(I also admired that alone among the new board members giving speeches, he not only acknowledged his opponent -- the former School Board president -- but did so in his first sentence, thanking him for all his years of service. This is particularly notable because his opponent was bitter and harshly critical both throughout and even continuing after the election, slamming Nick to the press.)
(I should note that my photos here don't compare to those of his official photographer at the event, the First Mother. But then Martha has an unfair advantage, given that a) she has a real camera, and b) she had been a photographer for the Los Angeles Times.)
More to the point, and above all, the operative issue about the day is that it's now officially official. (I prefer to think that the private ceremony for family held a few days before doesn't count. Rather, that it was just something like having a small, private wedding ceremony before the Big Event, in order to get more presents...) Nick Melvoin is sworn in as a new member of the Los Angeles School Board. Huzzah.