Vladovic breezes to a third term with largest margin of board races
LA Unified Board President Richard Vladovic successfully held his District 7 seat last night, winning a third term by the largest margin of the day’s three elections in a race with the lowest turn out. He won with 56 percent of the vote to Lydia Gutierrez’s 44 percent. Mike Trujillo, a campaign consultant to Vladovic,...
By Vanessa Romo | May 20, 2015
Gutierrez demands retraction of flyers calling her ‘extremist’
Things are getting nasty in what had been a relatively quiet and peaceful race for the LA Unified school board seat in District 7. Candidate Lydia Gutierrez, who is challenging incumbent and board President Richard Vladovic, responded sharply to several campaign flyers circulated by the political action committee for SEIU Local 99, a union of...
By Craig Clough | May 13, 2015
Gutierrez turns a pro-Vladovic campaign letter against him
Lydia Gutierrez, a teacher from Long Beach Unified who is mounting a vigorous campaign in LA Unified’s District 7 to unseat board President Richard Vladovic in the May 19 elections, is turning a campaign message for Vladovic against him. A letter supporting Vladovic’s election circulated to voters this month and paid for by the teachers...
By LA School Report | April 23, 2015
Private internal poll showing Gutierrez slightly ahead of Vladovic
LA Unified board President Richard Vladovic appears to be in the political fight of his life. A recent internal poll of District 7 voters by the California Charter Schools Association Advocates and Great Public Schools: Los Angeles, which the groups shared with LA School Report, showed his challenger, Lydia Gutierrez, leading by 37 percent to 34 percent,...
By Michael Janofsky | April 15, 2015
Vladovic lashes out at Gutierrez over position on vaccinations
A skirmish has broken out between LA Unified board President Richard Vladovic and Lydia Gutierrez, his opponent in the May 19 runoff election for District 7, over the issue of vaccinations for students. In response to Gutierrez’s opposition to a state senate bill that would bar parents from opting out of vaccinations for their children,...
By Michael Janofsky | April 10, 2015
In LAUSD board races, a chance to wave the Republican flag–or not
*UPDATED Having two Republicans in the runoffs for LA Unified school board seats — Scott Schmerelson in District 3 and Lydia Gutierrez in District 7 — would seem to be a flag-waving event for the California GOP in a Democrat-stronghold city like Los Angeles. Not necessarily. Bowing to the nonpartisan nature of local school board elections, party officials are...
By Bethania Palma Markus | April 7, 2015