Carol Gordon recall, Vallecito Union School District, California (2014)
An effort to recall Carol Gordon from the Vallecito Union School Board was first discussed in June 2014. District residents have not yet circulated petitions as of July 1, 2014, though Gordon's refusal to resign from the board led to discussions about a potential recall.
Recall supporter arguments
Rumblings of a recall effort against Carol Gordon emerged after a contentious board meeting on June 25, 2014. Gordon, a former teacher in the district, has faced increasing scrutiny of her behavior as a volunteer with the district's Reading Buddy program. The program requires volunteers to be supervised by school staff while working with students. Gordon began to request private reading sessions with students in February 2014, according to Michelson Elementary School principal Brett Loring. She was also overheard making unusual statements about reading material to students during her Reading Buddy classes.
On April 30, 2014, Loring asked Gordon to stay away from Michelson Elementary except during board meetings. After Loring's request, Gordon made three visits to the school including two visits when Loring was not present. Loring contacted the local police during Gordon's third visit and filed a restraining order against the board member effective on June 24, 2014. She refused to resign during the June 25 meeting after facing criticism from local parents and school staff members. Fellow board members are currently pursuing a censure against Gordon and the California Attorney General is investigating possible removal from office.
Path to the ballot
- See also: Laws governing recall in California
Recall supporters would need to submit a Notice of Intention to Gordon before accumulating petitions for an election. This notice includes a 200-word summary of why local voters seek a recall election. The next step is a review of petition language by county elections officials. If language is approved, recall organizers would need to gather signatures from district residents and submit these petitions to the county elections official. The county would schedule a recall election after the completed review of signatures.
The unsettled status of this recall means that an election on the November 4, 2014 general election date would require quick work by recall supporters. A recall election held on the general election date would cost the district $4,500 compared to $12,000 for a special election.