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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?