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Amy Martenson: Why I support Cayangyang

09/15/16, 8:05 AM
Vallejo Times Herald

I am writing to express my strong support for Ruscal Cayangyang in his candidacy for the Vallejo City Unified School District Board. As a colleague and friend, I have had many conversations with Ruscal during the past two years that he has served on the board. I appreciate the passion, hard work, and dedication he brings to his role. He truly cares and deserves to be elected for another term.

Ruscal takes his responsibility as a school board member very seriously and puts a great deal of thought and effort into it, something one often sees with newer board members. He does his homework and goes over and beyond the call of duty. He studies the support documents in advance of the board meetings. He holds office hours, so that anyone can speak to him regarding school-related matters. He visits classrooms, and meets with students, parents, and teachers. He does all of this to have broad understanding of the issues and a pulse on the concerns of all stakeholders— administrators, teachers, students, parents, and the general public.

From that broad base of knowledge, he understands that his role is not to serve any one stakeholder, including the administration, but to act in the best interest of the district as a whole and in the public’s interest. While one role of school board members is to guide and support the superintendent, their role is also to provide broad oversight, holding the superintendent accountable when needed.

In that regard, it is important that board members be objective, which can sometimes be difficult for board members who have served a long time. They must have the courage, capacity, and willingness to speak up and provide the citizen oversight they were elected by the public to provide, even though there is always some conflict inherent in doing so, which is never comfortable. Ruscal has already demonstrated that he has this type of objectivity, integrity, and courage.

If you would like a school board member who will listen and be responsive, work hard, and do what he believes is right, I strongly recommend that you vote for Ruscal Cayangyang for the Vallejo school board this November.

— Amy Martenson/Napa Valley College Trustee

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Green Party Sees Opportunity Amid Wide Voter Discontent

 Excerpt from full article

(Note: The NYTimes has become an arm of the Hillary campaign in 2016 and therefore works tirelessly to belittle and denigrate candidates like Jill Stein, Bernie Sanders, and the Green Party in general, so this excerpt was just about the only reasonable part of the story, which was essentially factual.)

HOUSTON — Minutes before she addressed a boisterous crowd at the Green Party convention here on Saturday, Jill Stein sat in a mirror-walled room backstage, gazing at her reflection with a look of dumbstruck bliss.

“Can you say that again?” Ms. Stein asked.

“You’re at 6 percent in a new poll,” her press director, Meleiza Figueroa, repeated. “Sixteen percent with voters under 30.”

Most presidential candidates would blanch at such a figure this late in the race, but Ms. Stein, 66, is unlike most candidates. As the nominee of the Green Party, she offers an unswervingly progressive platform that includes abolishing student debt, establishing a right to a living-wage job and cutting military spending by at least 50 percent.

With one more nod of disbelief at the poll numbers, she returned to editing her speech and picking at a plastic container of berries. “Wow,” whispered Ms. Stein, a physician-turned-activist. “That’s fantastic.”

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Letter: Alicia Garcia: School daze

(excerpt from full letter, May 9th, 2016)

Newly elected school board trustee Ruscal Cayangyang is working hard for change, but he needs help. In November, he must run again because he was only given a two-year term. So please vote for two more new school board members and please give Cayangyang another term. Get rid of Ace Stewart and Hazel Wilson. They have stayed around too long, and have done nothing but drive our schools down into the bottom 5 percent of the entire state. We have now sunk below the city of Compton, which has been traditionally one of the worst school districts in the entire state. How is that for a testimonial? It will be time for a big change in November. Please take the school board November election very seriously and help change it for the sake of the children.

— Alicia Garcia/Vallejo

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Cayangyang seeks to continue work on Vallejo school board

Ruscal2016By John Glidden, Vallejo Times-Herald – source
POSTED: 06/09/16, 5:33 PM PDT |

Ruscal Cayangyang wants to continue serving on the Vallejo City Unified School District Board of Education.

