I reported on Thursday about O.C. Board of Education, Area One, candidate Eleazar Elizondo’s comments to an OC Weekly reporter about how teaching adults is not teaching. Now that OC Weekly article has been published and his comments are as ridiculous as the reporter indicated when she called me. But even worse for Elizondo, the true story about how he arrived at the awful ballot designation of “Public Affairs Consultant” has now been revealed.
I recall that Elizondo, when I ran into him on the last day of the filing period, at the Orange County Voter Registrar, desperately called an attorney, on his cell phone, and asked the unknown lawyer to be his campaign attorney. I wondered then why in the world he needed a campaign attorney. Well, now we know.
According to the OC Weekly, Elizondo tried to take the O.C. Voter Registrar to court, to contest not only my ballot designation, which is “Community College Teacher,” but also that of Republican candidate Robert Hammond, who is using the designation “Teacher/Orange County business owner.” But Elizondo’s lawyer messed up – filing his grievance past the March 23 deadline. Oops!
Elizondo decided to lie in that OC Weekly article, saying that I have not taught in the past year. Unfortunately for the dishonest Elizondo, I supplied the O.C. Voter Registrar with my teacher I.D. card and the names of the managers of the adult education program at Cerritos College that I report to. The O.C. Voter Registrar used that information to slam Elizondo: They wrote in a response to Elizondo that “as an adjunct instructor, [Pedroza] does teach.” Pedroza has been a part-time, adjunct safety instructor for the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America apprenticeship program at Cerritos College since 2003.
And I am even in the Cerritos College teacher directory!
The truth is that it was Elizondo who was forced to change his ballot designation, by the O.C. Voter Registrar. According to one of our readers, he “tried to use Teacher/Professor as his designation. The OC ROV apparently forced him to change it.”
Hammond also was forced to change his designation from “Orange County Teacher” to “Teacher,” as he is a home school teacher and has no affiliation with any public school districts.
So Elizondo and Hammond did not follow the rules and they got caught.
And according to my reader, “Rumor has it that polling done by either Nguyen or Hammond shows that Hammond and Pedroza are both way ahead. Elizondo is in a distant last place.”
I have asked Elizondo to retract his comments to the OC Weekly. Don’t hold your breath waiting for that to happen.
To learn more about my own campaign for the O.C. Board of Education, Area One, click here.