Luther Burbank School District officials said they were not trying to keep the public in the dark about recent leadership changes after Jan Kaay abruptly resigned as superintendent and the board immediately appointed its adviser, Richard Rodriguez, to fill in.

No notice of the April 30 special board meeting was posted on the Luther Burbank marquee facing Wabash Street. Nor does the one-school district keep a current list of agendas and minutes online.

Board President Lorraine Garza said a paper notice of the meeting was posted the day before on the school door -- but since Luther Burbank was on spring break, few teachers or parents saw the agenda.

Surprised teachers heard about the changing of the guard via snail mail last weekend.

Rodriguez, 63, became superintendent in 2001, was ousted by a previous board in 2008, then returned as an interim leader in 2011. After Kaay was named, on his recommendation, to lead the district, Rodriguez stayed on to advise the board -- for free.

"I have a considerable amount of dedication to the district after spending my entire adult life here," he said. "I felt obligated to them. Some of the people I encouraged to run for the board agreed, if I were available anytime they felt they needed help" -- which they seemed to, since Rodriguez negotiated this year's teachers contract and has attended most board meetings.

He said he probably will conduct the superintendent search himself, but will back away once a permanent leader is hired.


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"I don't want to be in this position permanently," Rodriguez said.

For now, besides the per-diem he will receive as interim superintendent, Rodriguez has his state pension, worth $127,118 in 2011, the last we checked.

Santa Clara stays above the trolling by Seattle station

Now that Santa Clara is on the national stage courtesy of its new 49ers stadium, it's starting to get a few punches thrown its way.

A Seattle sports radio station last week ratified a "proclamation" decreeing that it will only refer to the Niners from now on as the "Santa Clara 49ers" because of the team's move this year to Levi's Stadium. The station said it was "a show of sympathy to a city entrusted to endure the mockery of a new stadium named after a pair of jeans," but of course it was also the latest jab in the heated Seahawks-49ers rivalry.

Sports Radio 950 KJR also posted a revised version of the team's famous "SF" logo, changing it to "SC" with a Santa Claus hat on top. The Clear Channel station asked listeners to report any "violations" of the policy when they hear any references to "San Francisco 49ers" on its airwaves.

Most of those who commented on the station's Facebook page called it juvenile, and noted it's fairly common for NFL teams -- like the Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and New York Giants and Jets -- to play in cities that don't exactly reflect the team's name. But what do you expect from a station that features sections on its website called "babes of the day," the "babe page" and "babes we heart?"

It's also what the kids these days refer to as trolling -- making an outlandish statement online in hopes that your target will respond, so you can spin the ordeal into a publicity-generating controversy.

The city of Santa Clara, for its part, isn't biting: A city spokesman declined to comment. And why would the humble Mini-City-by-the-Bay even bother? Right now in Santa Clara -- or just about any time you're reading this -- you can sit out in the sunshine and 70-degree weather. In Seattle, chances are you'll need that Santa hat just to keep your head dry.

Endorsement errors giving candidate headaches

Dominic Caserta is running this fall to rejoin the Santa Clara City Council in Seat 5 with the blessing of retiring incumbent Patricia Mahan. And in his rush to get some early real estate in cyberspace, his campaign posted what ended up as a long and curious list of other endorsements.

Among them: senior advisory commissioners Patrick Driscoll and Edward L. Murphy, and former Mountain View mayor and Assemblyman Victor Calvo. Driscoll passed away about five years ago, which Caserta must have known. In his previous stint on the council, he joined in its unanimous Oct. 27, 2009, vote to adjourn that evening's council meeting in Driscoll's memory. A Lima Family Santa Clara Mortuary obituary tells us Murphy died in January 2012. And the obituary pages tell us Calvo went to his eternal rest in October 2010.

There were oddities among Caserta's living supporters as well. The online list included the endorsement of the "Hon. Paul Perotti, Superintendent, Santa Clara Unified School District." But Dr. Stanley Rose III is now superintendent in that district, where Caserta teaches high school.

Caserta identified another supporter, former councilman Gary E. Hansen, as a former mayor, which the clerk's office says he was not.

Caserta told us these, along with several typos, were unintended mistakes and that he'd set to work immediately to scrub up the campaign website.

"I'm excited to have over 1,000 people endorsing my campaign," Caserta said. "Unfortunately, we made some mistakes. But the buck stops with me, and I'm going to go through this with a fine-tooth comb."

Caserta noted that the mistakes were relatively few among his army of backers, and said he is honored to have been twice elected to the council and hopes to return to City Hall at what he called a "flash point moment" in the city's history.

Oliverio backs anti-porn filters on library computers

In a five-way San Jose mayoral race in which four candidates are one side of the big divide -- Mayor Chuck Reed's Measure B pension reform -- it can be difficult to distinguish yourself from your opponents. Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio, a man who boasts that he doesn't have a consultant, has chosen a 5-year-old issue to remind voters of how he's different: He is the only mayoral candidate to have voted to install software filters against pornography in children's library areas. Originally suggested by Councilman Pete Constant, this proposal was estimated to cost $90,000, although the filtering advocates had offered to raise at least $40,000 toward startup costs (Oliverio says more in donations was available).

The idea was defeated in part because of the patient but firm opposition from then-City Librarian Jane Light. The opponents said filtering technology was too crude and that the money could better be used to keep libraries open longer.

"The only mayoral candidate who voted on the side of common sense and in favor of protecting kids was Councilman Pierluigi Oliverio," says his piece, which is heavy on type and light on pictures. It's worth pointing out that Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese wasn't on the council when the vote was taken.

Internal Affairs is an offbeat look at state and local politics. This week's items were written by Sharon Noguchi, Scott Herhold, Mike Rosenberg, John Woolfolk and Paul Rogers. Send tips to internalaffairs@mercurynews.com, or call 408-920-5782.