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Posted by Craig P. Alexander on October 9, 2014
When I decided to become a Candidate for Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 4, I knew I would want to let people who read OC Political know why I am running with a post to this blog. However on Monday (10-6-14) Mr. Robert Loewen of the Lincoln Club of Orange County published in the Orange County Register an opinion piece that does an excellent job of summing up the reasons I am running and why my friends current CUSD Trustee Ellen Addonizio (running for re-election to Trustee Area 6) and Julie Collier (running for Trustee Area 7) are running and what is at stake in this race. Mr. Loewen’s title for his opinion is Support Accountability at Capistrano Unified.
I will not re-print all of Mr. Loewen’s excellent article here but here is the beginning and a link to the article (it is not behind the Register’s pay wall) for those of you who would like to read the entire article. You will find it quite eye opening:
/ Contributing Writer
Jack was confused. When his neighborhood carpool dropped him off at Barcelona Hills Elementary that spring day in 2011, it seemed like just another school day. It was not a big deal to the seasoned fifth-grader when he trudged from the busy carpool drop-off area and was herded with his classmates onto school property. He and other kids were handed signs bearing big red letters, “SOS,” the call sign at sea for disaster. Jack assumed the signs held by students were about Earth Day or “Saving Our Planet.” But when Jack took time to read one of the signs, he saw it was a slogan, “Save Our Schools.”
Suddenly, Jack was no longer confused. The signs were a mean-spirited rebuke to a project proposed by his mother, Julie Collier and some other parents, who wanted to see if they could use innovations allowed by state charter-school law to improve the learning environment for their own children.
So Jack found himself in the middle of a protest by someone who used kids to make their point. Jack threw his sign on the ground. Smiling, his teacher came over and handed it back to him. “Jack, could you hold up this sign again? I want to take your picture.” Click.
Jack’s mother, Julie Collier, is running for a seat as trustee on the Capistrano Unified School Board, Area 7. For Julie, it’s personal. She doesn’t mind discussing the issues of accountability and allocation of limited funding in education with anyone.
As a teacher herself, she can more than hold her own. But who gave public school teachers permission to turn her kids, or anyone’s kids, into political pawns?…….” Support Accountability at Capistrano Unified School District
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Thank you Mr. Loewen for an excellent article.
Julie, Ellen and I have opponents who are all endorsed by the unions who are pouring tens of thousands of dollars into our opponents’ campaigns. That is no surprise to us and neither are the tactics being employed by the unions one of which was discussed by my friend Greg Woodard in his piece on this blog: Unions Care Nothing About Facts and on my own campaign web site: LAWSUITS?”
For more information about my friend Julie Collier and her race go to Julie Collier for CUSD. For Ellen Addonizio go to Re-Elect Ellen Addonizio.
For my campaign web site go to: Craig For CUSD or my Facebook page Craig Alexander for CUSD
Julie, Ellen and I respectfully ask each voter in Trustee Areas 4, 6 and 7 for their vote. Thank you all for your support.
Posted in Capistrano Unified School District | Tagged: Capistrano Unified Education Association, Capistrano Unified School District, Capistrano Unified School District Board, Craig Alexander, CSEA, CUEA, CUEA HOPE PAC, Ellen Addonizio, Greg Woodard, Julie Collier, Lincoln Club of Orange County, Orange County Register, Robert Loewen, Trustee Area 4, Trustee Area 6, Trustee Area 7 | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Greg Woodard on October 7, 2014
I am all for engaging in a healthy debate with liberals, particularly during election season. And I am not such a Pollyanna that I do not recognize that candidates on both sides embellish their credentials and take liberties in their attacks on their opponents. However, when unions make up “facts” simply to smear a good candidate who opposes their stranglehold on school board power, well I will not let that go unchallenged.
