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  • Tuesday, July 21, 2015


    !! El Rancho, Peralta, Bond, Deniers and MIA !!

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    OUSD untangles itself from Unity Charter and...
    OUSD Trustee Term Limits are M.I.A.
    You needed a score card for the last Orange Unified School Board meeting back on June 4, 2015.

    Board Vice President Timothy Surridge ran the meeting for the ill OUSD Board President John Ortega,  who was present-quietly sitting on the far end of the dais- for the first part of the meeting before leaving.  After the meeting opened and before approval of the minutes, Surridge announced that Item 12 C- the El Rancho construction item and Item 12 H - the Trustee Term Limit election item had been pulled from the agenda. Surridge said that the El Rancho item was taken off the agenda by request of the school and the Term Limit item by request of its sponsor- Trustee John Ortega. 

    Fast forward to this Thursday July 23rd, the first meeting since June- and the meeting's agenda shows that the El Rancho item is back as Item 12 C (page 66), but the Term Limits item has not reappeared. Yes the Term Limits item is now Missing In Action.

    For long time OUSD Board watchers, the June 23 meeting is one to be remembered.  Aside from the unusual arrangement of the Vice President running the meeting while the ill President was sitting there, you then had the ill Ortega eventually leave and the airport delayed Trustee Diane Singer eventual arrive all after Trustee Dr. Alexia Deligianni-Brydges who was present at  the beginning first left early.  No there will not be a please keep reading...

    Common Core Deniers worst fears
    The musical chairs of the comings-and goings of the Trustees was only overshadowed as amusing by the beginning three speakers during the Public Comments section from the Common Core Deniers  group of the Orange County Department of Education School Board- who in relay-race fashion trash talked Common Core- cherry-picking items from Special Sessions of the OCDE devoted to Common Core as they praised OCDE Trustee and Villa Park resident Dr. Ken Williams.

    Trustee Moffat wanted to rebut the information presented by the Deniers, but Vice President Surridge would not allow it.  At the end of the meeting Moffat explained she was at the OCDE meeting and the speakers got it wrong.

    Still with us? If can read the transcripts of  either or both OCDE Common Core Special Meetings and judge for yourself, just click on: Special CC #1 Special CC #2

    Eventually  the meeting got to the second vote on the Unity Middle College High School charter application.  Trustee Kathy Moffat-known for doing her homework- presented a blistering critique of the charter school and it's backers.  Moffat started by announcing that Oakland based charter school's Executive Director Dr. Erin Craig  (who is actually, according to her Linked-In profile, Dr. Erin Craig-Choi) is married to Joon Choi of the charter school 'team". Joon Choi is one of three founders of Long Beach based Harbor Associates a Southern California Real Estate Investment company.  Mr. Choi on both his company website (click on CHOI) and Linked-In site acknowledges his connections to the Middle College school.  However, Moffat in her critique of the charter application stated that Dr. Craig had not revealed that she and Mr. Choi were husband and wife- and that was only the beginning. After several minutes- and listing a dozen or so concerns- Moffat finished as Board Vice President Timothy Surridge made a weak rebuttal to one of Moffat's concerns dismissed her arguments and tried to move on.

    At this point Trustee Mark Wayland weighed in that he also had second thoughts about the charter-calling the fact that the OUSD staff had to help the charter meet the minimum requirements amounted to what Wayland described as a "sweetheart" deal. 

    In the end, Wayland and Moffat voted against the charter, Deligianni-Brydgeshad left and Singer had not arrived, resulting in a 3-2 vote, meaning the school did not get the required 4 votes.  If your keeping score...exit Ortega now.

