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1/10/14, 5:09 PM PST | The Los Angeles City Council on Friday agreed to the setting of a June 3 special election to fill the vacancy on the Los Angeles Unified School District board.
The school board on Tuesday decided to hold the election to fill the vacancy created with the death in December of school board member Marguerite LaMotte.
The board had said it wanted to look at the possibility of appointing a caretaker to run the office until a new member is selected.
If no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the election, a runoff between the top two vote-getters will be held Aug. 12, city officials said.
January 10, 2014 :: The Los Angeles City Council today voted unanimously, 12-0, to approve the LA Unified School Board’s request to hold a June 3, 2014 election to fill the seat left vacant by the death of Marguerite LaMotte last month.
The Council vote is allows the city to coordinate with the board on the logistics of the election, which includes filing forms and the addition of the election onto the ballot of the statewide primary, which is scheduled for the same day.
It also allows the city to work with the school board on an Aug. 12 runoff election if no candidate in June gets more than 50 percent of the vote.
Ms. LaMotte passed away on Dec 5. Her seat on the board of education will remain empty and her district unrepresented six months at best – but probably eight months – even before one factors-in the couple of weeks it will take to certify the election.
In a larger sense, with the board incomplete and the probability of 3:3 ties on an already challenged and potentially dysfunctional board all the voters, taxpayers, parents, stakeholders and students are under-represented. Taxation without representation is tyranny – whether practiced by tyrants or do-nothings..