City Council District 2

Paul Krekorian

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Member of the City Council
  • LA County Metro Board Member
  • Budget and Finance Committee, Chair
  • Economic Development Committee
  • State Assemblymember, District 43 (2006-2009)
  • Film and TV Production Jobs Committee, Chair
  • Burbank School Board Member (2003-2006)
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Steering Los Angeles to a budget surplus and fully restoring neighborhood services.
  • Expanding public transportation infrastructure, including Valley rail and bus service.
  • Creating good jobs with good pay, including keeping film and TV jobs in the Valley.

David Hernandez

Biographical Highlights

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Top Priorities if Elected

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Eric Preven

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Writer/Producer/Consultant
  • 29 year Valley Resident of Studio City
  • Two Decades of WGA and ATAS membership
  • Participated in the last three years of weekly Los Angeles County board meetings (163)
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Helping Valley Residents get City Services, especially Reducing Crime
  • Reducing Traffic by Increasing Citywide Light Rail and Doubling Valley Bus Service
  • Expanded opportunities for civic participation & engagement, as well as Government Ethics Reform

City Council District 4

Steve Veres

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Los Angeles Community College Trustee
  • District Director for State Senate Pro Tem Kevin de León
  • Chair of LACCD'S Facility Master Planning & Oversight Committee
  • Appointed to the Metropolitan Transit Authority's San Fernando Valley Service Sector Governance Council
  • Elected and served on San Fernando City Council
  • Appointed to the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee
  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Representative
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Improving the LADWP's quality and cost of service
  • Investing in public safety to prevent and minimize the presence of property and violent crimes
  • Influencing better Land Development Decisions to maximize ability to utilize the City of Los Angeles to decrease congestion of traffic

Rostom "Ross" Sarkissian

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Small Business Owner
  • Master in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government
  • BA in Diplomacy and World Affairs, Occidental College
  • Coro Fellow in Public Affairs
  • Richter Scholar
  • Non Profit Grant Writer
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Balanced budget
  • Reduce traffic
  • Protect neighborhoods from overdevelopment

David Ryu

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Community Health Director
  • Director of Development & Public Affairs, Kedren Acute Psychiatric Hospital and Community Health Center
  • Senior Deputy, County Supervisor Yvonne Burke
  • Netkal Fellow, USC School of Social Work
  • Bachelor of Arts, Economics, UCLA
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Ensure neighborhood concerns about city services and quality of life are heard and respected at City Hall.
  • Improve City-resident communications with ombudsman service, early community input on development issues.
  • Strengthen our economy by raising the minimum wage and phasing out the gross receipts tax.

Jay Beeber

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Community Advocate/Businessman
  • Eliminated LA's Red Light Cameras
  • Leading Parking Reform
  • 2nd VP - Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council
  • LA Pedestrian Advisory Committee
  • Executive Director - SaferStreetsLA
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Fix the City's budget. Reduce skyrocketing pension and employee benefits costs.
  • Reform DWP - workers earn 20% more than other city employees. Save on employee costs and fix failing infrastructure.
  • Currently leading reform of LA's abusive parking policies. I'll finish this.

Teddy Davis

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Attorney/Educator
  • Senior Aide to the Mayor of Los Angeles
  • Special Assistant to the Governor of California
  • Emmy Award winning ABC News journalist
  • Unruh Fellow at USC
  • J.D., The Catholic University of America's Columbus School of Law
  • B.S., Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Taking Care of the Basics -- Fixing Streets, Repairing Sidewalks, Trimming Trees -- through Strong Fiscal Management
  • Protecting Neighborhoods
  • Holding DWP Accountable

Tomás O'Grady

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Non-Profit Director/Entrepreneur
  • I am a father of four, and for over six years have dedicated myself to unpaid public service in our public schools and communities.
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Environmental and financial sustainability
  • Development
  • Transportation

