Category Archives: Elections

How is it that there is only one teacher on the SAUSD School Board?

Guess which one is a teacher?

Most school districts feature at least a few teachers – usually retired educators. But there is only one teacher on the SAUSD School Board – college professor Rigoberto Rodriguez. The other SAUSD Board Members include Alfonso Alvarez, a school social worker; Valerie Amezcua, a retired probation officer; John Palacio, a political consultant; and Ceci Iglesias, a businesswoman.

The current crop of SAUSD School Board candidates includes one teacher – Art Pedroza. The other candidates include Angie Cano, an economist and businesswoman; John Palacio, Valerie Amezcua and Cecilia Aguinaga, a Realtor. Continue reading

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Help to support Santa Ana’s anti-tax candidates this Saturday

The City of Santa Ana and the Santa Ana Unified School District are both trying to raise our taxes this November. Let’s get together and walk precincts for the local candidates opposed to tax increases and talk to residents about voting no on Measures X and I, this Saturday, at 9 a.m.

This is your chance to help our local anti-tax candidates including Art Pedroza and Angie Cano, who are running for the SAUSD School Board; Ceci Iglesias and Mike Gonzales, who are running for the City Council; George Reis, who is running for the Garden Grove School Board; and Autumn Browne who is running for the 69th Assembly District. Continue reading

Palacio and Amezcua are betting that Santa Ana’s taxpayers want to pay higher taxes

In 2018, Americans will pay $3.4 trillion in federal taxes and $1.8 trillion in state and local taxes, for a total bill of $5.2 trillion, or 30 percent of the nation’s income. Americans will collectively spend more on taxes in 2018 than they will on food, clothing, and housing combined. Tax Freedom Day, which is the date that represents how long Americans as a whole have to work in order to pay the nation’s tax burden, fell this year on April 19, 2018. What this means is we spent 109 days this year working to pay the government, at all levels.

The situation in California is even worse! California’s top tier income tax rate is the highest in the nation at 13.3 percent, according to the Tax Foundation and the California Taxpayers Association. Per capita, Californians pay $1,991 annually in state income taxes, which ranks fourth highest in the country, according to the Tax Foundation. Continue reading

The SAUSD is spending taxpayer money to promote their latest tax increase

It is bad enough that the SAUSD School Board, led by Trustees John Palacio and Valerie Amezcua, is trying to raise our taxes again – for the third time in Palacio’s tenure. But today the SAUSD sent a mailer to every resident in the district touting their latest tax raising scheme, Measure I. Imagine what this cost?

It is of course thoroughly unethical for the SAUSD to spend taxpayer money to promote a tax raising bond measure!  Continue reading

Santa Ana’s militant teacher’s union showed their true colors today

Neighbors of the Legacy College Prep charter school in Santa Ana have a beef about traffic and have been picketing at the school, as reported by the New Santa Ana blog. This school is part of the Ednovate program sponsored by USC.

While there might be some traffic issues no one is contesting the value of the education available at Legacy College Prep. Parents are in fact very enthused by this school. Continue reading

Is it time for ward-specific SAUSD School Board elections?

The City of Santa Ana has placed a charter amendment on the November 6, 2018 General Municipal Election in order to comply with a lawsuit  asserting that the City’s current at-large electoral system, whereby council members are elected by all of the city electors, violates the California Voting Rights Act because it allegedly does not allow Asians (a protected class) to elect candidates of their choice or otherwise influence the outcome of Santa Ana’s council elections.

So what about the Santa Ana Unified School District? Did you know that several of the current SAUSD School Board Members all live in the same areas? The district as a whole is not well represented and there are no Asians on the SAUSD School Board currently. Continue reading