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Susan Salcido has a re-election track record

On June 7, I will be voting for Susan Salcido for Santa Barbara County Schools Superintendent.

Susan was an English student at UCSB when I met her. From the outside, she was a bit intimidating, as she was beautiful and elegant, and super smart. Then I got to know her and realized she was one of the most down to earth people I have ever met. We have remained good friends throughout the past 30 years.

I get dizzy thinking of all she has accomplished. Susan graduated from UCSB, entered the teacher education program, and earned her Masters of Education at UCSB.

She started teaching English at Dos Pueblos High School. She enrolled in an administrative degree program and eventually put her degrees to work as an assistant principal at San Marcos High School. She then became principal of Santa Barbara Junior High.

Without taking time off, she began the important work of becoming a mother. She and her husband, Bard, have two wonderful children. She accepted a position at SBCEO as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction before becoming Assistant Superintendent of Schools. As if all that wasn’t enough, she earned her doctorate at USC.

Susan is a critical thinker and problem solver. She asks meaningful questions, listens carefully and thinks thoughtfully. Susan is also very close, both to the students she serves and to her colleagues across the county. She is kind and friendly and genuinely cares about others.

Having grown up in Santa Maria as a second language learner herself, she understands the challenges that second language learners face. We have a large population of second language learners, and those students have a great role model in Susan.

She fully deserves her current position as Santa Barbara County Schools Superintendent. Susan works hard for every student in our county. As a dedicated kindergarten teacher in Buellton, I believe Susan is the person we need to lead our schools. Please join me in voting for Dr. Susan Salcido for Superintendent of Santa Barbara County Schools on June 7th.

Kim Nabarro


Salcido brings extensive experience to the role

I am writing to strongly support the re-election of Dr. Susan Salcido as Superintendent of Schools for Santa Barbara County. I met Susan 20 years ago when she was a vice principal at a high school completing the administrative diploma program offered by SBCEO, which focused on advanced leadership at the school site. ‘school.

I was the SBCEO director of this program. A few years later, the SBCEO recruited her as associate director. In this position, Dr. Salcido and I collaborated on a wide variety of professional development activities in schools and districts across our county. Dr. Salcido demonstrated early on her gifts for in-depth research, mastery of the key concepts our participants needed, all delivered in an accessible way that resonated with our fellow educators.

I retired; however, Dr. Salcido has continued to gain the additional training and experience that makes her uniquely qualified to continue to lead our county in educational excellence.

It’s easy to underestimate the all-encompassing nature of each county’s office of education. Dr. Salcido oversees direct education programs in early childhood education and special education; as well as departments that focus on technology, professional development, finance, programs and instruction, special events, countywide superintendent leadership meetings… to name a few- one.

To continue to benefit from Dr. Salcido’s superior expertise and leadership skills, please re-elect her as Santa Barbara County Schools Superintendent.

By Anne Brownell


Make a call, help fight poverty

Global poverty is a problem that affects millions of people around the world and is increasing every day. According to Data USA, 15.2,000 out of 105,000 people in Santa Maria live below the poverty line, meaning they live on less than $1.90 a day. I see poverty in my everyday life and as a student who didn’t have a lot of money to give in the past, I thought I couldn’t help.

When I began an internship with the Borgen Project, I realized how much more myself and everyone in the community, state, country, and world could and should do. I have seen how hard this organization is working to pass poverty reduction legislation. I wish more people were made aware of what they can do to help because poverty is everywhere and most of the time it is ignored because people don’t know what they can do to help other than donate some of their money.

There are so many easy ways anyone can help, like emailing and calling Congress, which takes less than a minute.

It is important that our community is aware not only of the problem, but also of the various ways in which it can contribute to reducing poverty in the world. Organizations like The Borgen Project work hard to educate people on these issues and teach them how they can make a difference, and that can start by reaching out to our leaders such as Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Alex Padilla, or Representative Salud Carbajal.

Karly Kovatch


Sheriff Bill Brown has won your vote

I plan to vote to re-elect Sheriff Bill Brown on June 7.

Sheriff Brown has the experience, leadership, professionalism and integrity we need in these uncertain times.

Sheriff Brown served Santa Barbara County with distinction.

Thanks to Sheriff Brown’s expertise and diligence, he was able to secure an $80 million grant to have the new North County Jail built, which also created jobs and improved our county’s economy. .

Whenever there is an emergency in our county, you can find Sheriff Brown there, providing the leadership and experience needed to deal with that crisis – he knows what to do.

Sheriff Brown is highly respected by his peers both at the state and national level, having been elected president of the California Sheriff’s Association and vice president of the National Major Counties Sheriff’s Association. He will become president of this organization in two years; as president, he will work with Congress and the Senate.

Sheriff Brown has been endorsed by over 1,000 people across the county and state.

Please join me in voting to re-elect Sheriff Bill Brown on June 7th.

Alice Milligan

Retired Associate Superintendent

Lompoc Unified School District