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Centinela Valley Union High School District recall, California (2015)

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An effort to recall Hugo Rojas, Rocio Pizano and Maritza Molina from their positions on the Centinela Valley Union High School District board in California was officially underway as of January 2015.[1] The effort began in February 2014 after it was revealed that the school board had approved a compensation package of over $750,000 for then Superintendent Jose Fernandez in 2013.[2] Kevin Schaaf and Phuong Nguyen have been the primary leaders of the recall effort.[3]

Recall supporters initially considered seeking the recall of a fourth board member, Gloria Ramos, but reconsidered as Ramos is up for regular election in November 2015. The next regular election fro Molina, Pizano and Rojas is scheduled for November 2017.[1]

Recall supporter arguments

Supporters of recalling the majority of the school board are upset about Superintendent Jose Fernandez's compensation package. Fernandez earned total compensation of over $750,000 in 2013 compared to $350,000 for Jon Deasy, the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Critics of Fernandez and the board believe that the compensation is excessive for a district with 6,500 students at four high schools.[1][2]

Schaaf and Nguyen, a married couple, consider the board to be the responsible party for allowing Fernandez's high compensation. Schaaf said of the situation,

I was initially outraged at Mr. Fernandez, but I then realized he was only part of the problem. The people who have the responsibility are the board members. They are the boss in the situation. They need to be the ones who are saying, "No, that’s not a reasonable amount of money to pay you."[4]

—Kevin Schaaf, (2014), [3]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in California

Recall supporters had to first submit a Notice of Intent with the Los Angeles County Clerk that includes ballot language. The clerk provides a seven-day window for recall targets to submit responses that appear on the ballot if an election is scheduled. Petitioners must submit signatures equal to 15 percent of registered voters in the district as determined by the clerk's office.[5][3]

Proponents must gather almost 9,000 valid signatures for each of the three board member they are seeking to recall by June 29, 2015. According to the Daily Breeze, fewer than 6,000 people voted in the district's 2011 election and the 2013 election was cancelled as all of the incumbents running for re-election were unopposed.

The most recent effort is an intention to petition that was served to the board by Kevin Schaaf and Phuong Nguyen on August 12, 2014, and would recall Maritza Molina, Rocio Pizano and Hugo Rojas. Supporters submitted a corrected format petition to recall the three board members on November 15, 2014.[6]

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