    Fast-forward to July 2015 and the last posting before this report on the Unity Middle College School's Facebook is from July 7, 2015 about a rally for a July 9 Orange County Board of Education July 9th public hearing and here is the rest of the saga via their Facebook:
    "As you already know, the Orange Unified School District (OUSD) Board voted to conditionally approve our charter petition on May 7th with five votes in favor and two votes against.  The final approval vote was scheduled for the June 4th Board meeting. All conditions and preferred OUSD language requirements were met by Unity MCHS and during the meeting OUSD legal counsel and staff both recommended final approval to the Board.  Unfortunately, with two Board members absent from the meeting during the Unity MCHS vote, and another Board member changing their vote, the OUSD Board failed to act within the legal 60 day timeline. 

    As a result, Unity MCHS appealed our charter petition to the Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) on June 17th. This means OCDE will hold another public hearing for Unity MCHS on July 9th and a OCDE Board vote on August 20th."
    Unity's best hope in the OC

    So, the fate of a close-to-home school for Dr. and Mr. Choi's Unity Middle College Charter is now in the hands of the Common Core Deniers.

    OUSD Moves on Peralta Lease and a 2016 Bond Election
    The July 23rd OUSD Board Meeting Agenda includes Action Item 12B (Agenda page 3) to approve one year lease agreements with 4 tenants on the Peralta property.  The agreements presented in the agenda include the following lease amounts: Olive Crest Academy School- $15,500 a month; Arena Soccer-$6,834 a month; Drotter Driving Range $3,084 per month; Tennis Specialists- $1,800 a month.

    Just before the Peralta item, the OUSD Board will be voting on the recommendations for numerous Bond Consultants preparing the way for another OUSD Bond attempt believed to be targeted for the November 2016 election.

    CLOSED SESSION- 6:00 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm

    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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    Wednesday, July 01, 2015


    3rd & 4th RED, WHITE and BLUE

    July 3rd and 4th celebrations in Greater Orange as the City of 
    Orange kicks off the 4th with annual 3rd of July celebration
    Greater Orange kicks off Independence Day early with the City of Orange’s 20th Annual "3rd of July" Celebration. Begun in 1995, the 3rd of July festival has grown into one of Orange County’s biggest Independence Day centered events that includes- live music, inflatable activities and that famous Orange hometown festival atmosphere all leading up to the grand finale in Fred Kelly Stadium featuring the Orange Community Master Chorale followed by Greater Orange’s most spectacular fireworks choreographed to music.

    The 20th Annual 3rd of July Celebration will take place Friday, July 3, 2015 at 4 p.m. at Orange Unified's Fred Kelly Stadium at El Modena High School, 3920 East Spring Street, Orange, CA 92869.

    Fred Kelly Stadium’s artificial turf requires special rules for everyone to enjoy. The following rules when attending the July 3rd activities apply:

    • Only blanket seating is allowed on the field.

    • Strollers, wheelchairs, wagons, or other wheeled items are only permitted in designated areas.

    • Lawn Chairs, food, drinks, seeds, gum, popcorn, hard-soled or high-heeled shoes are prohibited on the field.

    Tickets for the  "3rd of July" Celebration are $7 for adults and children over two years old.  Tickets can be purchased at the Community Services Department, 230 East Chapman Avenue (corner of Grand Street) through 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2014- The Orange City Hall complex will be closed Friday July 3rd.

    Tickets will also be available for purchase at the event after 1:30 p.m.  This year credit cards will be taken at the gate.

    For more information please call the City of Orange Special Events Hotline at (714) 744 -7278.

    Villa Park "Stars on Parade" July 4th community Parade

    Villa Park's hometown July 4th Parade theme is "Stars on Parade" as all tyypes of decorated bikes, trikes, scooters, wagons, strollers and classic cars wheel through the residential streets of Villa Park. 

    The 1.5 mile parade is led by a vintage fire engine.

    The fun starts with the line-up at Villa Park High School at 8:30 am on the Fourth of July.

    Orange Park Acres 4th of July celebrates 49 years
     The 49th Orange Park Acres 4th of July Parade's theme is "Independence in the Acres" .

    The fun starts on July 4th at 6:45 am with pre-registration for the OPA Pre-Parade 5/10K. The 10K starts at 7:45 am and the 5K starts at 8:00 am.

