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L.A. school board incumbents nearing victory, open seat still up for grabs

With most ballots counted early Wednesday morning, initial trends held in the contests over four seats on the Los Angeles Board of Education. Three incumbents were headed to easy victories and the race to represent District 5 still appeared headed for a runoff.

In District 1, covering south and southwest L.A., Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte remained far ahead of challenger Eric Lee. In District 3, in the west San Fernando Valley, Tamar Galatzan had considerably more votes than Louis Pugliese. And in District 7, stretching across the South Bay and South Los Angeles, Richard Vladovic easily outpaced Roye Love.

In the open seat, District 5, Luis Sanchez claimed first place, followed by Bennett Kayser. But Sanchez didn’t appear likely to win a majority. Third-place finisher John Fernandez was doing well enough to help force a runoff between Sanchez and Kayser.

-- Howard Blume

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Congratulations to Galatzan, LaMotte and Vladovic...and a special congratulations to Bennett Kayser for running an effective race against the Mayor's machine candidate Sanchez. How much money will the Mayor's cronies pour into Sanchez's campaign in a run-off? Here's hoping that the cities in the southeast especially see that Kayser will better represent their interests in LAUSD than a puppet of the Mayor and his billionaire downtown developer friends.

Ms. LaMotte's victory is a victory for the teachers union, and the status quo. Ms. LaMotte's victory comes at the expense of the students of South Los Angeles.

To Ms. LaMotte's credit, she certainly has been consistent. She has defeated and maligned any reforms for the students of South LA. I guess drop out rates in excess of 50%, and anemic graduation rates, are things Ms. LaMotte is willing to accept so long as she is praised by the union establishment. More than 75% of the schools in Ms. LaMotte's District 1 have been Program Improvement schools for over 5 years. That will be Ms. LaMotte's legacy.

Those who cheer her victory, drown out the voices of the students she professes to serve. For another term, the students of South LA will have no voice.

In the end, the community of South Los Angeles got exactly what it deserved.


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