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LWV League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
Los Angeles County, CA March 8, 2005 Election
 Smart Voter Mark Nelson

Candidate for
Board Member; Redondo Beach Unified School District

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Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Strategic Planning Manager
  • I have earned BS and MS degrees in Economics, with major work in business and labor economics
  • As a loaned educator, I taught business and economics at the high school level and have also been an adjunct professor.
  • My bargaining unit (union) experience includes supervision, senior management, and negoitiating with both physical and staff union members.
  • Over the past 20+ years, I have developed and managed projects ranging from a few million dollars to over a billion dollars.
  • My experience with local, state and federal government prepares me to better deal with government and to find new funding sources.
  • The most important experience I have is as an involved parent in Redondo Beach.
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Top Priorities if Elected
  • I seek to develop a school district that is run by the parents, for the benefits of the students and community.
  • The fiscal irresponsibility of the current board must be addressed. We must move to zero-based budgeting as per the Assoc of School Business Officials
  • I support refocusing efforts on the basics, and taking a long, hard look at the current curriculum through the eyes of the parents and the community.
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Key Endorsements
Position Papers
Revenue Enhancements Can't Be The Whole Answer
To think that Redondo Beach schools can operate on donations -- either corporate or private -- is to engage in a fantasy. RBUSD should aggressively employ contract grant writers and approach local corporations, however, that revenue is unstable and cannot be relied upon for core expenditures. A balanced budget, built up from a zero-based philosophy is the only way to assure the long term success of the district.
End The Politicization Of Our Schools
Beginning with the last Board election where unions poured thousands into a campaign to "win a teacher-friendly majority" -- and continuing with the current million dollar CTA PR blitz over the airwaves -- education has become far too political for the KIDS' good. It's time to put the power back in the hands of the community and parents and take it away from bureaucrats and special interest groups. See for my Breeze full text responses.
The Parcel Tax Is The Best Way To Increase Revenues, If Needed
Without thorough analysis, it isn't clear that RBUSD needs more money. If it does, the answer isn't handouts and donations, the answer is a compelling argument to the voters to implement a parcel tax. With over 30,000 units in Redondo Beach, a $100 annual parcel tax would raise $3M. This tax should ONLY be implemented if RBUSD's Board implements strict Board level resolutions for its expenditure. See for more.
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