    The OPA July 4th Parade will step off at 9:30 am at Frank and Orange Park Blvd with Grand Marshall Laurie Marine.  The post-parade awards and annual barbeque will be held on the lawn of the Salem Church. The lunch tickets are only $5!

    For more information CLICK on: OPA 4th

    Anaheim Hills 4th of July extravaganza!!
    No community does 4th of July quite like Anaheim Hills. The Greater Orange community pulls out all the stops for a day packed with 4th of July events.  

    The official 27th annual 4th of July Celebration  starts with the  “Firecracker” 5 /10K Run – 2K Walk  with  late registration at 5:30 am- opening ceremonies start at 6:55 am followed by the 7:00 am timed race and the 900 am kids races. A prize for the best Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty dress will be awarded. The  Start line for all 5K and 10K events is on Santa Ana Canyon Road at the north end of Canyon High School by the athletic field at the Canyon High School track– 220 S Imperial Highway Anaheim Hills.

    Beginning at 7:30 am until 9:30 am in the Canyon Hills H.S. cafeteria will be the Anaheim Hills Rotary Club’s famous Pancake Breakfast that includes hotcakes, sausage, orange juice, coffee and a whole lot of visiting with neighbors and friends.  This year the Canyon Football Team is partnering to bring the annual food feast to the community.

    This year the Yankee Doodle Dog Show also returns at 9:30 a.m. to Canyon High School. There are six fabulous dog-gone-good categories: Best Dressed Dog, Cutest Dog (35 lb. and under), Best Trick, Owner/Doggie Look-a-like, Bigger Cutest Dog (36 lb. and over) and Yankee Doodle Dog. There is a $7.00 entry fee per dog for the first category entered and $5.00 for each additional category. Prizes and awards given and the winners get to ride in the Firecracker July 4th Parade.

    At 1:00 pm the Patriotic Parade with begin. This year's theme is "It's a Grand Old Flag". (For more info click on PARADE)

    The parade begins at Canyon High School and will run down the SOUTH SIDE/EASTBOUND LANES of Santa Ana Canyon Road and head EAST.  The parade will end at Quintana and Santa Ana Canyon Road. Parade viewing ONLY on the south side of Santa Ana Canyon Road AND on the CENTER MEDIAN.
    No parade viewing on the North Side of Santa Ana Canyon Road.

    The Peralta Park events including food booths will be between 3:00pm – 8:45 pm at Peralta Park. Bring your family, friends and neighbors to enjoy all the fabulous food. he park will also have entertainment  from 4:45pm – 8:45pm.  For information on the entertainment line up click on: MUSIC .

    The evening ends with a  spectacular fireworks display  with patriotic music for your enjoyment beginning at 9:00 pm at Peralta Park.

    For information regarding any of these events click on: AHCC

    Tuesday, June 02, 2015


    OUSD: Term Limits and New Charter?

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    OUSD Trustees to vote on Term Limit Election
    The Orange Unified School Board will vote at their June 4, 2015 Board Meeting on placing a proposal before voters in November of 2016 to approve or reject term limits for the OUSD Trustee positions.  Action Item 12 H ( Agenda page 71) is to seek approval to limit trustee terms to three elections for a total of 12 years.

    The proposal from Orange Unified School Board President John Ortega was first brought to the OUSD Trustees at the April 16, 2015 Board Meeting. If passed, the limits would apply to current trustees in any future elections- meaning each of the current trustees would be limited to three new terms. Since being elected in 2001 Orange Recall, Ortega has not faced any re-election opponents.

    Trustee Rick Ledesma has served the most terms on the current Board. After being first elected to the Board he was defeated in his 1997 re-election bid by Kathy Ward of the Reactionary Jacobson Majority. Ward- who was not part of the 2001 Orange Recall election was up for re-election a few months later in November 2001. Her opponent was again Rick Ledesma who won back his seat as Ward's recalled colleagues also again lost when they attempted to regain their recalled seats.  Also elected in 2001 and still on the OUSD Board is Kathy Moffat.

