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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Fun and Frivolity in School Board Race

Yesterday Zuma Dogg reported that former Sister City blogger Mike Trujillo has joined the campaign of school board candidate Tamar Galatzan's campaign as manager. Galatzan, a neighborhood prosecutor for the LA City Attorney, is seeking to unseat 3rd District board member Jon Lauritzen (who used lots of teacher's union money four years ago to take out Mayor Sam's favorite politician ever, Caprice Young).

Now we've heard that the LA Daily News may be investigating Lauritzen. Allegedly, Lauritzen told attendees at a Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee meeting that he is a big fan of the LAUSD's community involvment program for high school students. Reportedly, Lauritzen told the Chamber members that when he talks to the kids he gets them to sign up and work 15 hours a week on his campaign, for which they receive school credit.

Like many of the students of his district, Lauritzen may be guilty of playing hooky. The board member was supposed to show up to a United Chambers of Commerce candidates debate. He allegedly called in sick. Lauritzen's chief of staff showed up and was reported as saying that Lauritzen was away on official business. A City Hall staffer, though, was said to have claimed that Laurentzen was, in fact, at a meeting of the Chatsworth Coordinating Council.

All good news for Galatzan one would imagine.


Anonymous Anonymous said:

The truth is a local political leader should value local constituients FIRST, before making the numerous business club meetings, which are out of the district.


January 31, 2007 12:03 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:

12:03 AM,

As you would say, "Pu-leeze!" Here we go throwing a bunch of frivolous, diversionary non-issues out there to try and bolster a candidate, not on proven experience in the education field, but as someone who will do anything to discredit the Head Honcho behind the "Vote No On Mayoral Takeover" movement that made ZD the AB 1381 expert he never wanted to be. I'll spare you the horrendous details of AB 1381, for now..but here you have the ONLY schoolboard member who is actually a teacher, who actaully has relationships and support of the teacher's union. But I guess that's a bad thing, and we should put the mayor's latest cast of muppets to help steamroll his takeover of the LAUSD school board even though the State constitution says the School is supposed to operate separately from City Hall. But as usual, the shady mayor is shameless in this pushing the envelope of civic decenty and public saftey. Huh, huh, huh...I better stop now, cause I'm just getting started and I don't want to be here all night...we'll see how cranky I am tomorrow.

January 31, 2007 12:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Looks like the Lauritzen campaign is falling apart before it began.

January 31, 2007 10:38 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:



It is easy to see that the "POLLONISTAS" are out in force to take over LAUSD at the ballot box. If you were to come in contact with any of the "POLLONISTAS" running, if you will, at the pleasure of "HIS POLLONESS". Ask a simple question, "Were you in favor of the mayor takeover of LAUSD" ??. It would be safe to say that a certain responce has been crafted (or dictated by the PARque dud), that illistrate the coordination that is on going. *** It is important that voters in March make sure to VOTE for maintaining the autonomy of LAUSD. The "FOXS" are ready to loot the "HEN HOUSE".



January 31, 2007 11:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

No una marioneta!

How come you guys never mention Pugliese? He's running too and has been kickin' Punch and Judy's butts at those forums. Valley Dems probably would've endorsed one or the other but couldn't get the plurality after hearing from Pugliese who is an LAUSD and CSUN teacher, policy EXPERT and parent himself- So where's the news? He's not beholden to the mayor OR the union. Hmmmmm-- who gets my vote?

January 31, 2007 5:22 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

To Red Spot of Reason:

Your quote

"It is important that voters in March make sure to VOTE for maintaining the autonomy of LAUSD"

Essentially means let's give a vote of confidence to the status quo -- the same status quo that has allowed for a 50% drop-out rate in our schools.

The same status quo that invests in downtown rather than the classrooms.

I am a teacher and i believe we need to kick all those bums out.

Mayor or not -- we need a fresh perspective.

So to the red spot of reason i say you are full of crap and leave this thread alone.

January 31, 2007 5:36 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Okay, so JL is a total looser and a shit to have taken Caprice out. But, seriously, do you want to vote for someone who has zero interest in the schools and is open about running in two years for the 2nd council district seat? Tamar is someone who walks around saying "this is just my stepping stone." this is not a candidate who deserves to be elected--So, who else is out there beside her and John? We need another choice.

January 31, 2007 10:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Lauritzen is a clown. Galatzan is gonna wipe the floor with him come election day.

January 31, 2007 10:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Who else is running? Smarten Up!
Check out Louis Pugliese's website for a breath of fresh air.

February 01, 2007 12:08 AM  

Blogger Jim Alger said:


EVERY and I mean EVERY candidate recruites High School and College kids to work on their campaign for school credit this is nothing new.

Jon has always been there. When my son had trouble in school Jon and his office stepped in and helped for nearly a year until we were able to get a plan in place that would work for him. That is what I expect in a school board member.

Jon is a former teacher who holds this part-time job not because he needs it... or needs Mayor "I don't know what the hell my job description is" Villaraigas' never ending bullshit. He does it because he gives a damn.

February 01, 2007 9:03 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


"Jon is a former teacher who holds this part-time job not because he needs it... or needs Mayor "I don't know what the hell my job description is" Villaraigas' never ending bullshit. He does it because he gives a damn."

Thanks for clarifying your thoughts on the Mayor.

This stays in the file.


February 01, 2007 10:42 AM  

Blogger Zuma Dogg said:


File? What file? Who's keeping a file on Jim Alger's comments on the mayor? Oh, it's probably someone from DONE, out to intimidate Jim into silence. I get it!

So what I learned from the comment, if I am to read the tea leaves: Jim's supposed to be supportive of the mayor. But the mayor is such a botch job...even his supporters have turned on him. And if you have good things to say about challenger to the mayor (and say bad things about the mayor), his paid spin doctors will post an intimidating comment about a file they are keeping. Gotta love democracy.

February 01, 2007 11:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Your ads are a true statement of our mayor and his slime candidates. I would never support you or any candidate that Mr. Slick mayor supports. I'm a teacher in the district and I support the only true candidate John Lauritzen.

February 17, 2007 11:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Never will I support someone who is supported by our psudo mayor. He is a phony and you are the same . all you wish to do is support a lost cause of our mayor. Go John Lauritzen.

February 17, 2007 11:27 PM  

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