MAYOR TO TAKE LAUSD CASE TO THE STATE SUPREME COURT.Byline: NAUSH BOGHOSSIAN Staff Writer
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. decided Friday to ask the state Supreme Court to determine the legality le·gal·i·ty
n. pl. le·gal·i·ties
1. The state or quality of being legal; lawfulness.
2. Adherence to or observance of the law.
3. A requirement enjoined by law. Often used in the plural. of his legislation to assume significant control over 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. .
If the court agrees to hear the case, which is scheduled to be filed next week, its decision will be the final word on the constitutionality of Assembly Bill 1381, which was signed into law in September.
Meanwhile, the state appellate court A court having jurisdiction to review decisions of a trial-level or other lower court.
An unsuccessful party in a lawsuit must file an appeal with an appellate court in order to have the decision reviewed. approved his request for an expedited hearing, and a date is expected to be set Tuesday. If the Supreme Court agrees to hear the case, it will bypass the appellate court.
The mayor's chief legal counsel, Thomas Saenz, said they are trying all options to reach a final decision as quickly as possible.
``There's an urgency around implementing the law. We're trying to get the quickest way to a final decision,'' he said.
The Mayor's Office appealed one day after Superior Court Judge Dzintra Janavs ruled Dec. 21 that the legislation is not legal and blocked its Jan. 1 implementation.
Both sides are currently fighting in court on whether the appeal filed by the Mayor's Office automatically stayed Janavs' decision.
Kevin Reed Kevin Bruce Reed (born May 7, 1955) is an American Presbyterian author, theologian, and publisher.
Reed grew up in Dallas, Texas, and attended the Richardson, Texas public schools. , 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 general counsel, said district officials are not opposed to getting an expedited ruling on the legality of the legislation, but he questions the urgency of implementing the mayor's proposed cluster of schools -- the district's lowest performing campuses he would directly oversee under AB 1381 -- on July 1.
``We're confident the Court of Appeal will affirm Judge Janavs' decision and we would expect the same treatment from the Supreme Court should they decide to take the case, which by no means is guaranteed,'' Reed said.