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  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016

     

    PETITION DENIED for PANORAMA HEIGHTS

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    Panorama Heights transfer petition denied by Orange County Committee on School District Organization
    The Petition to transfer the Panorama Heights neighborhood to Tustin Unified was denied by the  Orange County Committee on School Organization (OCCSO) after holding two Public Hearings on the proposal on Tuesday May 17th.  Only six of the eleven committee members were present and voted at the two public hearings.

    The Orange Unified School Board had overwhelmingly voted at their May 26, 2016 meeting to oppose the petition (Trustee Mark Wayland was the only OUSD Trustee in favor of allowing the transfer) after the OUSD staff's fiscal report on the potential revenue lost to OUSD with the Panorama Heights transfer was $404,797 annually.

    In the first Public Hearing presented at the Orange Unified District Office, the three petitioners, Marlene Graham, Katie Mayberry and Jennifer Lampman  gave a PowerPoint presentation to the  OCCSO arguing that the transfer would unite the Panorama Heights neighborhood with the Tustin community and allow the neighborhood children to attend school together. They also argued that the community identifies with the youth, religious, and retail institutions in Tustin.

    OUSD's legal representative Spencer Covert presented OUSD's case to the OCCSO. In his PowerPoint, Covert reviewed the financial impact on OUSD including the impact to the district's declining student enrollment.   Using an excerpt from a realtor's video ( CLICK ON: Panorama story with video )  the committee members were shown how close the neighborhood is to OUSD's Panorama Elementary School and City of Orange retail areas.  Covert presented arguments why the proposed transfer failed five of the 9 criteria that must be met as required by the California Education Code for a transfer: Criteria 2 (substantial community identity); Criteria 3 (equitable division of property and facilities); Criteria 6 (distribution of educational programs); Criteria 9 ( a negative financial impact); and Criteria 8-that the petition was designed to primarily increase property values.*

    *One of the petitioners- Jennifer Lampman is a realtor that does business in the area. 
    (Click on: Jennifer Lampman Realtor)

    After the OUSD presentation, Tustin Unified Superintendent Dr. Gregory Franklin reported that Tustin Unified took a neutral position on the transfer.    

    Fourteen people spoke during public comments for the first hearing.  Eight in favor, three against and three from a neighborhood known as  Lower Panorama Heights that asked to be included in the original petition for transfer.  The petition to transfer to Tustin Unified would create an OUSD territorial island of Lower Panorama Heights within the Tustin Unified area. The Lower Panorama situation was the topic of questions from the commission.

    As required, a California Environmental Quality Act checklist was presented by the Orange County Department of Education staff and the requested transfer was found to have no adverse environmental impacts.

    In the second public hearing at the Tustin Unified District Office, the petitioners in their presentation added information about the proximity of the neighborhood to Tustin Unified Schools and how the OUSD busing is not needed because parents drive their students to school.

    Then OUSD attorney Spencer Covert addressed property values and  the three Tustin Bonds and the entrances and exits of the Panorama Heights neighborhood.  OUSD Assistant Superintendent Dr. Gunn Marie Hansen reported on the exemplary OUSD schools and programs.

    In their rebuttal, the petitioners again tied their petition to the neighborhood children and argued that OUSD's financial situation had not changed since 2012 when the Rocking Horse Neighborhood was allowed to transfer to Tustin Unified from OUSD.  Mr. Covert rebutted about the current OUSD financial situation compared to 2012 and the differences in the two transfer petitions.

    Questions from the commissioners included questions about interdistrict transfers, property values and the Lower Panorama Heights neighborhood.

    The Commission voted that three of the nine criteria were not met: Criteria 2 (substantial community identity) by a vote of 6-0; Criteria 3 (equitable division of property and facilities) by a vote of 4-2; and Criteria 9 ( a negative financial impact) by a 4-2 vote.

    With three of the nine criteria not met, the petition was denied.

    Inside the May 26, 2016 Agenda
    The Orange Unified School Board will meet on Thursday May 26, 2016 in a regular session.

