The OPEN Daily » Mar Vista http://www.theopendaily.com Essential Guide to L.A. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 08:02:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.13 Santa Monica Joins Other Cities in Taking Legal Action Against President Trump’s Travel Ban http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-joins-other-cities-in-taking-legal-action-against-president-trumps-travel-ban http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-joins-other-cities-in-taking-legal-action-against-president-trumps-travel-ban#comments Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:59:54 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=156055 On Tuesday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the Cities of Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City filed a friend-of-the-court (amicus) brief in the federal district court in Seattle, where six States have challenged President Donald Trump’s second attempt at restricting travel into the United States from six majority-Muslim nations is being heard. The City of Santa Monica joined the filing and Mayor Ted Winterer joins mayors from across the nation in sharing the announcement.

“The revised travel ban continues this administration’s unconstitutional actions that do not align with Santa Monica values or the values of our great country,” said Mayor Ted Winterer. “Santa Monica is proud to stand with other cities, including our neighbors in Los Angeles and West Hollywood, in saying no to hate and reaffirming our ideals.”

Santa Monica, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, Central Falls (RI), Gary, Ithaca, Jersey City, Madison, Minneapolis, Montgomery County (MD), Oakland, Portland, Philadelphia, Saint Paul, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Clara County, Seattle, Skokie, South Bend, and West Hollywood, presented the local government position to the district court, which is considering the States’ emergency motion to apply its existing injunction to the new executive order. The brief explains the vital contribution that immigrants make to our cities and country, points out that classifications based on religion and natural origin are presumptively invalid, and argues that the travel ban is misguided and unconstitutional.

The executive order restricting immigration prohibits people from six countries—Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen—from entering the U.S. for 90 days and halts the admission into the U.S. of people granted refugee status for 120 days while the Trump administration revises immigration screening procedures.

The  brief was prepared with the pro bono assistance of several attorneys of the law firm Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila LLP, which has offices in Chicago, New York and San Francisco.

The City has an online hub of information and resources on immigration, including the City’s resolution embracing diversity. Visit http://ift.tt/2nInTQO. Santa Monica will participate in the U.S. Conference of Mayors National Immigration Day on Tuesday, March 21. Follow along using #MayorsStand4All.

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Your Next Chance to Bike an L.A. That’s Free from the Tyranny of the Automobile Is This Sunday http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/your-next-chance-to-bike-an-l-a-thats-free-from-the-tyranny-of-the-automobile-is-this-sunday-5 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/your-next-chance-to-bike-an-l-a-thats-free-from-the-tyranny-of-the-automobile-is-this-sunday-5#comments Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:54:06 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155957 More than the fresh air, the food trucks, and the exercise, CicLAvia lets you experience the Los Angeles you see every day from a fresh perspective. That’s the genius of it. When your eyes are on the road at 45 mph, you miss beautiful architectural details, the stores you didn’t know existed, and the people who live in that neighborhood. But you don’t miss those things when you pedal through, take your time, and look around. Your next chance to walk, bike, or skate through the city is Sunday, March 26, from 9-4, when CicLAvia takes over Venice and Culver City.   For more info: http://ift.tt/2jakFzY RELATED: It’s Time to Bring the ‘Dutch Reach’ to L.A.View Original Post

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Your Next Chance to Bike an L.A. That’s Free from the Tyranny of the Automobile Is This Sunday http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/your-next-chance-to-bike-an-l-a-thats-free-from-the-tyranny-of-the-automobile-is-this-sunday-4 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/your-next-chance-to-bike-an-l-a-thats-free-from-the-tyranny-of-the-automobile-is-this-sunday-4#comments Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:39:22 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155955 More than the fresh air, the food trucks, and the exercise, CicLAvia lets you experience the Los Angeles you see every day from a fresh perspective. That’s the genius of it. When your eyes are on the road at 45 mph, you miss beautiful architectural details, the stores you didn’t know existed, and the people who live in that neighborhood. But you don’t miss those things when you pedal through, take your time, and look around. Your next chance to walk, bike, or skate through the city is Sunday, March 26, from 9-4, when CicLAvia takes over Venice and Culver City.   For more info: http://ift.tt/2jakFzY RELATED: It’s Time to Bring the ‘Dutch Reach’ to L.A.View Original Post

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Your Next Chance to Bike an L.A. That’s Free from the Tyranny of the Automobile Is This Sunday http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/your-next-chance-to-bike-an-l-a-thats-free-from-the-tyranny-of-the-automobile-is-this-sunday-3 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/your-next-chance-to-bike-an-l-a-thats-free-from-the-tyranny-of-the-automobile-is-this-sunday-3#comments Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:24:14 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155953 More than the fresh air, the food trucks, and the exercise, CicLAvia lets you experience the Los Angeles you see every day from a fresh perspective. That’s the genius of it. When your eyes are on the road at 45 mph, you miss beautiful architectural details, the stores you didn’t know existed, and the people who live in that neighborhood. But you don’t miss those things when you pedal through, take your time, and look around. Your next chance to walk, bike, or skate through the city is Sunday, March 26, from 9-4, when CicLAvia takes over Venice and Culver City.   For more info: http://ift.tt/2jakFzY RELATED: It’s Time to Bring the ‘Dutch Reach’ to L.A.View Original Post

