Public education is back on the ballot next month with four school board seats up for grabs and Measure L. We hear about term limits, campaign contributions and Mayor Villaraigosa's involvement in school reform. And why is there no argument against Measue L in the official voter's guide? On Reporter's Notebook, the five most common surnames of homebuyers in California are all Latino. What does that mean?
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Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally has dropped his bill to give LA's elected school-board members a pay raise of 600%, but Measure L on next month's ballot would create a commission to review their salaries, which are currently $24,000 a year. It would also limit members to three four-year terms and limit campaign contributions to $1000 each. In addition, four seats on the board are up for grabs. We get the lowdown from insiders, including former board member, now councilman, José Huizar, who helped put the measure on the ballot.
The five most common surnames of homebuyers in California are García, Hernandez, Rodriguez, Lopez and Martinez--all Latino. Nationwide, four of the 10 most common homebuyers' names are Latino. That's from a column by Peter Schrag, who writes for the Sacramento Bee.
Peter Schrag, longtime writer on California politics