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  • Thursday, August 18, 2016

     

    OUSD Candidates differ on Bond and surplus property

    eLECTION Watch 2016
      a community service of Orange Communication System /OCS/

    Only one candidate for Area 6 supports OUSD Facilities Bond in ballot statement
    OUSD Area 2 candidate Daniel Correa wants to sell Peralta Property
    Daniel Correa in his OUSD candidate statement made selling the Peralta Property and other OUSD surplus properties the center piece of his campaign.


    In his candidate statement released by the Orange County Registrar of Voters, Correa- a Orange City Planning Commissioner writes:
    Valuable surplus properties that could generate millions of dollars needed to restore programs victimized by budget cuts sit in limbo.


    Correa's position to sell the surplus properties is the same position pushed by OUSD Trustee Timothy Surridge. 

    Surridge worked hard to have the Peralta Property sold. The Surridge plan was to turn Peralta into high density residential, first as a 99 year lease to developers, then by an outright sale to developers.


    Correa's statement about Peralta and OUSD's surplus properties continues:
    My experience as an urban planner and City of Orange Planning Commissioner will ensure that the disposition of these properties generate maximum revenue for the district and address the sensitivity of neighbors next door.



    Development of both the Peralta  and the Sully Miller properties became controversial in Orange when the neighbors of both properties pushed back against the development plans for the areas.





    To view Daniel Correa's candidate statement CLICK ON: Daniel Correa







    Correa is running against long-time OUSD Area 2 Trustee John Ortega.  These goals were included in Ortega's candidate statement: 
    My goals for the next four years include: Improving the quality of education in all of our schools.
    ·   Increasing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math programs.
    ·  Upgrading facilities at all of our schools.
    ·  Making certain money goes directly to education and not bureaucracy.
    To view John Ortega's candidate statement CLICK ON: John Ortega


    OUSD Area 6 Trustee's son stands on family relationships
    OUSD Trustee Mark Wayland's son in his bid for his father's seat writes a five paragraph candidate statement that mentions family relations in four of the five paragraphs.

    In his first paragraph, Wayland's son lists the four names of his relatives that graduated Orange High School:
    As a product of our Orange Unified School District (Orange High Panthers Class of 95) and the 4th generation of my family to attend Orange High (Erwin Eisenbraun 1923) (Hilda Unzelman 1924) (Carol Eisenbraun 1954) (Kathy Chism 1974).

    In his second candidate statement paragraph he continues his family narative with:
    My family has a motto “we only leave Orange, when they bury us in Fairhaven

    In his third and fourth paragraph, he writes about his father including his father's acomplishments:
    My Father Mark Wayland (Retired Firefighter/ Marine) has served on the board for the last eight years and has eliminated wasteful spending and made hard but necessary cuts, to ensure the long term viability of our core school system.

    However in the end, after naming his family members, motto and father's accomplishments, the younger Wayland writes:
    I ask for your vote, not on my father’s record, but on your belief that I will do the best possible job representing you and your families in our school district.

    To view Jeremy Wayland's candidate statement CLICK ON: Jeremy Wayland


    Only one candidate for Area 6 directly supports  OUSD Measure S Bond

    The only candidate in the Area 6 race to directly pledge support the OUSD Measure S facilities Bond using the words "OUSD bond measure"  in her candidate statement is Area 6 candidate Nicole Baitix-Kennedy.

    In her candidate statement, Baitx-Kennedy point-blank supports and acknowledges OUSD Measure S by writing:
    I support the OUSD bond measure on the ballot this November. I will make sure that this money is spent wisely and will keep parents informed about repair and safety improvements.

    To view Nicole Baitix-Kennedy's candidate statement CLICK ON:

    The final Area 6 candidate Brenda Lebsack skirts outright supporting Measure S by writing in her candidate statement that she will:
    Fight to update, improve, and maintain all schools

    To view Brenda Lebsack's candidate statement CLICK ON: Brenda Lebsack

    This post title was updated 8/19/16 to reflect that Nicole Baitiz-Kennedy had the only Area 6 candidate statement to include support of OUSD Measure S as well as clarification of  Mr. Correa's and Mr. Surridge's position on the Peralta Property.






     

    OUSD BOND is Measure S


    OUSD Facilities Bond News
    Orange Net News /O/N/N/
    It's official- 2016 Orange Unified High School Facilites Bond assigned as Measure S

    The 2016 Orange Unified School Bond will be known as Measure S.

    The Orange County Registrar of Voters has released the Measure S Bond Text and a one page Measure S Tax Rate.