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Your Next Chance to Bike an L.A. That’s Free from the Tyranny of the Automobile Is This Sunday http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/your-next-chance-to-bike-an-l-a-thats-free-from-the-tyranny-of-the-automobile-is-this-sunday-2 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/your-next-chance-to-bike-an-l-a-thats-free-from-the-tyranny-of-the-automobile-is-this-sunday-2#comments Mon, 20 Mar 2017 23:09:17 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155951 More than the fresh air, the food trucks, and the exercise, CicLAvia lets you experience the Los Angeles you see every day from a fresh perspective. That’s the genius of it. When your eyes are on the road at 45 mph, you miss beautiful architectural details, the stores you didn’t know existed, and the people who live in that neighborhood. But you don’t miss those things when you pedal through, take your time, and look around. Your next chance to walk, bike, or skate through the city is Sunday, March 26, from 9-4, when CicLAvia takes over Venice and Culver City.   For more info: http://ift.tt/2jakFzY RELATED: It’s Time to Bring the ‘Dutch Reach’ to L.A.View Original Post

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Your Next Chance to Bike an L.A. That’s Free from the Tyranny of the Automobile Is This Sunday http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/your-next-chance-to-bike-an-l-a-thats-free-from-the-tyranny-of-the-automobile-is-this-sunday http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/your-next-chance-to-bike-an-l-a-thats-free-from-the-tyranny-of-the-automobile-is-this-sunday#comments Mon, 20 Mar 2017 22:57:36 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155949 More than the fresh air, the food trucks, and the exercise, CicLAvia lets you experience the Los Angeles you see every day from a fresh perspective. That’s the genius of it. When your eyes are on the road at 45 mph, you miss beautiful architectural details, the stores you didn’t know existed, and the people who live in that neighborhood. But you don’t miss those things when you pedal through, take your time, and look around. Your next chance to walk, bike, or skate through the city is Sunday, March 26, from 9-4, when CicLAvia takes over Venice and Culver City.   For more info: http://ift.tt/2jakFzY RELATED: It’s Time to Bring the ‘Dutch Reach’ to L.A.View Original Post

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Girls’ basketball: Windward is headed to Sacramento after Charisma Osborne scores 35 points http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/girls-basketball-windward-is-headed-to-sacramento-after-charisma-osborne-scores-35-points http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/girls-basketball-windward-is-headed-to-sacramento-after-charisma-osborne-scores-35-points#comments Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:17:13 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155883 It’s supposed to be a little more challenging shooting in an arena setting than a regular gym, but sophomore Charisma Osborne of Windward was anything but intimidated on Saturday in the Southern California Division I girls’ regional final at The Pyramid.

She scored 35 points and made five threes…

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Gonez widens her lead while Melvoin narrows Zimmer’s lead, updated vote count shows http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/gonez-widens-her-lead-while-melvoin-narrows-zimmers-lead-updated-vote-count-shows http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/gonez-widens-her-lead-while-melvoin-narrows-zimmers-lead-updated-vote-count-shows#comments Wed, 15 Mar 2017 02:59:20 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155717 MelvoinGonezVotingKelly Gonez widened her lead in District 6 and Nick Melvoin narrowed Steve Zimmer’s lead in District 4, according to an updated vote count Tuesday in last week’s LA Unified school board primary.

The lineup for the May 16 runoff remains the same.

The primary election results aren’t final as LA County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk Dean Logan’s office continues to tally provisional and mail-in ballots. Another update will be posted Friday.

Incumbent school board member Mónica García won outright her District 2 seat encompassing downtown LA and Boyle Heights, while Zimmer, a two-term incumbent in District 4 and board president, was forced into the runoff facing Melvoin. There will also be a runoff for the District 6 east San Fernando Valley seat between Gonez and Imelda Padilla.

García had 58 percent of the votes in a tally last Friday; she now has 56 percent, according to Tuesday’s latest results. Challenger Lisa Alva made some gains and now has 34 percent of the votes, while Carl Petersen remains at 10 percent.

The spread between Zimmer and Melvoin dropped to 14 percentage points.

Zimmer continued to hold on to 47 percent of the votes in District 4 encompassing the west side of LA, Hollywood and portions of the west San Fernando Valley, while Melvoin’s portion of the votes increased from 32 percent to 33 percent. Allison Holdorff Polhill still has 14 percent, while Greg Martayan dropped 1 percentage point to 6 percent.

Zimmer fell short of winning the seat outright by about 2,812 votes out of a total 91,005 ballots counted in District 4, according to the latest results.

In District 6, Gonez’s lead increased from 36 percent to 38 percent. Padilla remained at 31 percent of the vote. Patty López went from 13 percent to 12 percent. Unchanged were Araz Parseghian at 9 percent; Gwendolyn Posey at 6 percent, and Jose Sandoval at 5 percent.

Voter turnout countywide was 16 percent, according to Logan. About 55,500 ballots countywide remain uncounted.

As of Tuesday, no new outside money has flowed into the race since last week.

Read LA School Report’s full series of coverage at LAUSD Race 2017.

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LAUSD board President Steve Zimmer forced into runoff election http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/lausd-board-president-steve-zimmer-forced-into-runoff-election http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/lausd-board-president-steve-zimmer-forced-into-runoff-election#comments Thu, 09 Mar 2017 07:01:19 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155574 Los Angeles school board President Steve Zimmer, the target of a well-financed opposition campaign funded largely by charter-school backers, is heading for a May runoff election.

