Booker, Emanuel to join Villaraigosa at education summit
Panel discussion on improving schools
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will be joined today by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J., in a discussion at the Los Angeles Convention Center on the challenges of urban education reform.
Villaraigosa will also be honored at the United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ 2013 Education Summit for championing education reform. Although the mayor of Los Angeles has no formal role in education, Villaraigosa has made education one of his priorities since taking office in 2005.
The summit will also include a panel discussion on improving schools with the five leading candidates seeking to succeed Villaraigosa—city council members Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry, Controller Wendy Greuel, former talk show host and prosecutor Kevin James and former technology executive Emanuel Alberto Pleitez.
The candidates will discuss teacher evaluations, school choice, budget cuts, the relationship between the Los Angeles Unified School District and United Teachers Los Angeles, the union representing the district’s teachers, and parents’ roles in education, according to Jason Mandell of United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
The summit will also include two sessions with key education, business and community leaders about improving education in high-poverty areas, Mandell said.
VAN NUYS, Calif. — Mayoral hopeful Eric Garcetti picked up the endorsement of another former candidate today, with Republican attorney Kevin James backing the councilman’s campaign.
James’ endorsement, announced at a Van Nuys news conference, gives Garcetti the backing of the other three most visible former mayoral candidates.
James finished third in the March 5 primary election, followed by Councilwoman Jan Perry and former tech executive Emanuel Pleitez, both of whom have thrown their support behind Garcetti.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—In the mayor’s race, Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti welcomed an endorsement by colleague Paul Krekorian today, while City Controller Wendy Greuel said she had the backing of former Assemblyman Mike Eng.
Krekorian, whose San Fernando Valley-based council seat was once held by Greuel, said Garcetti was the best person to tackle the city’s estimated $165 million budget deficit.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—City Councilman Eric Garcetti and City Controller Wendy Greuel, who led the field of mayoral candidates in fundraising, were preparing today for a May 21 runoff in the race to become the city’s next chief executive.
The results of Tuesday’s primary election went pretty much as expected, with Garcetti and Greuel jumping to early leads in the eight-candidate race and never relenting, but both falling short of the 50 percent of the vote needed to avoid a runoff.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Voters across the city will go to the polls today to choose from a slate of eight candidates vying for a spot in a likely May run-off for the mayor’s office.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—The Los Angeles City Council will undergo a major facelift beginning today as voters in eight of the panel’s 15 districts choose representatives from candidate fields as small as two and as large as 12.
With council members Dennis Zine, Eric Garcetti, Jan Perry, Richard Alarcon and Ed Reyes termed out, and Bill Rosendahl opting not to seek re-election, the race will usher in an unusually high number of new members—but not all the faces will be completely new.