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Marin County, CA November 3, 2009 Election
 Smart Voter Nejat Duzgunes

Candidate for
Member; Marin County Board of Education; Trustee Area 6

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Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Scientist/University Professor
  • B.S. in Physics and Ph.D. in Biophysics
  • Research Scientist, UCSF, 1978-1991
  • Professor and Chair of Microbiology, University of the Pacific School of Dentistry, since 1991
  • Teaching awards from the University of the Pacific and the American Dental Association
  • Research on influenza virus, HIV, and therapies for HIV and oral cancer
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Top Priorities if Elected
  • Ensure responsiveness of the Office of Education and school districts to children, parents and the community
  • Support education programs that facilitate creativity and critical thinking, as well as respect and safety programs
  • Collaborate with County and State officials to help school districts with seismic safety evaluation and retrofitting of school buildings
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Key Endorsements
  • Mill Valley, Homestead Valley and Tamalpais Valley Community Members
  • Marin Peace and Justice Coalition
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Position Papers
Earthquake Safety of the Mill Valley Middle School, Measure C, and the Marin County Civil Grand Jury Report
Following the Marin County Civil Grand Jury's recommendation in their March 23, 2009 Report, the Mill Valley School District needs to inform all the parents and other residents in the district of the existence of the potentially seismically vulnerable Category 2 buildings among our public school buildings. The MVSD also needs to immediately perform detailed seismic evaluation of the six buildings of the Middle School, and make the results public.
Are Mill Valley Public School Buildings Earthquake-Safe?
The Division of the State Architect (DSA) has designated 8 Mill Valley School District (MVSD) buildings as "Category 2," among the most structurally vulnerable 14% of the total square footage of the public school buildings in California. Our children should not have to choose between a quality education and the right to safety. We need to advocate for our children and insist that the MVSD have our school buildings inspected immediately for seismic safety.
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