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Greetings Neighbors,

My name is Imelda Padilla and I am the proud daughter of a landscape-gardener and a warehouse worker who was born and raised in Sun Valley. In fact, I still live in my childhood home, I attended all my local schools, Roscoe Middle School, Bryd Middle School, and Polytechnic High School, and I am determined to give kids like me an opportunity to be change agents.

Today, too many outside interests burden our neighborhood schools with bureaucratic red tape making it challenging for quality teaching to reach the desks of students. Rather than encouraging kids to pursue post-secondary opportunities, the Los Angeles Unified School District has put forward an adult agenda disconnected from classrooms. I intend to focus on the needs of all students and educators by being solutions oriented to ensure every child reaches their fullest potential.

The Los Angeles Unified School District has had many challenges over the years from struggling neighborhood schools to failed programs costing our families millions of dollars. However, there are pockets of quality programs that continue to nurture our youth to graduate from top universities the way my sisters and I did, but we do little to help those programs grow and service more children.

As a youth and labor organizer, I have a winning record in fighting for the needs of all students; demanding resources be redirected to our students and parents. I’ve devoted my life to advocating for our most vulnerable and will not stop until we reach 100% graduation.

Our fight for quality education needs individuals like you to join this campaign. We need to protect our kids from outside interests to remain focused on closing the achievement gap. With your help, we can get back to making every school in this district competitive, safe, teacher driven, accessible to parents, and able to serve all students.

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Saludos Vecinos,

Mi nombre es Imelda Padilla y soy orgullosamente hija de un papa jardinero y una mama trabajadora de almacén que nació y creció en Sun Valley. De hecho, todavía vivo en mi hogar de niñez, asistí a todas mis escuelas locales, Roscoe Elementary, Bryd Middle School, y Polytechnic High School, y estoy determinada a dar a niños como yo una oportunidad de ser agentes del cambio.

Hoy en día, demasiados intereses externos cargan a nuestras escuelas vecinales con burocracia burocrática, lo que dificulta que la enseñanza de calidad llegue a los escritorios de los estudiantes.
En lugar de alentar a los niños a perseguir oportunidades post-secundarias, el Distrito Escolar Unificado de Los Ángeles ha presentado una agenda de adultos desconectada de las aulas.

Tengo la intención de centrarse en las necesidades de todos los estudiantes y educadores por ser soluciones orientadas a asegurar que cada niño alcance su máximo potencial.

El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Los Ángeles ha tenido muchos desafíos a largo de los años, han invertido dinero a programas fallidos que le han costado millones de dólares a nuestras familias.

Sin embargo, hay bolsas de programas de calidad que continúan alimentando a nuestros jóvenes para graduarse de las universidades superiores de la manera en que mis hermanas y yo lo hicimos, pero hacemos poco para ayudar a esos programas a crecer y atender a más niños.

Como organizador de jóvenes y trabajadores, tengo un récord ganador en la lucha por las necesidades de todos los estudiantes; exigiendo que los recursos sean redirigidos a nuestros estudiantes y padres.

He dedicado mi vida a abogar por nuestros más vulnerables y no se detendrá hasta que alcancemos el 100% de graduación.

Nuestra lucha por una educación de calidad necesita personas como usted que se unan a esta campaña. Necesitamos proteger a nuestros hijos de los intereses externos para seguir enfocados en cerrar la brecha de logros. Con su ayuda, podemos volver a hacer que cada escuela en este distrito sea competitiva, segura, orientada por los maestros, accesible a los padres y capaz de servir a todos los estudiantes.

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Imelda Padilla was born an advocate.

As a young girl, Imelda had rickets, and was frequently called names.

Imelda bravely underwent surgery at the age of 12, and spent six months in a cast. The experience taught her how to take on challenges without fear, and to advocate for what she believed in.

Ever since then, she’s taken on one tough fight after another, never backing down. And all the while, she’s seen the difference that education can make in a young person’s life.

In middle school, she helped take care of her younger brother while her parents each worked 12 hour days, and one of her brothers became caught up in the gangs that are still too common in many communities. In high school, she encouraged her friends to volunteer for local political campaigns and fight the expansion of landfills in the area.

In college, she worked to help victims of wage theft challenge unscrupulous employers, and she interred for the Justice for Janitors campaign in Houston Texas for SEIU.

After graduating, she became a community organizer for Pacoima Beautiful, advocating for environmental justice for local families. She then went to work with the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, to help fight for an increase in the minimum wage and create economic opportunity for every family.

She even started her own non-profit called Together We Do More, which aims to help middle and high school students start to think about higher education and professional development at a young age. Their main event is called Adelante Hombre were over 100 community volunteers help put together a leadership conference for students from all over the North East San Fernando Valley.

Now Imelda is a commissioner for the Los Angeles County Commission on Woman and Girls, and a candidate for the Los Angeles School Board, where she hopes to continue her work advocating for local families, especially young people. She truly is a born advocate.

