Tag Archives: Art Pedroza

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

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

More Americans now support school choice for all families

The results of a new poll suggest that a majority of Americans now support the expansion of school choice for all families. With 54 percent of respondents saying they favor universal-choice policies—which typically come in the form of programs that let families use government money to pay for private schools, according to The Atlantic.

While I raised my four kids in local public schools here in Santa Ana one of them was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder when he was a child. Two public schools failed to educate him and finally we got permission from the SAUSD to enroll our son at a charter school where the teachers were experts in special education. It worked! Our son transitioned back to mainstream schools in a few years and he graduated from Godinez Fundamental High School. Continue reading