Coalition Fields Effort to Avoid Runoffs
In a tall office building overlooking Olympic Boulevard, a group of more than a dozen volunteers sat in a circle in a conference room being trained on how to best reach voters on the phone and in the field. One of the keys to the Coalition’s new field campaign is to send volunteers out into...
By Karen Jordan | March 4, 2013
District 6 Candidates Struggle to Differentiate Themselves
It was a packed house at Vaughn Next Century Learning Center Wednesday night for a forum with the three District 6 candidates — Maria Cano, Monica Ratliff and Antonio Sanchez — sponsored by Families First and moderated by Fidel Ramirez, a parent and after-school coordinator for the Youth Policy Institute. The crowd of more than 250, mostly parents, sat quietly during...
By Karen Jordan | February 28, 2013
Zimmer Volunteers Focus on Reaching District 4 Voters
An energetic crowd gathered early on a Saturday morning to listen to a pep talk from District 4 incumbent Steve Zimmer before hitting the pavement to walk the precinct. Standing on a chair to address the crowd, Zimmer spoke of his appreciation for their efforts and pride in the commitment of those who showed up,...
By Karen Jordan | February 25, 2013
Campaign Notebook: Volunteers Make the Call
While campaign donations, policy positions, mailed flyers, debates, and endorsements all make up a big part of a school board race, the candidates for the three LAUSD School Board races also rely on a lot of phone calls, door knocking, and other kinds of “retail’ politics – some of which are coordinated out of storefront...
By Karen Jordan | February 5, 2013
District 6 Candidate Says He’s “Honest Broker” LAUSD Needs
District 6 candidate Antonio Sanchez is vowing to be a new, different kind of School Board member. In his second interview with LA School Report, Sanchez listed some fairly standard policy priorities — lowering dropout rates and increasing resources – but also emphasized his youth, enthusiasm, and honesty. Sanchez argues that these attributes are among the...
By Karen Jordan | January 29, 2013
Crenshaw Protest Heads to Board Decision
Even unusually cold temperatures couldn’t dissuade a group of more than 65 Crenshaw High School parents, faculty, staff and students who showed up to rally in front of the school Monday afternoon, many hoisting signs that read “Resources not Reconstitution.” In a controversial move scheduled for a vote at Tuesday’s Board meeting, LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy has...
By Karen Jordan | January 14, 2013