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Los Angeles County, CA November 5, 2013 Election
Governing Board Member; Culver City Unified School District Voter Information

Results as of Nov 19 1:58pm, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (12/12)
Candidates (Vote for 3)
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Steven Mark Levin Click here for more information about this candidate 2,639 votes 22.31%

  • Occupation: Astrophysicist/Science Educator
  • Astrophysicist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory 1990-present
  • Project Scientist, Juno Mission to Jupiter
  • PhD, Physics, from U.C. Berkeley in 1987
  • Past President/Treasurer, Farragut Booster Club ("Fan Club")
  • Founding President, United Parents of Culver City
  • Volunteer of the Year & PTA Honorary Service Award Recipient
  • Invite the community to join in the most important task imaginable: helping our children to grow into happy, successful, productive, adults!
  • Address California's new standards by creating highly engaged, project-based, multi-disciplinary learning.
  • Support our teachers & Exercise Insight and Oversight of Our District
Kathy Paspalis Click here for more information about this candidate 2,390 votes 20.21%
  • Occupation: Culver City School Boardmember
  • B.A., Bucknell University
  • J.D., Southwestern University Sch. of Law
  • CA State Bar member
  • Current School Board President
  • Immersion Strategic Planning Committee Member
  • CA PTA member; Former School Site Council Member
  • continue to leverage our existing resources creatively and efficiently
  • address the deferred maintenance and infrastructure needs at all of our school sites, and upgrade our technological capacity and safety systems
  • strong academic standards, strong extracurricular programs, and strong commitment to diversity and social justice
Susanne K "Sue" (Kelley) Robins Click here for more information about this candidate 2,166 votes 18.31%
  • Occupation: Teacher/Instructor
  • Business Owner: Ascend Training Solutions, LLC
  • Instructor, University of California, Irvine Extension and Corporate
  • M.S. Education, B.S. Zoology
  • Former Culver City Middle School Science Teacher
  • Former Farragut Elemtary School PTA President
  • Education Committee Chair - Culver City Chamber of Commerce
  • Applying leadership principles to School Board governance
  • Effective implementation of Common Core Curriculum
  • Taking necessary steps to get a bond measure on the June 2014 ballot
Karlo Silbiger Click here for more information about this candidate 1,932 votes 16.34%
  • Occupation: Culver City School Board Member
  • 12-year Teacher, seven years with Culver City's Summer Program
  • Three Education Degrees, Boston University / Harvard University
  • Education Commissioner, Former Assembly Speaker Karen Bass
  • Panelist, Assemblymember Holly J. Mitchell's State of Our Children Town Hall
  • Chaperone / Co-Coordinator, Culver City Sister City Kaizuka, Japan Student Exchange
  • 2011 Elected Official of the Year, Culver City News
  • Make fiscally responsible decisions, including reining in consultant contracts and requiring public bidding
  • Invest in and support our dedicated employees, ensuring recruitment of the best teachers and staff
  • Protect arts programs from future budget cuts
Claudia Vizcarra Click here for more information about this candidate 1,427 votes 12.07%
  • Occupation: Education Policy Director
  • Chief of Staff, LAUSD Board Member Steve Zimmer
  • Communications Specialist, UCLA's Institute for Democracy, Education and Access
  • Economic Development Deputy for LA City Council Member Jackie Goldberg
  • Owned/Operated Translation and Interpretation Service
  • Started ALAS, a program of the Women's Initiative for Self Employment
  • Board of the Women's Coalition Economic Development
  • Improving Learning by Supporting Teachers
  • Increasing Funding for our Schools
  • Ensuring All Stakeholders Participate
Vernon L. Taylor Click here for more information about this candidate 666 votes 5.63%
  • Occupation: Banking Executive/Parent
  • Elected El Rincon School Site Council Member
  • Elected Culver City Middle School Site Council member
  • Youth Mentor and Coach Culver-Palms YMCA
  • Past Chairman and City Council Appointee - Advisory Committee on Redevelopment
  • Past Chairman and City Council Appointee Community Development Block Grant Commission
  • Former Key-Three Executive and District Commissioner Boy Scouts of America
  • Educational and Resource Equity for all Culver City Students and Schools
  • Responsible, strategic fiscal and budgetary management and planning
  • Leadership and promotion of collaboration with all stakeholders
Robert Zirgulis Click here for more information about this candidate 607 votes 5.13%
  • Occupation: Educator/Realtor/Entrepreneur
  • Masters In Business Science CSUN
  • B.A. Public Service UCLA
  • "Fix Our School Pool"
  • "Common Sense Management"
  • "Educate Students for the Real World"

Basic candidate data supplied by the applicable elections official. Order of candidates is random and changes daily.
  Candidate Forum

Thursday October 3, 2013
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Culver City Mike Balkman Council Chambers, 9770 Culver Bl.
conducted by:
League of Women Voters Culver City Unit and Culver City Council PTA
City TV
  • watch individual candidate interviews on-line: Levin, Paspalis, Robins, Silbiger, Taylor, Vizcarra, Zirgulis
  • watch replay of entire 90-minute program on Channel 35 (TWC) or 37 (Verizon) at 7:00 p.m. on any of the following dates: Wed 10/30, Fri 11/1, Sat 11/2, Sun 11/3
Candidate Interviews

Culver City News

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