Arianna Barrios, a Trustee for the Rancho Santiago Community College District, represents the Republican-leaning Area 7 (Orange) – but her opponent this November, Rudy Diaz, wants to make sure that the voters know that Barrios is not a Republican. In fact she is a tax and spender!
Diaz, a lifelong Republican, nailed Barrios, who is an independent, in a campaign mailer this week that highlighted just how awful she has been:
- Barrios approved a ridiculous contract for the RSCCD to consult with a project in Saudi Arabia, a country that mistreats women and minorities and regularly executes their own citizens in public spectacles – by chopping off their heads
- Barrios approved over $200,000 in extravagant travel expenditures by the RSCCD Trustees to 48 cities on five continents over the past five years. These expenditures included gourmet meals, limos and five star hotels – at taxpayer expense!
- Barrios, who makes a living as a Public Relations hack, approved $60,000 in RSCCD expenditures for a public relations spokeshole who was hired to explain the RSCCD Board’s ridiculous spending. Who did the RSCCD hire? They hired Townsend P.R. who then subcontracted out to George Urch – who is also serving as the campaign manager for Barrios’ fellow RSCCD Trustee Claudia Alvarez.
- Barrios has consistently approved $97,000 in annual benefits for the RSCCD Chancellor in addition to his $261,000 annual salary.
- Barrios, who owns a P.R. company, annually takes $30,000 in annual health insurance benefits for herself and her family and she gets paid $9,000 a year to attend only two meetings each month!
Here is Rudy Diaz’ campaign ballot statement:
As a taxpayer advocate, I am running for trustee of the Rancho Santiago CCD to make certain your tax dollars are put to use in our community and not overseas. I am opposed to the District’s plan to operate colleges in Saudi Arabia and other business ventures in places like China and India. We must put tax dollars to work for our students. My number one goal as your trustee will be to demand accountability to our community from the administration and those who serve with me.
I am a lifelong Orange county resident with no political aspirations other than to make certain we stick to the mission of a community college.
I raised my family in Orange County and spent 38 years as a county engineer. I have served and chaired both the City of Orange’s Library Board and the City’s Parks and Recreation Commission.
For my work I was honored with a proclamation from the City of Orange for community service. Additionally I received a governor’s appointment to the California Library Services Board.
I respectfully request your vote so I can make certain we follow the district’s mission and effectively serve students and residents of our community.
Diaz has been endorsed by the Concerned Orange Taxpayers and he has our endorsement as well.