Zimmer, who represents Westchester and other Westside communities, led a field of four candidates in the District 4 race Tuesday, but at 47.

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$50K reward offered to help find Mar Vista mother’s murder suspect http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/50k-reward-offered-to-help-find-mar-vista-mothers-murder-suspect http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/50k-reward-offered-to-help-find-mar-vista-mothers-murder-suspect#comments Thu, 09 Mar 2017 03:43:12 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155542 The family of a 56-year-old woman who was murdered pleaded with the public Wednesday to help bring her killer to justice.

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UTLA campaign supporting Zimmer now under full investigation; outside spending jumps $1 million in a week to $5.4 million http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/utla-campaign-supporting-zimmer-now-under-full-investigation-outside-spending-jumps-1-million-in-a-week-to-5-4-million-5 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/utla-campaign-supporting-zimmer-now-under-full-investigation-outside-spending-jumps-1-million-in-a-week-to-5-4-million-5#comments Mon, 06 Mar 2017 18:58:11 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155362 This is the mailer that is under investigation.

This is the mailer that is under investigation.

The Fair Political Practices Commission will investigate spending by United Teachers Los Angeles on a public relations campaign supporting LA Unified school board President Steve Zimmer, who is running for reelection.

The chief of the FPPC’s Enforcement Division notified Keith Dell’Aquila, who filed a complaint, Thursday that it will investigate the complaint, according to a copy of the letter. Previously, the complaint was under review; the FPPC has now opened an investigation into the complaint.

“However, please be advised that at this time we have not made any determination about the validity of the allegation(s) you have made or about the culpability, if any, of the person(s) you identify in your complaint,” the letter states.

The letter arrived five days before Tuesday’s primary, where Zimmer’s and two other LA Unified school board seats are up for election.

At issue is whether the PR campaign funded by UTLA’s Issues PAC should be reported as an independent expenditure. Issues PACs can be used to educate voters but not advocate. The mailer in question states, “Thank Steve Zimmer for keeping L.A. schools moving forward.” It does not mention the election specifically nor uses the word “vote.”

Dell’Aquila, who works for the California Charter Schools Association, alleges the campaign violates the Political Reform Act. He argued in the complaint that the advertisement “contains express advocacy.”

Outside spending in the race reached about $5.4 million as of late Friday, just four days before the primary, campaign finance records filed with the city Ethics Commission show. Outside groups poured in about $1 million into the three races within the last week.

UTLA has spent $1.6 million through its independent expenditure committee, and other labor groups have spent about $300,000.

Two committees associated with the California Charter Schools Association Advocates have spent $2 million. An independent expenditure committee funded by former LA Mayor Richard Riordan has spent about $1.3 million.

One mailer that opposes two of Zimmer’s opponents, Nick Melvoin and Allison Holdorff Polhill, funded by UTLA’s independent expenditure committee is the subject of a change.org petition created by parents and teachers of the City Charter Schools.

The mailer states, “Both Melvoin and Polhill are for-profit school advocates — Melvoin even sits on the board of City Charter Schools — and would promote for-profit charter schools over local public schools.”

City Charter Schools are run by a nonprofit organization. It consists of The City School, a middle school, and City Language Immersion School, an elementary school. Its high school located on the westside of LA closed shortly after the school year started after struggling with low enrollment and facilities. Melvoin stepped down from the board shortly after he announced his decision to run more than a year ago. Both Melvoin and Polhill have said they do not support for-profit schools. There aren’t any for-profit charter schools in Los Angeles.

The petition is an appeal to Zimmer to “help us stop attacks on our beloved school” and asks him to “publicly repudiate the defaming of our school and ask your backers to stop the attack on us.” It has 380 signatures so far.

IEs must not coordinate with candidates.

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UTLA campaign supporting Zimmer now under full investigation; outside spending jumps $1 million in a week to $5.4 million http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/utla-campaign-supporting-zimmer-now-under-full-investigation-outside-spending-jumps-1-million-in-a-week-to-5-4-million-4 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/utla-campaign-supporting-zimmer-now-under-full-investigation-outside-spending-jumps-1-million-in-a-week-to-5-4-million-4#comments Mon, 06 Mar 2017 18:53:08 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155360 This is the mailer that is under investigation.

This is the mailer that is under investigation.

The Fair Political Practices Commission will investigate spending by United Teachers Los Angeles on a public relations campaign supporting LA Unified school board President Steve Zimmer, who is running for reelection.

The chief of the FPPC’s Enforcement Division notified Keith Dell’Aquila, who filed a complaint, Thursday that it will investigate the complaint, according to a copy of the letter. Previously, the complaint was under review; the FPPC has now opened an investigation into the complaint.

“However, please be advised that at this time we have not made any determination about the validity of the allegation(s) you have made or about the culpability, if any, of the person(s) you identify in your complaint,” the letter states.

The letter arrived five days before Tuesday’s primary, where Zimmer’s and two other LA Unified school board seats are up for election.

At issue is whether the PR campaign funded by UTLA’s Issues PAC should be reported as an independent expenditure. Issues PACs can be used to educate voters but not advocate. The mailer in question states, “Thank Steve Zimmer for keeping L.A. schools moving forward.” It does not mention the election specifically nor uses the word “vote.”

Dell’Aquila, who works for the California Charter Schools Association, alleges the campaign violates the Political Reform Act. He argued in the complaint that the advertisement “contains express advocacy.”

