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City of Banning: City Manager's Degree Checks Out

Screenshot of City Manager Andy Takata from city video titled "Meet Andy Takata, Banning City Manager."
Screenshot of City Manager Andy Takata from city video titled "Meet Andy Takata, Banning City Manager."
The city of Banning wants to put rumors to rest about recent questions posed as to the educational background of City Manager Andy Takata.

The city released a press release Tuesday, titled "degree verification of City Manager Andrew J. Takata," apparently in response to recent published reports on other outlets alleging that a records check did not produce evidence of his time at Cal State Fullerton.

Here is the announcement in its entirety, from Public Information Officer Bill Manis: 

It has been brought to the attention of City staff that the educational attainment of former City Manager Andrew J. Takata is in question. 

A complete background check of all City of Banning employees is standard hiring practice. Employee candidates are not authorized to start working for the City until they have successfully passed their respective background check. 

The City uses a third party background investigation firm to confirm an individual’s employment history, educational attainment relating to the requirements of the position, credit history, and other data. In addition, every prospective employee submits to a fingerprint background check.

Prior to Mr. Takata starting his position with the City in February 2010, the City of Banning conducted its standard background check that confirmed Mr. Takata had received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Cal State University Fullerton Majoring in Business Administration and Minoring in Accounting.

On January 23, 2014, the City Human Resources Division contacted the National Student Clearinghouse confirming Mr. Takata’s educational attainment as originally verified prior to his hire date. 

Takata will not be city manager much longer, as he submitted a letter of resignation with the city just weeks ago.  His last day is planned for sometime this month, though an exact day has not been given.