Sheila Irani

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Businesswoman/Community Leader
  • Owner,National, Award Winning Transportation Planning and Marketing firm, 1995 to Present
  • Director of Special Projects, Councilman Tom LaBonge 2011-2013
  • Founder, Women & Words, benefiting services for high risk youth and battered women, 2004 - Present
  • Outreach Chair, Hollywood United Neighborhood Council
  • Chancellor's Scholar, UCLA, BA Economics, BA Psychology
  • Entrepreneur Winner, UCLA Anderson School, MBA
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Adopt Pension & Compensation Reform and Live within Our Means Charter
  • Demand Response Vanpools to connect commuters from home to transit
  • Limit Development to match infrastructure capacity

Tara Bannister

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Association Director/ Educator
  • BA in Political Science and Minor in Economics from USC
  • Voted AD45 Female Democrat of the Year in 1993
  • Voted LA County Democrat of the Year in 1993
  • Domestic and international advocate for HIV/AIDS
  • Founder of the Business Federation (BizFed)
  • Senior Advisor to Governor Grey Davis
Top Priorities if Elected
  • I will dramatically increase the quality and accessibility of our sidewalks in CD4 and the rest of the City.
  • I will modernize and decrease the overhead costs of City services to ensure our tax dollars are spent wisely and frugally.
  • I will fight to upgrade the Orange Bus Line to a light rail line as soon as possible. The Orange Line light rail can move twice as many people in h

Charles Craig Jackson

Biographical Highlights

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Top Priorities if Elected

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Step Jones

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Owner xoxo vapor bar
  • Step Jones bio at "linked in"
  • Step Jones is easy to "Google"
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Los Angeles city budget, Do you know how much and where your Council is spending your money?
  • Not interested in your social or moral affairs, i am interested in where our money goes.
  • Out of control pensions in the City

Wally Knox

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Attorney
  • California State Assembly
  • Trustee, Los Angeles Community College Board
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Create an enforceable legal framework for city planning and development.
  • Create a program of Continuous Improvement in City services.
  • Maintain City revenues but change from a gross receipts tax on business to a net receipts tax.

Joan Pelico

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Chief of Staff, LA City Council
  • For 9 1/2 years I have worked hand in hand with the community working for the City of Los Angeles City Council
  • District Director, LA City Council
  • Field Deputy, LA City Council
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Bringing Real Customer Service to City Hall
  • Finding Realistic Solutions to Fix Our Infrastructure
  • Bring Stakeholders Together to Address Development

Mike Schaefer

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Public Interest Advocate
  • City Prosecutor, City of San Diego
  • City Councilman, City of San Diego
  • Business degree, U.C.Berkeley
  • Juris Doctor, Georgetown Law Center
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Protecting our citizens from being abused by the bureaucracy
  • Parking: limiting street sweeping ban to one hour, not 3 hours
  • Prompt Pay 50% discount on parking fines within 1 week

Carolyn Ramsay

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Councilmember's Staff Chief
  • 15 years of experience strengthening our neighborhoods
  • Chief of Staff, Councilmember Tom LaBonge
  • Local Program Director, Trust for Public Lands
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Holding City Hall accountable to our neighborhoods
  • Fixing our streets, sidewalks, and water pipes
  • Helping local businesses succeed and creating good-paying jobs

Fred Mariscal

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Marketing Executive
  • Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, Board Member
  • Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition, Vice Chair
  • Greater Wilshire NC, Budget Rep., & Outreach Committee Chair
  • Neighborhood Watch Captain (founder)
  • USC Film School graduate, Class of '96
  • Fire Department CERT graduate
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Job Creation
  • Parking Enforcement Reform
  • Homelessness and the Protection of our Neighborhoods

City Council District 6

Cindy Montanez

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Community Advocate
  • Assemblywoman (2002-2006)
  • LA City Planning Commissioner (Past)
  • Board Member, UCLA Institute of the Environment & Sustainability
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Fighting bulky item trash dumping, cleaning up our neighborhoods.
  • Fixing our broken streets and sidewalks, rebuilding our infrastructure, and creating good paying jobs.
  • Reforming the Department of Water and Power, fighting rate increases, and balancing our city budget to live within our means.

Nury Martinez

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: City Councilwoman
  • Former Executive Director of environmental justice non-profit
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Restoring quality of life for residents by cleaning up our neighborhoods, building new parks, and installing streetlights
  • Increasing the availability and access to good jobs through quality economic development
  • Eliminating prostitution and human trafficking activity in our district.

