31 Reasons District 2 Will Elect Patricia Martinez-Roach To the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
Former Elected Official. Patricia is the only candidate in District 2 with 25 years elective experience. As a past member of the Alum Rock School District for 9 years and having served 16 years for the East Side Union High School Board of Trustee and a four year Member of the Metropolitan Adult Education Board. Patricia was elected to the East Side Board in 2008 after a two year absence beating an incumbent with little effort receiving the second highest vote.
Skill and Commitment. Patricia has a track record of advocacy and dedication. Cooperation between the County and the City are essential to provide services to the community.
Excellent Representative. In the 25 years as an elected official, Patricia missed only three regular board meetings.
Effective Leader. Because of Patricia's leadership, persistence and hard work, coupled with the efforts of others, the students in the District continued to excel academically. Test scores climbed from the bottom to above the State's average, fiscal solvency and innovative projects such as Multimedia, Law, Technology and Medical Magnets were created.
Consensus builder. During these difficult fiscal times she organized a fundraising committee for the district and established a partnership with the Oakland Raiders to attempt in raising funds for the sports program. Patricia worked to establish A-G requirements in the district.
Educator/Master Schoolteacher. Education in California today presents challenges for classroom teachers. As a schoolteacher for 39 years, Patricia is driven to provide quality education for her students and to many others. San Jose Chamber of Commerce past President Steve Tedesco, after a day shadowing the principal of Los Arboles School, had this to say: "Patricia Roach is a wonderful kindergarten teacher who coped well with a class of kids who speak five languages at home". (San Jose Mercury News, March 24, 1992).
Educated. Patricia graduated from Overfelt High School. She attended San Jose State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art, minor in Political Science, and a Masters degree in Administration/Supervision in Higher Education. Patricia also holds Elementary Teaching Credentials and is a Certified Interpreter by the State of California.
Longtime Community Volunteer. East/Evergreen San Jose has been Patricia's home since 1966. As a single parent of two sons, Patricia became involved in the quest for quality education. She wants her grandson to grow up in safe neighborhoods and attend good schools. Patricia has joined organizations, which advocate for better parks, good libraries, child care, senior services affordable housing and more public safety programs for all residents. She has volunteered with the Evergreen Valley Service Organization and has formed her own neighborhood association. She was appointed to serve on City's West Evergreen Strong Neighborhood.
East Side Union High School District, Past President, Vice-President and Clerk to the Board. Patricia successfully completed terms as Board Officer on the Alum Rock and East Side Boards. Her experience includes representing the largest high school district in northern California. She has an extensive background in setting policies and procedures to ensure quality education for over 40,000 students in both high school and adult education campuses. She served as Vice-Chair of the Audit Committee establishing transparency and accountability policies. She has been budget Chair overseeing almost a billion-dollar budget. She is very active leading parent and student committees to solicit input and collaboration.
"Woman of the Year" Award. Patricia's community involvement and credentials have been so impressive that in 1989, Assemblyman (now retired Senator) John Vasconcellos nominated her the 23rd District's "Woman of the Year". "She is an outstanding example of the best California has to offer," he said. Patricia was subsequently honored with this distinctive award by the California State Legislature. The California Association for Bilingual Education, San Jose Chapter voted her Bilingual Teacher of the Year for 1998-99.
Professional Affiliations. As an active member of her community, Patricia continues to be active with local Association and other state organizations. She is a member of California Teachers Association. She is a member of PTA and and other organizations serving our community. She worked closely as a member of PACT to establish homework centers throughout the City of San Jose.
City Commissioner. Patricia served for seven years as a commissioner in various City commissions. She has a working knowledge of the current issues and urban problems affecting the City and County.
Equity. As former Vice Chair of ex Mayor McEnery's Task Force on Minority affairs Commission, Patricia knows the value of effective coalition building in a city and county as diverse as our communities.
Vital Human Services Programs. As a member of the CDBG Commission for seven years, Patricia voted to fund community-based organizations which provide health, medical, legal, housing and job referrals services to San Jose's seniors, low-income and economically disadvantaged residents, immigrants, battered women, homeless families, at-risk youths and many others.
