L.A. Now Live: Big money in L.A. school board races


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Outside interests poured money into Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s war chest for this week’s school board elections in an attempt to influence education reform. But when the votes were tallied, the group could count only one clear winner.

Times staff writer Howard Blume will join us at 9 a.m. to discuss the results of Tuesday’s election for the Los Angeles school board and their implications.


The mayor’s political action committee, which amassed more than $3.9 million on behalf of three candidates, secured just incumbent Monica Garcia’s seat. In the other two races, the Coalition for School Reform lost its bid to unseat incumbent Steve Zimmer, who was backed by the teachers union.

The group’s other favored candidate, Antonio Sanchez, is headed for a May 21 runoff.