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Repenning claims victory, looks to spot in runoff against Jackie Goldberg for LAUSD school board seat

Heather Repenning’s campaign claimed victory on Friday after a final round of vote tallies in the LAUSD school board primary election solidified her lead by a fractional margin over Graciela Ortiz, meaning she will likely face Jackie Goldberg in a May 14 runoff for the seat. The County Registrar’s office said there are no outstanding votes left to be counted from the March 5 primary, although the election results have yet to be certified. Earning 13.13 percent of the vote, Repenning’s edge over ...
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Repenning claims victory, looks ahead to spot in runoff against Jackie Goldberg for LAUSD school board seat

Heather Repenning’s campaign claimed victory on Friday after a final round of vote tallies in the LAUSD school board primary election cemented her lead by a fractional margin over Graciela Ortiz, meaning she will likely face Jackie Goldberg in a May 14 runoff for the seat. The County Registrar’s office said there are no outstanding votes left to be counted from the March 5 primary, although the election results have yet to be certified. Earning 13.13 percent of the vote, Repenning’s edge over Or...
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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...
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LAUSD Election 2019: With progressive veteran in the lead, the runners-up for LA School Board are in a tight race for run-off

Front-runner and labor favorite Jackie Goldberg continued leading the pack in the Los Angeles Unified School District’s school board district 5 election Wednesday. But the race for a seat that could tilt the political shift of the school board was far from over. Goldberg, who won just over 48 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election, will most likely face a runoff against one of two candidates who are now in an extremely tight battle for second place. Huntington Park Councilwoman Graciela “Grac...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Meet the candidates for the LAUSD board seat left vacant by Ref Rodriguez

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 downtown — like Silver Lake, Eagle Rock and Los...
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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...
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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...
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LAUSD Board calls special election to fill Ref Rodriguez seat

Ref Rodriguez resigned from the LAUSD Board in late July 2018 after pleading guilty to conspiracy and other charges for laundering campaign donations from family and friends. (File photo) LOS ANGELES >> The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education Tuesday scheduled a March 5, 2019, special election to fill the board seat left vacant by the resignation of Ref Rodriguez, but the board declined to immediately appoint a temporary representative to the post. Rodriguez stepped down in ...
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LA students head back to school – and so does LAUSD chief Austin Beutner

During the first day of school, LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner visits Vanalden Avenue Elementary School with the help of fourth graders Jared Delao, 9, and Kingsley James-Huff, 10, on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star News/SCNG) During the first day of school, LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner visits Bradley Upshaw’s third grade class at Vanalden Avenue Elementary School in Reseda on Tuesday, August 14, 2018. Upshaw was chosen this year for the Natio...
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Filipino woman, relatives indicted in scheme to launder fraud proceeds through Southern California banks

LOS ANGELES — A Filipino woman accused of masterminding a multimillion-dollar fraud scheme involving several Philippine elected officials was indicted along with multiple relatives Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Los Angeles for allegedly laundering bilked public funds through Southern California banks. Jannet Lim Napoles, 54, who is facing charges in the Philippines, is accused along with five relatives of funneling about $20 million in Philippine public money to Southern California, then us...
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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...
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Disgraced charter school exec pleads guilty to criminal money laundering, resigns from LA school board

Ref Rodriguez ran a big-money campaign to be the first representative of a charter school to be elected to LA's public school board; the money came from the deep-pocketed investors in charter schools, and was criminally laundered with Rodriguez's help and led to him being made president of LA's board of ed. (more…)
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Ex-LA school board chief pleads guilty in corruption case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The former president of the Los Angeles school board has pleaded guilty to reimbursing campaign contributions to friends and family members and resigned from his most recent position as a board member. Under an agreement with prosecutors, Ref Rodriguez pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit an assumed name contribution and […]
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LAUSD board member pleads guilty in money-laundering scheme, resigns

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Unified School District board member Ref Rodriguez pleaded guilty Monday to a felony conspiracy charge and four misdemeanors for reimbursing donors to his 2015 election campaign, and he resigned from the board. “I am sorry for the mistakes I have made,” Rodriguez said in a statement. Under a plea agreement with prosecutors, he was placed on three years’ probation and ordered to serve 60 days community service. Rodriguez, 47, is also expected to reach a settlement Monday...
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LAUSD board member will admit to money-laundering scheme, city says

