Despite the appalling apathy on the part of voters living within the La Cañada school district boundaries (It looks like about three-quarters of those registered there couldn’t be bothered to cast a ballot. Really, people?), the hot topic of conversation around town for months — at least among the people I see and hear from — has been this one: Who will be seated on the school board?
I handicapped it this way: Jeanne Broberg and Ellen Multari would win. My reasoning was that Broberg would be reelected because she is the incumbent whose name is known throughout the valley. She’s had vast experience and when there is low voter turnout (it’s true I was not surprised, only disappointed, by this week’s pathetic participation rate), the incumbent generally prevails. She also had the most visible yard signs. And Multari’s campaign, I thought, was strong because she started out early, declaring her candidacy in the spring, got a quick start in social media and had the support of a whole slew of people related to the schools. That little typo on her campaign yard sign, the line “Commmited to Excellence,” was apparently in small enough font that no one held it against her. Besides, maybe the fact she didn’t reorder signs with the correct spelling perhaps shows her to be fiscally conservative, a trait that’s highly prized in these parts.