Santa Ana Mayor ruins local school board while LA Mayor focuses on reform

It has been great to see good people coming together this week to take out uber racist Harald Martin, who was recently appointed to the Anaheim Union High School District. But what about Santa Ana?

Our Mayor, Miguel Pulido, appointed a Minuteman, Lupe Moreno, to the Santa Ana Library Board. And he helped his buddy Rob Richardson get elected to the Santa Ana Unified School District’s Board of Education – where as Chairman of the School Board, Richardson has overseen the loss of millions of dollars due to the bungling of the District’s Class Size Reduction program.

The SAUSD school board is surely one of the most inept boards in Orange County, if not the state. But Pulido has enabled the dysfunction instead of doing something about it.

What a contrast we see in Los Angeles, where troubled Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa “spent $3.5 million on behalf of three candidates who recently won seats on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education,” according to the L.A. Times.

“To help his candidates, Villaraigosa turned to an array of companies seeking to do business at City Hall, including real estate developers, media companies and potential tenants at Los Angeles International Airport.”

Isn’t that what Pulido does every time he gets his puppets elected to the Santa Ana City Council? Why couldn’t he run a slate of candidates to take out the hugely ineffective screw-ups on the SAUSD School Board?

Of course the problem in Santa Ana is that Pulido helped the entire SAUSD School Board majority to get elected. He has been a major supporter of the aforementioned Richardson, and his fellow lame Trustees Rosie “God is mad at Santa Ana” Avila and Audrey Noji.

In L.A., the Mayor believes that “we have to fundamentally reform our schools.” In Santa Ana the Mayor helped his political hack friends to take over the local school board – with no results in sight. What a contrast indeed.

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