McKenna has filed to seek LAUSD board seat again in 2015
While George McKenna remained relatively quiet at his first board meeting this week, he has spoken loudly on one issue: He intends to run again for the District 1 seat next year. Records show that he filed a Declaration of Intent To Solicit And Receive Contributions with the City Ethics Commission last week, a move...
By LA School Report | August 28, 2014
Galatzan endorses Johnson, leaving Vladovic as lone neutral
For those keeping score, it’s now 3-2. A second member of the LA Unified school board, Tamar Galatzan, is endorsing Alex Johnson for the open District 1 seat. She joins Monica Garcia as the board backers for Johnson. Three others — Monica Ratliff, Steve Zimmer and Bennett Kayser — have endorsed George McKenna. That leaves...
By LA School Report | July 31, 2014
Attack mailers for Johnson draw ire of two important backers
Recent campaign material supporting Alex Johnson that questions the record of his opponent in the LA Unified District 1 school board race, George McKenna, are rattling two of Johnson’s high profile supporters, U.S. Congresswoman Janice Hahn and former Congresswoman Diane Watson. “I do not support the negativity that has come out,” Watson told LA School Report. “I never have...
By Yana Gracile | July 30, 2014
Johnson outpacing McKenna in school board race for money
Alex Johnson has opened a substantial lead over George McKenna in campaign support from individual donors and groups that support his candidacy even as major backers from the education reform camp and labor unions who have given millions in previous years appear to be sitting this election out. The two candidates are facing each other in...
By Vanessa Romo | July 15, 2014
LA Fed’s PAC recommends Johnson for LAUSD board seat
*CORRECTION The political action committee for the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor has recommended to its members that they endorse Alex Johnson, in his bid for the open LA Unified school board seat. It’s the first step in the group’s process for endorsing a candidate. The decision by the Committee on Political Education (COPE) now...
By LA School Report | July 15, 2014
McKenna, Johnson re-launch campaigns for school board seat
With less than a month before the runoff election for LAUSD’s district 1 board seat, the race between candidates George McKenna and Alex Johnson is heating up as both both candidates are re-launching their campaigns. Over the weekend, McKenna, 74, a career school administrator, and Johnson, 33, an education aide to LA County Supervisor Mark...
By Yana Gracile | July 14, 2014
Vote-by-Mail request for District 1 school board starts today
Starting today, residents of LA Unfied’s District 1, which covers much of south LA, stretching north to Hollywood, can apply for a Vote by Mail ballot for the Aug. 12 special election runoff for LA Unified’s open school board seat. (For an application, click here). The election, between George McKenna, a retired school administrator and Alex Johnson, education...
By Aaron Stella | July 14, 2014
Former opponents pick sides in LA Unified District 1 run-off
Heading into the final month of the special election run-off to fill LA Unified school board’s District 1 seat, candidates George McKenna and Alex Johnson are collecting endorsements from former opponents. The seat, which represents much of South LA, was left vacant when longtime school board member Marguerite LaMotte died in office late last year....
By Vanessa Romo | July 8, 2014
McKenna riding decades of experience into District 1 race
Third in a series of profiles of candidates for LA Unified’s open District 1 board seat. At 73 years old and now retired as an LAUSD administrator and principal, George McKenna shows no signs of slowing down. With more than 35 years under his belt, serving in multiple roles in eight different schools in several...
By Yana Gracile | May 2, 2014
District 1 board candidates meeting twice in early May
Candidates for LA Unified’s District 1 board seat are participating in two forums in early May, but not all candidates are attending both. On May 7, Genethia Hudley-Hayes, George McKenna, Alex Johnson and Sherlett Hendy-Newbill will take questions from a moderator and the audience in an event organized by 10 community groups under the sponsorship...
By LA School Report | April 30, 2014