County Fed Union Endorses Board Candidates
Samantha Oltman | January 25, 2013
In an under-the-radar move last week, the powerful Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, which is the local arm of the AFL-CIO and represents 300 unions across LA county, officially endorsed three LAUSD Board candidates and has begun spending on candidates’ behalf through its independent expenditure (IE) committee, the Committee on Political Education (COPE).
In District 2, an area that includes Central and East Los Angeles, the labor union endorsed sitting Board President Monica Garcia. COPE has already spent $25,161 on her behalf.
In District 4, an area stretching from Hollywood to the Westside, the union endorsed Board incumbent Steve Zimmer. COPE hasn’t yet spent any money to support him.
In District 6, in the East San Fernando Valley, the union endorsed newcomer Antonio Sanchez, and COPE has already spent $25,161 on his behalf.
An endorsement and a couple of dollars will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks. But it’s getting to the point that you need a scorecard to keep track of candidate endorsements. We may create just such a thing.