City Council District 8

Marqueece Harris-Dawson

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Community Coalition Director
  • Community Organizer
  • Non-Profit Director
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Jobs and Economic Development
  • Public Safety
  • Resident Engagement

Bobbie Jean Anderson

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: California State Commissioner
  • Five-term Vice Chair, Los Angeles County Democratic Party
  • 30 years with LA County Public Defender's Office
  • Member, Democratic State Central Committee
  • Long-term SEIU 721 member andn union leader
  • Former Commissioner, Commission on the Status of Women
  • Former Commissioner, Los Angeles Police Commission, Permit Review Panel.
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Cleaner, Safer, Stronger Neighborhoods
  • Public Safety and Improved LawEnforcement-Community Relations
  • Economic and Community Development, Job Creation

Robert L. Cole, Jr.

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Commissioner/Educator/Businessperson
  • Commissioner on the Citizens' Economy and Efficiency Committee
  • Small Business Owner - Ground Zero Communications
  • Juris Doctorate - American College of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts - Morehouse College
Top Priorities if Elected
  • 1) Job Creation - to increase the number of jobs including trade based and skills based opportunities.
  • 2) Economic Development - to address the limited number of economic generating resources in the district.
  • 3) Public Safety and Emergency Response Services - to create a safer and more welcoming environment for neighborhoods, schools and businesses.

Forescee Hogan-Rowles

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Community Development CEO
  • Bachelor's Degree, Business Administration Loyola Marymount University
  • Master's Degree, Business Administration, Pepperdine University
  • CEO, R.I.S.E. Financial Pathways (Formerly Community Financial Resource Center)
  • Former Commissioner, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  • Former Commissioner, California Commission for Economic Development
  • Former Member, Federal Home Loan Bank-Affordable Housing Advisory Council
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Fixing potholes, broken curbs, cleaning streets and alleyways, restoring neighborhood services
  • Create jobs, expand business opportunities, new investment in commercial corridors
  • Safer neighborhoods, push for better graduation rates and more public private partnerships

City Council District 10

Herb J. Wesson, Jr.

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Los Angeles City Councilmember
  • Lincoln University, BA
  • Councilmember's Chief/Staff
  • Supervisor's Chief/Staff
  • California State Assembly 1998-2004 (Assembly Speaker 2002-2004)
  • Los Angeles City Council 2005-Present (Council President 2012-Present)
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Raising the Minimum Wage to fight poverty and stimulate our local economy
  • Election Reform to boost citizen participation in our local elections
  • Mass Transit/Economic Development and Jobs near the Exposition Light Rail Line and Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail Line

Delaney "Doc" Smith

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Physician/Lecturer/Theologian
  • M.D. Degree Loyola Univ. Chicago
  • Residency Trained Emergency Medicine
  • Civil Surgeon For U.S. Governnment
  • Opened First Urgent Care in LA 1983
  • Former Cedars Sinai E.R. Staff Physician
  • B.S. Xavier Pharm.D. USC Pharmacy Schools
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Decrease City Business Taxes as incentive for wage increases
  • Stop Toilet to Tap system now used as drinking water in South LA and block expansion without voter appoval
  • Stop Weed Shop proliferation [now over 400 in LA] and decriminalize drug use

Melvin R. Snell

Biographical Highlights

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Top Priorities if Elected

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Grace Yoo

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Community Organizer/Attorney
  • Executive Director, Korean American Coalition
  • Executive Director, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Vice President, Los Angeles Dept. of Transportation
  • Attorney for Children in the Dependency Court
  • J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law
  • John Marshall High / UC Riverside - Political Science
Top Priorities if Elected
  • To allocate the necessary funds to improve basic infrastructure, such as roads, sidewalks, and street lamps.
  • To foster a business friendly environment with expedited city services.
  • To improve the quality of life of the district residents; for example providing transparency to the West Adams drilling site

