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  • Thursday, November 30, 2017


    Its a Greater Orange Holiday

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    Greater Orange celebrations 

    open holiday season

    OPA  and Plaza Tree lighting, Santa Tour,  and 20th Villa Park Dry Land Boat Parade

    Orange Park Acres Tree Lighting 
    Saturday December 2nd
    The Christmas holiday season’s official Greater Orange kickoff for 2017 will  be in  Orange Park Acres (OPA). The OPA will open the Greater Orange Holidays with its Community Tree Lighting at the corner of  Orange Park Blvd and Santiago Canyon.  

    The OPA will kick-off the holiday season with a down-home tree lighting complete with caroling, candy canes, home-baked cookies, hot chocolate, coffee and kids crafts.

    OPA will be collecting donations for Love Bugs Rescue ( and gifts for Operation Santa Claus to provide Christmas presents for foster children and children in needy families.


    23rd Annual Plaza Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Choir Procession December 3rd
    The City of Orange Plaza Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Choir Procession kickoff celebrates 23 years of tree lighting ceremonies in the Historic Old Towne Orange Plaza on Sunday December 3, 2017.

    At 5:15 p.m. we will officially light our tree for the season, which will then become the backdrop for a 350-voice choir candlelight procession orchestra, led by Greater Orange legendary  musical director Michael Short.

    The 2017 guest narrator for the holiday evening will be former Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell.

    The whole family is invited to this free event to enjoy good cheer, photo opportunities with Santa, and family fun activities including crafts, carnival games and a moon bouncer.

    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. with the traditional candle light choir procession. 

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

    Santa to Tour Villa Park December 9th 
    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 (with some locally famous very large elves) is Saturday December 9, 2017 from 8:00 am- 3:30 pm.

    Along with the 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

    20th Anniversary of 
    Villa Park Inland Boat Parade  
    Sunday Dec 11th
    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 11th, 2017. 

    This year's 20th Annual theme is "Decades of Holiday D'Lights".

    The flotilla sails through the backwaters of Villa Park, starting at 5:00 pm from Villa Park High School on Sunday December 11th. 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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    Wednesday, November 08, 2017


    Were OUSD bond opponents right?

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    Trustees appear to be trying to prove the facility bond  opponents were right after all ...
    OUSD Board looks to spend hundreds of thousands of educational tax dollars on public relations
    How bad has the OUSD Board's reputation become?

    Apparently bad enough that after almost 20 years, the Orange Unified Trustees are contemplating spending hundreds of thousands of educational tax dollars on public relations.

    On the November 9, 2017 OUSD Agenda, Information Item 16 B (Agenda page 32) will be a follow-up staff report on options for obtaining an OUSD Public Relations position. Staff will present the cost options of an in-house public relations position and a consultant public relations firm.

    The move comes on the heels of reported blistering remarks about the OUSD Board in the stakeholder surveys for a new OUSD Superintendent and just a year after OUSD voters approved a massive tax increase in the form of Measure S to update the district's high schools.

    Ironically, part of the opposition to the numerous bond attempts from the community were that the schools were in such dire disrepair because the OUSD Trustees and the OUSD Administration could not manage the budgeted educational tax dollars.  Now with Measure S passed after a Herculean effort by the administration of former Superintendent Mike Christensen, it appears that the OUSD Trustees are ready to not learn from history.  First by numerous accounts forcing a popular Superintendent out , and next  by hiring a public relations firm and returning to a educational tax wasting model.

    The Reactionary Jacobson Board that was eventually recalled in the famous 2001 Orange Recall faced a similar public relations crisis. Then Superintendent Dr. Robert French tried to delicately bring the item of their reputation to the OUSD Board's attention by conducting a "community survey". The consequences of what the community thought of them was the Jacobson majority firing French.

    Hundreds of thousands of  wasted educational dollars latter on public relations,  lawyers and lawsuits, phony voter measures etc, etc, etc, and the OUSD PR person was fired and the Jacobson Majority recalled.

    The last OUSD PR person
    The last Orange Unified  Public Information Officer was Judy Frutig who was hired by the then Reactionary Board controlled by Education Alliance Trustee Marty Jacobson's anti-public education majority (that Board was eventually recalled in the 2001 Orange Recall Election).

    Frutig's position became the mouthpiece for the reactionary policies for a board majority out-of-control with policies growing more and more unpopular. The information disseminated by Frutig was directly dictated by Board President Marty Jacobson. Frutig quickly became a lightning rod for uniting the Greater Orange Community against the Jacobson Majority.

    As the Recall pressure on the Board intensified, Frutig was unable to meet the overwhelming challenge of the growing community communication network and the state and national news scrutiny brought on by outrageous Board actions and by the landmark gay student rights case Colin vs Orange Unified. The under fire Board majority, now facing a recall election, abruptly fired Frutig.

    French eventually had the last laugh when the Reactionary Board was recalled and the newly elected Citizen's Board hired French back with the departure of Jacobson's hand-picked Superintendent Barbara Van Otterloo.

    New OUSD Superintendent search and Measure S
    on Board of Trustees November 9th Agenda
    The Orange Unified School Board will meet for a Study Session and for a Regular Meeting on November 9, 2017,

    The 5:00 pm public Study Session will be on the search for a new OUSD Superintendent. The meeting is scheduled for the Building B Conference Room near the Superintendent's Office.

    The Regular OUSD Board Meeting will take place at 7:00 pm in the regular OUSD Board Room.

    During the regular session, the Trustees will receive a report on the Measure S Capital Faculties Program Update ( Agenda Item 16 A, agenda page 31). 

    NEXT OUSD BOARD MEETING November 9, 2017
    Next OUSD Board Meeting -OUSD BOARD ROOM
    Work Study Session 5:00 pm Building B Conference Room
    CLOSED SESSION-  5:30 pm
    OUSD Regular Session: 7:00 pm Board Room Building H

    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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