ADA SoCal Endorsements for the March 7th Los Angeles Municipal Election
The most important consideration on the Los Angeles Primary ballot this year isn't whether or not Developers need to abide by a neighborhood zoning plan, but whether or not our public schools should be governed by a school board bought and paid for by the Charter School Industry. Democrats were horrified when Donald Trump nominated Charter School and School Voucher activist Betsy DeVos to be the Secretary of Education. But corporatist Democrats have had a miserable record in protecting our public schools and our teachers unions from corporatized charter schools that siphon off our tax dollars for unregulated profit-driven education. Our former Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made proliferation of Charter Schools a top priority. And President Obama's Secretary of Education Arne Duncan was in the bag for the Charter School Industry as well.
The Charter School Industry is spending huge amounts of money to make sure that the LA School Board answers to it. Monica Garcia, who is in their pay, is seeking re-election to District 2. Ex-Mayor Republican Richard Riordan has donated $1 million to defeat Steve Zimmer because Zimmer is a strong advocate for good public schools. The Charter School Industry has set up two $5 million Independent expenditure funds to oppose Teachers' Union-endorsed candidates Steve Zimmer and Imelda Padilla. If you can find time between now and election day, please volunteer some time to phone bank for these candidates. [http://utla.net/news/phone-bank-canvass-zimmer-padilla] Los Angeles already has more charter schools than any other city in the country. If we want to protect Public Education in LA, we need to act!
Detailed explanation of our current endorsements.
What is our endorsement process?
Mayor: Eric Garcetti
City Attorney: Mike Feuer
City Controller: Ron Galperin
Los Angeles City Council:
District 1: Gilberto “Gil” Cedillo
District 3: Bob Blumenfield
District 5: Paul Koretz
District 7: No Endorsement
District 9: Adriana Cabrera
District 11: Mike Bonin
District 13: No Endorsement
District 15: Caney Arnold
Board of Education:
District 2: Carl J. Peterson
District 4: Steve Zimmer
District 6: Imelda Padilla
Community College Board of Trustees:
Seat No. 2: Steven Veres
Seat No. 4: Dallas Denise Fowler
Seat No. 6: Nancy Pearlman
County Measure H: Los Angeles County Plan to Prevent and Combat Homelessness: YES
City Proposition M: Cannabis Regulation After Citizen Input, Taxation and Enforcement: YES
City Initiative Ordinance N: Cannabis Activity Permits, Regulation and Taxation: NO
City Charter Amendment P: Maximum Term of Harbor Department Leases: NO
City Initiative Ordinance S: Building Moratorium; Restrictions on General Plan Amendments: YES