Paul Naccachian

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Paul Naccachian
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Board member, Azusa Unified School District, At-large
Term ends
November 2017
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of California
J.D.Quinnipiac University
Ph.D.Pepperdine University
ProfessionUniversity professor, business owner
Campaign website
Paul Naccachian was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Azusa Unified School District Board of Trustees that was first elected in the general election on November 5, 2013. Naccachian campaigned on a platform supporting learning through the arts, transparency, and community involvement.


Paul Naccachian is a university professor, owner and primary consultant of Collaborative Solutions. Prior to serving in these roles he was an attorney and served as a mediator for several community organizations. He earned his Bachelor's degree from the University of California before attending and graduating from the Quinnipiac University School of Law. He also earned a post-doctoral degree in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University. Naccachian is also the founder of the non-profit organization Beyond Vision United, coordinator of Restorative Justice Program with Pepperdine University, and served as President of the Downtown Business Association.



See also: Azusa Unified School District elections (2013)

Paul Naccachian ran against eight other candidates including incumbent Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez for three seats in the general election on November 5, 2013.[1]

Election results

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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngXilonin Cruz-Gonzalez Incumbent 18% 1,097
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHelen Jaramillo 15.2% 929
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Naccachian 14.8% 903
     Nonpartisan Linda Bermudez 13.3% 811
     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
Total Votes 6,094
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns" accessed December 12, 2013


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


Paul Naccachian did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.


On November 8, 2011, two seats on the Azusa Unified School District Board of Education were up for election. Candidates Burke Hamilton and Yolanda Rodriguez Pena defeated two challengers.

Azusa Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2011, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBurke Hamilton 25.9% 937
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngYolanda Rodriguez Pena 25.8% 931
     Nonpartisan Ilean M. Ochoa 24.2% 876
     Nonpartisan Paul Naccachian 24.1% 869
Total Votes 3,613
Source: Smart, "Governing Board Member; Azusa Unified School District Voter Information" accessed September 4, 2013

Campaign themes

Student Support

As your school board member I will support programs that will:

Create classroom teaching environments where children can develop critical thinking skills.

Provide enrichment activities and opportunities to motivate and challenge our students.

Implement transition links to Community Colleges and Vocational Training programs that will expose students to careers in Criminal Justice, Graphic Design and Entrepreneurship. We also need to teach e skills in Money Management and the tools to start a new business.

Build a network of support for students and parents. Develop Mentorship and Peer-to-Peer Programs

Provide a hostile-free environment for all students where bullying is addressed and not tolerated especially through texting and other social media.

Develop Computer Proficiency Program. It is estimated that over 70 percent of future jobs will require the competency in the use of computers. We all know that when our children graduate they will need to use computers in almost any profession they choose. If they decide to become a lawyer, a mechanic, or a farmer, they will need computer skills. The sooner they are exposed to computers and given regular practice, the more proficient they will be.

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

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.


Declined enrollment

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.[2]

About the district

See also: Azusa Unified School District, California
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Azusa Unified School District is located in the Southeast Los Angeles County, California in Azusa, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 47,407 residents.[3]


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.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Azusa (%) California (%)
White 57.6 57.6
Black or African American 3.2 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.2 1.0
Asian 8.7 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.4
Two or More Races 4.7 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 67.6 37.6

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