Governor Schwarzenegger made his promised appearance last night on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show. Does Democrat Phil Angelides deserve equal time? He thinks so. Also, what's going on behind closed doors at the LA School District, and Proposition 88--the measure no longer supported by the people who put it on the ballot.
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The state legislature gave Mayor Villaraigosa a role in choosing LA's Superintendent of Schools. But the new law is being challenged, and Villraigosa's in China, so the elected school board is going ahead with the selection process on its own. Today's Daily News reports that the leading candidate is a retired Navy admiral with no experience in public education.
Naush Boghossian, Education Reporter for the Los Angeles Daily News
TV spots paid for by Democrat Phil Angelides show Governor Schwarzenegger morphing into President Bush. Last night on Jay Leno's Tonight Show, the Governor said "To link me to George Bush is like linking me to an Oscar... I mean, that's ridiculous." Does Angelides deserve equal time? So far, NBC just says he’s not scheduled. Is the Governor disloyal to the GOP?
Proposition 88 on next month's ballot was financed by Netflix founder Reed Hastings and venture capitalist John Doerr--to the tune of almost $7 million. Now, they're saying, "Never mind." The LA Times says Prop 88 is now what political insiders call an "orphan initiative."
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