Scott Folsom and Franny Parrish, two candidates for the Los Angeles School Board in the upcoming spring election, have failed to get on the ballot. The law requires 500 valid signatures. Each candidate had substantial support. Folsom is endorsed by the teachers union and Parrish is a longtime Parent-Teacher Association leader.
See this Los Angeles Times story, which says that each candidate hired professionals to get the needed 500 signatures. The professionals did produce signatures, but there weren’t enough valid ones. The story is somewhat confusing if not read carefully. The people hired to collect the signatures are also candidates for various offices, and they may not even live in the districts they are seeking to represent. If one reads the story hurredly, one might get the impression that Folsom and Parrish have residency problems, but they don’t. Thanks to AroundtheCapitol for the link.