Outside spending in the race reached about $5.4 million as of late Friday, just four days before the primary, campaign finance records filed with the city Ethics Commission show. Outside groups poured in about $1 million into the three races within the last week.

UTLA has spent $1.6 million through its independent expenditure committee, and other labor groups have spent about $300,000.

Two committees associated with the California Charter Schools Association Advocates have spent $2 million. An independent expenditure committee funded by former LA Mayor Richard Riordan has spent about $1.3 million.

One mailer that opposes two of Zimmer’s opponents, Nick Melvoin and Allison Holdorff Polhill, funded by UTLA’s independent expenditure committee is the subject of a change.org petition created by parents and teachers of the City Charter Schools.

The mailer states, “Both Melvoin and Polhill are for-profit school advocates — Melvoin even sits on the board of City Charter Schools — and would promote for-profit charter schools over local public schools.”

City Charter Schools are run by a nonprofit organization. It consists of The City School, a middle school, and City Language Immersion School, an elementary school. Its high school located on the westside of LA closed shortly after the school year started after struggling with low enrollment and facilities. Melvoin stepped down from the board shortly after he announced his decision to run more than a year ago. Both Melvoin and Polhill have said they do not support for-profit schools. There aren’t any for-profit charter schools in Los Angeles.

The petition is an appeal to Zimmer to “help us stop attacks on our beloved school” and asks him to “publicly repudiate the defaming of our school and ask your backers to stop the attack on us.” It has 380 signatures so far.

IEs must not coordinate with candidates.

Continue reading: LA School Report

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UTLA campaign supporting Zimmer now under full investigation; outside spending jumps $1 million in a week to $5.4 million http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/utla-campaign-supporting-zimmer-now-under-full-investigation-outside-spending-jumps-1-million-in-a-week-to-5-4-million-3 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/utla-campaign-supporting-zimmer-now-under-full-investigation-outside-spending-jumps-1-million-in-a-week-to-5-4-million-3#comments Mon, 06 Mar 2017 18:48:28 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155358 This is the mailer that is under investigation.

This is the mailer that is under investigation.

The Fair Political Practices Commission will investigate spending by United Teachers Los Angeles on a public relations campaign supporting LA Unified school board President Steve Zimmer, who is running for reelection.

The chief of the FPPC’s Enforcement Division notified Keith Dell’Aquila, who filed a complaint, Thursday that it will investigate the complaint, according to a copy of the letter. Previously, the complaint was under review; the FPPC has now opened an investigation into the complaint.

“However, please be advised that at this time we have not made any determination about the validity of the allegation(s) you have made or about the culpability, if any, of the person(s) you identify in your complaint,” the letter states.

The letter arrived five days before Tuesday’s primary, where Zimmer’s and two other LA Unified school board seats are up for election.

At issue is whether the PR campaign funded by UTLA’s Issues PAC should be reported as an independent expenditure. Issues PACs can be used to educate voters but not advocate. The mailer in question states, “Thank Steve Zimmer for keeping L.A. schools moving forward.” It does not mention the election specifically nor uses the word “vote.”

Dell’Aquila, who works for the California Charter Schools Association, alleges the campaign violates the Political Reform Act. He argued in the complaint that the advertisement “contains express advocacy.”

Outside spending in the race reached about $5.4 million as of late Friday, just four days before the primary, campaign finance records filed with the city Ethics Commission show. Outside groups poured in about $1 million into the three races within the last week.

UTLA has spent $1.6 million through its independent expenditure committee, and other labor groups have spent about $300,000.

Two committees associated with the California Charter Schools Association Advocates have spent $2 million. An independent expenditure committee funded by former LA Mayor Richard Riordan has spent about $1.3 million.

One mailer that opposes two of Zimmer’s opponents, Nick Melvoin and Allison Holdorff Polhill, funded by UTLA’s independent expenditure committee is the subject of a change.org petition created by parents and teachers of the City Charter Schools.

The mailer states, “Both Melvoin and Polhill are for-profit school advocates — Melvoin even sits on the board of City Charter Schools — and would promote for-profit charter schools over local public schools.”

City Charter Schools are run by a nonprofit organization. It consists of The City School, a middle school, and City Language Immersion School, an elementary school. Its high school located on the westside of LA closed shortly after the school year started after struggling with low enrollment and facilities. Melvoin stepped down from the board shortly after he announced his decision to run more than a year ago. Both Melvoin and Polhill have said they do not support for-profit schools. There aren’t any for-profit charter schools in Los Angeles.

The petition is an appeal to Zimmer to “help us stop attacks on our beloved school” and asks him to “publicly repudiate the defaming of our school and ask your backers to stop the attack on us.” It has 380 signatures so far.

IEs must not coordinate with candidates.

Continue reading: LA School Report

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UTLA campaign supporting Zimmer now under full investigation; outside spending jumps $1 million in a week to $5.4 million http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/utla-campaign-supporting-zimmer-now-under-full-investigation-outside-spending-jumps-1-million-in-a-week-to-5-4-million-2 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/utla-campaign-supporting-zimmer-now-under-full-investigation-outside-spending-jumps-1-million-in-a-week-to-5-4-million-2#comments Mon, 06 Mar 2017 18:46:10 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155356 This is the mailer that is under investigation.

This is the mailer that is under investigation.

