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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

Santa Ana Unified School DistrictCandidate for Board Member

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Arturo "Art" Pedroza

11,223 votes (16.1%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Supporting School Choice for all parents
  • Providing excellent and safe schools for all students
  • Protecting taxpayers - no new taxes!



Adjunct Instructor, Adult Education Department, Cerritos College (2003–current)
Sr. Risk Control Consultant, Travelers (2011–current)
Owner, OC PR & eMedia Solutions (2009–current)
Commissioner, Orange County Emergency Medical Care Commission — Appointed position (2017–current)
City Commissioner, Santa Ana Housing and Redevelopment Commission — Appointed position (2006–2007)
City Commissioner, Santa Ana Pubic Library Advisory Board — Appointed position (1986–1998)


Keller Graduate University of Management Masters, Business Administration (2006)
University of Phoenix B.S., Business Management, Business Management with a certificate in Project Management (2002)
Don Bosco Technical Institute High School Degree, Electrical Technology (1984)


Art Pedroza has taught for over fifteen years at Cerritos College. He has also worked in occupational safety and in risk management for almost twenty years. He is currently a bilingual instructor and Sr. Risk Control Consultant for a global insurance carrier.

Pedroza owns a small business in Santa Ana as well that publishes the popular New Santa Ana blog.

Pedroza is also a member of the Orange County Emergency Medical Care Commission. He previously served on the Santa Ana Public Library Advisory Board and the Santa Ana Housing and Redevelopment Commission. Pedroza and his wife were also active for many years in the local Little League and the Boy Scouts.

Pedroza and his wife of 31 years, Camille, reside in Santa Ana's Park Santiago neighborhood. They have raised four children who all attended Santa Ana public schools including three high school grads. His daughter is now a fashion designer in Manhattan, NY and his oldest son is a UCLA grad with degrees in Film and in English.

Who supports this candidate?

Elected Officials (4)

  • David Boyd, Former O.C. Board of Education Trustee
  • Brett Franklin, Former Santa Ana City Councilman
  • Hon. Andrew Do, Orange County Supervisor
  • Cecilia “Ceci” Iglesias, SAUSD School Board Member,

Individuals (5)

  • George Reis, Candidate for the Garden Grove Unified School District’s Governing Board
  • Sean Mill, Former Santa Ana Planning Commissioner
  • Eric Christen, Coalition for Fair Employment in Construction
  • Autumn Browne, Teacher and Candidate for the 69th Assembly District
  • Angie Cano, Candidate for the SAUSD School Board

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

Currently 61.83 % of SAUSD students are not proficient in math at their grade level, according to the CA Dept. of Education. Last year 60.36 % of SAUSD students were not proficient in math at their grade level, according to the CA Dept. of Education

When it comes to English Language Arts/Literacy 44.13 % of SAUSD students are not proficient at their grade level. Last year 42.06 % of SAUSD students were not proficient at their grade level.

The SAUSD is losing ground when it comes to math and English proficiency, despite state spending formulas that direct billions in extra funding into schools with large proportions of disadvantaged students.

I know we can do better. And unlike most of the current SAUSD School Board members I know firsthand what it is like to grow up speaking Spanish only and having to learn English in school. What helped me was that both my mom and dad learned English too, after coming here from Mexico. My mom in particular was very involved in my early education – and she took me to the local public library on an almost daily basis. I was immersed in English but I kept my Spanish fluency and today I teach in Spanish professionally.

What else can we do to help our local students? Well for one thing parents need more school choices – not less. Now more than ever we need a great variety of charter and private schools in addition to neighborhood public schools.

And we need to make sure that the majority of the millions we are getting from the State of California is being spent in the classrooms. I know many Santa Ana public school teachers who tell me that their classrooms are overcrowded, they don’t have enough teacher’s aids and they often have to spend their own money to buy school supplies.

Now more than ever we need SAUSD School Board members who will ask the tough questions and who will not accept failure. We can do better – we must not let our students fail. 

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