LCUSD Candidates Tackle Issues Head-On at Forum

During a two-hour forum Tuesday night, four candidates earnestly stated their cases to be chosen for one of two open seats on the La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board in the Nov. 3 election, answering questions on weighty and wide-ranging topics in rapid-fire succession.
In an event presented via Zoom and co-hosted by the League of Women Voters Pasadena Area and La Cañada Council PTA, the candidates fielded questions ranging from what makes them the best candidate to how they would speed the reopening of schools to improving the online learning platform in use because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
They also tackled queries on the implementation of any diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, potential changes in curriculum, methods to enhance the school district, ways to improve the LCUSD board, how to serve the students’ social and emotional needs, district policies the candidates may have disagreed with in the past, and many others.
About 226 viewers tuned in to watch the La Cañada School Board Candidate Forum in real time, as candidates were given two minutes to present an opening statement and one minute to respond to each question thereafter. No candidates were allowed to preview the questions, compiled in advance by the LWVPA. Due to the high volume of prepared questions, very few spontaneous questions by viewers were presented.

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Sparks Fly at Local Congressional Candidate Debate

The last of a series of local forums on local, state and federal elections also proved to be the most combative, with the two candidates for California’s 28th congressional district clashing over the coronavirus, the president and other topics.
Rep. Adam Schiff, who has represented the 28th Congressional District that includes Burbank, Glendale and part of Pasadena, is running against Eric Early, a Republican attorney who previously made an unsuccessful bid for California attorney general.
The event hosting the two candidates, held Monday by the League of Women Voters of Glendale/Burbank, had been marketed as a Q&A-focused forum. But a flurry of attacks from Early against his Democratic opponent pushed it into the territory of an aggressive debate, while Schiff reserved most of his jabs for Trump and other Republicans.

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LCUSD Candidates Forum Debates Bond, Safety, Wellness

School safety, teacher retention and student wellness were on the minds of audience members who submitted handwritten questions at Monday’s candidates forum, where five La Cañada Unified School District Governing Board hopefuls sought to distinguish themselves before voters.
Over the course of 90 minutes, first-time candidates Joshua Gottheim, Joe Radabaugh, Christopher Salvo and incumbents Dan Jeffries and Kaitzer Puglia revealed mostly subtle differences in their approach to guiding one of California’s top school districts.
Three seats on the board — each for a four-year term — will be open in the Nov. 7 election, when voters also will weigh in on Measure LCF, a $149-million bond proposal that would be used for campus improvements. The proposal would not increase the tax rate, but would replace expiring bonds. Capped at $60 per $100,000 in assessed property value, it would be paid off within 30 years. Continue reading “LCUSD Candidates Forum Debates Bond, Safety, Wellness”