City Council District 12

Daniel Garcia

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Disability Right Advocate
  • Accessibility Advisory Committee for the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA)
  • Los Angeles County Accessible Voting Advisory Committee
  • North Los Angeles County Regional Center Consumer Advisory Committee
  • Systems Change Advocate Communities Actively Living Independent and Free , Los Angeles, CA
  • EDUCATION: B.A. Educational Psychology - California State University at Northridge (CSUN)
  • Transportation System Change Advocate of the year, 2008
Top Priorities if Elected
  • An accessible and well integrated community makes a city more inclusive and more welcoming to visitors, residents, and to businesses.
  • One thing we need is a more diverse and accessible government that will meet the need of everyone.
  • We need a neighborhood council that will work with City Hall and bring to its attention the matters of job creation and accessible workplaces

Mitchell Englander

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Councilmember/Police Officer
  • City Council President Pro Tempore
  • North Valley Family YMCA Boardmember
  • Providence Holy Cross Hospital Boardmember
  • West Valley Boys and Girls Club Boardmember
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Continue to improve public safety & keep crime at record lows
  • Reducing the City's business tax & make Los Angeles more business friendly
  • Increase the quality of life for our District

City Council District 14

Mario Chavez

Biographical Highlights

    Information not available

Top Priorities if Elected

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Gloria Molina

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Los Angeles County Supervisor
  • First Latina elected to State Assembly
  • First Latina elected to Los Angeles City Council
  • Elected to County Board of Supervisors in 1991; re-elected 5 times
  • Served as Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Improved services to our neighborhoods in CD 14
  • Better fiscal discipline in the City
  • Accelerate economic development in CD 14 and in the City

José Huizar

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Los Angeles City Councilmember
  • Los Angeles City Councilmember 2005 - Present
  • Trustee, Princeton University Board of Trustees 2005-2009
  • President & Member, LAUSD School Board 2001-2005
  • J.D., UCLA School of Law
  • Masters Degree Public Affairs and Urban Planning, Princeton University
  • B.A., U.C. Berkeley
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Maintain fiscal health, while restoring neighborhood services like street/sidewalk repair and tree trimming
  • Expand on success in fostering economic development along commercial corridors through active public space & safer roads
  • Continue to protect communities against unwanted nuisance uses & polluters, maintain solid constituent service, youth programs & public safety funding

Nadine Momoyo Diaz

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Social Worker/Researcher/Health Advocate
  • University of Southern California (USC) Bachelors of Arts, Cultural Anthropology
  • USC, Master's degree, Social Work--Concentration: Community, Organization, Planning & Administration, Foundation--Clinical Practice
  • National Association of Social Workers Member
  • Los Angeles Skid Row Initiative Committee Member
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority Review Advisory Committee Member, Elected 1995-2005
  • Community Redevelopment Agency Committee Member, Elected 1995-2005
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Increase constituent participation in all land use planning and development in the district and citywide
  • Develop and implement a transitional housing plan for the homeless population which includes job training, mental health and health services
  • Increase voter participation and implement a campaign finance reform to reduce the influence of corporations and developers on the political process

John O'Neill

Biographical Highlights

    Information not available

Top Priorities if Elected

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LAUSD School Board District 1

George J. McKenna, III

Biographical Highlights

    Information not available

Top Priorities if Elected

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LAUSD School Board District 3

Scott Mark Schmerelson

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Administrator/Retired Teacher
  • Spanish Teacher
  • Secondary Counselor
  • Assistant Principal
  • Principal
  • Treasurer, Cuban-American Teachers' Association
  • Executive Director of Region 16, Association of California School Administrators
Top Priorities if Elected
  • School Bond funds must be expended as the voters intended.
  • Class size is too high to ensure a quality education.
  • Fair wages and full time employment for our LAUSD employees.

Carl J. Petersen

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Businessman/Activist Parent
  • Father of five
  • Director of Logistics
  • B.S. Business Management, University of Phoenix
  • Vocational Degree, Musician's Institute (PIT)
  • Studied Computer Science at Pace University
  • Author of The Different Drummer blog
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Reduce layers of bureaucracy so that parents, teachers and staff have more say at the local level.
  • Institute real reforms to hold the Superintendent accountable.
  • Eliminate the reliance on standardized testing for evaluations that are not student related.

