There’s nothing like knowing a candidate from way back in his early years to get you to vote for him. For those of you who can vote in the March 3 election here in Los Angeles—use your vote to elect Steve Zimmer. Steve is a dear friend of mine who has been committed to increasing educational opportunities in Los Angeles since graduating from college in the early 1990s. I’ve known Steve since that time when we both joined Teach for America and committed ourselves to giving all children the opportunity to receive an excellent education. Back then, our efforts involved days of student teaching English as a Second Language classes at Jefferson High School in Los Angeles (and sharing stories of our day while shagging fly balls at CSUN before our education classes). Two years later, I went off to pursue journalism and a career in law. Steve, however, continued his focus on education in Los Angeles. As Steve’s bio demonstrates, his passion and dedication have led him to take several positions within the school where he has worked and in its surrounding community, in order to address those issues that are critical to student achievement. He continues those efforts today as he looks to bring his broad experiences to the school board of the Los Angeles Unified School District. I look forward to the thoughtful advocacy and tireless efforts he will bring to the body tasked with addressing the critical issues affecting Los Angeles’ schools, students, and families. I hope you will join me in supporting him on the way to March 3.
1. See a good friend for brunch at City Grill, UWS;
2. Walk through Central Park in the early afternoon;
3. Wander the Plaza Hotel in search of a bathroom;
4. See your best friend’s sister for a Korean dinner;
5. See “In the Heights” on the night it wins a Grammy–cry during the show;
6. Enjoy a Brazilian cocktail (and Xingu beer) and tell the young. Brazilian immigrant bartender about the wonderful opportunities this country provides for immigrant children; and
7. Marvel at how NYC public transportation puts LA to shame.
I was at a restaurant tonight where a large painting hung over the bar. At some point, I discovered that the man sitting behind me was the model for the painting. I was glad to hear this fact because I was wondering why anyone would have a painting of John Maynard Keynes hanging over the bar (the man behind me was not John Maynard Keynes).
Things I’ve ignored lately:
- My blog;
- Reading a book;
- Photography; and
- ESPN’s SportsCenter.
I’m sure there are more, but I just can’t muster up any more information right now. I’m hoping an upcoming vacation restores my creativity.