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  • Wednesday, January 20, 2016

     

    Warrior takes on Party Establishment

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    OUSD Warrior takes on Local Political Establishment over endorsement of candidate

    OUSD Trustee Mark Wayland and family from Facebook
    Orange Unified Trustee and U.S. Marine Mark Wayland  continued in his warrior mode.

    After taking OUSD candidate Greg Salas to court (see below)  for false statements on Salas' ballot statement (and winning), Wayland is now taking on the local political establishment over their endorsement this week of Orange Unified Area 1 candidate Greg Salas.

    In a Tuesday January 19, 2016 posting on the official Orange County Republican Facebook page,  Wayland reacted to the establishment endorsement of Greg Salas.

    Wayland- a lifelong Republican- expressed similar frustration with the local party establishment politics that is now shaping  the national dialog in both parties in the 2016 Presidential Primary races of both parties.

    Wayland stating he is "disappointed in this endorsement" writes about the OUSD Area 1 contest between candidates Greg Salas and Andrea Yamasaki that:  "The differences between the two candidates could not be more stark. Just because someone puts an R next to their name, does not mean that they are the best candidate for the position."

    Wayland then admonishes the local political establishment: "Look to Washington if you need to be reminded. We have been completely sold out by the "Republicans" in the Senate and in Congress. How many of these turn coats got in to office because they had a R next to their name?"

    Wayland then takes personal responsibility for his vote to appoint Salas as the provisional trustee: "I take responsibility for my vote that led to the recall, because I did not do my job and completely vet the two candidates for the board. I regretted my vote almost immediately after I did it."

    The Trustee continues:
    "But I will not make the same mistake twice. I am asking the voters in the district to get informed, find out which candidate has dedicated most of their adult life in the service of others. The choice, unlike most elections, should be an easy one. Now it is up to all of you to do the right thing. You do not vote for an individual that did his best to mis-inform the voters on his candidate statement. We all need to put honest and ethical people into pubic office. This would be a good start."

    Comments to  Wayland's post in the Facebook comments was overwhelming positive from other Greater Orange Republicans who also took the establishment to task for the establishment endorsement of Salas (see link below).

    Also on January 19, 2012 Wayland released a press release on his successful court action against the false Salas ballot statement.

    The press release reads in part:
    Wayland said he believed that it was his duty as an elected OUSD Trustee to ensure that the March 1, 2016 election would be free of party politicking and political gamesmanship."

    Nothing is more sacred than the people’s right to vote,” he said. “The Orange County Registrar has a sworn duty to provide complete and accurate information in an official voter pamphlet.  My constituents have a right to know the facts in this election so that they can cast an informed vote — especially since they gathered over 3,600 registered signatures to terminate Mr. Salas’ provisional appointment and force the March 1 special election.”

    The press release also states:
    I believe that Mr. Salas’ original statement was misleading – and not just because he wrongly listed me as an endorser,” Wayland explained.  “But, perhaps more importantly, because Mr. Salas falsely implied that he was an experienced incumbent elected to the Orange Unified School District by the people.”

    Wayland added that voters needed to know that Mr. Salas was provisionally appointed, never elected, to fill the OUSD District One seat vacated by former Trustee Diane Singer late last year.

    “In fact, Mr. Salas served just 38 days and attended only two meetings before voters terminated his provisional appointment,” he explained.

    Below is the Tuesday January 19, 2016 posting, you may also see it on the official Facebook page-click on:



    Mark Wayland As a OUSD board member, and a life long Republican. I also am very disappointed in this endorsement. The differences between the two candidates could not be more stark. Just because someone puts an R next to their name, does not mean that they are the best candidate for the position. Look to Washington if you need to be reminded. We have been completely sold out by the "Republicans" in the senate and in congress. How many of these turn coats got in to office because they had a R next to their name? I take responsibility for my vote that led to the recall, because I did not do my job and completely vet the two candidates for the board. I regretted my vote almost immediately after I did it. But I will not make the same mistake twice. I am asking the voters in the district to get informed, find out which candidate has dedicated most of their adult life in the service of others. The choice, unlike most elections, should be an easy one. Now it is up to all of you to do the right thing. You do not vote for an individual that did his best to mis-inform the voters on his candidate statement. We all need to put honest and ethical people into pubic office. This would be a good start.

