Florencio Briones

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Florencio Briones
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Former candidate for
Board member, El Monte Union High School District, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
High schoolMountain View High School
Master'sPepperdine University
ProfessionEducation technology specialist
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Florencio Briones was a candidate for an at-large seat on the El Monte Union High School District Board of Trustees that was defeated in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Florencio Briones is an education technology specialist for Windward School in Mar Vista, he had previously served in the same position for the El Monte Union High School District. Briones graduated from Mountain View High School.



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


Florencio Briones ran against four other candidates including Edward Guerrero, Ricardo Padilla, Maria Elena Talamantes and Esthela Torres De Siegrist for three seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.[1]

Election results

On November 5, 2013, Maria Elena Talamantes, Esthela Torres De Siegrist and Ricardo Padilla defeated two challenging candidates 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, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMaria Elena Talamantes 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 Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 12, 2013


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


Florencio Briones received endorsements from South El Monte Mayor Pro Tem Angelica Garcia, El Monte Union High School District Board members Carlos Salcedo, Catherine Eredia, and Mountain View School District Board of Education Clerk Adam Carranza.[2]

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.

Teacher layoffs

On March 6, 2013, hundreds of students, teachers, and parents protested outside and within a Board of Education meeting to protest the proposed layoff of 62 teachers to cover a $5.5 million budget shortfall. The district has experienced a budget decrease of nearly $65 million over a 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

Florencio Briones
El Monte Union High School District is located in the Southeast Los Angeles County, California in El Monte, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 113,475 residents.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
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


El Monte underperforms 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. 11.1% of El Monte 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 El Monte was 22.0% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 53.2% of El Monte residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[6]

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