    The Agenda includes:
    Killerfer Site items:
    Facilities Bond Update:
    Budget items:

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING May 26, 2016
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION- 5:30 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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    Tuesday, May 10, 2016

     

    Panorama Heights transfer and 2016 Bond draft

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    OUSD Board to vote on response to
    Panorama Heights transfer request
    The Orange Unified School Board Agenda Item 12 B on the May 12, 2016 will have the Board of Education deciding to vote whether or not to take a position on the proposed transfer of Panorama Heights from Orange Unified to Tustin Unified. 

    Residents of the OUSD Panorama Heights area submitted a petition for the transfer to Tustin Unified to the Orange County Department of Education.

    The agenda item's fiscal report on the potential revenue lost to OUSD should Panorama Heights transfer at $404,797 annually.

    This week the OUSD Board may vote to take a position (for or against) or vote to take no action ( no position) on the proposed transfer.

    Two back-to-back Public Hearings on the proposed transfer will be held by the 11 member Orange County Committee on School District Organization on Tuesday May 17th in both Orange Unified and Tustin Unified. 

    The first hearing will be at the OUSD Board Room at 6:00pm, followed by the seconded hearing at the Tustin Unified Board Room at 8:00 pm.  The Chief Petitioners, and representatives from both school districts will be given 15 minutes each for comments during both public hearings.

    Those comments will be followed by a 30 minute public comment period and then a five minute rebuttal period for the petitioners and each school district at both public hearings.

    The Orange County Committee on School District Organization must vote on nine separate criteria concerning the proposed transfer (each criteria is a single vote). Those criteria  range in community identity to financial considerations (see link below) .  Criteria 8 specifically states that the transfer must be for reasons other than an increase in property values.

    For the Orange County Committee on School District Organization May 17th Agenda (that includes the Nine Criteria that must be met by the transfer)
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    and
      
    2016 Facilities Bond dry run
    Information Item 13A on the May 12, 20156 OUSD Board Agenda ( agenda page 30) will be information from the hired Bond Advisors on various aspects of the "proposed" 2016 Facilities Bond.  The 12 page agenda item includes a  "draft" copy of a possible bond resolution (minus firm numbers).

    The Update will include a report on the highlights of the four "town hall" meetings held at the high schools last month.

    INSIDE the May 12 OUSD Agenda
    The May 12 Agenda Item also includes an informational item on the 2016-2019 Local Control and Accountability Plan- Agenda page 43.

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING May 12, 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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    Tuesday, April 19, 2016

     

    Two Chapman U students arrested in Orange HS farm theft

    Two Chapman University athletes arrested in Orange High School animal abuse case

    Two Chapman University students on the La Cross team and currently living in Orange were arrested in the stealing and abuse of the Orange High School Farm turkey.

    See the stories at the links below:

    KTLA NEWS

    2 Chapman University Students Arrested After Turkey Abducted From Farm at Orange High


    Orange COunty Register: 

    2 Chapman students arrested on suspicion of taking Tim theturkey from Orange High




    Tuesday, April 12, 2016

     

    2016 Bond news and Panorama Heights leaving OUSD?

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    OUSD 2016 Bond information on Next Board Agenda
    Trustees are asked to approve another $20,000 for a second 2016 Bond survey
    The Orange Unified School Board will meet on Thursday April 11, 2016 and continue discussing the all but approved next OUSD Facilities Bond targeted for the 2016 November General Election.  This weeks Agenda includes three items related to the  all-but-approved November 2016 Facilities Bond.

    In Agenda Item 13 B ( page 30),  Bonnie Moss partner in the OUSD contracted Oakland based political strategy consultant firm  of CliffordMoss, will return to the OUSD Board with a report described in the Agenda item as "a further update in the School facilities Assessment and Project Planning process" .   

    The Agenda description for Item 13B also reviews the prior presentations the OUSD Board has received on the Facilities Bond planning process, including the prior reports from Ms. Moss at the November 5, 2015 meeting and the  January 21, 2016 meeting. 

    Those previous three reports are part of the contract the OUSD Trustees approved at the July 23, 2015 OUSD Board meeting when they voted to pay CliffordMoss up to $78,000 for their consultant services.

    Also presenting at the January 21st meeting was Dr. Tim McLarney-President of the Encinitas headquartered True North Research-the polling consultant also  hired by OUSD. This week's agenda reminds the OUSD Board that at the January meeting Dr. McLarney presented "methodology, results and conclusion of the polling results survey"  for a future Facilities Bond.

