Today was Women’s Equality Day but we have not made much progress in Santa Ana. Our local education unions endorsed three men for the SAUSD School Board election in November. They did not even bother to interview the women in the race.
Now I cannot blame the Santa Ana Educators Association (SAEA) and the California School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter 41 for not backing SAUSD School Board incumbent Cecilia Iglesias. She is a conservative who believes in school choice and wants to spend the district’s money on hiring more teachers and more teacher’s aides instead of just paying the teachers more. So of course the education unions don’t like her.
But what about the other women who are running for the SAUSD School Board?
- Beatriz Mendoza, is a mom with a degree from UCLA and she is a Field Representative for U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez
- Gloria Alvarado, is a mom too and she is an accomplished community organizer for the O.C. Labor Federation
How in the world did Mendoza and Alvarado not merit at least a polite conversation with the heads of the Santa Ana Educators Association (SAEA) and the California School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter 41? Do the local education unions have something against women? Or perhaps against moms?
Currently the SAUSD School Board has five Trustees and only two of them are women. Iglesias is one of them. The other is Valerie Amezcua, who has endorsed both Mendoza and Alvarado. All three of them are registered members of the Democratic Party.
So are women equal now in Santa Ana? Nope. Not when the education unions won’t even give them the time of day. To make matters even worse both the Santa Ana Educators Association (SAEA) and the California School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter 41 endorsed Mark McLoughlin, who as we revealed today in an earlier post was forced to change his ballot title because he tried to pull a fast one by pretending to be a teacher. He also has a well-earned reputation for not liking the majority of Santa Ana’s residents.
It is a sad day when the local education unions would rather endorse a liar who has issues with most of our residents instead of even considering the qualified women who are running for the SAUSD School Board.