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

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Charter schools are public schools!

Only 41 percent of voters even know that charter schools are in fact public schools. In fact the other day I heard a radio ad that was paid for by the California Teacher’s union where they called charter schools “corporate schools.” They can call them whatever they want but charter schools are indeed public schools.

Traditional public schools are tied to school districts and set their curriculums based on state education standards, according to Niche.com. 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

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

Almost half of the children in Santa Ana are considered obese

State statistics showed that 34.8% of Santa Ana children were obese, way back in 2006, according to the L.A. Times. Today that figure is even worse as now 46.5% of children in Santa Ana are considered obese, according to the Orange County Community Foundation.

Our health statistics are just plain awful, according to the California Department for Public Health Advocacy: Continue reading