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New L.A. Unified School board members

July 1, 2009 |  3:54 pm

Two new Los Angeles Board of Education members were sworn in this afternoon.

Steve Zimmer replaced Marlene Canter and represents District 4, which covers most of the Westside and parts of Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley. He defeated Fairfax High teacher Mike Stryer.

San Fernando City Councilwoman Nury Martinez replaces Julie Korenstein and represents District 6, which includes the eastern San Fernando Valley. She narrowly defeated Cal State Northridge instructor Louis Pugliese.

Monica Garcia, the current school board president, who ran unopposed, was also sworn in.

All three were elected to four-year terms. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa made some opening remarks in which he wished the new board members well and urged them to continue to push hard on behalf of the children of the nation's second-largest school district. 

Later, Garcia was reelected by her colleagues for another one-year term as board president, a largely ceremonial position. 

-- Jason Song