District 2’s Garcia Responds to Negative Mailers
The teachers union political action committee has allocated the majority of its expenditures in the East LA District 2 School Board election — almost $90,000 — to attack incumbent LAUSD Board President Monica Garcia and bolster the chances of forcing a runoff between Garcia and one of her three union-endorsed candidates. But are the attacks accurate...
By Samantha Oltman | February 27, 2013
Outside Spending Skyrockets
A massive spending spree of $3.4 million by outside groups has broken records in the Los Angeles School Board races with still seven days left before the election. That’s an increase of $1 million in just a week, according to the latest figures available at the LA City Ethics Commission. Low voter turnout and a...
By LA School Report | February 26, 2013
Morning Read: District 4 Race Will Affect Entire District
Could a Single School Board Race Determine the Future of LAUSD? If Zimmer loses to challenger Kate Anderson, both sides agree, that will permanently tip the scales 4 to 3 in favor of a board that pushes for more charter expansion and data based teacher evaluations.KPCC Donations From Independent Groups Shaping City, LAUSD Elections Independent...
By Samantha Oltman | February 22, 2013
D4 Challenger Anderson Rebuts Union Attack
As we reported here last week, the union independent expenditure committee called UTLA-PACE has sent out a campaign mailer to attack LAUSD Board candidate Kate Anderson, who is challenging incumbent Steve Zimmer in the Westside/Hollywood’s District 4. But according to Anderson, the claims being made are “completely misleading:” The mailer scrutinizes Anderson’s attendance record while she served on...
By Samantha Oltman | February 20, 2013
Update: Outside Spending Tops $2 Million, Grows Negative
The latest independent expenditure (IE) committee numbers posted on the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission website show an eye-popping $2.2 million in spending by outside groups thus far. That number is sure to grow in the next two weeks before the March 5 primary election date. The messaging has already gone negative in the more contentious...
By Samantha Oltman | February 19, 2013
Morning Read: Times Endorses Garcia, Anderson, & Ratliff
LA Times Announces Endorsements for L.A. School Board We would prefer to see more candidates who fall between the two ideological poles, but the realities of L.A. Unified politics sometimes make this impossible. LA Times School Board Candidates Debate Bloomberg’s $1-Million Donation A record-setting donation to Los Angeles school board contests quickly became a topic...
By Samantha Oltman | February 15, 2013
Morning Read: Election Poised to Break $4.5 Million Record
LA Unified School Board Race Could Break Fundraising Records This Election The 2013 school board races have barely started and they have already attracted more than $4 million in donations. KPCC See also: LA School Report Union Wins Right to Represent Valley Charter School The Los Angeles teachers union announced Wednesday night that it has won...
By Samantha Oltman | February 14, 2013
Morning Read: Mayoral Front-Runners Duck “Trigger” Question
Los Angeles Unified School District Approves Historic Parent Trigger, L.A. Mayoral Candidates Weigh in or Stay Mum Garcetti and Greuel have been hesitant to say exactly where they stand on the Parent Trigger issue, even though it has been supported by such Democratic political stars as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Newark Mayor Corey Booker....
By Samantha Oltman | February 13, 2013
Update: UTLA-PACE Spends, Bloomberg Donates
New independent expenditure (IE) numbers posted late yesterday on the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission website show a spike in spending on behalf of supported candidates, including $138,000 spent by UTLA-PACE, the political arm of United Teachers Los Angeles, the first such spending that’s been posted. In the meantime, the Coalition for School Reform has...
By Samantha Oltman | February 12, 2013
Clerical Error Accounts for Disclosure Discrepancy*
LA School Report has learned that the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission is at fault in an election disclosure discrepancy reported here earlier today. According to the Commission, due to human error, the City Ethics site did not make public independent expenditures (IEs) made by the teachers union political arm, UTLA-PACE, for LAUSD school board...
By LA School Report | February 8, 2013