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LA City Council weighs legislation to combat perinatal depression

Four Los Angeles City Council members on Tuesday, May 4, introduced a legislation package aimed at helping pregnant women and new mothers who are struggling with depression and other mental health issues. The package introduced by Council President Nury Martinez, Councilman Paul Koretz and Councilwomen Nithya Raman and Monica Rodriguez includes two resolutions and a motion in an effort to raise awareness, destigmatize and support women who suffer from perinatal depression and other mental health...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Sport, Soccer, Community, City Council, Council, Terry, Sierra, Assembly, Martinez, Joanna, Rodriguez, Raman, Reseda


LA City Council creates new youth council, hearkening back to Tom Bradley’s era

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday, May 4, unanimously voted to create a youth council similar to one created by former Mayor Tom Bradley, which two of the council members served on. Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley in 1982. Associated Press The motion, introduced by Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez and Councilmen Mark Ridley-Thomas and Paul Koretz, instructed the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment to create the “Olivia Mitchell Youth Council” made up of two youth representatives from eac...
Tags: News, Education, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, City Council, Los Angeles City Council, Mitchell, Bradley, Rodriguez, Tom Bradley, LA City Council, Mark Ridley Thomas, Tom LaBonge


LAUSD board president launches reelection bid

Los Angeles Unified school board member Kelly Gonez, who made history last month by becoming the youngest woman to serve as its board president, is already looking ahead to a second term in office. Although the 32-year-old’s current term won’t be up until December 2022 and the primary election for board District 6 is still about a year-and-a-half away, she launched her reelection campaign this week, saying she wants to give herself plenty of time to talk to students, parents, educators and other...
Tags: Elections, Education, Obama, Washington, Sport, Soccer, United States, Lausd, El Salvador, Biden, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Rodriguez, Los Angeles Unified School District, DeVos, Los Angeles Unified


L.A. County strives to step up vaccines, but seniors told they’ll have to wait until February

Public health officials worked to clarify Los Angeles County’s coronavirus timetable on Thursday, Jan. 14, as many seniors found themselves confused over when exactly they could sign up for a vaccine — and why they must wait, likely for another month, for those  shots — after Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Wednesday they could get them immediately. Another 287 people, meanwhile, lost their lives to the outbreak, officials announced. Despite the governor’s announcement on widening vaccine delivery, th...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, La, Government, Walmart, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Community, Lausd, Disneyland, Pasadena, Orange County, Major League Baseball


LA City Council votes to create new families, youth department

The Los Angeles City Council voted Wednesday, Dec. 9, to create a new department to assist families who were already vulnerable to economic uncertainty before the COVID-19 pandemic and are far more so now. Council President Nury Martinez and Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez proposed establishing the Department for Families, Children and Community Investment in October. “COVID-19 has demonstrated that in the face of a crisis, problems that our families face arise not independently but are compounded...
Tags: Health, News, Education, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Biden, Lapd, Los Angeles City Council, Martinez, Rodriguez, Garcetti, LA City Council, Jose Huizar


Photos: San Fernando Valley seniors get special Thanksgiving meals

A meal being prepared for delivery. Los Angeles City Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez partnered with Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), Valley Interfaith Council, and Redbird to provide warm Thanksgiving meals to seniors from the Alicia Broadous-Duncan Multipurpose Senior Center in Pacoima on Tuesday, November 24, 2020. Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Tammy Reese Williams, Executive Nutrition Director with Valley Inter-Community Council (VIC) delivers a pumpki...
Tags: Thanksgiving, Education, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Community, Local News, Los Angeles City, Rodriguez, San Fernando Valley, Pacoima, Christina Reed, Top Stories LADN, Dean Musgrove Los Angeles Daily News, Monica Rodriguez


East San Fernando Valley: A ‘perfect storm’ for alarming coronavirus spread

PACOIMA >> Janet Marinaccio watched as the stream of people wrapped around the block. Alongside, the line of cars stretched for more than 2 miles. Why the clamor? At the end of the lines sat 500 boxes of free food from the nonprofit she leads. Related: Wave of test sites swoop in, responding to deepening San Fernando Valley coronavirus crisis “There’s far more people here than I think anybody imagined,” said Marinaccio, President and CEO of MEND (Meet Each Need with Dignity), which hosted the dr...
Tags: Health, Business, News, Education, Government, Sport, Tai Chi, Soccer, Healthcare, Community, Eric Garcetti, Ucla, Southern California, Daily News, Los Angeles County, South Bay