    Click on MEASURE S TEXT
    Click on MEASURE S Rates




    OUSD Facilities Bond News

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    Wednesday, August 17, 2016

     

    OUSD moves to approve Oversight Committee

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    OUSD Citizen's Oversight Committee on Thursday Board Agenda
    The Orange Unified School Board will meet Thursday August 18 to approve the legally required Procedures, Policies & Guidelines for the required Citizen's Oversight Committee if the 2016 OUSD facilities bond passes in November.  

    Agenda Item 12 A (page 2) includes the legal information on the required make-up of the seven member committee and the applications for the OUSD Citizen's Oversight Committee.

    The agenda item recommends that the  OUSD Board authorize the OUSD Staff to begin recruiting to bring a slate forward for OUSD Board approval.

    OUSD Ballot Measure letter to be announced
    On Thursday August 18 the Orange County Registrar of voters will assign letters to the local ballot measures.

    Numerous local measures will appear on the November ballot including the OUSD 2016 Bond Measure. An announcement of the OUSD Measure "Letter" is expected by noon time. 

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING August 18, 2016
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION- 6:30 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm
    For AGENDA-CLICK ON: OUSD 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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    One candidate fails to file for OUSD race

    eLECTION Watch 2016
      a community service of Orange Communication System /OCS/
    UPDATED 8/17/16   
    One potential OUSD Area 6 candidate fails to meet deadline to file for election
    Danielle Jacobs failed to file papers to run for the OUSD Trustee Area 6 seat.  Jacobs had pulled papers on August ___.

    Joining Nicole Baitx-Kenndy in filing for the office, two other candiates who had pulled papers filed today Brenda Lebsack and Trustee Mark Wayland's son, Jermery Wayland. 

    Baitx-Kenndy pulled papers on July 28th and filed on August 8th. Jeremey Wayland pulled papers last week and filed today and Lebsack pulled papers yeserday and filed today. 

    Orange Net News would like to thank the following agencies and people  in helping us report on the filing period:
    ·       The Orange County Registrar of Voters under the direction of Neal Kelly Registrar of Voters.

    ·       The Office of the City Clerk in the City of Orange under the direction of City Clerk Mary Murphy with special thanks to  Chief City Clerk Robert Zorando and Deputy City Clerk Pamela Coleman.

    ·       City of Villa Park City Manager and City Clerk Jarad Hildenbrand and Administrative Anaysist Kim Chaudhry.

    FINAL  Candidate list for Greater Orange

    Orange Mayor's Race
    Tita Smith* -Pulled/Filed Papers

    Orange City Clerk
    Mary Murphy* -Pulled/Filed Papers

    Orange City Treasurer
    Richard Rohm*-Pulled/Filed Papers

    Orange City Council Seats (2)
    Mark Murphy* -Pulled/Filed Papers

    Mike Alvarez* -Pulled/Filed Papers

    Villa Park City Council Seats (2)
    • Vincent Rossini-Pulled/Filed Papers
    • Robert "Robbie" Pitts III- Pulled/Filed Papers
    • Howard Kirschner-Pulled/Filed Papers
    Orange Unified School District

    Trustee Area 2
    ·       John Ortega*-Pulled/Filed Papers
    Trustee Area 3
    Trustee Area 6
    Rancho Santiago College District Seat 3
    Rancho Santiago College District Seat 7
     *incumbent 

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    Tuesday, August 16, 2016

     

    Kirschner files,Lebsack pulls papers

    eLECTION Watch 2016
      a community service of Orange Communication System /OCS/
    UPDATE 8/16/16  
    Kirschner files in Villa Park council race, Lebsack pulls papers in OUSD Trustee Area 6

    Today Orange Plaza Bible Church Co-Pastor Brenda Lebsack pulled papers for Orange Unified School District Trustee Area 6.

    Lebsack is a husband is a Santa Ana Unified Adaptive PE Teacher and is married to Orange Plaza Bible Church Pastor Mark Lebsack.



    In the Villa Park City Council Extended Deadline, Howard Kirschner became the third candidate for the two open seats to file papers.

    Wednesday is the deadline for all candidates in extended races to run.

    Orange Net News would like to thank the following agencies and people  in helping us report on the filing period:
    ·       The Orange County Registrar of Voters under the direction of Neal Kelly Registrar of Voters.

    ·       The Office of the City Clerk in the City of Orange under the direction of City Clerk Mary Murphy with special thanks to  Chief City Clerk Robert Zorando and Deputy City Clerk Pamela Coleman.

