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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California

Trustee, Area de Síndico 5 —Los Rios Community College DistrictNovember 8, 2016 —Elección General de California

November 8, 2016 —Elección General de California

Los Rios Community College DistrictTrustee, Area de Síndico 5

Resultados electorales

  • 100% de distritos activos (184/184).

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  • To improve the educational outcomes for students and increase graduation rates; particularly for students-of color, foster youth, veterans and LGBTQ students.
  • To reduce the cost of education by reducing the time to graduation, by partnering with Sacramento City USD, CSU Sacramento and UC Davis to align curriculum so that student can get classes they need to graduate on time.
  • To work collaboratively with key industry representatives, labor unions and the business community to ensure that we are educating and training our students for high paying jobs and careers.
Profesión:Member, Los Rios Community College Board and Governor Brown Appointee, CA Community College Board of Governors
22,772 votos (36.02%)
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  • Increase enrollment: use more and varying types of publicity to emphasize lower tuition costs at the junior college level, as well as financial stability of the institutions, and the many academic and vocational options available
  • Reduce student debt: investigate the outrageous bookstore prices, and offer much more reasonable alternatives; help for hungry and homeless students
  • Improve quality and variety of instruction: I want to use my experience from both sides of the instructor's desk to improve the experiences of students and faculty in our state's 2nd laregest community college district
(Substitute) Teachers Assistant, California Montessori Project, Carmichael CA (2016–current)
Substitute Teacher, Grant/Twin Rivers Unified School District, McClellan CA (2006–2013)
Adjunct Instructor in Geography, Riverside Community College District, Riverside CA (1990–1993)
Cartographic Aide/Technician, US Forest Service, Lakewood CO (1974–1982)
Basic Trainee; Wire Maint. Helper Trainee, US Air Force, Lackland AFB TX, Little Rock AFB AR (1963–1964)
University of California, Riverside extension Certificate, geographic information systems (GIS) (1999)
(Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges) California Community Colleges Instructor Credential (valid for life), earth sciences (including geography, geology and geophysics) (1990)
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Master of Arts (M.A.), geography (1984)
California State University, Northridge Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), geography (minor in political science and teacher training completed in 1971) (1970)
Los Angeles Valley College, Van Nuys CA Associate in Arts (A.A.), academic, geography, earth science (1968)

Ralph Merletti has lived in the Fruitridge area of Sacramento County for almost 16 years.  He has recently begun part-time work as a (Substitute) Teachers Assistant for the California Montessori Project--a network of public K-8 charter schools in the Sacramento area.  Ralph was born in Buffalo NY in 1946.  In 1955 his family moved west to California.  Ralph is a 1963 graduate of Sylmar High School, Sylmar CA (northernmost community of the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles), where he received a varsity letter in cross country, and a certificate of merit for school spirit and loyalty.

Ralph has long been involved in community activities.  While in high school, he was a member of the Sylmar Civic Association 1961-62.  In December 1962, he was named "First Honorary Historian" of the Sylmar Chamber of Commerce for his efforts at popularizing the community in the context of California geography, history, agriculture, climate, and geology.  Most notable, Ralph asked (and convinced) two major road map companies to "please put Sylmar on the map."  In 1971, Ralph moved to Colorado and became active in the local community there:  Choir member of Denver's Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (1973-76), Historic Denver, Inc. (1975-1982), and the Colorado Mountain Club, Denver Group (1982, 1985-88).  Returning to California, Ralph was trophy chairman for the Brawley (Imperial County) Cattle Call parade in the fall of 1988.  At the 50-year reunion (April 2013) of the Sylmar HS class of 1963, the principal presented Ralph with the game ball from the previous fall's 50th Anniversary homecoming football game in appreciation of his high school nickname - "Mr. Sylmar."

Socially, Ralph has been active in several singles' clubs over the years.  In 1981, Ralph was president of the CAC (Catholic Alumni Club [single, religious, social, professional]) of Colorado, and in the second half of 2003 was president of the CAC of Sacramento.  Ralph is a member of St. Rose parish in South Sacramento and has served as a lector for over 15 years.  St. Rose is the busiest church in the 20-county Diocese of Sacramento on Sunday mornings, having Mass on the hour.  Ralph has also been active over the years in pro-life activities, such as parish contact for "40 Days For Life" campaigns, and the annual "Walk For Life" in San Francisco.

