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January 26, 2007 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
The biggest confirmed-money "candidate" so far in the March school board elections won't even be on the ballot. Three-term incumbent David Tokofsky has more than $222,000 in his campaign fund, dwarfing all other candidates for the moment -- but he decided late last year not to run again. An actual candidate, challenger Johnathan Williams, estimated Thursday that he had $300,000 in the bank, but his campaign had yet to file its report with the city.
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November 7, 2006 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
Next year's Los Angeles school board elections already are shaping up as competitive and expensive races -- with results that could affect Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's intervention in local school reforms. Eight candidates filed forms Monday signifying their intent to run, including two incumbents. Four of the seven Board of Education seats are up for grabs.
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October 14, 2006 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
Early Thursday morning, in a secret office building downtown, the seven members of the Los Angeles Board of Education called in David Brewer for his final interview. It had been a long, improbable few months for Brewer. A relative unknown in national education circles and someone without any experience running an urban school system, the recently retired Navy vice admiral had emerged unexpectedly as a front-runner in the search for a new superintendent of city schools.
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October 9, 2006 | Bob Sipchen
Someone should write lyrics for the melancholy operetta that's been unfolding as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa attempts to wrest control of Los Angeles' public schools from the district's entrenched Board of Education. Call it "Middle School Musical." There isn't enough maturity on display to put "High School" in the title.
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September 6, 2006 | Howard Blume, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles school board Tuesday confirmed what it had long threatened: The district will file suit to overturn legislation giving Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa substantial authority over the city's schools. The decision came one week after state lawmakers passed a bill that would create a power-sharing arrangement among the school board, Villaraigosa and a regional council of mayors. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to sign the legislation by the end of the month.
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July 7, 2006 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
Uncertain whether they are being joined by friend or foe, members of the Los Angeles Board of Education guardedly welcomed Monica Garcia into their ranks Thursday while Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa suffered a setback in support for his efforts to have a greater role in the school district. Garcia, who was overwhelmingly elected last month to fill a vacancy on the seven-member board, was sworn in during a brief morning ceremony.
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June 8, 2006 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
Never one to be accused of being soft-spoken or timid, the newest member of the Los Angeles Board of Education wasted little time getting to work Wednesday. At 11 a.m., Monica Garcia walked briskly into the school district's Friedman Occupational Center. Doing away quickly with pleasantries, she peppered officials with questions about campus programs and its expansion plans. "We were hoping for a day off after the election," joked Lester Garcia, an aide who is unrelated to the board member.
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May 20, 2006 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
After months of enduring attacks from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the Los Angeles Board of Education has launched a public relations offensive to highlight the district's accomplishments and slow momentum for a mayoral takeover of the schools.
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March 17, 2006 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
Despite school board candidate Christopher Arellano's plans to withdraw from the June runoff, city officials said Thursday that his name will probably appear on the ballot. Arellano announced this week that he was bowing out of the race against the heavily favored Monica Garcia for the only open seat on the Los Angeles Board of Education. The two were the top vote-getters in last week's special election, with Garcia nearly winning the race outright.
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March 10, 2006 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
The city's powerful teachers union distanced itself from embattled school board candidate Christopher Arellano this week, when an influential committee voted to suspend support for him and recommended that the union withdraw its endorsement. United Teachers Los Angeles' political action committee voted 27 to 3 Wednesday night to recommend to the union's 300-member house of representatives that it pull its support for Arellano, said union President A.J. Duffy.
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