Maria Fuentes
Candidate for San Jose/Evergreen Community College District Trustee
November 2018
Vote November 6, 2018!  If you have any questions or suggestions for community college improvement, please contact me: electmariafuentes@gmail.com
Change is needed!
Community College Services and Facilities now being provided to our community is insufficient based on our population size.  As a Trustee, I will do all within my authority to bring public education services and facilities to our community no less than being provided within other community college districts.  Unlike my opponent, I oppose leasing 27 acres of Evergreen Valley College land to a developer.  Based upon the district's current population size, the land is needed now for EVC school facilities.
Qualifications
Past Community College Board Member - 23 years
Manager with the County Mental Health Department
Social Justice Advocate
Letter to the Community
Dear Neighbors,

We are at a crossroads - many, many are challenged by the cost of living and housing affordability, yet we see tremendous growth and opportunities right here in OUR prosperous Silicon Valley.

San Jose City and Evergreen Valley Colleges must be the key for ALL to receive MORE opportunities HERE in our community!  I held this seat for 23 years.  And with your support I will continue to work for you and our community toward this goal.  Yes, this is about social justice.

Accountability - Do you know that San Jose City College and Evergreen Valley College now have direct access to the local prosperous economy?  SJECCD is a Basic Aid District, so it receives most of its funding from our property taxes rather than primarily from state funding.  Our students should see the difference, receiving more classes, programs and student services.

Access - Too many students from our community need to travel to other community colleges to receive the community college education they need....  This is expensive and time consuming.  SJCC and EVC can be 100% more competitive and provide more and better education for our students here in our community.

I bring 23 years as a former SJECCD Trustee, close to 40 years as a mental health manager and a passion for quality education for all.

I promise if I am elected, I will dedicate myself to be your representative on the SJECCD Board of Trustees to bring changes to improve our colleges - these change made in response to what students and the community are asking for from San Jose City and Evergreen Valley Colleges. Our colleges are a big answer to OUR community's better future.  Together we will build OUR better future.

Please send me an email at electmariafuentes@gmail.com with your questions and throughts.

Let's work together, we will build OUR better future.


Sincerely,

Maria Fuentes

IT's time for a change - Our community deserves quality education, efficiency, communication,
transparency and accountability.
        
Background
I was the first in my family to attend college, starting at Bakersfield Community College. From my early years, I found many opportunities to serve and advocate, including:
Served as a SJECCD Board Member for 23 years.  Served two terms as President, two terms as Vice President, chaired the Budget Committee and Diversity Committee, and two terms on the SJ/ECCD Foundation Board.
Participated in the United Farm Workers movement led by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta convinced grocery shoppers to support farm workers fighting for a union contract, decent working conditions, better pay and benefits.
Led the implementation the first County contract for outpatient and community mental services, for the county's Spanish speaking community.
Collaborated with the Asian Americans for Community Involvement organization as the agencies expanded their services to the Santa Clara County's highest need ethnic communities.
Actively participated in developing and implementing services for high mental health service needs in immigrant communities, especially individuals and families from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, in addition to Mexico, Central American and Chile,
Led teams which developed of the county's first long range mental health plan to improve serves for Asian, Latino and African American communities.
Led the development of plans for the Native American, Central American Refugee and Filipino communities.
As a manager with the County Mental Health Department, developed programs and policies to help the department become one of California's most culturally competent public mental health department.
Participated in the state-wide level to assist counties throughout California improve mental health services for ethnic communities.
Served on the Santa Clara County's Mental Health Advisory Board
Served on the Santa Clara County's Grand Jury
Served on non-profit boards
Served as a Board Member on the County Employees Management Association. (Operating Engineers Local 3)
As a student, worked as a Tutor and Counselor-aide in the EOP
Endorsements, partial list
South Bay Labor Council
American Federation of Teachers, Local 6157, Faculty at SJCC and EVC
Operating Engineers, Local 3
Group of Concerned Citizens
La Raza Round Table Foundation
Sheriff Laurie Smith
Assemblymember Kansen Chu, 29th Assembly District
Pattie Cortese, ESUHSD Board Member
Lan Nguyen, ESUHSD Board Member
Nancy Pyle, former San Jose City Council Member and former SJECCD Trustee
Fred Tovar, Council member City of Gilroy and former SJECCD Trustee
Balbir Dhillon, former SJECCD Trustee
Ron Lind, former SJECCD Trustee
Richard Hobbs, former SJECCD Trustee
Bonnie Mace, ESD Board member
Betty Martinez, Mt. Pleasant School District Board Member (dual)
Robert Reese, Former Sunnyvale City Council Member
Wesley and Chantu Lee
Patricia Ramos
Daniel and Rosa Reyes

Contact Maria Fuentes at: electmariafuentes@gmail.com
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