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LAUSD teachers strike, Day 9: Negotiators work through the night, and joint news conference is sign of hope

A joint news conference set for Tuesday morning sparked hope that the Los Angeles Unified School District teachers strike could be coming to an end. LA Mayor Eric Garcetti, LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner and United Teachers Los Angeles President Alex Caputo-Pearl were slated to appear together at 9:30 a.m. at City Hall. The fact that both sides are appearing together could be a sign that an agreement ending the walkout — which is entering its ninth day — is at hand. Negotiations on the L...
Tags: News, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, City Hall, Garcetti, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl, Beutner, UTLA, Top Stories LADN


Chief Justice John Roberts right to push back against Trump, defend judiciary

In November, a federal judge in San Francisco struck down President Trump’s attempt to limit asylum-seekers to legal points of entry.  Trump complained about the action of “an Obama Judge.” Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts criticized Trump, saying America does not have “Obama judges or Trump judges . . .  What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges doing their level best to do equal right to those appearing before them.” In December, a federal judge in Texas struck down th...
Tags: Texas, Supreme Court, Obamacare, Obama, Congress, California, Opinion, Mexico, America, San Francisco, Sport, Indiana, Soccer, Hawaii, New York Times, Connecticut


LAUSD’s teacher strike should draw needed attention to pension costs

The now week-long strike in Los Angeles Unified has raised many issues of statewide, even nationwide, relevance. In addition to the litany of issues it raises about school choice, teacher pay and the influence of teachers unions, it must also draw attention to a problem politicians are all too keen on kicking down the road: rising pension and retiree health benefit costs. LAUSD, like most other school districts in the state, offers defined benefit pensions to teachers. For decades, the district ...
Tags: California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, Lausd, Kamala Harris, California Public Employees Retirement System, Legislative Analyst 's Office


It’s wrong to blame charter schools for LAUSD’s mess

The nation is watching as Los Angeles teachers stay out of their classrooms and pour into the streets. Some say the blame rests with charter schools. The truth is, the causes of the crisis are complex, and L.A.’s charter schools are a handy scapegoat, not a cause. Anyone who says differently is either mistaken or intentionally spinning. The problems that drove 31,000 United Teachers of Los Angeles members to walk off the job are familiar to urban school systems across the country. The Los Angele...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Kamala Harris, Los Angeles Unified School District, Robin Lake, Guest Commentary, United Teachers of Los Angeles, New York Local, Center on Reinventing Public Education


Back to the picket lines: As week 2 begins, LAUSD parents and teachers hope for a deal as strike’s end hangs in balance

The rains that drenched Los Angeles just days ago were nowhere to be found Monday, but an end to the massive teacher strike shaking the region remained elusive as tens of thousands of teachers geared up to hit the picket lines for a second week. Many teachers and parents were hoping for a deal by the weekend’s end and a return to classrooms Tuesday, as district and union negotiators underwent a marathon of closed-door bargaining sessions at L.A. City Hall. But even as teachers stayed away from ...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Martin Luther King Jr, City Hall, Northridge, San Fernando Valley, Garcetti, Ayala, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, Pacoima


With the LAUSD strike ongoing, these teachers and principals find common cause making music ‘for the kids’

Through the weekend, bargaining teams of LA Unified and teachers union UTLA were hard at work in negotiation sessions, trying to end a teachers strike that has pitted educators against administration personnel in the nation’s second largest district. But those divides didn’t stop a band comprised of teachers and administrators at Mulhulland Middle School in Lake Balboa from getting together on Sunday for a three hour-band practice. The group of eight – two principals and six teachers – have a sh...
Tags: News, Education, Kentucky, Sport, Soccer, Bruno Mars, Lausd, Local News, Justin Timberlake, Solidarity, San Fernando Valley, Garcetti, Vallone, Vanowen Street, UTLA, LA Unified


Poll: 69% of office workers in Los Angeles, Orange counties would leave town for a new job

