Mayor Sam's Hotsheet for Friday
United Teachers Los Angeles has backed incumbent school board member John Laurtizen for re-election to his San Fernando Valley district. Lauritzen will most likely go against an Antonio Villaraigosa sponsored challenger in the upcoming elections.
In other school board race news, LA Voice reports that outgoing member David Tokofsky is backing longtime activist Bennet Kayser. We reported previously that Kayser would be getting into the race.
A lawsuit filed by opponents of Mayor Villaraigosa's school takeover plan goes to trial Friday morning. A coalition of district parents, students, administrators and the League of Women Voters -- maintains the legislation is unconstitutional and infringes on the rights of voters. The plaintiffs want a judge to overturn Assembly Bill 1381, which was signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in September and gave the mayor the authority he wanted over the district.
Martini Republic points to an excellent David Zahnhiser piece in the current LA Weekly and finds that newly minted Councilman Jose Huizar "is scooping up cash from all the usual suspects." MR takes the view that Huizar has accomplished little for his district though the Councilman takes credit for establishing a bulky item pickup program in Eagle Rock.