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  • Sunday, June 30, 2013


    July 3rd and 4th celebrations in Greater Orange

    Orange kicks off the 4th with annual 3rd of July celebration

    Greater Orange kicks off Independence Day early with the City of Orange’s 18th Annual "3rd of July" Celebration. Begun in 1996, 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 18th Annual 3rd of July Celebration will take place Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 4 p.m. at Orange Unified’s Fred Kelly Stadium at 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. 

    On-site staff may deem items not currently on this list as harmful to the field. If so informed, please help us by not bringing those items onto the field. 

    Tickets for the 18th Annual "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. Wednesday, July 3, 2013. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the event after 1:30 p.m. 

    Tickets will be available for purchase at the event. 

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

    ANAHEIM HILLS CCHC celebrates 25 years this 4th of July 

    Anaheim Hills, a Greater Orange community, will play host for its city’s official 4th of July Celebration with a full day of activities including the annual 4th of July Parade. “25 Years of Canyon Hills Community Council Celebrations” is the theme for this year’s Anaheim Hills Fourth of July celebration. 

    The “Firecracker” 5 /10K Run – 2K Walk  begins at  5:30am and goes until 10:00 am at the Canyon High School track– 220 S Imperial Highway Anaheim Hills. Registration and information have been available online (see link below).

    Beginning at 8 am until 10:30 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 Yankee Doodle Dog Show also returns at 10 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 3:00 pm it is the annual 4th of July Parade. The parade starts at Canyon High School and makesis way to Peralta Park at 115 N Pinney Dr., Anaheim Hills by proceeding  west on Santa Ana Canyon Rd ending at Pinney Drive.

    Food Booths will be available between 12:30 – 8:45pm at Peralta Park. So forget the backyard BBQ! Bring your family, friends and neighbors to enjoy all the fabulous food. The park will also have entertainment  from 3:00 – 8:50pm

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

    For more information on any of the day’s activities CLICK ON: CCHC 25

    For more information on any of the day’s activities CLICK ON: OC 4th

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013


    Former OUSD Superintendent dies

    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE
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    Dr. Robert French served twice as OUSD Superintedent

    Former Orange Unified Superintendent, Dr. Robert French passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2013.
    French served twice as Orange Unified’s Superintendent. First coming to Orange Unified in the early 1990’s, French’s first term as Orange Unified’s Superintendent saw OUSD’s School Board taken over by members of the reactionary Education Alliance * headed in Orange Unified by Marty Jacobson.  After a series of public relations blunders by the Jacobson Reactionary Board, then Superintendent Dr. French authorized a 1995 community survey to present to the OUSD Board now headed by Jacobson.  While teachers and schools had a good showing in the survey, the Board did not, and French was forced out into retirement.

    After another round of PR disasters that included a proposal of running the district by a Board Committee without a superintendent, the Board selected Barbra Van Otterloo  as French’s replacement.  Several court cases, lawsuits, a recall election and a final election come-back try, the recalled and disgraced Jacobson Board was gone.  The new Citizen’s Board that replaced the recalled trustees turned to French to again lead the district after Van Otterloo herself retired.

    The popular French’s second stint as Superintendent also had its share of controversy as a sex-scandal erupted at OUSD’s Santiago Charter School and a move was made to revoke the schools charter.

    Upon French’s second retirement from OUSD, his hand picked replacement Dr. Thomas Godley too over as Superintendent.

    In the last three years, three former OUSD Superintendents have passed; John Ikerd;  Dr. Thomas Godley; and Dr. Robert French.  Only two former Orange Unified Superintendents survive: Barbra Van Otterloo and Dr. Renae Dreier.

    The services for Dr. French will be held at 9 am on  Monday, July 1, 2013 at the Rose Hill Memorial Park’s Sky Rose Chapel ( 3888 Workman Mill Road, Whitter CA).
    * Click on the blue link for more information about the Educational Alliance.

