Multari says she'll run for board seat

Helping to protect schools is worth her time and energy, she says.

May 18, 2011|By Andrew Shortall,
  • Ellen Multari announced she's running for the LCUSD school board in November. (Photo Courtesy of Ellen Multari)
Ellen Multari announced she's running for the LCUSD…

Ellen Multari has moved around a lot, from Illinois, Oregon and Northern California to La Cañada, and has always made a point to get involved in her children’s school districts.

“I’ve seen a wide variety of school offerings,” Multari said. “My M.O. has been to throw myself head-first into the school systems that my kids are in. It’s a passion for me.”

Multari announced this week she will be throwing her hat in the ring for one of two open seats on the La Cañada Unified School District’s Governing Board in the next election, which takes place on Nov. 8.

Cindy Wilcox and Jeanne Broberg’s positions on the school board will each be up for grabs in the upcoming election. There will be at least one new face on the board, as Wilcox in March announced she won’t be seeking reelection.

Multari first became interested in running for the school board before the 2009 elections. She felt she didn’t have enough gravitas to be a player at that point after moving to La Cañada in 2007, so she decided to hold off.


“I wanted to give myself more time to learn the school system better and what our challenges are and reevaluate what I have to offer,” Multari said. “It would have been premature for me to run at that point. Now just feels like the right time.”

For the past two years, Multari has been studying LCUSD from the ground level. She’s served as a member of the Palm Crest Elementary and La Cañada High Site Council, as financial secretary for Palm Crest’s PTA, as a member of the district’s bond oversight committee, as an auditor for LCHS’ 7/8 PTA, as a director for the La Cañada Flintridge Educational Foundation and as a district task-force site leader.

“I certainly have gotten to know a lot of the players and organizations that support the schools,” she said. “It’s given me a tremendous background into the different aspects of what each organization has done for the schools.”

Multari said she isn’t a one-issue candidate. She’s more concerned with the overall quality of education in LCUSD and the board’s communication with the public, especially regarding the district’s financial outlook.

“We need to make the budget information painfully obvious to everyone so there’s no misunderstanding,” she said.

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