When office workers were asked if they’d move for a job, 69 percent of those surveyed in Los Angeles and Orange counties said, “Yes!” Now before you think you see another hint of a local mass exodus, please note quitting jobs is the workplace’s hottest trend. And people may tell a pollster they want to relocate, but Census trends show Californians don’t move much these days. Also, note that career itchiness is a national trend. This survey by the Robert Half temp agency found in the 28 cities po...
Tags: Business, Texas, Jobs, Minneapolis, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Economy, Chicago, Austin, Soccer, San Diego, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, Lausd


LAUSD teachers strike, Day 8: Could it be wrapped up by Tuesday?

The lights are on at LA City Hall late Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, as LAUSD and UTLA negotiators work through the night in an effort to end the teacher strike. (Photo by Bradley Bermont/Special to the Los Angeles Daily News) LOS ANGELES — Representatives of the Los Angeles teachers union and Los Angeles Unified School District officials negotiated overnight at City Hall into Monday on the eighth day of a teachers strike, with classes set to resume Tuesday, though maybe still without teachers. Sun...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, City Hall, Daily News, San Fernando Valley, Garcetti, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Daily News, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner


Community meetings in the San Fernando Valley area, Jan. 21-28

  The State of the West Valley discussion with the Woodland Hills Homeowners Organization on Jan. 23 at the American Legion Post 826 on Fallbrook Avenue in Woodland Hills. (Google Street View)   Community meetings bring people together for exchange of ideas and memorable shared experiences plus the potential for positive personal and community enrichment. Here are this week’s, and upcoming, get-togethers.   Reseda Neighborhood Council: 7 p.m. Jan. 21. Reseda Neighborhood Council Community S...
Tags: America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, House, Community, Lausd, Book Club, Local News, Graham Moore, Malibu, Wendy, Los Angeles County, Rotary Club, United Methodist Church, Los Angeles City


What’s closed today on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Washington D.C., 2014. (Photo by Laura Choate/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported)   Here’s a sampling of government offices and other services that are closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21. Banks: Banks and financial markets are closed. Government: City, county and federal offices, libraries and superior courts are closed. Mail: The U.S. Postal Service does not deliver mail. www.usps.com; about.usps.com/newsroom/events Schools...
Tags: Holidays, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, Lausd, Local News, Valley, Burbank, U S Postal Service, San Fernando Valley, Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Washington, Top Stories LADN


Garcetti dives into LAUSD, UTLA strike talks, with presidential ambitions on the line

With tens of thousands of teachers striking all over the city he governs, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti stepped up to a City Hall podium last week with a message: “This is the time to make an agreement,” Garcetti said, the first day of a teacher strike that over the next five days would ripple across the region and the nation. Since the strike began, Garcetti, 47, has taken a very public stage with UTLA’s Alex Caputo-Pearl and district chief Austin Beutner. While Caputo-Pearl implored striking...
Tags: Google, Facebook, New York, News, La, Government, Los Angeles, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer, Local Politics, Associated Press, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Rudy Giuliani


Weekend LAUSD teacher strike negotiations are on parents’ radar screens

There was a lot going on this weekend. A huge L.A. Rams game and a giant Women’s March were among the diversions. But some San Fernando Valley parents were on pins and needles to see if marathon negotiations would yield a deal to end a strike that entered its seventh day Sunday. “I am grateful that the negotiations are underway,” said EvelynAleman, parent of a sophomore at Grover Cleveland High School inReseda. “I’m hopeful that they will, obviously, reach an agreement assoon as possible. I thin...
Tags: News, Education, Sport, Soccer, John Muir, Lausd, Local News, National Park, San Fernando Valley, Garcetti, Kantner, Scott Schmerelson, Encino, UTLA, Aleman, Top Stories LADN


New LAUSD board member — whoever it is — will need to bridge union, district divide

