Santa Ana Planning Commissioner Vice Chair Bruce Bauer has announced he’s a candidate for SAUSD Trustee and has the backing of current SAUSD Trustees Valerie Amezcua and John Palacio. Bauer is a lawyer and an advocate for Santa Ana bike trails; he’d bring tremendous assets to a role as an SAUSD trustee over the divisive Republican Ceci Iglesias.
Iglesias is clearly on the wrong side of so many issues, some bordering on outright bigotry — specifically, the transgendered bathroom issue. According to OC Weekly, Iglesias is now working hard to incorporate religion into Santa Ana schools with a “prayer campaign.” From the story:
“Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD) board member Cecilia “Ceci” Iglesias finds herself mired in controversy yet again. This time around, the Republican salvadoreña isn’t championing charter schools, calling gender-neutral bathrooms “creepy” in political attack videos, defending mariachi-loving Trump fans, or avoiding censure at last night’s board meeting. She’s in hot water for leading a SanTana school prayers campaign in the name of the good Lord above. “If we can’t have prayers in our Schools,” Iglesias wrote last month in a Pray for Santa Ana Schools Facebook group she belongs to, “Then we Will have Schools in our prayers.”
But did she blur the line between church and state by starting a prayer campaign at school sites? Iglesias obviously doesn’t think so, but The Freedom From Religion Foundation does, issuing a letter earlier this month to the school board member urging her to put an end to the amen. At the very least, Iglesias—who’s running for re-election to the board this year—began her public call to prayer not because of sodomites or Satanists, but after getting called out for a commencement speech flap at Segerstrom High School last month.
Needless to say, Bauer is 100 times smarter than Iglesias and is focused on policy and making Santa Ana Schools better.