Baldwin Park Unified School District elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Baldwin Park Unified School District
Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
Two seats on the School Board for Baldwin Park Unified School District were up for district wide elections that were held on November 5, 2013. Teresa I. Vargas and Carlos Lopez defeated David Lewis Muse and Steve Woods for two at-large seats.
About the districtLos Angeles County, California. It is located in the largest city in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 76,419 residents.
Baldwin Park underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma. The median household income in Baldwin Park was $52,094 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 12.2% of Baldwin Park residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 30.2 in California. The United States Census also showed the poverty rate in Baldwin Park was 16.0% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The United States Census also found that 56.5% of Baldwin Park residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.
Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.
Method of board member selection
The Baldwin Park Unified School District School Board consists of five members, all of whom are elected to four year terms. All board members represent the district at large. Board member terms are staggered so that at least two members, but no more than three are to be elected each odd numbered year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November. There are no primary elections. Two seats were up for election on November 5,2013. The three remaining seats are up for election on November 3, 2015.
- Carlos Lopez
- Computer Technician
- David Lewis Muse
- Teresa I. Vargas
- Incumbent school board member
- Steve Woods
- Local Business Owner
On November 5, 2013, two seats on the Baldwin Park Unified School District Board of Education were up for election. Teresa I. Vargas and Carlos Lopez defeated two challenging candidates.
|Baldwin Park Unified School District Board of Education, General Election, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Teresa I. Vargas Incumbent||31.3%||2,110|
|Nonpartisan||David Lewis Muse||21.8%||1,470|
|Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns," accessed December 12, 2013|
No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
On November 8, 2011 three seats for the Baldwin Park Unified School District Board of Education were up for election. Candidates Blanca E. Rubio, Christina M. Lucero, and Jack B. White defeated three challenging candidates.
|Baldwin Park Unified School District Board of Education, General Election, 2011|
|Nonpartisan||Blanca E. Rubio||22.2%||2,212|
|Nonpartisan||Christina M. Lucero||21.2%||2,112|
|Nonpartisan||Jack B. White||19.3%||1,920|
|Nonpartisan||Natalie M. Ybarra||18.9%||1,877|
|Nonpartisan||Mary L. Ferrer||12.8%||1,277|
|Nonpartisan||Deanna Coronado Robles||5.5%||548|
|Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; Baldwin Park Unified School District Voter Information" accessed August 23, 2013|
The following dates were key deadlines for the Baldwin Park Unified School District election in 2013:
|July 15, 2013||First day to file a petition of candidacy|
|August 9, 2013||Close of filing period for petition of candidacy|
|October 21, 2013||Last day to register to vote in school election|
|October 29, 2013||Final day to apply to vote by mail|
|November 5, 2013||Election Day|
What was at stake?
Two at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013.
In June 2012, the Board of Education voted 4-1 in favor of extending the contract for the Opportunities for Learning 2 charter school in for five additional years. The school is part of a study program with seven other locations throughout California focusing on at risk or homeless youths seeking a high school education. The school serves approximately 290 Baldwin Park Unified students.
Misuse of federal funds
In 2011, Baldwin Park Unified School District was ordered to re-pay $1.5 million in order to avoid penalties and possible legal action after it was revealed the district misused funds allocated for student meals. From 2004-2008, the district used money allocated for feeding students to pay for banking fees and cleaning supplies. The district also banked a portion of the funds earning interest which caused them to exceed legal limits for reserve accounts. This was the second time Baldwin Park Unified School District was ordered to repay awarded student meal money. In 2006, the district was ordered to re-pay $1.6 million in student meal money it used instead on school cafeteria construction.
Additional elections on the ballot
The ballot for the November 5, 2013 election is Los Angeles county also held elections for local and municipal positions. November 5, 2013 was the date for many concurrent general municipal elections and contained elections for City Clerk, City Treasurer, Mayor, and City Council.
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- Baldwin Park Unified School District, California
- List of school board elections in 2013
- Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
- Local ballot measures, California
- US Census Bureau, "Baldwin Park, California Quick Facts," accessed August 23, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Baldwin Park, California Quick Facts" accessed August 23, 2013
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- Gamut Online, "Board Policy: BBB" accessed August 23, 2013
- LA Votes, "TENTATIVE CALENDAR OF EVENTS," accessed August 26, 2013
- Baldwin Park Patch, "Charter School Renewal Approved in Baldwin Park," accessed August 23, 2013
- Huffington Post, "Baldwin Park Unified District Misused Federal Food Funds: Report," accessed August 23, 2013
- LA Vote, "FINAL LIST OF QUALIFIED CANDIDATES TO APPEAR ON THE BALLOT," accessed August 26, 2013
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