LAUSD REFORM URGED BUT CITY LEADERS WON'T BACK VILLARAIGOSA'S TAKEOVER BID.Byline: Rick Orlov Staff Writer
Reaching out to disaffected leaders of neighboring cities, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Antonio Ramon Villaraigosa (born Antonio (Tony) Ramon Villar, Jr. on January 23, 1953) is the mayor of Los Angeles, California. He is the first Latino mayor of Los Angeles since Cristobal Aguilar in 1872. on Thursday won support for his basic call to reform the Los Angeles Unified School District The Los Angeles Unified School District (the "LAUSD") is the largest (in terms of number of students) public school system in California and the second-largest in the United States. Only the New York City Department of Education has a larger student population. , starting with an independent financial and performance audit of the school system.
But the officials stopped short of endorsing his takeover bid Noun 1. takeover bid - an offer to buy shares in order to take over the company
two-tier bid - a takeover bid where the acquirer offers to pay more for the shares needed to gain control than for the remaining shares .
After a two-hour closed-door meeting at Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. City Hall, even officials who had been the most critical of Villaraigosa's efforts to take control of the district agreed that change is needed.
``The mayor answered all our concerns,'' said West Hollywood West Hollywood
A community of southern California northeast of Beverly Hills. It is mainly residential. Population: 36,600. Councilman Jeff Prang, among the first to question Villaraigosa's plans. Prang also pushed a resolution by officials from several cities served by the LAUSD LAUSD Los Angeles Unified School District (Los Angeles, CA) that voiced concern over the mayor's efforts.
``He explained what he felt the problem was and how we can all be part of the solution. I just wish we had held this meeting earlier to avoid problems.''
Villaraigosa acknowledged that he had erred in not meeting with the officials sooner and said he plans to hold regular sessions with them in the future.
``We agreed on a lot of issues - we are passionate about our kids,'' Villaraigosa said, adding that the other officials did not support his plan to take over the district. ``But there was unanimity UNANIMITY. The agreement of all the persons concerned in a thing in design and opinion.
2. Generally a simple majority (q.v.) of any number of persons is sufficient to do such acts as the whole number can do; for example, a majority of the legislature can pass that we need an audit and that we should play a role in determining the scope of that audit.''
Although the meeting did not include leaders of all 27 cities that send children to LAUSD schools, Villaraigosa said the officials represented a majority of LAUSD students who live outside the Los Angeles city limits.
All the officials said they believe the first step to any reform is an independent performance and financial audit of the LAUSD - although not necessarily performed by city Controller Laura Chick, who has been at odds with school officials over her call to conduct such a review.
``I think what Controller Chick and I want is some kind of independent audit of the district, whether it is conducted by her or someone else,'' Villaraigosa said. ``We all feel that an audit is the only way to identify what the problems are and what issues we have to deal with.''
Superintendent Roy Romer Roy R. Romer (born October 31, 1928 in Garden City, Kansas, United States) was the 39th governor of Colorado and served as the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District from 2001 to 2006. said he will invite the mayors to be briefed by him on what the district is doing now - with two separate independent audits under way to review the district's financial operation and administrative staffing - as well as implementing recommendations from a third audit released this year.
Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390