    Tuesday, January 19, 2016

     

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    Trustee Mark Wayland full of surprises
    and OUSD Board elects new officers

    At the beginning of their December 10, 2015 meeting, the Orange Unified School Board elected three new Board officers.  Trustee Rick Ledesma will return as the Board President,  Trustee Dr. Alexia Deligianni -Brydges will serve in her first OUSD leadership capacity as OUSD Vice President and Kathy Moffat will return to the Board leadership as Clerk after years of being denied any leadership position by the OUSD Board Majority.  In the past, Moffat has served in all three leadership positions. 

    This is the first time in years that two women have served on the Board Leadership. 

    After the 2001 Orange Recall one of the Recall Reforms championed by newly elected Citizen's Board was rotation of the leadership positions. The rotation of leadership positions was initiated by OUSD Board President Robert Viviano- one of two sitting trustees who supported the goals of 2001 Recall against their recalled board colleagues who were part of the then Jacobson Fringe Majority.  Vivano was long unfairly denied a leadership position by that Jacobson Fringe Majority.

    The policy to rotate officers was rescinded after the controversial  Steve Rocco was elected to the OUSD Board.


    At the same Board meeting on December 10th, Trustee Mark Wayland's  last comment of the last agenda item stunned the audience as Wayland announced that for personal health reasons he would be resigning his Trustee position effective December 31, 2015. 

    Wayland however did not resign.


    The often surprising Wayland did  however have an even bigger December surprise for Greater Orange. He filed a lawsuit against OUSD Area 1 Candidate Trustee Greg Salas for filing false statements on his Ballot Candidate Statement. 

    Salas had falsely listed Wayland as endorsing Salas, and more importantly according to Wayland, Salas filed false and misleading statements for his ballot statement to imply that Salas was an incumbent (i.e. elected) OUSD Board member.

    On January 6th,  Wayland won in court when Greg Salas was ordered by Orange County Superior Court Judge Richard Lissebrink to remove the false statements from his Candidate Statement.  (For more information Click on SALAS ).


    INSIDE the January 21, 2015 Agenda
    Action Items
    12 A- (page 3) Vote on new contracts with OUSD employee groups
    12 C- (page 34) $4.7 million for maintence that has been deferred
    12 D- (page 35) Request by Trustee John Ortega to work with local law enforcement agencies toward improving use of School Resource Officers   
    13 A- (page 37) Survey results on future OUSD Bond conducted in December 2015

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING Thursday, January 21, 2016

    CLOSED SESSION 5:30 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm
    For the AGENDA-
    CLICK ON: AGENDA


    For more information call the OUSD Superintendent’s office at 714-628-4040
    For budgeting questions call Business Services at 714-628-4015

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    Monday, January 18, 2016

     

    Court orders Salas change

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    OUSD Trustee Wayland stays with integrity
    Judge orders OUSD candidate Greg Salas to
    remove false ballot statements after Wayland takes candidate to court

    Orange Unified Trustee Mark Wayland's  last comment of the last agenda item in the last meeting of 2015 (the December 10 meeting) stunned the audience as Wayland announced that for personal health reasons he would be resigning his Trustee position effective December 31, 2015. 

    That surprise announcement from Trustee Mark Wayland however led to even bigger December surprises for Greater Orange from the often surprising Wayland.

    On December 14th, four days after that last meeting,  Wayland filed a lawsuit against OUSD Area 1 candidate Greg Salas for false candidate ballot statements and then at the end of December-Wayland did not resign as he had announced.

    Wayland filed the lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court against candidate Greg Salas for false statements Salas had included in his Candidate Statement and filed with the Orange County Registrar of Voters for the March 1 Special Election for OUSD Area 1 Trustee seat. 

    Wayland reported to local media outlets that he had filed the suit when he learned that  Salas falsely listed Wayland as endorsing Salas, and more importantly according to Wayland, Salas filed false and misleading statements for his ballot statement to imply that Salas was an incumbent (i.e. elected) OUSD Board member.

    On January 6th,  Wayland won in court when Greg Salas was ordered by Orange County Superior Court Judge Richard Lissebrink to remove the false statements from his Candidate Statement.  

    Salas was never elected to the OUSD Board. Salas was ousted as a "provisional trustee"  38 days after his controversial "provisional appointment" in September when a coalition of Greater Orange residents terminated the Salas' appointment with a petition of 3670 signatures-134% more than required within 30 days of the appointment.

