Runoff 2013: Slow Fundraising Start for District 6
Voters head to the polls in less than six weeks to decide the East San Fernando Valley District 6 School Board runoff between Antonio Sanchez and Monica Ratliff, but things are off to a pretty slow start when it comes to fundraising and spending. In terms of direct campaign fundraising, Ratliff hasn’t raised any money at all...
By Samantha Oltman | April 15, 2013
Board Member Kayser Relives the 2011 Runoff
Picking up on a comparison LA School Report first made last month, LAUSD Board Member Bennett Kayser published an op-ed in the LA Daily News last week in which he compared his 2011 runoff against Luis Sanchez to this year’s runoff between District 6 candidates Antonio Sanchez and Monica Ratliff: “I beat the big money. My...
By Samantha Oltman | April 1, 2013
Calendar: Registration & Vote By Mail Schedule
Mark it on your calender: Important voter registration and vote-by-mail deadlines are coming up for Los Angeles’ May 21 runoff election for the District 6 seat on the LAUSD School Board: May 6, 2013 (Monday): The last day to register to vote in the May runoff election. (If you still haven’t registered, go here to register to vote...
By Samantha Oltman | March 21, 2013
Looking Back at the 2011 Runoff
At first glance, the upcoming District 6 (East San Fernando Valley) runoff election between Antonio Sanchez and Monica Ratliff looks like it might share many similarities to the District 5 election two years ago. The 2011 runoff (for an area running from Los Feliz to Maywood) pitted reform candidate Luis Sanchez (no relation to Antonio) against...
By Samantha Oltman | March 15, 2013
Concerns About Republican Endorsement of Ratliff?
In anticipation of tonight’s UTLA House of Representatives debate over the union’s District 6 runoff endorsements, an anonymous tipster sent LA School Report a copy of a flyer sent out by District 6 candidate Monica Ratliff during the primary campaign that touts her support from Republican LA County Supervisor Michael Antonovich and describes her as “the Republicans’...
By Samantha Oltman | March 13, 2013
April 11 Next Disclosure Date for Independent Committees
Now that the dust has started to settle around last week’s LAUSD Board primary election, you might be wondering what outside spending groups have in store for the May runoff election for the District 6 (East San Fernando Valley) Board seat. However, it may be awhile. The Coalition for School Reform and UTLA-PACE won’t have...
By Samantha Oltman | March 12, 2013
Morning Read: Union May Attack LAUSD Leadership More Aggressively
Teachers Union to Vote on Aggressive Stand Against Deasy Policies The Los Angeles teachers union has scheduled an April vote for an initiative that would, if passed, call for a more aggressive posture against the leadership of the L.A. Unified School District. LA Times The Wrong Fight Over Schools Over the last century, American public...
By Samantha Oltman | March 11, 2013
School Board Primary Averaged $55 Per Vote
With low voter turnout and sky-high spending, the cost per vote from Tuesday’s primary election — an average of $55 per vote across three districts — is pretty eye-popping. However, the rate varied widely across the three races: According to numbers from the LA City Clerk’s office and the LA City Ethics Commission, the per-vote...
By LA School Report | March 8, 2013
Morning Read: Union to Re-Interview Runoff Candidates
Big Money in L.A. School Board Races UTLA is apparently, re-interviewing the two remaining candidates. It sat out that race in the first round by endorsing all three candidates and spending no money. LA Times Runoff Campaigns Kick Off, City Hall Girds for More Cuts The mayoral campaign entered a new phase Wednesday, as Eric...
By Samantha Oltman | March 8, 2013
Morning Read: Mixed Reactions Follow Board Elections
Victorious LAUSD Incumbent Vows to Keep Challenging Deasy Having presented the Los Angeles School Board election races as a referendum on Superintendent John Deasy’s future, the club of six- and seven-figure donors in Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Coalition for School Reform may have succeeded in making Deasy’s life more complicated. EdSource See also: LA Daily News,...
By Samantha Oltman | March 7, 2013