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Monday, December 13, 2010

Louis Pugliese Makes Announcement Regarding His District 3 School Board Campaign

(A short while ago, MayorSam received the following communique from Louis Pugliese);

Dear Friends,
Last week, the city clerk's office verified my ballot petitions, qualifying me to appear on the ballot as a candidate for the LAUSD District 3 Board seat in the upcoming March election.

I had decided to enter the race knowing that there were a field of other potential candidates willing to face the incumbent. As it has turned out, a number of candidates did not qualify, and the UTLA favorite also withdrew her name, leaving only my opponent and myself in nomination. While a campaign against an incumbent is always tough, I am now in the position of running once again without the support of either the teacher's union or of community groups aligned with the Mayor.

I find myself left with a difficult decision- to either concede to my opponent and withdraw my name from the ballot by the deadline tomorrow, or to remain in nomination to promote what I feel are the best ideas for our city's children, and to ensure that voters will at least have a choice in this critical time for public schools.

Tonight I have chosen the latter. I am announcing my official candidacy for the LAUSD Board of Education seat in District 3. I look forward to seeing you all on the campaign, and expect that this third time will certainly be the "charm."

Thank you for your support. Please visit my website and contribute whatever you can.

Louis Pugliese

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is great news. I heard they were trying to squeeze him out.

December 13, 2010 12:25 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

That almost seems like he's a coward...

"I'll only run if other people are on the ballot too or if I have the support of UTLA and/or the Mayor's people."

Grow a backbone Louis! Either you want to serve or you don't...

December 13, 2010 6:01 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where's Higby and the Hotsheet?

December 13, 2010 7:28 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

fyi, Tom Leykis is undergoing quadruple bypass this morning. Godspeed, Tom!

December 13, 2010 7:30 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Just the kind of crap you would expect from the Antonio Villaraigosa School of THUG AND CRIMINAL Politics.

December 13, 2010 8:11 AM  

Blogger Petra Fried in the City said:

Go get'em Louis!

December 13, 2010 8:43 AM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

the UTLA hates galatzan. Does that mean they will support pugliese?

Any candidate with a UTLA endorsement loses my vote.

I am in the LAUSD district 3.

December 13, 2010 9:03 AM  

Blogger Red Spot in CD 14 said:

"FTI" (For Trujillo's Information),

Safe to say that Louis has no terminal illness.

December 13, 2010 9:27 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Stupid waste of time, no chance.

December 13, 2010 9:40 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:




December 13, 2010 9:55 AM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

9:55... because I, and I would imagine most MS readers, come here for local news.

December 13, 2010 10:39 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is getting crazy. Rumor has it that UTLA has reached out to Galatzan, because Pugliese is in fact a more radical reformer. He publicly supports firing bad teachers within a year (LA Times interview), Charter schools, and many more real reforms. Tony and UTLA have their charade, but they are in fact still working together.

December 13, 2010 10:46 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Doesn't really sound like the guy wants the job all that bad. I'd have trouble taking him seriously after this.

"I took out papers, I filed petitions, I started raising money, I asked people to support me, I finished the filing requirements . . . but I STILL wasn't sure I wanted to run (until someone wrote this PRESS RELEASE for me), and then I decided to go through with it."

I can't wait to see how long board votes will stretch out on critical issues if this guy is elected...

"Madame chair, I'd like to ask that this issue be tabled for a fifth time, for another two weeks, until I can see whether my people find there's any political advantage in me actually taking the position I thought I was going to take?"

December 13, 2010 12:17 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Yeah, the very fact that UTLA has thrown Pugliese (a teacher himself) under the school bus twice now pretty much tells the whole story. He's got my vote.

December 13, 2010 12:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Let's not forget it's been their impulsive, politically-driven decisions that got us into this mess in the first place. It is a Board of Education, after all. Maybe some thoughtfulness on these matters would be appropriate.

The class size has increased
The dropout rate has risen
The school year has been shortened

Don't defend the status-quo. The way they do it DOESN'T WORK.

December 13, 2010 12:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

12:17= MEAT + Hacopian

December 13, 2010 12:59 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


There's nothing to indicate the "new" guy would do any better, either.

Saying that a challenger doesn't seem to be qualified, in part because he can't even seem to make up his own mind about running -- isn't "defending the status quo" -- it's more like considering the possibility that the devil you don't know may actually be worse than the one you do.