    McLarney's report on the poll was part of the contract that the OUSD Board also approved at their July 23, 2015 meeting when they voted to pay True North Research up to $50,000 for polling and consulting services.

    Now, with that 2016 Bond process all but completed-except for a vote to place it on the November ballot- the OUSD Administration is asking for $20,000 more for True North Research in the April 14th Consent Item. 

    On page 40 under the Contract Services Report portion of the Consent Agenda ( voted on as a whole without debate or discussion) another $20,000 is asked for True North Research. The Agenda Item states "Additional funds are necessary to conduct and present methodology, results and conclusions of a second survey" 

    Agenda Item 13 A ( page 29) lists the  informational item's topic as: High School Classroom, Laboratory and Facilities needs to Support 21st Century Teaching and Learning in a Safe Environment.  The presentation will involve the first time all four of OUSD's comprehensive high school principals will present a facilities report at the same time.  

    According to the OUSD Agenda, the four principals "will address their specific school site academic priorities and facilities needs..." .

    Since the OUSD Board has not voted to place the Bond on the ballot yet, OUSD continues to engage the community on facilities needs. Following the facilities presentations by the four principals this week at the OUSD Board meeting, the OUSD Administration will be hosting  four town hall style meetings later this month at each of the high schools.  The first meeting will be on Thursday April 21 at Canyon High School, The following week  on Monday April 25 a town hall will take place at Villa Park High School followed the next night, Tuesday April 26th at El Modena High School.  The final town hall will be on Thursday April 28th at Orange High School

    All town halls will begin at 6:00 pm and will include tours of the current facilities.  No tours are scheduled for comparison of the few OUSD schools already remodeled for 21st Century learning with previously available redevelopment and state funds.

    For more information on the town halls CLICK ON: OUSD TOWN HALLS

    Looking for Republican endorsement- 
    Trustee Deligianni-Brydges touts opposition to failed OUSD Measure K  Bond
    The OC Political blog - run by OUSD Trustee Dr. Alexia Deligianni-Brydges' friend and political ally Chris Ngyuen- live blogged the March 19th Orange County California  Republican Assembly endorsement meeting. 

    Deligianni-Brydges is running for the 68th Assembly District seat.

    In the live blog, Nguyen describes the Deligianni-Brydges touting herself as an "educator" and a two-term trustee who voted against the OUSD Bond measure and her opposition to Common Core- as well as her political views:

    Alexia Deligianni-Brydges speaks of volunteering for Republican causes. She points to her OCYR service, having been CRA State Vice President, and having started the Orange-Villa Park CRA unit. She speaks of her family fleeing from Communism, and citing that as a reason she opposes socialism and liberal ideas. She states she is a real estate businesswoman and educator.

    She has served two terms on the school board and was the sole vote on the school board against a bond.

    She opposes Common Core. She supports cutting taxes.

    A delegate asks about her CRA unit’s growth.
    She says she grew it from nothing, as she founded it. She speaks of monthly meetings. She says she since passed its leadership on to others.

    A delegate asks about how she plans to lower taxes since she stated it.

    She blasts Prop 30 as an anti-business tax.

    She expresses concern about jobs fleeing California.

    Evidence of Deligianni-Brydges' stalled campaign can easily be seen in her campaign's social media platforms. As of this posting her Twitter account has had only 8 tweets since being set up in December of last year and has no postings to her 5 followers since March 12th. (Click on  https://twitter.com/Alexia4Assembly).

    After converting her personal Facebook age into her campaign page in December of last year, Deligianni-Brydges has posted eight campaign type posts.  Her last on March 17th invited 248 people to a fundraiser- 8 people responded they would attend.

    This week Deligianni-Brydges did get some more press. The Sacramento Bee in an article on Republican Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz listed Deligianni- Brydges as one of 13 Orange County public officials who have endorsed Cruz.  
    (Click on SAC BEE ).

    Ultimately the delegates of the Orange County California  Republican Assembly endorsed former Villa Park Councilwomen Deborah Paul for the 68th Assembly. 

