Bertha Rath Valenzuela

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Bertha Rath Valenzuela
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Board member, Downey Unified School District, Trustee Area 7
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
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Bertha Rath Valenzuela was a candidate for the Trustee Area 7 seat on the Downey Unified School District Board of Trustees in California. She lost during the general election on November 5, 2013. She ran on a platform supporting expanding autistic services and re-opening Pace Elementary School in Bellflower to neighborhood students.

Biography

Valenzuela is a retired official from the LA County Office of Education in Downey. She is the grandmother of children that attend Downey Unified Schools. Bertha is a neighborhood watch captain and a former Head Start volunteer.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Downey Unified School District elections (2013)

Opposition

Valenzuela ran against three candidates for the Trustee Area 7 seat on the Downey Unified School District in the general election on November 5, 2013.[2]

Election results

On November 5, 2013 candidates Martha E. Sodetani, Nancy A. Swenson and Barbara Rae Samperi were re-elected to the Downey Unified School District Board of Education.

Downey Unified School District Board of Education, Trustee Area 7 General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Rae Samperi 59.9% 387
     Nonpartisan Betty Luz Monroy 24.3% 157
     Nonpartisan Bertha Rath Valenzuela 11.1% 72
     Nonpartisan Leslie Jane Valencia 4.6% 30
Total Votes 646
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 12, 2013

Funding

Valenzuela has not reported any contributions or expenditures to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Endorsements

Valenzuela has not received any official endorsements for his campaign as of yet.

What was at stake?

Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013, including the districts of Trustee Areas 1, 5, and 7. Incumbents Martha E. Sodetani, Nancy A. Swenson and Barbara Rae Samperi filed for re-election and ran opposed contests.

Issues

Anti-bullying policy

The Downey Unified School District has updated it's anti-bullying policy to come into compliance with the Safe Place to Learn Act. This act requires that California school districts adopt policies that include words that protect bullying against perceived and actual “gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation.” As of September 18, 2012, the Downey Unified School District is in compliance with the Safe Place to Learn Act. Although in compliance, Dr. Robert Jagielski, director of student services for the Downey Unified School District commented, “What happens a lot of times with all the cuts is things fall through the cracks; there’s no one to do it. In our case, I feel strongly about what we’re doing to address bullying period.”[3]

About the district

Location

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Downey Unified School District is located in the Southeast Los Angeles County, California in Downey, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 111,772 residents.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Downey (%) California (%)
White 56.6 57.6
Black or African American 3.9 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 1.0
Asian 7.0 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.4
Two or More Races 4.1 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 70.7 37.6

Demographics

Downey underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma, and residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree. Downey outperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of percentage of residents living below the poverty level. The median household income in Downey was $59,773 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 18.8% of Downey residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.2% in California. The US Census also showed the poverty rate in Downey was 11.3% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 75.4% of Downey residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[6]

See also

Downey Unified School District, California
Downey Unified School District elections (2013)

External links

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Downey Unified School District website

References