The OPEN Daily » Pacific Palisades http://www.theopendaily.com Essential Guide to L.A. Tue, 23 May 2017 04:23:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.15 Officials Urge Residents to Avoid Ocean Until At Least Wednesday Morning http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/officials-urge-residents-to-avoid-ocean-until-at-least-wednesday-morning http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/officials-urge-residents-to-avoid-ocean-until-at-least-wednesday-morning#comments Wed, 10 May 2017 06:59:49 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=157734 Los Angeles County health officials Tuesday urged residents to avoid swimming, surfing or playing in ocean waters around flowing storm drains, creeks and rivers until at least Wednesday morning.

Due to recent rainfall, bacteria, debris, trash, and other public health hazards from city streets, canyons and mountains are likely to flow to the ocean through those outlets, health officials said.

The health advisory will be in effect until at least 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Recorded information on beach conditions is available 24 hours a day on the county’s beach closure hotline, (800) 525-5662, or at http://ift.tt/1sAIbne.

Santa Monica Pier Fifth Most Polluted Beach in State

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Just 3 of 4 LAUSD school board candidates are expected to participate in Saturday’s forum http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/just-3-of-4-lausd-school-board-candidates-are-expected-to-participate-in-saturdays-forum http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/just-3-of-4-lausd-school-board-candidates-are-expected-to-participate-in-saturdays-forum#comments Wed, 03 May 2017 02:25:23 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=157597

District 4’s Steve Zimmer and Nick Melvoin

It was going to be one of the only opportunities to see all four candidates for two LA Unified school board seats appear together ahead of the May 16 runoff election.

But organizers of Saturday’s forum on college readiness hosted by the United Way of Greater Los Angeles only expect board President Steve Zimmer and challenger Nick Melvoin who are running for the District 4 seat to attend. Kelly Gonez, who is running in District 6, will participate via Skype, and Imelda Padilla said she is a “maybe.” Organizers are moving ahead as though she will not attend.

Elmer G. Roldan, the United Way’s Director of Education Policy and Programs, said the District 6 candidates raised concerns about the event being held on a Saturday afternoon in downtown LA, which would require time away from campaigning in the district with just over a week left in the race. Because of that, Gonez decided to participate via Skype.

About 100 students have confirmed their attendance and Roldan said he expects about 150 to 200 people will attend.

The forum at United Way’s downtown offices at 1150 S. Olive St. will start at 2 p.m. by giving students opportunities to share their experiences involving access to college and graduating high school. Roldan said they want to hear from students who are on-track to go to college and from students who aren’t and what challenges they face.

The United Way has advocated for graduation requirements to be raised so that students must earn at least a C in all A-G courses, which is the minimum eligibility for entrance into a state public university. Two years ago the district decided to roll back the requirements so that students who earned a D could still graduate. Graduation rates have improved, but district data show only 47 percent of the graduating class of 2016 earned a C or better in all A-G courses. That means more than half of all 2016 graduates were not eligible for the state’s public universities.

The candidates have been invited to join the discussion at 3:30 p.m. Student moderators involved in the United Way’s Young Civic Leaders program will ask questions prepared by students and will take questions posed by audience members.

The students led candidate forums in all three districts ahead of the primary election in March. There were at least a half-dozen candidate forums for the candidates in the District 4 race ahead of the primary.  There were just two candidate forums in the District 6 race before the primary.

Saturday’s event is one of just a few candidate forums being held ahead of the runoff. Melvoin and Zimmer met in their first — and it appears only — one-on-one forum last week at University High School hosted by Westside Regional Alliance of Councils. Gonez and Padilla will meet at a forum tonight at PUC Triumph Charter High School in Sylmar.

