San Diego Unified School District trustee Richard Barrera’s new job is getting a lot of attention these days.
Barrera recently took the reins of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, the umbrella group for the region’s labor unions.
Plenty of discussion about potential conflicts of interest followed the announcement. The Labor Council and its board, who will oversee Barrera’s work, includes the teachers union. An outside attorney hired by the school district found Barrera might have to recuse himself from time to time. But he can keep his school board post despite his new role.
In a June 5 U-T San Diego story about the legal opinion, school board president John Lee Evans emphasized that Barrera isn’t the only one with an outside gig.