FROM Beth Barrett
The Race to Replace Councilman Greig Smith There are seven LA City Council seats on the ballot next week, but only one without an incumbent. The 12th District is in the San Fernando Valley, where Mitch Englander is the establishment candidate against five non-insiders . Englander is the chief-of-staff for Councilman Greig Smith, who's retiring. Smith worked for his predecessor, Hal Bernson. Englander's $440,000 campaign war chest was provided by developers, unions and lobbyists, and his endorsements include the Daily News, the LA Times and former officials including Bill Bratton and Dick Riordan. Beth Barrett is a contributor to the LA Weekly . Information on the 12th District candidates forum , Thursday, March 3 at 7pm
Layoffs and Seniority in the LAUSD Last week, Judge William Highberger ruled that teacher lay-offs planned for three inner-city middle schools would deprive students of their constitutional right to an equal education. Gompers, Markham and Liechty are three of the lowest performing schools in LA Unified. Because the state budget crisis requires cuts, the District sent pink-slips to between 46 and 60% of their teachers. In more affluent neighborhoods, the average was less than 15%. The judge found that educational opportunity would decline disproportionately and ordered the District to find a better way. But it’s not going to be easy because of seniority rules.
L.A. School Board Readies for Budget Battle California faces a deficit upwards of 15 billion dollars. Governor Schwarzenegger’s proposed budget would increase education spending by 193 million—but that won’t pay cost of living increases and some special funding is being reduced. For the LA Unified School District , that means a 353 million dollar shortfall.
Trump, Russia and rabbit holes Conservatives are now joining liberal critics of President Trump by demanding to know about his administration’s ties to Russia. We hear about Washington latest political flap and possible unintended consequence.
CBO: Under GOP plan, millions will lose coverage Republicans are divided and Democrats are saying, "we told you so," when it comes to official estimates of what it will cost to repeal and replace Obamacare. The Trump White House says the Congressional Budget Office is just wrong.
Cover-up or witch hunt?: The latest on the WH ties to Russia Less than two months into his Presidency, Donald Trump is struggling to get his agenda under way, making it harder himself with tweets that dominate public attention. Meanwhile, important questions are going unanswered: why have staff members and the Attorney General lied about contacts with Russian officials?