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BURLINGAME - As part of an independent expenditure effort, the California Teachers Association today launched a television advertising campaign in support of Antonio Villaraigosa for mayor of Los Angeles.
"Education and how to improve our Los Angeles public schools are important issues to LA voters and educators," said CTA President Barbara E. Kerr. "As Assembly Speaker, Antonio Villaraigosa stood with teachers and parents in our battle to reduce class sizes and improve school funding. He also led efforts to get state bond money to build new schools and repair rundown classrooms."
Set at night in a forest, the 30-second ad begins by asking the question, "Been looking for Mayor Hahn? So have the 740,000 students in our Los Angeles schools." A flashlight follows a man running away through the woods.
The ad chastises Hahn for failing to provide leadership on education issues during his four years in office, while pandering toward the issue during the last few months of the campaign.
Stefani D. Williams, who teaches at 10th Street Elementary School in Los Angeles, closes the commercial noting Villaraigosa's commitment to proven education reforms, like smaller classes and making our schools safe, clean places to learn.
"We need someone who will fight for public education and Los Angeles schools. As mayor, we know Antonio Villaraigosa will be there for our students," said Kerr.
An independent expenditure campaign paid for by CTA, the ads will run on 18 network and cable stations in Los Angeles.