LA community colleges end sheriff’s contract, will explore unarmed security model

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Community College District has announced plans to seek a new security services contract after failing to reach agreement on a new contract with the sheriff’s department, which has provided services to its campuses for 19 years. District officials had negotiated with sheriff’s department representatives for five months and were not able to reach agreement for a six-month contract or long-term contract “in light of the current COVID-19 environment,” Chancellor Francis...
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Technical glitches have disrupted learning for students all across the country as they navigate online classes during the pandemic

Helina Thorp, right, 14, expresses frustration while unsuccessfully trying to log in to her school distance-learning classes while her mother, Virginia Thorp, attempts to call school officials from a Pacific Gas & Electric community resource center at the El Dorado Fairgrounds during a Public Safety Power Shutoff in Placerville, Calif., on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Daniel Kim/The Sacramento Bee via AP As many students went back to school online on Tuesday, they were met with technical glitch...
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Coronavirus forces LA community colleges to go online

Los Angeles Community College District is shifting all courses online across its nine campuses beginning March 18, in response to the coronavirus, officials said Wednesday. Chancellor Francisco C. Rodriguez said the action was “out of an abundance of caution and out of an abundance of caution to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff and to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.” The action comes as health officials reported Los Angeles County’s first novel coronavirus-r...
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Next stop for ‘college promise’ efforts: Free Cal State University?

By Felicia Mello, CalMatters In yet another push to make higher education more accessible in California, a bill filed in the state Legislature last week would extend the state’s tuition-free college guarantee to four years — and beyond community college — for some students, making it one of the most generous programs in the nation. Students who earn an associate’s degree for transfer through the California College Promise program could finish their bachelor’s degrees for free at California State...
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Sun Valley High School is becoming Valley Oaks Center for Enriched Studies

A new magnet school is coming to the east San Fernando Valley next fall, but it’s going to involve a big change to a well-known name in the area. The Valley Oaks Center for Enriched Studies — known as VOCES — will take over the current Sun Valley High School campus starting in 2020. Serving grades six through 12, it will give up to 900 students opportunities to take Advanced Placement courses through , as well as Sun Valley’s already established Media Arts Academy programs. Kids currently attend...
Tags: Education, Disney, Sport, Ap, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Sun Valley, Rodriguez, San Fernando Valley, Abrahams, Los Angeles Unified School District, Sherman Oaks, Ivan Rodriguez, Sun Valley High School, Top Stories LADN


Indiana leader tapped for LA Pierce College president job

A new president has been selected to lead Los Angeles Pierce College, the sprawling west San Fernando Valley community college campus that has been without a permanent leader for about a year. Alexis S. Montevirgen is expected to be approved as the college’s new leader at the June 5 meeting of the Los Angeles Community College District’s Board of Trustees. At 40, he would be among the youngest presidents to lead the 70-plus-year-old, 426-acre Woodland Hills college and its 22,000 students each s...
Tags: Business, News, Education, La, San Francisco, Sport, Indiana, Soccer, San Diego, University of Pennsylvania, Lausd, Local News, Daily News, Buckley, Pierce, Rodriguez


LAUSD board runoff election will bring new member to the panel

LOS ANGELES — Former Los Angeles Unified School District board member Jackie Goldberg will look to rejoin the seven-member panel Tuesday when she faces former teacher and mayoral aide Heather Repenning in a runoff election. Goldberg and Repenning are vying for the Board of Education seat left vacant by the resignation of Ref Rodriguez, who stepped down last July after pleading guilty to conspiracy and other charges for laundering campaign donations from family and friends. In the March 5 primary...
Tags: Politics, News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, City Council, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council, Silver Lake, Board of Education, Anti, Goldberg


LAUSD board race: Heather Repenning leaps over Graciela Ortiz to possibly face Jackie Goldberg in May runoff

New vote tallies in the LAUSD school board district 5 election released Friday afternoon revealed a jump by Mayor Eric Garcetti-backed Heather Repenning, as political veteran Jackie Goldberg remained comfortably in the lead with more than 48 percent of the vote. Because teachers union-backed Goldberg failed to secure a majority, she will face her runner up in a May 14 runoff. Friday’s results, updated to reflect approximately 2,000 counted mail-in ballots, showed Repenning ahead of Huntington Pa...
Tags: Elections, News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Bell, Heather, Goldberg, Rodriguez, LA County, Eli Broad, Austin Beutner


