|Board member, Azusa Unified School District, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|High school||Marshall Fundamental|
|Bachelor's||University of California, Los Angeles|
Linda Bermudez is a Community Outreach & Youth Programs Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity. She graduated from Marshall Fundamental High School and received her Bachelor's degree from University of California, Los Angeles. Bermudez is currently enrolled in a graduate school at the University of Southern California.
On November 5, 2013, Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez, Helen Jaramillo and Paul Naccachian defeated six challenging candidates for three seats on the Azusa Unified School District Board of Education.
|Azusa Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez Incumbent||18%||1,097|
|Nonpartisan||Lisa B. Harrington||12.4%||757|
|Nonpartisan||Johnny Ramos Sanchez||10.7%||650|
|Nonpartisan||Debbie Ann Kindred||6%||364|
|Nonpartisan||Russell Bryan Rentschler||5.1%||308|
|Nonpartisan||Veronika R. Delvaux||4.5%||275|
|Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 12, 2013|
Bermudez did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
Linda Bermudez received endorsements from the following:
- Dr. Ed Hernandez, State Senator
- Robert Gonzales, Azusa Councilmember
- Angel Carrillo, Azusa Councilmember
- Yolanda Pena, Azusa School Board Member
- Rosemary Garcia, Azusa School Board President
- Sue Keith, Citrus College Board of Trustees President
- Joanne Montgomery, Citrus College Board of Trustees Secretary
- Michael Touhey, Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District Board Director (Division 4)
- Carlos Goytia, Director Div.1 Three Valleys Municipal Water District
- Teamsters Joint Council 42
What was at stake?
Three at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Only incumbent Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez filed seeking re-election.
Azusa Unified School District has experienced a significant decrease in student enrollment since the 2006-07 school year. During the 2006-07 school year 11,353 students were enrolled at Azusa Unified schools, while in the 2011-12 school year 10,163 students were enrolled. The decrease of almost 1,200 students has resulted in decreased funding from both state and federal sources. In order to combat some of the problems associated with the decreased enrollment, Alice Ellington Elementary has been updated to accommodate students in grades K-8.
About the district
Azusa 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 Azusa was $53,826 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 20.2% of Azusa 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 Azusa was 18.2% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The United States Census also found that 76.2% of Azusa residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.
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- US Census Bureau, "Azusa, California Quick Facts" accessed August 30, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Azusa, California Quick Facts," accessed August 30, 2013
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