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Francisco Javier Orozco

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Francisco Javier Orozco
Francisco Javier Orozco.jpg
Former candidate for
Board member, Compton Unified School District, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
High schoolDominguez High School
ProfessionUniversity student
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Francisco Javier Orozco was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees that was up for general election on November 5, 2013.


Francisco Javier Orozco is a university student currently studying at California State University, Los Angeles. He is a graduate of Dominguez High School.



See also: Compton Unified School District elections (2013)

Francisco Javier Orozco ran against twelve other candidates including incumbents Mae Thomas, Satra D. Zurita and Margie N. Garrett for four seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.[1]

Election results

On November 5, 2013, Satra D. Zurita, Mae Thomas, Margie N. Garrett and Charles Davis defeated nine candidates for four seats on the Compton Unified School District Board of Education.

Compton Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2013, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSatra D. Zurita 15.4% 2,385
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMae Thomas Incumbent 14.2% 2,200
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMargie N. Garrett Incumbent 13.3% 2,058
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCharlie Davis Incumbent 12% 1,851
     Nonpartisan Stephany A. Ortega 7% 1,080
     Nonpartisan Carol Ann Bradley 6.7% 1,041
     Nonpartisan William T. Kemp 5.9% 908
     Nonpartisan Joseph L. Lewis 5.4% 843
     Nonpartisan Francisco Javier Orozco 5.4% 838
     Nonpartisan Yolanda Hernandez Lopez 4.2% 645
     Nonpartisan Tomas Carlos 4.1% 637
     Nonpartisan Diana Padilla 3.5% 541
     Nonpartisan Cierra Amber Evans 2.9% 441
Total Votes 15,468
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 12, 2013


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


Francisco Javier Orozco did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

Campaign themes

Promoting involvement of teachers and parents in policy decision

There is a very poor showing of parents to school board meetings. In order to keep a healthy and productive School District functioning, the community must be informed. Teachers must be allowed to voice their opinions as educated professionals and mentors to our youth. They do the work and know firsthand what resources to recommend and request. There are many issues we must face, and the only way to arrive at sound resolutions is through an active and inclusive district.

Provide additional staff assistance to remedial and crowded classrooms

We have teachers who cannot teach because they must focus their energy on calming the class. We must hire more assistant teachers for each remedial class. This will relieve teacher stress, keep students out of trouble, and improve their chances at a more productive life.

Increased field trips that emphasize topics learned in the classroom

We live in the hub of the second largest city in the US, why not take advantage of the resources and historical locations here in Los Angeles? The classroom doesn’t exist in one place, and students are constantly learning. We can find the money to fund more field trips; it is not a waste of money, it is an investment in our children.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

Four at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013, including the seats of the Vice-President and Clerk. Incumbents Margie N. Garrett and Satra D. Zurita sought re-election.


Racial profiling lawsuit

On May 13, 2013 a group of students and parents filed a federal lawsuit against Compton Unified School District, alleging school police used excessive force and racially profiled Latino students and parents. The suit also alleges school police deliberately targeted Catarino Garcia and notified immigration officials resulting in Garcia's deportation after Garcia went to the school police station to file a complaint against an officer. Another plaintiff, Raquel Espinoza, alleges excessive force and that she was targeted for being a parent activist after she and her son were arrested outside Compton High School after an alleged fight involving her son. A bystander Victor Lopez filmed the incident with his iPod and had his nose broken, was pepper-sprayed and arrested on charges of assaulting an officer and resisting arrest.[2]

Lack of Latino representation

Latinos make up the majority of Compton residents and 78.8% of the student body, yet the Compton Unified School District School Board has no Latino member on the board. Several suits have resulted from this lack of representation alleging a violation of the Voter's Rights Act. A 2010 lawsuit alleged that the at-large elections system dilutes the voting power of Latino residents.[3]

About the district


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Compton Unified School District is located in the Southcentral Los Angeles County, California in Compton, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 96,455 residents.[4]


Compton 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 Compton was $43,311 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 7.0% of Compton 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 Compton was 24.9% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The United States Census also found that 75.7% of Compton residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Compton (%) California (%)
White 25.9 57.6
Black or African American 32.9 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 1.0
Asian 0.3 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.7 0.4
Two or More Races 3.4 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 65.0 37.6

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