OC Board of Education Candidates Fight Over Each Other's Ballot Designations

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It happens every election: In an effort to clinch enough votes for the big win, candidates bark, bicker and bite. We're talking the pettiest politics possible: ballot designations, with the latest skirmish being the race for the Orange County Board of Education First District seat, which covers Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, parts of Garden Grove as well as Tustin.

Incumbent Long Pham is stepping down, and four candidates are now vying for his position, with one of them claiming the other two are unqualified. Eleazar Elizondo, a Democratic campaign consultant and former Santa Ana elementary school teacher, alleges that his other opponents, infamous local blogger Art Pedroza and Robert Morris-Hammond, are misleading the public vis-à-vis the titles they put on their ballot designations. Pedroza wrote down "community college teacher"; Hammond, who has home schooled children for the last eight years, calls himself a "teacher/Orange County business owner."

Both are unqualified to call themselves teachers, according to Elizondo (who designated himself as "public affairs consultant") because the law doesn't allow a candidate to call himself a teacher if he hasn't practiced teaching in the past year.

Elizondo complained to the Orange County Registrar of Voters, demanding they investigate Pedroza and Hammond's qualifications as teachers. The Registrar, which doesn't have the authority to investigate whether candidates are teachers or not, allowed Pedroza to keep his title, and requested Hammond, who has home schooled children for the past eight years, change his title from "Orange County teacher" to simply "teacher" so voters don't assume he's affiliated with the public school system. The Registrar allowed Hammond to keep his title after that change, because he received certification from the state in order to home school, but that "doesn't make you a teacher any more than giving your kids cough syrup makes you a doctor," said Elizondo.

As for Pedroza, the Registrar wrote in a response to Elizondo that "as an adjunct instructor, [Pedroza] does teach." Pedroza has been a part-time, adjunct safety instructor for the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America apprenticeship program at Cerritos College since 2003.

"For Eleazar to imply that vocational instruction is somehow lesser is pretty funny," he said. Pedroza asserts that career education falls under the Orange County Department of Education, thereby qualifying him as a teacher. Many of his students are monolingual Latino workers, who for the most part "aren't going to get a regular college degree but they're hard working." He said he took a class in education before he started teaching at the community college.

"I have a pretty good ballot designation and [Elizondo's] isn't that great," said Pedroza. "When you run for board of education, you want to try to get the word teacher in there."

Pedroza and Morris-Hammond successfully did just that. Unsatisfied, Elizondo, took to the courts, without noticing that he missed the March 23 deadline to officially challenge his opponents leaving him with the last option of campaigning until the June 5, 2012 election date, where the candidate with the highest, though not the majority, number of votes wins.

"These guys are misrepresenting themselves and getting away with it," Elizondo said. "Part of the government is going along with it and the truth is they're not doing anything about it."
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Junior
Junior

Dan, I'll take this one, since I actually live and vote in Santa Ana. There are several things wrong here: 1) We don't like Gay people in Santa Ana.2) We (the white minority) Don't like Hispanics.3) We would rather you die a painful death from Cancer than get some relief from pot.4) Mater Dei is an institution. It is the communities responsibility to support it.5) F$^K Social Justice. We don't need a bunch of "Free Lunch" liberals in our town. Especially like Eleazar Elizondo.

I was walking my dog Mercedes yesterday, and even though she's old and brown, she still likes to sniff my balls. Thats what dogs do!

So leave it alone Dan, let real liberals like Greg work this thing, you need to stick to Beth Cumb and her dishonest ways.

 

Junior
Junior

Yasmin,

My blog handle has been hijacked - I am junior. Some really mean and nasty person posted this comment which disparages me and my family. It is a lie.

I respectfully request that you take this comment down. You can check with Gustavo, he knows that I would not post something like that.

Thank you,junior

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Yeah, idiots: you're not Junior aka NG Coot. Let the idiot have his say, but don't pretend to be him lest I ban you.

Dan Chmielewski
Dan Chmielewski

Nice sockpuppetry!  But you gave yourself away in the first line.

So you'd prefer the morally and financially bankrupt (twice) Art Pedroza in this race? 

cook
cook

You would think that a school board who's job is to over see the management and teaching staff of the districts, that it would be a conflict of interest for a member of the staff or teaching personal to hold that job.

Pretty soon we will have lifer's in prison demand to be elected to the prison boards based on their expericances.

Jake
Jake

Cook, it is a conflict of interest.  See Education Code Section 1006(a).

1006.  (a) Any registered voter is eligible to be a member of the county board of education except the county superintendent of schools, any member of his staff, or any employee of a school district.

Wallace The Pool Guy
Wallace The Pool Guy

Greg Diamond reminds me of Howard Kieffer.

