January 27, 2017PACE
PACE endorses Padilla & Zimmer for School Board
ELECTION DAY is MARCH 7. UTLA PACE is endorsing District 4, Steve Zimmer and District 6, Imelda Padilla for the LAUSD School Board.
Deadline to register to vote is Feb. 20, 2017
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Steve Zimmer for School Board
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(sponsored & coordinated by Steve Zimmer for School Board)
Imelda Padilla for School Board
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(sponsored & coordinated by Imelda Padilla for School Board)
Steve Zimmer, District 4
Visit his website at http://stevezimmerforschoolboard.com/
Steve Zimmer was elected to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education in 2009 after seventeen years as a teacher and counselor at Marshall High School in Los Angeles.
Steve has always stressed innovation that invites students into the learning process. When he taught English as a second language at Marshall, Steve used an experiential approach that related to his students’ daily lives. He created Marshall’s Public Service Program to make public service intrinsic to the student experience. Marshall’s Multilingual Teacher Career Academy, which Steve founded in 1998, served as an early model for LAUSD’s Career Ladder Teacher Academy.
Steve, along with Superintendent Ramon Cortines, originated Student Recovery Day, a twice-yearly event that takes scores of district staff into the streets surrounding schools in search of students who have dropped out. Hundreds of students have returned to class after being sought out and connected with the support services they need.
Steve is a passionate advocate for at-risk youth and played a pivotal role in establishing school-community initiatives to support and stabilize families. The Comprehensive Student Support Center he founded with another Marshall teacher provides health care services for students and their families. He helped create the Elysian Valley Community Services Center, a community owned-and-operated agency that provides after-school, recreational and enrichment programs, a library, and free internet access.
As a member of the LA school board, Steve has continued advocating for vulnerable students. He authored the school board resolution in support of the Dream Act, federal legislation that would provide a path to citizenship for undocumented students who do well in school and attend college. Steve also led the way on a resolution to make the District a hunger-free community by exploring new strategies to increase children’s participation in school meal programs and easily connect them with other agencies that provide food resources for hungry families.
Steve has been endorsed by United Teachers Los Angeles, Associated Administration of Los Angeles, Service Employees International Union, Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, Superintendent Tom Torlakson, Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer, Councilmember Paul Krekorian, Councilmember Paul Kortez,, Mike Eng, Sydney Kamlager, Mike Fong, Lindsey Horvath, John Heilman, George Mckenna, Richard Vladovic and Councilmember Gil Cedillo.
Imelda Padilla, District 6
Visit her website at http://imeldaforschoolboard.com/
Imelda Padilla was born an advocate.
As a young girl, Imelda had rickets, and was frequently called names.
Imelda bravely underwent surgery at the age of 12, and spent six months in a cast. The experience taught her how to take on challenges without fear, and to advocate for what she believed in.
Ever since then, she’s taken on one tough fight after another, never backing down. And all the while, she’s seen the difference that education can make in a young person’s life.
In middle school, she helped take care of her younger brother while her parents each worked 12 hour days, and one of her brothers became caught up in the gangs that are still too common in many communities. In high school, she encouraged her friends to volunteer for local political campaigns and fight the expansion of landfills in the area.
In college, she worked to help victims of wage theft challenge unscrupulous employers, and she interred for the Justice for Janitors campaign in Houston Texas for SEIU.
After graduating, she became a community organizer for Pacoima Beautiful, advocating for environmental justice for local families. She then went to work with the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, to help fight for an increase in the minimum wage and create economic opportunity for every family.
She even started her own non-profit called Together We Do More, which aims to help middle and high school students start to think about higher education and professional development at a young age. Their main event is called Adelante Hombre were over 100 community volunteers help put together a leadership conference for students from all over the North East San Fernando Valley.
Now Imelda is a commissioner for the Los Angeles County Commission on Woman and Girls, and a candidate for the Los Angeles School Board, where she hopes to continue her work advocating for local families, especially young people. She truly is a born advocate.
Imelda grew up in Sun Valley and attended Roscoe Elementary, Byrd Middle School and Polytechnic High School and attended UC Berkeley, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a double minor in Chicano Studies and Philosophy.
She is currently in grad school at the California State University of Northridge where, she is receiving her Master’s in public administration with an emphasis on leadership and nonprofit management.
On the school board Imelda will fight for:
- FAIR FUNDING FOR OUR SCHOOLS: Imelda will fight to ensure that our schools receive the fair funding they need in order to deliver a quality education. Every child deserves a great school with the right resources and well-trained teachers.
- IMPROVED ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE: Too many students are allowed to fall behind their peers, and they never catch up. Imelda will help make sure kids get the extra support they need. And, she’ll create new incentives for experienced, skilled teachers to work in schools that need more help.
- INCREASED PARENTAL AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT. We need to make sure parents are encouraged to participate in their children’s education. Imelda will help empower parents and taxpayers, and ensure that their participation and input are welcome. As a former community organizer, Imelda has the experience to bring people together.
Imelda Padilla Flyer
School Board Election Background
Three of the seven seats on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education are up for primary election on March 7, 2017. A general election will be held on May 16, 2017, for the top two vote-getters if no candidate receives a majority of the votes in the primary for a specific district.
In her bid for re-election to the District 2 seat, incumbent Mónica García faces challengers Lisa Alva and Carl Petersen. District 4 incumbent Steve Zimmer is running against challengers Gregory Martayan, Nick Melvoin, and Allison Holdorff Polhill. Six candidates: Kelly Fitzpatrick-Gonez, Patty Lopez, Imelda Padilla, Araz Parseghian, Gwendolyn Posey, and Jose Sandoval filed to run for the open District 6 seat. District 6 incumbent Monica Ratliff is instead running for a Los Angeles City Council seat.
“Paid for by Students, Parents, and Educators in Support of Padilla and Zimmer for School Board 2017, Sponsored by Teachers Unions, Including United Teachers Los Angeles, Major Funding by Political Action Council of Educators, Sponsored by Teachers Unions, Including United Teachers Los Angeles. This advertisement was not authorized by a candidate for this office or a committee controlled by a candidate for this office. Additional information is available at ethics.lacity.org.”