Mónica García

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Mónica García
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Board Member, Los Angeles Unified School District, District 2
In office
June 2006 – present
Term ends
June 30, 2017
Years in position 9
Elections and appointments
Last electionMarch 5, 2013
First electedJune 2006
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Berkeley
Master'sUniversity of Southern California
Place of birthEast Los Angeles
Personal website
Campaign website
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Mónica García is the President of the Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District. She ran for and won re-election to her District 2 seat on the board in the March 5, 2013 elections.[1][2]

Garcia has been on the board of the Los Angeles Unified School District since first winning election in 2006, and has served as the board's president for six terms. Garcia is the third Latina to serve on the board in its 155-year history.[3]


  • B.A., Chicano Studies and Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
  • MSW, University of Southern California



See also: Los Angeles Unified School District elections (2013)

García won re-election in 2013. García faced Abelardo Diaz, Robert D. Skeels, Annamarie Montañez, and Isabel Vazquez in the primary election on March 5, 2013.[1][2]

Los Angeles Unified School District 2, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMónica García Incumbent 55.8% 19,300
     Nonpartisan Isabel Vazquez 10.1% 3,480
     Nonpartisan Annamarie Montañez 11.8% 4,093
     Nonpartisan Abelardo Diaz 7.1% 2,448
     Nonpartisan Robert D. Skeels 15.2% 5,244
Total Votes 34,565
Source: Office of the City Clerk of Los Angeles These results are final.


Campaign literature

During the 2013 campaign, García registered 22 pieces of campaign literature with the City of Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. The campaign literature included 11 emails, 6 mailers, 1 flyer, and 4 telephone scripts.[13]

Among independent expenditure groups, the Coalition for School Reform, Richard Riordan, and political action committees affiliated with the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 99 registered mailers, TV ad scripts, flyers, telephone scripts, emails, and a radio script supporting García. Political action committees affiliated with the United Teachers Los Angeles registered mailers, flyers, and telephone scripts opposing García.[14]


Candidate Campaign contributions Personal funds Indpt. expenditures in support Indpt. expenditures opposed
Abelardo Diaz $3,916.08 $1,422.61 $7,180.43 $0
Monica Garcia $429,745.29 $0 $1,210,250.86 $111,354.85
Annamarie Montañez $9,273.00 $5,000.00 $8,181.93 $0
Robert D Skeels $19,009.56 $6,025.00 $7,180.44 $0
Isabel Vazquez $15,228.00 $0 $0 $0
Campaign contributions and personal funds as reported through February 27, 2013 in the required filings with the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission. Independent expenditures are continually updated by the Commission. They were last updated here March 5, 2013. Source: Los Angeles City Ethics Commission[15]

Campaign donors

As of early February 2013, nearly 10 percent of Garcia's donations came from the entertainment industry. Major donors included:[16]

  • Wes Craven, director: $1,000
  • Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm president: $1,000
  • David Geffen: $1,000
  • Jeffrey Katzenberg: $1,000
  • Haim Saban, media billionaire: $1,000
  • David Guggenheim, documentarian, "Waiting for Superman": $1,000


García won re-election in the 2009 election to the District 2 seat on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board. She was unopposed in the March 3, 2009, general election.[17]

Los Angeles Unified School District, District 2, General Election, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMónica García Incumbent 100% 22,123
Total Votes 22,123


Garcia won election in the 2006 special election to the District 2 seat on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board. Garcia came in first among five candidates in the nonpartisan race, but did not capture more than 50 percent. The top two vote getters, Garcia and Christopher Arellano, met in a runoff, which Garcia won.[18][19]

Los Angeles Unified School District, District 2, Special Election Runoff, 2006
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMónica García 74.4% 18,600
Christopher Arellano 25.6% 6,396
Total Votes 24,996



The following questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Los Angeles:[20]

1. What is the single most important issue facing LAUSD today? As a Board Member, what would you do to deal with it?[20]

"We need to reshape the culture of our schools to establish high expectations. We must believe and work so that every child graduates from high School and is able to go to college. This means we need to give our students the tools they need to get there-- counseling, tutoring, summer supports, college fairs and--most importantly--a rigorous college preparatory curriculum."

2. How would you prioritize your local constituency in overseeing LAUSD management, setting District policy, and day-to-day decision-making?[20]

"We need to make sure we are evaluating our progress with students, that resources are getting into the classroom, and that the schools are safe. We must measure our 3rd grading reading levels, attendance, graduation, and college preparedness. We set the policy and the goals, and we must make sure day to day decisions, have local input, but work towards those ends."

