LAUSD stalls on first vote
|UPDATE:The bill eventually passed with a 43-24 vote last night. In the end, the only Dems to oppose were Canciamilla, Oropeza and Dymally. Those who did not vote were Koretz, Goldberg, Liu and Ridley-Thomas. Republicans Todd Spitzer and Roger Niello supported the bill.|
After more or less sailing through the Senate, AB 1381, the bill that would give LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa greater control over Los Angeles schools hit a roadblock on the Assembly floor. The bill received a meager 30 votes, though it needs 41 to pass.
Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, a close friend of Villaraigosa and author of the bill, hustled off the floor with orders to staff to get a vote count and see who he could get the votes from to pass the bill.
No Republican voted for the measure. Assemblywoman Jackie Goldberg, D-Los Angeles, the chair of the education committee declined to vote as she is running for superintendent and saw an "ethical issue" with casting a vote either way.
Among those Democrats voting no: Joe Canciamilla, long-time adversary of Nunez within the Dem caucus, Merv Dymally, who voiced his opposition in the Times earlier this week, Barbara Matthews, a mod from the Central Valley, Jenny Oropeza, a Long Beach legislator and Lois Wolk, who represents Davis.
More than a dozen members layed off the vote altogether.