L.A. Times Endorses Pugliese Over Lauritzen And Galatzan For LAUSD District 3
"District 3: Louis Pugliese
"Incumbent Jon Lauritzen has spent far too much of his first term carrying UTLA's agenda, including his failed attempt to impose a moratorium on new charter schools. Villaraigosa's favorite for this seat, city prosecutor Tamar Galatzan, displays dismayingly little knowledge about the district and lacks a basic understanding of the appropriate role for the school board. She sees her legal expertise as one of her top qualifications for the job because she could ferret out problems in the district's many real estate contracts. That's the job of staff lawyers, not the school board.
"Pugliese, an independent candidate, is the best choice, though without major funding, his chances are slim. A teacher and teaching instructor, he understands how well-intentioned mandates from the central office can become busywork in the classroom, and he voices a refreshing interest in clearing up bureaucratic floundering."
When the L.A. Times and I both agree on the issue -- well, okay, it's never happened before -- but please, people, stop outsmarting yourselves, and start voting for the best candidate. The only way to make special interest money irrelevant is to stop giving it power over your vote.
Pugliese's website is named, aptly enough, SmartenUpLA.com. Visit it. The guy is the ONLY qualified non-crony in the race. Vote for him.