Low voter turnout predicted in LAUSD board race
Even as the runoff election appears to be tightening to fill the vacant LA Unified school board seat in south LA, the question is not only who will win, but just how low can voter turnout go? Set for August 12, the stand-alone election not only falls in the dog days of summer, but also...
By Jamie Alter Lynton | August 4, 2014
Johnson holding money lead over McKenna; Vladovic has donors
Notes along the campaign trail: In the money race for the open District 1 board seat, Alex Johnson continues to hold an overall lead over George McKenna, according to the City’s Ethics Commission Through last week, Johnson had raised $47,646 to $6,450 for McKenna, an 8-to-1 ratio that hasn’t budged in weeks. In PAC money spent on...
By Michael Janofsky | July 28, 2014
Johnson outpacing McKenna in school board race for money
Alex Johnson has opened a substantial lead over George McKenna in campaign support from individual donors and groups that support his candidacy even as major backers from the education reform camp and labor unions who have given millions in previous years appear to be sitting this election out. The two candidates are facing each other in...
By Vanessa Romo | July 15, 2014
LA Fed’s PAC recommends Johnson for LAUSD board seat
*CORRECTION The political action committee for the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor has recommended to its members that they endorse Alex Johnson, in his bid for the open LA Unified school board seat. It’s the first step in the group’s process for endorsing a candidate. The decision by the Committee on Political Education (COPE) now...
By LA School Report | July 15, 2014
McKenna, Johnson re-launch campaigns for school board seat
With less than a month before the runoff election for LAUSD’s district 1 board seat, the race between candidates George McKenna and Alex Johnson is heating up as both both candidates are re-launching their campaigns. Over the weekend, McKenna, 74, a career school administrator, and Johnson, 33, an education aide to LA County Supervisor Mark...
By Yana Gracile | July 14, 2014
Vote-by-Mail request for District 1 school board starts today
Starting today, residents of LA Unfied’s District 1, which covers much of south LA, stretching north to Hollywood, can apply for a Vote by Mail ballot for the Aug. 12 special election runoff for LA Unified’s open school board seat. (For an application, click here). The election, between George McKenna, a retired school administrator and Alex Johnson, education...
By Aaron Stella | July 14, 2014
At a District 1 forum, candidates sound alike on most issues
When Angela Jauregui arrived Saturday at USC for a debate with five of the seven candidates running for LA Unified’s District 1 board seat, she told her friends she was there to listen.“ Let’s pay attention,” she said in Spanish as she shushed all three, found a seat in the first row of the lecture...
By Vanessa Romo | May 5, 2014
SEIU 99 decides not to endorse a candidate for District 1 board seat
SEIU Local 99, the service employees union, which represents more than 30,000 cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, special education assistants and other school support staff at LAUSD, has decided not to endorse a candidate for the district’s vacant District 1 Board seat. The local is the largest labor unit within LA Unified that chose not...
By LA School Report | April 14, 2014
Analysis: Hudley-Hayes resume raises more than red flags
Rather than jump to conclusions in the case of allegations first reported here earlier this month, that a LA Unified School Board candidate, Genethia Hudley-Hayes, has numerous inaccuracies in her resume, we at LA School Report embarked on our own due-diligence. What we found were a series of repeated conflicts and inconsistencies over a number of years,...
By Jamie Alter Lynton | March 17, 2014
It’s settled: McKenna gets top spot on District 1 ballot
While it’s not clear that ballot order has a significant impact, in a crowded field of 7, it can’t hurt to be first. But it takes some doing to figure it out. So LA School Report has un-scrambled the randomized alphabet drawing procedure the California Secretary of State used to determined the ballot order in the...
By Aaron Stella | March 17, 2014