Marissa Bejarano Named Soroptimist Ruby Award Winner
La Prensa
March 4, 2011

 MANA de San Diego President and
Deputy Attorney General Marissa Bejarano
has been selected this year’s winner of the
Soroptimist Ruby Award by Soroptimist
International of La Mesa (SILM).

The award honors women who, through
personal or professional efforts, are
making an extraordinary difference in the
lives of women or girls.

 Bejarano will be honored for her volunteer
work with MANA where, through the Hermanitas Youth Leadership Program, she has
worked to reduce high school dropout and teen pregnancy rates among Latina girls,
and encouraged Latinas to pursue higher education. She is currently President of
MANA’s Board of Directors...

 Others being honored include Elena Cruz with La Maestra Community Centers,
Katherine Fountain with Kids on the Block, Fumiko Osada with Friends of the El Cajon
Library, and Colette Shenker with Social Advocates for Youth.

 SILM will present Soropti-mist Women’s Opportunity Awards (WOA) to Laurissa
Grinston and Danielle Bru-netta, and the Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award (VRA)
to student Ashlyn Wilson. The WOA provides financial assistance to women who are
trying to improve their lives through education or training. The VRA honors girls, ages
14 to 17, who are helping to improve the lives of others through their volunteer

 In addition, the club will recognize several “businesses for supporting our
community,” including Southwest Airlines, SDG&E, Enhancery Jewelers, Home Depot,
and Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company.

 San Diego County District Attorney
Bonnie Dumanis will be the keynote speaker at
the luncheon and will address the topic of Human Trafficking...
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[David] Bejarano
takes job in DA's

By Kelly Thornton
San Diego Union Tribune
December 18, 2004

U.S. Marshal David
Bejarano resigned
yesterday after less than
two years in the position to
accept an appointment as
chief of investigations in
the District Attorney's

Friends of Bejarano said a
key reason for his
departure is his desire to
run for sheriff if Bill
Kolender decides not to
seek a fourth term in
2006. Federal officials are
not permitted to seek
public office...
Girl Scouts name “San Diego’s 10 Cool Women of
2007” and honors community partners
La Prensa
May 18, 2007

Girl Scouts, San Diego-Imperial Council introduced “San Diego’s 10 Cool Women
of 2007”...

· Carol Lam
Senior VP, Legal Counsel, QUALCOMM
Former U.S. Attorney

· Chief Tracy Jarman
Fire Chief, San Diego Fire and Rescue

· Rana Sampson
International Crime Consultant  
“First Lady” of San Diego

· Rhonda Welch-Scalco-Chairwoman, Barona Band of Mission Indians
· Marissa Bejarano-Director, Hermanitas, MANA de San Diego
Girl Scout troop leader and attorney Marissa Bejarano joined the California Attorney
General’s Office in 2006. For five years, this USD graduate volunteered as a San
Diego Police Cadet. Currently she directs the nation’s largest one-on-one mentoring
program, Hermanitas, for MANA de San Diego, a national organization that mentors
young Latinas in academic pursuits.
· Janice Brown-Founding Attorney, Brown Law Group
· Mary Clark-Community Volunteer
· Wendy Gillespie-Principal, Frontier Trading
· Peggy Johnson-Executive Vice President, QUALCOMM
· Molly Moores-Community Volunteer/Director, Sudanese Tutoring Program
This year marks the 90th anniversary of Girl Scouting in San Diego, which began with
Coronado Troop #1 in 1917. As a special tribute, Rancho Bernardo troop leader
Charmaine Reed and her daughter, Cadette Girl Scout Roxanne Conowitch,
impersonated Girl Scouts’ founder Juliette Gordon Low and her niece, Daisy Gordon.
Their skit reflected Gordon Low’s dream that girls of all backgrounds explore nature
and develop self-reliance. She wanted young women to invest in their own futures and
actively participate as valued citizens.
Attorney Marissa Bejarano is surrounded by family and friends to celebrate receiving Girl Scouts
“10 Cool Women of 2007” Award at USD’s Joan Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice. Pictured left to
right: Michael Bejarano, Yvonne Bejarano, Celina Caprio, Marco Torres, Marissa Bejarano, Nellie
Andrade, Rosa Robles, Esperanza Bejarano, and David Bejarano.
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Four out of five CVESD board members
got their positions without running for election

The following March 2012 article resonates even more strongly
now that Marissa Bejarano has replaced her father on the Chula
Vista Elementary School District board without having to face
the voters of Chula Vista.

Are Too Many Chula Vista Elementary School
Board Members Handpicked?
By Susan Luzzaro
San Diego Reader
March 28, 2012

Jill Galvez, a Chula Vista resident and former city council candidate, believes if you want to
be a trustee for the elementary school district "you should have to get out there and knock
on doors, shake hands, and make your promises to voters face to face." That's why she is
disappointed to learn that yet another trustee is going to be appointed.

On March 19 the Chula Vista Elementary school board announced trustee Russell
Coronado's resignation, effective March 30. They voted to fill the position rather than hold
a costly special election.

The Union Tribune reported on March 20 that three out of the five members initially got on
the board through appointment: "Trustee David Bejarano was chosen out of a pool of 39
candidates in 2007 after Cheryl Cox stepped down following her election as mayor of Chula
Vista. Luffborough was selected out of 23 applicants in 2009 after Bertha Lopez resigned
to serve on the Sweetwater Union High School Board."

Trustee Larry Cunningham was appointed in 1998. After the board fills Coronado's
position, four out of the five trustees will have been appointed.

It is common knowledge that incumbents, appointed or not, have advantages. They receive
name recognition and are more likely to receive campaign donations.
Galvez, among
others, believes that
in order to avoid having a school board that
picks its own members,
appointees should agree to serve only as interim
trustees and not seek re-election.

Board president, Pamela Smith, was not available for comment.
Police Chief Moving to U.S.
Marshals Service
April 11, 2003
LA Times

Police Chief David
Bejarano will be wearing a
new badge by the end of
the month when he starts
his new job as head of the
U.S. Marshals Service for
San Diego and Imperial
counties. Bejarano, 46,
said Wednesday that the
U.S. Senate had approved
his nomination to the post
by President Bush.
Man Gets 6 Years for
Attacks on Women
LA Times
March 31, 2000

In one of the state's first
hate-crime convictions for
attacks on women, an
ex-convict Thursday was
sentenced to six years in
prison. "A woman should
not walk in fear of
unprovoked attacks,"
Superior Court Judge
Judith Hayes told Billy
Dean McCall, 29, in
sentencing him for attacks
on four women, including
the daughter of Police
Chief David Bejarano.
McCall was also fined
$1,200. McCall was
convicted of one
hate-crime felony for
attacking a woman outside
a bar after he had just
been rebuffed by another
woman. McCall was also
sentenced on four
misdemeanor assault
counts, including the
attack on Yvonne
Bejarano. McCall violently
pushed the 18-year-old,
an assault captured by a
department store security