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'98 | Schools: The Candidates and Their Positions on
Education Issues in Orange County

Anaheim City School District (Three seats)

November 01, 1998

Sandy Blumberg

Age: 32

Occupation: Employee benefits analyst/telecommuter

Background: President, PTA Council, representing 22 Anaheim City schools; president, School Site Council at Clara Barton Elementary School; member, Districtwide Fiscal Planning Team; parent representative to Facilities Planning Committee; member, Report Card Revision Committee; volunteer, Rolling Readers, USA, a nationwide reading program; Neighborhood Watch block captain; former Girl Scout leader

Issues: Wants parents to have more voice in district issues; find ways to relieve overcrowding by pursuing building classrooms and schools and work toward ending staggered schedule; continue with implementation of recently adopted district standards in language arts and mathematics and continually assess children to ensure they achieve success

Jazz Cisneros

Age: 47

Occupation: Homemaker/community volunteer

Background: Former principal and teacher; treasurer, Alexander J. Stoddard Elementary School PTA; treasurer, Anaheim Elementary Council PTA; Cadet Girl Scout leader; chair, Roston Creative Writing contest, a city library program

Issues: Supports strong English literacy program and high standards with a demanding curriculum; supports building schools and adding more classrooms; supports improved fiscal accountability in the district and an effort to build stronger links between schools and community

Thomas Holguin

Age: 45

Occupation: Business owner

Background: Former Anaheim community redevelopment commissioner; vice chairman, Anaheim Police Officers Honorary Assn.; former chairman, Anaheim's Community Development Advisory Board; member, Anaheim Chamber of Commerce; board member, Anaheim Community Emergency Response Team; certified member and volunteer, Orange County Search and Rescue

Issues: Reduce overcrowding by immediately installing portable classrooms at schools; allow parents to be part of implementing school programs; supports back-to-basics curriculum of reading, writing and arithmetic and bringing technology into schools

Jerome M. Silverman

Age: 64

Occupation: Retired

Background: Retired engineer and project manager; chair, ACSD Facilities Planning Committee, now defunct; member, Double Session Committee, now defunct; past president, Temple Beth Emet; founding chairman, Ezra Center, an adult activity center; adult education teacher

Issues: Build more schools to deal with insufficient facilities; ensure quality by hiring best teachers, monitoring their classroom activity and providing support with development programs and mentors; implement prescribed standards to ensure students are English literate and at class level when they leave the district

Brad Wilkinson

Age: 26

Occupation: Educational community advisor

Background: Attended city's schools; community volunteer

Issues: Relieve overcrowding by creating more classrooms and building more schools, believes double sessions are disastrous; supports English literacy so students can learn to read and write as quickly as possible; enforce zero-tolerance policies to ensure schools are free from gangs, drugs and weapons

Anaheim Union High School District (Three seats)

Alexandria A. Coronado

Age: 30

Occupation: Teacher/doctoral candidate at USC in music education

Background: Cypress Cultural Arts commissioner; member, Huntington Harbour Republican Women Federated

Issues: Supports back-to-basics academic curriculum; supports local control, keeping federal government out of local schools; ensure safe schools by eliminating drug and alcohol use, possession of weapons on campuses and gang activity

Benny Hernandez

Age: 41

Occupation: Family counselor and substitute teacher

Background: Board president, Anaheim City School District; president, KinderCaminata, a nonprofit group that exposes kindergartners to college; board member, Orange County School Board Assn.; member, Regional Advisory Board for YMCA Communities In Prevention; member, Orange County Transportation Authority Community Participation Group; past president, South Anaheim Neighborhood Council

Issues: Increase number of high school seniors who attend college and decrease high school dropouts; raise academic standards in all grades; support partnership with businesses to be involved in education programs

Lupe Lopez

Age: 25

Occupation: Schoolteacher

Background: Member, Committee for Native American Rights; grass-roots organizer and involved in community and education issues

Issues: Raise student testing scores to meet state standards; create programs to help students set career goals; ensure safety for all students on campuses

Harald G. Martin

Age: 44

Occupation: Police officer; incumbent

Background: Bachelor's degree in criminal justice, master's degree in public administration; board president, Anaheim Union High School District; two children attending high school in the district

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