New president for L.A. Community College District
Miguel Santiago was elected by his peers Wednesday as president of the board he has been a member of since 2008. He replaces Georgia Mercer, who retired last month. Wednesday's meeting was also the first for Scott Svonkin and Steve Veres, who joined the seven-member board that oversees the nine community college campuses that make up the district.
Svonkin had previously been a senior advisor to Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and a member of the San Gabriel Unified School District board; he won the college district position in a May runoff. Veres served two terms on the San Fernando City Council.
The board has been under scrutiny in recent months after a Times series found that millions of dollars in the district’s $5.7-billion bond-funded rebuilding program had been wasted due to poor planning, faulty construction work and frivolous spending.
-- Rick Rojas
Photo: Miguel Santiago. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times