Imelda grew up in Sun Valley and attended Roscoe Elementary, Byrd Middle School and Polytechnic High School and attended UC Berkeley, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a double minor in Chicano Studies and Philosophy.

She is currently in grad school at the California State University of Northridge where, she is receiving her Master’s in public administration with an emphasis on leadership and nonprofit management.

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Imelda Padilla es una luchadora para su comunidad de todo corazón.

Cuando era una niña, Imelda tenía el raquitismo, y fue llamado con frecuencia nombres.

Imelda se sometió a una cirugía con valentía a la edad de 12, y pasó seis meses en un molde. La experiencia le enseñó a asumir retos sin miedo, y abogar por lo que creía.

Desde entonces, se ha tomado en una dura pelea tras otra, sin dar marcha atrás. Y todo el tiempo, ella ha visto la diferencia de que la educación puede hacer en la vida de una persona joven.

En la secundaria, ella ayudó a cuidar de su hermano más joven, mientras sus padres trabajaban cada 12 horas al día, y uno de sus hermanos se vio envuelta en las bandas que siguen siendo demasiado común en muchas comunidades.

En la preparatoria, animo a sus amiga/os involucrares a evitar la expansión de los basureros en su comunidad de Sun Valley.

En la universidad, trabajó para ayudar a las víctimas de robo de salario, y se trabajó para la campaña Justicia para los Janitors en Houston Texas por medio de SEIU.

Después de graduarse, se convirtió en un organizador de la comunidad para Pacoima Beautiful, abogando por la justicia ambiental para las familias locales. A continuación, pasó a trabajar con la Alianza de Los Ángeles para una Nueva Economía, para ayudar a combatir por un aumento en el salario mínimo a 15 dólares y crear oportunidades económicas para todas las familias.

Incluso comenzó su propia organización no-lucrativa llamada Together We do More, cuyo objetivo es ayudar a los estudiantes de secundaria y preparatoria empezar a pensar en la su plan de colegió y el desarrollo profesional a una edad temprana. Su principal evento se llama Adelante Hombre donde más de 100 voluntarios de la comunidad hacen una conferencia de liderazgo para estudiantes de todo el Noreste de San Fernando Valley.

Ahora Imelda es una Comisionada de la Comisión de Mujer y Muchachas del Condado de Los Ángeles, y una Candidata para la Los Angeles Unified School District, en donde espera continuar con su trabajo abogando por las familias locales, especialmente los jóvenes. Ella es verdaderamente un defensora para su comunidad.

Imelda creció en Sun Valley y asistió a Roscoe Elementary, Byrd Middle School y Polytechnic High School asistió a la Universidad de Berkeley, donde obtuvo una licenciatura en Ciencias Políticas con un doble énfasis en Estudios Chicanos y Filosofía.

Actualmente está en la escuela de posgrado en la Universidad de California de Northridge, donde, ella está recibiendo su maestría en administración pública con énfasis en el liderazgo y la gestión sin fines de lucro.

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FAIR FUNDING FOR OUR SCHOOLS: Imelda will fight to ensure that our schools receive the fair funding they need in order to deliver a quality education. Every child deserves a great school with the right resources and well-trained teachers.

IMPROVED ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE: Too many students are allowed to fall behind their peers, and they never catch up. Imelda will help make sure kids get the extra support they need. And, she’ll create new incentives for experienced, skilled teachers to work in schools that need more help.

INCREASED PARENTAL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT. We need to make sure parents are encouraged to participate in their children’s education. Imelda will help empower parents and taxpayers, and ensure that their participation and input are welcome. As a former community organizer, Imelda has the experience to bring people together.

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FINANCIAMIENTO JUSTO PARA NUESTRAS ESCUELAS: Imelda luchará para asegurar que nuestras escuelas reciban la financiación justa que necesitan para proporcionar una educación de calidad. Cada niño merece una gran escuela con los recursos adecuados y profesores bien entrenados.

MEJOR RENDIMIENTO ACADÉMICO: Demasiados estudiantes se les permite caer detrás de sus compañeros, y nunca ponerse al día. Imelda ayudará a asegurar que los niños reciban el apoyo adicional que necesitan. Y, creará nuevos incentivos para que profesores experimentados y calificados trabajen en escuelas que necesitan más ayuda.

INCREMENTO DE LA PARTICIPACIÓN DE LOS PADRES Y DE LA COMUNIDAD. Necesitamos asegurarnos de que los padres sean animados a participar en la educación de sus hijos. Imelda ayudará a potenciar a los padres y contribuyentes, y asegurará que su participación e insumos sean bienvenidos. Como ex organizadora comunitaria, Imelda tiene la experiencia de reunir a la gente.

