Jay Blas Jacob Cabrera

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Jay Blas Jacob Cabrera
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Former candidate for
Board member, Palo Alto Unified Board of Education, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Santa Cruz
ProfessionExecutive Director
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Jay Blas Jacob Cabrera was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Palo Alto Unified Board of Education in the California general election on November 4, 2014. Jay Blas Jacob Cabrera lost the general election on November 4, 2014.

Cabrera was a 2012 Independent candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 19th Congressional District of California.


Cabrera earned his undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Biology from UC Santa Cruz. His professional career includes his work as a social entrepreneur with a non-profit, business, political organizations and grass roots community organizing with a multitude of organizations and movements, most recently including the Occupy Movement.

Cabrera ran for election to the Santa Cruz City Council in 2008. He ran again in 2010 for the California State Assembly's 24th District as a write-in candidate. He then ran for San Francisco Mayor in 2011 as a write-in candidate.[1]



See also: Palo Alto Unified School District elections (2014)


The election in Palo Alto Unified featured two seats up for general election on November 4, 2014. There was no primary election.

Candidates Ken Dauber, Catherine Crystal Foster, Jay Blas Jacob Cabrera, Gina Dalma and Terry Godfrey ran for election. Dauber and Godfrey won election to the two seats by defeating Foster, Cabrera and Dalma. No incumbents filed for re-election.


Palo Alto Unified School District, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKen Dauber 29.5% 10,709
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTerry Godfrey 27.1% 9,837
     Nonpartisan Catherine Crystal Foster 26.6% 9,637
     Nonpartisan Gina Dalma 14% 5,077
     Nonpartisan Jay Blas Jacob Cabrera 2.8% 998
Total Votes 36,258
Source: Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, "Official Final Results," accessed December 23, 2014


See also: California's 19th Congressional District elections, 2012

Cabrera ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent California's 19th District. He was defeated in the open primary on June 5, 2012.[2][3]

U.S. House, California District 19 Open Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngZoe Lofgren (D) Incumbent 65.2% 60,726
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Murray (R) 23% 21,421
Phat Nguyen (R) 7.7% 7,192
Jay Blas Jacob Cabrera (NPP) 4.1% 3,829
Total Votes 93,168

Campaign themes


Cabrera stated the following about his political philosophy in a biographical submission to Ballotpedia.[1]

"This is a difficult one to answer shortly, but simply stated my goal is the transformation of governance structures from our 200 year old slow and bureaucratic system, into one that is based on interactive technologies to bring our governance structures into the 21st century. If successful, when my work is complete, our government will function at the fast and accelerating pace that our society is currently functioning at, with non-stop real-time interactivity utilizing the internet, cell phones, and snail mail."

What was at stake?

Issues in the district

Board cites errors in OCR bullying case

During the 2012-2013 school year, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) found that a middle school in the Palo Alto Unified School District had mishandled a bullying case involving a special education student. At the time, district officials agreed to sign a resolution agreement with the OCR to avoid any government intervention, but a few months after signing, district officials reported investigation errors in the agreement and asked the OCR for further review. After a year of expressed willingness from the OCR without any response other than to deny the district access to investigation records, the Palo Alto Unified Board of Education passed what was deemed a "controversial" resolution by local media outlets to advance the district's appeal for review in June 2014. The full resolution can be found here.[4][5][6]

At a candidate forum on September 11, 2014, the five candidates who ran for the two open at-large seats on the Palo Alto Unified Board of Education weighed in on the decision to pass the resolution. Catherine Crystal Foster was in the minority when she said she did not feel she was in a position to have an opinion on the decision, but that if the allegations listed against the OCR were true, she would have reluctantly voted to pass it. Ken Dauber, Jay Blas Jacob Cabrera, Gina Dalma and Terry Godfrey all said they would have rejected the resolution.[5]

About the district

See also: Palo Alto Unified School District, California
Palo Alto Unified School District is located in Santa Clara County, California.

Palo Alto Unified School District is located in Santa Clara County, California. The county seat is San Jose. Santa Clara County is home to 1,862,041 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[7] In the 2011-2012 school year, Palo Alto Unified School District was the 134th-largest school district by enrollment in California and served 12,205 students.[8]


Santa Clara County outperformed the rest of California in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 46 percent of Santa Clara County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 30.5 percent for California as a whole. The median household income for Santa Clara County was $90,747 compared to $61,400 for the entire state. The percentage of people below poverty level for Santa Clara County was 9.7 percent while it was 15.3 percent statewide.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
Race Santa Clara County (%) California (%)
White 57.6 73.7
Black or African American 2.9 6.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.4 1.7
Asian 33.7 13.9
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5 0.5
Two or more race 3.9 3.6
Hispanic or Latino 26.9 38.2

Presidential Voting Pattern, Santa Clara County[9]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 450,818 174,843
2008 462,241 190,039
2004 386,100 209,094
2000 332,490 188,750

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[10]

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