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March 31, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
March 31, 2011
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Thanks to the Reader article mentioned in a prior post , the world finally sees a glimpse of the real Kathie Lembo - it seems everyone who has worked there or people in the non profit community know about her - she is ruthless; she is also effective, but again she is ruthless, and it's all about her looking like a hero at whatever the cost, or who ever may be trampled along the way. The agency board and the people in the political arena where she rubs elbows are the only ones who dont seem to know about Lembo's true colors. The Reader article speaks for itself and lays out a lot of well documented information regarding the issue of falsification. You have employees going under oath saying that they engaged in this activity ! You have her own investigation documents quoted ! It will be nice when soeone on her board has the courage to take her on . It appears they have done nothing in the face of this article whereby Lembo looks less than honest . Courage to them.

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Reader article - also know former and current employees

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have an active Board that demands absolute integrity

February 24, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
February 24, 2011
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The San Diego Reader article from February 17 was quite an expose of this organization. Anyone interested in this organization should read this article. It is shocking from so many perspectives.

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2011/feb/16/citylights2-south-bay-community-services

It discusses what looks like a pattern of falsification and what looks like a cover up and retaliation against the whistle-blowers. It appears the courts found evidence enough to proceed with a trial and that otherwise significant settlements were paid. It appears that Ms. Lembo was not even aware of the court documents that existed, namely what appears to be her own internal investigation which seemed to confirm that falsification occurred despite what she says.

This scandal occurred in the same year as the issue regarding Ms. Lembo awarding her own Board Member with a major contract and then failing to report it as required by IRS law.

The salaries of the administrative staff here and what appears, via another commentator, to be incestuous hiring practices ( Board Members and relatives of key staff), are of concern as well.

Certain non-profits seem to loose their way and this seemes to be one of them.

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watchdog journalism covering this organization

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major reform; terminate those involved in falsification and cover up

February 6, 2011
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February 6, 2011
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I got more inside scoop-
WATCHOUT FOR HIGH COMPENSATION PACKAGES AND QUESTIONABLE HRING FROM THIS ORGANIZATION; HERE IS LIST OF $100,000 CLUB - THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH THE AGENCY WHOSE COMPENSATION PACKAGES ARE JUST BELOW OR WELL ABOVE $100,000 - Pretty good money for a
"non-profit"

David Bejarano - former Board member whose private security firm had $97000 contract with agecny while he was a Boardmember

Kathryn Lembo - per IRS forms here - aproaching $180K-$200K

Dina Chavez- $100K plus - and insiders say her husband also works for the agency fulltime - can you say "nepotism" ?

Pam Wright $100K plus -

Elizabeth Iniguez $100plus
Valerie Brew
Patricia Chavez former City Council member and PR staffmember has $140K contract per this website
Don Hunter - hired straight from being Boardmember
Mauricio Torre
Ismena Valdez - HR director who insiders say has a sister working for the Agency- that dont seem right
Shirley Horton - got hired straight from being Boardmember

so this whole scenario concerns me as taxpayer - not just high compensation - but the idea that Boardmembers can get contracts or jobs fro the agency - i think what they call a revolving door - is thier incentive to NOT rock the boat so that they can line up a contract or job ??
the Boardmembers mentioned in earlier comments think nothing is wrong with agency - Sue Belmonte & Maria Guasp -

random scoop - the fact that the agecny is trying to load this site with good reviews came from someone in the top dircle;
Cesar Chavez Day really is a personal sore spot for Lembo apparently
the people who files lawsuits were know as good hardworking and honest people, never in trouble
the people who work there say the pay is high, so it is hard to leave so the put up with a lot of what several call 'toxicity" they wish Boardmembers would do something, but have given up hope having seen the system in play- they love the work they do though

that may all be gossip, the pay stuff and hiring stuff isnt - or even the fact that they dont recognize cesar Chavez Day in a town like CHula VIsta. Read the documebnts yourself and the Reader article about Bejarano.

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people are helped by the staff

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

honesty- no games- no hiring relatives or Board members

January 31, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
January 31, 2011

WARNING: AFTER NEWS OF THE $97000 BOARDMEMBER CONTRACT AND THE LAWSUITS WERE POSTED HERE;THIS AGENCY LAUNCHED A CONCERTED EFFORT TO HAVE "FRIENDS" AND SUPPORTERS POST NICE COMMENTS - SO TAKE ALL THOSE WITH A GRAIN OF SALT- IT APPEARS GOOD WORK GETS DONE BY PEOPLE DIRECTLY DEALING WITH CLIENTS BUT THE BOARD DOES NOT MONITOR THE HIGH DOLLAR MANAGEMENT TEAM WHO IN TURN GIVE THE BOARD CONTRCTS OR JOBS -

ON NOTHER NOTE - IT IS WEIRD THAT HERE IN CHULA THEY DON'T RECOGNIZE CESAR CHVEZ DAY ?????? WHAT'S UP WITH THAT???

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HEARING THE REAL SCOOP FROM INSIDERS- NOT HAPPY PEOPLE , BUT THEY LIKE THIER WORK, BUT NOT THE ENVIRONMENT

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CUT MANAGEMENT SALARIES; NOT HIRE BOARD MEMBERS OR GIVE THEM CONTRACTS ; DON'T HIRE RELATIVES OF TOP MANAGEMENT, IT JUST LOOKS BAD; GET BACK TO BEING A CHARITY INSTEAD OF BEING ABOUT TOP MANAGMENT SALARIES; POST THE SALARIES OF THE TOP TEN HIGHEST PAID EMPLOYEES; ACKNOWLEDGE CESAR CHAVEZ DAY FOR GOD SAKES !!