The incumbent trustee announced Wednesday that he is seeking to fill a short two-year term this November. Cayangyang, who currently serves as vice president, was appointed to the board in January 2015.

Elected in November 2014, Vallejo resident Richard Porter declined to be seated for the position. The board then selected Cayangyang, who came in fourth place during that election.

Cayangyang said he intends to hold the district more accountable on the implementation of School Safety Plans after the Vallejo school board passed the plans in December 2015, according to a campaign news release.

Serving on the board’s Governance Committee, Cayangyang said progress is being made on a board governance handbook. “This handbook will help set up badly needed school board protocols, policies, and structures,” he said in the same release. “This will serve to hold the board more accountable, transparent, and effective with a focus on students.”

Cayangyang said that he has worked with his fellow trustee Burky Worel, “to advocate for a joint meeting between the Vallejo City Council and the board in order to facilitate and allow for both entities to govern more effectively and tackle overwhelming critical issues plaguing the district.”

He also said the board needs to address violence and bullying on Vallejo’s school campuses.

“It is imperative to ensure that all students, teachers and staff feel safe,” Cayangyang said.

“One of my principles is the belief in grassroots democracy. Every single human being deserves a say in the decisions that will affect their life and they should not be subject to the will of another,” he said. “Our current Vallejo election system both at the school board level and at the city council level, allows candidates to be bought off by big money and special interest factions.

“As a leader, I will not be bought off and I will certainly not be bullied,” he added.

Cayangyang first ran for the board in 2009, placing fifth out of six candidates.

http://www.timesheraldonline.com/government-and-politics/20160609/cayangyang-seeks-to-continue-work-on-vallejo-school-board

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Cayangyang named new VP of Vallejo school board

Vallejo Times Herald
By John Glidden, Vallejo Times-Herald
Posted: 02/04/16, 5:16 PM PST

Vallejo school trustee Ruscal Cayangyang will serve as board vice president for the rest of 2016.

In a 3-0 vote — with board president Tony Ubalde and recently named trustee Hazel Wilson abstaining — the board chose Cayangyang for the position during its meeting Wednesday night.

Last December, the board selected former board member Raymond Mommsen to serve as president, with Ubalde as vice president. Mommsen resigned from the school board in January. Trustee Burky Worel stated during Wednesday’s meeting that Ubalde automatically becomes president with the departure of Mommsen. He also nominated Cayangyang for vice president, which was followed by several seconds of silence from the remaining board members.

As Ubalde began to speak and declare the Worel’s nomination dead, Cayangyang seconded the motion.

“I appreciate trustee Worel for the nomination,” Cayangyang said, following his second. “And I can help Dr. Ubalde with whatever is needed to lead our district.”

Wilson then nominated Worel for vice president, with fellow trustee Ward “Ace” Stewart seconding. Worel declined the nomination.

Wilson then nominated Stewart, which he promptly declined.

Contact John Glidden at 707-553-6832.

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Cayangyang secures fourth place for Vallejo school board

Vallejo Times
By John Glidden
jglidden@timesheraldonline.com @glid24 on Twitter
Posted: 11/21/2014 06:15:04 PM PST

City of Vallejo voters know that each vote can be a factor in an election. Just ask Osby Davis and Gary Cloutier.

Ruscal Cayangyang, a candidate for Vallejo City Unified School District Board of Education this November, has secured fourth place — by two votes — over incumbent trustee Hazel Wilson, according to unofficial results posted Friday to the Solano County website.

Incumbent Tony Ubalde was reelected, while challengers Richard Porter and Burky Worel were picked for the other two board seats.

Porter, who teaches math and science at the Mare Island Health & Fitness Academy, recently confirmed that he would not accept the board seat, opting to stay as a teacher at the academy.

Due to state law, Porter can not serve on the board of education and teach in the district at the same time.

Porter — who filed candidacy papers in August — suspended his campaign in early September to teach.

Despite halting his campaign, more than 7,000 Vallejo voters decided to elect him, placing him second out of three available seats.

