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Millions from privatizers like Reed Hastings and Eli Broad are already pouring in to our opponents’ campaigns. Help counter their outsized influence by talking to other UTLA members about electing candidates who will fight to save public education.





California Teachers for Tony

What: Canvassing to Get Out the Vote for Tony
When: Saturday, Nov. 3
Time: 9:30 AM 
Contact: Erika Jones, 323-774-7454 
Where: UTLA, 3303 Wilshire Blvd.  

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November 6, 2018 is Election Day!




Nov. 6: The educators' pick

Tony Thurmond for

State Superintendent


The race for state superintendent of public instruction is a classic political nail biter—just weeks before the election, it's too close to call, meaning every vote will count. Tony supports public education, not privatization, and will fight alongside educators.


Support Tony!


—VOTE now by mail ballot or at the polls on November 6

—VOLUNTEER by hosting an in-person text bank. Contact for info or sign up for an at-home texting shift here. Sign up for Team Tony and other volunteer opportunities here.


Critical propositions on the ballot

Our state affiliates—the California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers—both recommend:


No on prop 5

Prop. 5 purports to help senior homeowners who want to move, but in reality it’s just another big tax break for the wealthy. Prop. 5 would slash as much as $1 billion in local revenue from public schools, while draining another $1 billion from crucial local services like healthcare, parks, libraries and emergency response. The California Association of Realtors is the only sponsor of Prop. 5 and has spent $7 million to convince voters that this tax break for the wealthy will help seniors in need.


Yes on Prop 10

Prop. 10 allows city and county governments to enact rent control laws that keep working families from being priced out of living in their communities. Prop. 10 will not require any city or county to adopt or expand rent control but provides the option to do so—a choice they don’t currently have. In a state where one in three residents pay more than half their income in rent, Californians need relief from exorbitant rent costs.





Gavin Newsom


Gavin Newsom

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Tony Thurmond

Superintendent of Public Instruction

Tony Thurmond

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PACE is your voice in the political arena

PACE pools the resources of its members and provides a war chest to fund political campaigns aimed at protecting our students, our educators and our rights. We use PACE to support bills and candidates that are pro-equitable education. 

PACE is funded exclusively by members of UTLA who choose to join PACE and thereby agree to make modest monthly contributions in addition to their normal UTLA dues.

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For members who would like to join PACE


Above, Rachel Maddow explains, "As go unions, so goes the Democratic Party" In 2017, the LAUSD School Board elections became the most expensive in U.S. history when billionaires spent nearly $15 million in outside spending for a seat on the Board. We can fight back with your PACE contributions to help us pay for voter communications, such as direct mail campaigns, phonebanking, precinct walking, social media, TV and Radio Commercials and other means to support political candidates and initiatives who support YOU and to also fight those who want to harm our interests.



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California Schools Local communities funding act of 2018

Closing Prop. 13 Corporate Property Tax Loopholes



California Schools Local communities funding act of 2018 is standing up to Trump and making our state more self-reliant by closing a loophole, leveling the playing field, and updating under-assessed commercial properties based on their actual value. This will provide $9 billion of annual revenue that can be used to protect education, health care and the other services we care about from Trump’s cuts while protecting small businesses and reaffirming Prop 13’s protections for homeowners. This common sense correction to our property tax system will generate billions of dollars in desperately needed revenue by updating under-assessed commercial properties based on their actual value and creating a level playing field for all businesses. 



Other Important Resources

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California Senate Education Committee Directory
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State Legislator Directory

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California Senate Education Committee 



LAUSD Board Members Directory

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Contact PACE Organizers

Political Director — Position is vacant.

Oraiu manages the overall development, implementation, and evaluation of UTLA’s political field campaigns and UTLA’s efforts to shape policy and legislation in locations through lobbying in Los Angeles, Sacramento and Washington, D.C.  Collaboratively, he also directs the building of relationships and accountability between our members, parents, community and elected officials at local, state and national levels, on an organizing, as well as, rank-and file based approach.


Astine Suleimanyan, Political Organizer — Astine can be reached at or 213.637.5174 Read more of what Astine does

Astine leads UTLA field campaigns to pass pro-public education and related legislation and to elect UTLA-endorsed candidates.  Such campaigns involve union leadership, professional and other UTLA staff, campaign organizing coordinators, member volunteers and community service volunteers.  She also guides the design and implementation of campaigns and political strategies to promote pro-public education and related legislation and policies, and to elect UTLA-endorsed candidates. 


Evangela (Evy) Vaughn, Senior Administrative Coordinator — Evy can be reached at or 213.637.5148 Read more on what Evy does

Evy provides administrative, technical, and clerical support for the Political and Strategic Research Directors.