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LAUSD Board Made the Right Call – Waiting

Ms. LaMotte, 80 LAUSD School Board members Bennett Kayser, Monica Ratliff and Steve Zimmer stopped the rush two days ago to decide how to fill Marguerite LaMotte’s vacant seat before she has been laid to rest.

“Rule 72″ is an LAUSD Board rule that requires 13 days of public notice before the Board can act on any item. Under normal circumstances Rule 72 would have prevented consideration of filling the vacancy until after Ms. LaMotte's funeral.

However, the Board can suspend the rule by approving a “Rule 72 waiver” that requires four votes for passage. With only three votes in favor of taking up replacing Ms. LaMotte on Tuesday (Tamar Galatzan, Monica Garcia and Dr. Richard Vladovic), the waiver failed, and Ms. LaMotte can be properly buried before consideration of how to replace her takes place, just as we requested prior to the Board meeting. (Read our full statement before the vote).

The item is scheduled to be taken up at the next LAUSD Board meeting on Jan. 7.
Please take a second to send board members Kayser, Ratliff and Zimmer a thank you email for showing Ms. LaMotte and our community, which is still processing her passing, respect on Tuesday:,,
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Services for Ms.LaMotte

Marguerite LaMotte’s home going services begin today, starting at noon at Angelus Funeral Home, where she is lying in repose. The full schedule of opportunities to pay your respects to our fallen warrior is as follows:

Lying in Repose
Visitation Hours – Noon to 5 p.m.
Angelus Funeral Home
3875 S. Crenshaw Blvd.,
Los Angeles 90008
Lying in Repose

Visitation Hours – 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Angelus Funeral Home
Saturday– 9 a.m.
Celebration of Life Services

(for family and close friends)
Limited seating available
St. Brigid Catholic Church
5214 S. Western Avenue
Los Angeles 90062
Interment  – Immediately following services
Holy Cross Cemetery
5835 W. Slauson Ave.,
Culver City
Saturday, Jan. 18
Public Memorial Service

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