As the week draws to a close, Howard Blume and Dave Zanhiser — both from the LA Times — help us tie a ribbon on it.
The bell reportedly may be ringing for John Deasy.
The LAUSD superintendent may be about to resign. That story reported by Howard and the LA Times, who say Deasy could be leaving in the next few months.
Deasy has neither confirmed nor denied the report. He’s only said that he’ll have more to say after a performance review on Tuesday.
The Times initially reported that Deasy had already spoken to at least one LA school board member. And Blume reported the reaction of School Board President Richard Vladovic’s office: “We are shocked,” said Mike Trujillo, a spokesman. “Dr. Vladovic is shocked, saddened and surprised.”
In a follow-up call however, Vlodovic’s office said they actually hadn’t known about Deasy’s resignation. They were ‘shocked’ by the rumor of his stepping down. Not that Deasy had told them he was stepping down.
So the story, for now, is Deasy may resign.
Meanwhile, Los Angeles City Councilman Jose Huizar says he made a “huge mistake” by carrying on an extra-marital affair with his former chief of staff, who is now suing him for sexual harassment.
He’s running for re-election in 2015, and he’s trying to draw up some cash. This week, he had his first fundraiser in downtown Los Angeles, where Council President Herb Wesson was the headliner.
Wesson has been quite the Huizar booster.
Wesson is also one of two members of the Council calling for major changes to the city’s sexual harassment training… saying the training should be done in person instead of online. Nury Martinez, the only woman on the council, is the other.
Which got us asking if things would be different if more women were on the LA City Council.
In our Mixer Elixir, former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s resume keeps growing.
His latest move—he’s joined the faculty of the Price School of Public Policy at USC. The news comes just a few days after he announced he’d signed on as a senior adviser with the Edelman public relations firm.
Just after he stepped down, he accepted a position with Banc of California.
The panel agrees this is Villaraigosa staying busy, while waiting for another political run.
Most likely, governor.