Final election results show voter turnout in LA races was 21 percent
The final votes in the March 7 primary election have been tallied and the results show about 21 percent of the city’s eligible voters cast ballots, LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan said Tuesday. Turnout countywide was 17 percent. Only one of the three seats up for election on the LA Unified school board was...
By Sarah Favot | March 21, 2017 2:18 pm
I’m not a Trump guy! Nick Melvoin wants to meet as many voters as possible to set the record straight before May’s general election
A black-and-white photograph of President John F. Kennedy hangs on the wall of Nick Melvoin’s small office, which is the nerve center of his campaign headquarters in Venice’s trendy tech neighborhood. Kennedy’s on the phone, one hand covering part of his pained face. Melvoin, 31, often looks up from his folding-table desk at the iconic photo...
By Sarah Favot | March 17, 2017 4:23 pm
Gonez widens her lead while Melvoin narrows Zimmer’s lead, updated vote count shows
Kelly Gonez widened her lead in District 6 and Nick Melvoin narrowed Steve Zimmer’s lead in District 4, according to an updated vote count Tuesday in last week’s LA Unified school board primary. The lineup for the May 16 runoff remains the same. The primary election results aren’t final as LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean...
By Sarah Favot | March 14, 2017 6:32 pm
California ed advocate Bill Lucia on the importance of school board races, local control and closing the achievement gap
Local school boards can be prone to blaming their woes on decisions coming out of Sacramento or saying their hands are tied by the California Board of Education. But the state no longer pulls the strings and local districts wield significant power, a California education advocate says. “The days of micromanaging are gone,” said Bill...
By Mike Szymanski | March 14, 2017 4:08 pm
Exclusive: Why Gregory Martayan with only 7% of the primary vote could swing the balance of LAUSD
LA Unified’s newest power broker is the guy who finished last. Whomever Gregory Martayan throws his support behind in the District 4 school board runoff could determine the outcome of the key race — and that race has the power to shift the balance of the board overseeing the nation’s second-largest school district. Martayan was...
By Sarah Favot | March 13, 2017 7:08 am
Exclusive: Allison Holdorff Polhill comes out swinging against Steve Zimmer’s ‘misleading’ campaign tactics, vows to throw support to Melvoin in unseating board president
Allison Holdorff Polhill, who fell short of making the runoff by about 10,000 votes, said Wednesday the biggest challenges she faced in her campaign were misrepresentations about charter schools and the attempts that were made to align her with Donald Trump and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “I am woefully disappointed in Steve Zimmer’s...
By Sarah Favot | March 8, 2017 2:14 pm
Steve Zimmer will face Nick Melvoin in runoff as Mónica García wins outright; Kelly Gonez leads Imelda Padilla going into runoff
*UPDATED LA Unified school board President Steve Zimmer will face Nick Melvoin in the runoff in May, while incumbent Mónica García easily won re-election outright on Tuesday. In the race for the open seat in the San Fernando Valley, Kelly Gonez leads Imelda Padilla going into the runoff. The District 4 contest will continue to be...
By Sarah Favot | March 7, 2017 8:59 pm
Voter turnout only 8% in LA County as Election Day winds down
Voting is underway today for three seats on the LA Unified school board. By late afternoon, a random sample of voter turnout showed less than 8 percent of eligible voters had cast ballots countywide, according to the county Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan. Polls close at 8 p.m. At 4PM our random hourly sampling of voter turnout...
By Sarah Favot | March 7, 2017 5:57 pm
The best school board money can buy: What’s at stake for LA kids in Tuesday’s primary
Judging by how much is being spent, Los Angeles is about to hold the most important school board election in American history. As of Monday, candidates and their backers have poured $6.4 million into races for three seats, with most of that — about $5.4 million — coming from labor groups and deep-pocketed charter school...
By Sarah Favot | March 6, 2017 3:36 pm
UTLA campaign supporting Zimmer now under full investigation; outside spending jumps $1 million in a week to $5.4 million
The Fair Political Practices Commission will investigate spending by United Teachers Los Angeles on a public relations campaign supporting LA Unified school board President Steve Zimmer, who is running for reelection. The chief of the FPPC’s Enforcement Division notified Keith Dell’Aquila, who filed a complaint, Thursday that it will investigate the complaint, according to a...
By Sarah Favot | March 6, 2017 8:28 am