The OPEN Daily » Pacific Palisades http://www.theopendaily.com Essential Guide to L.A. Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:59:26 +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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Luxury Condo and Townhome Project Coming to Pacific Palisades http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/luxury-condo-and-townhome-project-coming-to-pacific-palisades http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/luxury-condo-and-townhome-project-coming-to-pacific-palisades#comments Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:55:05 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=156051 A mix of 53 townhouses and condos are under construction in the Pacific Palisades and about to begin presales, according to the developers.

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Big SoCal Earthquake Could Cause Beach Areas to Sink Up to 3 Feet in Seconds, New Study Finds http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/big-socal-earthquake-could-cause-beach-areas-to-sink-up-to-3-feet-in-seconds-new-study-finds http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/big-socal-earthquake-could-cause-beach-areas-to-sink-up-to-3-feet-in-seconds-new-study-finds#comments Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:18:41 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=156019 One of Southern California’s most dangerous faults caused land on the Orange County coast to sink between 1½ feet to 3 feet in a matter of seconds during prehistoric earthquakes, according to a new study that suggests the seismic risk is greater than previously believed.

“It’s not just a gradual sinking. This is boom — it would drop. It’s very rapid sinking,” said the lead author of the report, Robert Leeper, a geology graduate student at UC Riverside who worked on the study as a Cal State Fullerton student and geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.

The study of the Newport-Inglewood fault focused on the wetlands of Seal Beach. But the area of sudden dropping could extend to other regions in the same geologic area of the Seal Beach wetlands, which includes the U.S. Naval Weapons Station and the Huntington Harbour neighborhood of Huntington Beach.

Leeper and a team of scientists at Cal State Fullerton had been searching the Seal Beach wetlands for evidence of ancient tsunami. Instead, they found buried organic deposits that they determined to be the prehistoric remains of marsh surfaces, which were they say were abruptly dropped by large earthquakes that occurred on the Newport-Inglewood fault.

Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com. 

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Unearthing a 1930s time capsule in Pacific Palisades http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/unearthing-a-1930s-time-capsule-in-pacific-palisades http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/unearthing-a-1930s-time-capsule-in-pacific-palisades#comments Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:57:25 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155939 A wrought-iron window covering and a decorative front door provide clues to the types of original details contained within this Spanish-style house in Pacific Palisades. Custom-built in 1936, the well-maintained two-story home features a wooden vaulted ceiling living room with ornate stair railings…

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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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Woman taken into custody after bizarre standoff with police in Pacific Palisades http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/woman-taken-into-custody-after-bizarre-standoff-with-police-in-pacific-palisades-3 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/woman-taken-into-custody-after-bizarre-standoff-with-police-in-pacific-palisades-3#comments Fri, 10 Mar 2017 04:49:28 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155636 A woman was taken into custody in a Pacific Palisades cul-de-sac after a bizarre standoff with Los Angeles police.

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Woman taken into custody after bizarre standoff with police in Pacific Palisades http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/woman-taken-into-custody-after-bizarre-standoff-with-police-in-pacific-palisades-2 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/woman-taken-into-custody-after-bizarre-standoff-with-police-in-pacific-palisades-2#comments Fri, 10 Mar 2017 03:10:06 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155628 A woman was taken into custody in a Pacific Palisades cul-de-sac after a bizarre standoff with Los Angeles police.

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Woman taken into custody after bizarre standoff with police in Pacific Palisades http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/woman-taken-into-custody-after-bizarre-standoff-with-police-in-pacific-palisades http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/woman-taken-into-custody-after-bizarre-standoff-with-police-in-pacific-palisades#comments Fri, 10 Mar 2017 03:09:54 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155626 A woman was taken into custody in a Pacific Palisades cul-de-sac after a bizarre standoff with Los Angeles police.

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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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Hit-And-Run Driver Wanted In Pacific Palisades; Pedestrian Hospitalized http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/hit-and-run-driver-wanted-in-pacific-palisades-pedestrian-hospitalized http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/hit-and-run-driver-wanted-in-pacific-palisades-pedestrian-hospitalized#comments Wed, 08 Mar 2017 14:47:18 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155496 PACIFIC PALISADES (CBSLA.com) — Police Wednesday searched for a hit-and-run driver who struck a pedestrian in Pacific Palisades.

According to police, a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle around 2:30 a.m. while walking near Pacific Coast Highway and Sunset Boulevard.

Paramedics transported the victim to a hospital for treatment of serious injuries sustained in the crash. An update on their condition was not immediately known.

