School board elections heat up with 4 more candidates jumping into race
Four more candidates have entered the race to run for two school board seats in the March 7 election. Three people in the last 10 days have filed with the city Ethics Commission an intent to raise money to challenge Monica Garcia for school board in District 2, and one person has entered the race for...
By Sarah Favot | August 8, 2016
Consultant who helped Kayser win in 2011, now working against him
*UPDATED Four years after playing a major role in Bennett Kayser’s election to the LA Unified school board, an Encino-based political consulting firm is now working to defeat him. Shallman Communications in 2011 was paid more than $60,000 by the LA teachers union, UTLA, to help shape Kayser’s image. Through the union’s independent expenditures, it...
By Michael Janofsky | February 2, 2015
Charter group endorsing 3 (of 4) incumbents for LAUSD board
The political arm of the California Charter Schools Association, CCSA Advocates, is endorsing three of the four incumbents seeking reelection to the LA Unified school board in March. The exception is Bennett Kayser, a staunch charter opponent who has represented board District 5 since 2011. Kayser is so closely aligned with the teachers union, UTLA,...
By LA School Report | January 9, 2015
Analysis: Why the LAUSD school board race attracted so few voters
The voters have spoken. Well, some of them spoke. OK, a handful did. Turnout for the California primary on Tuesday was routinely disappointing — 18.3 percent statewide, 13.1 percent across LA County and how about that LA Unified District 1 school board race: 10 percent. Democracy inaction. Among 338,986 registered voters in the district, only 34,876...
By Michael Janofsky | June 5, 2014
LAUSD candidates McKenna, Johnson set for election runoff
And now there are two. LAUSD school board candidates George McKenna and Alex Johnson outpolled five others in yesterday’s election, but neither reached a majority, moving them into an August runoff to fill LA Unified’s vacant District 1 seat. McKenna, 73, a career school administrator and early favorite to replace the late Marguerite LaMotte, was...
By Michael Janofsky | June 4, 2014
Johnson, McKenna in strong last dash for cash in school board race
Alex Johnson maintained his fundraising lead in the LA Unified School board race over front runner George McKenna, in the third and final reporting period before tomorrow’s primary election. Overall, Johnson, 33, an aide to County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, has outraised McKenna, 72, a retired administrator with a national profile, by about $100,000. But in...
By LA School Report | June 2, 2014
Follow the money: last filing deadline today for LAUSD election
Tonight is the final disclosure deadline for candidates running in the June 3 special election, to fill LA Unified’s District 1 board seat. “There should be updated numbers by midnight from all the candidates,” said a staff member at the City Ethics Commission. Most candidates are filing their required disclosure forms online, which will be available on...
By LA School Report | May 30, 2014
Analysis: How to avoid a school board runoff in 4 easy steps
With seven candidates vying for the vacant LAUSD school board seat in South LA, what would it take to pull ahead of the pack and head off a costly stand-alone runoff? Coinciding with the California statewide primary on June 3, the special election was called to fill the District 1 board seat, left vacant by death last...
By Jamie Alter Lynton | May 30, 2014
Johnson extends fundraising lead in bid for school board seat
* UPDATED Alex Johnson has opened what is likely an insurmountable fund raising lead over the six other candidates running for the open LA Unified school board. With the June 3 special election just 11 days away, he has raised $208,625 through the reporting period that ended last Saturday, according to the LA City Ethics...
By LA School Report | May 23, 2014
Polls suggest McKenna, Johnson heading for LAUSD election runoff
With less than two weeks before the special election to fill a vacant seat on the Los Angeles Unified school board, two candidates appear to be leading the field of seven, suggesting the probability of an August runoff. People familiar with two separate but consistent polls of likely voters conducted by professional firms said the two...
By LA School Report | May 22, 2014