District 2 Candidates to Appear at Forum Tonight
LAUSD Board candidates running for a District 2 seat representing East LA will participate tonight in the final candidate forum hosted by United Way of Greater LA. Most of the candidates — Annamarie Montanez, Abelardo Diaz, Isabel Vazquez, and incumbent LAUSD Board President Monica Garcia — are expected to appear at the forum. Robert Skeels has not confirmed,...
By Samantha Oltman | February 13, 2013
East LA Debate: D2 Challengers Pile On LAUSD
Challengers at last night’s District 2 debate in El Sereno rarely invoked School Board President Monica Garcia‘s name, even though she was sitting there onstage with them. But they attacked the incumbent indirectly, with vehement criticisms of LAUSD policies and decisions (regarding standardized tests, charters schools and budget cuts) as well as Superintendent John Deasy, who...
By Hillel Aron | February 12, 2013
District 2 Candidate Skeels’ Grassroots Campaign
There is, arguably, just one School Board candidate running a truly grassroots campaign built on dozens of volunteers and more than a hundred* small contributions of as little as $5 — and little else by way of outside support. His name is Robert Skeels. Skeels is one of several candidates running for the Eastside District...
By Hillel Aron | February 8, 2013
Coalition Launches Pro-Garcia TV Ad
On Wednesday, the Coalition for School Reform launched a campaign ad in support of School Board President Monica Garcia, the District 2 candidate who is one of UTLA’s top targets in the March 5 election. The announcement says that the ad will begin airing immediately. This is the Coalition’s second TV ad. No word yet on...
By Alexander Russo | February 7, 2013
Campaign Flyers: Labor Groups for Garcia
Here’s the flyer for Board Member Garcia that’s being distributed thanks to two labor-backed independent expenditure (IE) committees: Previous posts: Labor Groups Spend for Garcia & Sanchez, Checking Out the Campaign Flyers. Click here to look at the full image.
By Alexander Russo | January 25, 2013
Campaign Trail: Robert Skeels
Saturday provides dueling campaign events in LAUSD Board District 2, which includes Central and East Los Angeles. Candidate Robert Skeels is inviting supporters to walk the precincts in Boyle Heights to get out the word on his campaign (for details, click here). Perhaps not coincidentally, it’s the same day that his opponent, incumbent Monica Garcia...
By LA School Report | January 18, 2013
LAUSD 2013: Where the Districts Are
It’s not easy keeping track of terms used in LAUSD, including such basics as the geographic “districts” (regions) into which the sprawling district has been divided. Let’s start with the three districts that are up for grabs in March: District 2 (Light blue) -Central Los Angeles from Larchmont to East LA (includes Koreatown, Downtown, Boyle...
By LA School Report | December 7, 2012
Montañez: Possible UTLA Candidate Against Garcia
According to multiple sources familiar with the fast-approaching LAUSD school board race, the competition for District 2, currently held by School Board President Monica Garcia, is likely to attract the most energetic attention from UTLA, the powerful teachers union. The candidate who may be the biggest challenge to Garcia is Annamarie Montañez. The cousin of former...
By Hillel Aron | December 4, 2012
Event: Meet District 2 Candidates
Several District 2 LAUSD Board Member candidates including Michelle “Hope” Walker, Robert D. Skeels, and Isabel Vazquez are scheduled to convene Thursday, November 15 at 6 p.m. in the Pico Union area of District 2 to participate in a candidate forum hosted by the District 2 Neighborhood Coalition. The event is endorsed* by the teachers union’s Political...
By Samantha Oltman | November 8, 2012