Jay Blas Jacob Cabrera
|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 election||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of California, Santa Cruz|
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 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.
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|
|Nonpartisan||Catherine Crystal Foster||26.6%||9,637|
|Nonpartisan||Jay Blas Jacob Cabrera||2.8%||998|
|Source: Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, "Official Final Results," accessed December 23, 2014|
|U.S. House, California District 19 Open Primary, 2012|
|Zoe Lofgren (D) Incumbent||65.2%||60,726|
|Robert Murray (R)||23%||21,421|
|Phat Nguyen (R)||7.7%||7,192|
|Jay Blas Jacob Cabrera (NPP)||4.1%||3,829|
"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.
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.
About the district
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. 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.
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.
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 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Palo Alto Unified School District, California
- Palo Alto Unified School District elections (2014)
- California's 19th Congressional District elections, 2012
- Bio Submission to Ballotpedia, May 27, 2012
- California Secretary of State, "Official primary candidate list," accessed March 13, 2014
- California Secretary of State, "Unofficial election results," November 6, 2012 (dead link)
- The Stanford Daily, "Palo Alto middle school accused of mishandling bullying case," February 11, 2013
- San Jose Mercury News, "Palo Alto: School board candidates weigh in on controversial decision," September 12, 2014
- Palo Alto Unified School District Board of Education, "Resolution Regarding Office for Civil Rights Case Review/Appeal," June 17, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Santa Clara County, California," accessed July 3, 2013
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 22, 2014
- Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, "Past Election Results," accessed July 3, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Palo Alto Unified School District Elections|
|Santa Clara County, California|
|Election date:||November 4, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: • Jay Blas Jacob Cabrera • Gina Dalma • Ken Dauber • Catherine Crystal Foster • Terry Godfrey|
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|