According to VCUSD board bylaw 9223, when a vacancy occurs longer than four months before the end of a board member’s term, the board can call for a special election or fill the position with a provisional appointment.

Several local citizens have vocally called for the fourth-place finisher to earn the provisional appointment to the board, in the event that Porter tenders an official resignation to the board.

“I hope for everyone’s sake, I urge you to seat whoever is in fourth place. The voting is extremely close,” Robert Schussel said to the board Wednesday night during public comment. “I don’t have any stake in who gets in but I’m just telling you, if you don’t go for the fourth-place person you are going to split this community and really hurt the school district, long term.”

Wilson stated Thursday evening that she needed to meet with her campaign team before making any decisions on whether to seek a re-count of the results.

“We ran a very positive campaign,” Wilson added. “We didn’t bully or cyber bully anyone or any of the other candidates.”

The county’s assistant registrar of voters, John Gardner, said Friday afternoon that any voter can ask for a re-count.

Gardner added that a requested re-count estimate would cost around $5,000 a day, depending on which ballots, vote-by-mail, precinct, provisional, the person would like the county to re-count.

“We hope to make the results official and certified on Tuesday,” Gardner said. “A person has five days after we certify the results to notify us if they would like a re-count.”

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Ruscal Cayangyang: Now not the time for Measure E

Vallejo Times-Herald, Opinion
Posted: 10/10/2014

My many thanks are extended to Vallejo Times-Herald reporter,John Glidden, for his excellent coverage of the upcoming school board election for the Vallejo City Unified School District.

As a candidate for change on the school board, I would like to make it perfectly clear that although I support our students and school funding, I cannot at this time endorse Measure E – the requested $239 million dollar bond – which would come from property taxes. We need new school board members with accountability, and transparency prior to mandating any additional funding.

There are many problems within our Vallejo schools. There is violence in the classroom, there is bullying, and extremely low teacher morale. No amount of money can fix that. Until we have new school board members in place we have no reason to ask the taxpayers for more funding. We need new forward-thinking board members with intelligence, accountability and financial responsibility before any new monies are requested.

Ruscal Cayangyang/Vallejo school board candidate

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Vallejoan opens campaign for lieutenant governor

By Sarah Rohrs/Times-Herald staff writer
Posted: 03/28/2014 12:59:59 AM PDT

http://www.timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_25438281/vallejoan-opens-campaign-lieutenant-governor

Vowing to represent those without representation in Sacramento, Vallejo native Jena Goodman kicked off her campaign for lieutenant governor on the steps of City Hall Thursday.

Amid a crowd of nearly a dozen supporters, Goodman, 28, outlined her platform for her run for office on the Green Party ticket. Her name will appear on the June primary ballot.

She is running against Democratic incumbent Gavin Newsom, Republican challengers Ron Nehring and John Estrada and Independent Howard Leonhardt.

Only the top two vote-getters in the June primary advance to the November election.

Goodman is a University of California at Davis student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biological Anthropology and Ecology. She graduated last year from Napa Valley College with associate degrees in arts and humanities, and natural sciences.

Acknowledging she faces an uphill battle against Newsom and Nehring, Goodman said she is running a grassroots campaign which will center mainly on California college campuses. She also said she is getting a lot of support from the Green Party.

Joining her on the Vallejo City Hall steps were her campaign committee members, including former Napa Valley College student trustee Ruscal Cayangyang of Vallejo, and current college student trustee Alex Shantz of Napa.

Goodman’s platform includes restoring free classes at California’s community colleges and universities, promoting a green economy, restoring the Delta and pushing for better environmental controls. She also supports a higher minimum wage and vowed to support small businesses.

“I will be representing those who are not being heard at the state capitol,” she said.

Goodman has never held political office except as president to the Associated Students of Napa Valley College in 2012-2013. She is also former chair of the Solano County Green Party.

