Joseph Rivera

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Joseph Rivera
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Board member, El Rancho Unified School District, At-large
Former incumbent
Term ends
November 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 8, 2005
Next generalNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUCLA
Master'sUCLA
Ph.D.University of Southern California
Personal
ProfessionEducational psychologist
Websites
Office website
Joseph Rivera was an member and was a candidate for an at-large seat on the El Rancho Unified School District Board of Trustees that was defeated in the general election on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Joseph Rivera is an educational psychologist that has worked in public schools throughout his career. He earned his Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, and teaching certificate from the University of California, Los Angeles. Rivera earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. He began his career as an elementary school teacher and progressed to becoming a school administrator.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: El Rancho Unified School District elections (2013)

Opposition

Joseph Rivera ran against five other candidates, including incumbent Rachel D. Canchola as well as Magdalena "Maggie" Cardenas, Fernando Centeno, Jose Lara and Aurora R. Villon for three seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.[2]

Election results

On November 5, 2013 Jose Lara, Aurora R. Villon and Rachel D. Canchola defeated three challenging candidates for three seats on the El Rancho Unified School District Board of Education.

El Rancho Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJose Lara 23.2% 1,911
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAurora R. Villon 20.9% 1,726
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRachel D. Canchola 19.5% 1,605
     Nonpartisan Magdalena "Maggie" Cardenas 13.8% 1,141
     Nonpartisan Joe Rivera 12.6% 1,043
     Nonpartisan Fernando Centeno 10% 824
Total Votes 8,250
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 12, 2013

Funding

Rivera did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Endorsements

Joseph Rivera did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

2009

On November 3, 2009, three seats on the El Rancho Unified School District Board of Education were up for election. Candidates Rachel Canchola, Joseph Rivera, and Rita Jo Ramirez defeated two challengers.

El Rancho Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRachel Canchola 29.3% 3,105
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Rivera 19.6% 2,073
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRita Jo Ramirez 19.5% 2,065
     Nonpartisan Lupe Salas 17.6% 1,859
     Nonpartisan Lorraine Morales De La O 14% 1,480
Total Votes 10,582
Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; El Rancho Unified School District Voter Information" accessed September 24, 2013

2005

El Rancho Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2005
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLupe Salas 19.2% 4,269
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph Rivera 19% 4,232
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRita Jo Ramirez 17.6% 3,911
     Nonpartisan James B. Roybal 17.5% 3,893
     Nonpartisan Allan "Al" Maciel 16.4% 3,652
     Nonpartisan Alfred Renteria, Jr. 10.3% 2,303
Total Votes 22,260

What was at stake?

Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013, including the seats of the Vice-President and Board Clerk. Incumbents Rachel Canchola and Joseph Rivera filed seeking re-election, they were opposed by four challengers.

Declining enrollment

The student enrollment of El Rancho Unified School District is expected to decrease by 400 over the next school year. This decrease will likely result in a budget decrease of $2.4 million. In order to balance the district budget, the district has been forced to lay off 19 teachers due to these budget decreases. In the 2012-13 school year, the district operated with a $3.8 million budget shortfall. When asked about these budget deficits, budget consultant Pearl Iizuka said ""We are able to meet our obligations for this year and the next two years, each year we have a deficit, but fortunately we have reserves to cover the deficit."[3]

About the district

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El Rancho Unified School District is located in the Southeast Los Angeles County, California in Pico Rivera, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 62,942 residents.[4]

Demographics

Pico Rivera 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 percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree. Pico Rivera outperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of percentage of residents living below the poverty level. The median household income in Pico Rivera was $55,632 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 10.4% of Pico Rivera residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 30.2% in California. The United States Census also showed the poverty rate in Pico Rivera was 11.5% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The United States Census also found that 66.2% of Pico Rivera residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Pico Rivera (%) California (%)
White 59.4 57.6
Black or African American 1.0 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.4 1.0
Asian 2.6 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.4
Two or More Races 3.7 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 91.2 37.6

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