MAYOR, BREWER `JOINED AT THE HIP' PAIR ALL SMILES AFTER FIRST MEETING; VOW TO CUT DROPOUT RATE.
Byline: NAUSH BOGHOSSIAN Staff Writer
Emerging from their first face-to-face meeting Wednesday morning, 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. and 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. Unified's new superintendent vowed to put politics aside and unite in building world-class schools for the district's 708,000 students.
The mayor and Adm. David Brewer This article is about the businessman and Lord Mayor of London; for the American jurist, see David Josiah Brewer
Sir David Brewer CMG (born 1940) was Lord Mayor of London between 2005 and 2006. III, who spent more than an hour behind closed doors, said their first priority will be reducing the district's dropout (1) On magnetic media, a bit that has lost its strength due to a surface defect or recording malfunction. If the bit is in an audio or video file, it might be detected by the error correction circuitry and either corrected or not, but if not, it is often not noticed by the human rate.
``We couldn't have had a better meeting. ... We all need to get on the same boat and row in the same direction. ... We agree we're going to be teammates,'' Villaraigosa said.
``I couldn't be happier after sitting down with Superintendent Brewer. I think he's the right guy for the job and is committed to working with a partnership.''
But even as Brewer and Villaraigosa put on a collaborative display after months of acrimony ac·ri·mo·ny
Bitter, sharp animosity, especially as exhibited in speech or behavior.
[Latin crim that has roiled the LAUSD LAUSD Los Angeles Unified School District (Los Angeles, CA) , political maneuvering and challenges remain.
A lawsuit challenging legislation that gives the mayor and superintendent more control over the district is scheduled to be heard in December.
Tension also remains with the school board, which has waged a highly public battle against the mayor's bid for control. That strain continued Wednesday when board President Marlene Canter canter
a gallop at an easy pace. The rhythm is three-time, first one hind, then the opposite hind with the diagonal fore, then the opposite fore, the leading limb.
collected canter was rebuffed in an attempt to sit in on the meeting between the mayor and Brewer.
And with four seats on the seven-member school board up for election in March, a fierce battle will likely be waged as both the mayor and school board vie to fill the posts with their supporters.
For now, however, Villaraigosa appeared to have set aside frustration that the school board rejected his pleas and appointed Brewer while the mayor was on a two-week trade mission in Asia.
The mayor said he and Brewer will meet once a week to discuss issues including the dropout rate, which is estimated at between 24percent and 50percent.
Brewer also sought to dispel any appearance of acrimony Wednesday. At one point, he put his arm around the mayor and said the two are now ``joined at the hip.''
Brewer -- who has not divulged his opinion on the governance change -- said he supported the mayor's efforts.
``We have the same vision, the same passion, and we're joined at the hip working as hard as we can to educate the children of greater Los Angeles. Period,'' he said. ``It was a mind meld.''
Villaraigosa said he would work with Brewer to select three clusters of schools that the mayor will directly oversee.
And Brewer said he embraced the partnership and called for the community to be involved in improving schools.
Canter said she knew the two had similar visions and would get along.
``I knew the mayor would be happy. ... I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. what (Villaraigosa) was thinking, but I know what we were thinking ... we were looking for Looking for
In the context of general equities, this describing a buy interest in which a dealer is asked to offer stock, often involving a capital commitment. Antithesis of in touch with. a transformer,'' Canter said.
But while Brewer and the mayor are scheduled to start sharing power Jan.1, Brewer has yet to forge a relationship with the powerful teachers union.
United Teachers Los Angeles President A.J. Duffy said he has reached out to meet with Brewer but has not heard a response.
And questions remain about whether everyone is onboard with the governance changes.
The mayor is scheduled to meet today with at least 200 chapter leaders of high schools and their feeder schools Feeder school is a name applied to schools, colleges, universities, or other educational institutions that provide a significant number of graduates who intend to continue their studies at specific schools, or even in specific fields. that are being considered for direct mayoral oversight.
The three high schools will be chosen from a list of 19, including Monroe, Canoga Park, Grant, Polytechnic and Sylmar high schools Sylmar High School is a public school in the northeast San Fernando Valley in the Sylmar district of Los Angeles, California. Established in the 1950s, it is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District, District 2, and serves more than 3,600 students in grades 9-12. in the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills. .
Brewer has not been invited to that meeting, Duffy said.
``We want to hear the mayor's view and allay al·lay
tr.v. al·layed, al·lay·ing, al·lays
1. To reduce the intensity of; relieve: allay back pains. See Synonyms at relieve.
2. some of the concerns,'' Duffy said. ``We want to have a frank discussion ... that the law would give teachers and local school site people, including parents, more say in what goes on at their schools.''
The union rank and file also has been stirring with discord Discord
See also Confusion.
demon of discord. [Occultism: Jobes, 93]
discord, apple of
caused conflict among goddesses; Trojan War ultimate result. [Gk. Myth. about the mayor's legislation, with more than half of the approximately 9,000 teachers voting to oppose the effort.
Meanwhile, with the school board election looming -- candidates must file by Nov. 11 -- and four seats up for grabs, interest among invested parties is high.
The results could solidify the board's opposition to mayoral governance or shift it to Villaraigosa's favor.
Monica Garcia, the only Villaraigosa ally on the school board, said she plans to be heavily involved in the election, particularly in David Tokofsky's district.
That district has the highest percentage of Latino voters, she said, and Tokofsky has been one of the harsher opponents to the mayor's school reform agenda.
``I'm going to be involved in supporting change agents. I expect that the election of March 2007 is absolutely a critical point in our organization,'' she said.
Tokofsky said he's still weighing whether to seek a fourth term.
In the meantime Adv. 1. in the meantime - during the intervening time; "meanwhile I will not think about the problem"; "meantime he was attentive to his other interests"; "in the meantime the police were notified"
meantime, meanwhile , he said he was not surprised that Brewer charmed the mayor.
``If they both came out smiling today, that's a testimony to Admiral Brewer's power,'' Tokofsky said.
Board member Julie Korenstein said she welcomes a mayor who partners with the district.
``If they can partner up and help the kids, why not?'' said Korenstein, who also has been vocally opposed to the mayor's efforts.
``Frankly, if Brewer and Villaraigosa can work together and come up with innovative ideas to help the kids, I'll applaud that,'' she said.
Analysts said Wednesday's appearance of unity between Brewer and Villaraigosa is a smart move -- as well as building support on the school board.
``You don't want to have to risk your ammunition until you need it. You don't know what form this is all going to take because the law's not taking effect until the first of the year and there is the question of the suit,'' said Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, a political analyst and senior scholar in the School of Policy, Planning and Development at the University of Southern California The U.S. News & World Report ranked USC 27th among all universities in the United States in its 2008 ranking of "America's Best Colleges", also designating it as one of the "most selective universities" for admitting 8,634 of the almost 34,000 who applied for freshman admission .
``What happens if the superintendent and mayor get out there and butter each other up, and there's nothing to butter each other up for? It's a smart strategy on the part of both men.''
(color) New LAUSD Superintendent Adm. David Brewer III and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa vow on Wednesday to work together.
David Sprague/Staff Photographer