PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2, 2012
Contact: Art Pedroza, Candidate for the Orange County Board of Education, Area One
Phone#: (714) 606-7622, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SANTA ANA – Art Pedroza, a teacher at Cerritos College and the leading candidate for the Orange County Board of Education, has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
Pedroza said, “I have never ever supported a tax increase and I have steadfastly opposed every local and state bond measure.”
Pedroza believes that local school and community college districts often mislead voters about their intentions, and they waste taxpayer money.
Both the Santa Ana Unified School District and the Rancho Santiago Community College District passed Project Labor Agreements after voters approved several bond measures. As Pedroza pointed out at the time, the PLAs wasted money and kept non-union contractors out of the bidding for the resulting construction projects – ironically costing local jobs and handing contracts mostly to out of town union contractors.
“The Rancho Santiago Community College District wasted millions on a training academy for deputy Sheriffs that we simply didn’t need – and more was spent at their Santiago campus, in Orange, than at Santa Ana College, which was shortchanged,” said Pedroza.
Today many school districts are trying to fool the voters again, with bond measures meant for “technology improvements.” Don’t believe them, says Pedroza. He reminds the voters that bond measures mean higher property taxes – a very bad idea in this tough economy.
The Fountain Valley School District Trustees are planning to place a technology bond measure on the November ballot. Pedroza is on the record as opposing it.
“Our elected officials need to learn to do what we do in tough times – cut back on spending. Instead they try and try to raise our taxes. It is time to say no to these tax increases,” said Pedroza.