LAUSD Election 2019: Jackie Goldberg takes lead in LA school board race that appears headed for May runoff

Political veteran Jackie Goldberg appeared to be headed for a May 14 runoff for a seat that could significantly alter the political balance of the Los Angeles Unified School District school board, after residents of the city’s northeast stretches took to the polls Tuesday. With mail-in and provisional ballots yet to be counted, Goldberg was comfortably in the lead with 48.26 percent of the vote, with all precincts reported, according to the L.A. County Registrar’s Office late Tuesday. Because sh...
Tags: News, Education, La, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, SEIU, City Council, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Bell, Daily News, Ortiz, Scott


LAUSD Election 2019: Goldberg, Repenning take early lead in race for northeast LA school board seat

Residents of the northeast stretches of the massive Los Angeles Unified School District’s  took to the polls on Tuesday in an election that could significantly alter the political balance of the current school board. Early results showed front-runner Jackie Goldberg with an early lead, with 46.89 percent of the vote and Heather Repenning with 13.45 percent with 10 out of 122 precincts reported. Goldberg, 73, is a veteran elected official who sat on the school board from 1983 to 1991 before servi...
Tags: News, Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, SEIU, City Council, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Bell, Board, State Assembly, Service Employees International Union, Goldberg


LAUSD Election 2019: Jackie Goldberg takes lead in LA school board race that appears headed for a May runoff

Residents of the northeast stretches of the massive Los Angeles Unified School District took to the polls on Tuesday in an election that could significantly alter the political balance of the current school board. Early results showed front-runner Jackie Goldberg in the lead with 45.84 percent of the vote, followed neck-and-neck by Graciela “Grace” Ortiz with 14.53 percent and Heather Repenning with 13.10 percent, respectively, with 66 out of 122 precincts reporting after 10 p.m. Goldberg, 73, i...
Tags: News, Education, La, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, SEIU, City Council, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Bell, Ortiz, Service Employees International Union, Goldberg


LAUSD Election 2019: Here’s what you need to know about today’s special election — and why it matters

Esmeralda Fabián Romero | LA School Report Tuesday is the special election to fill the school board seat in L.A. Unified’s Board District 5. The person elected will become part of the seven-member school board that decides on policies, budget and approval of charter schools in L.A. Unified, which is the largest school district in California and second-largest in the nation. The District 5 board member represents students enrolled in schools located in parts of the southeast of Los Angeles — incl...
Tags: News, Education, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Board, Los Angeles County, Rodriguez, Huntington Park, LA school, California Charter Schools Association, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze


Meet the 10 candidates running for the LAUSD school board seat left vacant by Ref Rodriguez

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | LA School Report The 10 candidates in the race for L.A. Unified’s vacant school board seat have been in full swing participating in community forums and other public events as Tuesday’s special election approaches. The new board member for Board District 5 will represent about 100,000 students in some very different communities: from the heavily Latino southeast cities — including Huntington Park, Maywood and Bell — and from the more affluent neighborhoods north of d...
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A big LAUSD special election is on Tuesday. But Latino turnout will likely be small

By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | LA School Report Next week’s special election for the vacant school board seat is expected to draw “minuscule” voter turnout, and experts predict Latino participation will be even lower, particularly in the board district’s poorer southeast section, where Latinos make up almost the entire enrollment and where the most struggling schools are located. But despite the urgency of improving educational outcomes for students living in the southeast communities, most likely...
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LAUSD’s Spanish-speaking parents engage candidates in forum ahead of school board special election

With the stakes high for whoever might take over the Los Angeles Unified School District Board’s District 5 seat in March, nine candidates for the seat faced parents Wednesday night in a forum that gave them a chance to weigh in on issues parents care about. For some parents, the event left a little more to be desired for lack of attention to issues like charters schools in the wake of a massive teacher strike underpinned by the issue. What did get attention was how school board hopefuls plan to...
Tags: News, Education, California, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, City Council, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Gavin Newsom, Ortiz, LMU, Goldberg, Rodriguez, Los Feliz, Eagle Rock


How are charter schools influencing LAUSD labor negotiations?