    After the controversial Salas appointment caused widespread anger throughout Greater Orange against the OUSD Board (and immediately led to the successful petition drive to oust Salas) a hastily called Special OUSD Board Meeting was called one week later on October 1, 2015. The purpose of that meeting was to try and defuse the petition drive to oust Salas by having the OUSD Trustees explain the process that led each to vote on the on the "provisional appointment" to the vacant seat ( OUSD Trustee Kathy Moffat and OUSD Trustee Dr. Alexia Deligianni did not vote for the Salas appointment).

    That Special Meeting however only intensified the growing anger over the Salas appointment as OUSD Trustee Timothy Surridge admitted during that meeting that he recruited his friend Salas for the position based on political motivations.  Salas, who had just recently moved to Anaheim Hills from outside of Orange Unified, had never been to any OUSD meeting or event and had never visited any OUSD schools until after being recruited by Surridge shortly before the OUSD vote to appoint Salas.

    After being ordered by the Superior Court to change his Candidate Statement, the revised Salas "candidate statement" takes out the false statements ordered by the court, but  continues to try and mislead voters.

    The new Salas candidate statement  ( full text below) reads: "I've been an Orange County resident for over 40 years and attended local schools".    What Salas does not tell voters is that 39 of those years were outside of Orange Unified before he moved to Anaheim Hills- and the "local schools" he attended were NOT in Orange Unified and that none of his six children-including the current one still enrolled in high school that he mentions in his statement-never attended Orange Unified schools - because they did not live in Orange Unified.

    Salas states that he is "committed to serving on Orange Unified School District's Board"  but does not say that that commitment only started when his friend  OUSD Board Trustee Timothy Surridge actively recruited Salas for a position Salas was not even aware existed- all admittedly because of political motivations.

    The Salas statement continues with as Salas (who admittedly was recruited by Surridge based on political motivations) writes: "and I won't let OUSD become a political football for outside special interests."

    Having moved into Orange Unified just two years ago, Salas continues to lie with the ballot statement "I've dedicated my life to serving our community."  Salas has never served the local Greater Orange Community in any capacity prior to his attending two OUSD Board meetings of OUSD Board while he was a "provisional trustee".

    Finally, Salas writes:
    "My leadership and experience have earned me the support of: OUSD Boardmember Rick Ledesma OUSD Boardmember Tim Surridge OUSD Boardmember John Ortega Rancho Santiago Canyon Boardmember Phil Yarbrough"

    Of course Surridge admitted that it was his friendship and political motivations that earned his recuritment and endorsement of Salas.

    To see what others on the board learned about Salas before the vote- see what Salas himself wrote about his "leadership and experience " on his handwritten OUSD candidate information sheet- CLICK on:


    Below is the revised candidate statement Greg Salas was forced to submit after the Superior Court ruled against his false statements in his first ballot statement:

    ORANGE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER TRUSTEE AREA 1, SHORT TERM GREGORY SALAS AGE: 54 Orange County
    Businessman/Parent

     I've been an Orange County resident for over 40 years and attended local schools.

    My wife Elizabeth and I have raised our six children in Orange County, five have graduated and one still attends a local Orange County high school.

    I have no desire to seek higher office, I'm committed to serving on Orange Unified School District's Board as an advocate for taxpayers, parents, and students. If you elect me to the OUSD Board, I will: Make certain we have the safest schools possible Promote a back to basics education Advance technology education Improve the quality of education in our schools Approve and protect charter schools Ensure responsible spending and complete accountability of taxpayer dollars

    I will ensure OUSD serves our children and our community, and I won't let OUSD become a political football for outside special interests.

    I've dedicated my life to serving our community.

    My leadership and experience have earned me the support of: OUSD Boardmember Rick Ledesma OUSD Boardmember Tim Surridge OUSD Boardmember John Ortega Rancho Santiago Canyon Boardmember Phil Yarbrough

    Please join my supporters in voting for Greg Salas for Orange Unified School District Governing Board Member.



    The other candidate for the Area 1 seat is 20 year Anaheim Hills resident Andrea Yamasaki. 

    Her Candidate Statement is below with links to the statement and her OUSD candidate information sheet.


    ORANGE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD MEMBER TRUSTEE AREA 1, SHORT TERM ANDREA YAMASAKI AGE: 51 Community Volunteer

    Restoring trust and confidence in the Orange Unified School Board among parents, teachers and taxpayers must be a top priority for the Area One Trustee.

    My experience, hard work and dedication to OUSD schools have prepared me for the significant educational and economic challenges facing this Board in the critical years ahead.

    I am committed to focused efforts in support of a well-rounded education for all students and to maintaining accountability for conservative fiscal management of our resources.

