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Criminal case against Burbank Coach Jose Sandoval dismissed

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Photo: FLLewis/A Writer’s Groove — Coach Jose Sandoval outside the Burbank courts building last fall.

After almost a year, the controversial criminal case against a Burbank baseball coach was dropped today. Attorney David D. Diamond says his client,  Jose Sandoval , appeared in a Burbank court before Judge Dorothy B. Reyes and agreed to attend 12 counseling sessions; in exchange for the Burbank City Attorney’s Office dismissing the case, including the misdemeanor charge of battery against him.

This questionable case began with a heated altercation between Sandoval and an umpire during a baseball game at McCambridge Park, on May 18, 2009.  Sandoval got suspended for the rest of the season, and later that suspension was extended to May of 2010. At the time, Sandoval was coaching five teams of about 80 kids in the sports program sponsored by the Burbank Park and Recreation Department. Many of the players on Sandoval’s teams are from low income and single parent homes.  Sandoval has been coaching for more than 15 years.

The Burbank City Attorney’s Office dumped more grief on Sandoval by filing a charge of misdemeanor battery against the veteran coach. Starting on July 2, 2009, Sandoval has made numerous court appearances as this case dragged on for months. Finally today, some justice: “The umpire did not want to press charges and we provided dozens of witnesses who said my client did nothing wrong.” said Attorney David Diamond in a prepared statement. “Why was this case ever filed?  Mr. Jose Sandoval is an icon in the volunteer community.  The Parks and Recreation Department and the Burbank Athletic Foundation left dozens of kids without a coach because of their inability to be fair and objective.  Our investigation has further yielded that a staff member of Parks and Recreation lied about witnessing the incident.  He was not even near the field. ”

 As for the counseling requirement, Diamond explains, “The counseling sessions will benefit my client in that he will be better able to deal with umpires who are predetermined to decide the outcome of a game based on factors that have nothing to do with the performance of the kids.”  Hmm, sounds like the Burbank Park & Recreation Department needs to do a little investigating of this sports program.

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17 Responses to Criminal case against Burbank Coach Jose Sandoval dismissed

  1. Mosca Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    ” Our investigation has further yielded that a staff member of Parks and Recreation lied about witnessing the incident. He was not even near the field. ”

    Those park employees lie on people all the time. They are all about friends and family, that’s their friends and family and they get favored treatment all the time. Those park people run lotteries that are rigged so that they get friends and family into programs and block the rest of us out.

    The park programs need investigation. They are fully corrupt and full of incest. Family should not work together and run parks likle they are a family owned business, but they do and it should be stopped.

  2. The Excutioner Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 7:18 pm #

    Hey Flyboy, were you part of the same gang that Sandoval belonged to? The same gang that terrorized Burbank neighborhoods in the 1990’s?

    If he was innocent, why did the judge make him go to anger management counseling?

  3. Fronnie Tuesday, May 11, 2010 at 7:49 pm #

    According to Sandoval’s attorney this was not a guilty plea nor a plea deal. It was a dismissal of the case by the prosecution predicated on the coach attending those counseling sessions.

  4. The Excutioner Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 5:24 am #

    So he was not completely exonerated? He probably exhibited poor behavior in view of his players.

  5. Second chance Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    Executioner i like that name. now your saying this coach is guilty yes hes guilty of being a minority in the city of burbank. yes he was what he was in the past he didnt hide that in fact he had his whole life story printed on the local paper. this coach is a changed man hes actually doing good for himself his family and our kids, he learned from his experience and is working hard on keeping kids away from the streets Coach Sandoval came from nothing to becoming a great man you need to spend some time with him and the kids he coaches to see this dont just hear from haters you be the judge yourself and you will see what we as parents see. Since your criticizing what do you do for our community or what have you done. “Let He Who Has Not Sinned Cast The First Stone”

  6. Mosca Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

    They don’t have enuff anger management classes to take care of all the people angry at Burbank about all the racism. Anger ? One day when you get treated bad because of your race you will be angry and you will learn the anger class never makes that go away. Coach Sandoval is only angry because they made him angry and his anger is justified.

  7. Second chance Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    Thats just it coach Sandoval Doesn’t loose his cool the day of the incident in question he stood up for one of his 8 year old player against the umpire, which has only been in th eburbank parks & recs for less than a year. in burbank baseball rules kids at this age are not allowed to throw curve balls when coach Sandoval questioned the pitch that the pitcher threw this umpire blew up on coach Sandoval to an Extreme. coach Sandoval has been coaching in burbank for 16 years and the sports office turned their backs on him and treated him like none of could ever imagine. think of how much pain you would feel if something or someone you believe in so much just turns their back on you and pretend you dont exist anymore all those years of doing a great job are gone because of this incident and yes he believes in carma. back to the incident. It all got twisted and put coach Sandoval as the enemy. its hard for anybody to trust and have faith in someone that looks like him, first thing you think is he’s a criminal, believe me im one of the guilty ones to think that,but boy am i glad i got to know him my son is that much greater of a player than he would of ever been with out coach in our lives. He’s way cool and down to earth with everybody. he treats you the way you treat him, you respect him he respects you you attack his players he stands up for all of them keep in mind he has no kids playing in any of his teams he still puts alot of passion and time into all of his kids, he calls his players his kids.

