Pro: "I believe that the cost of education at SMC is fair. However, there are constant pressures to increase tuition. The goal of Community College was to provide students with access to affordable education in their community."
Pro: "SMC should consider offering 4 year programs, especially in the fastest growing industries such as the Healthcare and High-Tech industries. Santa Monica is the home to several hospitals as well as Silicon Beach. SMC can be a driving force in creating employment paths for local residents."
Pro: "SMC does offer vocational classes, however it is very limited and the focus has been in transferring students to 4 year University. I believe that SMC must do more to create vocational classes in Computer Science or computer repair."
Pro: "SMC should give preference to local students. Residents pay the taxes that help build SMC and we have to shoulder the burden of increased traffic and lack of parking due to SMC students, local residents deserve priority registration."
Pro: "SMC offers good quality education, however there is still an achievement gap that exists. The main reason for the achievement gap is a lack of focus on the students with the greatest need. Special treatment is given to international students, when in fact the local students that are struggling the most should be given more attention."
Pro: "SMC should expand facilities and ensure that the buildings are earthquake retrofitted to ensure that students, faculty and staff are safe. Any expansion should engage local residents and neighborhood groups to ensure that future construction is done in a collaborative manner with respect for residents."
As a product of the community college system I understand the importance of expanding access and opportunity in higher education. I have a BA in economics and more than 20 years' experience in public policy development.
A Commitment to Equity in Education
Led a campaign to improve discipline policies at SMMUSD.
Successfully advocated for the construction of the Pico Branch Library that will work to close the achievement gap.
As a Residocracy Advisory Board member, I led a volunteer effort to collect more than 13,000 voter signatures to overturn the Hines Development Agreement.
As Vice-Chair of the PNA & SMRR Steering Committee member, I led a successful campaign to stop displacement of renters by establishing zoning protections for Santa Monica residents.
ELECT MARIA LOYA to put the COMMUNITY BACK IN Santa Monica College by:
Strengthening the partnership between SMC and SMMUSD to give local students a clear pathway to higher education.
Building stronger partnerships with Silicon Beach to increase High Tech job opportunities for local residents.
Establish a SMC good neighbor program that will improve communication and collaboration with adjacent neighborhoods.
Provide greater budget accountability and bond oversight.