The Fair Political Practices Commission will investigate spending by United Teachers Los Angeles on a public relations campaign supporting LA Unified school board President Steve Zimmer, who is running for reelection.

The chief of the FPPC’s Enforcement Division notified Keith Dell’Aquila, who filed a complaint, Thursday that it will investigate the complaint, according to a copy of the letter. Previously, the complaint was under review; the FPPC has now opened an investigation into the complaint.

“However, please be advised that at this time we have not made any determination about the validity of the allegation(s) you have made or about the culpability, if any, of the person(s) you identify in your complaint,” the letter states.

The letter arrived five days before Tuesday’s primary, where Zimmer’s and two other LA Unified school board seats are up for election.

At issue is whether the PR campaign funded by UTLA’s Issues PAC should be reported as an independent expenditure. Issues PACs can be used to educate voters but not advocate. The mailer in question states, “Thank Steve Zimmer for keeping L.A. schools moving forward.” It does not mention the election specifically nor uses the word “vote.”

Dell’Aquila, who works for the California Charter Schools Association, alleges the campaign violates the Political Reform Act. He argued in the complaint that the advertisement “contains express advocacy.”

Outside spending in the race reached about $5.4 million as of late Friday, just four days before the primary, campaign finance records filed with the city Ethics Commission show. Outside groups poured in about $1 million into the three races within the last week.

UTLA has spent $1.6 million through its independent expenditure committee, and other labor groups have spent about $300,000.

Two committees associated with the California Charter Schools Association Advocates have spent $2 million. An independent expenditure committee funded by former LA Mayor Richard Riordan has spent about $1.3 million.

One mailer that opposes two of Zimmer’s opponents, Nick Melvoin and Allison Holdorff Polhill, funded by UTLA’s independent expenditure committee is the subject of a change.org petition created by parents and teachers of the City Charter Schools.

The mailer states, “Both Melvoin and Polhill are for-profit school advocates — Melvoin even sits on the board of City Charter Schools — and would promote for-profit charter schools over local public schools.”

City Charter Schools are run by a nonprofit organization. It consists of The City School, a middle school, and City Language Immersion School, an elementary school. Its high school located on the westside of LA closed shortly after the school year started after struggling with low enrollment and facilities. Melvoin stepped down from the board shortly after he announced his decision to run more than a year ago. Both Melvoin and Polhill have said they do not support for-profit schools. There aren’t any for-profit charter schools in Los Angeles.

The petition is an appeal to Zimmer to “help us stop attacks on our beloved school” and asks him to “publicly repudiate the defaming of our school and ask your backers to stop the attack on us.” It has 380 signatures so far.

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UTLA campaign supporting Zimmer now under full investigation; outside spending jumps $1 million in a week to $5.4 million http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/utla-campaign-supporting-zimmer-now-under-full-investigation-outside-spending-jumps-1-million-in-a-week-to-5-4-million http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/utla-campaign-supporting-zimmer-now-under-full-investigation-outside-spending-jumps-1-million-in-a-week-to-5-4-million#comments Mon, 06 Mar 2017 18:45:14 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155354 This is the mailer that is under investigation.

This is the mailer that is under investigation.

The Fair Political Practices Commission will investigate spending by United Teachers Los Angeles on a public relations campaign supporting LA Unified school board President Steve Zimmer, who is running for reelection.

The chief of the FPPC’s Enforcement Division notified Keith Dell’Aquila, who filed a complaint, Thursday that it will investigate the complaint, according to a copy of the letter. Previously, the complaint was under review; the FPPC has now opened an investigation into the complaint.

“However, please be advised that at this time we have not made any determination about the validity of the allegation(s) you have made or about the culpability, if any, of the person(s) you identify in your complaint,” the letter states.

The letter arrived five days before Tuesday’s primary, where Zimmer’s and two other LA Unified school board seats are up for election.

At issue is whether the PR campaign funded by UTLA’s Issues PAC should be reported as an independent expenditure. Issues PACs can be used to educate voters but not advocate. The mailer in question states, “Thank Steve Zimmer for keeping L.A. schools moving forward.” It does not mention the election specifically nor uses the word “vote.”

Dell’Aquila, who works for the California Charter Schools Association, alleges the campaign violates the Political Reform Act. He argued in the complaint that the advertisement “contains express advocacy.”

Outside spending in the race reached about $5.4 million as of late Friday, just four days before the primary, campaign finance records filed with the city Ethics Commission show. Outside groups poured in about $1 million into the three races within the last week.

UTLA has spent $1.6 million through its independent expenditure committee, and other labor groups have spent about $300,000.

Two committees associated with the California Charter Schools Association Advocates have spent $2 million. An independent expenditure committee funded by former LA Mayor Richard Riordan has spent about $1.3 million.

One mailer that opposes two of Zimmer’s opponents, Nick Melvoin and Allison Holdorff Polhill, funded by UTLA’s independent expenditure committee is the subject of a change.org petition created by parents and teachers of the City Charter Schools.

The mailer states, “Both Melvoin and Polhill are for-profit school advocates — Melvoin even sits on the board of City Charter Schools — and would promote for-profit charter schools over local public schools.”

