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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Silver Lake resident sworn in as new school board member

Photo by Christine Peters

Bennett Kayser was sworn in this morning as a member of the Los Angeles school board, replacing Yolie Flores as the District 5 representative. Kayser, a retired middle school teacher, defeated Luis Sanchez of El Sereno in a school board race dominated by large amounts of campaign contributions from the teachers’ union (which supported Kayser) and allies of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who backed Sanchez. Kayser represents a district that includes Silver Lake and Los Feliz as well as El Sereno and East Los Angeles. Kayser’s oath of office was administered by former school board and city council member Jackie Goldberg (an Echo Park resident) and David Tokofsky, also a former school board member who resides in Eagle Rock, and Jeffrey Penso.



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5 comments

  1. Congratulations Bennett!! This community will be well represented.

  2. All the stories I see about Mr. Kayser vs. Mr. Sanchez talk about how the School Board heavily supported Mr. Kayser and Villaragosa’s office/friends heavily supported Mr. Sanchez.
    Being a local eastsider parent who tried to be actively involved in getting the word out supporting Mr. Kayser, I wish stories would also point out that Mr. Kayser had a very large parent and community support base. We handed out his flyers at farmer’s markets and other local “get together” spots, friends of mine went door to door on his behalf, we talked about him on our blogs and FB and encouraged others we know to vote for him. And so on and so forth. I did not see active community campaigning for Mr. Sanchez.

  3. Bennett Kayser

    A good portion of my campaign’s success resulted from the work of two great mentors: Jackie Goldberg and David Tokofsky.
    Jeffrey Penso, MD, is a pediatrician who cares for many LAUSD children and keeps them healthy. His wife Rebecca, teaches kids with special needs. They have been close family friends for many years.

    Thank you Jackie, David, and Jeffrey

    Bennett
    7th Grade Science & Health Teacher

  4. WELL GLAD TO HAVE YOU AS A NEIGHBOR MR. KAYSER LETS MAKE SOME POSSITIVE CHANGES. HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER FOR LOCAL DISTRICT 2.

  5. Mr. Kayser’s opponent was funded to the tune of millions by some of the most reactionary right wing extremists around. See:

    http://www.kcet.org/shows/socal_connected/undertheinfluence/education/the-reformers-with-deep-pockets.html

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