AESD Trustees Magcalas, Alvarez Want To “Defund” School Safety Officers

AESD Trustees J. Paolo Magcalas and Juan G. Alvarez want to defund school safety officers.

Are campus safety officers “bullies in blue”? Are they part of a “school-to-prison” pipeline? A manifestation of “systemic racism” that victimizes minority students?

Some elected members of the Anaheim Elementary School District Board of Trustees think so.

Trustee Juan Alvarez co-authored a June 8 op-ed in the Voice of OC advocating “defunding” campus safety officers, calling them “repressive” and “contributing to an atmosphere of mistrust and alienation that causes students to misbehave.” In others, the existence of school safety officers creates unsafety – which is like saying crime is caused by the existence of police.

Alvarez is an officer of the Anaheim Secondary Teachers Association, and teaches at Sycamore Junior High School in the Anaheim Union High School District. He was elected to the AESD Board in 2018, defeating incumbent Jeff Cole with the support of the teachers union and the Moreno/Matsuda political machine. He holds radical political views that are far to the left of mainstream public opinion, supporting extremist policies such as removing all border controls and declaring our southern border open.

Another AESD trustee, J. Paolo Magcalas, posted an ACLU paper critical of school safety officers entitled “Bullies In Blue: The Problem with School Policing“:

The ACLU paper claims school policing “criminalizes adolescents of color” and directly links it to “overcriminalization of Black and Latino communities,” “mass incarceration” and Jim Crow laws, and “challenges assumptions that the function of police in schools is to protect children.”

Very mainstream.

Magcalas is fully on board the movement to defund the police – be it campus safety officers, municipal police or any sworn law enforcement officer. Earlier this month, he applauded when the LAUSD and the Los Angeles City Council slashed funding for their respective police forces:

In 2018-19 school year – the most recent statistics available – 2,014 crimes were committed at LAUSD schools. While that represented a 10.1% drop from the previous year, the number of students enrolled in LAUSD dropped 12.4% during the same period.

45.6% of the crimes were committed in high schools, 28.4% in middle schools and 26% in elementary schools.

Yet Messers. Magcalas and Alvarez think it is good idea to defund school safety offices, or abolish them altogether.

It is doubtful many parents would agree with their radical views.

Crime is surging in cities governed by elected officials who share their #DefundThePolice mentality, but radical activists like Magcalas and Alvarez , at the end of the day, will put implementing their woke ideology ahead of the welfare of ordinary people.

Magacalas represents Trustee Area 3, and he is running for re-election this November. Thus far, he is running un-opposed. In fact, Magcalas has never faced a competitive election – he won his first campaign in 2016 by default, because no other candidate filed to run.

Perhaps if he draws an opponent this time, he will be forced to explain his radical views and record to AESD voters.


  1. Defund or reallocate. Unfortunately lunch ladies cannot handle security needs on campus. What would be nice is if they hired counselors, nurses etc and kept officers on an as needed basis. Anybody ever hear of school shootings? It was an interesting situation on 4th of July. Call the police, the neighbors are shooting fireworks. And they wonder why the police didn’t come. It can’t be both ways. Reallocate resources, get this term, defund out if the language.

  2. Why are the stats from LAUSD? How about some crime stats from AESD? Is “ordinary people” code for white people?

    • “Why are the stats from LAUSD?”

      To put in perspective Magcalas’ support for LAUSD’s slashing its school safety budget.

      “Is “ordinary people” code for white people?”

      It’s not code for anything. It’s a reference to ordinary working people of all colors and walks of life, as opposed to woke revolutionaries who had their common sense educated out of them at university.

      • HAHAHAHA! “woke revolutionaries who had their common sense educated out of them at university.” Also code for white people! LOL!!!

  3. Someone, anyone run against Magcalas. Save Anaheim’s youth from him. Save Anaheim from him. It is an easy win for someone because many do not want him. Look at what he stands for. This regime has a stranglehold on our schools. We need the Matsuda/Moreno group out of any office held in Anaheim. Look at our schools, look at our scores they have ruined our district.

  4. Are you crazy if you ever work at a high school you know you need them don’t you know about the shooting in school kids come with drugs and flip out student come with knifes and they vape and get high the schools are not safe without the safety of the officers

  5. Radical ideas result in radical results. No way ever are they going to experiment with these dumb ideas. It’s like hey lets take down all the security fencing now that we know it protects school property.

  6. I am a campus aide and a instructional assistant LH bilingual. Never have I bullied a child in 23 years.🤬You treat people with respect to receive respect.I am very well respected everywhere I go and am greatful for it because i have earned it.I have seen and been through anything and everything you can think of in all my years so Educate yourself Juan G. Alvarez and Pablo Magcalas on things you will never see inside your classroom.I have helped students and even changed their lives for the better that’s not part of my job description and helped families in my community that belong to this district and helped all staff on my campus to keep my campus safe for everyone by going over and beyond.That doesn’t sound like a bully 🙄
    Students come from home defiant and disrespectful we don’t make them this way they come to us this way and it’s not all students. So I guess our low test scores are to blame on teachers like you because of your lack of education.. I know great teachers who have common sense to totally disagree with you.Your picture on the top of the page is so defamation of character we can NOT touch a student but i guess this is a falsely way of you proving a point of what we don’t do n this district.I welcome you to come to our campus aide meetings so you can get educated but let’s talk about how many of our campus aides and staff have gotten hit or injured by students hitting them..look at your numbers because it’s becoming a hostile work environment 🙄 I also have a child in this district that tells me what goes on in his school and I am greatful to his campus aides for protecting my child and all students and staff at their site.I have great co-workers and a lot of support because we work as a team.
    Feel free to reach out to me I will gladly love to give you my input..

    • CARMEN! Thank you for what you said. I agree with you 100%. Amen to that!

      • Thank you for your support
        If you go on Facebook to Anaheim Blog my improvised version is on there too. Thank you 🙏🏼

    • Thank you Carmen. It needed to be said. People tend to talk about what they’ve haven’t experienced. He needs to refocus on Certified personnel. The teacher bullying, teaching as thou it was a prison pipeline.

  7. Why will you not post my comments everyone has a right to comment on the truth

  8. Jose Moreno now supports a Huntington Beach candidate. This is all to keep his agenda spreading. He is at work in the council (or tries) and we have Magcalas, Juan Alvarez, Matsuda and company in the schools/district. We need to remember in November and not vote for any of them that are on the ballot. Weed out Anaheim.

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