City Charter Schools are run by a nonprofit organization. It consists of The City School, a middle school, and City Language Immersion School, an elementary school. Its high school located on the westside of LA closed shortly after the school year started after struggling with low enrollment and facilities. Melvoin stepped down from the board shortly after he announced his decision to run more than a year ago. Both Melvoin and Polhill have said they do not support for-profit schools. There aren’t any for-profit charter schools in Los Angeles.

The petition is an appeal to Zimmer to “help us stop attacks on our beloved school” and asks him to “publicly repudiate the defaming of our school and ask your backers to stop the attack on us.” It has 380 signatures so far.

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Foodie Festivities at SMO-Santa Monica Attracts Region’s Best to Barker Hangar http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/foodie-festivities-at-smo-santa-monica-attracts-regions-best-to-barker-hangar http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/foodie-festivities-at-smo-santa-monica-attracts-regions-best-to-barker-hangar#comments Tue, 28 Feb 2017 08:40:18 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155055 One of SoCal’s most coveted food events, Food Fare, is set to descend on Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hanger next week with a vast array of local and state-wide chefs, sommeliers and foodies all currently preparing for the occasion.

Part of fundraising efforts for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles (PPLA), Food Fare includes more than 100 local businesses set to impress foodie and critic attendees alike.

This year Chef of the Year will be presented to Clementine’s Annie Miler. Miler owns and operates Clementine, an esteemed bakery-café in Century City and Beverly Hills with a locally-sourced, seasonally rotating menu born from a marriage of Miler’s culinary family background and her travels as a chef, organizers said.

“PPLA Food Fare is pleased to recognize Annie for her outstanding contributions to Los Angeles’ culinary culture as well as her dedication to PPLA’s mission to support community health, education and wellness,” they stated.

In previous years, Food Fare has recognized Santa Monica’s Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken (Border Grill.)

Food Fare began in 1979 with a cooking demonstration by Julia Child and has grown over the last 38 years to become one of Los Angeles’ oldest and most celebrated food events. An annual event, Food Fare is highly anticipated by food lovers, PPLA supporters and the general public as an opportunity to sample the best food and drinks LA has to offer.

Food Fare is hosted by the Planned Parenthood Los Angeles Guild, a group of over 170 members dedicated to providing financial and volunteer support for PPLA.

Pplafoodfare.com has more information with the evening event sold out, and day tickets available.

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4 Dead, More Injured After Small Plane Departing Riverside Airport Crashes Into 2 Homes http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/4-dead-more-injured-after-small-plane-departing-riverside-airport-crashes-into-2-homes http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/4-dead-more-injured-after-small-plane-departing-riverside-airport-crashes-into-2-homes#comments Tue, 28 Feb 2017 04:17:49 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155039
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A small plane carrying five people in the area for a cheerleading conference crashed into two homes, leaving one a gutted shell, shortly after departing the Riverside airport late Monday afternoon in an incident a witness a mile away said felt like an earthquake.

Firefighters respond to a plane crash in Riverside on Feb. 27, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Firefighters respond to a plane crash in Riverside on Feb. 27, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Police began receiving phone calls about 4:41 p.m. regarding a plane crashing near a residential area at Central and Streeter avenues, Riverside Police Department Lt. Charles Payne said.

At least four victims have died, including one resident, and two people were transported to nearby hospitals with serious injuries, according to Riverside Fire Chief Michael Moore. There another three to five residents unaccounted for for whom rescue crews were still searching, he added.

Two homes were completely destroyed with adjacent residences suffering moderate damage, Moore said.

A Federal Aviation Administration spokesman said a Cessna 310 — a six-seat, twin-engine plane — had departed from Riverside en route to San Jose when it crashed under unknown circumstances about a half-mile northeast of Riverside Municipal Airport.

One of the plane’s passengers, a teenager from the San Jose area, was ejected and has been transported to Riverside Community Hospital with minor injuries, according to Moore.

"Upon impact, the plane pretty much split apart and luckily she was ejected [with] very minor injuries even though we’re treating her as a critical patient," he said.

The passenger told firefighters there were five people on board and they were in the area for a cheerleading conference taking place at Disneyland this week. The other four passengers’ fates were still unclear, Moore said.

A Riverside home remained a smoking shell after a plane crashed into it on Feb. 27, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

A Riverside home remained a smoking shell after a plane crashed into it on Feb. 27, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

"The other victims are scattered throughout the wreckage and we’re unable to determine if they were victims from the residences or from the aircraft itself."

Firefighters believe the plane’s occupants were two adults — a husband and wife — and three teenagers, at least one of whom was related to the adults.

Responding fire crews also found one victim in a home and extricated the patient, who was transported to Arrowhead Memorial Hospital in San Bernardino in critical condition, according to Moore.

Flames and smoke were pouring from one home, which looked completely destroyed as firefighters continued to work after sunset. Debris was strewn across the home’s front yard.

A neighboring home had damage as well, with its chimney apparently destroyed.

Firefighters were working throughout the evening to continue locating and extricating residents and assessing the neighborhood to clear it of remaining debris.

"The building I was in shook like a very short, small earthquake," H.L Reyes said on Twitter shortly after the plane struck the home.

Flames continue to rise from a Riverside home after a plane crashed into it Feb. 27, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Flames continue to rise from a Riverside home after a plane crashed into it Feb. 27, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Witness Brian Marsh told KTLA said he saw the plane go down as he and his wife were driving with their children west on Central toward Streeter Avenue.

The plane made a northbound turn before the crash, Marsh said.

