Rift in Democratic Party over education policy spotlighted in record outside spending on state races
A rift in the Democratic Party over education policy comes into sharp relief one day before California’s primary election as a record $28 million has been spent by outside groups on state races, one-third coming from groups supporting charter schools. On one side, traditional Democratic players, including the California Teachers Association, are aligning themselves with candidates who have committed...
By Sarah Favot | June 6, 2016
Former LAUSD worker ‘surprised’ at apparent State Assembly win
It appears that a former LA Unified worker who received little press or campaign contributions may have pulled off a huge upset and narrowly defeated incumbent Raul Bocanegra, D-Pacoima, for the District 39 seat in the California State Assembly. Patty Lopez, who is also a Democrat and a resident of San Fernando, worked at LA Unified’s North...
By Craig Clough | November 5, 2014
Teacher Dismissal Bill: No Added Concern for Predators
The teacher dismissal bill awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown‘s signature includes no specific language for streamlining the process of removing teachers for sexual and physical abuse, which had been the focus of earlier bills. The final version simply creates protocols to govern any dismissal case. Brown has until Oct. 13 to sign it. Assembly Bill 375,...
By Hillel Aron | September 19, 2013
Is Monica Garcia Running For State Assembly?
The hot rumor going around that School Board member Monica Garcia is running State Assembly in 2014 gained a bit of credence when Garcia appeared as a “probable candidate” on the popular California politics website Around the Capitol. Scott Lay, who maintains Around the Capitol, said in an email that his information about Garcia was “based on...
By Hillel Aron | July 9, 2013
Richard Bloom Criticizes Betsy Butler For SB 1530 Vote
Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom, a Democrat running for the 50th State Assembly seat against Democratic incumbent Betsy Butler, isn’t refraining from criticizing his opponent for her abstention during the committee vote on SB 1530. “I’ve never done that in 13 years of being a public official,” he told me earlier this week. “I think...
By Hillel Aron | August 16, 2012