Esthela Torres De Siegrist
|Esthela Torres De Siegrist|
|Board member, El Monte Union High School District, At-large|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|First elected||November 6, 2007|
|Bachelor's||University of Mexico|
|Profession||Community college professor|
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.
Esthela Torres De Siegrist ran against four other candidates for three seats in the general election on November 5, 2013. 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.
|El Monte Union High School District Board of Education, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Maria Elena Talamantes Incumbent||26.2%||3,960|
|Nonpartisan||Esthela Torres De Siegrist||25.1%||3,782|
|Source: Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, "Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 12, 2013|
De Siegrist did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
De Siegrist did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.
|El Monte Union High School District Board of Education, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2011|
|Nonpartisan||Juanita M. Gonzales||30.5%||4,552|
|Nonpartisan||Salvador Ramirez Incumbent||25.7%||3,836|
|Nonpartisan||Esthela Torres De Siegrist Incumbent||22.1%||3,297|
|Nonpartisan||Tonson W. Man||21.7%||3,246|
|Source: Smart Voter, "Governing Board Member; El Monte Union High School District Voter Information" accessed September 20, 2013|
|El Monte Union High School District Board of Education, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2007|
|Nonpartisan||Esthela Torres De Siegrist||36.9%||4,329|
|Nonpartisan||Laura C. Olvera||11.9%||1,394|
|Source: Smart Voter, "Governing Board Member; El Monte Union High School District Voter Information," accessed September 20, 2013|
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.
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."
About the districtLos 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.
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.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
- El Monte Union High School District, California
- El Monte Union High School District elections (2013)
- Esthela Torres De Siegrist, "Home," accessed August 11, 2014
- Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk, "Candidate List," accessed September 20, 2013
- San Gabriel Valley Tribune, "Hundreds of El Monte Union High School students, teachers protest proposed layoffs of 62 teachers," accessed March 6, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "El Monte, California Quick Facts" accessed August 30, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014