If teachers go on strike this school year, it would be the first amid a backdrop of a growing charter school movement that has not only drawn students from the Los Angeles Unified School District, but has also taken teachers with them. The last time Los Angeles teachers went on strike was in 1989. The California Charter School Act was signed into law in 1992 and charter school growth in Los Angeles particularly exploded within the last two decades. Los Angeles is now home to the largest number o...
Tags: New York, News, Education, California, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Ucla, Rogers, Northridge, John Rogers, Weisberg, Rodriguez, Los Angeles Unified School District


New ‘friendlier’ look coming for California’s school dashboard

By John Fensterwald, EdSource The dashboard is the website that rates districts, schools and student groups on test scores, student suspensions and a range of measures on a scale of five colors. It’s a key element of the state’s new school accountability system, which emphasizes performance on individual indicators without a single summative rating like a letter grade. Since its debut in spring 2017, the dashboard has gotten a lot of criticism. Parent and school groups said they appreciated the ...
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This Lake Balboa dad is fed up with low enrollment at a neighborhood school. Here’s what he’s doing about it

When Torr Leonard moved into his Lake Balboa neighborhood five years ago, he discovered nearly every parent on his street sent their children to schools other than the neighborhood school a block away. Leonard said he found that just one other nearby family sent their children to Gault Street Elementary, where his son Luc, started kindergarten last month. So, he has made it his mission to advocate for the school and encourage parents to re-think their decision to send their children to magnet or...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Franco, Lausd, Local News, Samples, Simpson, Leonard, Rodriguez, San Fernando Valley, Luc, United Teachers Los Angeles, Top Stories LADN


LAUSD teachers to cast strike-authorization vote

LOS ANGELES — Unionized teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District are scheduled to begin voting Thursday in a strike-authorization vote as the union and district remain at loggerheads in contract talks. The vote — which does not automatically mean a strike will be called  — will come amid labor negotiations that have been pushed into state mediation, thanks to the union declaring an impasse in talks. Alex Caputo-Pearl is president of United Teachers Los Angeles. (Daily News file pho...
Tags: Politics, News, Education, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Los Angeles Times, District, Rodriguez, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl, Public Employment Relations Board


In wake of gun violence, LAUSD needs a school safety director, panel says

A Blue Ribbon Panel on School Safety is proposing dozens of actions to enhance school safety in and around Los Angeles schools in the wake of school shootings here and around the country. Among the recommendations outlined in the draft report released this week is that the Los Angeles Unified School District establish the high-level position of school safety director to oversee the district’s safety initiatives. While various LAUSD departments and community partners work individually to ensure s...
Tags: Florida, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Los Angeles County, Valley, South Bay, Los Angeles City, Rodriguez, Feuer, San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles Unified School District, Austin Beutner


Van Nuys High student says MS-13 gang member stabbed him on campus, and he’s suing LAUSD

Van Nuys High School (2017 photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News) LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Unified is being sued for negligence by a Van Nuys High School student, who says he was repeatedly harassed and then stabbed in a campus bathroom in 2017 by a classmate known to be an affiliate of a gang often cited by President Donald Trump to justify his tough immigration stance. The plaintiff, now 17, is identified only as A.C. in the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit filed Monday on his behal...
Tags: News, Education, La, Stabbing, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Donald Trump, Valley, Los Angeles Superior Court, Rodriguez, Los Angeles Daily News, David Crane, Austin Beutner


LAUSD reaches tentative labor deal with school employees union

The LAUSD reached a tentative agreement with the 3,800-worker California School Employees Association on a contract that includes 2 percent raises in each of three years. Above, North Hollywood High School is seen in a Daily News file photo. LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Unified School District announced Monday it has reached a tentative labor agreement with the union representing workers including office technicians, library aides, financial managers and clerical/office employees. The propose...
Tags: Education, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, SEIU, Local News, Daily News, Valley, Service Employees International Union, Rodriguez, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, UTLA, Top Stories LADN


The clock is ticking: LAUSD board members have 60 days to decide how to fill Ref Rodriguez’s seat

By Mario Koran, LA School Report The ouster of Los Angeles Unified School District board member Ref Rodriguez — who resigned Monday after pleading guilty to money-laundering charges — means the remaining board members must now decide when and how to replace him. They have 60 days to decide a path forward, and the clock is ticking. Right now, board members have three options, said LA Unified’s general counsel David Holmquist: They can appoint someone to serve out the remainder of Rodriguez’s term...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Los Angeles City Council, LA Times, Rodriguez, Los Angeles Unified School District, United Teachers Los Angeles, Alex Caputo Pearl, LA school, UTLA, San Diego Unified, LA Unified



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