Jesse Ortiz’s recently filed Form 460 discloses $25,000 in contributions from Sacramento developer Angelo Tsakopoulos and those connected to him — and another $20,000 from the Cache Creek Casino Resort. At least the casino is in Yolo County and possibly some county educational services are provided to students that members of the tribe care about.
But, one has to wonder, why is the Sacramento group financially assisting Jesse Ortiz in such a big way? There is no logical connection: The Yolo County Office of Education is not involved in land-use decisions and does very few property transactions. I cannot imagine that the Sacramento developers are investing this money without anticipating something positive, for them, in return. One can only speculate as to what this benefit might be.
Candidate Sam Neustadt, on the other hand, has attracted much more modest donations from concerned parents, residents, personal friends, taxpayers and educators — people who really care about schools and students — especially the ones at risk that the County Office serves. I know, because I am one of those supporters.
One criterion I use when I evaluate candidates is looking at those who provide them funding. By this test, Jesse Ortiz fails.