Elizabeth Badger Bartels

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Children's Advocate/Businesswoman
  • Masters Public Administration/ Policy
  • Bachelors of Arts - Political Science
  • LACDP Central Committee (Elected 6 terms)
  • Founder/CEO, Minority Outreach Committee, Inc.
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Investment in Early childhood Education
  • Raising Graduation Rate/Lowering Dropout Rates
  • Creating partnerships between parents, teachers, staff and LAUSD Board

Filiberto Gonzalez

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Businessman/Professor
  • City of Los Angeles North Valley Area Planning Commission, 2013-14
  • Masters in Social Work, University of Southern California
  • Bachelor of Arts, Cal State Northridge
  • LAUSD Elected Parent Representative
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Give parents real local control by breaking LAUSD into smaller school districts.
  • Class size reduction.
  • Child safety and accountability.

Ankur Patel

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Teacher/Scientist/Entrepreneur
  • B.S. UCLA (Ecology, Behavior & Evolution)
  • M.S. CSUN (Interdisciplinary)
  • Teacher in Seoul, South Korea
  • Teacher in Beijing, China
  • Neighborhood Council Treasurer (Northridge East)
  • Graduate Assistant at CSUN
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Reduce Class Size
  • Increase Transparency & Accountability
  • Increase Student, Teacher, and Parent Participation

Tamar Galatzan

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: School Boardmember/Prosecutor
  • Los Angeles Unified school board member (2007-present)
  • Deputy City Attorney/Neighborhood Prosecutor (2002-present)
  • Western States Counsel, Anti-Defamation League (1996-2002)
  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law (1994)
  • B.A. in political science, UCLA, magna cum laude (1991)
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Pass a balanced, responsible budget, and stick to it throughout the fiscal year.
  • Provide our students with high-quality teachers, materials and support so they can pass the more rigorous curriculum now required for graduation.
  • Equip our schools and teachers with the technology needed to prepare students for college and careers.

LAUSD School Board District 5

Andrew Thomas

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Educator/Parent
  • Education Consultant
  • Professor
  • Ph.D from UCLA in Urban Schooling
  • Elected Member of the Parent Advisory Committee
Top Priorities if Elected
  • School Board Transparency
  • Zero-Based Budgeting
  • Supporting Teachers

Bennett Kayser

Biographical Highlights

    Information not available

Top Priorities if Elected

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Ref Rodriguez

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Educator
  • Founder, Partnerships to Uplift Communities Schools
  • Parish Manager St. Francis de Sales Parish
  • Lecturer, Loyola Marymount University School of Education
  • Appointee of Governor Jerry E. Brown to The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Increasing Local Control of Schools -- We need to empower principals and teachers to make the decisions that put learning first.
  • Improving Middle Schools -- Our middle schools have been neglected, and this is a critical period for action to increase graduation and college rates.
  • Ensuring Parent Engagement in Schools -- We need to remove barriers that keep parents and communities from being a part of their schools.

LAUSD School Board District 7

Richard A. Vladovic

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: School Boardmember/Educator
  • Retired School Superintendent, West Covina Unified School District
  • Retired Teacher
  • Retired School Principal
  • Graduate Professor
  • Charter Member of UTLA
  • Educational Scholar
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Continue Increasing Student Achievement
  • Introducing Innovative Solutions that Get Results
  • Providing Safe and Healthy Schools

Lydia A. Gutiérrez

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Public School Teacher
  • California State University of Dominquez Hills, M.A.
  • Pepperdine University, B.A.
  • Mathematics Leadership Institute, California Polytechnic State University
  • California State University of Long Beach, Fellow - Writing
  • Access to Science Standards & Educational Technology, California State University of Los Angeles
  • Continuing Teacher Leadership Institute, U.C.L.A.-Mathematics
Top Priorities if Elected
  • A-Achieving Academic Excellence
  • B-Building Fiscal Responsibility
  • C-Cultivating success after Graduation

Euna Anderson

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Principal/Adjunct Professor
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Revamp our budget priorities
  • Restore trust to LAUSD
  • Embrace early childhood education

