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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Trustee, Trustee Area 5Capistrano Unified School DistrictNovember 8, 2016California General Election

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November 8, 2016California General Election

Capistrano Unified School DistrictTrustee, Trustee Area 5

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Gary Pritchard

Governing Board Member, Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 5
8,855 votes (51.9%)Winning
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Marine/Orange County Businessman
8,197 votes (48.1%)
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  • Create a fiscally sound plan for revitalizing our schools and classrooms
  • Stop Measure M, the incumbent's proposed $1.8 billion tax increase
  • Spend local tax dollars on local schools
Profession:Marine Officer/Orange County Businessperson

Aliso Viejo Deputy City Attorney Jake Vollebregt filed his candidacy for Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 5, on August 11, 2016.  He recently joined the staff of Moulton Niguel Water District.  Before joining the District, he was affiliated with the public agency law firm of Best Best & Krieger LLP in Irvine, which serves as the District's General Counsel.

Jake is also a commissioned officer in the U.S. Selected Marine Corps Reserve (SMCR).  While on active duty, Captain Vollebregt served as a federal prosecutor at Camp Pendleton and as a fiscal law attorney for base realignment in Afghanistan. 

Jake grew up in San Clemente and, like his parents, is an alum of San Clemente High School.  Prior to his military service, he earned degrees from Gonzaga University and Chapman University School of Law.

Jake is married to Jessica Vollebregt.  Jessica is a full-time physician assistant at a family practice in Laguna Beach.  They have three children, Marianne, age 5, Thomas, age 3, and Jonathan, age 1. Marianne is enrolled in a CUSD school.

As a graduate of San Clemente High School in CUSD and a lifetime resident of South Orange County, I am running to protect residents from excessive taxes and to revive CUSD schools and classrooms.  My wife and I are working parents of 3 young children.  I am committed to investing in public education so that it can continue to serve as a key driver for our community's success.  I stand for school choice and quality school programs for all students.  Trustee Area 5 includes all of Aliso Viejo and some neighborhoods in Laguna Niguel and Laguna Woods.  Area 5 includes the following school communities:

  • Don Juan Avila Elementary School
  • Canyon Vista Elementary School
  • Laguna Niguel Elementary School
  • Oak Grove Elementary School
  • Wood Canyon Elementary School
  • Aliso Viejo Middle School
  • Don Juan Avila Middle School
  • Aliso Niguel High School

To Protect Residents from CUSD's New $1.8 Billion School Facilities Tax

On August 10, 2016, the CUSD Board of Trustees created a ballot measure that would authorize the District to borrow $889 million for school facilities.  With interest, this $1.8 billion wall of taxes will be paid by residential, commercial, and personal property owners.  The Board created this proposal only two days before the filing deadline for ballot measures.  Public notification was hurried and did not include a definitive plan for where the money will be spent.

CUSD's school facilities tax measure, which will appear as "Measure 'M'" on November's ballot, is poorly prepared and demonstrates the need for new leadership at Capistrano Unified.  If the voters approve the school facilities tax, it will have a tremendous impact on housing affordability and economic growth in South Orange County.  If elected, I will advocate for protections to ensure that if debt is issued, the proceeds are spent on specific projects that benefit the neighborhoods that paid for them.  I will also work to ensure that there is a plan to repay the debt as quickly as possible.

To Revitalize Schools and Empower Teachers

Schools throughout CUSD are in need of revitalization. Teachers need adequate classrooms and campuses to inspire our children to be lifetime learners. My opponent has taken a passive role in revitalizing our campuses and too long deferred important decisions on school maintenance and repair. CUSD's lack of leadership has resulted in a poorly crafted plan to increase taxes that will hurt South County families and businesses. My opponent now proposes to borrow money to buy more temporary modular buildings to serve as classrooms.  If elected, I would work with my fellow trustees to allocate funds for the repair and maintenance of classrooms, and partner with cities and other stakeholders to finance capital investments in schools.

To Strengthen Math Instruction and Foreign Language Immersion

We are fortunate to have Spanish and Mandarin immersion programs in some of our schools.  Elementary students are in the best position to learn a foreign language, a skill that will pay dividends throughout their lives. These programs should be fostered and replicated at schools throughout the District so that more students can become fluent in a foreign language at an early age.

CUSD’s performance in math instruction has been declining for several years, and so has the ratio of District high school graduates who are college-ready.  Some families turn to private schools and tutors to make up for shortfalls within CUSD.  Others graduate unprepared.  I support college-oriented programs and stronger partnerships with junior colleges to help CUSD graduates succeed in higher education.

Email votevollebregt@gmail.com

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