In the hot contests for three seats on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education, incumbent board president Monica Garcia has won her race in District 1, incumbent Steve Zimmer has edged out Kate Anderson in District 2, and Antonio Sanchez is ahead of Monica Ratliff in District 4, because neither won more than 50 percent of the vote, they will face each other in a runoff election on May 21.

For latest results, check out KPCC, the LA School Report and the Los Angeles Times.

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  1. CarolineSF 7 years ago7 years ago

    This was such an interesting race to watch from elsewhere in the state because of the millions poured into it from the education "reform" sector, including New York Mayor Bloomberg's ~$1 million. Most of those resources went into attempting to unseat incumbent Steve Zimmer in favor of a newcomer favored by "reformers." The effort was unsuccessful, unless a really enormous number of vote by mail ballots is still waiting to be counted and that changes the … Read More

    This was such an interesting race to watch from elsewhere in the state because of the millions poured into it from the education “reform” sector, including New York Mayor Bloomberg’s ~$1 million.

    Most of those resources went into attempting to unseat incumbent Steve Zimmer in favor of a newcomer favored by “reformers.” The effort was unsuccessful, unless a really enormous number of vote by mail ballots is still waiting to be counted and that changes the result.

    The Los Angeles Times’ endorsement of incumbent Monica Garcia made the election more interesting: “We consider Garcia a poor choice for the school board, and we always have. In her last reelection bid, we endorsed her only because there were no candidates running against her. … a divisive and sometimes careless force on the board who lacks grace and thoughtfulness as its leader … Her positions seem less considered than reactive. … her response when challenged … is simply unacceptable. … a dismissiveness and lack of basic understanding that is truly disturbing.” And that’s what her supporters say about her. Garcia, challenged by several newcomers and far better funded, still won.

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    • Manuel 7 years ago7 years ago

      In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king…

      Now the conflict moves to the Northwest San Fernando Valley. We’ll see how much money gets thrown into the runoff.

      (According to the LA City clerk [http://cityclerk.lacity.org/election/results.html], Sanchez got 13,087 votes, Ratliff got 10,351, and Cano got 4,113. If those who voted for Cano support Ratliff in the runoff, then Sanchez is toast. I suspect that mailboxes will be bulging with mailers from the “reformers”.)