Centinela Valley Union High School District recall, California (2014)

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An effort to recall four members from their positions on the Centinela Valley Union High School District board in California first began in February 2014.[1] 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 Gloria Ramos, Maritza Molina, Rocio Pizano and Hugo Rojas.[2] Supporters submitted the corrected format petition to recall Maritza Molina, Rocio Pizano and Hugo Rojas II on November 15, 2014.[3] The attempt to recall Gloria Ramos was not officially in motion as of October 21, 2014.[4]

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 $663,000 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]

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."[5]

—Kevin Schaaf, (2014), [2]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in California

Recall supporters must 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. For a 2014 recall, this would total approximately 8,700 signatures.[6][2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 CBS Los Angeles, "Lawndale Superintendent’s $663K Salary Sparks Call For School Board’s Recall, Criminal Investigation," February 26, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Daily Breeze, "Centinela Valley school board target of recall campaign," August 14, 2014
  3. Margaret Koenig, "Email correspondence with Election Coordination Unit, Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/ County Clerk," November 15, 2014
  4. Margaret Koenig, "Email correspondence with Rosalba Sanchez, Los Angeles County's Election Coordination Unit," October 21, 2014
  5. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  6. Los Angeles County Clerk, "Guide to Recall," July 2010