3. What experience in general management, fiscal management, and budgetary oversight would you bring to the job of Board Member?[20]

"As Board President during a period of time in which we have lost billions of dollars in reduced revenue I have worked hard with our teachers, administrators, parents and community to make sure we do everything we can to make the best decisions. It has been tough, but we have made it through and need to continue to work together to make sure we have the resources we need to give our children the best education possible."

4. How should LAUSD deal with its rapidly increasing costs for retiree and employee health care?[20]

"There is no question what our schools need, across the country, is a massive reinvestment. The numbers do not add up. We have had massive cuts and we need to restore funding. Yet, I do not support taking away what we have promised our workers. We have lost over $2B in funding over the last few years. We need to restore previous levels of funding."

5. What part should standardized testing play in LAUSD's educational programs?[20]

"Testing is a part of our work. However, we cannot overburden ourselves with testing, and we cannot teach for tests. We must focus on key indicators like, 3rd grade reading levels, graduation rates, drop out rates, and college preparation. Testing is a part of what we do, but student success is the goal."

Arts for LA survey

García completed the candidate survey from Arts for LA, a group advocating greater investment in the arts. Pointing to a shortage of funds, García argued that the district "must work hard to bring these funds back and make sure arts are on top of our priority list."[21]

DFER report card

The political action committee Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) issued a report card for García on February 14, 2013. Their grades are as follows:[22]

  • Parent Choice and Quality Schools - B+
  • School District Transparency - A
  • District Leadership - A
  • Teacher Effectiveness and Quality - A

The full report card including explanations can be seen here (dead link).

Support from mayoral candidates

See also: Los Angeles mayoral election, 2013

García's re-election bid was an issue in the Los Angeles mayoral candidate forum held on February 7, 2013. Moderator Austin Beutner asked the candidates, "In School Board President Mónica García's bid for re-election, who would you vote for?" Only Jan Perry (clarifying her answer following the event) and Wendy Greuel expressed outright support for García. Though he said he "admire[s]" García, Eric Garcetti stopped short of an endorsement. Kevin James and Emanuel Pleitez passed, saying they did not know, although the former said he had a positive opinion of Abelardo Diaz.[23]

Candidate forums

District 2 candidates participated in several forums dating back to October 2012. Videos of the October 17, 2012 forum[24], the November 15, 2012 forum, and the February 13, 2013 forum are available on YouTube.[25]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Facebook - Monica Garcia, "Wall posting," accessed March 6, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Los Angeles Times, "LA Primary results," accessed March 6, 2013
  3. About Monica Garcia
  4. CCSA Advocates Independent Expenditure Committee's Form 462, January 29, 2013
  5. Coalition for School Reform, "Why we support Mónica García," accessed February 13, 2013
  6. Los Angeles Daily News, "Editorial endorsements: Three for LAUSD board - and for education reform," February 23, 2013
  7. Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, "March 2013 primary election Endorsements," accessed February 13, 2013
  8. Los Angeles Times, "For L.A. school board," February 15, 2013
  9. Los Angeles Times, "LAUSD workers union endorses both school board incumbents," December 10, 2012
  10. SEIU 99, "More on our endorsed candidates for LAUSD and LACCD Boards," January 17, 2013
  11. Teamsters 572, "2013 candidate recommendations," accessed February 13, 2013
  12. Email registered by Richard Riordan with the LA City Ethics Commission, March 1, 2013
  13. LAUSD District 2 campaign literature, LA City Ethics Commission
  14. LAUSD Distridct 2 independent expenditures related to Mónica García, LA City Ethics Commission
  15. Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, 2013 Municipal and LAUSD Election Disclosures
  16. KPCC, "Big Hollywood donors enter school board race for first time," February 5, 2013
  17. City of Los Angeles Primary Nominating & Consolidated Elections Official Election Results March 3, 2009, p. 2
  18. City of Los Angeles, "LAUSD 2 - Special Election Results March 7, 2006"
  19. City of Los Angeles, "LAUSD 2 - Special Election runoff Results June 2006"
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 Candidates' answers to questions from the League of Women Voters
  21. Arts for LA Spring 2013 Candidate Surveys: LA Unified School District
  22. Democrats for Education Reform, "CA Report Cards: Monica Garcia and Steve Zimmer," February 14, 2013. Retrieved February 14, 2013 (dead link)
  23. LA School Report, "Candidate Garcetti Waffles on School Board Endorsement," February 8, 2013. Retrieved February 14, 2013
  24. District 2 Neighborhood Coalition, "LAUSD District 2 Candidate Forum #1," accessed February 14, 2013
  25. Los Angeles Daily News, "LAUSD board candidates to appear at forums," January 19, 2013