“As soon as it turned, it almost stalled,” Marsh said. “It just turned and went straight toward the ground. It looked like they tried to pull out of it, but it was too late.”

He said he saw no smoke or flames coming from the plane before the impact, which occurred when it was drizzling outside.

"It’s horrible," Marsh said. "My kids, the first thing they said to me was, ‘Did everyone make it? And I told them, I said, ‘Honey, there’s no way that everyone survived that crash.’"

Marsh’s wife called 911 and police arrived in less than two minutes, he said.

The crash location is in a residential area of Riverside, a little under 50 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

Evacuees were being directed to nearby Nichols Park, Payne said.

A witness captured the aftermath of a plane crash in Riverside on Feb. 27, 2017. (Credit: @rebel_time_dork/Instagram via CNN)

A witness captured the aftermath of a plane crash in Riverside on Feb. 27, 2017. (Credit: @rebel_time_dork/Instagram via CNN)

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ELECTIONS: LA Times Blasts Steve Zimmer, Endorses Nick Melvoin for LAUSD Board Seat http://www.theopendaily.com/schools/elections-la-times-blasts-steve-zimmer-endorses-nick-melvoin-for-lausd-board-seat http://www.theopendaily.com/schools/elections-la-times-blasts-steve-zimmer-endorses-nick-melvoin-for-lausd-board-seat#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:42:49 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/schools/elections-la-times-blasts-steve-zimmer-endorses-nick-melvoin-for-lausd-board-seat The Los Angeles Times has endorsed educator and children’s advocate Nick Melvoin as the strongest candidate running against District 4 encumbent Steve Zimmer, covering the Westside and Western San Fernando Valley.

The Times blasts Zimmer for mismanagement of the District:

He has been unwilling to confront serious financial problems head-on, and at this point, the board needs members who will. “Let’s wait and see” is not a financial plan. Instead, he has lavished attention on such side issues as where the district sources its chicken nuggets.

By contrast, the Times praises Melvoin for his focus on classroom curriculum:

Melvoin is among the few to talk about the importance of creating a more engaging curriculum to improve achievement, and he proposes appealing to the city’s many arts organizations to bring arts instruction back to schools.

Read more: Endorsement New voices needed on Los Angeles Unified school board: Lisa Alva, Nick Melvoin and Kelly Gonez

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LA County moves forward on protecting Obamacare http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/la-county-moves-forward-on-protecting-obamacare http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/la-county-moves-forward-on-protecting-obamacare#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 03:31:23 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154590 Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Photo: MyNewsLA.com Photo
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Photo: MyNewsLA.com Photo

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. Photo: MyNewsLA.com Photo

The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to push back against the threatened repeal of the Affordable Care Act, widely known as Obamacare.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas recommended strong opposition, telling his colleagues, “The erosion has already begun … it’s not just the loud voices in Congress, it’s not just the loud voice on Pennsylvania Avenue.”

Ridley-Thomas cited an executive order issued by President Donald Trump that grants exemptions from the ACA and delays further implementation. The Internal Revenue Service has since said it won’t reject filings from taxpayers who fail to state whether they have paid for health insurance mandated by the law.

In addition to pressing legislators not to repeal Obamacare, the board directed the county’s CEO, Sachi Hamai, and the head of the county hospital system, Dr. Mitchell Katz, to explore other options.

Katz told the board that some changes are likely.

Nobody thought that the ACA was perfect … how do we improve on it?” Katz asked the board. He said premiums are too high and 85 percent of working people cannot afford insurance unless it’s subsidized.”

Katz mentioned some ways he believed healthcare costs could be reduced, including the possibility of controlling drug costs. Offering another example, Katz said some elderly patients might be happier in assisted living, but Medicare only covers more expensive nursing home care.

The state manages Medicaid and will be front and center in addressing changes to the healthcare system. However, Katz and others said Los Angeles County should have a big role given its outsize population and control of one of the state’s most active public hospital systems.

“We are the second-largest public health system in the country,” Hamai said. She said the county receives about $900 million in federal funding for its healthcare system.

A recent study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and UC Berkeley Labor Center warned a repeal could trigger a loss of $5.8 billion in gross domestic product and eliminate 63,000 jobs in healthcare and other industries in Los Angeles County alone.

Speaker Paul Ryan has said House Republicans “are working to repeal and replace Obamacare to help people who are struggling with these higher premiums, to help people who have lost their plan or their doctor or both, to help people left with just one insurer to choose from, as is the case with one out of every three counties in America.”

“This is not what the country was promised — far from it,” Ryan, R- Wisconsin, said at a Washington news conference earlier this month. “More and more, we see things getting worse. More and more, we see this law collapsing in front of us. So we could do one of two things. We could just sit back and watch the collapse happen and see people get hurt, or we could step in and conduct a rescue mission, which is to rescue the American health care system from the collapse that is coming because of Obamacare.”

Ryan and new Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price have proposed changing Medicaid — which was expanded in many states under the ACA — from a co-funded federal and state program to one paid for by a block grant of federal dollars.

Proponents say block grants would allow those closest to the patient population to control costs and treatment. Opponents say block grants would cut funding without cutting costs.

Ridley-Thomas called the proposal the most serious budget issue either the state or county had faced in years.

Supervisor Janice Hahn urged those who see the benefits of the ACA to attend town halls and be vocal in their support.

