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LA's latest election is essentially over except for the voting, with a low turnout expected tomorrow. Then it's on to the May runoffs for Mayor — and probably for City Attorney, City Controller and some of the City Council races as well. We talk about polls, money and the search for real issues. Also, one race that will be decided tomorrow is for District 4 of LA Unified between incumbent Steve Zimmer and reformer Kate Anderson. We take a closer look at what's at stake for the school district and Superintendent John Deasy.  On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, with all the demands for Catholic reform, what are the prospects for a "Vatican Spring?"

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Producers:
Christian Bordal
Anna Scott
Evan George

Reporter's Notebook LAUSD School Board Races 7 MIN, 53 SEC

There are seven seats on the elected board of the LA Unified School District. Three are up for election tomorrow. Two are likely to end up in runoffs. But there are only two candidates for District 4, incumbent Steve Zimmer and challenger Kate Anderson. Hillel Aron is covering the elections for LA School Report, a website with news and analysis about the LAUSD.

Guests:
Hillel Aron, LA Weekly (@hillelaron)

Main Topic In Less than Twelve Hours, the Polls Will Be Open 23 MIN, 12 SEC

This year's primary campaigns in the City of Los Angeles are setting records for political spending. On the top of the ballot, of course, is the race to succeed Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The five major candidates for Mayor are City Council members Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry; former council member, now City Controller, Wendy Greuel; lawyer and former talk-show host Kevin James and technology executive and former financial advisor Emanuel Pleitez. We hear from KCRW's Saul Gonzalez on the powers the office has and those that it doesn't, then speak with experts following the race.

You check out all of our election coverage at KCRW.com/RaceForMayor.

Guests:
Dan Schnur, USC Unruh Institute of Politics (@danschnur)
Jim Newton, Los Angeles Times (@newton_jim)
Fernando Guerra, Loyola Marymount University (@LMU_CSLA)

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