In addition, she is a student liaison to the student representative who serves on the University of California Board of Regents. At age 28, she is the youngest candidate and the only woman on the ballot for lieutenant governor.

She said her light class schedule this year gave her enough time and opportunity to pursue higher office, and added she wants to inspire other young people to succeed and pursue their dreams.

“I’m hoping to set an example for my generation,” she said. “We need to reinvigorate the youth.”

A 2003 Hogan High School graduate, Goodman attended Beverly Hills Elementary and Vallejo Middle School before enrolling at Napa Valley College.

Both she and Shantz said the Green Party is founded on the pillars of social justice and non-violence. It does not take any corporate sponsorships or donations.

If elected, Goodman would serve on the University of California Board of Regents, California State University Board of Trustees, and on the Commission for Economic Development.

She said she chose to pursue the lieutenant governor position because she wants to be involved in shaping and influencing public policy.

Contact staff writer Sarah Rohrs at srohrs@timesheraldonline.com or (707) 553-6832. Follow her on Twitter @SarahVTH.

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Election Report 2013: Record number of California Greens elected in an odd-numbered year

by Mike Feinstein, November 6, 2013

Sean Reagan, elected to Norwalk - La Mirada School Board

Sean Reagan, elected to Norwalk – La Mirada School Board

Sixteen California Greens were elected to local government on November 5th, bringing to 18 elected overall in 2013, an all-time high for the party in an odd-numbered year – and bringing to 54 the number of California Greens currently holding public office statewide.

Led by Fairfax Town Councilmembers Renee Goddard and John Reed – who make up 2/3 of the Green Town Council majority there – nine of ten Green incumbents were re-elected, as well as 64% of all Greens who ran on November 5th (16/25) and in 2013 overall (18/28).

Among Greens elected for the first time, Sean Reagan won the most competitive race, elected Governing Boardmember to the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District in Los Angeles County, finishing 3rd/7 for four seats in a race that included four incumbents.

Among the 16 Greens elected on November 5th, two were elected to Town Councils and seven to School Boards. The most Greens elected from a single county came from Humboldt County (eight) and Marin County (four). The previous high number of California Greens elected in an odd-numbered year (where there are fewer elections than in even-numbered years) was 11 in both 2001 and 2003.

A list of all California Greens elected on November 5th follows below, with links to official election results for all 25 California Greens who ran at this link:

http://www.cagreens.org/elections/fall-2013

Renee Goddard, Town Council, Fairfax (Marin County) incumbent
John Reed, Town Council, Fairfax (Marin County) incumbent
Sean Reagan, Governing Boardmember, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, Norwalk (Los Angeles County)
Curtis Robinson, Board of Trustees, Trustee Area 6, Board of Education (Marin County) incumbent
Christopher Sabec, Governing Boardmember, Lagunitas School District (Marin County) incumbent
Brigitte Kubacki, Governing Boardmember, Green Point School, Blue Lake (Humboldt County)
Katherine Salinas, Governing Boardmember, Arcata School District, Arcata (Humboldt County) incumbent
Jeffrey Dean Schwartz, Governing Boardmember, Arcata School District, Arcata (Humboldt County) incumbent
Rama Zarcufsky, Governing Boardmember, Maple Creek School District (Humboldt County)
James Harvey, Board of Directors, Water and Sanitary District, Montara (San Mateo County) incumbent
Illijana Asara, Board of Directors, Community Service District, Big Lagoon (Humboldt County)
John Duffy Griffin, Board of Directors, Community Service District, Briceland (Humboldt County)
George A. Wheeler, Board of Directors, Community Service District, McKinleyville (Humboldt County)
Joseph Gauder, Board of Directors Community Services District, Covelo (Mendocino County) incumbent
William Lemos, Board of Directors, Fire Protection District, Mendocino (Mendocino County) incumbent
Russell Pace, Board of Directors, Willow Creek Fire District (Humboldt County)

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Green Party choices
Published By Times Herald
Posted: 09/23/2013

The Solano County Green Party is announcing its support for the following candidates for Vallejo City Council:

* Katy Miessner. Katy has been active in a number of grassroots campaigns and has been a very positive member of the community. Her experience in the Orderly Growth movement, the Sierra Club and the Mira Theater has been a boon to Vallejo residents. Katy will bring a wealth of experience while also working to keep the shining light of scrutiny on the council’s actions.

