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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1985
Your coverage of the Orange County school board campaigns, especially that of Saddleback College, has been biased from the start against the so-called union-run campaigns. Even in the wake of the election, your article (Nov. 6) gives the impression that the outcome was bad news, that the election of the "union candidates" was some kind of fluke--a surprising result due to the formidable power of the teachers union. Your article hints that the low voter turnout may be responsible for the union wins; but even before the election only an 11% or 12% turnout was predicted, and so the low 11% turnout was not the cause of the "surprising" result.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2013 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
In Texas, more than 10,000 people joined a recent rally to protest it. In Seattle, high school teachers launched a boycott over it. And in Los Angeles, school board candidates are arguing over it - a debate considered so crucial to the future of education reform that outside donors have poured millions into the campaigns. The growing use of standardized tests to assess students and teachers is sparking a push-back nationwide in what has become one of the greatest divides in educational policy.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 1994
Voters will go to the polls Nov. 8 to elect trustees in 25 school districts and community college districts. Listed below are the candidates who filed campaign papers by the Friday deadline. * Indicates incumbents. ** Indicates the filing deadline has been extended to Wednesday because an incumbent is not seeking reelection. North Orange County Community College District Trustee Area 2 (1 seat) A. John Gironda * Otto J. Lacayo * Trustee Area 3 (1 seat) * Barry J. Wishart Michael P.
OPINION
February 7, 2009
Voters in the Los Angeles Unified School District can choose between uniformly high-caliber new candidates for the school board in the March 3 election. What a shame, then, that the one unopposed candidate is also the weakest -- incumbent board President Monica Garcia. Single-candidate school races could become a more common scenario in Los Angeles now that mayoral politics have become a factor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1992 | LISA MASCARO
The Board of Supervisors this week gave final approval to a change in school board elections at the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, allowing balloting for the Board of Education to be held at the same time as statewide elections. Now, school board elections will be held in even-numbered years, along with the general elections. The next round of school board elections will be in 1994, instead of 1993. The change is expected to save the cash-strapped district about $40,000 each election.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1995 | BILL BILLITER
Mayor Bob Patchin has made a public, televised plea urging residents to vote in the Orange Unified School District board election next week. Speaking Tuesday at a City Council meeting carried by a local cable-TV channel, Patchin called for a big voter turnout. "This election is important to Villa Park," the mayor said. "That school district runs our schools. The education of Villa Park children depends on the actions of that board. . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1994 | HOLLY J. WAGNER
Judith A. Franco, a longtime trustee of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, is again at the helm of the district following the swearing-in of new board members last week. Franco, a 14-year board veteran and the only incumbent to run for reelection, was unanimously elected board president after she and three new board members were sworn in Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1995 | MARK SABBATINI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Voters cast ballots Tuesday in a special election to fill two school board seats in the Acton-Agua Dulce School District and to decide whether to recall a board member. Seven candidates ran for the two board positions, left open by resignations last year. Voters were also to determine if Laurelyn Browning should be recalled and, if so, which of three candidates should replace her. Ballots were being counted Tuesday night.
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November 7, 1985 | BOB WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
Incumbents were returned to office in all but two of 11 school board elections in the South Bay on Tuesday as voters generally showed satisfaction with the way the trustees have been handling the declining enrollments, school closures and tight budgets that afflict most of the systems. Trustee John Barberis narrowly lost his bid for a second term on the Torrance Unified School District, coming in fourth in a field of nine candidates.
NEWS
July 27, 1986 | DAVID HALDANE, Times Staff Writer
The Long Beach City Council has taken a major step toward placing the issue of regional school board elections on the Nov. 4 ballot, despite a warning by school board President John Kashiwabara that to do so would put a "very severe strain" on relations between the board and the council. "To rush headlong into this tells me that you are not really confident it would withstand the scrutiny of a blue-ribbon committee," Kashiwabara told the council. "This deserves more than a rubber-stamp approval."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2007 | Howard Blume and Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writers
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa accomplished a key goal in this week's election -- winning a majority of allies on the Los Angeles Board of Education. It's not the outright control of local schools he once sought, but it's the kick that could open the door to his grand ambitions. Villaraigosa intends to raise student achievement sharply, even more than mayors elsewhere who've had full authority over their schools. The formula?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2007 | Nancy Wride, Times Staff Writer
The cliffhanger wore on Wednesday in the runoff election for a seat on the Los Angeles Community College District board, with challenger Roy Burns 88 votes ahead of incumbent Georgia L. Mercer in unofficial results -- and a hand count underway of 10,600 ballots. The Los Angeles city clerk, whose office conducted the election that saw about 130,000 votes cast, has three weeks to certify the election results.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2007 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
Deep into an important election that's attracted little civic notice, Jon M. Lauritzen provoked unwanted attention in the run up to Tuesday's Los Angeles school board runoff. He first ignored legal advice and voted against authorizing a group of charter schools in South Los Angeles. Then two weeks later, he switched sides, acting as the deciding vote both times.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 4, 2007 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
For the few out there listening, Neal Kleiner has a compelling story to tell in his bid to win election to the Los Angeles Board of Education. The energetic, Spanish-fluent, 60-year-old father of biracial children (he's white, his ex-wife African American) heads a family of educators that encompasses the city's diversity. But Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is endorsing -- and funding -- the other candidate in the May 15 runoff election, Richard Vladovic, who has a competitive pitch of his own.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2007 | Bob Sipchen
The apparent venality of Tuesday's school board elections brings to mind a knock on my front door a while back. It was the weekend, and as I recall my wife and I were covered with that aromatic dirt that Home Depot sells in big plastic bags. The neighbor standing on our doorstep pretended not to care how we smelled. He was gathering signatures to run for the Los Angeles Unified School District's Board of Education.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2007 | Howard Blume and Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writers
You could call it Plan C. First, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa pushed to take over the Los Angeles Unified School District outright. Then, he crafted a bid for power-sharing. Now, he's trying to get his way by proxy -- by winning a school board majority Tuesday that, at last, would give him a powerful voice in the direction of local school reform. But this is no sure thing either. Standing in the way is United Teachers Los Angeles, the erstwhile ally of the mayor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 1992 | JON NALICK
After a brief debate, the Santa Ana Unified School District board last week tabled a cost-cutting proposal to consolidate its odd-year elections with the general election. The move would have cut the cost of Board of Education elections in half, but would also have extended the terms of all current members by one year. Board members Rosemarie Avila and Sal Mendoza objected to any term extension that was not approved by voters. Board member Robert W.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2007 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
The political dynamic of the mayor versus the teachers union -- two supposed allies in school reform -- is playing out in the financial statements of school board candidates, with the price tag on two races sailing past the $1-million mark. Both money-heavy contests pit an incumbent backed by United Teachers Los Angeles and opposed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The mayor hopes to emerge with a board majority that will back his schools agenda.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 2007 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
The biggest confirmed-money "candidate" so far in the March school board elections won't even be on the ballot. Three-term incumbent David Tokofsky has more than $222,000 in his campaign fund, dwarfing all other candidates for the moment -- but he decided late last year not to run again. An actual candidate, challenger Johnathan Williams, estimated Thursday that he had $300,000 in the bank, but his campaign had yet to file its report with the city.
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