Long story short: Thanks to a couple of recent rants, there is more attention to this blog and to some related online resources.

To new visitors, welcome! Here are some other places to visit:

Here are the relevant links to the challengers for school board seats:

Ashley Anderson is running in Area 7 for the seat being vacated by Trustee Walt Davenport. Her online info is at:

Website: www.ashleyandersonNMUSD.com
Facebook: www.fb.me/AshleyAndersonNMUSD2018


Michelle McKnight Barto is running in Area 5 for the seat vacated by Judy Franco. Her website is at:


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/michellebarto


Dr. Gina Nick is running in Area 4 against incumbent Karen Yelsey, who told us in 2006 that she would serve 12 years but has flip-flopped and decided that she needs at least another four years:



Michelle Murphy wants to replace Trustee Charlene Metoyer in Area 2. Murphy’s links are:

website: https://murphyfornewportmesa.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/murphyfornewportmesa/


There are three other candidates running: Paul Hillson in Area 5, Bertha Rodrigues in Area 7, and Diane Ruorock in Area 7. As soon as I learn of the campaign-specific URLs for each, I will post them. Updates to all challenger information will be made as quickly as possible.


The Newport-Mesa Community for Students is a grassroots parent and taxpayer organization dedicated to improving district performance standards:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NMactivism4education/
Website: nmc4s.com


John Caldecott is the district’s former HR head. Shortly after he questioned compensation to a district employee, he was fired after 10 years of exemplary service. Caldecott has made great strides in increasing district transparency. His progress can be followed at his website:



Costa Mesa Brief has a lot of relevant videos, including the  excellent Sandy Asper interviews and exposès. I particularly like the video regarding the Estancia pool debacle. This is the with the details on how the district ruined the aquatics program at the school by closing the pool prematurely.


Steve Smith