FROM Naush Boghossian
Teachers and Parents to Decide Tuesday whether to join Villaraigosa in School Reform Mayor Villaraigosa today urged a big vote in districts he wants for the project he calls the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools . He now needs the support of parents and teachers.
Voters Go the Polls Tuesday in School Board Elections Voters have told pollsters that LA’s most important local issue is education. But in the March School Board primaries, less than ten percent of those registered bothered to vote . Two seats are still undecided, and there’s a lot at stake in the final elections.
Independents Barred from Republican Primary With just 7% voter turnout in yesterday's election , all the incumbent LA City Council members who were up this year were re-elected. Richard Alarcón -- just elected to the Assembly last November-- will return to the Council. All four incumbents were re-elected to the LA Community College Board of Trustees , but the Unified School Board races are not all decided. Meantime, Governor Schwarzenegger is expected to sign a new law that makes February 5 the date for California's presidential primaries. The change will give California a major voice it never had when the primaries were in June. Independents, the fastest growing bloc of California voters, will be invited to vote for a Democrat--but not, for the moment at least, for a Republican.
Retired Navy Admiral Likely New Chief of LAUSD 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.
Why Don't Facts Matter? "Fake News" may have a long history, but social media and 21st Century politics have brought it front and center. One reason for its appeal and its power is the tendency of so many people to cling to their beliefs — even when confronted with contradictory evidence. Today, another look at the Emotional States of America.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."