Tag Archives: Valerie Amezcua

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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Palacio’s low expectations and soft racism are hurting SAUSD students

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

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