Public school educators from north Orange County protest to preserve education funding in front of the Fullerton offices of Republican state Assemblyman Chris Norby. Orange County, home to a strong anti-tax contingent, will also have its schools face millions in cuts should Prop. 30 not pass Tuesday.
During the last few months, California school districts have scrambled to prepare budgets and contingency plans for Prop. 30 — in some cases, walking a tightrope between advocacy and education.
But school officials in Orange County have been trying to balance the case for their survival with the fact that their conservative constituents are often ideologically opposed to tax hikes that would stave off more cuts.
This difficult balance is evident at the Capistrano Unified School District, the county's second-largest school district. The district, known locally as "Capo Unified," is located in relatively affluent, majority white, mostly Republican south Orange County. Its student population is 61 percent white and less than 25 percent Hispanic.
The district's students have already lost a week of instruction this year and stand to lose two more weeks if Prop. 30 does not pass. But Capo Unified admnistrators don't talk about that.
On the far left is the continuation high school, in the middle is the small market, and on the right is the discount store that has now been turned into a medical marijuana dispensary.
A medical marijuana dispensary has opened in Anaheim about 50 feet from a continuation high school that serves "at-risk" students, the OC Register is reporting.
State law signed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger prohibits any dispensary from being closer than 600 feet of a school. The only thing that seperates the Southwest Anaheim campus of the Orange County Department of Education's ACCESS program and the cannabis shop is a small market.
"There are plenty of places that they could put a dispensary, but it doesn't belong right here next to a school," Devin Lawson, the principal of the school complained to the Register. Some of the children at the school are battling drug and alcohol issues, officials told the paper.
Although the facade of the dispensary has no sign (other than two images of a drowsy house sporting a smile), the 1877 W. Katella address is listed as "Natural Wellness of California" on a medical marijuana web directory.