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Why did Santa Ana’s education unions reject every woman running for the School Board?

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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
Beatriz Mendoza

Beatriz Mendoza

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.

Gloria Alvarado

Gloria Alvarado

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.


Free pet adoptions at OC Animal Care in Orange set for Sep. 3 and 4

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CONTACT: Melanie Eustice, Communications Director

Phone: (714) 834-5492 Mobile: (714) 581-7784

Supervisor Todd Spitzer to Sponsor Pet Adoption Event with OC Animal Care on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4, 2016

(Orange County, CA) – Supervisor Todd Spitzer is sponsoring a Pet Adoption Event on Saturday, September 3rd and Sunday, September 4th.

The event will feature free pet adoption, a savings of $89 to $124. The microchip fee of $17 and the licensing fee of $27 are paid by the new owner.

“Pet adoption saves animal lives. This free pet adoption event invites people to grow their family with a new pet,” said Supervisor Spitzer.

The event is at the OC Animal Shelter located at 561 The City Drive South, Orange, CA 92868. The free pet adoption event is going to be held during normal working business hours of the OC Animal Shelter from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Man shot and injured while standing in front of his residence on W. St. Gertrude

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Last night another attempt murder shooting occurred at 1401 West St. Gertrude, in Santa Ana. An adult male (27 years of age) was standing in front of his residence when a vehicle drove by and fired several times striking the victim.

Incredibly, the victim drove himself to a hospital where he was then transported to another hospital’s trauma center where he is currently listed in stable condition.

SAPD investigators recovered shell casings at the scene, according to the O.C. Register.

The victim is expected to survive.

No description of the suspects has been made available yet by the police.

The City Council keeps telling us that crime is going down but the evidence proves otherwise as the bullets keep flying in our city!

This shooting happened near the corner of W. St. Gertrude and S. Bristol St., in Santa Ana’s Ward 2, which is represented by Council Member Michele Martinez.


The Santa Ana City Council has declared Aug. 26 to be Women’s Equality Day

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City of Santa Ana, Downtown Orange County

Community: Tomorrow, August 26th is “Women’s Equality Day”

The Santa Ana City Council has proclaimed August 26, 2016 as “Women’s Equality Day”. This day commemorates the U.S. Congress’ designation at the behest of Rep. Bella Abzug (D-NY), in 1971.

The date was selected to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. This was the culmination of a massive, peaceful civil rights movement by women that had its formal beginnings in 1848 at the world’s first women’s rights convention, in Seneca Falls, New York.

Vince Sarmiento and Maria Huizar

Vince Sarmiento and Maria Huizar

The observance of Women’s Equality Day not only commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment, but also calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward full equality. Workplaces, libraries, organizations, and public facilities now participate with Women’s Equality Day programs. This year Santa Ana will have an active Voter Registration campaign with focus on women voters and youth participation.

At the last City Council Meeting, Mayor ProTem Sarmiento and Councilmember Martinez presented Maria Huizar, Clerk of the Council, a Proclamation recognizing August 26th as “Women’s Equality Day.”

All residents are encouraged to celebrate all this month by registering to vote at www.ocvote.com, checking and updating your voter registration status, and requesting election material in your language from the Orange County Voter Registrar’s Office before the next General Municipal Election to be held on November 8, 2016.

For more information please contact the Santa Ana Clerk of the Council Office at (714) 647-6520, during regular business hours, Monday through Thursday and every other Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Joint Resolution of Congress, 1971

Designating August 26th of each year as Women’s Equality Day

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have been treated as second-class citizens and have not been entitled the full rights and privileges, public or private, legal or institutional, which are available to male citizens of the United States; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have united to assure that these rights and privileges are available to all citizens equally regardless of sex; and

WHEREAS, the women of the United States have designated August 26th , the anniversary date of the certification of the Nineteenth Amendment, as symbol of the continued fight for equal rights: and

WHEREAS, the women of United States are to be commended and supported in their organizations and activities,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that August 26th of each year is designated as “Women’s Equality Day”, and the President is authorized and requested to issue a proclamation annually in commemoration of that day in 1920, on which the women of America were first given the right to vote, and that day in 1970, on which a nationwide demonstration for women’s rights took place.
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SAUSD School Board candidate Mark McLoughlin won’t be allowed to lie to the voters after all

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In the Santa Ana Unified School District board race, with three seats open, candidate Bruce Bauer challenged fellow Santa Ana Planning Commissioner Mark McLoughlin’s designation as “Educator/Business Owner,” according to the O.C. Register.

The Orange County Registrar of Voters upheld Bauer’s challenge, and McLoughlin changed his designation to “Education Business Advisor.”

But the point of all this is that McLoughlin tried to lie to the voters. He is not an educator, period.

Let me tell you who this guy really is. He is the man who stopped the City of Santa Ana from finishing the Santiago Creek Bike Trail – and my sources tell me that he did this because he didn’t want “certain people” riding their bikes by his swanky house.

McLoughlin was one of the main forces behind the recall of former SAUSD Trustee Nativo Lopez. They recalled him primarily because Lopez was advocating to build a public school near McLoughlin’s mostly white northern Santa Ana neighborhood. The night that McLoughlin and his pals were celebrating the success of the Lopez recall campaign they held a party at McLoughlin’s pad. A guy I know who is half-Latino was a volunteer on the Lopez recall campaign. He showed up that night and tried to join the festivities at McLoughlin’s home. But guess what? They wouldn’t let him in.

That is who McLoughlin is. It is disgusting that the Santa Ana Educators’ Association endorsed him. There are so many great candidates in the race for the SAUSD School Board this year and the teachers endorsed the liar McLoughlin?  Good grief.


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