In the battle for control in the Capistrano Unified School District Board, the union has stooped to outright lies to its members in an effort to sway the vote. Sally White, President of the Capistrano Unified Education Association (CUEA), recently sent an email to CUSD retirees. In the email, she falsely states that Craig Alexander, a conservative candidate for Area 4, has “sued the district several times.” I spoke with Craig (for full disclosure, I am supporting Craig in this election), and he assured me that he has never once sued the district, either as an attorney (his profession) or personally, let alone sued the district “several times.” Craig sent Ms. White a letter nearly two weeks ago in an attempt to clear up the misconception that he had sued the district several times, but, not surprisingly, he has not heard back from her. Of course, Ms. White has no support for her bald assertion, and I would challenge her to either produce some evidence that her claim is true, or issue a retraction and an apology to Craig (don’t worry, I won’t hold my breath).
In that same email, Ms. White endorses Lynn Hatton, career union candidate, in Area 7 against Julie Collier. Ms. White predictably has nothing good to say about Ms. Collier, and the union makes no bones about how they feel about Julie, including entrapping her son into a false advertisement for the union against a charter school Julie supported. The union also was silent as the charter school students had rocks thrown at them during school, likely by union supporters.
I have no respect for union hacks who use extorted dues to fuel their political ambitions. But lying and using children to advocate their cause shows how truly classless these folks are. If you live in the CUSD, you have a chance to send a message in November to the unions that their tactics and their bad policies will not be tolerated. Craig Alexander, Julie Collier, and Ellen Addonizio (Area 6) are the parent-power advocates on the ballot next month, and I would encourage voters to support real change that will benefit the students, and not line the unions’ pockets (and reward bad behavior).
Posted in Capistrano Unified School District | Tagged: Capistrano Unified Education Association, Capistrano Unified School District Board, Craig Alexander, CUEA, CUSD, Ellen Addonizio, Julie Collier, Teachers Union | 4 Comments »
Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on March 22, 2013
I was working on a database of the part affiliation of all Orange County local elected officials. Finally, I have completed the project with all of the special districts and county seats being added. I also fixed some errors in the previous versions (here, here, and here) and have combined the database into one post.
We have added a button on the menu bar for our readers to always be able to access this database and use it for whatever research/political needs that they may have. Due to the length of th epost you are going to have to click the below link to read the rest of the post.
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Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on November 16, 2012
As promised, I have now put together a database for the School Board members and their party affiliation based on who will be serving post election. Based on results in a couple of races being close, this list may change before it goes up on the website permanently.
If anybody reading this finds an error (like the situation where I thought Wendy Leece ran unopposed for NMUSD) please let me know so I can fix it.
