LANCASTER — Antelope Valley Union High School District Board members Victoria Ruffin and Amanda Parrell voted against renewing a contract with Café con Leche, a bilingual radio talk show used to keep the community informed of news and current events.
The show is hosted by Lilia Galindo. Café con Leche hosted special celebrations for AV Union High School District graduates in May, after in-person commencements were canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The proposed $14,400 contract includes radio interviews, District English Learner Advisory Committee meetings and other events such as the graduation event. Ruffin pulled the contract from the consent agenda for a separate vote at Thursday night’s meeting.
“I’ve been speaking with a lot of people within the community and they’ve been really pumping up this Dos Nations, this radio station,” Ruffin said. “And they also have a, um, English and Spanish, news outlet. They’re in multiple, um, stores, Vallarta, a lot of different spaces. And I would like to give them an opportunity to have a contract with our district if they could come on.”
No record of a Dos Nations could be found.
Galindo, who has a masters degree in public finances and a bachelor’s degree in economics, has more than 26,000 local listeners in the Antelope Valley. The District has shared migrant information with the Spanish-speaking community through Café con Leche with an excellent response, according to a staff report.
The Board unanimously approved a $14,400 contract with the program at the June 17, 2019 meeting.
Galindo serves on AV Union High School District Superintendent David Vierra’s Community Advisory Committee.
“My program has been working with the Antelope Valley Union High School District for almost 10 years,” she said.
The program provides an outlet for parents who want to catch up with high school district news on their morning commute.
“It was a really good way to communicate with parents who cannot attend the meetings,” Galindo said.
She invited Ruffin and Parrell to be on her program. Only Parrell accepted.
“I’m so sorry that they decided not to approve my contract because this is important for our community,” Galindo said.