Top Goal were not returned. Asked about Top Goal, Chen declined to say if the nonprofit was currently in operation, if it offered any programs or if it had any students…..”

By Dawn Megli-Thuna

Chen becomes center of attention in school board race