No, this post is not about who you might think. Despite false and misleading rumors, Dr. Jose F. Moreno is not a part of Team Tait and is running his own campaign. We are talking about Dr. Roberto Baeza, who is a disgruntled ex-principal in Anaheim City School District and a current candidate for Anaheim Union High School District Board of Education, Area 2. This race has four candidates, all Latino, three are registered Democratic, including Dr. Baeza.
If the name sounds familiar, that is because Dr. Roberto Baeza was a principal at Benito Juarez Elementary School who was transferred to Palm Lane Elementary School and later demoted after, it is rumored, he was caught working with Republican Senator Bob Huff and Union Busting pseudo-Democrat Gloria Romero to make Palm Lane into a corporate run charter school that Baeza would head up. He is also an appointee of Councilwoman Kris Murray’s to the Library Board.
Throughout his campaign, Dr. Baeza has been vague on where he stands on the issues. Rumors are circulating that he is running simply to “stick it” to Dr. Jose F. Moreno and other progressives in the city. Another candidate running alongside Dr. Baeza is Esther Castillo, who is a candidate for the Anaheim City School District. Both pulled papers on the last day of filing and were seen walking in and leaving the Registrar of Voters together.
In the OC Register, Gloria Romero has been writing editorials, here and here, portraying Dr. Baeza as some sort of martyr and making it clear that Baeza and Castillo are out to radically transform the school district and harm the working families who are employed by the school district.
Recently, Councilwoman Kris Murray has joined Romero, Senator Huff and radical homophobe Robert Hammond in going to ACSD meetings and claiming Dr. Jose F. Moreno is trying to harm parents. Baeza and Castillo have previously denied being a part of this effort. Now we know otherwise. Here are pictures, obtained by The Liberal OC, that show Dr. Baeza is proudly a part of a slate with Mayoral candidate and professional foot-in-mouther , death “is a good outcome” for criminal suspects, Lucille Kring and Council incumbents Gail “thank God for the riots” Eastman and Kris Murray.
In fact Dr. Baeza has announced that, along with ACSD candidate Esther Castillo, they will be canvasing in a precinct walk with Kring, Eastman and Murray. We would expect that support from this camp comes with strings attached. It is reasonable for Anaheim voters to wonder of Dr. Baeza, what strings are attached this support?
Recently, Esther Castillo has incorporated a page from SAUSD candidate Valerie Amezcua’s campaign and made the “schools not prison” platform as part of her campaign message. We wonder, how can a candidate claim they want to end the schools to prison pipeline and support three candidates for Anaheim Mayor and Council whose policies and actions have been perceived as making the schools to prison pipeline stronger among Anaheim’s youth.
These realities demonstrate the need for voter awareness that there are some bad Democrats with a Republican agenda out there. Castillo and Baeza are an example of this. Any Democrat who would openly campaign with Kring, Eastman and Murray needs to be called out for what they are, a Democrat in Name Only.