* Liat Meitzenheimer. Liat is a long time GVRD board member and has worked both for the parks and for open space in general. She also has experience on the city human rights committee. Liat will be an important asset for the Council and will also be a prudent financial supervisor with her background with GVRD.

* Joanne Schivley. Joanne has come to the Council before with her fiscal prudence and her responsible attitude for the overall economic health of the city. It will be in Vallejo’s best interest to bring the financial acumen that Joanne possesses back to the Council that is still trying to balance its books after bankruptcy.

These candidates will bring a sustainable city government for many years after the spendthrift ways of prior councils. With their votes, Vallejo stands the best chance of financial recovery and fiscal prudence. Without their guidance, the city will be left with a revolving door of city managers and fiscally impropriety that we all have seen with regret.

Joseph P. Feller

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Student leaders reactivate Solano County Green Party

Monday, April 1, 2013
Photo by Ruscal Cayangyang, with Jena Goodman
VALLEJO — Several Napa Valley College student leaders have reactivated the Solano County Green Party. Vallejo residents Jena Goodman, president of the Associated Students of Napa Valley College (ASNVC); Ruscal Cayangyang, NVC Board of Trustees member; and Antonio Padilla, ASNVC senator of business, held a general meeting on March 6 to officially reactivate the party.

The meeting, which was open to all registered Solano Greens, took place in a downtown Vallejo. The Green Party is a non-corporate political party. Its platform is firmly based upon the values of grassroots democracy, social justice, ecology and non-violence. Many people, especially students, are starting to believe their interests are not being represented in American democracy.

“As a political science student and a citizen of Solano County, I felt it was important to join the Green Party and I’m excited that it is being reactivated,” Padilla said. “I feel that the Green Party is the only political party right now that has the right ideas and is untainted by corporations and interest groups.”

Many of these NVC student leaders joined the Green Party because of activities organized by Campus Greens, an NVC student club that promotes the values of the Green Party. Campus Greens brought Green Party presidential candidate, Jill Stein to the college to speak during the 2012 election and the club was also involved with the Proposition 37 GMO labeling campaign. It also held a film screening about Vallejo resident Guy Jarreau, 34, who was shot and killed by Vallejo Police officers in December 2010 while filming a music video outside of a tattoo shop with a group of teens.

Goodman believes the Solano County Green Party has the ability to take action on global issues on a local level. “People tired of the two party system,” Goodman said. “Fewer people are voting and more people are registering ‘decline to state’. This is evidence that people are ready for an independent political party like the Green Party.”

Posted by Northbay Uprising Radio at 10:17 PM

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Napa Valley College students revive county’s Green Party

Posted:   04/05/2013 01:03:17 AM PDT

After a year or more lapse, the Solano County Green Party is back, and seeking new members, organizers said.

Napa Valley College student Jena Goodman, a Vallejo resident, said the campus has an active Green Party chapter and members decided to branch off and reinvigorate the Solano County chapter.

“Our goal is to get Green Party officials on a local level into local officials, such as the City Council, and we are also very much in favor of local businesses,” said Goodman, who added the Solano Green Party has been inactive for at least a year or so.

A handful of Napa College students who live in Vallejo held their first general meeting on March 6 in downtown Vallejo. Those included Ruscal Cayangyang and Antonio Padilla, plus Goodman.

The Green Party is a non-corporate political party with a platform of grassroots democracy, social justice, ecology and non-violence.

Goodman said the immediate goal is to find people to serve on a council and then build membership and work on local issues.

The group planned to hold another meeting Wednesday, with another in May.

