2022 LAUSD Elections
These Two Candidates Want Your Vote
Twenty questions were sent to the five candidates running in LAUSD Board District 2. Only Rocio Rivas and Erica Vilardi-Espinosa replied.
“I thrived in our public schools. Now, as a mother and public school parent, I want nothing more than the best education for ALL our children so they can thrive.”
Term limits have spared the voters of LAUSD Board District 2 from having Monica Garcia on their ballot again. The resulting open seat leaves outsiders the best chance in years to bring new visions to the board. However, they must first defeat Maria Brenes, the heir apparent to the Jose Huizar/Monica Garcia dynasty.
Brenes claims that she is not the “charter candidate,” but reports are floating that she has already received the endorsement of the charter school industry. Her refusal to answer questions about PROP-39 and overallocation fees makes it impossible to say how her views would differ from that of the Waltons of Walmart and Netflix’s Reed Hastings.
Charter school accountability is not the only area where Brenes will not spell out her views to the voters. In fact, she is the only candidate in the race to not answer any of the questions about topics facing the district including forced mainstreaming for children with severe special education needs, community engagement, and ethical issues. How are voters supposed to make an educated choice without this information?
With just over a week until mail-in ballots drop, Brenes and her opponents had one last chance to express their opinions for the benefit of voters in my candidate series. The May installment of this series is a lighting round consisting of 20 questions about a variety of issues. While these were designed to be “yes” or “no” questions, the candidates were invited to go into more detail if they felt the need to do so. They were also given the opportunity to provide a closing pitch to the voters. This was limited to one paragraph.
Once again, Brenes passed on the opportunity to connect with voters. In fact, in the field of five candidates, only Rocio Rivas and Erica Vilardi-Espinosa responded.