    Three Charter School Items on June 4 Agenda
    The June 4th OUSD Agenda will also include three items on charter schools- OUSD's original two charter middle schools- Santiago Charter and El Rancho Charter- and a potential new third OUSD charter, Unity Middle College High School.

    Action Item 12 A & B ( Agenda pages 4 and 5) deal with the five year Charter Renewal Petition for Orange County's oldest charter school- Santiago Charter Middle School.

    Action Item 12 C is a vote on an agreement between OUSD and El Rancho Charter School for authorization to construct a new building housing a gymnasium, dance studio and science classrooms.  The item is the first step in constructing the proposed 25,000 square foot building. A separate loan agreement will still need to be negotiated and then approved.

    Finally, Action Item 12 D (Agenda pg 46) asks the OUSD Board to approve a new outside high school charter- Unity Middle College High School.  The charter petitioners mission for the school is to target at-risk students and provide them with a blended high school/college curriculum through a dual enrollment program aimed at providing college and career paths.

    INSIDE the OUSD June 4, 2015 Agenda
    Closed Session decisions will include new hire announcements for three principals and a new Administrative Director, Accountability and Special Programs.
    Other items include:

    9 E- Inadvertently left off the originally posted on-line agenda- this item recognizes the departing and incoming OUSD Student Advisory Board representatives from each of the district's high schools.

    Action Item 12 G (page 70)- with a complaint Title IX complaint filed with the federal Office of Civil Rights over the lack of a Girls Junior Varsity Softball field at Canyon High School, the item requests an estimated $622,000  ( pre-design estimate) to construct the field and avoid a federal compliance review.

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING Thursday June 4, 2015
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION- 5:00 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm

    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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    Wednesday, April 29, 2015


    Community UPDATE: Orange High

    For the most part, Orange County’s agriculture days are long gone. One notable exception in the is right here in Orange at Orange High School.  One of Orange High’s many unique programs is its Future Farmers of America and the farm they operate right on campus in the middle of Orange.

    Saturday  May 9th, Orange High School’s Future Farmers of America will open up their urban farm to the public in the popular annual Orange High School Farm Fest.

    Fun for the whole family, you can get your fill of farm fun with a petting zoo, food, games, prizes and lots of farm animals. Orange High students have been raising sheep, pigs, and cattle and more on their own farm and every year invite the public to come and have a look.

    The 2015 Farm Fest is Saturday May 9th, from 12 noon until 4:00 p.m.

    The Orange High School Farm is located at the corners of Walnut, Shaffer and Harwood at Orange High.

    The nominal cost is only $3.00 or $5.00 for admission and lunch, with the funds going directly to support the OHS Future Farmers of America.

    For more information call: 714-997-6299.

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015


    Brown Act and 2016 Bond news

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    More litigation over possible Brown Act violations for Orange Unified School  Board

    The Orange Unified School Board Agenda for Thursday April 16th includes Closed Session Item 4 C on "Anticipated Litigation" concerning Brown Act violations.  The agenda item follows item 4 B which is a discussion on "Existing Litigation" to the Brown Act- California Government Code 54957.

    The 4 C item  specifies two more cases of : "Possible initiation of litigation pursuant to subdivision (d) (4) of Section 54956.9".  That section is from the  Brown Act- the California statute that governs meetings of local elected officials- all city and county  government agencies as well as local and county governmental boards.

    The beginning of  Section 54956.9 specifically states:

    54956.9.  (a) Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to prevent a legislative body of a local agency, based on advice of its legal counsel, from holding a closed session to confer with, or receive advice from, its legal counsel regarding pending litigation when
    discussion in open session concerning those matters would prejudice
    the position of the local agency in the litigation.

    OUSD has had a history of Brown Act problems which at one point years ago had OUSD under a court order to tape record OUSD Closed Sessions for review by a judge for over a year.