With all eyes focused on a strike by Los Angeles Unified’s 30,000 teachers, it was possible to forget the school board is still one member short. Who that member is matters — a lot. A special election on March 5 will determine who will fill the empty District 5 seat and enter a fraught atmosphere stemming from the stand-off between the teachers’ union and the district and the continuing debate over charter schools. The District 5 seat was left open when Board Member Ref Rodriguez stepped down la...
Tags: News, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, SEIU, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles City Council, Chinatown, Ucla, Gavin Newsom, Board, Los Angeles County, Goldberg, Rodriguez


LAUSD teacher strike, Day 7: District, UTLA set to go behind closed doors again, after 11-hour bargaining on Saturday

Union and district negotiators have agreed to head back to the bargaining table Sunday after a marathon day of talks Saturday trying to end the teachers strike. Their plan is once again to pack a room inside L.A. City Hall around 11 a.m., close the double doors and bargain out of public view. Their goal is to end a strike that has so far cost the district millions of dollars in lost attendance-based revenue and kept teachers out of classrooms for five days so far. Teachers, through their union, ...
Tags: News, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, City Hall, San Fernando Valley, Garcetti, Van Nuys, United Teachers Los Angeles, UTLA, LA City Hall, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT


LAUSD teacher strike, Day 7: District, UTLA locking themselves behind closed doors again, after 11-hour bargaining on Saturday

Union and district negotiators are heading back to the bargaining table Sunday after a marathon day of talks Saturday trying to end the teachers strike. Their plan is once again to pack a room inside L.A. City Hall around 11 a.m., close the double doors and bargain out of public view. Their goal is to end a strike that has so far cost the district millions of dollars in lost attendance-based revenue and kept teachers out of classrooms for five days so far. Teachers, through their union, United T...
Tags: News, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, City Hall, San Fernando Valley, Garcetti, Van Nuys, United Teachers Los Angeles, UTLA, LA City Hall, Top Stories LADN, Top Stories Breeze, Top Stories LBPT


While teachers picket in the rain, taxpayers fear getting soaked

Last Wednesday, a small cluster of rain-soaked teachers, students and supporters stood in a storm at the intersection of Topanga Canyon and Ventura boulevards, about halfway between Canoga Park High School and Woodland Hills Elementary. Motorists honked their support as they splashed past. Honking is free. The teachers of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second largest, are in the center of a storm, hitting the bricks after contract talks collapsed, sending nearly 30,000 edu...
Tags: California, Opinion, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, United States, Lausd, John Adams, Jack O'connell, Lapd, Nancy, Donald, Ventura, Nra, Doug Mcintyre


What’s closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21, in the San Fernando Valley

  Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Washington D.C., 2014. (Photo by Laura Choate/Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported)   Here’s a sampling of government offices and other services that are closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21. Banks: Banks and financial markets are closed. Government: City, county and federal offices, libraries and superior courts are closed. Mail: The U.S. Postal Service does not deliver mail. www.usps.com; about.usps.com/newsroom/events Schools: ...
Tags: Holidays, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, Lausd, Local News, Valley, Burbank, U S Postal Service, Santa Ana, San Fernando Valley, Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Washington, Top Stories LADN


San Fernando Valley business group urges UTLA leaders to end the teacher strike

The Valley Industry and Commerce Association leaders called on United Teachers Los Angeles to end their teachers walkout. The Valley business advocacy organization said it’s “increasingly concerned about the harm being done to our students as they miss critical instruction,” according to a letter VICA President Stuart Waldman sent Jan. 16 to union’s President Alex Caputo-Pearl. “This time of year is of utmost importance to students whose start in life and their careers depends on succeeding at s...
Tags: Business, News, Education, Sports, NFL, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, The Valley, San Fernando Valley, Waldman, United Teachers Los Angeles, Alex Caputo Pearl, Vica, UTLA


The unions’ war on kids

Disturbingly, union activists are placing kids on picket lines. One little girl parroting union talking points said, “Stand by my teachers. I don’t cross the picket line.” Union activist-in-training. Innocent families delivering children to school are surrounded by angry mobs. My friend is terrified to take her kids to school in Los Angeles Unified. She’s angry at the unions, but as a parent and taxpayer, she’s voiceless. Teachers like me are appalled. We’re hired to serve children and families ...
Tags: California, Opinion, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Kim, Nancy, Donald, Democratic, Nicole, San Bernardino County, Rebecca Friedrichs, Deanna, National Education Association


Charter schools were once LAUSD’s ‘incubators.’ Now, they’re the competition.

