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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of Santa AnaCandidate for City Council, Ward 6

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Nelida Mendoza

College Boardmember/Teacher
18,363 votes (34%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Advocate to protect working families' rights, safe communities and expand youth programs for prepare them for professional careers. Collaborate with local school and college districts to educate our youth.
  • Ensure city government is transparent in its daily operations. Find and eliminate wasteful spending. Audit and explore the budget to ensure fiscal responsibility is maintained. Balance our Budget.
  • Explore and analyze adverse social issues affecting our beloved city: homelessness, needle exchange program, medical marijuana dispensaries, low-income housing, business development, pensions, salaries, etc.



Profession:Teacher / President Governing College Board
Teacher, Santa Ana Unified School District (2015–current)
Trustee, Governing Board of Trustees for Rancho Santiago Community Col, Elected by Santa Ana (city-wide) voters to serve in a position through a public election. — Elected position (2012–current)
Boardmember, US Selective Service System District 3, Life-time appointment by the United States President. — Appointed position (2010–current)
Paralegal, Orange County Department of Child Support Services (2000–2018)
Commissioner, City of Santa Ana Environ.&Transport Advisory Comm (ETAC, Appointed by Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez as representative of my district. — Appointed position (1997–2003)
Paralegal - Family Law, OC District Attorney's Office Fam Law Division (1998–2000)
Court Clerk, OC Superior Court of California (1996–1998)
Personnel Clerk II, City of Santa Ana (1993–1996)


California State University Fullerton (CSUF) Master's Degree - Public Administration, Prepares individuals to serve as managers, executives and policy analysts in the executive arm of local&state government (2005)
California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) Bachelor's Degree, A sociological perspective: a certain way of looking at the world, its societies, and the changes that take place. (1995)
Santa Ana College AA Degree - Paralegal Studies, All aspects of legal procedures, research, analytical and legal writing. Represent the public in court proceedings. (1990)
Santa Ana College AA Degree-Liberal Arts, General areas of study such as philosophy, mathematics, literature, art history or languages. (1983)

Community Activities

Commander (former), United Mexican American Veterans Assn (UMAVA) (2006–current)
Secretary / Public Relations Officer, United Mexican American Veterans Association (UMAVA) (2014–current)
Member / Veteran, American Legion Post 132, Orange, CA (2010–current)
Secretary / Treasurer, Mana de Orange County (2006–current)
Sergeant / E5, United States Army (1977–1985)


The Mendoza family immigrated to the United States in August 1965.  We arrived in Santa Ana and we have continiously lived in this beautiful city since then.   I learned the English language by immersion.  Dual language programs were unheard of then.  Our parents brought us to our beautiful country to study and have a better life.  Since learning the language, I have continually earned my place in the Honor Socierty and maintained a 4.0 grade point average through high school.  Actually I graduated one year early from high school as I had earned more than enough credits.  I wanted to honor my parents and continue my education path.  However, we could not afford a college education.  Thus I volunteered to serve my country in the US Army.  I used my veteran benefits to earn my first degree at Santa Ana College.  I transferred to Cal State Fullerton where I earned my Bachelors and Masters degrees. 

I worked over 20 years as a Paralegal with the County of Orange.  I retired from the County.  Recalling my early motto in the Army, "Be All That You Can Be!"... I knew I was not done.  So, I went back to the classroom where I earned my teacher's degree and I am currently a teacher with the Santa Ana Unified School District.  I am current President of the Rancho Santiago Community College Board of Trustee.  My overall experience in government politics, rooted residency, public service, elected official and love of Santa Ana makes me the best qualified candidate.  I am a progressive thinkier with true dedication, commitment and want to take our City out of this adverse situation.  I am Santa Ana.

Who supports this candidate?

Organizations (1)

  • LA/OC Building & Construction Trades Council / OC Labor Federation AFL-CIO / Alfredo Amezcua, Esq. /Deborah Vasquez,Esq

Elected Officials (4)

  • Tom Umberg, State Assembly Member / US Army Col (ret)
  • Sharon Quirk-Silva, State Assembly Member / Valerie Amezcua President & Dr. Alfonso Alvarez SAUSD Board of Trustees
  • Claudia Alvarez / John Hanna / Larry Labrado / Arianna Barrios, Rancho Santiago Community College Board Members
  • Michele Martinez Santa Ana City Councilwoman / Zeke Hernandez Trustee RSCCD Board of Trustees

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I have been an active community leader in Santa Ana for several decades.  I am a true home-grown leader with genuine concern for the welfare of my community.  One of my interests to to have open communication with residents to determine specific needs for respective wards.  In addition, keeping our communities safe, resourceful and productive is also at the forefront of my goals when I am is elected to Santa Ana City Council.  

