A professor at Pasadena City College for 16 years, Kaitzer Puglia is familiar with being inside a classroom. Now she wants a say in policy decisions at the La Cañada Unified School District. The 51-year-old mother of two teenage daughters is one of eight candidates running for a seat on the board in the Nov. 5 election. At her home in La Cañada, she discussed her campaign.
What is your motivation for running?
It was what was coming ahead for the district. Looking and seeing what is happening from the statewide level, funding-wise, looking about the national level. We're really being looked at.
Seeing that all these issues are coming and all this talk about Common Core, I'm concerned. I want to make sure someone is there to really understand what Common Core is and what it looks like.
With my background, I can see the legislative issues and how that kind of filters through, and what it looks like in a classroom.