The City of Santa Ana has spent a fortune over the years accommodating the requests of Mater Dei High School, a private Catholic school. Now Mater Dei is asking for more city funding, to the tune of $2.5 million dollars, to come out of our city’s beleaguered General Fund, to help them as they go about building a new parking structure and a 30K sq. ft. academic building. They are asking the City to pay for construction and engineering work associated with the removal/realignment of several streets where homes have been acquired by Mater Dei High School, to expand their campus.
Is this an appropriate expenditure for our City? Consider that Mater Dei is a private, not public school. While they do give out scholarships to low income students, the reality is that many of Mater Dei’s students don’t live in our city and quite a few of them come from high income families.
The New Santa Ana blog does not believe this is an acceptable use of public funds. We oppose this request. You will have a chance to vote for or against this expenditure in the poll below.
Apparently Mater Dei has been threatening to move out of our city if they don’t get their way. That is fine with us! Please do move. I am sure that their grounds could be used by a decent new charter or public school that would better serve the community.
If you want to stop this ridiculousness be sure to send an email to the Santa Ana City Council, and vote in our poll below!