LA Community College Board of Trustees Office 1

Andra Hoffman

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Community College Professor
  • Master's Degree, Public Administration- Cal State University, Northridge
  • President, National Women's Political Caucus, San Fernando Valley
  • Job Placement Director, Glendale Community College
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Increase access and restore classes for all students seeking a higher education
  • Reduce fees, tuition and the total cost of higher education
  • Increase transfer rates, degree preparedness and job training

Maria "Sokie" Quintero

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Community College Professor
  • Public Administration Master's degree, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Over 20 years of experience as an educator in the Eastside of Los Angeles
  • AFT Adjunct Representative to ELAC Social Science Department
  • Alma Family Services Board Member
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Ensure all colleges meet the students' needs by meeting the goals of Student Success Act.
  • Partner with adult education programs in high schools to create a pathway for student's success that will lead to careers.
  • Ensure that transfer rates improve throughout district

Mark Isler

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Teacher/Radio Host
  • California Social Studies Credential
  • California Elementary Credential
  • Masters Degree in Education
  • Teacher of the Year
  • LA County Supervisors Deputy
  • Educational Television Host
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Reversing a long decline in the quality and performance of our educational system.
  • Making sure the primary goal of our community colleges is serving the students and not special interest groups.
  • Helping our students understand what makes our founding documents and our country so exceptional.

Francesca Vega

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: College Policy Director
  • Director of Government & Community Relations at Cal State Northridge
  • Former Assistant Director of State Government Relations at UCLA
  • Board Member, Chicano Latino Youth Leadership Project Inc.
  • Chair of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association Education Committee
  • Board Member, Meeting Each Need with Dignity (MEND)
  • B.A. in Government, California State University, Sacramento
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Access, affordability and completion for all LACCD students, particularly those from underserved communities.
  • Deliver a pathway to economic mobility through targeted career tech, certificate and appenticeship programs
  • Restore Long-Term Financial Investment to LAACD

LA Community College Board of Trustees Office 3

Sam Kbushyan

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: College Instructor
  • MBA, Northeastern University
  • Past Board Member, East Hollywood Neighborhood Council
  • Past Board Member, East Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Treasurer, Northeast Democratic Club
  • Former Student President, LA Valley College
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Reforming LACCD Board with District Elections - 1 seat for each campus community.
  • Modernizing LACCD Classes to emphasize Online/Distance Learning Options for every class.
  • Restoring accountability to taxpayers with transparency on LACCD spending.

Sydney Kamlager

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Education Policy Advisor
  • District Director, Senator Holly Mitchell
  • Commissioner, LA County Commission on Children and Families
  • Fmr. Adjunct Professor, Cal State University Los Angeles
  • Masters Degree, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Bachelors Degree, USC
  • Board Member, The Unusual Suspects
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Fight for more funding to bring more classes online
  • Expand supportive services offered at the campuses
  • Quicken transfer times into 4-year institutions and strengthen career pathways

Jozef Thomas "Joe" Essavi

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Los Angeles County Commissioner/Businessperson
  • Past Controller for Non Profit Association. Community College District Student Trustee Nominee from LA Valley College
  • Community College (LAVC) ASB Union Treasurer, 2 terms
  • Neighborhood Council Member, 2 terms
  • Community College Education Reformer.
  • BA UC Riverside, MA CSUN,
  • Married and with 4 children.
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Cut the current 72% Failure in transferring and in graduation
  • Hire Quality Teachers, Offer more Classes, Slash text book costs
  • offer more vocational and green job training. bring efficiency and accountability

Glenn Bailey

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Neighborhood Council Boardmember
  • CSU Northridge Program Coordinator (24 years)
  • Pierce College ASO President
  • LA Neighborhood Council Coalition officer
  • LA City Bicycle Advisory Committee Vice-Chair
  • Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains, Director/Associate Director
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Increase the number of high demand classes to meet students' needs and facilitate timely graduation, including online courses
  • Improve College District public transparency and taxpayer accountability, especially the remaining $1.6 billion in campus construction projects
  • Save the Pierce College Farm from closure

