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Diane Watson
Act now and name a replacement L.A. school board member
Act now and name a replacement L.A. school board member

There has been great consternation in recent days over the best way to select an interim school board member to complete the term of Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte, who died this month. The two of us, both former school board members, believe that LaMotte's former constituents would be best served if the board appointed a replacement for the remaining 18 months of her term rather than holding a special election. One reason is the substantial length of time that LaMotte's district would be without representation while waiting for an election to take place. Even if the board were to decide this week to hold an election, the balloting couldn't be conducted until March. And after the first...

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