    ·       City of Villa Park City Manager and City Clerk Jarad Hildenbrand and Administrative Anaysist Kim Chaudhry.

    Orange Mayor's Race
    Tita Smith* -Pulled/Filed Papers

    Orange City Clerk
    Mary Murphy* -Pulled/Filed Papers

    Orange City Treasurer
    Richard Rohm*-Pulled/Filed Papers

    Orange City Council Seats (2)
    Mark Murphy* -Pulled/Filed Papers

    Mike Alvarez* -Pulled/Filed Papers

    Villa Park City Council Seats (2)
    DEADLINE EXTENDED

    • Vincent Rossini-Pulled/Filed Papers
    • Robert "Robbie" Pitts III- Pulled/Filed Papers
    • Howard Kirschner-Pulled/Filed Papers

    Orange Unified School District

    Trustee Area 2
    ·       John Ortega*-Pulled/Filed Papers

    Trustee Area 3

    Trustee Area 6
    DEADLINE EXTENDED

    Rancho Santiago College District Seat 3

    Rancho Santiago College District Seat 7

     *incumbent 

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    Saturday, August 13, 2016

     

    Mark Bucher of Edcational Alliance is CEO of Califorina Policy Center

    eLECTION Watch 2016
      a community service of Orange Communication System /OCS/
    Founder of  the Education Alliance that controlled Recalled OUSD Board 
    Mark Bucher is CEO  of California Policy Center 

    Attorney Mark Bucher has had a long career in Orange County political circles.  Arguably, his greatest political success came when the now defunct Educational Alliance took over the Orange Unified School Board in the late 1990's and hired him to fight legal battles.


    That radical OUSD Board headed by Marty Jacobson used numerous political tactics to wage a radical religious and political war using educational tax dollars making Greater Orange at that time a national joke.

    Fast forward to 2010-nine years after both the 2001 Recall and then the November 2001 election (when the recalled Trustees tried to win there seats back). A new organization called the California Policy Center is formed with familiar Bucher themes: anti-public education and anti-union.

    Not surprisingly, Mark W. Bucher is listed as the Chief Executive Officer of  the Tustin California Policy Center

    Unlike the openly political Educational Alliance that sought political offices for their supporters, the California Policy Center is a "501c3 non-profit charity". That means that they may not be involved in politics. Doing so and they would lose their non-profit status.  

    On August 12th in the Orange County Register Op-Ed pages, Mississippi State college senior Ethan Musser described as a "Journalism Fellow at the California Policy Center"  took on a two very political issues: the 2016 OUSD Bond and the 2001 Orange Recall. 

    While Musser tried to spin the methodically legal OUSD Administration procedures leading up to the unanimous vote of  Trustees for the Bond as leally challenged by surprisingly quoting of all people former Villa Park Councilwomen Deborah Pauly- even more surprising was Musser's trying to redefine the 2001 Orange Recall as  benevolent Trustees under Marty Jacobson trying to save "cash for new buildings and maintence of old buildings" .

    That revisionist history was immediately challenged the same day the Op-Ed appeared (click on MUSSER). Local social media emails included poking fun at the Musser Op-Ed comparing the revisionist history to Trump's "I was being sarcastic" quotes. 

    The website of the California Policy Center describes what contributions to the organization provide:
    Your generous donation to the California Policy Center goes directly towards securing a more prosperous future for all Californians. It's because of our supporters that we are able to conduct research studies and investigative reports, wage aggressive media campaigns, and educate policymakers and voters alike.  We are the only institute in California exclusively focused on showing how government unions are destroying our public schools and bankrupting our cities.

    An example of  those "aggressive media campaigns" they wage can be found on the website. Take for example the recent City of Stanton local tax series. Here is the opening for an article about Stanton by Will Swaim:

    Stanton Officials launch propaganda war on tax-repeal
    April 21, 2016/by Will Swaim
    STANTON, Calif. – It was a Wednesday afternoon in early March, a more innocent time in Stanton, California. Gathered in the community center of the Plaza Pine Estates, we were like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden before they ate the apple that gave them a second-grader’s sense of good and evil.
    ________________________________________________


    For more information on the early years of Mark Bucher via the LA Times  click on:





    Friday, August 12, 2016

     

    An election year full of surprises

    eLECTION Watch 2016
      a community service of Orange Communication System /OCS/
    Rancho Santiago CCD Race UPDATED 8/13/16   9:00 am

    An election year full of surprises
    Only incumbents file in Orange races and only challengers file in Villa Park
    In a year full of surprises on the national front, local election news in this cycle also has produced some surprises.

