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June 6, 2001 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Businesswoman Marlene Canter was leading incumbent Valerie Fields by a small but steady margin in the runoff for a seat on the Los Angeles Board of Education, according to preliminary returns Tuesday. The challenger edged ahead in the aggressive race to represent a region stretching from the Westside to the west San Fernando Valley. "I'm encouraged," said Canter, from an Italian restaurant where her election team was posted. "I have felt the momentum building. People are looking for change."
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February 22, 2003
Re "Forces Behind the Vote," Feb. 16: You quote Richard Riordan as saying he wants "independent-minded" school board candidates. Not true. Riordan wants board members who are independent as long as their votes agree with what he believes is right, and, arrogantly, he is sure he is always right. Riordan called me his hero, a revolutionary reformer, until I said no to his direct and specific order to vote against a decent rise in teachers' salaries. I believe the best way to improve public education is to have well-qualified and trained teachers in the classroom.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 1999
I agree with the views expressed in your Feb. 5 editorial and most of the comments of Robert Jones' Feb. 7 column. However, when you commended the three board members who opposed the Belmont Learning Center project, it could be inferred that I voted for the project. I was not a member of the board when this vote was taken. Nevertheless, I have visited the site with the newly engaged district safety team and questioned them. I have read the transcript of a board meeting dealing with the Belmont site's safety and environmental problems, which was held before I became a board member, and have listened to the tapes of the recent Facility Committee meeting.
OPINION
August 5, 2001
Re "LAUSD: Belmont Redux?" Opinion, July 29: Either David Tokofsky was asleep (highly unlikely), in the press room (his favorite haunt) or out of the room on the telephone (highly likely) when staff briefed Los Angeles Unified School District board members [on the purchase of a headquarters building] during at least three separate closed sessions. The real estate staff made itself available to answer any questions individual board members still had after those sessions. What are the pluses that Tokofsky did not mention?
OPINION
February 22, 2003
Re "Forces Behind the Vote," Feb. 16: You quote Richard Riordan as saying he wants "independent-minded" school board candidates. Not true. Riordan wants board members who are independent as long as their votes agree with what he believes is right, and, arrogantly, he is sure he is always right. Riordan called me his hero, a revolutionary reformer, until I said no to his direct and specific order to vote against a decent rise in teachers' salaries. I believe the best way to improve public education is to have well-qualified and trained teachers in the classroom.
OPINION
August 5, 2001
Re "LAUSD: Belmont Redux?" Opinion, July 29: Either David Tokofsky was asleep (highly unlikely), in the press room (his favorite haunt) or out of the room on the telephone (highly likely) when staff briefed Los Angeles Unified School District board members [on the purchase of a headquarters building] during at least three separate closed sessions. The real estate staff made itself available to answer any questions individual board members still had after those sessions. What are the pluses that Tokofsky did not mention?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2001
Re "Wake-Up Call for LAUSD," June 8: Every morning, nearly 45,000 teachers take their places at the head of Los Angeles classrooms. We do not need wake-up calls or ice water in the face to know the system is facing an unprecedented crisis, and United Teachers-Los Angeles is hardly in a "delusional trance," concerned only with salaries and the right to pick classroom assignments. For nearly two years, UTLA members have done everything possible to end business as usual at LAUSD. Our biggest victory for students and taxpayers as well as teachers was a contract raising salaries from the bottom to the middle of the pack.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2001 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Lawn signs are as ubiquitous at election time as politicians kissing babies. But these harmless campaign props are kicking up a fury in the runoff election between Los Angeles school board member Valerie Fields and wealthy challenger Marlene Canter. More than 5,000 signs slamming the incumbent have appeared in the district, which stretches from the Westside to the West San Fernando Valley. "L.A. School Board Member Valerie Fields has FAILED," they scream in neon orange and green.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2001 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The race for a Board of Education seat on the Westside has become the costliest Los Angeles school board election on record, with three candidates having raised more than $1.8 million before the primary, records show. The three--incumbent Valerie Fields, businesswoman Marlene Canter and real estate developer Matthew Rodman--are spending lavishly on mailers, television advertisements, banners and other publicity as the April 10 primary approaches.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2001 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
For all their differences, the school board candidates in Los Angeles Unified's 4th District trumpet a similar theme: fix the broken system. The four contenders in this highly competitive race are casting themselves as agents of change, even as they offer few hard details to solve the school district's many problems. There is the real estate developer who wants to get schools built quickly. The teacher-training expert who promises an emergency recruitment drive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 2001
Re "Wake-Up Call for LAUSD," June 8: Every morning, nearly 45,000 teachers take their places at the head of Los Angeles classrooms. We do not need wake-up calls or ice water in the face to know the system is facing an unprecedented crisis, and United Teachers-Los Angeles is hardly in a "delusional trance," concerned only with salaries and the right to pick classroom assignments. For nearly two years, UTLA members have done everything possible to end business as usual at LAUSD. Our biggest victory for students and taxpayers as well as teachers was a contract raising salaries from the bottom to the middle of the pack.