The driver fled from the scene.

Northbound lanes of PCH were closed for a brief period of time.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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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.

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-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.

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 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.

IEs must not coordinate with candidates.

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Woman found dead in Pacific Palisades townhouse fire http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/woman-found-dead-in-pacific-palisades-townhouse-fire http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/woman-found-dead-in-pacific-palisades-townhouse-fire#comments Sat, 04 Mar 2017 16:19:27 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155294 A 50-year-old woman was found dead in the bedroom of a Pacific Palisades townhome as firefighters responded to a blaze that erupted in the house.

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Westside mansion that replaced Ron and Nancy Reagan’s former home sells for $22 million http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/westside-mansion-that-replaced-ron-and-nancy-reagans-former-home-sells-for-22-million http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/westside-mansion-that-replaced-ron-and-nancy-reagans-former-home-sells-for-22-million#comments Fri, 03 Mar 2017 23:03:43 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=155238 A Westside mansion built on a property once owned by late presidential couple Ronald and Nancy Reagan has sold for $22 million.

The 12,000-square-foot house occupies the two-thirds of an acre site in Pacific Palisades where the Reagans had a ranch-style home built in the 1950s. At the time, Ronald…

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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.

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Girls’ basketball: Fairfax, Palisades advance to City Section Open Division final http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/girls-basketball-fairfax-palisades-advance-to-city-section-open-division-final http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/girls-basketball-fairfax-palisades-advance-to-city-section-open-division-final#comments Sun, 26 Feb 2017 03:32:21 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154900 Fairfax rallied from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat Granada Hills in overtime, 68-63, in overtime on Saturday night in a City Section Open Division girls’ basketball semifinal game at Roybal.

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Bakersfield police chase ends in Pacific Palisades http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/bakersfield-police-chase-ends-in-pacific-palisades http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/bakersfield-police-chase-ends-in-pacific-palisades#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:23:53 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154776 LOS ANGELES – A man led police on an early morning chase from Bakersfield that ended near Pacific Palisades, where he surrendered.

The driver was wanted for a carjacking that was reported about 1 a.m. in south Bakersfield, according to Lt. Mike Coronado of the Bakersfield Police Department.

The man entered the southbound 99 Highway and was pursued through The Grapevine, where the California Highway Patrol took over about 1:50 a.

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Storm erodes L.A. County beaches. Could it also save them? http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/storm-erodes-l-a-county-beaches-could-it-also-save-them http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/storm-erodes-l-a-county-beaches-could-it-also-save-them#comments Wed, 22 Feb 2017 08:09:09 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154664 The biggest storm in years took away something from Southern California that could be missed when the weather heats up – the beach.

From Dockweiler State Beach to Redondo Beach, the eyeball test – plus a new report on beach erosion throughout California – shows how the recent weather system, combined with the

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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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Riviera’s soaked course in ‘great shape’ thanks to tireless crew http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/rivieras-soaked-course-in-great-shape-thanks-to-tireless-crew http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/rivieras-soaked-course-in-great-shape-thanks-to-tireless-crew#comments Sun, 19 Feb 2017 05:20:51 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154362 Friday’s storm dropped three inches of rain at Riviera Country Club,  filling up bunkers and soaking low-lying areas of the Pacific Palisades layout. And high winds scattered debris from the 100-foot-plus eucalyptus trees throughout the property’s 125 or so acres.

But by the time play started at…

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Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn let go of longtime Pacific Palisades home http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/kurt-russell-and-goldie-hawn-let-go-of-longtime-pacific-palisades-home http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/kurt-russell-and-goldie-hawn-let-go-of-longtime-pacific-palisades-home#comments Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:43:53 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154333 Actors Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn have sold their Pacific Palisades home of more than a decade for $6.9 million.

The Georgian traditional-style home, built in 1951 and since updated, retains its classic curb appeal, with slender columns, ivy-covered siding and brickwork. An ornate frontispiece…

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Pali High Soccer Teams Net No. 2 Seeds http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/pali-high-soccer-teams-net-no-2-seeds http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/pali-high-soccer-teams-net-no-2-seeds#comments Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:23:43 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154152 Palisades High’s boys and girls soccer teams earned No. 2 seeds in the City Section Division I playoffs and have first-round byes. The defending champion boys squad will host the winner of Friday’s play-in game between No. 15 Arleta and No. 18 Hollywood in the second round next Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Stadium by Read the full article…

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