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Magnitude 3.0 Earthquake Felt in Santa Monica and Across Westside http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/magnitude-3-0-earthquake-felt-in-santa-monica-and-across-westside-2 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/magnitude-3-0-earthquake-felt-in-santa-monica-and-across-westside-2#comments Tue, 02 May 2017 06:54:38 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=157587 An earthquake was felt Monday evening in Santa Monica and across Western Los Angeles County. Residents felt a sharp jolt just after 10:28 pm. The US Geological Survey says that the minor quake registered a magnitude 3.0 on the Richter scale, and was centered 1.5 miles North West of Santa Monica, California. http://ift.tt/2qnj0Oa The obvious question is,…

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Magnitude 3.0 Earthquake Felt in Santa Monica and Across Westside http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/magnitude-3-0-earthquake-felt-in-santa-monica-and-across-westside http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/magnitude-3-0-earthquake-felt-in-santa-monica-and-across-westside#comments Tue, 02 May 2017 06:41:43 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=157575 An earthquake was felt Monday evening in Santa Monica and across Western Los Angeles County. Residents felt a sharp jolt just after 10:28 pm. The US Geological Survey says that the minor quake registered a magnitude 3.0 on the Richter scale, and was centered 1.5 miles North West of Santa Monica, California. http://ift.tt/2qnj0Oa The obvious question is,…

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Swimmers, surfers warned as high surf pounds California http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/swimmers-surfers-warned-as-high-surf-pounds-california http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/swimmers-surfers-warned-as-high-surf-pounds-california#comments Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:25:49 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=157337 California Storm

File: Fierce winds trailing a daylong storm churn the Pacific Ocean off the Los Angeles community of Playa del Rey on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/John Antczak); Credit: John Antczak/AP

Large surf is expected along much of the Southern California coast and beachgoers are warned of dangerous waves and rip currents.

The National Weather Service says waves along the Central Coast could hit 12 feet, while sets topping 8 feet are expected in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.

Swimmers and surfers are urged to stay near lifeguards and never turn their backs on the ocean.

Meanwhile Southern California’s spring heat wave continues. Forecasters say temperatures could hit the mid-80s this week across greater Los Angeles.

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Shooting in parking lot of Santa Ana bar leaves 1 dead http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/shooting-in-parking-lot-of-santa-ana-bar-leaves-1-dead http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/shooting-in-parking-lot-of-santa-ana-bar-leaves-1-dead#comments Tue, 11 Apr 2017 21:57:39 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=156735 MyNewsLA.com photo.

A man was found shot to death early Tuesday in the parking lot of a Santa Ana bar.

The victim, whose name was not immediately released, was found outside the Casa Del Rey Bar at 230 W. Warner Ave. just after midnight, according to Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. Hewas pronounced dead at the scene at 12:24 a.m.

Investigators suspect an argument among patrons erupted in the parking lot, culminating in gunfire, Bertagna said. Investigators were working to establish a motive, he said.

A white SUV was seen fleeing the area, but a description of the shooter was not immediately available, said Santa Ana police Cmdr. Matt Sorenson.

Anyone with information helpful to investigators was asked to call detectives at (714) 245-8390.

—City News Service

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Multiple motorcyclists collide on Sunset Blvd., 1 dead, 3 injured http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/multiple-motorcyclists-collide-on-sunset-blvd-1-dead-3-injured http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/multiple-motorcyclists-collide-on-sunset-blvd-1-dead-3-injured#comments Mon, 03 Apr 2017 04:07:50 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=156379 Wikimedia commons
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One biker was killed and three others were hurt in a crash involving multiple motorcycles Sunday in Pacific Palisades.

The collision occurred about 2 p.m. at 14710 W. Sunset Blvd., at the intersection with Chautauqua Boulevard, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.

Three riders were hurt and taken to a hospital for treatment, Stewart said.

There was no word yet on the genders or ages of the deceased or injured riders.

The name of the deceased rider was withheld pending notification of kin.

A desk officer at the West Traffic Division of the Los Angeles Police Department said investigators were still at the scene.

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Frank Grillo and Wendy Moniz snag an ocean-view spot in Pacific Palisades http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/frank-grillo-and-wendy-moniz-snag-an-ocean-view-spot-in-pacific-palisades http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/frank-grillo-and-wendy-moniz-snag-an-ocean-view-spot-in-pacific-palisades#comments Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:02:41 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=156273 Actors Frank Grillo and Wendy Moniz have bought a new-look home in Pacific Palisades for $4.47 million.

The boxy contemporary, completed last year, replaced a 1950s ranch-style house formerly owned by late television and film performers Carl and Ruth Carlsson-Wollbruck.

The roughly 4,500-square-foot…

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Continue reading: LA School Report

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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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