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Garcetti Hits Back At Business Groups Behind 'No On EE' Campaign


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Supporters of Measure EE held a press conference to discuss the resounding defeat of the parcel tax proposal to raise money for the L.A. Unified School District. Mayor Eric Garcetti applauded the unusual coalition of teachers unions and charter school groups that set their rivalries aside to support the measure, but he had harsh words for those who opposed it -- particularly,  local business groups like the County Business Federation and L.A. Chamber of Commerce, who have supported Garcetti initiatives before, but didn’t trust that LAUSD would use the money well. 

"For those who walked with other coalitions, who said, 'Yeah, I'm a good progressive but I just don't think this is the right thing,'" Garcetti said, "and then locked arms with Donald Trump's biggest funder in the state and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, which used to be about the little guy but now is really about corporate real estate interests —we've got fights coming. And you're right, we're going to punch back."