Ratliff: “The Most Powerful Woman in LA”?*
A new feature in the LA Weekly claims Board member-elect Monica Ratliff “may be the most powerful woman in Los Angeles” (given the dearth of elected officials on the City Council) and compares LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy to former police chief William Bratton. Written by LA School Report contributor HIllel Aron, The Woman Who May Change L.A. notes that...
By Alexander Russo | June 6, 2013 10:15 am
Campaign 2013: Turnout Tells a Tale in District 6
There’s a great interactive map on KPCC’s website showing citywide voter turnout for every single precinct. Meant to shine a light on the Mayor’s race, the map is also pretty useful in trying to figure out what happened in the District 6 School Board race. In essence, the map seems to indicate that precinct-level turnout...
By Hillel Aron | May 29, 2013 11:45 am
Campaign 2013: How Ratliff Won (& Reformers Lost)*
The results are (mostly) in, and the LAUSD School Board District 6 election looks like the shock result of the evening, with Monica Ratliff having apparently defeated Antonio Sanchez, 52 percent to 48 percent — a complete reversal from the primary results in which Sanchez bested Ratliff by 10 points. Sanchez has now conceded the...
By Hillel Aron | May 22, 2013 12:48 pm
Before They Were School Board Candidates
If you haven’t already read Hillel Aron’s profiles of the District 6 candidates Monica Ratliff and Antonio Sanchez on the campaign trail this past weekend, be sure and do so here and here. Did you know, however, that one of the two candidates was in a 2012 Nazi revenge film (straight to DVD) and the...
By LA School Report | May 21, 2013 12:34 pm
Election Day: Voter Turnout Will Determine Outcome
In today’s School Board District 6 election, Antonio Sanchez remains the strong favorite over his opponent, Monica Ratliff, thanks in part to the overwhelming advantage in campaign contributions to both Sanchez’s campaign and two independent campaigns on his behalf. Sanchez’s Latino surname and fluency in Spanish is also a built-in advantage (though Ratliff’s mother is from Mexico). “You’re...
By Hillel Aron | May 21, 2013 10:21 am
Campaign: Walking San Fernando with Antonio Sanchez
Antonio Sanchez always introduces himself to voters the same way, telling them within ten seconds that he grew up in Pacoima, went to San Fernando High School, and graduated form Cal State Northridge before going on to UCLA. And so when he canvases precincts in San Fernando on Saturday, he knows most of the streets. He...
By Hillel Aron | May 20, 2013 12:29 pm
Campaign: Door-to-Door in Sunland with Monica Ratliff
Going door-to-door in the Sunland section of the East Valley one evening this past weekend, District 6 School Board candidate Monica Ratliff‘s pitch to voters goes something like this: “Hi, my name is Monica Ratliff. I’m a teacher, and I’m running for the Board of Education. Do you have any questions or concerns about the school district?”...
By Hillel Aron | May 20, 2013 12:22 pm
East Valley Power Politics Shaped District 6 Runoff
As you may have read in last week’s LA Weekly about School Board member Nury Martinez’s bid for a seat on the Los Angeles City Council, there are surprisingly few women left on the Council thanks in large part to a rivalry between two male-dominated East San Fernando Valley political clans. The rivalry between these two Latino...
By Hillel Aron | May 16, 2013 2:02 pm
Reform Coalition Focuses Massive War Chest on Mailers
As of May 4, the independent expenditure (IE) committee known as the Coalition for School Reform had a staggering $850,000 left in the bank, according to papers filed with the City Ethics Commission. That dwarfs the $55,000 left in the coffers of the Antonio Sanchez campaign, whom the Coalition is supporting, as well as the $21,000 held by the Monica...
By Hillel Aron | May 16, 2013 11:22 am
Charts: School Board Voting Could Decline
There a few really great charts in today’s LA Times article about our ever-sinking voter turnout, including the one above. The Times shows that voter turnout in Mayoral runoffs increases an average of 18 percent from the primary. But according to sources we’ve spoken with, voter turnout in School Board District 6 next week could actually be lower than it...
By Hillel Aron | May 16, 2013 10:11 am