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Why I’m Running

The Pajaro Valley Unified School District is failing too many of our students.

Our students suffer from a shortage of full-time teachers, counselors, and staff members. These shortages impact schools in Watsonville, Freedom, and Amesti, where facilities are falling apart. Some schools don’t even have clean water.

We need major reform, starting at the top. For too long we’ve had administrations that are out of touch with our community. This year the administration and board voted to fire vital staff while spending $5 million to renovate administrative offices. Unacceptable!

As a board member, I will work to trim the administration’s bloated budget and redirect that money into our classrooms.

We must raise salaries for teachers and staff so we can retain quality people.

I will fight to secure career preparation programs for good jobs in teaching, health care, and agriculture. We must build stronger partnerships with Cabrillo College and UC Santa Cruz.

Finally we must navigate the coronavirus with honesty to protect our community.

I’m the grandson of farmworkers, the son of teachers, and a UC Berkeley graduate. As California director for Food & Water Watch, I helped ban fracking in Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties to protect our water.

Now I’m ready to fight for our students!