Candidate’s-Corner: Tony Dolz for Conejo Valley School Board

Statement from Tony Dolz, Candidate for Conejo Valley School Board:

OxCC11-5-CC11-6-0412I am seeking election so that I might represent the wishes of the people in the Conejo Valley.

The parents of private, charter, homeschooled and public schooled children tell me that the Superintendent and the incumbents don’t represent them and they want to help me get elected to bring needed change.

Incumbent Pat Phelps has voted against the wishes of charter school parents, parents opposing school closings; and Phelps has frustrated the wishes of the Conti family for their legal right to due process on the sexual harasment case of their 13 year old daughter. I stood with the Conti family.

I also want to represent the wishes of the teachers and classified employees, who have not gotten a salary increase in years and will not get one this year.  Board member Mike Dunn and I are proposing a 3% one-time bonus this school year from an existing fund and incumbent Pat Phelps opposes.

Parents told me that they don’t trust the federal government collecting information on our children with the collaboration of the Superintendent and incumbents on the school board.  Parents tell me that the only safe private information on our children is information that they do not surrender.  So I organized a series of meetings on the parents’ legal right to opt out of data mining by  the schools and the parents packed the 400 seat Thousand Oaks High School Auditorium.  Pat Phelps did not show up.  The next private information opt out meeting in Newbury Park attracted over 200 parents and teachers.  I organized it to hear the parents; and yes, teachers put being a parent first.  Pat Phelps did not show up.

I am the only candidate with young children attending our public schools; and parents tell me that they want someone with children in the schools, like me, seating on the school board.  Pat Phelps has no children in our public schools.

I will be able to listen to English learning parents and students as I am a patriotic Hispanic naturalized citizen, fluent in Spanish.

I will be the school board member known for listening.

Tony Dolz, Candidate for School Board

Mr. Dolz’s Bio:

Tony Dolz and his wife Bettina are parents of two children in public school. They have a son who is 13 and a daughter who is 9. The children’s education is supplemented with home study, international travel and a multi-cultural multi-lingual home environment, where Spanish, Danish and Swedish is spoken. Their son’s biological Dad is Turkish and, being a quick learner with languages, he is fluent in both Danish and Turkish.

The Dolz family owns an online international business distributing natural homeopathic remedies and skin and hair care products. Earlier on, Tony worked in a business development capacity in the technology and telecommunications field in Sweden.

Tony was born in Cuba and today he is a patriotic naturalized U.S. citizen. Tony was uprooted from his homeland when it was overtaken by a Communist dictator and his band of collectivist, income-redistributing central planning thugs.

A short time after the Communist regime seated its president for life; and his cronies had disposed citizens of their God given Natural Rights, such as freedom from government infringement of thought, speech, religion and private property – education came in the crosshairs of the central planners. As he became older, Tony vowed never to allow individual freedom be stifled.

Tony and his family fled tyranny with the help of the captain of a Swedish freighter that was docked in the harbor. The family boarded and hid until the boat reached international waters.

Tony lived in Spain for two years, two years in Norway while pursuing his MBA in international business and many years in Sweden. Experiencing life and education in various lands has served to make Tony more aware than ever that America is exceptional. Providence led the Founders to set us on an unprecedented course of self-government with the greatest assurance of individual freedom and liberty.  Tony’s love for his adopted homeland has deepened as the years have passed.

Tony appreciates that our Founders were indeed visionaries and that our future, if it is to be prosperous and offering the maximum degree of individual freedom, depends upon strict allegiance to the blueprint of the U.S. Constitution. Our founders well understood that good and fair self-government required a moral and educated citizenry.

Tyrants dismiss the family as the core unit of civilization, specifically its ancient task of transferring knowledge, wisdom and values to its own offspring. The tyrant instead knows best how to shape the mind of the young for the purpose of fundamentally changing society – for our own good. Parents cannot be entrusted with this important task, a tyrant would argue. To these misguided ideas, Tony shouts: “No, not while I still have life to live.”

In Tony’s strongly heartfelt opinion, education must be as the parents would have it, not as central planners command.

Education must reflect community values and standards because, among other things, the community and its schools are sustained by the families that live in it and pay for them. Parents want the best for their children. Bureaucratic tyrants and central planners, on the other hand, are not interested in free individuals. What they want to cultivate are subjects.

Tony would like to join both parents and teachers throughout the Conejo Valley to ensure that our children’s’ educations remain of the highest quality. His goal is to dedicate himself to working with the school board and the school system to reflect the wishes, values and standards of the community.


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