January 21, 2011
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January 21, 2011
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The shocking thing here is that probably this isn’t the first something like this has occurred in this organization. They just got caught this time. After all……..Who is really watching here??? How many others have benefited from such “deals”? Also, I was shock to hear some the high salaries the management team receives, shocking!!!!! For a non-profit organization that is committed to helping the community it seems like they are more interested in helping themselves first! Shame on you!!!
To be fair…..I do believe that there are some good people that work here but it seems like the poor quality of leadership is bringing this organization down.

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January 15, 2011
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January 15, 2011
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wow! i was looking on this site because I was interested in why this Chula Vista agency steadfastly refuses to recognize Cesar Chavez Day when all the communities around do as well as other large non profits- i was surprised at all the other info although i had read the San Diego Reader article about the Agency's scandal of giving board members high dollar contracts. I love this CHulaMoxie person , he or she has MOXIE !! I like the way they called out the board members defending the agency- I will do the same !!! MARIA GUASP OF THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF RESEARCH AND SUE BELMONTE OF THE SAN DIEGO DAILY TRANSCRIPT -DID YOU GIVE YOUR FELLOW BOARD MEMBER A CONTRACT ? YOU DONT THINK THAT PRACTICE NEEDS TO BE CHANGED ????
Back to Cesar Chavez - i emails form this Agency on this - and i was appalled - They were refusing an employee request to recognize the day and lets just say the Agecny sounded pretty dumb - it seems the director LEMBO hates on Cesar - I guess she likes Mexicans, when she is in charge of them or doling programs to them - Maybe she is LA PATRONA - SO MARIA GUASP OF THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF RESEARCH AND SUE BELMONTE OF THE SAN DIEGO DAILY TRANSCRIPT do you support the agency not recognizing Cesar Chavez when the whole area does ?? I dont know if you are Hispanic or not, bit if you are, WATCHA LE POCHOS !! from what i hear the coconuts dont fall far from the Lembo tree !! Get with the Program please- Viva La Causa!!

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they refuse to recognize Cesar Chavez Day

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Recognize Cesar Chavez Day

December 19, 2010
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July 15, 2010

I read about this organization in the San Diego Reader Magazine. How the Executive Director Kathryn Lembo had a $97000 contract for the Agency with Board member David Bejarano for security services wi... more

December 19, 2010
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I am concerned this organization is trying to pump up its scores on this site - they have had their own auditor, who admitted mistakes on the documents on this site, and it looks like two Board members, rank the organization highly - it seems like a conflict to do such - I guess they didnt read the San Diego Reader article which touched upon conflict of interest at this organization. Were these board members involved in awarding a $97000 contract to their co Board member David Bejarano ? Are they fine that the financial documents on this site denied the existence of the contract despite a direct question asking of such- of course they know he resigned from the board after the story came out - and if the action to award the contract violated State law on self dealing transactions, did they discipline any body? I dont think they mention that any changes are needed at the organization. I guess the organizations they work for in their day jobs are fine with this Board awarding each other contracts which may violate State law? I am further disturbed by the developer commenting. It shows the incestuous relationship between this organization and developers, major donors for the organization. For those not familiar with Chula Vista it has been over run by developers, they score points by donating to this organization- the organization then gets to administer the affordable housing units required of the developers - then the high salaries of this agency get to go up-- so no doubts that good works are achieved via this agency's programs financed by me and you the taxpayer - but self serving actions and obliviousness of the Board members rate a low score here -- wake up - stop the conflicts and high slaries and dependence on developers.

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reviewing incorrect documents on this site and stories in the paper

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the Board wakes up - stops conflicts and high salaries, and depenndence on developers

July 15, 2010
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I read about this organization in the San Diego Reader Magazine. How the Executive Director Kathryn Lembo had a $97000 contract for the Agency with Board member David Bejarano for security services with his private firm; how this was not reported to the IRS via the documents on this website, 990 forms, how a State law was possibly violated on such contracts, and how Lembo was on the interview board for Bejarano when he was hired, when they had this contractual relationship...whew!!! stinky ! - then i saw the reviews here and the listing of employee lawsuits ! the first review was very factual simply listing the lawsuits-so i am very concerned about tax dollars and this contract scandal that the Reader uncovered. Also , the high salaries of the administrators which can be found on this site; and the $250000 gala fundraiser event listed in these 990 forms, and someone being paid for use of their private residence? ( on the 990 form)This agency needs more oversight and transparency.

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really just from reading about it, and examining the documents on this site, the 990 forms

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2010

May 24, 2010

This is just a general comment in response to agarcia. Interesting how glowing your comment is, and that you say the previous response gave no specifics. I actually read the review by barryjohnjohnson, at the end of the review, I see 3 cases, with case numbers, that is pretty specific. I will give you a specific about this disfunctional organization. Specific: David Bejarano sits on the board, David Bejerano's Security firm enjoys a $97,000 contract with South Bay Community Services. As a member of the public, I find this outrageous and unethical at best. As for their director, Kathy Lembaeu, all I know about her is she rules with an iron fist. I'm sure that she will have some shill respond to this review, just as she did with the review by Barryjohnjohnson. This organization has hard dedicated workers, but has a very disfunctional leadership.

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watching friends who were employed there being mistreated by Kathy Lembaeu

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2010

June 9, 2009
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June 9, 2009
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South Bay Community Services (SBCS)has been the subject of three employee lawsuits in the last two and a half years. Among many issues, the lawsuits discuss retaliation/wrongful discharge for employees who either refused to engage in falsification of documents; reported falsification issues; or supported employees who reported falsification issues. Two cases were settled out of court while one case is still pending. Olivia Rosillo v. SBCS, Case # GIC 874926; Barry Johnson v. SBCS Case# 37-2008-00093073; Alicia Guido v. SBCS case # 37-2009-00090487.

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Many employees on the front lines work hard to try to deliver services in a professional manner.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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