Tina Park swearing in ceremony
Tina Park gets sworn into her new office as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Los Angeles Community College District. Congratulations, Tina.
Here is her statement from her website....
When I first made the decision to run for the LACCD Board of Trustees, I frankly wasn't sure what to expect. For all my experience in the financial industry and my commitment to improve our education system, I was a relative newcomer to the realm of politics. I did not have the benefit of high-profile supporters with political influence, nor was I particularly astute in the fine art of campaign tactics. Indeed, there have been times when I wondered whether our campaign could truly outshine those of the other candidates.
During those times of doubt, I constantly found myself reassured by the outpouring of support from each and every one of you - whether in the form of generous donations or letters of encouragement - because this meant you were identifying with our message based on financial transparency, local sovereignty, accountability and elimination of waste. The grassroots support during our past several months of campaign has been nothing short of incredible, reaffirming time and time again that you were ready and eager for a new candidate, with all of the practical experience and none of the politics-as-usual attitude, to help bring about real change to our educational system.
During the March primary and again at the May 19th run-off election, you made your voices heard and entrusted me with the opportunity to bring to fruition my vision of affordable, quality education for everyone. For this, I cannot adequately express my gratitude to all of you – my supporters, advisors, contributors and voters. I can only say that I am humbled and honored by your decision to place your confidence and faith in me, and that it has been a privilege to have Ms. Angela Reddock as my opponent in this campaign. Ms. Reddock is a hardworking, qualified candidate committed to helping improve our community, and I wish her the very best in all of her future endeavors.
While it may be tempting for us to bask in our victory, I fully realize the gravity of the responsibilities that have been placed upon me. There are serious, difficult tasks that lie ahead in our effort to provide efficiency, motivation and value to our students, and to remove the bureaucratic red tape and corporatism that plague the current system. In this regard, I will work tirelessly and conscientiously with my fellow board members, Chancellor Drummond, and the presidents of our 9 community colleges. As an auditor, I will work to oversee and streamline the LACCD budget, cut out wasteful spending for our taxpayers, and ensure that students, educators and school administrators have the tools and incentives to improve their performances dramatically, both in and out of the classrooms.
Once again, thank you for your continued support on this amazing journey. As trustee, I will do my utmost to exceed your expectations and improve the quality of education for all of our current and future students in the Los Angeles district.
Sincerely, Tina Park