Last week, a few of us met with Ellen Santiago, who is running for a seat on the County Board of Education against incumbent Grace Mah, I was positively impressed.
Her background, goals for her candidacy, and listening skill are exactly what this board needs.
She did her undergraduate work at Stanford, became a certified accountant, and got her master's degree in accounting. She has her teaching certificate and taught for about five years, mostly in middle school. Currently she works as a web content manager at Stanford University.
These are excellent qualifications for the board seat. This board oversees a large budget of about $265 million. Her accounting skills would help the board with its organizing and budgeting.
The board meetings are not televised nor on the internet. They meet once a month on Wednesdays at 5:00 p.m. in San Jose- so it is difficult for us in P.A. to keep informed of the topics being discussed by this board. The seat that Grace Mah has represents our district and several others, yet we have not been updated at all this year (except for one school board meeting this whole year!)
Ms Santiago would like to see the County Board more transparent. She would like to work to improve communications to her constituents with this problem. She suggested as something to look into streaming on the internet.
Ms. Santiago doesn't bring a predetermined agenda to her role on the County Board. She would not only bring her real education experience to the County Board, but also her high-tech experience and CPA background. I think this combination is a WIN-WIN for the districts in Trustee area 1, which includes Palo Alto.
We need better representation at the County level. Now is our opportunity to vote in an excellent representative this November!