While tens of thousands Los Angeles Unified School District teachers marched through Grand Park on Friday, two miles away, students inside small red and white bungalows kept working. It was a normal day for the Alliance Dr. Olga Mohan High School, a charter school that’s nestled under a tangle of freeways in downtown Los Angeles. Charter schools like Alliance aren’t part of LAUSD. Though the district approved its charter in 2004, it operates with its own board. So students have largely been insu...
Tags: News, California, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Southern California, Highland Park, Feinberg, Romero, Alliance, LA County, San Fernando Valley, PUC


As LAUSD teacher strike stretches on, students experiencing homelessness are hit hard

Laura Fay | LA School Report The Los Angeles teacher strike has now lasted a full week, and the work stoppage is compounding stress and uncertainty for students and families who rely on schools for meals, childcare and stability, especially for those experiencing homelessness. More than 17,000 students in L.A. Unified are classified as homeless, and the strike comes amid a federal shutdown that is threatening to cause additional crises for their families. Read full LAUSD strike coverage here The...
Tags: News, California, Politico, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, States, Lausd, Local News, Miranda, Leon, Taft, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Los Angeles County, Roberts, U S Department of Housing and Urban Development


Van Nuys doughnut dispute among dramas in LAUSD strike’s first week

The weeklong teachers’ strike in the L.A. Unified School District has generated emotion and all kinds of disputes, large and small, as the two sides have squared off in public. Among the dramas that played out was this one involving a student bringing doughnuts to her teachers in Van Nuys. Seeing her teachers picketing in the rain on Tuesday, Jan. 15 — the second day of the strike — 12-year-old Alyssa Lynch asked her mom to stop to buy doughnuts on the way in to Fulton College Prep, a combined m...
Tags: News, Education, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Alyssa, Van Nuys, Unified School District, Warnecke, Top Stories LADN, Alyssa Lynch, Fulton College Prep, Jessica Warnecke Alyssa


Thousands pack streets of downtown Los Angeles for third annual Women’s March

Thousands of demonstrators streamed onto Hill Street in front of downtown’s Pershing Square on Saturday morning for the third annual Women’s March Los Angeles. The crowd cheered and waved signs as a slate of speakers delivered messages of women’s empowerment and social justice. Speakers touched on a wide range of issues from LGBTQ and trans rights to collective bargaining and the LAUSD teachers’ strike. “The work you did got the most women ever elected to Congress,” Rep. Katie Hill, D-California...
Tags: Politics, New York, News, Congress, California, Washington, La, New York City, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Lgbtq, Lausd, Local-news, Donald Trump


LAUSD teachers strike, Day 6: ‘Productive’ talks to end massive walkout continue into weekend

LOS ANGELES – Negotiations between the bargaining teams from the union representing striking Los Angeles teachers and officials with the Los Angeles Unified School District are expected to resume this morning, one day after Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Twitter that the first two days of renewed talks had been “productive.” The second day of discussions since the strike began concluded at 9:08 p.m. Friday, tweeted Garcetti, whose office is facilitating the negotiations. Today’s round of negotiatio...
Tags: News, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Zimmer, Garcetti, Los Angeles Unified School District, Grand Park, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl, Beutner