Cultural Arts. Through the Historic Art Advisory Commission, Patricia supported cultural education and preservation. Patricia became an effective member supporting projects, which are not visible in the City's four gateways and downtown celebrating our rich diversity and remembering the founders of the "Valley of the Heart's Delight."
Economic Development. The county needs a one-stop quality commercial retail district to meet the needs of residents. Working closely with local government agencies, Patricia want to support existing businesses and quality shops in order to revitalized our economy. Patricia fought the closing of the NUMMI plant due to the devastation and loss of jobs for thousands of families in the region. She wants foreign investors to be responsible employers.
Planned Growth. Proper Development. While commercial business is essential to the economic development in the State, Patricia considers it unfair to homeowners and residents to have retail businesses as next-door neighbors. Patricia will work to maintain the integrity of the State’s neighborhoods. She will preserve the hillsides and fight to protect Development policies which controls flood, transportation and growth.
Model development. Patricia supports the timely completion of all new projects already approved which should include adequate transportation and traffic congestion plans, more parks, libraries and safety services. Poorly maintained, underdeveloped or rundown areas in the County need to be developed.
Youth and Senior Center. Patricia strongly supports multipurpose youth and senior recreational facilities. Our seniors need quality medical care and services, centers should offer this vital service and afford jobs for residents in the county. The State, County, City and Schools should join efforts and expand programs which will help youth to become productive members of our society.
Evergreen's New High School. Patricia kept her promise to build a new high school with the support from East Side Union High School residents. As a newly elected member of the East Side Union High School in 1994, she made this issue a priority. Patricia was responsible for insuring a budget and plan for this new high school; EVH is another model school for East Side. In addition, she worked very closely to insure all bond projects were planned and taxpayer money well spent.
Child Care Services. Patricia is sensitive to the shortage and high cost of quality child care services. She will seek funding for supporting existing child care centers and for expanding this vital service to our working families in the State. Many children are left alone because parents cannot afford to pay for child care or make too much under the guidelines which need to be revised in order to meet today's high priced economy.
Safety and Crime Prevention. The State, County and City have been faced with urban growth which has affected all walks of life. Increased crime and safety have become a major concern for Patricia. She wants to insure that adequate Police and Fire protection are in place; working closely with the County and City of San Jose, she will lead this effort... Her effective participation in working on TABS with the Police Department and Vice-Chair of East Side's Safety Committee will be an added contribution to the County. Patricia has the led the training for parents in collaboration with the Chief of Police and City Leaders. Education is the key.
Additional Services. The County needs more and support existing community based organizations which will serve the growing community faced with stress and mental health issues.
Better Public Transportation. Patricia wants better and dependable public transportation for the County and San Jose. She has been active in the development of the Light Rail Transit Project and wants to insure that BART is fully funded and brings traffic relief.
Environmental Concerns. Patricia will champion environmental concerns while on the Board of Supervisors. She will campaign for cleaner air, and the preservation of open space and wildlife.
Fiduciary responsibility. She believes that money spent on extravagant projects or too much administrative overhead could better be used to fix streets and improve the quality of life in the Count. Patricia has a reputation for being a maverick and champion against wasteful spending and transparency in fiscal spending and management.
Commitment and Dedication. Patricia is tough on issues because she cares about the policies that affect people's lives on a daily basis. She has the courage to fight for "the people's issues." Patricia will work hard to represent Santa Clara County.
Investing in the community. Patricia has spent her own money and resources to get elected and has never depended on financial contributions from others. She has gone door-to-door and spoken to thousands of residents throughout the County. She will not participate in any political action committee endorsements because she wants to get elected by her hard work, proven track-record and the support of the community.
Patricia Martinez-Roach has the: qualifications, experience, determination and commitment to get the work done for you on the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors!
If you want change and make a difference-vote for Patricia Martinez-Roach for Supervisor on June 4, 2013. Thank You!
Patricia Martinez-Roach For Supervisor, 2013 P.O. Box 730431 SJ CA 95173 408 254-9864