    As of the filing deadline today Friday August 18th,  only incumbents filed in all the Orange City elections and the two Villa Park City Council members Mayor Greg Mills and Mayor Pro Tem Rick Barnett did not file for re-election.

    In Villa Park, because the incumbents failed to file, the deadline for challengers will be extended 5 days-until Wednesday August 17th.

    In Orange, with no challengers in any of the races, an election will not be needed.

    In Orange Unified, Dr. Alexia Deligianni-Brydges has no opposition and will be automatically re-elected. Trustee John Ortega faces his first opponent since being elected in 2001. 

    In OUSD Trustee Area 6,  Mark Wayland did not seek reelection, but his son did pull papers to replace his father on the OUSD Board.   Area 6 nominations and filing will now be extended until Wednesday August 17th. The younger Wayland has not filed yet.

    Very late updating from an apparently very busy O.C. Registrar of Voters shows that two challengers and the incumbent all filed on the last day for the Rancho Santiago Community College Board of Trustees.



    Orange Net News would like to thank the following agencies and people  in helping us report on the filing period:
    ·       The Orange County Registrar of Voters under the direction of Neal Kelly Registrar of Voters.

    ·       The Office of the City Clerk in the City of Orange under the direction of City Clerk Mary Murphy with special thanks to  Chief City Clerk Robert Zorando and Deputy City Clerk Pamela Coleman.

    ·       City of Villa Park City Manager and City Clerk Jarad Hildenbrand and Administrative Anaysist Kim Chaudhry.

    Orange Mayor's Race
    Tita Smith* -Pulled/Filed Papers

    Orange City Clerk
    Mary Murphy* -Pulled/Filed Papers

    Orange City Treasurer
    Richard Rohm*-Pulled/Filed Papers

    Orange City Council Seats (2)
    Mark Murphy* -Pulled/Filed Papers

    Mike Alvarez* -Pulled/Filed Papers

    Villa Park City Council Seats (2)
    DEADLINE EXTENDED
    Vincent Rossini-Pulled/Filed Papers

    Robert "Robbie" Pitts III- Pulled/Filed Papers

    Howard Kirschner-Pulled Papers

    Orange Unified School District

    Trustee Area 2
    ·       John Ortega*-Pulled/Filed Papers

    Trustee Area 3

    Trustee Area 6
    DEADLINE EXTENDED

    Rancho Santiago College District Seat 3

    Rancho Santiago College District Seat 7

     *incumbent 

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    Metro Views on Bond campaign

     
    Metro Views  
    a service of Greater Orange Community Organization :GOCO:
     
    Anti-education forces target November OUSD Bond
    Young Mississippi State  Economics Major tries to re-write OUSD History
    Ethan Musser

    In the Op-Ed pages of the 8/12/16 Orange County Register a young Ethan Musser pens a factually incorrect look at the Orange Unified November Facilities Bond and tries to re-write the 2001 Orange Recall history.

    Musser in the Opt Ed by-line tag is described as a "rising senior at Mississippi State" and as a "Journalism Fellow"  at the anti-union, anti-teacher California Policy Center in Tustin. If that isn't enough of a clue, Musser quotes anti-everything former Villa Park Councilwomen and recently failed Assembly candidate Deborah Pauly as his legal expert.

    Musser opens with trying to paint OUSD Administrators as illegally using funds to place a Bond measure before the voters in November by trying to bring up a "legal distinction"   and attributing that legal opinion to the popular OUSD Superintendent Michael Christenson- without using quotation marks.

    What Musser does not write is that OUSD is using the legal procedures to place a facilities bond on the November Ballot.

    Score one for Truth and zero for Musser.

    Musser then cites unnamed "critics" as calling the legal premise Musser attributes to OUSD as "a distinction without a difference during campaign season"

    The procedure that OUSD and school districts and other government agencies across the state use to put bond measures on the ballot for voters to decide is all done BEFORE  the campaign. The Bond campaign has not started, the Bond measure does not even have a ballot designation yet.

    Truth 2, Musser 0.

    However, the  "Journalism Fellow"  then goes further in his legal analysis . His one quoted legal authority supporting his views is none other than the former Villa Park Councilwomen and failed Assembly candidate Deborah Pauly.  The controversial Pauly begins her legal opinion in the Musser piece with... "It should be illegal..."


    Yes this is from the same former candidate who still faces DUI charges of illegally driving under the influence last year and was painted by her Assembly opponents as "DUI DEBBIE" who "CAN'T BE TRUSTED BEHIND THE WHEEL" and "CAN"T BE TRUSTED IN SACRAMENTO".


