Jose J Granda, PhD will bring intellectual diversity to the Davis School Board.
HE IS DIFFERENT THAN THE OTHER CANDIDATES
Jose J. Granda, PhD, is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the California State University for 34 years and a Davis resident for 38 years. He came to Davis in 1978 to complete his doctoral studies at UC Davis and obtained his PhD in 1982. He started his graduate career at UC Berkeley where he obtained a Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering and continued his PhD at UC Davis.
He is a respected engineer and scientist known all over the world. He has made significant contributions to the field of Mechatronics, Computer Simulations and Ground and Space Vehicles. Since 2002 besides his faculty position at CSUS, at the invitation from NASA, he worked as a NASA Faculty Fellow and has been part of the engineering team in several Space Shuttle Missions. During STS-114, the Discovery mission, he was part of Mission Control. He and his students continue to work on new projects which will take man to asteroids, the moon and other planets. He served as NASA mission public spokesman for 17 space shuttle missions. His dedication and interest in education has gained him invitations from universities and high schools around the world where he takes his knowledge of science and engineering and his inspirational flight suit to motivate young kids to become engineers and scientists.
HIS SERVICE TO DAVIS SCHOOLS
He started his service to Davis kids at the time two of his own children were in Davis Public Schools. He was part of the first families that started the Spanish Immersion Program in Davis at Birch Lane Elementary School and at North Davis Elementary. He volunteered his talents in the classroom to help the teachers with Spanish and Math. The School Board appointed him to the Task Force on Technology with the mission to advise the Board in the establishment of the first computer laboratories in Davis Public schools.
He is willing to serve on the School Board to represent the best interest of the students and the taxpayers. His vision is to use his skills and knowledge to make Davis Schools the most technologically advanced schools anywhere.
HIS VIEW: EDUCATION IS KEY TO LIFE SUCCESS
He believes that the spark of an engineering and science career starts around the age of 10. That is elementary school. For that reason, he regularly conducts motivational talks with children in elementary and high schools. He does this whether at schools or in the wilderness. He was the first in California to implement the Robotics Merit Badge for the Boy Scouts summer camp using a grant from NASA with a Boy Scout troop from Davis. During Engineering Week at UC Davis, he participated as a speaker and counselor for the Engineering Merit Badge, an event in which 54 Davis Boy Scouts participated. The objective of his talks to children and young adults in high schools is to motivate them and encourage them to enter STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering and Math) careers when they reach the University. When they get there he has been a counselor for their careers. He has supported his students through grants and several have gone on to do their PhD s.
THE AIM / GATE PROGRAM
The opportunities for this program and others for special talents need to be open to everyone who is willing to try and challenge themselves. Jose believes in EQUALITY AND OPPORTUNITY for everyone. The lottery system where a child's admission into AIM /Gate program depends on luck, or is dependent on a standard unfair to underrepresented and disabled students has no place in the policy of the Davis School Board. The program should be open to any child whose parents wish their child to be enrolled. Each student must be given an opportunity to try and challenge themselves and if capable continue on.
He believes that women deserve the same opportunities as men and through his grants has supported all girls science groups such as the "FEMBOTS", a robotics club composed of high school girls. He keeps in touch with youngsters and anyone who wants to learn more about his work in space.
While science and engineering provide youngsters with a bright future, not everyone will follow that path. For this reason Vocational Education has to be an integral part of the Davis School system to better serve the community and provide a future for youngsters with other skills.
RECORD ON BEHALF OF THE TAXPAYERS
Jose and other plaintiffs are proud of having contributed to keeping the school board honest. He and others went to court to protect the taxpayers over the Parcel Tax Measure E and won. The School District had illegally drafted Measure E. The School Board had to conform to the law. This is a major accomplishment on behalf of the taxpayers.
Out of the four candidates he is the only one that is a native Spanish speaker and speaks four languages. Jose believes foreign languages such as German, Chinese, Spanish and French should be a priority in a child's education. Jose speaks fluently: German, French, English and Spanish. He understands and lives cultural diversity everyday. He would set up a climate in Davis Schools that foreign languages are a very important priority and an integral part of a child's and young adult's education. Languages are the tools that will assist them in any career they chose to communicate with the globalized world, understand other cultures, enrich the whole person and be competitive in a global society.
Jose has lived in Germany, France, Switzerland and in Latin America which has given him a unique perspective of several educational systems from which to learn and implement in American education. He understands the culture and is sensitive to the needs of immigrant children that need to integrate in American Culture and learn English. He also understands the needs of American born children to expand their world and learn foreign languages.
SALE OF THE GRANDE PROPERTY (PRESENT BOARD'S BIG MISTAKE)
Jose was opposed to the sale of the Grande Property, a prime land that belonged to the School District and of course to the taxpayers. Originally planned for a neighborhood school. The present school board sold it and now it is in the hands of developers instead of the children and the taxpayers of this district. Jose proposed that this should become a Tutoring Center so parents wouldn't have to scramble for help after school or to send their children to private courses to prepare for the SAT or ACT exams. It could have become a science center, an art center, a music hall, a language center etc, etc but not sold to special interests. A big mistake. Have the children benefited from that sale? The answer is NO.
NO ON MEASURE H
Jose opposes Measure H. The request from the present school board that everyone who owns a home or other property shall commit $4,960 = ($620 x 8 yrs) dollars plus an undetermined amount tied to the "consumer price index" (like a variable interest loan) is completely unreasonable and irresponsible. The School Board has placed Measure H to impose a debt of $4,960 on every homeowner in Davis and they are given them eight years to pay it. This is not even taxdeductible. Taxpayers will have to increase their mortgage payments for eight years without any possibility of scrutiny or chance to vote in two or four years. It is an irresponsible proposal that doubles the current parcel taxes. It is not necessary. Taxpayers approved California staewide Proposition 30 in 2014 to solve the state shortfalls and the Davis School District is receiving 10.8 million dollars every year from it. To double the parcel taxes on top of this is an abuse of the taxpayers who honestly want to contribute to help education. Jose has paid the parcel taxes since the onset in 1984 but it is time to say no. Jose voted for Proposition 30 because he is not opposed to taxes for schools but he is opposed to the School Board abusing the taxpayers.
For these reasons please consider a Vote NO on Measure H.
READY TO CHANGE THINGS FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR YOUTH AND THE TAXPAYERS?. Then, VOTE FOR JOSE GRANDA, either by mail or in person on November 8, 2016.