Schmerelson ‘feeling pretty good’ after making District 3 runoff
*UPDATED Scott Schmerelson says he is “feeling pretty good” these days, and the longtime LA Unified educator, counselor and principal certainly has lots of reasons for it. Schmerelson emerged from a logjam of five challengers to finish second in the March 3 school board primary election, good enough to make the May 19 runoff against District...
By Craig Clough | March 20, 2015
3 LA Unified board incumbents heading into May runoffs
* UPDATED LA Unified’s election season moved into runoffs last night with no candidate in the three contested races winning a majority of votes for a board seat and the 5 1/2 year term that voters approved yesterday. A low turnout of 8.2 percent sent three incumbents — Tamar Galatzan in District 3, Bennett Kayser...
By LA School Report | March 4, 2015
Candidate files complaints with LAUSD, city ethics against Galatzan
With less than 24 hours to go before the polls open, LA Unified school board candidate Carl Petersen said today that he filed several ethics complaints against Tamar Galatzan, the District 3 incumbent he is challenging in tomorrow’s elections. Petersen levied the same complaints that were filed last week with the City Ethics Commission by candidate Filiberto Gonzalez,...
By Craig Clough | March 2, 2015
Gonzalez files complaint with City Ethics against Galatzan campaign
One of Tamar Galatzan’s challengers in the LA Unified District 3 board race said today he has filed a complaint against her with the City Ethics Commission, charging that she improperly used her board office as part of her campaign. Filiberto Gonzalez, a former Los Angeles City planning commissioner, cited two specific instances: the use of...
By LA School Report | February 24, 2015
District 3: LAUSD school board race snapshot
*UPDATED School board District 3 covers most of the western San Fernando valley from the Ventura county line to the 405 on its eastern boarder, with a cutout to include some of the tonier neighborhoods in the east valley. The district includes Chatsworth, parts of Woodland Hills, Northridge, Granda Hills, parts of Van Nuys and...
By LA School Report | February 23, 2015
Challenging Kayser, Rodriguez led all candidates in recent fundraising
Ref Rodriguez, the charter school administrator who is challenging incumbent Bennett Kayser for LA Unified’s District 5 board seat, raised the most money of any board candidate since the last reporting period, $51,772, according to the latest figures posted by the City Ethics Commission. Carl Petersen, one of five candidates challenging incumbent Tamar Galatzan in...
By LA School Report | February 20, 2015