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
District 7: LAUSD school board race snapshot
School board District 7, runs up a narrow swath from San Pedro at its southern tip to South LA as its northern boundary (see map here). On the way, it encompasses parts of Wilmington, Harbor City, Carson, Harbor Gateway, Lomita, Gardena, Florence, and Watts, and is home to some of LA Unified’s historically troubled high...
By LA School Report | February 25, 2015
District 7 candidate Gutierrez picks up endorsement of Christian group
Lydia Gutierrez has picked up the endorsement of an Evangelical Christian group in her race against board President Richard Vladovic and another challenger in the LA Unified District 7 school board campaign. Election Forum, a California-based group that urges people to “vote for, not against, their Biblical values,” has made her the only candidate in...
By LA School Report | February 10, 2015
Few endorsements? Little money? No problem, says Lydia Gutierrez
This is the next in a series of profiles on candidates running in the March 3 primary for the LA Unified school board. Today’s focus is Lydia Gutierrez, a candidate for the District 7 seat. Although she has no major endorsements and little campaign money, Lydia Gutierrez is expecting to make a big splash in LA...
By Craig Clough | January 27, 2015
LAUSD board candidate repudiates statements of ex-aide
Lydia Gutierrez, a candidate for the LA Unified school board seat next year, says a former campaign manager misrepresented her positions in speaking to LA School Report earlier this week. Gutierrez disputed statements from Jose Gonzalez, who identified himself as one of her campaign managers, saying she would not vote to fire Superintendent John Deasy...
By LA School Report | September 5, 2014