Voters will select three new trustees for the seven-person Los Angeles Community College District Board of Trustees on March 5.

Nine candidates are vying for three seats on a board that will be overseeing the city's community colleges during a time of turmoil.

Two campuses, Harbor and Southwest, were placed on probation last year after the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges found deficiencies in several academic and administrative areas. West Los Angeles College received a warning.

An investigation by state controller John Chiang found in 2011 that the district had mismanaged its $5.2 billion bond-funded construction program. In July 2012, City Controller Wendy Greuel said in a review conducted by her office that the selection process for the inspector general position was flawed. That position had been created to eliminate the mismanagement problems documented in Chiang's report.

The nine-campus community college district is the country's largest with an annual budget of $3.5 billion and 240,000 students.

In addition to several new trustees, the district will soon have a new chancellor at the helm. Chancellor Daniel LaVista announced his resignation last week, effective June 30.

Only one incumbent, Nancy Pearlman, decided to run for her seat.

The seven at-large trustees are elected for four-year terms and get paid $2,000 a month based on meeting attendance. The board typically meets twice a month.

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