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Adrian Cuentas *New Directions for Youth
Alby   Dye Panorama High School Teacher
Alex  Morales *Pacoima Neighborhood Council
Alex Reza *Cesar Chavez Commemoration Committee
Amelia  Tena Promotora
Ana De Jesus *Poly High School Parent Leader
Anchulee Raogthum North Hills Resident and Community Leader
Azucena  Hernandez Polytechnic High School
Betty Ley *Community Police Advisory Board – Mission Division
Carlos   Martinez  Plant Manager for LAUSD
Carmen  Padilla, Polytechnic High School Teacher
Carmen   Perez *Roscoe Elementary Parent Center
Cindy Monzon *Teacher at Morningside Elementary
Cruz Orozco  Arleta High School
Devon Richter Polytechnic High School
Dora Lopez Van Nuys High School Dean
Edgar Muñoz Polytechnic High School
Elias De La Torre Principal at Panorama High School
Elidia Vazquez Assistant Principal at Polytechnic Senior High School
Elisha Gonzalez Sylmar Elementary Teacher
Elizabeth Penuela *Assitant Principal Operations – North Valley Occupational Center
Ernie Moscoso *North Hollywood North East NC
Eva  Lopez *Pacoima Charter Elementary
Evelyn  Licea Valor Academy HS
Fran Ramirez Former LAUSD Teacher and Administrator
Freddy Tapia *Youth Speak Collective
Gary Bozurich Teacher at San Fernando Middle School
Gerardo Barragan Maclay Middle School Teacher
Gladys Reyes Science Teacher at Arleta High School
Greg Conor Polytechnic High School
Gregory Cover Polytechnic High School
Hector  Perez Arleta High School
Irene  Tovar, *Latin American Civic Association-Panorama City
Isabel Miranda Sylmar Elementary Special Education Assistant
Ismael  Maldonado Special Education and Disabilties Advocate
Jayne Couchois Polytechnic High School
Jim Schwagle Polytechnic High School
John Perez Sun Valley Resident, Retired Educator
John   Hernandez *Arleta and Pacoima Neighborhood Council
Jorge Montijo Panorama High School Teacher
Jorge  Boche Arleta High School Teacher

Juan Morillo Polytechnic High School
Juanita Padilla *MEND promotora
Karen Kungie Torres Canoga Park High School
Kent  Minault Retired Adult Education Teacher
Lilian Bonar Polytechnic High School
Linda Carruther *Los Angeles Mission College
Linda Housden Sun Valley Resident
Luis Lepe Roy Romer Middle School- Instructional Coach
Luz Rivas *Do it Yourself Girls
Manny Velasquez Muralist
Margarita Lopez Familias Unidas de North Hills
Maria  Reza *Cesar Chavez Commemoration Committee
Mariano Mejia Polytechnic High School
Mary Nambo *Rosa Parks Elem Parent Leader
Mauricio Alonso Polytechnic High School
Michelle Martin Polytechnic High School Teacher- Retired
Michelle Melch Instructional Coach at Panorama High School
Miguel Gonzalez Sylmar Biotech & Health Academy High School
Mike Gonzalez *Pacoima Neighborhood Council
Mike Ogara *Sun Valley Area NC
Olivia Rodriguez *Comission Femenil
Pastor Karl Cruz *Victory Outreach
Pearl Arredondo-Lomeli San Fernando Inst. for Applied Media
Perla  Laguna *North Hills East Neighborhood Council
Pierre Arreola *Great818ers
Quyen Vo-Ramirez Sylmar Resident
Ramon Gomez Polytechnic High School
Raquel Cedillo-Dominguez *Pacoima Neighborhood Council
Rene Ledezma Pacoima Resident
Richard  Ramos Haddon Elementary
Ron  Lehavi Polytechnic High School Teacher
Rosemary   Jenkins North Valley Green Alliance
Scott Mandel Pacoima Middle School Teacher
Sergio Ibarra *Arleta Neighborhood Council
Severiana  Pablo *Rosa Parks Elem Parent Leader
Shane  Coleman *Heroes of Life
Susan Bartlett *Sun Valley Graffiti Busters
Veronica Arreguin *LAUSD Secondary Instructional Coach
Veronica Camacho Promotora
Veronica  Padilla *Pacoima Beautiful
Victoria Casas Beachy Elementary School
Yolanda  Anguiano *Friends of the Nature Parkway

*for identity purposes

Imelda is the only candidate endorsed by local leaders of the North East San Fernando Valley.

Tony Cardenas
Tony CardenasCongressman
Alex Padilla
Alex PadillaCalifornia Secretary of State
Raul Bocanegra
Raul BocanegraAssembly Member
Robert Hertzberg
Robert HertzbergSenator
Sheila Kuehl
Sheila KuehlLos Angeles County Supervisor
Nury Martinez
Nury MartinezCouncilwoman
Robert Gonzales
Robert GonzalesMayor - San Fernando
Antonio Lopez
Antonio LopezConcilmember - City of San Fernando
Julie Korenstein
Julie KorensteinFormer LAUSD Boardmember
Dr. George J. McKenna III
Dr. George J. McKenna IIILAUSD Boardmember
Scott M. Schmerelson
Scott M. SchmerelsonLAUSD Boardmember
Steve Zimmer
Steve ZimmerLAUSD Boardmember

Imelda is proud to be endorsed by several great groups and organizations.

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