I was at an SAUSD school board forum last week and was shocked when some of the boorish radicals in the audience booed when they heard that I got a contribution from the Santa Ana Police Officers Association. Most folks in Santa Ana don’t hate the police. But a small, very vocal minority does. And they are backing a slate of candidates that we need to steer clear of.
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
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
The Santa Ana Educator’s Association – the union that represents local public school teachers at the SAUSD, spent months attacking SAUSD Trustee Ceci Iglesias and her fellow conservative Republican, Angie Cano, while promoting their own slate of SAUSD School Board candidates – Rigo Rodriguez, Mark McLoughlin and Alfonso Alvarez. But in the end Iglesias emerged as the top vote-getter in the 2016 General Election while Cano barely lost by only 183 votes.
As for the teacher’s slate, only Rodriguez and Alvarez emerged victorious (assuming that Cano doesn’t edge out the latter when the final vote tally is announced this week).
Latino Health Access hosted an SAUSD School Board candidates forum tonight. All of the candidates participated except for Cecilia Iglesias and Angie Cano.
Norberto Santana, the Editor of the Voice of OC, a digital publication, served as the event moderator. The questions however were not posed by him. Instead a panel of local intermediate and high school kids asked the questions. Continue reading
Santa Ana Youth and Government is hosting an SAUSD School Board Candidates Forum on October 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 1532 E Chestnut, Santa Ana, CA 92701.
This is the 3rd candidates’ forum hosted by the Santa Ana Youth and Government Delegation.
I am told that all of the SAUSD School Board candidates will be appearing at this forum. They include: Continue reading
Raul Riesgo, a member of Grow Elect, will be talking about public speaking and community organizing with the goal of electing Ceci Iglesias and Angie Cano to the SAUSD School Board in the November Primary Election. Continue reading
There are no less than five Democrats running for the SAUSD School Board this year, including Santa Ana Planning Commissioner/Attorney/Bike Trail Activist Bruce Bauer; Congressional Field Rep./Planning Commissioner Beatriz Mendoza; Social Worker Dr. Alfonso Alvarez; college teacher Dr. Rigo Rigoberto; and business owner/Anti-Bike Trail Activist Mark McLoughlin. The latter three (Alvarez, Rigoberto and McLoughlin) are supported by the local education unions while the first two (Bauer, Mendoza) are supported by the SEIU and other local labor unions. (The SEIU is also supporting Rigoberto).
So why are the unions at war with each other? Why run so many similar candidates (honestly all of these candidates pretty much agree on close to 100% of the issues) for the same body? Continue reading
SAUSD School Board candidate Angie Cano is hosting a campaign kickoff on Friday, September 9th at 6:00 p.m. at Dr. Ann Coil’s home, located at 2024 N Victoria Dr., in Santa Ana.
Cano believes that the SAUSD Board members must be community-centered and they must work together to increase academic standards for all Santa Ana students. For more information on Angie Cano for Santa Ana School Board, visit her website: www.votecano.com. Continue reading
SAUSD and UCI grad Angie Cano is running for the SAUSD School Board again this year and will be hosting a campaign kickoff on Friday, Sep. 9, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at 2024 Victoria Drive, in Santa Ana.
Cano is allied with current SAUSD Trustee Ceci Iglesias, who is also up for re-election this November.
Both Cano and Iglesias are supporters of charter schools and are allied with former OC School Board Trustee Robert Hammond, who lost his seat in this year’s June Primary Election, to Becky Gomez, a Tustin City Council Member. Continue reading
A friend of mine who is a teacher was at the SAUSD School Board candidates meeting tonight. She said that Valerie Amezcua (pictured above) was one dimensional. She also felt that Mike Dalati was out of his league and apparently he ducked out before the question and answer session.
Amezcua has already lost in two previous SAUSD School Board elections. She lost by 75 votes to high school dropout Roman Reyna in 2008 and she lost again in 2012 by 537 votes to Jose Alfredo Hernandez. Continue reading
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Contact: Angie Cano, firstname.lastname@example.org, 714-957-5744
Santa Ana School Board Candidate calls for initiatives to raise pedestrian and bicycle safety
SAUSD candidate Angie Cano wants Santa Ana students safer, smarter and more protected
Santa Ana, California – Santa Ana Unified School Board candidate Angie Cano wants all the students in her hometown protected against alarming increases in pedestrian and bicycle injuries from vehicles.
Cano has personally experienced the dangers faced by Santa Ana youth today. She was raised in Santa Ana and is a Segerstrom High School honors graduate. Cano is now completing a triple major in Economics, Political Science and Spanish Literature at UC Irvine.
“The rising number of injuries and fatalities to students who walk or bike to school is simply unacceptable,” said Cano. “Even one accident is one accident too many.” Continue reading
The Host Committee includes:
- SAUSD Trustee Cecilia Iglesias
- OC Board of Education Trustee Robert Hammonds
- Santa Ana Community Leader Helen Martinez