Jackie Goldberg

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Jackie Goldberg
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 45th district
In office
December 4, 2000 – December 4, 2006
Preceded byAntonio Villaraigosa
Succeeded byKevin de León
Personal details
Born (1944-11-18) November 18, 1944 (age 74)
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Sharon Stricker
ResidenceLos Angeles, California

Jackie Goldberg is an American politician and teacher, and a member of the Democratic Party. She is a former member of the California State Assembly.

Life and career[edit]

Goldberg was born on November 18, 1944. A graduate of Morningside High School in Inglewood, California, Goldberg went on to graduate from the University of California, Berkeley where she was a member of SLATE and a major player in the Free Speech Movement while on campus. She also holds a master's degree in education from the University of Chicago.

With two decades of active involvement in education and politics, Goldberg continues to fight on behalf of students in the classroom, on city council, as president of the LA School Board, and in the California State Assembly. Goldberg's direct connection with students K-12 and her keen political activism has distinguished her through many decades.

A few of Goldberg's involvements include:

- Co-founded the LACER Afterschool Program that serves as many as 4,000 students annually at middle schools and high schools in central Los Angeles;

- Authored two Statewide Education Bond issues for ($4 billion in 2001–2002, $1 billion in 2006) that provided LAUSD funding to build new schools that relieved the overcrowding at district schools;

- Created a districtwide K-12 dual language education program;

- Authored both the first citywide and statewide historic domestic partner legislation;

- Authored the first citywide landmark "Living Wage" ordinance;

- Heavily involved in the development of multiple housing initiative that protect LA City renters, such as the Systematic Code Enforcement program and the Urgent Repair program;


1983-1997: Earlier Political Contributions

In 1983, Goldberg was elected to the LAUSD Board of Education where she served for two terms. Her leadership was instrumental in creating a districtwide K-12 dual language (bilingual) education program, creating and implementing a secondary peace curriculum, establishing on-campus health clinics, improving curriculum in reading, math and science, fostering policies that helped the District overcome an acute teacher shortage, successfully building new schools and additions to begin to address multi-track calendars and other overcrowding issues, and developing school-based management to create accountability and ownership for teachers and administrators at each school site. Goldberg also authored a unanimous board resolution in support of Project 10 for LGBTQ students in LAUSD. This resolution was in response to Republicans in Sacramento voting to hold all funding for LAUSD unless the board ended its support for Project 10 at Fairfax High School.

After leaving the Board in 1991, Goldberg worked for Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina as her Ethics Deputy and Children's Services Deputy. Goldberg oversaw issues such as child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, and enforcement of child support while also teaching part-time at Grant High School in the San Fernando Valley.

In 1993, Goldberg was elected to the 13th District seat on the Los Angeles City Council becoming the first openly lesbian woman to hold office on the City Council. She was re-elected without opposition in 1997.

Goldberg's distinguished City Council legacy includes authorship of the “Living Wage” ordinance guaranteeing a living wage and benefits to all employees working directly or indirectly for the City of Los Angeles; her work with the economic revitalization of Hollywood, including successful negotiations to build a retail entertainment complex in the heart of Hollywood and provide a living wage to all employees of the complex; the creation of model after-school enrichment programs in every middle school in the district; the passage of a citywide ban on the sale of small, cheap handguns known as “Saturday Night Specials”; and the development of the extremely successful “Slum Abatement” program that holds landlords accountable to the City for the condition of their properties and provides an effective system of redress to tenants who have complaints.

2000–present: Recent Political Activism

In 2000, Goldberg was elected to her first of three terms in the California State Assembly representing the state's 45th district where, as chair of the Assembly Education Committee, she reviewed hundreds of bills on virtually every aspect of preK-12 education in the State of California, oversaw K-12 and higher education budgets and learned the intricacies of state and federal education finance as a member of the Budget Subcommittee #2, and where she was a principal author of two State Education Bond Issues that resulted in LAUSD building new schools that ended half-day sessions and relieved multi-track year-round schools. Goldberg also authored numerous preK-12 education-related bills that were signed into law. When Goldberg was sworn in December 2000 when Goldberg was sworn in, she entered equipped with experience from being a member of the Los Angeles City Council. Before being elected to the council, she had served on, and was president of, the Los Angeles School Board before which she had been a teacher in the Compton Unified School District.

In addition to her effective advocacy in the State Assembly for public education, health care, gun control, and issues affecting working families, Goldberg was the author of historic and celebrated legislation that gave LGBT couples in California all the rights and responsibilities of marriage, except for those involving income tax legislation. She was re-elected in 2002 and 2004 but term limits prevented her from seeking a fourth term in November 2006.

Personal life

Goldberg is openly lesbian[1] and was a founder member of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus. She was one of three openly gay and Jewish members with Carol Migden, and Mark Leno.[2] She married longtime partner Sharon Stricker in 2008.[3] One detractor, KABC talk show host and author Larry Elder, gave her the nickname "Hurricane Jackie."[citation needed]

More recognition

As LA Councilmember, Goldberg also started a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) archetype that communities continue using across the country to ensure they receive direct benefit from major economic development initiatives locally. She worked with the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy to ensure the development of the Hollywood and Highland Center (where the Academy Awards are hosted) included targeted community benefits such as local hire, living wage policies, and others. This collaborative effort modeled the first "full blown" Community Benefits Agreement negotiated by community during the Staples Center redevelopment, which serves as a model for other CBA negotiations across the United States.[4]

She was a founding member of the Progressive Caucus in Sacramento. Goldberg and her wife have one son. She is a Los Angeles native and a resident of Echo Park since 1967.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Simon, Mark (September 20, 2003), "Davis signs bill giving partners rights", San Francisco Chronicle, retrieved 2007-11-23
  2. ^ Handler, Judd (August 2007). "Breaking OUT - San Diego's Gay Jews". San Diego Jewish Journal.
  3. ^ "Making the Case for Gay Marriage", CityWatch, January 22, 2010, retrieved 2010-02-14
  4. ^ "Community Benefits Agreements in the Political Economy of Urban Development | University of Chicago - SSA". ssa.uchicago.edu. Retrieved 2018-12-09.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Michael Woo
Los Angeles City Council
13th district

Succeeded by
Eric Garcetti
Preceded by
Antonio Villaraigosa
California State Assemblymember
45th district

Succeeded by
Kevin de León