    OUSD 2016 Facilities Bond direction to be discussed
    Action item 12 A has the Orange Unified Trustees discussing and voting  to authorize Superintendent Michael Christiansen's Administration to identifying services and resources for planning a  OUSD 2016 Facilities Bond. The four areas offered in a proposed timeline to be presented by the OUSD Staff include: Planning for a 2016 Bond election; Refining Measure K cost estimates for phase one construction; planning for possible special tax districts School Facility Improvement Districts; Financing planning.

    The interim license agreement with Drotter LLC to operate Super Range Golf and Recreation Center on the Peralta site will be voted on.

     Oakland Charter school files for OUSD Charter
    East Oakland based Unity Middle College High School is petition the OUSD School  Board to open a charter school to serve at-risk high school students. The charter also operates a middle school in Oakland.  The charter organization began holding meetings in Orange County in March- including at El Modena High School and in Santa Ana Public Library.

    For more information on the Unity MCHS Click ON; UNITY

    INSIDE the OUSD Agenda April 16, 2015: Information items
    13 A: Information on Trustee Area Realignment
    Realignment of Trustee areas seems to come around after particularly political periods in OUSD. The last time was after the failure to qualify a Recall of controversial former OUSD Trustee Steve Rocco. The subsequent former OUSD Trustee Kimberlee Nichols proposal for a Trustee Area Realignment moved the boundaries so Rocco was forced to run in a different Trustee Area -not as in incumbent resulting in his loss.  

    13 B: OUSD Term Limit discussion
    OUSD President, and long-time Trustee John Ortgea is exploring the idea of term-limits on the OUSD Board. Originally elected as part of the Citizen's Board in the 2001 OUSD Recall Election, John Ortgea has never faced a re-election opponent.   Term limits were originally part of Dr. Alexia Deligianni's first campaign for  Trustee.  The longest serving Trustee is Rick Ledesma, who won his seat back as part of the Citizen's Board in 2001.  Kathy Moffat first won her seat in 2001 with John Ortega.

    13 C: El Rancho construction project update

    Cost and legal ramifications will be discussed for the El Rancho Charter School project. 

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING Thursday April 16, 2015
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION- 5:00 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm

    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 10, 2015


    New leases for Peralta site

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    New lease proposal for Super Sports for former VPHS golf coach
    OUSD Board votes 4-3 to oust
    Peralta Golf Partners from Peralta Site

    At the February 26th Orange Unified School Board Meeting, the OUSD Trustees voted 4-3 against the option for a $200,000 month-to-month lease for the Super Sports Golf and Recreation Center run by the Peralta Golf Partnership at the former Peralta school site.  The vote shuts down the operations of the Peralta Golf Partnership at the end of March.

    OUSD Board President John Ortega and Trustees Tim Surridge, Rick Ledesma and Mark Wayland voted against the month-to-month arrangement with Trustees Kathy Moffat, Diane Singer and Dr. Alexia Deligianni voting to continue the current lease on a month-to month basis.

    The OUSD Board did vote for the option to enter into separate agreements with three subtenants. The February Agenda item called for the following arrangements to be negotiated:  Olive Crest Academy for $230,000 annually plus utilities ; Arena Soccer Club  for $57,360 annually plus utilities and maintenance; and Tennis Specialists will pay for $24,000 annually with OUSD paying for utilities and maintenance.  OUSD will also be responsible for major maintenance repairs for Olive Crest.

    The March 12, 2015 OUSD Agenda Item 12 B (page 4) calls for approval of an interim agreement with the three subtenants during the negotiations after the March 31 expiring of the Peralta Golf Partners lease. 

