Baldwin Park Unified School District elections (2013)

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2013 Baldwin Park Unified School District Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
California
Baldwin Park Unified School District
Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
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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 district

See also: Baldwin Park Unified School District, California
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Baldwin Park Unified School District is located in the San Gabriel Valley of Los Angeles County, California. It is located in the largest city in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 76,419 residents.[1]

Demographics

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.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Baldwin Park (%) California (%)
White 43.9 57.6
Black or African American 1.2 6.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9 1.0
Asian 14.2 13.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.4
Two or More Races 3.7 4.9
Hispanic or Latino 80.1 37.6

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.[4]

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.[5]

Elections

2013

Candidates

Election results

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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTeresa I. Vargas Incumbent 31.3% 2,110
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCarlos Lopez 27.2% 1,828
     Nonpartisan David Lewis Muse 21.8% 1,470
     Nonpartisan Steve Woods 19.7% 1,324
Total Votes 6,732
Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns," accessed December 12, 2013

Funding

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.

Past elections

2011

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
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBlanca E. Rubio 22.2% 2,212
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChristina M. Lucero 21.2% 2,112
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJack 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
Total Votes 9,946
Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; Baldwin Park Unified School District Voter Information" accessed August 23, 2013

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Baldwin Park Unified School District election in 2013:[6]

Deadline Event
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.

Issues

Charter schools

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.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

See also

External links

References