Every election, there's someone who says, "well this one can't be any worse."

I think the most notable time recently was when people here at Mayor Sam's said... "Well, Villaraigosa can't be any worse than Hahn."

And they were SO very wrong.

December 13, 2010 1:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

10:39, the blog was all Obama/McCain for a whole year. It's about far more than local news. There is loads of information that isn't local. Local can also mean county, neighboring county, and even the state.

I guess you haven't seen all the Brown/Whitman stuff or Boxer/Carly stuff, either.

December 13, 2010 2:57 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


What does Hacopian have to do with this?

December 13, 2010 3:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

UTLA will be endorsing Pugliese, it will be announced in January. He cut a deal with them after Kolodny dropped off.

December 13, 2010 3:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Louie is disgusted with UTLA's PACE at this point- It's not clear he'd even accept an endorsement from them now. I doubt there is any "deal" they could cut except on his terms. In this part of the city, the Union is a major liability. Rejecting UTLA will be a badge of honor for him.

December 13, 2010 3:51 PM  

Anonymous trojan2002 said:

2:57... The state races, governor and US Senate, have local impacts.
Presidential races have almost no impact on LA.
CA is a liberal fiefdom. National politics and rules don't apply to us.
The 9th is the most liberal court in the country's judicial system.
I can keep going... but I come here for local insight, circus updates from SacTown and Spring street.

December 13, 2010 3:53 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

You're equivocating 3:53pm.

Local to you, is not local to everyone else.

You see the blog as local, and I see it as political.

I guess you think the HUNDREDS of posts about Sarah Palin are local, too.

December 13, 2010 4:07 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Why ask Joe why he isn't posting staff about Obama? He isn't the only one who is able to post on this blog.

December 13, 2010 5:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:23pm, the options are Higby, who hasn't been around much lately, and Red Spot.

Do you REALLY want your thought leadership coming from HIM??????

December 13, 2010 6:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Tamar was spotted Saturday meeting with AJ Duffy, Hacopian and other union leaders. Looks like they'll do anything to keep real reform from happening, and she'll do anything to advance herself politically. I'm going with Pugliese at this point.

December 13, 2010 8:30 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I love your blog! I’ve included it on a site I’ve created, which is a compilation of some of the best blogs in the city.

Best of Blogs Los Angeles

December 13, 2010 10:19 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


Yes its true, they where meeting at a donut shop in the corner of Sunset and Hyperion.

December 13, 2010 11:54 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Does he have a regular website so we can see what he's about? That link was only for campaign contributions.

December 14, 2010 12:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Hello, it's Tuesday.

Where is the hotsheet or something NEW to talk about? It's not like there isn't news going on.

December 14, 2010 7:53 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Where's Higby?

December 14, 2010 7:53 AM  

Blogger Loretta Mahon said:

If anyone is counting, today is the 7th consecutive day without a Michael Higby Hot Sheet.

Me miss he.

December 14, 2010 8:18 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:


So you expect Joe, a Democrat, to write something critical about Obama? Why don't you ask Red Spot, the Republican, to do it?

And you can pray for Higby, the Republican, to get back in the game. Along as he's praying for you, he might as well be writing for you too.

December 14, 2010 8:51 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Jim Newton's new column in the Times today about the mayor entitled "How Disappointing" would be an interesting thread for Mayor Sam to start.

It's certainly about L.A. politics.


December 14, 2010 9:41 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Pugliese: Bought and paid for by UTLA

You sold your soul to the devil Louis.

December 14, 2010 11:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What a crock of crap. Louis Pugilese is no reformer, he's a pompous, arrogant, windbag who just loves the sound of his own voice. Sit in some of his classes sometime.

He has less understanding of what is actually going on in the classroom than Galatzan does and that's saying something.

Look, he has some good ideas, like bringing back trade tech classes and perhaps introducing a trade school diploma, but other than that the cupboard is bare. After talking to him at length, I had no real idea of why he wanted to be on the school board except so that he could be on the school board.

Same reason he's on the Board of Directors for the Community Charter School.

You don't have to trust me on this, spend some time with him. Ask him questions that need answers that aren't prepackaged sound bytes and see what you get.

December 15, 2010 10:24 PM  

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