    When the OUSD Board originally sought bids to develop the Peralta site under a 99 year lease, Peralta Golf Partnerships was one of the bidders to develop the 20 acre site for high density use.  When they lost that bid to the Fairfield Companies, the facility appeared to take the side of the neighborhood in trying to maintain the site without development. That apparent position did not sit well with the two Trustees who were most pushing for the high density development- Timothy Surridge and Rick Ledesma.  Subsequent appearances by Peralta Golf Partnership representatives before the OUSD Board after the defeat of the high density lease agreement were met by visible distain by Surridge and Ledesma. The most notable of these interactions at the Canyon High School "on-the-road" meeting was named "Beating at the Meeting" by the Save Peralta group on YouTube:


    Jason Drotter
    After voting for the subleases the OUSD Board directed staff to prepare to take bids on the driving range that was leased by Peralta Golf Partnerships. 

    The March 12, 2015 OUSD Agenda Item 12 C (page 5) reveals that while the Peralta Golf Partners leased the site, the day-to-day operations of the driving range and the management of the entire site was provided by Jason Drotter LLC.

    The Agenda item offers two options for the granting Jason Drotter management of the Super Sports site.  Option one for $30,000 a year gives "regular maintenance" and management responsibilities to Drotter.  Option 2 for $60,000 a year outlines less maintenance responsibility for OUSD.

    Drotter, the former coach of the Villa Park High School boy's and girls' golf teams for six years is currently the head coach of the CSUF men's golf program in addition to managing the Super Sports complex for Peralta Golf Partners. Drotter has also played golf professionally and is a professional golf instructor. 

    Closed Session Property Negotiations
    Two OUSD properties will be discussed for sale in the March 12, closed session:

    INSIDE the March 12 Agenda
     Action Item 12 A: Approving $2.5 million to restart the OUSD Elementary Music program in the 2015-16 school year
    Action Item 12 D : Trustee Singer requesting to look at OUSD Trustee Area realignment
    Information Item 13 B:  Trustee Ledesma requested information on the costs for the three OUSD labor contracts approved at the January meeting.

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING March 12, 2015
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    CLOSED SESSION- 5:30 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm

    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, February 24, 2015


    Peralta lease, employee costs etc...

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    OUSD trustees vote...
    No sale for Peralta, Yes to employee contracts;
    while community leaders take trustees to task
    Dysfunction was on parade as the Orange Unified Trustees at their January 22, 2015 meeting argued, voted and belittled each other in front of a full house of employees and community members.  

    Several times Board President John Ortega had to warn the audience to exercise proper decorum as the out-numbered Trustees faced a hostile audience on the numerous issues.  Despite being out-numbered, the trustees kept to their well-known positions.  There were however some unexpected highlights.

    Trustee Mark Wayland took the Peralta neighborhood to task for not supporting Measure K despite the fact that they had said they would rally around a bond issue if Peralta was not sold.

    In the end, after rehashing years-old arguments, positions and trying to even on-going political scores the OUSD Trustees failed to gain the "super majority" needed to sell the Peralta site. The 4 yes votes came from Ortega, Wayland, Surridge and Ledesma. The three no votes Moffat, Singer and Deligianni.

    Also, after two delays amounting to almost two months, the OUSD Board approved all the employee contracts they had negotiated by a 5 to 2 vote. The two no votes were Trustees Ledesma and Surridge.  Speakers from the audience before the vote called on the OUSD Trustees to renew the Peralta Golf Partners lease on a month to month basis when the current lease expires at the end of March. Item 15 A (page 5) on the February 26, 2015 agenda is  asking the Trustees to approve a month-to-month lease with the Peralta Golf Partners.  The agenda item also includes a back-up proposal that in the event the Trustees do not vote for the month-to-month  arrangement with Peralta Golf, to allow the sub-leasers to continue operation by paying OUSD directly.

    Trustees Rick Ledesma took Singer and Moffat to task for their union endorsements and contributions and called for them to recluse themselves in the contract votes. Ledesma however, after not receiving the Republican Party endorsement ( because of his support for Measure K), also had sought the endorsement of the teacher's union.  In fact Ledesma, who after originally being elected in the 1990's to the OUSD Board was then defeated in a reelection bid by the ultra reactionary Jacobson Majority. Ledesma  won back his seat in the 2001 Recall as part of the slate known as the Citizen's Board that was endorsed -and largely paid for by -the teacher's union. It was Ledesma who was for many years was the champion of ensuring the resulting Recall Reforms of that Citizen Board's election- largely written by then OUSD Board President Bob Viviano- were preserved.

