Joint Press Release
September 12, 2018
Santa Ana Unified School District and Capistrano Unified School District
Contact: Dr. Stefanie Phillips, SAUSD Superintendent (714) 558-5512
Contact: Kirsten M. Vital, CUSD Superintendent (949) 234-9308
SANTA ANA and SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA. – The Santa Ana Unified School District and the Capistrano Unified School District believe that all children and families are valued and, as public entities, we support every child’s success. No child should be bullied or treated with disrespect, and while we cannot control human behavior, we can control how we react and learn from these experiences. We believe diverse public schools provide our young people with an extraordinary education and experience that promotes unity, inclusion, equality and a respect for diversity. Continue reading
Santa Ana’s local politicians on the Santa Ana City Council and the SAUSD School Board are trying to raise our taxes again with ballot measures in the upcoming November General Election. But their desire to raise our taxes will only hurt our residents and businesses at a time when the public is increasingly opposed to heavy taxation at all levels.
The largest age group in Santa Ana is the 25 to 44 group, making up over 31% of the population while those over 65 make up about 7% of the population. Over 30% are under the age of 18. The median household income in our city is $54,521, according to the City of Santa Ana. The median household income in Orange County is $78,145 according to the U.S. Census. Continue reading
A new charter school that opened up this month at 1500 17th St., at a church located at the corner of 17th St. and N. Wright St., in Santa Ana has riled up the Maybury Park Neighborhood. The school is called Legacy College Prep. It is part of the Ednovate program sponsored by USC.
The issue that has the neighbors perturbed is that this school opened up suddenly at Calvary Chapel Tustin. There were no public hearings or meetings. Apparently the Santa Ana Planning Agency did not get involved as the church likely has the proper zoning to support a school. Continue reading
The event will cost $20 per person which includes great food, soft beverages, and music. All proceeds will go towards the LULAC Scholarship Fund for Santa Ana students pursuing post-secondary education studies. Opportunity drawings will be available as well as beer and wine. Continue reading
When I spoke with Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido earlier this week he was not yet sure if he was going to run for what will be his last two-year term. Since them Pulido has indeed pulled papers and he will be on the November 6 ballot. He will face off against termed-out Santa Ana City Councilman Sal Tinajero, who has been garnering a lot of media attention of late due to his leadership of the SAUSD Debate Team. The path for Tinajero was cleared when his colleague, Mayor Pro Tem Michele Martinez, opted to not run for Mayor after all. She too is terming out from the Santa Ana City Council.
No question about it – the Tinajero versus Pulido race will be the big contest in the General Election. But the race for Santa Ana’s Ward 2 will also be sure to garner a lot of attention as no less than six candidates have pulled papers. Here are the Ward 2 candidates: Continue reading
City of Santa Ana
Construction Technology Program available for individuals that like working outdoors, using hand tools, and have an interest in the construction industry. The Construction Technology Program provides training in various apprenticeship construction trades, such as: Carpentry, Iron Worker, Electrical, Plumbing and many more.
Upon completion of the Construction Technology Program candidates will be interviewed by the Local Trade Unions, with opportunities to be placed in an apprenticeship and earn while you learn.
Information Session available: Continue reading
Santa Ana Unified School District’s Statement on the Arrest of Omar Rojas
SANTA ANA, CA (August 7, 2018) – Santa Ana Unified School District was notified, August 3, 2018 that Omar Rojas, a volleyball coach at Century High School and District Safety Officer at Sierra Preparatory Academy was arrested and booked for allegations of sexual misconduct with a former student of Century. These allegations are being taken seriously and are in direct conflict of the District’s zero-tolerance policy relating to staff misconduct, in which all district employees are held at the highest ethical standards. This includes reporting any suspicious activity involving abuse or neglect of a child directly to authorities, as mandated by law. Failure to do so is a criminal violation of the law. Continue reading
Santa Ana Police Department
Arrestee: Omar Rojas (28) Santa Ana
Synopsis: A 28-year-old volleyball coach at Century High School was arrested for having sex with several minor students. Omar Rojas is also currently employed as a District Safety Officer for the Santa Ana Unified School District. Santa Ana Unified School District Police contacted the Santa Ana Police Department to report allegations that Rojas had sexual intercourse with several students.
Santa Ana Police Department Special Crimes Section Detectives commenced the investigation and concluded that the incidents occurred in 2015. Rojas was not a District Safety Officer when these crimes were committed. On numerous occasions, Rojas would have the victims excused from class in order to meet them for the purposes of engaging in sexual activity on campus. The victims were 17-years-old at the time and no longer students at Century High School. Continue reading
City of Santa Ana
The Santa Ana Public Library proudly presents an adult education workshop for preventing child abuse and abduction. The program will be presented by Erin D. Runnion, founder and director of The Joyful Child Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of child sexual abuse and abduction.
In Memory of Samantha Runnion, this nonprofit organization is dedicated to preventing crimes against children through programs that educate, empower, and unite families and communities. Samantha was kidnapped and murdered in 2002. Erin is dedicated to ensuring Samantha’s tragic death continues to be a catalyst to engage adults in our collective responsibility in protecting our nation’s children. Continue reading
For Immediate Release:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: JULY 3, 2018
ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Hon. Fred Whitaker, Chairman of the Republican Party of Orange County, releases the following statement in response to the proposed $479 million bond for the Santa Ana Unified School District:
“Recently, the Santa Ana School Board has proposed putting a bond on the ballot in the November election. In order to do so, a resolution to place the bond on the ballot will go before the Santa Ana School Board this month. This proposed bond would be for a staggering $479 million and would require only a simple majority to pass. This unnecessary bond represents nothing more than a tax increase on the citizens of Santa Ana. In the meantime, the school board is spending thousands of dollars of taxpayer money to get this ballot measure passed. Continue reading
Santa Ana College: A Culture of Racism
By: Renee Miller
A recent article in the Harvard Business Review titled, “Leaders Can Shape Company Culture Through Their Behaviors” provides insight into a significant problem at Santa Ana College. It’s a problem that has no place in our society today, let alone an institution that serves our future generations.
The author, Jim Whitehurst, CEO of software company Red Hat, writes that culture is created by the actions of an organization’s leader. No better example is the embarrassing behavior of exiting RSCCD Chancellor Raul Rodriguez and how he enabled a culture of racism to envelop Santa Ana College. Continue reading
We have been complaining about Rancho Santiago Community College District Chancellor Raúl Rodríguez for a while. Apparently the RSCCD Board was listening as they refused to renew his contract and he has decided to retire, effective next June. Too bad he is not going away sooner!
What was the last straw for Rodríguez? Was it the million dollars he blew on a dumb lawsuit against the RSCCD that could have been easily been prevented with sound human resources management?
(June 12, 2018) – Hearing the voice of the community is key in the Santa Ana Unified School District, the largest K-12 school district in Orange County serving nearly 50,000 students. “It’s important for us to let our families and community members know that their voice matters, so we are creating more opportunities for those dialogues to happen,” said Valerie Amezcua, President of the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education.
One of those new opportunities for the District to connect with the community is a “Meet and Greet” on Thursday, June 21, 2018, between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Valley High School Gymnasium, located at 1801 South Greenville Street, Santa Ana. Continue reading
School is out and everyone is looking forward to enjoying an unforgettable summer full of fun and games among friends and family. In the City of Santa Ana, CA, all of the students receive meals each school day at no charge. Unfortunately, many young children are at risk of experiencing food insecurity during the summer. The summer time can be a challenging time to find adequate nutritious meals as offered during the regular school year. Continue reading