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Unified School District board member Ref Rodriguez is expected to admit to the Los Angeles Ethics Commission on Monday that he carried out a money laundering scheme during his 2015 campaign and will agree to pay a $100,000 fine. According to a proposed stipulation set to be voted on by the Ethics Commission, Rodriguez and his cousin, Elizabeth Melendrez, admit they reimbursed 25 political contributions to Rodriguez’s campaign committee, violating the City Charter’s “pro...
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Attempt to smuggle turtles out of LAX could land Chinese flight attendants in federal prison

LOS ANGELES – Two flight attendants for a Chinese airline face possible federal prison time today when sentenced for attempting to smuggle dozens of spotted and box turtles in carry-on bags from Los Angeles to China. Chinese nationals Huaqian Qu and Renfeng Gao pleaded guilty last month in downtown Los Angeles to a federal conspiracy charge, which carries a possible penalty of up to five years behind bars, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Two Chinese flight crew members are charged wit...
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LAUSD board member Ref Rodriguez to admit money-laundering scheme, city docs say

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Unified School District board member Ref Rodriguez is expected to admit to the Los Angeles Ethics Commission Mondaythat he executed a money laundering scheme to further his 2015 campaign, and will agree to pay a $100,000 fine. According to a proposed stipulation set to be voted on by the Ethics Commission, Rodriguez and his cousin, Elizabeth Melendrez, admit theyreimbursed 25 political contributions to Rodriguez’s campaign committee, violating the City Charter’s “prohib...
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LAUSD teachers to join service workers in 1-day strike at campuses where SEIU is picketing

LOS ANGELES — The union representing Los Angeles Unified School District teachers announced today it will join district service workers in a planned one-day strike next week. “This means that we are calling on our members to withhold service for the entire day on May 15 at every worksite at which there is a (Service Employees International Union Local 99) picket line,” according to United Teachers Los Angeles. “We are urging our members at the affected schools, instead of providing service that ...
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Parents call for Ref Rodriguez to resign before vote on LAUSD superintendent

LOS ANGELES >> More than a dozen parents and community activists stood outside a downtown courthouse Monday, April 30 and called for Los Angeles Unified School District board member Ref Rodriguez to resign before a potential vote Tuesday, May 1 on a new superintendent. Members of the group, identified as Concerned Parents of LAUSD, chanted “Ref Resign Now” and said they have gathered 2,100 petitions calling for Rodriguez to step down. Rodriguez, 46, is facing three felony and 25 misdemeanor coun...
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Valley parents want ‘voices counted’ in search for LAUSD chief

By Sarah Favot, Correspondent A group of San Fernando Valley parents decried the Los Angeles Unified School District’s search process for the next superintendent and claimed the school board is not being transparent and not seeking input from parents and students. The school board has not held public input sessions as it did during the last superintendent search and has met in closed session to discuss who will lead the nation’s second-largest school district. “The student voice and the parent v...
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LAUSD board member Ref Rodriguez taken into custody for suspected public drunkenness

PASADENA >> Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education member Ref Rodriguez was taken into custody on suspicion of public drunkenness last month in Pasadena, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday. Now-former LAUSD board president Ref Rodriguez pleaded not guilty Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, to charges that include conspiracy for allegedly reimbursing donors for contributions they made to his campaign. He remains a member of the school board. (Courtesy photo) Rodriguez was taken int...
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LAUSD approves expensive health benefits contract but vows to be tougher in negotiations going forward

By Mike Szymanski, LA School Report Despite parents’ pleas to deal now with a coming deficit that could require huge cuts, a narrow majority of LA Unified’s school board on Tuesday approved a new contract that commits the district to paying for its employees’ generous health benefits at current levels for the next three years. The contract passed 4-2, with board members Nick Melvoin and Ref Rodriguez casting no votes. The eight labor unions covered by the contract — representing 60,000 employees...
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LA’s choice: In charter wars, board members say they will seek bridge builder as next schools chief

By George White, EdSource As the Los Angeles Unified school board gears up to select a successor to Superintendent Michelle King, one of the major issues it will have to consider are the candidates’ views and positions on charter schools. Charter schools have been a major source of tension and conflict in the district, brought on in part by the presence of 224 independently run charter schools in the district, more than any other district in the nation. Another 54 are charter schools run by the ...
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For next LAUSD superintendent, board wants unanimous choice

By Mike Szymanski, LA School Report LA Unified’s school board members want a new superintendent they can all support. They would like to get a unanimous decision, as it was with Michelle King’s selection two years ago. They also want public input on the choice and to have a new leader in place by the time school starts in August. “Yes, I would like to see it be unanimous,” board President Mónica García said about the next pick for superintendent. “It is one of the most important jobs for the boa...
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