    Trustee Timothy Surridge also took  Moffat and Singer to task for their union support  calling it a "quid-pro-quo".  Surridge too  sought the endorsement of the teacher's union after being rebuffed by the Republican Party for his support of Measure K.

    After hours of watching the Board reach higher levels of dysfunction, numerous speakers took the Board to task for the continued dysfunctional antics. As the meeting wore on, Board President John Ortega acknowledged those comments and took responsibility for this parts and commented about moving forward.

    Meanwhile, after years of being on the Board, Dr. Alexia Deligianni seems to have found her voice. Her unapologetically in-your-face defending of her stance on Measure K to Ledesma and Surridge seemed to take the whole room by surprise. Her feistiness continued as she outlined other options to explore for facilities improvements and as she voiced concern for students and school staff's working conditions and supported the new employee contracts after outlining the sacrifices of the district's employees.  To end the meeting Deligianni pulled a Consent item for what she called the outrageous hourly rate by her estimates of $250 an hour, as an OUSD administrator defended the cost by saying the expensive parent trainings were "popular".  Deligianni ended up being the lone "No" vote against the expense.

    Old Towne Preservation Association wins state vote on Killefer site
    Last month the California State Historical Resource Commission voted unanimously to approve the Old Towne Preservation Association's (OTPA) request to nominate the former OUSD Lydia D. Killefer Elementary School to the National Register of Historic Places.

    Built in 1931 and later re-named for the school's first principal Killefer.  It's historical significance is as one of the first schools in California to voluntarily desegregate allowing Latino's . With the closing of the nearby Latino-only Cypress school in 1944, Killefer was desegregated three years before the California case-Mendez v Westminster- desegregated schools across the state in 1947 - a full seven years before the landmark 1954 U. S. Supreme Court case Brown v Topeka mandated desegregation  nationwide.

    Named for Lydia Killefer who was a school teacher and then a principal, born in 1872, her father Joseph Killefer was a Civil War veteran of the Union Army before moving to Orange in the late 1800's.

    The application for approval of the nomination also highlighted the architectural style of Spanish Revival and the fact the building is one of the few survivors of that style of the 1933 Long Beach Earthquake. 

    Lat year the OUSD Board voted unanimously to sell the 1.7 acre property located at 541 Lemon to the highest bidder, the Olson Company, for $5.1 million for a housing development.  After the OTPA move toward historical recognition,  Olson backed out of buying the property. OUSD then turned to the second highest bidder, Western State Housing.

    While a designation on the National Register of Historic Places does not preclude the buildings from being demolished, it can help to make it slightly less likely when the process goes before city officials.
     For more information CLICK ON:

    INSIDE the February 26 Agenda 
    Chicago Peninsula Hotel Lobby
    Trustee Kathy Moffat will participate in the meeting by teleconferencing from the Peninsula Hotel lobby in Chicago, thus requiring by California law that all votes be roll call votes.

    Select Agenda Items ( see link below for complete agenda).

    Work Study Session Item 4 A: Measure K - Bond Election Information and Discussion Study Session - 5:00 pm

    Action Items :
    Item 15 A: Peralta Site Lease Item
    Item 15 B: Deferred Maintenance Projects
    Item 15 C: El Rancho Charter Proposed Construction Project
    Item 15 D: Cost of Labor  Agreements request by Trustee Rick Ledesma

    Informational Item:
    Item 16 B: Information on the Budget Development Project

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING February 26, 2015
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    Work Study Session: 5:00 pm
    CLOSED SESSION- 6:30 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm

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    For budgeting questions call Business Services at 714-628-4015

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