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  • Monday, December 07, 2015


    OUSD Term limits?

    ORANGE Unified Schools INSIDE
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    OUSD Trustees to vote on Term Limits
    At the regular scheduled Thursday December 10, 2015  Orange Unified School Board meeting the OUSD Ttrustees will vote on placing trustee term limits on the ballot in 2016.

    Action Item 13 C ( Agenda page 10) is a resolution for the OUSD Board to vote on the proposed term limits for the OUSD Trustees.  The item also has the trustees deciding if the proposed limits to terms should be limited to two terms (eight years total) or three terms (twelve years total).  OUSD Trustee terms are four years.   If approved by the OUSD Board, the term limit proposal would be on the June 2016 ballot and  need  voter approval. If aproved, the term limits would not apply  retroactively.  

    The Term Limit proposal was first proposed by OUSD Board President John Ortega in April of this year.  Ortega has never faced an opponent since he was first elected in the 2001 Orange Recall Election as part of the Citizens Slate.

    2016 Bond items on Agenda 
    Two items concerning an expected 2016 Orange Unified Facilities Bond in November 2016 are also on the Thursday December 10, 2015.

    Action Item 13 B ( Agenda page 9) will have the OUSD Trustees vote on contracts for Bond Construction Management and Architectural Firms. The item has the four recommended firms working with the architects to "refine and validate the high school facility master plans created in 2014".  

    The four finalist firms are: Arcadis U.S., Inc; Balfour-Beatty Construction; Cordoba Corporation; Cumming Construction and Management Inc.  Recommendations are for the OUSD contracts to continue for the original 2014 architectural firms.

    Information Item 14 A (page 13) is a report from the election consultants  on  the financial aspect of a 2016 Bond on the November Presidential ballot.

    Inside the December 10th Agenda
    Consent Item 15 G (page 24)  First Interim Financial Report- The OUSD Board is set to approve the district's "positive financial status".  Page 26 of the Agenda shows the OUSD current balance is  $70.5 million. That total includes $8.4 million in "reserves for economic uncertainties" and an additional $57.9 million in unspent monies.

    Also in the December 10th agenda:
    9A  (page 1) Annual Organization Meeting: annual  election of OUSD Officers

    13A (page 4) Sale of Riverdale property site

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING Thursday December 10, 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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    Friday, December 04, 2015


    Yamasaki will face Salas in 2016

    eLECTION Watch 2016
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    Andrea Yamasaki will face ousted Greg Salas
    Ousted appointee Greg Salas has filed for the Orange Unified Area 1 Trustee seat.  Listing his occupation as " Orange County Businessman/Parent"  Salas will face Andrea Yamasaki in the vote-by-mail March 1, 2016 election.
    (click on OUSD ELECTION FILE )

    Salas was ousted from his appointment to the OUSD Board by petition by thousands  of  voters from across Orange Unified to nullify his surprise appointment.

    Salas had no interest in being on the OUSD Board after moving into the district only 2 years ago. His children did not attend OUSD schools, and he admitted he had never been to an OUSD school. Despite his lack of knowledge of local schools,  issues, and no involvement in the local community- Salas was appointed in a controversial vote by the OUSD Board on September 21, 2015.
    (Click on: SALAS APPOINTED)

    Thirty-eight days later and the community had successfully ousted Salas.  

    In a hastily called Special Meeting a week after the Salas appointment, Surridge admitted he self appointed himself to actively go out and recruit someone to appoint to the vacant seat based on politics.

    Surridge eventually recruited his friend Salas and was able to guarantee  the Salas appointed despite Salas having no qualifications as evident by his hastily hand written Candidate Information Sheet for the OUSD Trustee appointment process. 
    That Candidate Information Sheet can be seen here: 

    For information on the Surridge admission CLICK HERE: 

    Click on the video below to see Surridge admitting he recruited the unqualified Salas at the October 1, 2015 Special Election:

    Widespread community outrage over the Salas appointment-driven in part by the fact Salas was clearly the least qualified of the huge pool of candidates- intensified after Surridge admitted he personally had recruited Salas for the appointment to the OUSD Board as a political appointment.