a litttle justice February 06, 2014 at 12:59 AM
Now what Banning MisInformer? Sounds like you're the one who might have a lot of explaining to do!
Simple P February 06, 2014 at 02:24 AM
Banning Informer, check your facts before before you dictate what questions the 2 councilmembers you have on council asks. All you had to do is pay the 14 dollars to actually look up the degree information. Nahhh, it's easier to stir emotions and raise doubt.
Libi Uremovic February 06, 2014 at 05:46 AM
we requested the resume, background, and education verification for the city manager of beaumont.....the city states there is no information available for alan kanapus .... they never asked him to fill out an application nor did they verify any background information... - http://banning-beaumont.patch.com/groups/no-record-of-beaumont-city-manager/p/beaumont-illegally-hired-city-manager
Jeremiah February 06, 2014 at 08:54 AM
Wrong thread, Libi - this one is about Banning. Of course a little thing like that doesn't make much difference to you, does it? **** Jeremiah
David February 06, 2014 at 09:45 AM
At this point, enough doubt has been raised, I'm not sure if I trust the city to provide the right information. The city should provide official graduation confirmation from the university he graduated from; not a third party. This "correct" information is coming from the people at the city that stole millions from the water department to build the police station, over paid a contractor by a million $, and gave away countless millions for facade improvements on vacant buildings. Forgive me if I'm skeptical of them at this point.
a litttle justice February 06, 2014 at 10:04 AM
Sounds like it may require legal action by Mr. Takata to convince everyone that the Informer Misinformed.
Diego Rose February 06, 2014 at 11:16 AM
I'll be honest, I don't have an opinion one way or another but because the city said, "Prior to Mr. Takata starting his position with the City in February 2010, the City of Banning conducted its standard background check that confirmed Mr. Takata had received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Cal State University Fullerton Majoring in Business Administration and Minoring in Accounting", simply implies that they did a basic check on him. This basic check is the same thing that the Banning Informer states they did. There doesn't seem to be anymore "proof" than there was before. "Proof" is a funny word. It seems that Cal State Fullerton would be the horses mouth!?
Rina Sander February 06, 2014 at 12:55 PM
When did the Banning (Mis)Informer become an unimpeachable source of valid journalism? Philip Goebels hides behind a blog and uses humans as his targets. I bet he pulled wings of live flies when he was a kid. 60 Minutes has been on the air for 60 years presenting facts. If you don't like the opinions of the (Mis)Informer, you have nobody to turn to, nobody to write their wrongs. LOOKING FOR: millionaire to spend same amount of money Goebells does to do research and report the truth instead of hiding behind his Cherry Valley house. Go back to Beverly Hills. You won't standard out there where you would be one of the money blow-hearts with a coupla bucks to throw around.
Paul of Banning February 06, 2014 at 04:05 PM
Well Libi is stepping into more crap than she can wipe of. Opps, I forgot I was to ignore all of the ramble put out by her.
Jeremiah February 06, 2014 at 04:20 PM
If you hadn't noticed, the predicted meltdown has arrived. She's posting everywhere and commenting on her own posts multiple times and deleting anyone else's comments. There's a pattern here - she will completely embarrass herself and then she will be gone for a day or so. Then she will actually make sense for a bit and then it will happen all over again. **** Jeremiah
Alexander Cuttleworth February 06, 2014 at 06:33 PM
This is incredible. I don't know who is more stupid..the Mis-Informer for thinking they could get by with this, or the residents who are so negative that they won't believe anything that isn't in the Informer. Then, of course, there's Libi who can't seem to understand the Banning is not Beaumont and goes off on her usual tangent. The city states that they hired an independent 3rd party to do Mr Takata's background check. The Mis-Informer may have done their usual halfas*ed job of 'reporting'. Goebels has an agenda and is more than willing to bring the entire city to its knees. Fortunately, there seems to be a few intelligent citizens who ask questions. I hope Mr Takata goes for Goebels' jugular.
Rob Turmer February 06, 2014 at 06:46 PM
Seems to me that since schools do give out that info if you ask- everyone here who still is saying they don't believe the city- or don't believe the informer--go find out for yourself.
Diego Rose February 06, 2014 at 08:30 PM
Amen Robbie!! Just ask the school!! I don't believe third parties anymore than I believe 1st parties!! Go to the horses mouth... Duh. If it's true what the school is saying "No", then you have a problem. A third party verifying agency only means the city paid them to do the job the city could have done themselves. Damn, why the fuss? Get er done!
haden ward February 06, 2014 at 08:59 PM
Hey, I read the city web site press release info on this today and found a couple of things interesting. Look at the info submitted by the city. You will notice that there is a degree verify certificate which shows a request date of 02/27/2007. Hmmm at the top of the same page it shows a copy right year mark of 2014………… Now, he was hired in 2010. Why would this document be relevant? Ok, let’s look at the next degree verify certificate. That shows it was requested on 01/23/2014….Ok, that’s fine, but Takata’s name is backwards in the requested name field. Sorry, calling bull crap here. Here is the city link http://banning.ca.us/DocumentCenter/View/2650 ....The city is as inconsistent as can be. Well enjoy.
Alexander Cuttleworth February 06, 2014 at 10:14 PM
As Mr Manis states, if you have questions, you can call the number provided. It would be interesting to know if Mr Takata applied for a job, somewhere, during 2007. That could very well explain the 2007 request date, which as you mentioned has a copyright date of 2014, because it was a reprint of the 2007 verification. As far as the 2014 repeat request, you may be the only person, Mr Ward, who has never made the mistake of putting your surname first. The error on the first name was done by the National Student Clearinghouse, and not by the city. Seems like Goebels isn't the only person who would like to take the city of Banning down.
Libi Uremovic February 06, 2014 at 10:33 PM
'...Takata’s name is backwards in the requested name field....' yea - that's weird....and the 3rd page doesn't have a name listed .... ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- in all fairness to takata - if he was going to forge documents he probably wouldn't list that it took him 7 years to get a 4 year degree.... ------------------------------------------------------------------------- i don't know why they bothered with outside verification - all the city has to do is send a sase to the college and they'll send a copy of his transcript....
Libi Uremovic February 06, 2014 at 10:36 PM
the disclosure at the bottom of page 7 says: 'the clearing house does not verify the accuracy or correctness of the information provided by the request.'..
haden ward February 07, 2014 at 11:28 AM
No one wants to take down the City, Cuttleworth, or what ever your name is. I would like to see the bullshit stop. Since I am a tax payer here, I would like to see some due diligence. Not have an asshat stick his face into everything under some false pretense as what it appears to have been done here! Too many of these past high ups in the city have sold the residents a bunch of garbage.
Alexander Cuttleworth February 08, 2014 at 01:49 AM
I would also like to see the bullshit stop...beginning with the Informer and the City Council. And you are right, the garbage is flowing freely, Mr Ward
Simple P February 11, 2014 at 10:40 PM
Shock Horror....the horse's mouth leads to the clearinghouse...I made a rhyme : ) http://www.fullerton.edu/admissions/formerstudent/verification.asp

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