    Pauly goes to trial on May 2, 2016 for her September DUI arrest in Anaheim after she his a car in her Porsche.

    For the OC Political coverage CLICK ON:  OC Political

    OUSD neighborhood of Panorama Heights home of Panorama ES petitions to leave for Tustin Unified
    Information  Item 13 C on Thursday's agenda is a report on the impact to OUSD of a petition for the neighborhood of Panorama Heights to leave OUSD and join Tustin Unified.

    On April 7, 2016 the Orange County Registrar of Voters confirmed a petition from the Panorama Heights neighborhood to leave Orange Unified to join Tustin Unified. The California Education Code requires 25% of the registered voters to sign the petition.

     Located between OUSD's El Modena High School and TUSD's Foothill High School, the Panorama Heights area is often associated with North Tustin as it sits at the intersection of Orange, Tustin and Santa Ana.  The area is home to OUSD's Panorama Elementary School which is located in Santa Ana at 10512 Crawford Canyon Road.

    The specific boundaries of the transfer which had to be included in the petition and whether that territory includes OUSD's Panorama Elementary School are expected to be revealed in the OUSD Staff report.  

    A meeting of the Orange County Committee on School District Organization (OCCSDO)  is scheduled to take up the issue on May 17, 2016.  The OCCSDO has 120 days after the hearing to approve or deny the petition. 

    According to the California Education Code, several steps must be taken including:
    (a) The county committee [OCCSDO] may add to the petition any of
    the appropriate provisions specified in Article 3 (commencing with
    Section 35730) which were not included in the petition as filed and
    may amend any such provision which was so included.
       (b) At least 10 days before the public hearing, or hearings, on
    the petition, the county committee shall make available to the public
    and to the governing boards affected by the petition a description
    of the petition, including all of the following:
       (1) The rights of the employees in the affected districts to
    continued employment.
       (2) The revenue limit per unit of average daily attendance for
    each affected district and the effect of the petition, if approved,
    on such revenue limit.
       (3) Whether the districts involved will be governed, in part, by
    provisions of a city charter and, if so, in what way.
       (4) Whether the governing boards of any proposed new district will
    have five or seven members.
       (5) A description of the territory or districts in which the
    election, if any, will be held.
       (6) Where the proposal is to create two or more districts, whether
    the proposal will be voted on as a single proposition.
       (7) Whether the governing board of any new district will have
    trustee areas and, if so, whether the trustees will be elected by
    only the voters of that trustee area or by the voters of the entire
    district.
       (8) A description of how the property, obligations, and bonded
    indebtedness of existing districts will be divided.
       (9) A description of when the first governing board of any new
    district will be elected and how the terms of office for each new
    trustee will be determined.

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    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING April 14, 2016
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION- 5:30 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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    Saturday, March 12, 2016

     

    Deligianni and Pauly campaign for Assembly

      
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    OUSD Trustee Deligianni-Brydges  and
    Former Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly in crowded 68th Assembly Race
    Dr. Deligianni-Brydges
    With the Friday 3/11/16  election filing period deadline,  it's official that OUSD Trustee Deligianni-Brydges  and Villa Park Councilwomen Deborah Pauly are in the crowded race for the 68th Assembly Seat. A total of seven candidates are seeking the seat being vacated by termed-out Assemblyman Donald Wagner.

    Former VP Councilwomen Deborah Pauly

    Both  Deligianni-Brydges  and Pauly  had previously announced their candidacy and had already started campaigning and taken part in a candidate forum.



    Pauly who is no stranger to controversy having made national headlines with her firebrand Tea Party-style pronouncements against Muslims and Obama-care, made more headlines after annoucing her campign then being arrested and accused of DUI in an drving accident. 

    In September of last year, Pauly was arrested in Anaheim for hitting a parked car while driving and charged with DUI. Her trial proceedings on the DUI charge are set to start in May.  

    Media reports had her  DUI controversy morphing into another anti-Muslim rant with reports of her blaming Muslim groups in remarks to police officers the night of her arrest and then blaming Muslim groups for leaking her arrest to the media.

