Follow Up

Another Allegation Levied Against City Council Candidate

Charter school activist claims that Nick Melvoin’s staffer violated the LAUSD’s election policies during her run as a school board candidate.

Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness
Published in
3 min readDec 26, 2021

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Michael Trujillo from his Twitter Feed

Appointing a non-Latino candidate like Goldberg to the seat, even temporarily, “is definitely not in the spirit of the law…It would seem contrary to what LAUSD’s own commission did” when it drew the district.

- Charter School Advocate Michael Trujillo

Michael Trujillo is a “Democratic Strategist” who often works on the campaigns of charter school-supported candidates, including LAUSD Board President Kelly Gonez and self-described “Vice-President” Nick Melvoin. He assisted Melvoin’s astroturf group, Speak Up, when they helped to block the temporary appointment of Jackie Goldberg. She had been selected to replace convicted felon Ref Rodriguez on the board so that District 5 could be represented while a special election was held. Trujillo’s reasoning was that despite formerly serving on the school board, city council, and state assembly (as chair of the education committee), Goldberg was not qualified to represent the Hispanic-majority district because she does not share this heritage. The voters disagreed and elected Goldberg to represent them in both the special election and the following election by wide margins.

In a recent Twitter exchange, Trujillo attempted to defend Melvoin staffer Allison Holdorff Polhill from accusations that she used LAUSD facilities in her campaign for the city council. In doing so, he did not deny that the pictures used on her candidate website were taken on the grounds of Palisades Charter High School, an LAUSD-owned facility. Instead, he maintains that the pictures were taken in 2016, which is before she was hired by Melvoin as his Chief Advisor.

If Trujillo, who seems to suggest that he is speaking on behalf of the Polhill campaign, is correct, then the candidate also violated ethics rules during her campaign in the 2017 school board election. While she was not…

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Carl J. Petersen
Age of Awareness

Parent, special education advocate and former LAUSD School Board candidate. Still fighting for the children. www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com