Esthela Torres De Siegrist

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This article is about Esthela Torres De Siegrist, an at-large member of the El Monte Union High School District Board of Trustees. For people with a similar name, see Esthela Siegrist.

Esthela Torres De Siegrist
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Board member, El Monte Union High School District, At-large
Incumbent
Term ends
2017
Years in position 0
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 6, 2007
Next general2017
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Mexico
Master'sPepperdine University
Personal
ProfessionCommunity college professor
Websites
Campaign website
Esthela Torres De Siegrist is an at-large member of the El Monte Union High School District Board of Trustees. She won the general election on November 5, 2013. She also served on the board from 2007 to 2011.

Biograpghy

Esthela Torres De Siegrist earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Mexico and her master's degree from Pepperdine University. She is a community college professor.

She and her husband, David, have three children who were educated in the district and three grandchildren enrolled in district schools. She has served as the president of numerous community organizations, including the American Legion Auxiliary, the Pasadena City College Parent Teacher Association and the San Gabriel Valley District Women’s Club.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: El Monte Union High School District elections (2013)

Opposition

Esthela Torres De Siegrist ran against four other candidates for three seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.[2] Maria Elena Talamantes, Esthela Torres De Siegrist and Ricardo Padilla defeated two challengers for three seats on the El Monte Union High School District Board of Education.

Results

El Monte Union High School District Board of Education, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMaria Elena Talamantes Incumbent 26.2% 3,960
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEsthela Torres De Siegrist 25.1% 3,782
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRicardo Padilla 23.6% 3,559
     Nonpartisan Florencio Briones 13.2% 1,999
     Nonpartisan Edward Guerrero 11.9% 1,788
Total Votes 15,088
Source: Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, "Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 12, 2013

Funding

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

Endorsements

De Siegrist did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.

2011

El Monte Union High School District Board of Education, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJuanita M. Gonzales 30.5% 4,552
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSalvador Ramirez Incumbent 25.7% 3,836
     Nonpartisan Esthela Torres De Siegrist Incumbent 22.1% 3,297
     Nonpartisan Tonson W. Man 21.7% 3,246
Total Votes 14,931
Source: Smart Voter, "Governing Board Member; El Monte Union High School District Voter Information" accessed September 20, 2013

2007

El Monte Union High School District Board of Education, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2007
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEsthela Torres De Siegrist 36.9% 4,329
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSalvador Ramirez 25.7% 3,016
     Nonpartisan Frank Ogaz 25.4% 2,981
     Nonpartisan Laura C. Olvera 11.9% 1,394
Total Votes 11,720

What was at stake?

Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013, including the seat of the President. Only incumbent Maria Elena Talamantes filed seeking re-election.

Issues

Teacher layoffs

On March 6, 2013, hundreds of students, teachers and parents protested outside and within a board meeting to oppose the proposed layoff of 62 teachers to cover a $5.5 million budget shortfall. The district experienced a budget decrease of nearly $65 million over the previous five-year period. The district then increased the number of teacher layoffs to 72 due to some teachers sharing the same hire date. Board member Juanita Gonzalez voted against the layoffs and said, "Our backs are up against a wall, so we're trying to put out a fire that's been there for years at this time instead of taking care of it year by year and now it's hurting a lot of people, and that's not a way to run a school district."[3]

About the district

See also: El Monte Union High School District, California
El Monte Union High School District is located in Los Angeles County, California
El Monte Union High School District is located in Los Angeles County, California in El Monte, California. Los Angeles County is the largest county in California. El Monte is home to 113,475 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4]

Demographics

El Monte underperformed compared to the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, 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. The median household income in El Monte was $41,820 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. Only 11.1 percent of El Monte residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.2 percent in California. The United States Census Bureau also showed the poverty rate in El Monte was 22.0 percent compared to 14.4 percent for the entire state. The United States Census Bureau also found that 53.2 percent of El Monte residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to 80.8 percent in California.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race El Monte (%) California (%)
White 38.8 57.6
Black or African American 0.8 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 1.0
Asian 25.1 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.4
Two or More Races 3.2 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 69.0 37.6

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5]

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