NEWS
June 6, 2001 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Businesswoman Marlene Canter was leading incumbent Valerie Fields by a small but steady margin in the runoff for a seat on the Los Angeles Board of Education, according to preliminary returns Tuesday. The challenger edged ahead in the aggressive race to represent a region stretching from the Westside to the west San Fernando Valley. "I'm encouraged," said Canter, from an Italian restaurant where her election team was posted. "I have felt the momentum building. People are looking for change."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 24, 2001 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Lawn signs are as ubiquitous at election time as politicians kissing babies. But these harmless campaign props are kicking up a fury in the runoff election between Los Angeles school board member Valerie Fields and wealthy challenger Marlene Canter. More than 5,000 signs slamming the incumbent have appeared in the district, which stretches from the Westside to the West San Fernando Valley. "L.A. School Board Member Valerie Fields has FAILED," they scream in neon orange and green.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2001 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
So much for congeniality. An otherwise civil race for a Board of Education seat on the Westside has turned ugly in the days leading up to Tuesday's primary. Candidate Marlene Canter has sent a mailer to voters, accusing incumbent Valerie Fields of being "absent or tardy to 36% of board meetings last year when our kids needed you the most." Fields has accused Canter of distorting her record and launching a smear campaign.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 2001 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
The race for a Board of Education seat on the Westside has become the costliest Los Angeles school board election on record, with three candidates having raised more than $1.8 million before the primary, records show. The three--incumbent Valerie Fields, businesswoman Marlene Canter and real estate developer Matthew Rodman--are spending lavishly on mailers, television advertisements, banners and other publicity as the April 10 primary approaches.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2001 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
For all their differences, the school board candidates in Los Angeles Unified's 4th District trumpet a similar theme: fix the broken system. The four contenders in this highly competitive race are casting themselves as agents of change, even as they offer few hard details to solve the school district's many problems. There is the real estate developer who wants to get schools built quickly. The teacher-training expert who promises an emergency recruitment drive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1996 | LUCILLE RENWICK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Former mayoral aide Valerie Fields, who helped link Tom Bradley to the Westside, education and arts and entertainment establishments, has declared her candidacy for the Los Angeles school board seat being vacated by former board President Mark Slavkin. Fields, 69, is the first person to announce her bid and so far is the only person seeking the seat in the 4th District, which extends from Westchester to Porter Ranch.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2001 | DUKE HELFAND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Mayor Richard Riordan has jolted the Los Angeles school board race by withdrawing his support from incumbent Valerie Fields and endorsing a political newcomer with no experience in education. Riordan declared his support this week for Westside real estate developer Matthew S. Rodman, one day after he broke with Fields. Fields was clearly angry at the mayor's decision, saying he had endorsed her several months ago and spoke at a fund-raiser on her behalf.
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