New report for Garcetti paints a grim picture for LA girls, women
A quarter of women living in Los Angeles do not hold a high school diploma, almost twice the number of women nationally, according to a new study focusing on issues affecting the women and girls of LA. The report, called the Status of Women and Girls in Los Angeles, was produced by Mount Saint Mary’s...
By Vanessa Romo | April 1, 2015
Garcetti ambivalent on elections dates; AALA an early cheer on testing
As Los Angeles voters consider how to vote on two city charter amendments that would change the dates of city and LA Unified school board elections, one person they shouldn’t look to for guidance is Mayor Eric Garcetti. The measures would move the city and school board elections to November so that they would align...
By Craig Clough | February 12, 2015
Garcetti wades into LAUSD politics, endorsing Galatzan
Mayor Eric Garcetti, who rarely insinuates himself into Los Angeles public school politics, is endorsing Tamar Galatzan for a third term representing LA Unified’s District 3 board seat. “Tamar is an innovative problem-solver and a strong and thoughtful advocate for Valley schools and kids,” Garcetti said in a news release from the Galatzan campaign. “She...
By LA School Report | January 12, 2015
Garcetti helps kick off East LA student leadership program
Mayor Eric Garcetti today helped kick off a fund raising campaign for Proyecto Pastoral and Promesa Boyle Heights which will focus efforts on expanding opportunity for youth in our communities. Both groups are non-profits that work to transform the East LA neighborhood by improving targeted schools and expanding social services in the community around them. The...
By Vanessa Romo | January 7, 2015
UTLA negotiations resume, new charter campus, ‘Grinchmas’
Negotiators for UTLA and LA Unified are meeting for another contact bargaining session today, the first since mid-November. UTLA did not respond when asked what topics might be on the table today, but the previous session saw UTLA adding to its demands to include supports for displaced educators, improved UTLA representation for substitute educators facing...
By Craig Clough | December 4, 2014
LA Unified board talking lawsuits, budget, Melendez
The LA Unified Board meets this morning, with much of their business scheduled for a closed door session. In private, the six members will discuss various legal cases involving the district as well as updates on labor contracts and student discipline matters. At some point, in open session, they will consider an interim financial report...
By LA School Report | March 18, 2014
At School, Melendez Talks Computers, Garcetti Jobs Agenda
Since becoming Mayor Eric Garcetti’s top education advisor four months ago, Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana has made few public appearances but, today, for the first time, the 30-year educator took center stage alongside LA Unified officials. She was one of several speakers at the UCLA Community School in the Robert F. Kennedy Complex, kicking-off...
By Vanessa Romo | December 10, 2013
2 Months Later, Melendez Still Out of View as Garcetti’s Ed Deputy
Eight weeks ago Mayor Eric Garcetti named his new education deputy, Thelma Melendez de Santa Ana. In that time, only a few people have any idea who she is what she does or how she’s going to do it. She has met with various board members and some community groups in her official capacity as...
By Vanessa Romo | October 18, 2013
School Board Expected to Approve Marquez on Bond Panel
When the LA Unified board meets in open session today, only one agenda item is listed for discussion: Abigail Marquez as Mayor Eric Garcetti’s nominee to the 15-member district Bond Oversight Committee. If approved, which is expected, she would replace former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s representative on the board, Joan Sullivan, who also served as deputy mayor of...
By Vanessa Romo | October 8, 2013
Garcetti Names His Board of Library Commissioners
More appointments from Mayor Eric Garcetti. Today he announced his choices for the Board of Public Library Commissioners. The five members serve five-year staggered terms and are confirmed by the City Council. Gregory Bettinelli — a venture partner for Upfront Ventures, an Affiliated Executive for Freeman Spogli & Co., Co-Founder of MucklerLab, and venture advisor for Mucker...
By LA School Report | September 20, 2013