At his Fruitridge residence, Ralph has over a 15-year record of daily and monthly rainfall measurements.  He has been involved with the Association of American Geographers, and is a member of the Sacramento Valley Astronomical Society.  An amateur astronomer since childhood, Ralph's favorite events are solar and lunar eclipses and related phenomena, having observed 27 solar eclipses of various types, beginning with his first in 1954 in the Buffalo NY area.  Since then, Ralph's solar eclipse observations have included four totals and four annulars (ring-like), the most recent in May 2012 in Redding CA.  Solar eclipse #27 (partial) was on Oct. 23rd, 2014, observed in the company of students and staff at St. Patrick Academy on the grounds of his home parish--St. Rose.

Ralph has traveled in all 58 counties in California, 45 states (including Hawaii-1980 and Alaska-2008), and to five foreign countries (Canada, Mexico; Aruba and Venezuela-1998, Switzerland and Romania-1999) on three continents.  His other avocations include mountain climbing (Colorado 14ers in the 1980's including the state's highest - Mt. Elbert - 1982; Lassen Peak CA in 2005, Mt. Rose NV [Lake Tahoe] and Mt. Scott [Crater Lake NP] OR in 2007), photography (two of his best photographs include Pope [now Saint] John-Paul II passing in front of the Alamo in San Antonio TX in 1987, and the first pitch of major league baseball [Colorado Rockies] in Denver [Mile High Stadium] in 1993), sports fan, and of course, politics!  Ralph has several presentations/publications; some of these (or their listing) can be seen online.

In November 2002, Ralph was among the approx. 8,300+ Californians to submit a design for the state quarter, attending the public's part of the coin release celebration at the end of January 2005.  He has attended numerous other local and state events in the Sacramento area including:  the public grand opening of the new Sacramento City Hall in August 2005, the WNBA championship of the Sacramento Monarchs in September 2005, the rededication of the renovated Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in November 2005, the inauguration ceremony of the Governor of California in Memorial Auditorium in January 2007, the grand reopening of the Crocker Art Museum in October 2010, the grand opening of the new Terminal B at Sacramento International Airport in October 2011, the massive civic rally in Cesar Chavez Park celebrating our NBA Sacramento Kings and the arena deal in May 2013, the celebration parade and rally at the State Capitol for our USL champion pro-soccer Sacramento Republic FC in October 2014, the Hometown Heroes parade and rally at the State Capitol in September 2015, and most recently the public Open House and FanFest celebrating the opening of our new "state of the art" downtown Golden 1 Arena--Go, Kings!

Politically, Ralph was an alternate/regular delegate at the Colorado State Republican Convention in 1988.  In 2010, he was an applicant for the California Citizens Redistricting Commission.  Later that year, he was a pollworker for the Sacramento County Office of Elections at one local site each, in Sacramento, on the June and November election days.  In the fall of 2012 and 2014, Ralph was a candidate for Trustee, Area 7, of the Sacramento City Unified School District.  In the spring of 2014, he was a regular candidate for the CA Assembly, District 7, and in the spring of 2016, Ralph was a write-in candidate for the same office.  Now, in the fall of this year, Ralph is a candidate for Los Rios Community College District Trustee, Area 5, which covers much of South Sacramento including the campus of Sacramento City College.  The Los Rios CCD is the 2nd largest in California, in enrollment.    

  • Sacramento County Republican Party Central Committee

My values are life, faith, family, and education.  I am pro-life (conception to natural death), pro-family (traditional), and a strong supporter of quality education at all levels.

"Let's Promote the Los Rios Community College Experience."


Los Rios Community Colleges are the best starting local experience in higher education compared to either the 4-year college or the private business/vocational institution.

California community colleges offer the greatest number of academic and vocational options for any level of higher education.  Enrollment at Los Rios Community Colleges should be enthusiastically promoted by several means:  more local high school presentation assemblies for seniors; emphasize the lower tuition costs, the prospect of completing general education coursework transfer requirements in two years, and the stability offered by financially sound institutions that won't go out of business, overnight.  Add to this a relaxed atmosphere of social, cultural, and sports activities.

Los Rios Community College District's current enrollment decline could be reversed by a more serious effort to promote the system as the best starting higher education experience available.

Ways must be found to reduce student debt--by reducing the outrageous prices at college bookstores, and finding new sources to help students that are struggling financially as well as from hunger and homelessness.

Since many community college instructors are employed only part-time, much more attention and support should be given to improving their situation.

Increased student enrollment could lead to a greater variety of courses and majors available for transfer to the 4-year institutions, or to expanded vocational opportunities.

Let's do all we can to promote the Los Rios Community Colleges--California's 2nd-largest CCD--as the best available starting higher education experience in the Sacramento area! 


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