There are ten thousand children in Santa Ana who are considered to be homeless. Many of them live in garages or sleep on couches in the homes of relatives or friends of their families. But they don’t have their own homes.
Meanwhile high demand and low vacancies continue to drive rents higher for Southern California apartments, condos and houses this year, according to the O.C. Register. Orange County asking rents were $1,885 a month in the first quarter this year, up $73 a month or 3.8 percent year over year.
The SAUSD School Board, led by current Board Members John Palacio and Valerie Amezcua is aware of all this but they are nevertheless promoting yet another bond measure – Measure I. This it the third bond measure that Palacio has promoted in his twenty years on the School Board.
Bond Measures lead to higher rents! Not only are we already saddled with the two previous SAUSD Bond Measures we also are paying for two Rancho Santiago Community College District bond measures.
Do you really think that landlords eat these bond measures? Of course not! They jack up their rents accordingly.
To make matters worse the Santa Ana City Council is trying to pass Measure X – a huge sales tax increase. Who do you think higher sales taxes hurt the most? The poor of course.
We already pay the highest state taxes in the nation including the onerous gas tax. Palacio and Amezcua don’t care that the poor residents of Santa Ana can barely get by. They keep on raising taxes.
It is completely irresponsible to advance yet another bond measure when enrollment has been falling at the SAUSD for several years.
This Nov. 6, 2018 don’t let the likes of Palacio and Amezcua fool you. Vote no on Measure I. Vote no on Measure X. And vote for Art Pedroza and Angie Cano for the SAUSD School Board!