San Diego Unified school board candidates talk reopening, school funding

At one of the first forums for San Diego Unified School Board races, candidates shared ideas about reopening, school choice and school funding.

Three seats on the five-member school board are up for grabs. The board governs the second-largest school district in the state, with roughly 100,000 students and a $1.5 billion budget.

UC San Diego organizational development manager LaWana Richmond is challenging current Trustee Sharon Whitehurst-Payne to represent District E, which is southeast San Diego.

College professor Camille Harris is challenging current Trustee Richard Barrera to represent District D, which is south central San Diego.

And health educator Sabrina Bazzo is facing off with nonprofit consultant Crystal Trull to represent District A, which is north central San Diego. Board President John Lee Evans, who represents District A, is not running for re-election.

Wednesday’s forum was held via Zoom by Parents for Quality Education President Tom Keliinoi and Voice of

Read More

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified Cuts Nearly 100 Early Education Jobs

What would regional public transit and mobility look like if Los Angeles County’s buses and trains were free for everyone? The L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is trying to answer that question.

Metro CEO Phillip Washington launched a task force today to study what he has dubbed the “Fareless System Initiative, or Operation FSI.” And he wants to move fast.

Last week, Washington told Metro’s board of directors he hopes the system could go fare-free as soon as “the beginning of the new year.”

During his virtual presentation, he cited the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on communities of color and low-income residents as one reason to pursue free transit, which he compared to public services such as firefighting and policing:

“In many cases, people are having to choose between paying rent, paying utilities or utilizing transit. We believe that achieving [a] fare-free public transit system — for

Read More