You remember Howie, he was the democratic insider who worked closely with Loretta Sanchez's campaign before getting run off.

He too was a Fat Jewish blohard with a mail-order wife. Howard would constantly berate people  with whom he disagreed, Drowning them with mundane facts and irrellevent counterpoints. He poisoned the blogs and the neighborhood with his filth and diatribe until he was exposed and everyone began to distance themselves.

The big difference is Howard is getting Butt Fucked in Federal Prison, while Diamond sits in a rented two bedroom apartment in Brea hiding behind a keyboard. I guess the ass reaming doesn't sound so bad!

Don't take guys like Diamond seriously.

Dan Chmielewski
Dan Chmielewski

Nice racism here.  Fat Jews..mail order wives...what time is your KKK meeting? I actually don't take guys like you seriously.

Wallace The Pool Guy
Wallace The Pool Guy

I said "Jewish" not jew. I was not being derogatory, I was being descriptive, further, what makes you think that he bought a foriegn wife. There are plenty of heffers from.....New york or Oklahoma that are for sale, just check out Backpage!

Who are you anyway?

Dan Chmielewski
Dan Chmielewski

I'm unemployed? That will be quite a shock to the six people who work for me.  Thanks for reading my blog and don't forget to put your bigotry in ALL CAPS.

LAPBANDDAN
LAPBANDDAN

My name is Dan!

I have a Sheriffs card. I am an unemployed stay at home Dad, who runs a pretend business out of my wifes house mister! She has been on Dancing With The Stars!  HA!

OK it's true, NOBODY reads my blog, but who would. Once I find out who you are, I'll send shit to your Mom's house, call you and harass you and even have my friend sue you.

As for GAYS, My Al is gay (he just doesn't know it yet), My best lil' buddy is too. Plus, I have a a GAY FRIEND who actually WORKS AT THE SANTA ANA REGISTER! He lives someplace else, but he has his...........on the pulse of the Latin gay movement that's trying to take over Santa Ana.

SO next time you wanna pick a fight buster, pick on somebody else, I may be too FAT, STUPID and lazy to lose weight on my own, but I dress up like Batman, My lil' buddy like robin and then we play all night. Andy can be Alfred!

In other words: That guy was right: I am a FAT, Unemployed Loser who projects liberal values, allthe while raising my kids in ultra conservative Irvine. Mexicans are fine and really cool (did you see Spanglish), they just belong in Santa Ana, where Chris, Dan, Andrew, Vern and Greg DON'T.

Gericault
Gericault

Pedroza....is Pedroza, but this Hammond guy is what bothers me......He's "Home-schooled" his kids for eight years and now wants to be in the Board of Ed????  Give me a break. You want to work on making our schools better , you enroll your kids, saddle up and get involved. You don't run away and hide.....then think you are more qualified to come in and tell everybody how to do it. That whole attitude just sticks in my craw.

Gwenniecat
Gwenniecat

Elizondo should use the ballot designation of Sissy-La-La or Cry Baby.  Gee Whiz!  Grow a pair and act like a man.

My advice to Elizondo is to forget about Pedroza and Hammond and worry about your own campaign. The clock is ticking.

Greg Diamond
Greg Diamond

Yasmin, check out page 60 of that voter guide.  If you believe that a substantial amount of the each of their income comes from teaching -- or "teaching" -- then you have another interesting story.  The requirements for listing a profession or occupation are laid out there.

CARPETBAGGER
CARPETBAGGER

Thats the fewest words I've ever seen you use counsler.

I am still waiting for you to "COME GET ME" Chmeliewinski style. Like you threatened. You are a paper tiger just like your buddy Dan and his houseboy.

Hey speaking of Houseboy, when exaclty is Julio going to come out and admit he is GAY. The reason he didn't want to show his lisence is because it was his jilted BOYFRIENDS house. Sounds preety OC to me. Lying about sex. thats the Tom Daly, Carlos Bustamonte, Tom Umberg, Jordan Brandman or Mike Duvall way.

What a piece of work you are.

gattisBoy
gattisBoy

All Elizondo has to do is print out copies of Pedroza's bankruptcy filing to remind voters he owes $95,000 in unpaid student loans and is still paying back tax for. 2008. Then the's the whole NAMBLA thing. How does Pedroza pay his bills?

Slamterpet
Slamterpet

Thanks Dan. GROW UP.

Dan Chmielewski
Dan Chmielewski

Grow up for what, my post on TheLiberalOC that was completely factual?  (It's TheLiberalOC and not OC liberal FYI....)

RNguyen79
RNguyen79

Did you read that story about Pedroza on OC liberal? OMG!!!

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