LOS ANGELES – Today, Los Angeles Unified School District Board Member Candidate and former Assemblymember Jackie Goldberg announced her endorsement from Senator Maria Elena Durazo, a longtime labor and community leader.
As an active member of the community and a recognized leader in education, Jackie continues to earn widespread support from stakeholders and community leaders in her candidacy to replace disgraced Board Member Ref Rodriguez in the March 5 Special Election.
“Jackie Goldberg was the strategic heart and soul of the living wage movement,” said Senator Durazo. “She helped to develop the most comprehensive program in the U.S. to use city powers to create a living wage, health care, job security for low wage workers, especially Latinos. She changed the lives of tens of thousands of families and sparked a movement. She did it in the most humble way that lifted the voices of workers and communities.”
“I am very grateful to Maria Elena for her strong support and continued leadership in our community. Our previous work together was incredibly rewarding, and I look forward to continuing our partnership on behalf of LAUSD students,” said Jackie Goldberg. “We will fight to make sure our public schools get the resources they need to give every child the education they deserve. We must always put our students’ interests first and fight efforts to privatize our schools.”
About Jackie Goldberg:
Jackie Goldberg is running to become the LAUSD Board Member for District 5 which includes Los Feliz, Eagle Rock, and cities in the southeast Los Angeles County, including South Gate, Bell, Cudahy and Huntington Park, among others. She served as a teacher in Compton for 16 years. A founding member of the Coalition of Labor Union Women, she won a seat on the LAUSD Board in 1983 and served as President of the Board from 1989-1991. In 1993, Jackie won a seat on the Los Angeles City Council representing the 13th District. There, she authored the original “Living Wage” in L.A. In 2000, she was elected to the California State Assembly. She served for six years, authoring landmark LGBT legislation and two State Education Bond Issues that helped LAUSD build new schools to relieve half-day sessions, over-crowded classrooms, and multi-track year-round schools.
Later, Jackie coordinated a five-year grant to ensure that all middle school teachers in Compton had California teaching credentials and the skills to narrow the achievement gap. Jackie currently chairs a Workgroup in Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office that helps secure entry-level City jobs for local veterans, disabled workers, transgender workers, and seniors as well as low-income, formerly incarcerated, homeless and formerly homeless individuals.