BALDWIN PARK — A Baldwin Park school board member can keep her seats on both the school board and the local water board, a jury ruled this week. Nine of 12 jurors in the civil case against Blanca Rubio said she can remain as director of the Valley County Water District and a governing member of the Baldwin Park Unified School District. “I finally got some justice,” Rubio said about Tuesday’s verdict. “(The plaintiff’s) attorney was painting me as a money-hungry politician, and the jury didn’t buy it,” she said. “This is incredible.” The attorney for the state, Daniel J. Bramzon of Los Angeles-based Bramzon and Associates, said he expects to file a motion early next week asking the judge to set aside the jury verdict. “We’ll ask the judge to make the ultimate decision whether Rubio should be removed from the water district,” Bramzon said. “We are asking, in light of the facts as presented during trial, that the judge rules on the case as a matter of law –applying the law to the facts, because we believe the jury didn’t apply the law.” Bramzon represents Baldwin Park school board member Anthony Bejarano, who brought the suit on behalf of the state because he believed there was a conflict of interest. In order to sue, Bejarano had to get permission from the state attorney general. Bejarano did not return a call seeking comment. Rubio, who will not seek re-election to the water board in the Nov. 8 election, also was facing a fine of up to $5,000 and paying Bejarano’s attorney fees. She said she will not run because of time constraints now that she’s married and because of the recently enacted Senate Bill 274. Since this case was filed, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed SB 274 into law effective Jan. 1. The bill, introduced by Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero, clarifies government law and reduces conflicts of interest. The bill codifies the common law doctrine of incompatible offices, so that a person cannot hold two elected or appointed offices that are incompatible. Romero said when a person sits on two boards simultaneously, there’s a clash of loyalties, a conflict of interest and it makes it impossible to fully perform the job duties. Romero said the bill was prompted by the Rubio incident and others in her Senate district. — Staff Writer Esther Chou contributed to this story. Marianne Love can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108, or by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!