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Lynwood Unified School District elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Lynwood Unified School District
Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
Local ballot measures, California
Two seats on the School Board for Lynwood Unified School District were up for district wide elections held on November 5, 2013. Alma-Delia Renteria and Alfonso Morales defeated [[Linda M. George], Arturo Ramos, Edwin R. Jacinto and Alejandra Becerra for two at-large seats.
About the districtLos Angeles County, California in Lynwood, California. It is located in the largest county in California. According to the 2010 Census, it is home to 69,772 residents.
Lynwood underperforms the rest of California when measured on the basis of median household income, percentage of residents living below the poverty level, percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a bachelor's degree and percentage of residents over the age of 25 with a high school diploma. The median household income in Lynwood was $41,875 compared to $61,632 for the state of California. 4.6% of Lynwood 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 Lynwood was 21.6% compared to 14.4% for the entire state. The United States Census also found that 49.1% of Lynwood residents aged 25 years and older attained a high school degree compared to a 80.8% in California.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
Method of board member selection
Lynwood Unified School District Board of Education 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.
- Alejandra Becerra
- Linda M. George
- Retired Lynwood teacher
- Edwin R. Jacinto
- Alfonso Morales
- Incumbent board member
- Arturo Ramos
- Business professional
- Alma-Delia Renteria
On November 5, 2013, Alma-Delia Renteria and Alfonso Morales defeated four challenging candidates for two seats on the Lynwood Unified Board of Education.
|Lynwood Unified School District, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Alfonso Morales Incumbent||20.4%||1,016|
|Nonpartisan||Linda M. George||19.4%||967|
|Nonpartisan||Edwin R. Jacinto||13.8%||685|
|Nonpartisan||Alejandra "Aly" Becerra||4.3%||215|
|Source: Los Angeles County Clerk, "NOVEMBER 5, 2013 - LOCAL & MUNI CONSOLIDATED ELECTION Final Official Election Returns," accessed December 12, 2013|
No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk.
Candidate Alma-Delia Renteria received endorsements from SEIU Local 99, the Los Angeles County AFL-CIO and the CSEA Chapter 116. Linda M. George received official endorsements from California Assemblyman Isadore Hall, Lynwood Teachers Association and the Lynwood chapter of the CSEA. Arturo Ramos received official endorsements from Lynwood Teachers Association, Lynwood Mayor Rachel Chavez and Lynwood Teacher and former board member Domitila Aguilar.
On November 8, 2011, three seats on the Lynwood Unified School District Board of Education were up for election. Candidates Jose Luis Solache, Briseida Gonzalez and Maria G. Lopez defeated two challengers.
|Lynwood Unified School District Board of Education, At-large General Election, 2011|
|Nonpartisan||Jose Luis Solache||24.7%||1,658|
|Nonpartisan||Maria G. Lopez||20.4%||1,367|
|Source: Smart Voter.org, "Governing Board Member; Lynwood Unified School District Voter Information" accessed October 2, 2013|
What was at stake?
Two at-large seats were up for election on November 5, 2013. Only incumbent Alfonso Morales filed seeking re-election.
Textbook theft ring
On September 5, 2013, thirteen school district employees from the Los Angeles Unified, Bellflower Unified, Inglewood Unified and Lynwood Unified school districts were indicted on charges of embezzlement and accepting bribes. These charges stem from an investigation which revealed Corey Frederick and the operators of "Doorkeeper Textz" would bribe these school district employees in exchange for textbooks acquired from the school districts. The textbooks were then sold back to the school districts or through online outlets such as Amazon or Bookbyte. A librarian in the Lynwood Unified School District, Veronica Clanton Higgins, was indicted on September 18 on charges that she accepted $14,000 in checks from Frederick.
The following dates were key deadlines for the Lynwood Unified School District election in 2013:
|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|
Additional elections on the ballot
The ballot for the November 5, 2013 election in Los Angeles County also featured elections for local and municipal positions, such as elections for City Clerk, City Treasurer, Mayor and City Council.
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- Lynwood Unified School District, California
- List of school board elections in 2013
- Los Angeles County, California ballot measures
- Local ballot measures, California
- US Census Bureau, "Lywood, California Quick Facts," accessed October 2, 2013 (dead link)
- United States Census Bureau, "Lywood, California Quick Facts," accessed October 2, 2013 (dead link)
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- Lynwood Unified, "Board of Education," accessed October 2, 2013
- SmartVoter.org, "Governing Board Member; Lynwood Unified School District Voter Information," accessed November 5, 2013
- LA Times, "13 school workers, librarians indicted in textbook theft ring," accessed September 6, 2013
- Mirna Alfonso Southgate-Lynowood Patch.com, "Lynwood School District Librarian Indicted in Textbook Embezzlement Scheme," September 18, 2013
- LA Votes, "TENTATIVE CALENDAR OF EVENTS," accessed October 2, 2013
- LA Vote, "FINAL LIST OF QUALIFIED CANDIDATES TO APPEAR ON THE BALLOT" accessed October 2, 2013