LA Community College Board of Trustees Office 5

Steve Schulte

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Environmental Science Instructor
  • Councilmember, Mayor, West Hollywood
  • Master's in Public Health, UCLA
  • MA in Public Administration, University of Iowa
  • BA in Political Science and History, Yale
  • Executive Director, LA Gay and Lesbian Center
  • Contracts Manager/Director, Strategic Planning and Analysis, Kaiser Permanente
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Work with the board to raise student performance and education outcomes.
  • Work to involve business and industry leaders to help fashion curricula to better focus on student needs for job placement after graduation.
  • In a collaborative manner, research how the LACCD Board can better monitor campus leadership and hold them accountable.

Scott Svonkin

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Community College Boardmember, President
  • Past President, Los Angeles School Trustees Association
  • California Credit Union, Supervisory Committee Member
  • Chairman, Los Angeles County Insurance Commission
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Student Success - Help out students prepare for transfer and career
  • Protect Taxpayers - Insurance the bond reform continues
  • Increase number of classes offered

LA Community College Board of Trustees Office 7

Mike Fong

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Educator/Job Trainer
  • Chair, PBS SoCal API Community Council
  • Vice Chair, White Memorial Medical Center Community Leadership Council
  • Workforce Development Program Analyst
  • Past Board Member, UCLA Alumni Association
  • UCLA Government & Community Relations - Bruin Caucus Council Member
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Improve and Expand workforce education and training opportunities
  • Improving the quality and access to educational opportunities
  • Creating jobs

John C. Burke

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Community College Faculty; Associate Dean
  • BA ; MA American History CSUN
  • MBA Accounting/Marketing UCLA
  • California Community College & Secondary Teaching Credentials USC
  • Los Solteros President; Boy's Republic Board of Directors
  • Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities
  • Los Angeles City Council Ephebian & Outstanding Community Service Awards; LACCD Excellence in Workforce Development Award; LAVC Apple Award
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Replace third week census enrollment State funding formula with a student success class completion rate system.
  • Replace culture of competition with one of collaboration within the District.
  • Expand School to Career Academies from five District colleges to all nine colleges: see 26 academies 2000 LAUSD students to date.

Joyce Burrell Garcia

Biographical Highlights
  • Occupation: Educator
  • Professor, the Peoples Republic of China
  • Policy Analyst - Charles Drew Postgraduate Medical School
  • Compliance Policy Advisor - L.A. Care Health Care
  • M.S., UCLA
Top Priorities if Elected
  • Ensure inclusivity and equity within the LACCD in the face of shrinking budgets.
  • Increase student success rates for all students with particular emphasis on historically underrepresented students.
  • Expand the number and types of community partnerships within the LACCD.

LA City Ballot Measures

Charter Amendment 1

New City Election Dates and Schedules; One-Time Adjustment to Align Terms With New Election Dates by 2020

Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required

Shall the City Charter be amended to: 1) change the City's primary and general election dates to June and November of even-numbered years beginning in 2020 so that City elections are held on the same dates as Federal and State elections; 2) provide that, in 2015 and 2017 only, candidates be elected for a term of 5/12 years to transition to the new election dates; 3) adjust vacancy election schedules and allow temporary appointments to fill vacant offices until an election is held; 4) enable initiative and referendum elections to be scheduled at either the next City or next State election; and 5) allow initiative proponents to withdraw their measure prior to scheduling an election?

Charter Amendment 2

New Election Dates and Schedules for the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD); One-Time Adjustment to Align Terms With New Election Dates By 2020

Charter Amendment - Majority Approval Required

Shall the City Charter be amended to: 1) change the City's primary and general election dates to June and November of even-numbered years beginning in 2020 so that City elections are held on the same dates as Federal and State elections; 2) provide that, in 2015 and 2017 only, candidates be elected for a term of 51A years to transition to the new election dates; 3) adjust vacancy election schedules and allow temporary appointments to fill vacant offices until an election is held; 4) enable initiative and referendum elections to be scheduled at either the next City or next State election; and 5) allow initiative proponents to withdraw their measure prior to scheduling an election?

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