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We lost a legendary Democrat here in Los Angeles today. RIP Roz Wyman.

Rosalind Wyman was (and remains) the youngest person ever elected to the LA City Council, in 1953 when she was only 22 years old. She represented the 5th District for 12 years.

She overcame sexism and anti-Semitism to win the seat and she was among the progressive voices who helped turn Los Angeles from a city dominated by conservatives to the liberal bastion it is today.

She was instrumental in bringing the Dodgers to LA (sorry Brooklynites) and helped secure the 1960 Democratic convention for our fair city.

She headed up Dianne Feinstein's initial Senate campaign and chaired the DNC Convention in 1984.

“Roz was a force of nature: breaking down barriers for women in California politics, while forging new ways to bring people together through politics, the arts, and baseball,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.

The obits will focus on her role in bringing the Dodgers to LA, but those of us who follow local politics know her legacy is much (much) greater than baseball.

We owe her a great deal. She helped transform the politics of this city.

Roz Wyman was 92.

Posted by Just A Box Of Rain | Thu Oct 27, 2022, 05:47 PM (3 replies)

Nury Martinez announces resignation from L.A. City Council in wake of audio leak scandal

Nury Martinez resigned her seat on the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday, days after the release of an explosive leaked audio of a racist, crude conversation.

The move came amid mounting pressures from all corners of politics, from President Biden to many community activists and council colleagues.

In this surreptitiously recorded conversation from October 2021, Martinez — while speaking with Councilmembers Kevin de León and Gil Cedillo as well as Los Angeles County Federation of Labor President Ron Herrera — made racist remarks and insults about various elected officials.

Posted by Just A Box Of Rain | Wed Oct 12, 2022, 04:45 PM (34 replies)

Gov. Gavin Newsom rejects [vetoes] mandatory kindergarten law

Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, vetoed legislation Sunday night that would have required children to attend kindergarten - whether through homeschooling, public or private school - before entering first grade at a public school.

As he has with other recent legislative vetoes, Newsom cited the costs associated with providing mandatory kindergarten, about $268 million annually, which he said was not accounted for in the California budget.

Newsom has supported similar legislation in the past. Last year, he signed a package of education bills, including one transitioning the state to universal pre-K starting in the 2025-26 school year. But the state's Department of Finance opposed the mandatory kindergarten bill, stating it would strain funds by adding up to 20,000 new public school students.

Proponents of mandatory kindergarten say it could help close the academic opportunity gap for low-income students and students of color, as well as help children develop important social skills before the 1st grade. The bill was introduced after K-12 attendance rates dropped during the pandemic and some students struggled with online learning.


Posted by Just A Box Of Rain | Mon Sep 26, 2022, 09:16 PM (5 replies)
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