Crowds roll in for third annual Women’s March in downtown Los Angeles

Southern Californians gathered Saturday morning for the third annual Women’s March Los Angeles. The event, expected by its organizers to draw 200,000 attendees, will last until 4 pm. Gloria Ariana kicks off the event with a Tongva blessing and a call to attention of missing indigenous women. Even a plug for an indigenous culture-seeped charter school. Lots of empty space on Hill St pic.twitter.com/onC0aU8GZh — Ariella Plachta (@AriPlachta) January 19, 2019 The third annual march, whose theme...
Tags: Politics, New York, News, Washington, La, New York City, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Washington Dc, Long Beach, Lausd, Local-news, Donald Trump, Denver, Eric Garcetti


What’s closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21, in the LA area

Martin Luther King Jr., 1964, (Nobel Foundation/public domain)   Here’s a sampling of government offices and other services that are closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 21. Banks: Banks and financial markets are closed. Government: City, county and federal offices, libraries and superior courts are closed. Mail: The U.S. Postal Service does not deliver mail. www.usps.com; about.usps.com/newsroom/events Schools: LAUSD schools are closed. Transit: Buses and subway services in Los Angeles ...
Tags: Holidays, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Glendale, Lausd, Local News, Martin Luther King Jr, Valley, Burbank, U S Postal Service, Santa Ana, San Fernando Valley, Top Stories LADN, Southern California Knott 's Berry Farm


LAUSD’s student decathletes wait and worry while teachers’ strike chips away at their chance to compete

“Today’s lesson is social activism and participatory democracy,” Heather Wilson, AP English and 9th Grade Honors English teacher at Bell High School, told her Academic Decathlon team this week as the LAUSD teachers strike trudged on. The labor dispute left students without their regular curriculum — and also shut down most of the clubs and extracurricular activities they look forward to. The Academic Decathlon, among the most anticipated annual events for student scholars, is just around the cor...
Tags: Business, News, California, La, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Bell, City Hall, Wilson, Los Angeles Unified School District, Schmerelson, Huntington Park, Cardenas


Former LAUSD board president Zimmer may be helping in talks to end teachers strike

LOS ANGELES – Former Los Angeles Unified School Board President Steve Zimmer appears to be helping facilitate  talks between district and union leaders in an effort to bring an end to a teachers strike that has extended into a fifth day. Zimmer has been working for Mayor Eric Garcetti’s office as a senior adviser on education policy since September of 2017, a role he took a few months after he lost a re-election bid in May of that year to Nick Melvoin. Garcetti’s office has been mediating the la...
Tags: News, Education, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Eric Garcetti, Zimmer, Garcetti, Scott Schmerelson, United Teachers Los Angeles, Austin Beutner, Steve Zimmer, Marshall High School, Beutner


Clear skies and a surprise performance boost striking teachers’ spirits in Rancho Palos Verdes

Teacher and students walk the picket line in front of Dodson Middle School during day 5 of the UTLA strike against LAUSD in Rancho Palos Verdes on Friday, January. 18, 2019. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG) Teacher and students walk the picket line in front of Dodson Middle School during day 5 of the UTLA strike against LAUSD in Rancho Palos Verdes on Friday, January. 18, 2019. (Photo by Brittany Murray, Press-Telegram/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds ...
Tags: Education, New York City, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Local News, Davidson, Rancho Palos Verdes, Newsies, UTLA, Top Stories Breeze, Brittany Murray Press, Brittany Murray Press Telegram, Dodson Middle School, Rachel Whitlow, John Barazza


Pacoima foodbank offers help to federal employees, teachers amid government shutdown and LAUSD teachers strike

A food bank in Pacoima says it is ready to offer assistance to people in the San Fernando Valley affected by the ongoing federal government shutdown and the LAUSD teachers’ strike. Some federal employees stopped getting their paychecks earlier this month, “so we know families will be struggling,” said MEND President Janet Marinaccio. MEND, which stands for Meet Each Need with Dignity, distributes emergency food boxes to people who have fallen on hard times, Marinaccio said. They are hoping to re...
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Community, Lausd, Local News, Transportation Security Administration, San Fernando, San Fernando Valley, Pacoima, Marinaccio, Adam Brooks, Top Stories LADN, Janet Marinaccio