The next meeting takes place 7 p.m. May 1, at 617 Marin St. with later meetings on the first Wednesdays of each month.

“As a political science student and a citizen of Solano County, I felt it was important to join the Green Party and I’m excited that it is being reactivated,” Padilla said in a written announcement.

Many of these NVC student leaders joined the Green Party because of activities organized by Campus Greens, an NVC student club.

Campus Greens has been active in the last few years. Members brought Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein to the college to speak during the 2012 election and the club was also involved with the Proposition 37 GMO labeling campaign.

The club also held a film screening about Vallejo resident Guy Jarreau, 34, who was shot and killed by Vallejo police officers in December 2010 in downtown Vallejo.

Anyone interested in joining the Solano County Green Party or who has questions can contact Jena Goodman by e-mail, goodman.jena@gmail.com.

Contact staff writer Sarah Rohrs at srohrs@timesheraldonline.com or (707) 553-6832. Follow her on Twitter @SarahVTH.

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Area students revive county Green Party

with 8 comments

By Donna Beth Weilenman
Staff Reporter

Spurred by a Napa Valley College campus organization, some local students have decided to revive the Solano County Green Party.

“The Green Party is a non-corporate political party,” said Jena Goodman, a Vallejo resident who is president of the Associated Students of Napa Valley College. “Its platform is firmly based on the values of grassroots democracy, social justice, ecology and nonviolence.”

Some of the college’s students have participated in activities organized by Campus Greens, a student club that promotes Green Party values, Goodman said.

The organization brought Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein to speak at the campus during the 2012 race, and members campaigned in favor of Proposition 37, a defeated measure that would have required specific labels for certain genetically modified foods.

Campus Greens also slated a documentary film screening Nov. 14, 2012, about Guy Jarreau. Jarreau, 34, of Vallejo, was shot and killed by Vallejo police outside a tattoo shop in 2010 during a music video shoot involving a group of teenagers who later described their project as being an anti-crime music video.

Jarreau moved to California after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, La., his native city, in 2005. He was a Napa Valley College psychology student who was active in the Black Student Union and the Umoja program that provides support to African-Amercan students attending the college.

Police said they were responding to reports that an armed man was confronting a group of teenagers. They said the man initially ran from police, then turned around while holding the weapon, prompting officers to fire.

Vallejo police released an audiotape of the 9-1-1 call in which a man said 15 men were in front of a tattoo shop at 2118 Sonoma Blvd., Vallejo. The caller said the youths were videotaping, and that the oldest member of the group had displayed a revolver before putting it in his jeans pocket.

The shooting sparked protests and a series of vigils, though Solano County District Attorney Don du Bain’s office determined the officer’s actions were “lawful.” The documentary was made by Josh Hendry, described as one of Jarreau’s close friends.

Goodman said the Green Party is attracting the attention of students and those outside the college system who “are starting to believe their interests are not being represented in American democracy.”

The Green Party of California was organized Feb. 4, 1990, and began fielding candidates about a year later. Solano County’s party was noted for its “intelligent” stands on a variety of issues by 2004 observers, but in later years membership drifted to Yolo County in later years.

Goodman said she believes the Solano County Green Party can tackle national and global issues on a local level.

“People are tired of the two-party system,” she said. “Fewer people are voting and more people are registering ‘decline to state.’ This is evidence that people are ready for an independent political party like the Green Party.”

One of those is Antonio Padilla, a senator of business in the Associated Students of Napa Valley College, who joined Goodman and NVC Trustee Ruscal Cayangyang in spearheading the party’s reactivation at a March 6 meeting at 617 Marin St.,Vallejo.

“I feel that the Green Party is the only political party right now that has the right ideas and is untainted by corporations and interest groups,” Padilla said. “As … a citizen of Solano County, I felt it was important to join the Green Party, and I’m excited that it is being reactivated.”

The party’s website is www.cagreens.org/solano, where those interested may enroll in a party email discussion list.

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