Here is the database: Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Anaheim City School District, Anaheim Union High School District, Brea Olinda Unified School District, Buena Park School District, Capistrano Unified School District, Centralia School District, Coast Community College District, Cypress School District, Fountain Valley School District, Fullerton Joint Union High School District, Fullerton School District, Garden Grove Unified School District, Huntington Beach City School District, Huntington Beach Union High School District, Irvine Unified School District, La Habra City School District, Laguna Beach Unified School District, Los Alamitos Unified School District, Lowell Joint School District, Magnolia School District, Newport-Mesa Unified School District, North Orange County Community College District, Ocean View School District, Orange County Board of Education, Orange Unified School District, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, Rancho Santiago Community College District, Saddleback Valley Unified School District, Santa Ana Unified School District, Savanna School District, Tustin Unified School District, Westminster School District | Tagged: Alexa Deligianni, Amy Hanacek, Amy Walsh, Anastasia Shackelford, Andrew Nguyen, Andy Montoya, Anna Bryson, Anna L. Piercy, Annemarie Randle-Trejo, Arianna Barrios, Audrey Yamagata Noji, Bao Quoc Nguyen, Barbara Dunsheath, Barbara J. Clendineng, Barbara L. Kilponen, Barbara Michel, Barbara Quintana, Betsy Jenkins, Beverly Berryman, Bill Hall, Bill Hinz, Bill Jay, Bob Gardner, Bob Harden, Bonnie P. Castrey, Brandon Jones, Brian Chambers, Brian Garland, Brian Nakamura, Brian O'Neal, Brian Rechsteiner, Bridget Kaub, Candi Kern, Carol Downey, Carol Sundman, Carrie Buck, Cecilia Iglesias, Celia Jaffe, Chris Brown, Chris Thompson, Claudia Alvarez, Cliff E. Breddon Jr., Dana Black, Darin Barber, David A. Boyer, David B. Lang, David Boyd, David Bridgewaters, David Brooks, David Giese, David Grant, Debbie Cotton, Dennis Salts, Dennis Walsh, Diana Hill, Diane Singer, Dolores Winchell, Don Sedgwick, Donna Miller, Edward A. Erdtsieck, Elizabeth Parker, Ellen Addonizio, Eric Padget, Esther H. Wallace, Francine Pace Scinto, Fred W. Schambeck, Gail Lyons, Gary Pritchard, Gavin Huntley-Fenner, George West, Gina Clayton, Ginny Aitkens, Helen Lee, Hilda Sugarman, Ian Collins, Irv Trinkle, Jack Bedell, James H. Laird, James Vanderbilt, James Wright, Jamison Power, Jan Vickers, Janny Meyer, Jeanne Galindo, Jeff Cole, Jeffrey Barke, Jeffrey P. Brown, Jerry Patterson, Jim Moreno, Jim Reardon, Jimmy Templin, Joe Rollino, John Alpay, John Briscoe, John Dobson, John Hanna, John Ortega, John Ortiz, John Palacio, Jonathan W. Abelove, Jose F. Moreno, Jose Hernandez, Jose Solorio, Judi Carmona, Judith A. Franco, Judith Edwards, Karen Russell, Karen Yelsey, Karin M. Freeman, Katherine Smith, Kathy Iverson, Kathy Moffat, Katrina Foley, Ken Williams, Ketta Brown, Kevin Hobby, L. Carole Jensen, Lan Quoc Nguyen, Lauren Brooks, Lawrence R. Labrado, Leonard L. Lahtinen, Linda Navarro/Edwards, Linda Paulsen-Reed, Linda R. Weinstock, Lisa Jordan, Liz Steves, Lorraine Prinsky, Lynn Hatton, Lynn R. Davis, Lynn Thornley, Manny Ontiveros, Marcia Milchiker, Marilyn Buchi, Mark D. Wayland, Martha Fluor, Mary Hornbuckle, Mary Mangold, Meg Cutuli, Megan Harding, Michael Condiff, Michael H. Simons, Michael Matsuda, Michael Parham, Molly McClanahan, Nancy Padberg, Nathan Zug, Nelida Yanez, Patrick Ochoa, Paul Bokota, Phillip E. Yarbrough, Rick Ledesma, Rob Richardson, Robert A. Singer, Robert Hammond, Robert N. Hathaway, Rodney Todd, Rosemary Saylor, Samuel Van Hamblen, Sandi Baltes, Sandra Crandall, Sandy Blumberg, Sharon H. Brown, Sharon Wallin, Shirley A. Carey, Steve Blount, Steve Harris, Susan Henry, Suzie Swartz, Tammie K. Bullard, Teresa Hampson, Theresa O'Hare, Thomas Prendergrast, Tim Jemal, Tim Surridge, Tracy L. Pellman, Valeri Peters Wagner, Walt Davenport, William Landsiedel | 4 Comments »
Posted by Craig P. Alexander on July 1, 2012
It appears that for the Board majority at CUSD they have no tolerance for any opinion but their own. During the last Board meeting at which several vital budget items were being voted on (including the secretly negotiated contract with the teacher’s union) – Trustee John Alpay moved and was successful in ending debate right as Trustee Ellen Addonizio was about the make her comments on why the union contract and budget were bad for the students and the District.
