L.A. School District's Top Lawyer Leaves for UCLA Job

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An L.A. Unified official who spoke out strongly against L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's schools takeover plan is leaving his post. KPCC's Adolfo Guzman-Lopez has more.

Adolfo Guzman-Lopez: A year and a half ago, the day after California legislators voted to give Mayor Villaraigosa administrative powers over L.A. Unified, General Counsel Kevin Reed hit the proposal hard.

Kevin Reed (in 2006): The bill was unconstitutional when it was introduced in late June; it remains unconstitutional today, is our view.

Guzman-Lopez: School board member Marlene Canter.

Marlene Canter: He led the charge; it wasn't particularly against the mayor, it was leading the charge that what they were asking for was unconstitutional.

Guzman-Lopez: A majority of the current L.A. Unified board won seats with support from Villaraigosa. That board voted to let the mayor run a handful of campuses. Reed says he didn't leave because of that.

He's been offered the top legal counsel job at UCLA. With the UC Regents' approval, he starts that post in about a month. It's up to L.A. Unified's Superintendent to pick a replacement for Reed, with the school board's approval.