CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
Julie Jackson Brings Business Savvy
Julie Jackson is the successful general manager of 150 Chevron and G&M gas stations throughout Southern California, and in her free time, she brings the same business savvy to her volunteer efforts on behalf of schools in Long Beach.
Since her daughter, Gigi, started school, Jackson has been an active parent advocate, rallying support for a shade canopy and establishing the Technology Foundation at Kettering Elementary School to fund computer education.
After voter approval of Measure K in 2008, she was appointed by the Board of Education to the Measure K Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, which oversees expenditures for the $1.2 billion bond measure that funds campus improvements and builds new schools in the district.
Jackson completed a two-year term on the committee, then returned a year later to serve a second term. This year, she was elected vice chair of the group of seven volunteers, each of whom represents a segment of the community.
As one of two members representing parents, Jackson said she believes that public investment in school construction and renovation is vital.
“We have a responsibility to make sure high quality schools in Long Beach are here for our children and our children’s children,” she said. “What happens in the district affects our community, and everyone has something they can give. I am privileged to be able to lend some of my business background to ensure Measure K funds are spent efficiently and responsibly.”
Jackson said that a system of checks and balances, as well strict planning and performance/financial audits, have resulted in a well-managed Measure K building program.
“I am impressed with what the district has done with the funds from Measure K,” she said. Jackson noted that even with Measure K funds, facilities needs exceed resources, and while the most pressing projects are being completed, many other priorities are left unfunded. She emphasized the need to support future general obligation bonds to finish the job started by Measure K funds.
“The challenge is to build and maintain schools where students live. Also, safety improvements and new technology are key to ensuring that our schools meet student needs,” she said.
A graduate of Millikan High School and Cal State Dominguez Hills, Jackson was born in Texas and lived in Boston, San Francisco and San Diego before moving to Long Beach 35 years ago.
She is married to Lance Jackson, owner of a reverse mortgage company in Long Beach, and the couple makes their home in University Park Estates. Their daughter, Gigi, is a sophomore at Wilson High School.