Editorial: Hinde for county school seat
by Press-Banner
Oct 21, 2010 | 6220 views | 10 10 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Press-Banner endorses Aaron Hinde for the Santa Cruz County Board of Education, Area 1.

Hinde, a Bonny Doon resident who works as a chiropractor in Scotts Valley, is the incumbent in this race, and we see no reason to unseat him, considering his track record in the community and on the board. If he wins, we believe he will make good on his promise to serve one more term and then leave the post.

He is a valuable member of the community, and, as a San Lorenzo Valley High School alumnus whose two children attend Brook Knoll School, he knows Scotts Valley and the San Lorenzo Valley inside and out.

Hinde won the endorsement of all six other board members by running crisp meetings as board president this year and working diligently to balance the Santa Cruz County Office of Education budget.

We believe George Martinez, Hinde’s opponent for the seat, is a strong and knowledgeable candidate. However, his idea of a countywide parcel tax to support the schools is not a good one. A county parcel tax would involve a level of bureaucracy that is unacceptable and could undermine Scotts Valley’s effort to pass a parcel tax for its schools.

If Scotts Valley were to put a parcel tax on the ballot in the next six months, it would be tailored to exactly what the district needs. The same goes for any of the other nine school districts under the county’s umbrella. A countywide parcel tax would not coincide with this. While he would not vote on it, Hinde has said he supports a Scotts Valley parcel tax with an exemption for seniors.

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Perpetual Admin
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October 26, 2010
"it would be tailored to exactly what the district needs. The same goes for any of the other nine school districts under the county’s umbrella."

Ignoring the fact that there are 10 school districts endorses continued redundant effort that should be consolidated. Eliminate all the separate silvers, etc., so taxpayers can save the cost of the other nine.
school observer
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October 26, 2010
More on the folks running Hinde's campaign:

http://santacruz.patch.com/articles/santa-cruz-republican-political-machine
Tammy Teacher
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October 25, 2010
Way to go Aaron Hinde! You have our vote!
Hinde for Ron Paul
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October 25, 2010
Do a little Google search and you'll see that Dr. Hinde is a Ron Paul endorser. Nice. Wanna have fun? Google Ron Paul and public education. Good stuff.
Not voting
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October 25, 2010
It's easy for Hinde to support a parcel tax when he himself pays no school parcel taxes. Months ago your paper reported Aaron Hinde seeing his fathers home on fire from his two story home at 1020 Bertoli Dr. That same parcel has no assessed structures, pays no school taxes and any existing structes were built without paying for building permits or any school fees. He is responsible for budget cuts and school parcel taxes that clearly he takes no responsibility for. It's easy to support a tax that you are avoiding and doesn't apply to you!
Not you
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October 22, 2010
"The Press-Banner endorses Aaron Hinde for the Santa Cruz County Board of Education,"

Well then I certainly won't vote for him. Thanks for the tip.

County wide tax
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October 22, 2010
to support schools, all with common goals. How about a county wide management and administration that eliminates the waste of SV silver and associates. Business consolidates duplicated operations to save money over larger regions. There should be one position like that in the county, instead of each of the little multiple cities we now support. This drains resources from the students, classrooms and teachers.
Felton Teacher
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October 22, 2010
Great job Press Banner! We agree. Aaron Hinde has done a remarkable job and strongly deserves re-election. Teachers and administrators alike admire his work.

The majority of us can see through the mudslinging politics. As if it is an insult to call someone conservative.

Geez. What's next, calling us racist?
school observer
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October 22, 2010
And to highlight the connections between Hinde, Locatelli, and the Senior Coalition -- the underlying agenda...

All three have websites run by the same company, one which advertises itself as "CONSERVATIVE. We work for the movement. Our system was built to help conservatives get ahead online."

school observer
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October 21, 2010
You're probably right that Hinde will serve one more term and then leave the post. As far as I can tell, his real interest is not in education, but in Republican party politics -- witness his service on the Republican Central Committee and his ties to Terra Eclipse, Victory 2012 and the Senior Coalition (see http://www.thevalleypost.com/article.php?id=2981).

Maybe in theory the COE board is non-partisan but it won't be if Hinde, Marani and Locatelli are all on the board.


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