The Faculty Association of Rancho Santiago Community College District announced their endorsements for the 2012 general election this morning. In addition the Association issued recommendations on the bond initiative for the college district and three statewide initiatives.
From the release:
The Faculty Association of Rancho Santiago Community College District has chosen to make the following endorsements for the upcoming elections this November:
- Nelida M. Yanez – Rancho Santiago Community College Board of Trustees – Area 3
- Mark McLoughlin – Rancho Santiago Community College Board of Trustees – Area 5
- R. David Chapel – Rancho Santiago Community College Board of Trustees – Area 5
- Measure Q – Santa Ana College Bond Measure
- State Proposition 30 (Support)
- State Proposition 32 (Oppose)
- State Proposition 38 (Oppose)
“Nelida M. Yanez is a longtime Santa Ana resident who has three different A.A. degrees from Santa Ana College, is a veteran who proudly served her country with the U.S. Army, and has a broad base of community endorsements and support for her campaign effort,” said Dr. Barry Resnick, President of the Faculty Association. “She will be an excellent addition to the Rancho Santiago Community College Board of Trustees. We are honored to support her.”
“Mark McLoughlin and R. David Chapel are incumbent members of the Rancho Santiago Community College District Board of Trustees who have both done an outstanding job representing the District, its students, and the faculty,” continued Resnick. “Unfortunately, they live in the same neighborhood and were placed in the same trustee area during the District’s recent redistricting process. We chose to support them both and look forward to continuing to work together with the victor.”
“Santa Ana College is one the oldest community college campuses in the state,” said Resnick. “Successful voter passage of Measure Q is vital to our effort to update our aging classrooms, science labs, library, and computer systems. It will also help us create an important Science Center for state-of-the-art courses in biology, chemistry, and physical sciences.”
The Faculty Association of Rancho Santiago Community College District represents over 300 full-time professors and over 500 adjunct faculty at Santa Ana College, Santiago Canyon College, Centennial Education Center, and the Orange Education Center.
It’s good to see that the Faculty Association saw through the B.S. that Santa Ana Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez has been spreading about her alleged commitment to education and endorsed both of her opponents. While it may be likely that the endorsement has more to do with the existing working relationship that the Association has with two incumbent trustees, the snub of Alvarez may also have something to do with their distrust of an elected official who cost the jurisdiction she represent thousands of dollars by filing a frivolous lawsuit in a petulant attempt to get her way.