Guess which one of these candidates actually wants to hear from you?
After 20 years on the SAUSD School Board it is very apparent that longtime incumbent John Palacio does not want to hear from you – or anyone else in the District. Palacio did not include his phone number in his candidate ballot statement.
Good luck finding Palacio on Facebook or Twitter. He does not use any social media. For all we know he might still be using a typewriter too! Continue reading
The SAUSD owns more open space and athletic fields that the City of Santa Ana. But while other school districts in Orange County are going out of their way to share their green space with residents that is not happening here in Santa Ana.
I met recently with the head of a non-profit Adult soccer league. He explained that his players are Santa Ana residents – many in fact are SAUSD grads. As there are so few soccer fields available in Santa Ana this league has been renting fields from the SAUSD. They do this in other cities with other school districts as well – but their experience in Santa Ana has been horrible. Continue reading
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
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
I ran into SAUSD Trustee John Palacio a couple of this this week, at an SAUSD School Board forum and at today’s State of the District breakfast, at Godinez High School. Both times Palacio repeated what has become his mantra – the SAUSD is setting records for graduations despite the fact that the district is majority Latino.
I heard SAUSD Superintendent Stefanie Phillips say the same thing today and Palacio’s colleague on the SAUSD School Board, Valerie Amezcua, often spins the same tale. All of them are engaging in what amounts to soft racism. Continue reading
Eddy Bustamante Infante (23-years-old), a resident of Santa Ana, was arrested this Friday, Oct. 5, for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child two years ago involving a then 10-year old girl who was involved in an after school program at Greenville Fundamental Elementary School.
Infante was an After School Instructional Provider / Teacher’s Aide at Greenville Elementary School, where he has worked since 2015. Continue reading
CA State Sen. John Moorlach today released his latest fiscal report, “Financial Soundness Rankings for California’s Public School Districts, Colleges & Universities.”
Some key findings from the new education report:
- About two-thirds of California’s 944 public school districts run negative balance sheets.
- These statements show the most distressed districts could soon reach a tipping point into insolvency and receivership.
- Of the state’s large school districts, those in severe distress include Los Angeles Unified School District, with a negative $10.9 billion balance sheet; San Diego Unified at negative $1.5 billion; Fresno Unified at negative $849 million; and Santa Ana Unified at negative $485 million, the worst in Orange County.