In addition to roughly 1.2 million county residents who gained health insurance under the ACA, many more benefited from provisions that allowed children to stay on their parents’ policies until age 26, prohibited insurers from denying coverage based on pre-existing conditions, eliminated caps on catastrophic illnesses and required more employers to offer insurance, Ridley- Thomas said.

— City News Service

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Man suspected of clerk’s murder at Los Feliz gas station, robbery at Mar Vista pot dispensary pleads not guilty http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/man-suspected-of-clerks-murder-at-los-feliz-gas-station-robbery-at-mar-vista-pot-dispensary-pleads-not-guilty http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/man-suspected-of-clerks-murder-at-los-feliz-gas-station-robbery-at-mar-vista-pot-dispensary-pleads-not-guilty#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:42:23 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154554 Photo via Pixabay
Photo via Pixabay

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A man accused of murdering a gas station clerk during a robbery in Los Feliz and the owner of a medical marijuana dispensary during a robbery in Mar Vista the next day pleaded not guilty Tuesday to double murder charges.

Kayshon Moody is charged in the Jan. 17 killing of M.D. Mizu Rahman, 34, who was shot to death Jan. 17 at a Chevron station in the 2100 block of North Vermont Avenue, and the Jan. 18 shooting death of Ovik Oganesyan, 50, at a medical marijuana dispensary at 12480 W. Venice Blvd.

The murder charges include the special circumstance allegations of multiple murders and murder during the commission of a robbery, along with allegations that he personally discharged a handgun during each of the killings.

Moody, 25, is also charged with three counts of second-degree robbery — two involving Rahman and Oganesyan and one involving a separate robbery Jan. 17.

Co-defendant James A. Eastland, 21, is charged along with Moody in Oganesyan’s murder, along with the special circumstance allegation of murder during the commission of a robbery.

Eastland — who is also charged with two counts of second-degree robbery involving Oganesyan and a separate robbery the same day — is not charged with the killing of Rahman, who lived in Los Angeles after coming to the United States from Bangladesh.

Prosecutors have yet to decide whether to seek the death penalty against the two men, who are due back in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on March 20 to get a date for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require them to stand trial.

Moody was arrested Jan. 20 by Los Angeles police, while Eastland was arrested a week later. Both men remain jailed without bail.

—City News Service

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800 people pack town hall led by Rep. Karen Bass opposing President Trump’s agenda http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/800-people-pack-town-hall-led-by-rep-karen-bass-opposing-president-trumps-agenda http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/800-people-pack-town-hall-led-by-rep-karen-bass-opposing-president-trumps-agenda#comments Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:01:31 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154410 Congresswoman Karen Bass led a town hall meeting in Palms on Sunday in opposition of President Donald Trump’s agenda, and hundreds joined in on the conversation.

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Venice Mardi Gras http://www.theopendaily.com/family-fun/venice-mardi-gras http://www.theopendaily.com/family-fun/venice-mardi-gras#comments Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:20:09 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154366 Today, February 18th hit the Venice Boardwalk at noon and join the Venice Mardi Gras parade. Hosted by Miss Jessica and The Gumbo Brothers, the annual event is now in its 14th year. This year the theme is Circ du L.A.

Meet at 11:00am in the parking lot at Rose Ave., and Ocean Front Walk. Parking is $10. For $5 donation you can grab beads before you hit the Boardwalk.

Lead by Miss Jessica, the parade will set off at 12 noon sharp. The Venice Electric Light Parade will round-up those at the rear. Be sure to hang around for the after parade party at Larry’s.

To get an idea what you’re in for check out these pictures, taken by Venice Paparazzi, of last year’s event.

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MVCC Great Streets Ad Hoc Committee Wednesday February 8 2017 meeting http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/mvcc-great-streets-ad-hoc-committee-wednesday-february-8-2017-meeting http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/mvcc-great-streets-ad-hoc-committee-wednesday-february-8-2017-meeting#comments Sat, 04 Feb 2017 23:20:58 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=153092 Hello All,
 
Please join us Wednesday February 8 2017 at 6:30 pm at the Mar Vista Library (12006 Venice Blvd., LA CA 90066) for the MVCC Great Streets Ad Hoc Committee meeting.

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Boys’ basketball: Jules Bernard leads Windward past Paraclete http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/boys-basketball-jules-bernard-leads-windward-past-paraclete http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/boys-basketball-jules-bernard-leads-windward-past-paraclete#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2017 14:25:16 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=153046 Jules Bernard scored 27 points and had 19 rebounds as Windward defeated Paraclete, 59-44, in a Gold Coast League game on Thursday night. Windward is 20-5 overall and 4-1 in league.

Brentwood defeated Campbell Hall, 90-55. Braelee Albert finished with 35 points and Finn O’Rourke added 20 points….

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Pair charged in string of robberies and two homicides at Los Feliz gas station and Mar Vista dispensary http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/pair-charged-in-string-of-robberies-and-two-homicides-at-los-feliz-gas-station-and-mar-vista-dispensary http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/pair-charged-in-string-of-robberies-and-two-homicides-at-los-feliz-gas-station-and-mar-vista-dispensary#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2017 04:49:15 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=152994 Two men have been charged in connection with a string of armed robberies that left two others dead in Los Angeles neighborhoods miles apart in the span of a single day last month.

Kayshon Moody, 25, has been charged with two counts of murder and two counts of second-degree robbery stemming from…

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