LAUSD dealt stunning defeat in failure of Measure EE

Proponents of Measure EE, a parcel tax to fund schools that was placed on Tuesday’s June 4 special election ballot by the Los Angeles Unified School District, were confronted with a sobering defeat Wednesday morning.

Just 45.7% of participants voted for it. The measure required a hefty two-thirds vote to pass, but it was widely expected to achieve at least a majority like the last time LAUSD floated a parcel tax measure in 2010.

Why did Measure EE fail so dismally? Fear and misinformation spread by an organized opposition campaign, say district leaders. Distrust of LAUSD’s ability to wisely spend taxpayer money, says the opposition campaign.

Neither fully explain Wednesday’s results. But numbers suggest that high turnout in the historically conservative northwest San Fernando Valley for a same-day City Council district election may have played a role.

Measure EE was the only item on the ballot for much of the vast LAUSD’s boundaries Tuesday. It was also election day in the San Fernando Valley’s District 12, the culmination of a crowded race for an open seat on the L.A. City Council.

The district that includes neighborhoods Chatsworth, Granada Hills, Northridge and Porter Ranch, has long elected a Republican to the position. That, however, might change in an August runoff. Click here to read more: