Maria Loya announced Friday that she has been endorsed by State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, in her campaign to represent Santa Monica and Malibu on the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees.
“Maria is the type of person we need serving on the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees,” said Torlakson. “She has the vision and energy necessary to ensure that the residents of Santa Monica and Malibu have access to affordable higher education. As a product of the community college system herself, Maria is well aware of the opportunities afforded by higher education. I look forward to working with her on making Santa Monica College more affordable and accessible for the communities it serves.”
“I am proud to have Tom Torlakson endorse my campaign for Santa Monica College Board of Trustees,” Loya said. “For the past year, our campaign has been talking to voters about the issues important to them: accessibility, affordability and responsibility. Tom’s endorsement goes to show that our message is resonating beyond the local reaches of the college. I look forward to working with him on making higher education affordable and accessible.”
Torlakson helped lead and win the battle to stop budget cuts to California’s schools and put decision-making about how to spend education dollars back in the hands of local parents, teachers, and community leaders. He supported providing local flexibility for $13 billion in state education funds. Earlier this year, he led successful efforts to provide schools with $1.25 billion in locally controlled funding for new textbooks, teacher training and school technology.
Torlakson joins the Los Angeles County Democratic Party and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor in endorsing Loya for Santa Monica College Board of Trustees.
Loya is running for one of four open seats on the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees. The election will be held on November 4, 2014.
She currently serves as Vice Chair of the Pico Neighborhood Association and PTA Board member at Edison Language Academy. She also serves on the steering committee of Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights and is a member of Residocracy’s Advisory Board.
For more information on Maria Loya’s campaign visit her website: www.maria4smcboard.com
Rounding out his surprise visit on Friday to Santa Monica’s Pico Neighborhood, Torlakson also endorsed Oscar de la Torre for re-election to the SMMUSD Board of Education. “Oscar is the youngest person running for school board but with 12 years of service he has the most governance experience. Parents, educators and residents in both Santa Monica and Malibu have supported Mr. de la Torre in the three past elections because it is clear that Oscar has a personal commitment to serving our students and supporting our schools,” Torlakson said.
Oscar de la Torre and Maria Loya are husband and wife, parents of two boys and both have been very active in local schools, neighborhood concerns, and local political and economic issues, and frequently speak at Santa Monica City Council meetings on
a variety of issues