EDUCATOR GRACIELA ORTIZ GARNERS POWERFUL ENDORSEMENT BY L.A. SCHOOL POLICE

EDUCATOR GRACIELA ORTIZ GARNERS POWERFUL ENDORSEMENT BY L.A. SCHOOL POLICE

Los Angeles School Police Association (LASPA) enthusiastically give “Green Light” to Educator Graciela Ortiz for the Los Angeles Unified School District

Huntington Park- The fourth largest police department in Los Angeles County announced their exuberant endorsement and support of educator and councilwoman Graciela Ortiz, proving Ortiz’s viability in a crowded race.  The Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) is a vital part of the Los Angeles Unified School District’s daily operations protecting hundreds of thousands of students twenty-four hours a day.  LASPD is at the forefront on a myriad of issues including attendance policy, race relations and school safety. 

“I am ecstatic to receive the trust and official endorsement of the Los Angeles School Police Association. The Association represents hundreds of police officers and school safety officers who have a stake in how the district is ran and how we must protect our most valuable resource, our students. These officers risk their lives on a daily basis to ensure school safety. They are also part of our communities providing mentorship and scholarships to our students.” said Ortiz. 

“We believe in Graciela’s ability to lead this district in the right direction. Who better than someone who has attended LAUSD schools and has dedicated her whole life to education to take us to the next level and put our student’s needs FIRST!  In today’s environment where our students need the highest level of protection we need someone like Graciela to provide the leadership necessary to implement policy that shields our children from potential harm. We stand with her.” Said LASPA leadership.

The Los Angeles School Police Association was founded in 1981, and it has a proud and distinguished history representing over 500 dedicated and professional sworn and non-sworn members of the Los Angeles School Police Department. The Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) is the largest independent school police department in the United States, with approximately 400 sworn police officers, and over 125 non-sworn school safety officers (SSO), and 34 civilian support staff dedicated to serving the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). It is the fourth largest police department in Los Angeles County, and the 14th largest in California. 

This development follows the news that Graciela Ortiz has acquired the following astonishing endorsements which place her ahead of the race in a district that represents the majority of Southeast Los Angeles where she was born and raised:

Local Officials Representing School Board District 5

  • Gil Cedillo, Councilmember, City of Los Angeles District 1

  • David Vela, Board Member, Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees

  • Jhonny Pineda, Mayor, City of Huntington Park

  • Karina Macias, Vice-Mayor, City of Huntington Park

  • Manuel “Manny” Avila, Councilmember, City of Huntington Park

  • Marilyn Sanabria, Councilmember, City of Huntington Park

  • Maria Belen Bernal, Mayor, City of South Gate

  • Denise Diaz, Councilmember, City of South Gate

  • Eddie De La Riva, Mayor, City of Maywood

  • Ricardo Lara, Vice-Mayor, City of Maywood

  • Ramon Medina, Councilmember, City of Maywood

  • Yvette Woodruff-Perez, Mayor, City of Vernon

  • Melissa Ybarra, Councilmember, City of Vernon

  • Jose Gonzalez, Mayor, City of Cudahy

  • Elizabeth Alcantar, Vice Mayor, City of Cudahy

  • Chris Garcia, Councilmember, City of Cudahy

  • Cristian Markovich, Immediate Past Councilmember, City of Cudahy

  • Baru Sanchez, Immediate Past Councilmember, City of Cudahy

  • Jose Luis Solache, Mayor, City of Lynwood

  • Aide Castro, Councilmember, City of Lynwood

  • Edwin Hernandez, Immediate Past Councilmember, City of Lynwood

  • Hugo Argumedo, Mayor, City of Commerce

  • Leonard Mendoza, Councilmember, City of Commerce

  • Alejandra Cortez, Mayor, City of Bell Gardens

  • Lisseth Flores, Vice Mayor, City of Bell Gardens

Unions and Organizations

  • Los Angeles School Police Association (LASPA)

  • Los Angeles School Police Management Association (LASPMA)

  • Association of Pupil Services and Attendance Counselors

  • National Association of Social Workers

  • Roofers Union Local 36

State Officials

  • State Assemblymember Monique Limón

  • State Senator Vanessa Delgado (former)

Ortiz said: “This is a community driven campaign where everyone will be represented.  As a school counselor for the past twelve years, I have always put the needs of students first.  A child’s education is the key to their success and the success of all our communities.  It’s time to unite and put the needs of the children first.  I will lead the fight to ensure that all our schools have equal resources, improved facilities and access to higher education for all students. Let’s Move Forward Not Backwards!” 

Eun Lee