Coachella Valley Unified School District Board recall, California (2013)

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An effort to recall five of the seven members of the Coachella Valley Unified School District Board in Riverside County, California was launched in May 2013. The recall effort did not go to a vote because supporters of the recall failed to collect enough signatures.[1]


In May 2013, a group of residents in the Coachella Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) started an effort to recall members of the CVUSD Board because they were upset over school finances and other matters. The group targeted board President Lowell Kamper, board Vice President Manuel Jarvis-Martinez, as well as board members Maria Machuca, Joe Murillo, and Anna Lisa Vargas; they did not target board members Meagan Caress and Juanita Duarte.[2][3]

In the recall petition, recall supporters alleged the targeted officials had been "financially irresponsible in developing and supporting financial decisions that will cause irreparable damage to the long term financial well-being of [their] district and community, and will negatively impact [their] fiscal solvency and stability." They also stated the members had "caused great instability and distress with [their] district by arbitrary firings and reassignments of leaders, which negatively affect the continuity of successful programs for [their] children." The targeted officials refuted arguments, stating that they had "worked tirelessly to make CVUSD a better place."[2][3]

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Recall supporters started by submitting potential recall petitions with ten signatures each. On August 2, the Riverside County Registrar’s office approved the language submitted for the recall petitions of Manuel Jarvis-Martinez, Maria Machuca and Anna Lisa Vargas. On August 4, petitions for Lowell Kamper and Joe Murillo were also approved. Recall supporters had 120 days from those respective dates to collect and submit 4,109 signatures for each targeted individual. Supporters stated they were aiming to collect 5,200 signatures for each petition. They ultimately could not collect enough signatures to put a recall on the ballot.[4][1]

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