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San Gabriel School Board Candidate Assaulted at School Carnival Saturday – Candidate Files Police Report against Scott Svonkin

Scott Svonkin allegedly assaulted a school board candidate Saturday - Photo by Terry Miller


San Gabriel School Board Candidate Verbally Assaulted at
School Carnival Saturday

UPDATE:

San Gabriel School Board Candidate Andrew Ammon, 25, attended a school carnival at Coolidge Saturday afternoon where his cousin teaches.

As he was leaving, former school board member Scott Svonkin called out “ Andrew”…. he then allegedly pulled Ammon’s arm forcefully and in a threatening manner “ he was trying to tower over me” said Ammon.

According to candidate Ammon, the now Community College School Board member said “ Have your supporters stop taking S____ about me. I can do worse to you. It is illegal to campaign on school grounds. We are going to get you!”

Ammon assured Svonkin that he was not campaigning and had simply attended the carnival. He had no buttons or campaign literature.

An eyewitness who agreed to talk with Beacon Media on the condition of anonymity said the situation on Saturday was extremely disturbing and could have escalated. “Svonkin was pointing his finger and yelling ‘don’t you ever do this again’  It looked like there was going to be a fight.” he said. This confrontation was witnessed by others as well as his two children. Upon realizing Svonkin was being observed, the former San Gabriel School Board member abruptly left,  according to the witness. The witness concluded by suggesting that Svonkin needs “professional psychiatric help.”

“He (Svonkin) has tried to bully everyone in town. He has threatened others in the past. He has a long reputation for being a bully.” Ammon said in a telephone interview Saturday afternoon.

Ammon was so disturbed by Svonkin’s actions that he filed an incident report with San Gabriel Police Department.

When contacted by San Gabriel PD, Svonkin told the officers that he was “ advising “ Ammon on campaign rules and regulations.

While there is little the police can do, they did apparently advise Svonkin to not contact Ammon again.

Svonkin has apparently told Ammon “ we will kick you out of the (Democratic) Party.” while gesturing and pointing at Ammon.

The incident was witnessed by at least one man who caught the eye of Ammon during the altercation.

Ammon refuses to be intimidated by Svonkin’s intimidation techniques. Ammon told Beacon Media that Svonkin has repeatedly stated, “ I am going to control the School Board.” Ammon says it is about time someone stood up to his “bullying techniques”

Ammon opposes Svonkin “ on every issue” and says Svonkin and his well-documented outbursts have “ torn the community apart.”

“He’s just a great big bully…I’ve been an active democrat for life but now keep a lower profile in the party politics because of this man. If the Koch Brothers offered Svonkin cash to join the Republican Party, he would!” Ammon said.

“He’s an empty suit.” Ammon said of Svonkin who now is on the Los Angeles Community College Board.

During the last school board election 78% of San Gabriel residents voted against Svonkin and 60% voted against him in the run offs.

Beacon media has attempted to contact Scott Svonkin for comment but as of deadline have not heard from his office.

October 22, 2011

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3 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “San Gabriel School Board Candidate Assaulted at School Carnival Saturday – Candidate Files Police Report against Scott Svonkin”

  1. Abbey W. Hollywood says:

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    From: Dee Brown
    Date: November 6, 2011 6:51:58 AM PST
    To: “deebrown37@live.com”
    Subject: Fwd: Ammon

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    From: Dee Brown
    Date: November 6, 2011 6:23:38 AM PST
    To: “grandmadeebrown@yahoo.com”
    Subject: Fwd: Ammon

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    From: Abbey Hollywood
    Date: November 6, 2011 5:55:41 AM PST
    To:
    Subject: Ammon

    Oh please, Andrew dearest. You give the rest of us a bad name. Get your knickers out of your wad, come out of your church’s closet, join the rest of the human race, and stop repressin and pourin all your pent-up energies into school and politics like so many other asinines. Oh, and stop kissin up and suckin up as you try to climb your way to the top. It debases yourself and, again, makes the rest of us look bad. If you are able to climb some ladder prongs, do so as yourself, but lose the cockiness. (Girls like us don’t like cocky guys who throw their weight around anyway, or, since you’re such a lightweight at this point, your lack of weight and size. Sorry, kid, but we’re just tellin you the truth! Don’t blame the messengers!) Anywho, get a grip on yourself and reality, be yourself but be humble, and then whatever you achieve will be a credit not just to yourself but all the rest of us too. Cheers, kid!

    • Anonymous says:

      Due to the fact that the names included in your message are obvious pseudonyms and aliases, I’ve decided that it is in my own capacity and regard for safety to use the moniker “Anonymous”. Upon the completion of reading this reply, (given you don’t quit your web browser in anger first), you may find that my attitude toasted you is very much like Anonymous’ towards The Church of $cientology, or more recently, the richer, more corrupt margin (you are well in it given the fact that you are one of Svonkin’s goons) :

      You. Disgust. Me.

      First off, how dare you insult the character of a person whom you’ve constantly fretted away from yet demonize without any rationale? If your thick skull could somehow absorb the simple good facts about Ammon, you’d come to realize that he is a man of integrity, who sticks to his guns and gets the job done. He does not place blame or excuses like the others do (you want some evidence? Both a certain unnamed candidate [avoiding any slander or libel here] and Ammon had severe illnesses on one of their crucial campaigning nights, and you guess who called in sick? Not Ammon, that’s for sure. The other candidate that was present that night deflected the majority of the questions while Ammon directly answered the questions, addressing the audience rather than the board)

      Ammon is a man for the people.
      If you take yourself to be a Democrat (That is, a person for the government for the people and by the people), then refuting Ammon’s character and identity is obviously the last course of action you want to take; you will contradict yourself.

      Finally, I am a 16-year-old who speaks like a debater. You are a 45-something (give or take) who speaks like a southerner. Your argument is invalid.

      I win. You cannot defeat me. Even if Ammon loses the election, you cannot use these previous points to invalidate my argument.

      Come at me bro (or sis), I’ll be checking this page if you muster up the courage to reply.

      *Disclaimer* The statements expressed within this and all subsequent posts by the user Anonymous are purely personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of Andrew Ammon or his campaign staff, affiliates, family members, or any other related organizations or persons.

      You obviously should know what a disclaimer is, and if anything happens to such mentioned parties, well, the consequences will never be the same again.

  2. Abbey W. Hollywood says:

    Oh please, Andrew dearest. You give the rest of us a bad name. Get your knickers out of your wad, come out of your church’s closet, join the rest of the human race, and stop repressin and pourin all your pent-up energies into school and politics like so many other asinines. Oh, and stop kissin up and suckin up as you try to climb your way to the top. It debases yourself and, again, makes the rest of us look bad. If you are able to climb some ladder prongs, do so as yourself, but lose your cockiness. (Girls like us don’t like cocky guys who throw their weight around anyway, or, since you’re such a lightweight at this point, your lack of weight and size. Sorry, kid, but we’re just tellin you the truth! Don’t blame the messengers!) Anywho, get a grip on yourself and reality, be yourself but be humble, and then whatever you achieve will be a credit not just to yourself but all the rest of us too. Cheers, kid!

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