Three Board of Education members are defending their seats in Tuesday's election. Tamar Galatzan and Richard Vladovic tend to back the mayor; Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte is his staunchest opponent.
L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa knew exactly whom to alert last year when he wanted his nonprofit group to win control of a low-performing new elementary school in Watts. After all, a majority of the seven-member Board of Education was elected with the help of his substantial campaign fundraising.
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