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  • Thursday, September 24, 2015


    OUSD in CRISIS: Repeal Petition Drive picks up steam

    a special series by /O/N/N/

    Greater Orange residents organize for petition drive

    "Provisional" Trustee Greg Salas
    The petition drive to nullify and repeal  the 4-2 vote of the Orange Unified School Board to appoint the unknown Greg Salas as the Area 1 "Provisional" Trustee continues to pick-up steam since Monday's shocking disregard for the near unanimous call of  long-time community leaders across the Greater Orange communities for the appointment of long-time Anaheim Hills community and education advocate Andrea Yamasaki. (see below for information on where to pick-up petitions).  

    Outrage has grown across Greater Orange as the news has spread on Social Media that the Monday meeting- full of questionable legal issues- was not video recorded.  With no recording, none of the twenty-nine of the 33 pubic speakers who gave overwhelming support of those at the meeting for Andrea Yamasaki is available for broadcast. 

    In the 2001 Orange Recall cable broadcasts of the Board meetings were part of the Recall Issues. The Reactionary Marty Jacobson  Majority that controlled the OUSD Board refused to let the community see the dysfunction and angry Public Comments during the OUSD Board Meetings.   After the 2001 Recall- Board Broadcasts were one of the Recall Reforms instituted by the newly elected 2001 Citizen's Board winners of the 2001 Recall. 

    Since 2001 the OUSD Board Meetings have been recorded and broadcasted- as well as available for purchase by the public.  Ironically, it was Trustee Rick Ledesma- who regained his seat  in the 2001 Recall (after losing it to a Jacobson puppet) that fought to save the Recall Reform Board Broadcasts during the Rocco Years. The  Board at that time did not want the community to see the antics of then Trustee Steve Rocco and tried to end the broadcasts.  Ledesma was successful in saving the broadcasts when community leaders across Greater Orange rallied to support him.  On Monday, Ledesma joined the other three male trustees to appoint Greg Salas-without a broadcast record.

    Not only are the comments from the twenty-nine speakers from across Greater Orange Unified that addressed the Board each outlining the qualifications and personal stories attesting to the character and deep community and educational connections of  Andrea Yamasaki lost, but so too are the three-minute candidates' statements of qualifications to the Trustees.  It was clear to the audience that listened to the statements at the Monday September 22 Special Meeting that there were some very qualified candidates. Greg Salas was not one of them.  The bumbling Salas statement included his testament of personal qualifications being that he had family members involved in education, he also admitted that he knew nothing about OUSD and that he just visited two schools after applying for the position, and he admitted he just recently moved to the area.

    After the vote to appoint Salas, he quickly left along with the Trustees that comprise the Surridge Majority who voted for Salas: Timothy Surridge, Mark Wayland,  Rick Ledesma and John Ortega.  

    Recall Petitions will be available this weekend at: 

    Sunday, September 27
    At Canyon Rim Elementary School, in the parking lot
    1090 S The Highlands
    Anaheim Hills
    8:30 - 9:30am

    For more information click on : OUSD in CRISIS

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    Salas called those of us that spoke on behalf of Andrea, I guess he got our personal information from the blue cards we filled out. He also showed up tonight at our petition signing at Ralph's & asked a person if they felt intimidated, after he told him he was the guy they were trying to recall. Surridge called Canyon High to get our PTSA Presidents personal contact info.
    The PTSA president is a parent of a student. The FERPA law protects student information. It would be against the law for Canyon to provide this information -- it is protected. This another example of Surridge's disrespect for the law and for process. If Canyon releases this information the district can/should be sued.
    I was feeling sorry for Salas for being one of their croonies, but after reading about him showing up at Ralph's, he's just as nuts as the rest of the bunch. What did he say to the people he called that spoke? Way to rub salt in wounds. C.A.R.E. better steer clear of Surridge or I will NEVER EVER vote for a bond. These are the people who will be hiring the consultants and lawyers and it will be their friends and they will probably get kick backs. The poor children in the schools. So glad mine are done. God bless you all who are spearheading the petition drive. I hope you are victorious.
    Greg has raised 6 children, 2 of them grown,3 of them currently in college and 1 still in high school. He has always held all of his children to the highest academic standard, to the point where they are getting there educations paid for. He is a valuable addition to the board, and although he make not have the experience, he genuinely cares for the well being of kids in this district, and will do his best to put them in a position to be successful. Knowing Greg personally,the accusations of him making a scene at Ralph's is absolutely ridiculous. Anyone who knows Greg will tell you the type of character he has. He is one of the most selfless men I have ever met. The people supporting this petition must feel intimidated to make up a story like this, and these are not the type of people you would want to be endorsing your children s future.
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