Two candidates vying for three seats on the Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees easily defeated their opponents, while a third race is headed for a runoff.
In all, 10 candidates sought seats on the Board of Trustees, which is struggling with accreditation issues at some of its campuses, rebuilding confidence in its multibillion-dollar construction program following discoveries of fiscal mismanagement, and preparing to hire a new chancellor to replace outgoing Daniel LaVista.
For Seat 2, termed-out Assemblyman Mike Eng easily defeated retired accounting professor John C. Burke, while Ernest Moreno, retired president of East Los Angeles and L.A. Mission colleges, handily defeated real estate broker Jozef Essavi for Seat 4.
Seat 6 incumbent Nancy Pearlman will be heading for a runoff election in her bid to retain her seat. She will square off with top vote-getter David Vela, a member of the Montebello Unified School District Board of Education.
The Los Angeles Community College District covers all of Los Angeles, as well as the Palos Verdes Peninsula.