While I focus on leading a positive campaign for Milpitas schools and families, the attacks against me, my character, and even my family have been relentless. Even my home was recently broken into. All of these attacks have come from supporters of my opponent, a terminated school board appointee who is backed by many outside special interests, such as developers, consultants, and garbage companies, as clearly shown on campaign finance records.
I believe that our tax money should first go to our schools and to our children, and not to private companies or special interests. That is why I am independent from them, supported by local residents, and I stand 100% for Milpitas families. Period.
In this political climate, I am appalled by the latest smear campaign tactic employed against me by my opponent’s supporter, Diana Orlando. Just like many other Milpitas families, I trust and have trusted the Milpitas school teachers and staff with the education of my two children for 11 years. That’s 10 years more than my opponent, a newcomer to our district. Yet, Diana Orlando wants you to believe that after all the time I have spent working with and trusting our school district with my children, suddenly I would attack MUSD teachers and staff? It just doesn’t make any sense. On the contrary, my campaign is about finding more resources for our schools so we can give our teachers and students the means to be successful.
Diana Orlando is clearly defaming me when she implied that I have somehow gotten MUSD staff and teachers contact info through illicit means, when they are publicly available on the district and school websites. That is how many parents communicate with our teachers and staff. That is how I have reached out to some of them when I heard that they were worried that their personal info had been leaked to my campaign. As I was never involved in the recent MUSD data breach issue, I assured teachers and staff of my full support and recognized the hard work they do every day.
Instead, my opponent’s supporters have been exploiting the data breach incident, 100% caused by the school district’s own error, into a politically-motivated call of action to all teachers to campaign in this election. Milpitas families deserve better than this constant mudslinging coming from supporters of the terminated appointee.
I want to hear from Milpitas families so that I can better serve you. I reached out to many of you using phone numbers and email addresses that are released to candidates by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters. Apparently, some MUSD employees shared their contact information with the Registrar of Voters. Here again, I am shocked that I am being singled out and defamed for using basic voter information, which all political candidates including my opponents also accesses and uses.
My communications are compliant with campaign rules. Even when voters share their information through the Registrar of Voters, they can freely and easily unsubscribe from my communication at any time. That Diana Orlando here again insinuated that I have violated the Education Code is outright false and deceitful. On the contrary, several teachers and parents had complained to me about the abuse of school resources by other teachers who are supporting my opponent, the terminated school board appointee. I even received calls from families, concerned that both teachers and students were actively recruited into campaigning. If so, this is illegal as political activity by public employees is restricted by the Education Code. Milpitas families deserve better.
It is shocking that Diana Orlando would make the assertion that a simple public records request is a waste of resources and legal costs. The right to freely access public records is a constitutional right that fosters transparency and good governance. Similarly, petitions and elections are constitutional rights that enable public participation in our democracy. It was through public records that we learned that the latest school board appointment had been derailed by a late process change without proper 72 hours public notification, falsification of board rank votes across 5 candidates, and scorecard manipulation to influence the outcome. We still haven’t had the transparent investigation that had been promised by the then school board president. We only had multiple rewritings of the facts by several school board members. So it is disingenuous to keep deflecting blame on third parties and covering up for the mistakes made by restricting information from the public.
We teach our students to follow rules, be responsible, and be open minded. I hope Diana Orlando can take a moment to reflect on her unfounded accusations and of the example of sheer disrespect for others’ opinions that some adults are setting for the children during this election. What has happened to basic human decency and honest dialogue with one another? This election clearly shows that we as a community can and must do better for our children, our future. That’s what Milpitas families deserve. And Milpitas families are the people I will serve when I join the school board.