“As a former school board president in Burbank, I can fully appreciate the contributions Louis has made to better our community and am proud to welcome him in this campaign to reform Los Angeles,” Krekorian said. “I have much to gain from Louis' in-depth grasp of LAUSD and will be proud to work closely with him as we seek new and innovative ways to improve our education throughout the Valley and Sunland-Tujunga. With Louis at my side, we are one step closer to ensuring our schools get their proper funding and making certain every child has as much opportunity to succeed as possible.”
Pugliese, 58, a CD2 resident living in Sun Valley, was heavily praised for his two school board runs in which he garnered widespread community, parental and neighborhood support.
“It is clear to me that Paul has what it takes to shake the Downtown power structure and get the job done for our children and families throughout this district,” said Pugliese, who now teaches education courses at Cal State Northridge while also serving on the city's Commission for Children, Youth and Their Families. “Paul's leadership throughout our state on education issues shows he is more than able to navigate the city's educational maze to help fix our broken system. I have been thoroughly impressed with the grassroots support he has already garnered and look forward to working in close concert with him as I know the second council district will benefit from his leadership, ingenuity and responsiveness.”