Less than a year ago, architect Jacqueline Pepper was known publicly only to a small circle of zoning enthusiasts who attended meetings of the Redland Community Council, on which she sat. Then she joined the race with six other contenders for the District 7 school board seat. There she passed a virtually anonymous couple of months -- until suddenly people realized that baby-faced shed-dweller Demetrio J. Perez would probably skate effortlessly into office on the $180,000 war chest his daddy had helped shake out of hundreds of teachers and administrators wary of the elder Perez's clout on... More >>>