    That admission by Surridge of his recruiting the unqualified Salas and the fact that Surridge was able to get his allies on the OUSD Board to appoint the unqualified Salas, further enraged voters across Greater Orange and led to the ultimate ouster of Salas from his appointment as thousands of Greater Orange signed and filed thousands of petition signatures ( over 134% more than the required amount) within 30 days of the Salas appointment.  With Salas ousted- an election was called for March of 2016.

    Now Salas has filed to run in that election.

    Salas will face long time Anaheim Hills resident and community leader Andrea Yamasaki.  A decades long community volunteer from Anaheim Hills schools to civic organizations, Yamasaki has experience in business, and leadership roles and experience in numerous OUSD schools, OUSD committees, and civic organizations.  To see Andrea Yamasaki Candidate Information Sheet click on:

    Yamasaki was the only candidate that had dozens of supporters speak on her behalf at the September 21, 2015 OUSD Board Meeting. Those supporters were from across the Greater Orange Community.

    The Surridge opposition to Yamasaki at the September 21, 2015 shocked the Anaheim Hills  and the Greater Orange communitie and galvinized the community-wide petition drive to oust Salas. 

    Wednesday, December 02, 2015


    It's holiday time!!

    Greater Orange holiday celebrations:

    Plaza Tree lighting, Santa Tour and the

    Villa Park Dry Land Boat Parade!

    The Christmas holiday season’s official Greater Orange kickoff celebrates 21 years of tree lighting ceremonies in the Historic Old Towne Orange Plaza this Sunday December 6th.

    The whole family is invited to this free event to enjoy good cheer, photo opportunities with Santa, and family fun activities.

    As always, refreshments will be sold by local non-profit groups for a nominal fee, which goes to support their works in the community.

    The traditional local kick-off to the holiday season starts at 3:30 p.m., as Santa Claus comes to the Old Towne Plaza for kids of all ages.

    The center piece of the event-the official tree lighting-will take place at  5:15 p.m.

    The lighted tree will be the backdrop for the 350-voice Orange Master Chorale choir led by Orange High’s world famous choir director Michael Short in a candlelight procession, backed by a full orchestra.

    In case of rain please call the official Orange Special Events Hotline for details: 714-744-7278.

    Santa to Tour Villa Park December 12th before heading back to the North Pole
    Few people outside Villa Park may know that Santa and Mrs. Claus keep their Southern California vacation residence right here in Greater Orange at the Claus Villa in Villa Park.

    Each year before making the final push towards getting ready for that Christmas Eve world tour, the Claus family spends a weekend at their Villa Park get-a-way. Traditionally, Santa has thanked his home-away-from home neighbors with the Annual Villa Park Santa Tour winding his way through Greater Orange's “Hidden Jewel” in a bright red fire truck.

    This year’s Santa's annual tour is Saturday December 12, 2013 from 8:00 am- 3:30 pm.

    Along with the 28 scheduled stops, Santa has been known to drop by or stop along the route where ever there is a gathering of believers. For more information contact the Villa Park City Hall at 714-998-1500.

    The Annual Santa Tour is sponsored by the Villa Park Foundation.
    For more information CLICK ON: Santa Tour

    Great Villa Park Inland Boat Parade December 13th
    Being land-locked never bothered many in Greater Orange, especially in Villa Park where the Annual Great Villa Park Inland Boat Parade takes place on Sunday December 13th, 2015. This year's 18th Annual theme is Rocking and Rolling through the Holidays.

    The flotilla sails through the backwaters of Villa Park, starting at 5:00 pm from Villa Park High School on Sunday December 13th. The mighty Villa Park Fleet will sail to the Villa Park Towne and Community Centre arriving around 6:00 pm. for more hometown festivities including a tree lighting ceremony and entertainment.

    The Great Villa Park Inland Boat Parade is sponsored by the Villa Park Foundation.

    For a map and more information CLICK ON and scroll to the bottom: VP Boat Parade

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