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  • Wednesday, February 17, 2016


    OUSD moves forward

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    OUSD Board President Ledesma moves OUSD Board forward

    Long-time school district watchers are reporting that Orange Unified School District  Board  of Trustees President Rick Ledesma has put forth one of the most  unifying and forward looking OUSD Agenda's in years for the February 18, 2016 OUSD Board Meeting.

    Ledesma added two items under his name. In Agenda Action Item 12 C (page 23) Ledesma asks for permission to communicate on behalf of the OUSD Trustees to parent school group leaders to invite them to OUSD Board meetings learn more about a possible facilities bond and then share that information with their stakeholder communities.  Inviting parent group leaders does hold perils for the OUSD Board if the often contentious decorum behind the dais that has been on display for years continues.

    The second Ledesma initiative is Agenda Information Item 13 ( page 27).  Ledesma is seeking a Board conversation on allocating some of the district's one-time monies directly to schools. The idea appears to be similar to the  1990's "devolution" block grants that Congress passed ( most facing a President Clinton veto) to enhance opportunities for states to have the flexibility to oversee more local needs, but in OUSD's case letting the schools decide on how best to use the monies at the school level.

    Also on the agenda is an item from Trustee Kathy Moffat.  For years Moffat's advocacy for the OUSD Board of Education to hold more than one meeting a month has gone nowhere.  During Thursday's OUSD Board Meeting ,  Moffat's request will finally get an open hearing as Action Item 12B (page 22).  

    Could all this focus on the business of education be a new beginning for the OUSD Board after the disastrous 2015 Year of Politics?  After 2015 started with a failed  attempt to sell the Peralta Site and ended with an all out voter revolt and removal of the political appointment of Greg Salas- could it really be that OUSD turned a corner under Ledesma?
    Only time will tell.

    Inside the OUSD Agenda
    Other items on the February 18, 2016 OUSD Board of Education Agenda:
    ·   Information Item 13 A (page 25): An update on the  School Facilities Bond planning process.
    ·    Information Item 13 B ( page 26): An update on the proposed state budget and the impacts on  OUSD.

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING January 18, 2016
    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 09, 2016


    Local Political Establishment backlash

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    OUSD Trustee Mark Wayland endorses Area 1 candidate Andrea Yamasaki

    Area 1 candidate Andrea Yamasaki

    The Andrea Yamasaki campaign for the Orange Unified School District Area 1 Trustee Seat released a press release this week announcing the endorsement of OUSD Trustee Mark Wayland.

    Wayland has been leading the charge against Yamasaki's opponent
    Greg Salas
    Greg Salas since Salas filed to run for the seat.  Wayland took Salas to court over the Salas campaign statement and has become a local anti-establishment hero from people across the political spectrum for taking on the Orange County Republican Establishment for endorsing Salas.   

    Trustee Mark Wayland
    Wayland joined a unique club of Greater Orange officials who over the years have taken candidates to court over false candidate statements and won.  Wayland, while not on the ballot, took exception to Yamasaki's opponent Greg Salas candidate statement that claimed and endorsement from Wayland and tried to fool voters into believing that Salas was an incumbent.

    Wayland- a lifelong Republican- expressed  frustration with the local Party Establishment on their Facebook page.  Wayland writing he is "disappointed in this endorsement" writes about the OUSD Area 1 contest between candidates Greg Salas and Andrea Yamasaki that:  "The differences between the two candidates could not be more stark. Just because someone puts an R next to their name, does not mean that they are the best candidate for the position." 

    Wayland is the first local leader to articulating the current political mood against ruling Establishment Ruling Class in both parties that is sweeping the country. Wayland  admonished the local Establishment: "Look to Washington if you need to be reminded. We have been completely sold out by the "Republicans" in the Senate and in Congress. How many of these turn coats got in to office because they had a R next to their name?"

    Since the instant Wayland voted to appoint Salas over Yamasaki against the will of the  Anaheim Hills community, Wayland has taken responsibility in his own press releases.  The Yamasaki press release quotes Wayland's  already public mea culpa :
    “I take responsibility for my vote that led to the recall because I did not do my job and vet the two candidates for the appointment,” he admitted.  “I regretted my vote almost immediately after I did it.  But I will not make the same mistake twice.”

    Party Chairman Whitaker
    Ironically, the local Political Establishment Chairperson is another Greater Orange Leader-who should know better  about Greater Orange schools - Orange City Councilman Fred Whitaker. 

    Other Greater Orange leaders who have endorsed Yamasaki are Villa Park Mayor Greg Mills and Orange City Councilmembers Mike Alverez and Kimberly Nichols. In addition, the Peralta Neighborhood  has endorsed Yamasaki. 

    The ballots in the All-Vote-by mail election must be mailed by Tuesday March 4th, 2016. 

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