The new election boundaries for the Los Angeles Board of Education will change minimally under new maps approved Wednesday, although they will offer something for each of the politicians who now hold those offices.
The boundaries, which were approved on a 9-2 vote by the L.A. City Council, followed a process that, early on, looked as though it could end the careers of several school board members. Early proposals moved the homes of some outside their district, or left them with territories that would be difficult to hold in an election.
The maps determine the voting districts for the seven school board seats across the sprawling L.A. Unified School District, the nation's second largest. Boundaries must be adjusted, as needed, every 10 years to account for population shifts.
An appointed commission finally emerged with maps that appeared to benefit District 2 board member Monica Garcia — the board's closest ally of L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa — and to target District 5 board member Bennett Kayser, who narrowly defeated the mayor's endorsed candidate last year.