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With LA election certification on fast track, Valley district could soon have its caretaker

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Election 2017: With loss, outgoing LAUSD Board President Zimmer sees a ‘tectonic shift’

Big changes are coming for the second-largest school district in the nation, said its outgoing school board president, a day after his crushing defeat in an election that could have a huge effect on charter schools in the region. Los Angeles sch...

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  • Local Elections

    ELECTION 2017: Despite hot races, LA voters weren’t exactly rushing to the polls in north San Fernando Valley

    It was a steady and slow morning in the north San Fernando Valley, where voters were heading to the polls to elect a representative to the Los Angeles City Council after months without one. Turnout wasn’t hitting presidential election-level numbers, but it was clear Tuesday that those who did vote were tuned in and eager to tap a leader who would represent a diverse area from Pacoima to North Hills. • PHOTOS:

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  • Local Elections

    ELECTION 2017: LAUSD school board results will affect San Fernando Valley

    After months of campaigning, two seats are up for grabs Tuesday for the Los Angeles Unified School District board – and both will affect public schools in the San Fernando Valley. In the eastern San Fernando Valley, a seventh-grade science teacher will face off with a community organizer to represent a vast area, from Van Nuys on the south to Sylmar on the north. • PHOTOS: Election...

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  • Local Elections

    Election 2017: 2 LA Council seats up for grabs, LAPD discipline on the ballot

    High-speed rail and bike lanes are just two of the many issues awaiting the attention of whoever voters elect in today’s runoff to represent a cluster of northeast San Fernando Valley communities on the Los Angeles City Council. The district seat was left vacant when the area’s previous councilman, Felipe Fuentes, walked away from his post in September, 10 months before his term ends, to take a lobbying job in Sacramento. • PHOTOS:

    Elizabeth Chou
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  • House elections

    Attorney Bryan Caforio seeks rematch against Rep. Steve Knight next year

    PALMDALE >> Attorney Bryan Caforio on Saturday announced his candidacy for Congress in the 25th District, seeking a rematch against Rep. Steve Knight in November 2018. “I am running for Congress to give the people in this district a voice, to harness the unprecedented level of energy we have been witnessing, and to move this community in a direction that aligns with our values -- not Donald Trump’s values,” Caforio said at Laborers’ Local 300...

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  • Local Elections

    Rodriguez, Torossian face off on Tuesday for LA Council’s District 7

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Monica Rodriguez and Karo Torossian both say they are ready to represent Los Angeles’ City Council District 7. It’s a sprawling, diverse area of the San Fernando Valley, where the challenges of working-class neighborhoods like Pacoima contrast with the issues faced by nearby Sunland-Tujunga. But the area needs a leader, and Rodriguez and Torossian have stepped up for a seat left vacant months ago that’s up for grabs in...

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  • Local Elections

    ELECTION 2017: Karo Torossian taps in to working-class roots in bid for northeast LA seat

    Karo Torossian, a longtime planning director for a San Fernando Valley area councilman, is accustomed to getting into the weeds on policy matters. But on a recent Sunday morning, he was tramping through actual weeds, brushing past wild, prickly overgrowth as he lugged a huge tire, a nearly fossilized tennis ball and other junk of mysterious origin from a bluff overlooking the Big Tujunga Wash and into a dumpster. The 33-year-old Torossian, who is running for the Council District...

    Elizabeth Chou
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  • Local Elections

    ELECTION 2017: Monica Rodriguez stayed in northeast LA, now she wants to lead it

    While her high school friends were thinking of leaving for greener pastures after graduation, Los Angeles City Council candidate Monica Rodriguez bought a home in the northeast San Fernando Valley. Rodriguez settled down in that house in Mission Hills in 1997, not long after graduating from Occidental College. She had just gotten married and wanted to raise her family in the area, even as many of her friends had moved away. People her age would point to the blight and crime in...

    Elizabeth Chou
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  • Urban planning

    Bike lanes are dividing residents in Pacoima, Sunland, where they’re off to a bumpy start

    Javier Romero has witnessed nearly 60 years worth of change from the window of his TV repair shop on Van Nuys Boulevard in Pacoima, but the 78-year-old repairman said the new bike lanes that appeared on his street last fall have him worried. “That was the worst, worst thing that anybody has done,” Romero said, pointing to the plastic posts and paint stripes that now section off parts of the road for bicyclists, at the expense of automobile lanes. In one direction,...

    Elizabeth Chou
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  • Local Elections

    LA City Council candidates weigh in on controversial Valley bike lane projects

    As Tuesday’s runoff election nears, northeast San Fernando Valley residents are demanding that Los Angeles City Council candidates weigh in on what has become a thorny issue: bike lanes. The lanes are part of a multimillion-dollar citywide effort called Vision Zero, initiated by Mayor Eric Garcetti, to build a bike network and reduce traffic fatalities. But as new bike lane projects make their way into Pacoima and Sunland, they’ve hit some bumps in the road as...

    Elizabeth Chou
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  • Local Elections

    Campaign sign theft accusations fly in final days of LA Council District 7 race

    With the City Council election in the northeast San Fernando Valley heating up, allegations are being flung over the stealing of campaign signs — and now a city leader wants an investigation into whether any of the thefts were perpetrated by a member of a graffiti-removal crew contracted by the city. A resident and campaign staff for Council District 7 candidate Karo Torossian captured security footage of what appeared to be a member of the Sylmar Graffiti Busters crew stealing...

    Elizabeth Chou
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