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Election 2012

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

See also, "LAUSD's Dance of the Lemons," and "Can Kate Anderson, Mom of Twins, Fix LAUSD?"

Michael Bloomberg gives L.A. a taste of his teacher reform views. - DONKEYHOTEY
  • DonkeyHotey
  • Michael Bloomberg gives L.A. a taste of his teacher reform views.
Los Angeles Unified School District, whose teachers union UTLA has squelched attempts to raise student learning by making ineffective certified teachers relearn subject matter and skills, just attracted $1 million from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to elect candidates in three LAUSD school board races.

Bloomberg has forced change upon New York's under-performing low-skills teachers. Now, he's reached across the U.S., trying to oust LAUSD board member Steve Zimmer, a Westsider who for years has waffled and flip-flopped on reform. Zimmer faces fellow Westsider Kate Anderson in the March 5 primary. Bloomberg is also trying to elect Antonio Sanchez in the Valley and Eastside incumbent Monica Garcia, a slow-starter who now backs reform -- and is hated by UTLA union activists. It's about to get juicy, folks:

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Richard Bloom
  • Richard Bloom
Update, 1:05 p.m.: Bloom campaign releases cautious statement about possibly victory, after the jump.

Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom holds on to an extremely slim lead over Assemblywoman Betsy Butler. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Bloom captured 69,280 votes, or 50.08 percent, to Butler's 69,062 votes, or 49.92 percent.

If those figures stay steady, underdog Bloom will upset Butler, who was endorsed by power players in the state and local Democratic establishment. Bloom raised only $507,000 compared to Butler's $1.3 million.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Richard Bloom
  • Richard Bloom
A few weeks ago, we conducted an informal exit poll for the hotly contested Assembly District 50 race, wanting to know why people voted for Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom and Assemblywoman Betsy Butler. Then last week, we got an email from CalTech political science graduate student Andrew Sinclair.

As part of his dissertation on primary election reform in the United States, Sinclair had conducted a major phone survey involving 1,134 voters in AD 50 during the few weeks leading up to last June's primary. It's something that's very rarely done for state assembly races. What he found was fascinating, particularly when it comes to Bloom's underdog campaign, who has widened his lead to 888 votes.

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Richard Bloom and Betsy Butler - TED SOQUI
  • Ted Soqui
  • Richard Bloom and Betsy Butler
The Los Angels County Registrar-Recorder completed another count on Monday for the nail-biting Assembly District 50 race, and Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom increased his lead again over Assemblywoman Betsy Butler. Bloom is now ahead by 888 votes.

By the end of last Friday's count, Bloom was winning by 430 votes, so he more than doubled his advantage on Monday. During the registrar-recorder's extended vote count for the AD 50 race, Butler has never pulled ahead of Bloom. With fewer and fewer ballots to count, Butler's chances of winning are not looking good.

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Richard Bloom
  • Richard Bloom
Another Friday, another vote count for the too-close-call Assembly District 50 race. This time, Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom has widened his lead over Assemblywoman Betsy Butler to its largest margin since the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder started counting provisional and mail-in ballots nearly three weeks ago.

By the end of Friday, November 23, Bloom went ahead by 430 votes. Only days before, Bloom's lead had shrunk to 79 votes. It's a major shift in favor of Bloom, but more ballots need to be counted.

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Richard Bloom and Betsy Butler - TED SOQUI
  • Ted Soqui
  • Richard Bloom and Betsy Butler
And the vote continues for the hotly contested Assembly District 50 race under the watchful eye Los Angeles Registrar-Recorder Dean Logan, who many people wish would hurry things up.

It's been two weeks since Election Day, and all we know at this point is that Democratic Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom still leads Democratic Assemblywoman Betsy Butler. Logan's office refuses to release any more details, and only promises that the winner will be announced on December 4.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

NO ON MEASURE B
  • No on Measure B
If you're among the 56 percent of L.A. County voters who said yes to Measure B earlier this month -- thereby ensuring that performers in the adult film industry will have to rubber up before acts of intercourse -- Funny or Die has a message for you:

You're ruining porn.

Check out the video embedded below, which imagines a world in which porn is regulated much like OSHA regulates ordinary workplaces. Guess what: It's not particularly sexy.

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Richard Bloom
  • Richard Bloom
In the nail-biting California Assembly District 50 race, it's still a close contest, but Democratic Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom continues to maintain a lead over Democratic Assemblywoman Betsy Butler. In fact, he has increased it by 73 votes.

According to the latest count by Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder, which was posted Friday afternoon, Bloom has 80,934 votes to Butler's 80,643. That puts Bloom ahead by 291 votes. Last Tuesday, Bloom was leading by 218 votes.

The L.A. County Registrar-Recorder will certify a winner by December 4. Right now, according to a spokeswoman, the county is counting provisional and mail-in ballots.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Richard Bloom and Betsy Butler - TED SOQUI
  • Ted Soqui
  • Richard Bloom and Betsy Butler
In the too-close-to-call Assembly District 50 contest, Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom has reversed a shrinking lead and now has 218 more votes than Assemblywoman Betsy Butler. Last Friday's count put Bloom up by only 103 votes.

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder won't certify a winner in the race until December 4. Right now, according to a spokeswoman, the county is counting provisional and mail-in ballots. Every Tuesday and Friday, the registrar-recorder updates the AD 50 vote count on its web site.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Richard Bloom
  • Richard Bloom
In the hotly contested California Assembly District 50 race, which still yet to be called, Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom's lead over Assemblywoman Betsy Butler has shrunk from a little over 200 votes to 103.

Every few days, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder updates the AD 50 vote count on its web site. The latest results were posted on Friday, November 9.

Both candidates are Democrats, but Butler received the support from the state and local Democratic party establishment. She raised over $1.3 million compared to Bloom's $507,000.

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