    Making OUSD school facilities safer and equipping them for 21st century learning is fundamental to a quality education.
    I have devoted over 15,000 volunteer hours serving as President/ Executive board member for several PTAs, and holding leadership positions in advisory councils, Girl Scouts, booster organizations, and numerous community groups.

    This experience taught me the value of galvanizing community support in a transparent and proactive manner.

    My husband, a technology company executive and retired US Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel, and I share this commitment to service.

    We've lived in this community over 20 years with 3 children attending OUSD schools since kindergarten.

    Please help me restore trust and confidence in the OUSD Board and put the focus back on students - not party politics!


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    Thursday, January 07, 2016

     

    All Canyon Roads open

    CHP declares all Orange County Canyon roads open today
    After days of pounding rain and mud closed Santiago Canyon roads, all roads are open as of this morning in Greater Orange Canyons

    1. Silverado Canyon Road has been cleared of Debris and reopened at Oak Ln


    : Silverado Canyon - Deputies continue to patrol canyon areas, monitor & report conditions to ☔️👮🏻🚔

    Wednesday, January 06, 2016

     

    Wednesday: Voluntary evacuation for Santiago Canyon

    Voluntary Evacuation again for Wednesday in Santiago Canyon
    1. Beginning Wednesday at 10:00 am voluntary evacuation is in effect for Silverado Canyon residences east of 30311 Silverado Canyon Rd (1/3)

    Tuesday, January 05, 2016

     

    Santiago Canyon Road closed

    Mudslide closes Santiago Canyon Road

    Since rains subsided, emergency crews are working to open Santiago Canyon Road.

    KTLA has posted the following video of mud slide:

    Click on: KTLA

     

    Silverado Canyon evacuation

    Voluntary Evacuation again for Wednesday in Santiago Canyon
    1. Beginning Wednesday at 10:00 am voluntary evacuation is in effect for Silverado Canyon residences east of 30311 Silverado Canyon Rd (1/3)
    Red Cross Care & Reception Facility open for those affected by voluntary evacuations. Service animals welcome. Silverado Community Center (27641 Silverado Canyon Rd) -No animals.

    Monday, December 07, 2015

     

    OUSD Term limits?

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    OUSD Trustees to vote on Term Limits
    At the regular scheduled Thursday December 10, 2015  Orange Unified School Board meeting the OUSD Ttrustees will vote on placing trustee term limits on the ballot in 2016.

    Action Item 13 C ( Agenda page 10) is a resolution for the OUSD Board to vote on the proposed term limits for the OUSD Trustees.  The item also has the trustees deciding if the proposed limits to terms should be limited to two terms (eight years total) or three terms (twelve years total).  OUSD Trustee terms are four years.   If approved by the OUSD Board, the term limit proposal would be on the June 2016 ballot and  need  voter approval. If aproved, the term limits would not apply  retroactively.  

    The Term Limit proposal was first proposed by OUSD Board President John Ortega in April of this year.  Ortega has never faced an opponent since he was first elected in the 2001 Orange Recall Election as part of the Citizens Slate.

    2016 Bond items on Agenda 
    Two items concerning an expected 2016 Orange Unified Facilities Bond in November 2016 are also on the Thursday December 10, 2015.

    Action Item 13 B ( Agenda page 9) will have the OUSD Trustees vote on contracts for Bond Construction Management and Architectural Firms. The item has the four recommended firms working with the architects to "refine and validate the high school facility master plans created in 2014".  

    The four finalist firms are: Arcadis U.S., Inc; Balfour-Beatty Construction; Cordoba Corporation; Cumming Construction and Management Inc.  Recommendations are for the OUSD contracts to continue for the original 2014 architectural firms.

    Information Item 14 A (page 13) is a report from the election consultants  on  the financial aspect of a 2016 Bond on the November Presidential ballot.

    Inside the December 10th Agenda
    Consent Item 15 G (page 24)  First Interim Financial Report- The OUSD Board is set to approve the district's "positive financial status".  Page 26 of the Agenda shows the OUSD current balance is  $70.5 million. That total includes $8.4 million in "reserves for economic uncertainties" and an additional $57.9 million in unspent monies.

    Also in the December 10th agenda:
    9A  (page 1) Annual Organization Meeting: annual  election of OUSD Officers

    13A (page 4) Sale of Riverdale property site


    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING Thursday December 10, 2015
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION- 5:30 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm
    For AGENDA-CLICK ON: 


    For more information call the OUSD Superintendent’s office at 714-628-4040
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