  8. Second chance Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 2:32 pm #

    Another big factor of the size of his heart, quite a few of the kids he coaches are ADD or other type of dissorders and i think only he knows which kids, because he doesn’t mention it to anyone he doesn’t discriminate. He even has girls on his teams and every tipe of race. Hes patient with all of the kids and treats them equally. Also hes like a role model to these kids alot of the kids are being raised by single parents and low income, that he helps in any way possible.

  9. Mike Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 2:42 pm #

    The Judge did not make him to classes.. he agreed to it in exchange for a dismissal …it was less expensive than a trial… he is TOTALLY exonerated

  10. Eric Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    Well Second Chance you explained very well what the real crimes of this coach are. He does not descriminate and gives everyone an equal chance. In other words the coach is color blind.

    Burbank can’t charge a person with being color blind because there is no law about that yet. Make no mistake equal opportunity is a crime in Burbank. One day this council will just outright pass a law supporting discimination.

    I agree the coach is TOTALLY EXONERATED just like Mike says, but I also think Burbank and it’s employees are TOTALLY CONVICTED of not just lies and deceit but of racial bias and hatred as well.

    These are interesting times as we read of The muldoone capper over a tripod, the Coach Sandoval capper and the crime of being color blind, and even police officers talking about institutional racism deep in the bowels of city hall.

    Everyone knows what the leaders of Burbank are so why do we all whisper it in secret to each other and let it continue ? We all know these leaders are plotting right now as they pick their next set of victims.

  11. TeamMOMof3 Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 4:51 pm #

    @The Excutioner: What r you talking about! Gang. This has nothing to do with his past. mr. Sandoval does more for these kids than alot of coaches do. and from what i know he has more than 1 team players boys n girls)(52)! He doesn’t live in the city (about 1hr away) anymore and he will be here for what ever the kids need from him! some of these kids come from single parent homes or devorced families and mr. Sandoval listen and give them his time! and as for counseling, as A parent that was there that night if he needs to go to counseling for 2 tummies hitting then so be it! really. people like you really rather have nothing better to do with there time or they don’t even bother with trying to volunteer with any kids. as we do. we not only have to work with the kids we have their parents too! and we dont care that we don’t get paid….. try it some time. it may help you feel better about yourself!

    @ Second chance: that is so true!
    @ MIKE: THANKS MIKE! He justed wanted to get back to working with teams again. he missed them as I’m sure hey missed him!

    I just want to Say thank you To Jose Sandavol For everything that he is doing with these kids to make them better adults in life…. Maybe some people will learn from this and make a better change in life for themselves and for others!

  12. Hazel Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

    I really am glad all this is over and done with and Coach Jose can go back to doing what he loves and what he is absolutely wonderful at…coaching our kids! My son has been playing ball with the Sandoval Dodgers for over 4 years…started at just 4 years old. In fact, cried the first day on the field because he was so shy he didn’t want to play…his coach has changed him into a boy passionate about baseball. A boy who cannot wait to get on that field every chance he gets…whether it be as a pitcher, catcher, 1st basemen…whatever!!! Every baseball skill within his being is due to Coach Jose and the Sandoval family. My son loves his coaches, even when they’re tough on him because he knows it’s only to make him a better player and because they are equally encouraging. I, personally, have never seen Jose lose his cool on the field. He has questioned calls but, find me an awesome coach who doesn’t. Jose’s past has nothing to do with the man he is today. I believe a person can change. And I think it is so sad that people can’t see beyond a person’s past. How sad would this world be if all we ALL did was judge each other by the mistakes we’ve all made in our lives. And, just in case THE EXECUTIONER is wondering…I am not a gang member…never have been. I am just a mom who see’s a caring man with a passion for baseball coaching her son and encouraging him to be the best he can be.

  13. Hazel Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

    One last note…thanks Coach Jose, Coach George and Coach Tony for all you do for our kids. I know you don’t hear it enough…we appreciate ALL you do.

  14. Z Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 7:04 pm #

    Verry happy this ordeal is over for the coach and evn more happy he can return to the fields and be an outstanding example to children. As for the city they have much to learn about honesty and tolerance.

  15. Z Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 7:04 pm #

    Coach Sandoval would make a great example to Burbank as our Mayor

  16. Fronnie Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 9:25 pm #

    Check out Coach Jose Sandoval’s reaction to the dismissal of his case, on this blog, here

  17. Mike Kilo Friday, May 14, 2010 at 3:19 pm #

    We all did stupid things as we grew older and yes Mr Sandoval was a pain when he was younger.

    That said, he began to turn his life around YEARS ago! Live and learn. He works hard and volunteers to make life better for his family and those that could end up being a pain because the do not know any better….How many of his critics do?
    He’s been there, the kids will listen to him faster than someone on a soapbox

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