Steve Rose felt it was not completely unprecedented. “The Chamber of Commerce Board has, over the last 10-12 years, twice come out in favor of fiscal responsibility for the Culver City School District. We supported the parcel tax [Measure EE] and the bond that was passed in the 90’s.” Rose offered that the chamber’s decision to endorse was also inspired by a sense of financial responsibility.
“The Chamber decided to endorse Scott Zeidman and Laura Chardiet with the confident belief that they will make the best policy for the schools,” Rose emphasized.
The Culver City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, for the first time ever, is announcing its endorsement for candidates in the Nov. 8 Culver City Unified School Board election. “The U.S. workforce readiness crisis is putting our global economic competitiveness at risk. We need school board members that can champion our students into 21st century success, said Chamber Chair Angela Gibson. “Scott Zeidman and Laura Chardiet were endorsed by the board because they showed themselves as people who could provide effective leadership during the next four years”, Gibson stated.
The Culver City Chamber of Commerce, with over 700 business members, represents over 35,000 employees in the greater Culver City area. The Chamber seeks to provide a balance of business and community through the active participation of our board of directors, consisting mostly of small business owners. More than half of the board members are Culver City residents. Board members are involved in the community through the CC Education Foundation, YMCA, AYSO, Little League and several other community organizations.
Although this is the Chamber Board’s first endorsement in a school board election, the Culver City Chamber of Commerce has, over the years, been actively involved in education in Culver City, including the Teacher of the Year Program, a high school community scholarship program and past support for Measures T and EE.
The candidate interviews may be seen on the Culver City Chamber’s website at www.culvercitychamber.com.
“The endorsement of Laura and Scott by the Chamber Board is an important acknowledgement of the business community’s concerns for public education and the results we are receiving for the investment that we all make through taxes and other financial support,” concluded Gibson.