SLNC and Area Neighborhood Councils Demand LAUSD Appoint Representative for District 5



Following the resignation of former LAUSD Board Member Ref Rodriguez, students in Region 5 of the Los Angeles Unified School District, which includes Silver Lake, are unrepresented. The vacancy leaves tens of thousands of families disenfranchised.
Five area Neighborhood Councils, including Silver Lake, have approved a joint letter protesting the decision by the LAUSD School Board to leave LAUSD District 5 unrepresented until March of 2019, when a special election is planned.  The final election may take place at a later date if a run‐off is necessary. The letter to Superintendent Beutner (austin.beutner@lausd.net) points out that the LAUSD’s lack of action leaves an estimated 16.5% of the students of Los Angeles Unified School District unrepresented for nearly an entire school year. Lisa Kable-Blanchard, president of the Echo Park Neighborhood Council, which approved a more detailed version of the letter, spearheaded the initiative. The Arroyo Seco, Eagle Rock, Historic Highland Park and the Silver Lake Neighborhood Councils approved the letter shown here. The Atwater Village and Glassell Park Neighborhood Councils are expected to vote on the letter at future meetings.