It’s mayoral takeovers again! BoardBuzz just can’t get enough of this one (and apparently neither can a number of mayors throughout the country). For different reasons, we think.
Today’s lesson is Constitutional Law. Yes, that’s right, straight out of Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa‘s takeover bid (which we’ve covered here, here, and here) has hit yet another snag. If you recall, a Superior Court judge declared the law, which was hastily pushed through the legislature, unconstitutional. Ah, but Villaraigosa was undeterred and appealed.
But as is the case in these hero and villain stories, Villaraigosa has been foiled again (here). Not by Batman, but by the California 2nd District Court of Appeals, which also declared the takeover bid unconstitutional. In the 44-page opinion, Justice H. Walter Croskey wrote, “The citizens of Los Angeles have the constitutional right to decide whether their school board is to be appointed or elected.” Does the story end here? Will our villain succeed in his attempt to gain control of the local school district and its multi-million dollar budget? Tune in next time for the latest installment of Mayoral Takeover Madness.