I guess Trustees John Alpay and Gary Pitchard do not like Democracy in that they don’t wish for a duly elected Trustee to speak from the dias about issues before the Board. One shout out: Trustee Anna Bryson, who has been voting with the majority of late – broke ranks with them and voted against the bad contract and budget and she voted no on closing debate.
Below is an e-mail from Julie Collier of the Parents Advocate League. She has a link to a Patch article on the meeting. It includes an audio clip of Mr. Alpay’s undemocratic and insulting motion and Trustee Gary Pritchard’s “justification” of Mr. Alpay’s bad behavior. Mr. Pritchard even laughs at Trustee Addonizio while he is discussing Alpay’s motion. These two Trustees need to go back to private life!
Here is Ms. Collier’s e-mail and the link to the Patch article:
I have been to many public meetings over the last five years; however, I have NEVER witnessed such a dysfunctional and offensive public meeting as I did on June 27th at the CUSD school board meeting. This meeting was truly an insult to constituents as well as students in CUSD.
Every year I have watched CUSD make financial decisions to ease budget concerns at the risk of negatively impacting student learning. Class sizes are increased and furlough days are added with little to no regard for student success. Not to mention, LIFO (Last-In; First Out) laying off teachers because they are the newest to be hired (regardless of whether or not they have the proven ability to teach) continues to be the go to solution for CUSD. Last Wednesday was no exception.
The budget was passed 4-3 (Bryson, Addonizio, and Palazzo dissenting) with $51 million in cuts. The district administration negotiated a deal with CUEA that includes 5-15 furlough days and 1.2% salary decrease. By the way, teachers will get a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA = salary increase)
*3.2% increase for the 12-13 school year
*2.5% increase for the 13-14 school year
*2.7% increase for the 14-15 school year
District official, Jodee Brentlinger, proudly stated the negotiations with CUEA went from “. . . us vs. them and resolved into we.” Unfortunately for students in CUSD, the “we” only included CUEA and CUSD district officials that negotiated behind closed doors.
The most despicable part of the board meeting happened when the teachers’ contract and the budget of over $50 million in cuts were passed with little to no discussion. Trustees Alpay and Pritchard (both up for re-election this November) collectively and deliberately stopped any discussion twice by Trustee Addonizio a long-time student-focused school board member. Please read the article below from the MV Patch. It also includes the actual audio of the controversial shut down for discussion. You can even hear Trustee Pritchard laughing at Trustee Addonizio as he is trying to defend his actions.
Expert: CUSD Goofed in Snuffing Budget Debate http://missionviejo.patch.com/articles/expert-cusd-trustees-did-not-follow-proper-procedure
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Trustees Addonizio, Palazzo, and Bryson for recognizing the need for discussion regarding the impact these severe budget cuts will have on students. Parents and constituents are actually entitled to hear comments from their elected officials, especially regarding cuts to student centered programs and instructional days. Trustees Pritchard and Alpay should have taken more time to consider students as opposed to what appears to be setting themselves up for a union sponsored re-election campaigning.
I cannot implore to parents enough that you must stay informed and active in your child’s education. Attending PTA meetings and volunteering in the classroom is truly wonderful, but it is still not enough. Vital decisions were made for your child and his/her education last Wednesday at the board meeting. These decisions will not only affect your student’s ability to learn next year and for years to come, but it will affect how your child will compete for college admission compared to other students across the nation.
Where were you Wednesday night? Your presence at the board meeting could have made a difference. Teachers have their union. Students have their parents. YOU are your child’s voice. It is time for YOU to stand up and use it.
Parents Advocate League
Posted in Capistrano Unified School District | Tagged: Budget, Capistrano Unified School District, CUSD, Ellen Addonizio, Gary Pritchard, John Alpay, Julie Collier, Teacher's Union Contract | 8 Comments »