Focus on the SAUSD School Board Candidates: Valerie Amezcua

Nothing irks me more than to find out that a school board candidate has put his or her kids in private schools.  Well, you can’t say that about Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education candidate Valerie Amezcua.  (Although you CAN say that about some of the other candidates).  Amezcua’s daughter graduated from Santa Ana High School and she is now at U.C.L.A.  Her son is a student athlete at Santa Ana High School.

So who is Amezcua? “Valerie has over 20 years of experience in community service, and she continues to work hard to address the issues of at-risk youth, including intervention and prevention programs. Since 1986, Valerie has worked for the Orange County Probation Department. She is currently serving as a Supervising Probation Officer at the Central Youth and Family Resource Center in the City of Santa Ana,” according to Amezcua’s campaign website.  She also serves on a City Commission.

Amezcua is also the daughter of current (but outgoing) RSCCD Trustee Al Amezcua, who also works as a lawyer in town and he is on the board of the Santa Ana Business Bank.  Al has served on the RSCCD Board for over 7 years, so the name “Amezcua” is a known quantity in the city.

Valerie’s education plan includes:

  • Higher academic achievement
  • Safe schools
  • Expanding extracurricular activities
  • And offering strong mentorships

Amezcua is endorsed by the local teacher’s association and by Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and State Senator Lou Correa, according to her Smart Voter website.  Impressive!  But wait, there’s more…she has a ton of endorsements, that you can view at this link.  They include Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez (who is pictured above with Amezcua) and she was endorsed by the Democratic Party of Orange County.  Amezcua is also one of two candidates for the SAUSD School Board that I have endorsed (the other is Irene Ibarra).

You can find out more about Amezcua at her campaign website.  You may also email her at this link.

The Focus on SAUSD School Board Candidates series now includes posts on Irene Ibarra, Gregory Barraza, Roman Reyna, Gloria Alvarado and Mike Gonzalez.  Up next: Jose Hernandez.

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