    Pauly has also publicly blamed her divorce proceedings for contributing to the DUI arrest.   
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    This is OUSD Trustee Dr. Alexia Deligianni-Brydges' second run for a state office.  In 2010, two years after being elected to her first term on the OUSD Board,  Deligianni ran for California State Superintendent of Public Instruction.  With twelve people on the June 2010 primary ballot, Deligianni came in 8th with  4.8% of the vote.   (Click on: Deligianni )

    In this year's Assembly race, real-estate agent Deligianni is casting herself as an "independent-business women". Deligianni who has had her real estate license since 2010 actually works through Ricci Real Estate in Orange. (Deligiani Job )

    Deligianni had announced intentions to run for Assembly on her  Facebook page at the end of last year.  Initial fundraising showsed that she raised $43,000 in contibutions-$40,000 from herself and the rest mostly from family members.(Click on FUNDRAISING)

    In her Facebook announcement she had promoted her website as www.AlexiaMeansBuisness. That domain was dropped for her new website domain: www.votealexia.com

    Her domain was registered by Sacramento based Dawn Dias who lists herself on her blog as "freelance writer, designer and filmaker".  Her books include: Sh!t No One Tells You About Toddlers & The Sh!t No One Tells You: A Guide to Surviving Your Baby's First Year. 

    On her website, Deligianni's campaign consultant Dias explains:
    Dawn lives in Sacramento, CA, with her partner, two kids, two dogs, two cats, and the occasional mouse brought into the home by said cats.  She is tired.

    Chris Ngyuen

    In the recent Area 1 Trustee appointment debacle, Deligianni passed over voting for now Trustee Andrea Yamasaki and Timothy Surridge's hand picked candidate Greg Salas for Deligianni's close friend, former campaign manager and Orange County Political blogger-Chris Nguyen.





    Both Deligianni and Pauly worked against the last Orange Unified School District Facilities Bond-Measure K.  


    Deligianni's website and Facebook page calls for lower gasoline prices and states that she will fight for lower gasoline prices-but does not indicate how she will accomplish this goal over the multi-national petroleum companies-or as a member of the minority party in an overwhelmingly Democratic State Legislature.  



    In a recent community forums Deligianni has spoken against Common Core and mandatory public school vaccinations.  




    Deligianni's recent Facebook page picture update has a photo of her with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
     






    The other candidates are: Irvine Mayor Steven Choi; Former Anaheim City Councilman Harry Sidhu; Anaheim Cultural and Heritage Commissioner Konstantinos Roditis; Attorney Jay Panahi; and Non-profit Executive Brian Chuchua.   

    The two top vote getters on June 7th will face each other in the November 2016 General Election. 

    Tuesday, March 08, 2016

     

    Lawsuit, Yamasaki and Bond update

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    OUSD going to mediation over Peralta Golf Partnership lawsuit
    The Orange Unified School District will be going to mediation over a lawsuit Orange Unified School District v Peralta Golf Partnership et al. The lawsuit is with the former operators of the Super Sports Golf and Recreation Center complex at the former 20-acre Peralta School site-

    Peralta Golf Partnerships held the lease at the site from 1994 until March of 2015  after the OUSD Trustees voted in 4-3 against extending the lease in February 2015. Led by OUSD Trustee Timothy Surridge- the OUSD Board voted to sub-lease the site directly to three groups (Olive Crest School, Arena Soccer Club and  Tennis Specialists) that had been subletting the site From Peralta Golf Partners.  OUSD also found a new operator for the sports complex Drotter LLC.
                                                                                              
    Drotter LLC is owned by Jason Drotter, the former coach of the Villa Park High School boy's and girls' golf teams for six years who was the current the head coach of the CSUF men's golf program in addition to managing the Super Sports complex for Peralta Golf Partners.


    Surridge openly displayed contempt toward the owners of Peralta Golf Partners during meetings that the owners appeared before the Board trying to save their lease after Surridge's plan to lease the property to an apartment developer fell apart as well as his next plan to sell the property.




    Surridge stated that he wanted to maximize the dollars from the site by cutting out Peralta Golf Partners as a middle man as he lead the effort to deny Peralta Golf Partners a month-to-month lease and then to terminate the lease.

    Trustees Kathy Moffat, Dr. Alexia Deligiani-Brydges and Diane Singer voted against ending the relationship with Peralta Golf Partners.

