Category Archives: Measure I

Vote for Santa Ana’s Taxfighters!

Did you know that SAUSD School Board members John Palacio and Valerie Amezcua have not put their names on any of the pro Measure I (SAUSD property tax increase) mailers? There is a reason for that! They voted to place this measure on the ballot but they know full well that the overtaxed Santa Ana residents don’t want to pay for more taxes!

The anti tax message is really resonating in this year’s Santa Ana elections. The Orange County Register endorsed two taxfighters – Ceci Iglesias in Ward 6 and Miguel “Mike” Gonzalez in Ward 2. The Register did not, for whatever reason, consider the SAUSD School Board race. If they had done so I am confident they would have endorsed me and my colleague Angie Cano – not tax-raising Palacio and Amezcua! Continue reading

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Santa Ana residents are tearing down illegal Measure I signs!

Wrecked Illegal Measure I sign

The unethical supporters of the SAUSD’s Measure I, their third property tax increase in the past 20 years, have now resorted to illegally placing campaign signs on the lawns of residents – without their permission!

A retired resident in my Park Santiago Neighborhood was having none of that this morning. She actually worked in education for many years, retiring from Santa Ana College. But she has not been fooled by the Measure I campaign – “I don’t know where all this money is going,” she told me this morning. 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

The SAUSD’s latest bond measure will lead to higher rents and more homeless

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. Continue reading

SAUSD Trustee John Palacio’s legacy is over a billion dollars of wasted tax money

John Palacio

SAUSD School Board Trustee John Palacio has been in office for 20 years and in that time he has personally raised our taxes by a whopping $720 million dollars. He wants to pass a third school bond measure this November, Measure I, putting us another $232 million dollars in debt.

Santa Ana voters approved Measure C in 1999, a year after Palacio was first elected. Measure C was a $145-million bond issue based on the promise of building 13 new schools. However, after C passed with 70.3% of the vote, district officials spent $450 million building five schools.[2] Continue reading