Court weighs mayor’s LAUSD plan

first_imgAttorneys for the Los Angeles Unified School District argued that the mayor’s plan runs afoul of the Constitution and that the Legislature, by making it law, intended to give him powers beyond those he is granted in his elected job as the city’s chief executive. “It is unabashed that their purpose is to take away power and to give it to somebody else they think would do a better job at it,” said Fredric D. Woocher, one of the attorneys representing the Board of Education. The Office of Legislative Counsel twice concluded that the bill was unconstitutional, Woocher said. AB 1381 would have shifted some of the decision-making authority from the seven-member board to the district superintendent. LOS ANGELES – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s plan to assume partial control of the Los Angeles school district came under close scrutiny Monday by members of a state appellate court panel who questioned its impact on voters’ rights and asked whether sufficient alternatives had been explored. The justices from the 2nd District Court of Appeal heard two hours of oral arguments from attorneys for the mayor and the board of education, with Villaraigosa and the Los Angeles Parents Union attempting to convince the justices to overturn a judge’s Dec. 21 ruling that the law creating the mayor’s plan is unconstitutional. The most pointed questions came from Justice Joan Dempsey Klein, who noted the Legislation, AB 1381, is scheduled to expire in six years if it is eventually enacted into law. “There are only `X’ number of years to this scheme and then it’s all over,” Klein said. “Does that coincide with the two terms of the mayor?” last_img

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