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New boss in town

In a bit of an upset, the UTLA has elected Warren Fletcher to its powerful president's slot, KABC reports.

Fletcher isn't a firebrand as a speaker, but he carried the right message to union rank and file: this is a great union, don't tread on us, and it's really time for a change because we can see where this has been going for five awful years. He's a big picture guy known to be a capable organizer and he won't spend as much time sweating political details as his predecessor, AJ Duffy, who had problems attracting and fielding credible candidates for school board. He's an interesting complement to new Superintendent John Deasy, who smiles a lot and tries to keep a friendly face on at all times, even while trying his best to hand over as many schools to charter groups as he can.

SEIU nabob Julie Butcher calls the election "great news for Los Angeles."