    Musser however apparently trusts her legal advice.

    Truth 3, Musser 0.

    Musser further omits that Bonds are the only way to extensively update school facilities and that Orange Unified is the only major Orange County school district to not pass a school facilities improvement bond. All the other school district bonds in Orange County and throughout the state have been placed on the ballot through the same legal process that OUSD is using.

    Truth 4, Musser 0.

    Musser is obviously unfamiliar with not only the legal process, but also with Orange Unified.  He fails to note and appears not to be aware of the middle and elementary schools in Orange Unified already updated without bond money stating the new high school facilities bond proposal does "nothing to refurbish Orange Unified's six middle schools or 29 elementary schools".

    Yes we hear you- Orange Unified only has 4 middle schools they control, two of the six are charter. Two of the non-charter, under direct control of Orange Unified, have been refurbished without Bond funds.

    Truth 5, Musser 0.

    In the end, Musser's then strays into revisionist historical fiction.  Like famous fairy tale openings "Once upon a time..." or "In a galaxy far, far away..." the young economics major turned "Journalism Fellow" writes "There once was a time..." as he tries to re-write the  2001 Orange Re-Call History.

    Musser, who by our calculations was in early elementary school in 2001, then starts a revisionist fairytale of the 2001 Recalled OUSD School Board as  "saving cash for new buildings and maintence of old ones" .

    Leaders of the Greater Orange Community who lived through the 2001 Recall can attest that the 2001 Reactionary OUSD School Board was not a fairytale of a benign school board chased off by greedy teachers, but a horror story of a politically radical group headed by anti-education zealot Marty Jacobson and the anti-education reactionary Educational Alliance  that took over two Southern California school districts -Orange Unified and Vista Unified in San Diego County.

    The Jacobson Board amassed hundreds of millions of dollars in educational taxes to use to destroy local public education. Using those educational tax dollars in ways that Musser writes against today. Then OUSD Board members engaged in everything from micro-managing to nepotism in the schools as they chased off seasoned administrators and teachers. They used the district tax dollars as pesonal coffers to pay radical religous and political lawyers to tie-up the community in political and religious-based lawsuits and litigation as they fired employees who they saw as a threat-all while bringing national  attention and attracting fringe lunatics to the community and bestowing a laughing-stock status to the Greater Orange Community.

    In the end, the Reactionary Radicals not only lost their offices, but they lost every lawsuit they engaged in-but still costing local taxpayers millions upon millions in legal fees and pay-outs making the radical hand-picked lawyers wealthy off the backs of local taxpayers while bringing the local schools and real estate market to the brink of catastrophe.

    We challenge anyone  including Musser and Pauly to prove that any evidence exists that the 2001 OUSD Board was putting money aside to improve school facilities.   Put simply, that is more than a harmless fairytale- it is a dangerous bold face lie.

    To the contrary, the OUSD Anderson School of Business Report (that Musser alludes to) that the new Citizen's Board commissioned after winning the Recall  found the OUSD budgeting system under the Jacobson Board hid millions upon millions of educational tax dollars in budgeting manuvers. The radicals then used those tax dollars pursuing a religious and anti-education agenda with lawsuits, litigation and lawyers.

    Truth 5, Musser 0.


    Ethan Musser is entitled to his own opinions,  but he is not entitled to rewrite history, interpet the law, or his own Truth.


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    Thursday, August 11, 2016

     

    eLECTION Watch UPDATE 8/11/16

    eLECTION Watch 2016
      a community service of Orange Communication System /OCS/
    UPDATE 8/11/16

    Orange Mayor's Race
    Tita Smith* -Pulled/Filed Papers

    Orange City Clerk
    Mary Murphy* -Pulled/Filed Papers

    Orange City Treasurer
    Richard Rohm*-Pulled/Filed Papers

    Orange City Council Seats (2)
    Mark Murphy* -Pulled/Filed Papers

    Mike Alvarez* -Pulled/Filed Papers

    Villa Park City Council Seats (2)
    Vincent Rossini-Pulled/Filed Papers

    Robert "Robbie" Pitts III- Pulled/Filed Papers

    Howard Kirschner-Pulled Papers

    Orange Unified School District

    Trustee Area 2
    ·       John Ortega*-Pulled/Filed Papers


    Trustee Area 3


    Trustee Area 6



    Rancho Santiago College District Seat 3


    Rancho Santiago College District Seat 7


     *incumbent 


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