    Tuesday, June 04, 2013


    OUSD's newest Mad Men move

    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE
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    OUSD’S newest Mad Men move…
    Contentious OUSD Board votes to extend Peralta Lease ENA

    OUSD's Trustee Boys Club
     The Orange Unified School Board met May 14th in Special Session to extend the Peralta Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA) with Fairfield Residential Developers after failing to reach a lease agreement.  Voting to approve a six month extension one day before the original agreement expired, the OUSD Trustees voted 4-3 to approve the extension.

    The roller coaster meeting featured a standing ovation for Dr. Alexia Deligianni when she announced her “No”  vote against the extension, familiar rambling reasoning behind their “Yes” votes from veteran board members Rick Ledesma and  John Ortega, and another sharp exchange between lease proponent Rick Surridge and lease opponent Kathy Moffat.

    Again placed in the position being the tie breaking vote, Trustee Mark Wayland tried to play both sides as he said that since getting the ENA, Fairfield Residential Developers had missed deadlines, and this caused him to need reasons to approve the ENA extension.  He added that he doubted that the project would get approved by the City of Orange. Despite those self-described reservations, Wayland later voted “Yes” to approve the extension.

    Repeating his mantra about leveraging the lease for badly needed money to upgrade OUSD’s schools, Board President Timothy Surridge went so far as to basically rule out the necessity of an OUSD taxpayer bond if the ENA could be finalized after the extension. Citing “confidentiality” Surridge had no numbers to back up his claims when challenged by Trustee Kathy Moffat.  Surridge also took to task the Trustees who had voted for the ENA, (it originally passed 7-0), but now where against the ENA extension.

    Then in a scene that was similar to the raucous Rocco days,  Moffat who tried to respond to Surridge’s statements was verbally attacked by the Board President, to the point that Trustee Diane Singer had to interject to remind the Board President that the discussion was not a debate and Moffat had a right to speak.  The exchange became even more Rocco-like when Surridge, who had originally gone off topics with his statements (to which Moffat was responding ) told Moffat to only speak about the ENA. 
    A reasonable slurpee brain frezze

    With no visable slurpee, Surridge's latest  brain freeze remains unexplained.

    The ENA extension was approved 4 “yes” (Surridge, Wayland, Ledesma and Ortega) to 3 “no” (Moffat, Deligianni, Singer) splitting men against the women trustees.

    How the growing tone of distain that the Trustee Boys Club seems to have with their three women colleagues is playing in the larger Greater Orange Community that has numerous elected women officials, dozens of women service club officers, and 1000’s of PTA moms, still remains to be seen. But much like the last national election defined by a conservative war on women, the local school board discussions are looking a lot like OUSD’s version of Mad Men with the four male trustees acting like  they still live in a time when women were to be seen-but not heard.

    No More Moore
    Former OUSD Principal Michelle Moore- self-published and described author, self-described international education speaker, self-described Focus on Results supporter, and wife of her number one supporter, storefront preacher and one-time OUSD School News contributor Dr. Rock Moore, will be resigning her “teaching” position with OUSD.  Moore who took a principal position in Capistrano Unified last year is listed as resigning her “teacher” position with OUSD effective June 14.

    More positions filled, more budget news, more surplus property

    Closed Session Item 4C- New appointments to be announced after closed session include: Executive Director Secondary Education;  Administrator, Special Education; 2- High School Assistant Principals; 1- Middle School Assistant Principal; 2- Elementary School Assistant Principals. The appointments will be announced in Open Session.

    Action Item 12 A- Public Hearing on Spending Priorities from money of the Educational Protection Account- for more information about the Prop 30 money from the Nov 2012 election CLICK ON:  PROP 30 FAQ

    Action Item 12 B- 2013-2014 Budget Estimates

    Action Item C and D- Facilities Needs Assessment- knowing what the district needs in terms of fixing aging facilities seems like a no-brainer- but will Moffat’s idea that Knowledge is Power for the whole district meet with the male ego’s approval?

    Information Item 13 A-Discussion of the surplus Killerfer Site

    Information Item 13 B- El Rancho Charter-not waiting for the OUSD Board or community at large, this charter school is planning for building expansion- a new gym and a science center.

    Next OUSD Board Meeting June 6, 2013. For more information
    OUSD CLOSED SESSION STARTS 6:00 PM, 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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