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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Emery Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Cruz J. Vargas

Parent/Marketing Executive
2,500 votes (40.34%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • - UNITE., NOT DIVIDE. Focus on the shared objective of improving our schools to bring families, teachers and leaders closer together.
  • - EMPOWER OUR TEACHERS. Give teachers and administrators the tools and resources to bring the best out of our children. Let's remove all unnecessary distractions.
  • - IMPROVE TEST SCORES. Together, we'll increase family participation as our school is only as good our families.



Profession:Parent / Marketing Professional
Vice-president of Marketing, (2016–current)
Loyalty Marketing, Xoom, a Paypal service (2010–2016)


University of California, Berkeley Bachelor's degree, Business Administration (2003)
Lazaro Cardenas in Tijuana, Mexico High School, International Baccalaureate Diploma (1999)

Community Activities

Volunteer Soccer Coach, Emeryville Community Services (2015–2015)


Please visit to learn more about me and my platform. 

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California Education Fund (1)

A recent law made major changes in the way that the state allocates funding to schools.  What will you do to ensure that the public understands your local control formula for school spending and your plan to measure outcomes?
Answer from Cruz J. Vargas:

On understanding our local formula, it would be through transparency and accesibility likely in the form of a public forum.


On measuring outcome, I believe the best way is to implement effective reporting so that while the superintendent has sufficient independence, the board can focus on general oversight on costs. 

Questions from League of Women Voters—Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville (2)

If you are elected, what would you like to achieve during your term in office?
Answer from Cruz J. Vargas:

I'd like to significantly improve test scores and grades of our childern - as I believe that Emeryville deserves a school that matches our community. 

I'd like to signicantly increase family participation in our schools.

I'd like to improve our curriculum in 3 ways

  • Ensure we have a K-12 integrated curriculum.
  • Bring in programs around STEM to 
  • Evaluate challenging programs such as International Baccalaureate to enrich our offerings. 
What would you do to address challenges such as the following? funding and registration; teacher retention and compensation safety; bullying and sexual harassment college and vocational readiness; creating pathways for those who are not college bound
Answer from Cruz J. Vargas:

Funding and registration

  • On registration, our focus and goal must be to reduce dependency on inter-district transfers.
  • On funding, we must re-engage with local businesses so they provide support. 

teacher retention and compensation

  • The best way to retain teachers is to remove distractions such as facilities issues and lack of resources. We must help teachers focus on teaching.
  • Competitive salaries are key to retianing teachers. If we are below market, we must ensure we go through the financial prioritization process. 

safety; bullying and sexual harassment

  • For personal reasons, i am very passionate about reducing bullyng. 
  • Our awsome police force should be integrated into the school - not to generate fear - but for quite the opposite reason. Our children cannot grow up affraid of our police force, rather feel safe around our police officers. 

college and vocational readiness; pathways to non-college bound students. 

I would focus on the 3 curriculum objectives addressed in the previous question:

  • Ensure we have a K-12 integrated curriculum.
  • Bring in programs around STEM to 
  • Evaluate challenging programs such as International Baccalaureate to enrich our offerings. 

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— October 1, 2016 Emeryville Property Owners Association

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