Hacienda La Puente Unified School District elections (2013)

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2013 Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
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Hacienda La Puente Unified School District
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Three seats on the School Board for Hacienda La Puente Unified School District were up for district wide elections that were held on November 5, 2013. Penny Fraumeni, Joseph K. Chang and Anthony Duarte defeated Jeffrey De La Torre, Henry E. Gonzales and Bryan Coreas for three at-large seats.

About the district

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Hacienda La Puente Unified School District is located in the Southeast Los Angeles County, California in Industry, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, Los Angeles is home to 3,792,621 residents.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Los Angeles (%) California (%)
White 49.8 57.6
Black or African American 9.6 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 1.0
Asian 11.3 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.4
Two or More Races 4.6 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 48.5 37.6

Demographics

Los Angeles underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, of percentage of residents living below the poverty level, and 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. Los Angeles outperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a Bachelor's degree. The median household income in Los Angeles was $50,028 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 30.5% of Pico Rivera 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 Los Angeles was 20.2% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 73.9% of Los Angeles residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.[3]

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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[4]


Method of board member selection

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District School Board consists of five members, all of whom are elected to four year terms. All board members represent the district at large. Board member terms are staggered so that at least two members, but no more than three are to be elected each odd numbered year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. There are no primary elections. Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. The two remaining seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.

Elections

2013

Candidates

Election results

On November 5, 2013 candidates Penny Fraumeni, Joseph K. Chang, and G. Anthony Duarte defeated three challengers.

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPenny Fraumeni 22.8% 3,097
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph K. Chang 21.3% 2,905
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngG. Anthony Duarte 19.7% 2,676
     Nonpartisan Jeffrey De La Torre 13.9% 1,892
     Nonpartisan Henry E. Gonzales 13% 1,767
     Nonpartisan Bryan Coreas 9.3% 1,270
Total Votes 13,607
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" Accessed December 12, 2013

Funding

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Election history

2011

On November 8, 2011, two seats on the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Board of Education were up for election. Candidates Jay F. Chen and Gino M. Kwok defeated four challengers.

Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2011, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJay F. Chen 33.2% 4,155
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGino M. Kwok 26.2% 3,272
     Nonpartisan Gloria Alderete 23.8% 2,976
     Nonpartisan Cindy Greenup 12.2% 1,521
     Nonpartisan Sandra Mary "Sandy" (Silversmith) Keat 3.8% 473
     Nonpartisan Rudolph C. Obad 0.9% 111
Total Votes 12,508
Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; Hacienda La Puente Unified School District Voter Information" Accessed September 24, 2013

What was at stake?

Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013, including the seat of the Board Clerk. Incumbents Anthony Duarte and Dr. Joseph K. Chang filed seeking re-election, they were opposed by four challengers.

Issues

District Attorney’s Investigation Probe

On September 19, 2013 District Attorney Jackie Lacey sent a letter requesting the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District present documents including economic interest forms filed by school board members Gino Kwok and Dr. Joseph Chang. The forms declare gifts or other compensation received from outsiders. The letter also requested forms related to a report on possible wrongdoing of the foreign exchange student program. The report detailed accounts of students being exposed to physical and verbal abuse as well as host homes with inadequate food and heating. The report is set to focus on four trips Chang took to China with former school board member, Norman Hsu. Hus is listed as the CEO of BELA Educational Group listed as paying for three of the four trips. BELA is a private company that charges students to attend local high schools. BELA would collect approimately $15,000 or more for a student to attend a local high school. Hacienda La Puente USD had one of the lowest tution fees at $12,900 with the board voting against raising tuition to $14,000, a vote which Chang and Kwok voted against. Hacienda La Puente hosted about 20 foreign exchange students from China. Chinese families pay about $30,000, including $15,000 for tuition, fees for SAT prep classes, visa processing, and room and board. Hsu served on the Hacienda La Puente school board for over 20 years, but declared he was not involved in any of the activities within the school district. At the September 25, 2013 meeting of the HLPUSD School Board, the board scheduled a censure of board member Chang.[5][6]

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the El Rancho Unified School District election in 2013:[7]

Deadline Event
July 15, 2013 First day to file a petition of candidacy
August 9, 2013 Close of filing period for petition of candidacy
October 21, 2013 Last day to register to vote in school election
October 29, 2013 Final day to apply to vote by mail
November 5, 2013 Election Day

Additional elections on the ballot

The ballot for the November 5, 2013 election in Los Angeles County also featured elections for local and municipal positions, such as elections for City Clerk, City Treasurer, Mayor and City Council.[8]

See also

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