    Yamasaki set to take OUSD seat
    The Orange Unified School Board Agenda for Thursday March 10, 2016 tentatively has Andrea Yamasaki taking her seat after a landslide win in the Special Election for the Area 1  Trustee Seat.


    Now just waiting for the Orange County Registrar of Voters to certify the election results, Community Advocate Andrea Yamasaki won with 74.9% over her establishment endorsed opponent Greg Salas.  Voter turn out was 19.6%  in the first ever OUSD all-mail-in vote. 


    Expecting the certification of the election by Thursday,  Yamasaki will have public swearing in at the Board Meeting ( she will be officially be sworn in as soon as the election results are certified).

    Inside the OUSD Agenda
    OUSD Bond information UPDATE
    The OUSD Agenda includes a report from Bonnie Moss of CliffordMoss the OUSD Political Consultant on additional steps toward a 2016 bond measure. To see CliffordMoss assesment of how to win after losing-CLICK ON: CliffordMoss

    The update will be Agenda Information Item 14 B page 43.

    Also on the OUSD Agenda:
    ·       Action Item 13 A (page 5)- Second Interim Financial Report on the Budget
    ·       Information Item 14 C Fred Kelly ADA Update (page 44)

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING January 18, 2016
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION- 6:00 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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    Tuesday, March 01, 2016

     

    YAMASAKI LANDSLIDE in OUSD

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    A SUPER TUESDAY FOR YAMASAKI
    Yamasaki LANDSLIDE
    ANDREA YAMASAKI
    14,645
    74.6%
    GREGORY SALAS
    4,988
    25.4%
    In a clear rebuke of the Orange County Republican Establishment, Orange Unified Republican voters joined with Democrats and Independents and elected Community Advocate Andrea Yamasaki over Republican Establishment Endorsed Greg Salas.  

    Winning 74 % of the vote, Yamasaki easily won election after her supporters ousted Salas by petition from his appointed post.

    Yamasaki won based on her community connections over Salas who's main community connection was that he played on a basketball team with OUSD Trustee Timothy Surridge who admitted he had recruited Salas for the vacancy on the OUSD Board after the resignation of Diane Singer.     

    Even after being rebuffed by the community in a petition, Salas forced the district to spend over $500,000 on a Special Election by entering the election. 

    While Yamasaki conducted a flawless campaign,  Salas struggled to have a campaign of any significant meaning and could go down as one of the worst local campaigns ever waged.  

    UPDATE: 3/2/16: 20,822 ballots cast: 19.5%
    Registration and Turnout
    Completed Precincts: 138 of 138
    Reg/TurnoutPercentage
    Total Registered Voters106,862
    Precinct Registration106,862
    Precinct Ballots Cast00.0%
    Early Ballots Cast00.0%
    Vote-by-Mail Ballots Cast20,82219.5%
    Total Ballots Cast20,82219.5%
    ORANGE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Trustee Area 1, Short Term
    Completed Precincts: 138 of 138
    Vote CountPercentage
    ANDREA YAMASAKI15,50274.8%
    GREGORY SALAS5,21225.2%

    OUSD Area 1 Vote by Mail  Election turn out at 16.7% 
    (3/1/16 before votes released)
    Orange County Registrar's office reports on the all mail ballots reveal that 17,988 ballots were received by today- March 1st, 2016.  A total of 107,546 ballots were mailed out bringing the total vote returned to 16.7% as of this posting on March 1st before the final ballots of the day. 

    Of the 17,988 ballots returned, total of 9,607 ballots were from Republicans (53.4% of the vote). Democrats returned 5,028 ballots (28% of the vote). Independents and minor party votes made up the remaining 3353 ballots (18.6% of the total vote).

    OUSD Total Ballots mailed
    107,546
    ·      Registered Republicans= 47,899  45.5%
    ·      Registered Democrats  =  31,126  28.9%
    ·      Other Registration       =   28,521  26.6% 

    Percentages of  Total Registered Voting in OUSD election
    ·      Registered Republicans = 20%
    ·      Registered Democrats   = 16.2%
    ·      Other Registration        =  11.7% 


    The Orange County Registrar of Voters will continue to release voting results as late ballots postmarked on March 1st continue to arrive.

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