Of major concern is that our city is heading for bankruptcy in about two years.  It is no secret that our budget is in great deficit.  We cannot burden our residents with sales tax to balance the budget.  As a team, your City Council must find other avenues and resources to balance our budget, create resources and build up our reserves.  

We have controversial issues to address:  (1) Marijuana dispensaries in our city (who is actually benefitting?)  (2)Needle Exchange Program (what are the pros and cons?)  (3)Road/Street Maintenance (the ever present potholes!)  (4)Crime Reduction (active community oriented policing).  (5)  Development (is Santa Ana business friendly?)   (6)One Broadway Plaza (how many more years to completion?)  (7) Carpet bagging. It is evident that come election, the politico afficionados pack a carpet bag and move into a room in a ward they hardly know.  The city policy must be reviewed, updated and stritcly enforced.  Would you allow a stranger known to you only 30 days or a few months to raise your child?

These are just a few of the critical issues that need to be addressed resolved by our next City Council.  We cannot allow personal gain to interfere with what is best for our resident and our City.   If prospective candidates are afraid of dealing with conflicting issues, then such persons have no business in the Santa Ana City Council.

Position Papers

Proposed Sales Tax Increase (1.5 cent)


Santa Ana City Council members voted in July to put a sales tax increase on the November ballot that would establish the highest sales tax rate of Orange County’s 34 cities.

The measure would increase sales taxes by 1.5 percent.  The current rate of 7.75 % would increase to 9.25 % of each sale.  This is estimated to bring in an estimated $63 million extra to the city each year.

City officials  are of the opinion that a tax increase is needed to "fix" the budget deficit to maintain services, as well as  repair and maintain  roads, parks, and to update information technology.  However each Santa Ana family will be burdened with an additional $900 per year of sales taxes.  It is believed that without this tax increase, the city is facing a sure bankruptcy in about two years.  

I oppose the tax increase.  We must explore other solutions within the city.  We need to find other areas were the budget may be adjusted.  We need to find areas were wasteful spending can be eliminated.  A sales tax increase is not the answer.  

Homelessness Issue.


Santa Ana has been overburdened with responsibility to resolve the homeless issue.  

Earlier in the year due to Judge Carter's intervention in the dire homeless issue, county officials committed to increasing shelter space throughout the county. However, the majority of the homeless individuals are housed in the City of Santa.

It is evident that surrounding cities across the county prefer to pushi he responsibility for the chronically homeless peope to Santa Ana.  Our City  must  take collaborative measures between nonprofit organizations, local businesses, County and the private sector to help resolve this problem.  The approach and the solutionss must be made in a humane and compassionate manner.  This issue is not just a City of Santa Ana issue--we must work together to find a lasting solution.

Charter Schools in Santa Ana


Some public officials are receiving endorsements and large financial campaign contributions to support charter schools.  


I am opposed to charter schools in our city.  I am a product of public schools and have received high quality education that put me on a successful professional career.  Over the past few years, our school district has improved in delivering higher quality of education.  We have seen an increased high school graduation and enrollment in either community colleges or universities.  Parents are under the misconception that charter schools provide better educational opportunities.  However, they fail to realize that charter schools continue the "separate but equally" mentality of the early years of segregated schools.  It is the intent of the charter schools to offer students better educational opportunities, but they also pose risks because it makes inequities worse than they were.


In addition, privatization of our educational system means lost government funds for our public schools.  This translates in less programs and less funding for our Santa Ana Unified School District.  More importantly, California does not have the same strict licensing and curriculum requirements for charter schools as it does for public schools.  Outside entities place financial gain a priority in opening charter schools in our communities, rather than providing rich learning environments.  Our communities stand to lose valuable government funding if charter schools are allowed to continue expanding without regulations.  




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