For the last eight years as lieutenant governor, Gavin Newsom sat on the boards of three public agencies, but didn’t attend many of the meetings. They’re meetings held by the UC Board of Regents, the Cal State board of trustees, and the State Lands Commission. This story shines a light on how little California’s second-in-command is expected to do.
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Austin Beutner is a former deputy mayor of LA and former publisher of the LA Times. Now he’s the frontrunner to become the next superintendent of the LA Unified School District. LAUSD has a number of candidates for the job, including some with decades of experience in education. So why Beutner -- who has little professional experience in public education?
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