The Culver City Chamber Board of Directors at its regularly scheduled Board Meeting voted overwhelmingly to endorse Anne Burke and Scott McVarish for seats on the Culver City Unified School District Board of Education on the November 3, 2015 ballot.
“Both Anne and Scott showed a wide range of knowledge on issues facing the school district,” said Kevin Lachoff, Chair of the Board of the Culver City Chamber of Commerce. “Adding to the district’s technology curriculum and promoting job preparedness are important goals for students as the prepare for their adult life, and both Anne and Scott support these important goals for Culver City’s children.”
The Chamber’s endorsement came after a forum in which all candidates addressed critical school issues.
“Our questions were discussed and written to draw out the issues facing the Culver City business community,” said Michael Hamill, Chair of the Culver PAC. “The technology-driven nature of the business world, especially in Culver City, makes it more important than ever that members of the school board are knowledgeable on the needs of the changing economy.”
Video of each candidate’s answers during the forum will be posted to the Chamber’s website – www.culvercitychamber.org – sometime next week.
The Culver City Chamber of Commerce encourages all voters in Culver City to support and vote for Anne Burke and Scott McVarish on November 3, 2015.
I can’t understand how this is a good thing. Business interests in our elections is the last thing we want and this is happening more and more. “Our questions were discussed and written to draw out the issues facing the Culver City business community”. What about the interests of our children?
I am unclear as to how to how the endorsement process works with the chamber. Mr. McVarish has made it very clear in school board meetings that he supports the idea of utilizing PLA’s (Project Labor Agreements)as the district moves forward with their bond renovations. He supports the idea that union labor be used on a majority of the bond work. Since the use of union labor is something that the chamber has been objecting to very strongly in recent months, I would think that this would be a sticking point to an endorsement.
I have to admit that I am stumped. How does the chamber come to endorse someone with whom they are diametrically opposed on such a critical issue?