Meredith Ibarra recall, Alisal Union School District, California (2014)

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A vote about whether to recall Meredith Ibarra from her position as District 1 representative on the Alisal Union School District Board of Trustees took place on September 9, 2014. Ibarra was recalled, and Estrella Thoeni was elected unopposed to fulfill the remainder of her term. The recall effort was launched in January 2014.[1]

Ibarra's family began an recall effort against fellow board member Guadalupe Guzman prior to the Ibarra's recall.

Election results

Meredith Ibarra recall election, September 9, 2014
Approveda Recall23671.73%
Election results via: Monterey County Elections (September 9, 2014)
Alisal Union School District, Trustee Area 1
ApprovedaEstrella Thoeni 264 100%
Election results via: Monterey County Elections (September 9, 2014)

Recall supporter arguments

The recall effort was organized by district resident Juan Sandoval. After serving the recall papers, he argued Ibarra was "pushing her own agenda" and damaging the reputation of the board.[1] Ibarra had been the lone dissenter in recent board votes and disrupted several meetings after arguing with fellow board members. Board president Marciela Cruz proposed a five-minute time limit for board member comments during a meeting on February 19, 2014. Cruz shut down Ibarra's microphone on several occasions to maintain order during board deliberations. Ibarra and Cruz argued prior to the board's vote on a recall election on May 14, 2014, leading to a unanimous vote to remove Ibarra from the meeting.[2][3]

Sandoval previously attempted to recall Jose Castañeda for refusing to resign from the school board after winning a seat on the Salinas City Council. A judge ordered Castañeda removed from the school board in October 2013, and the recall failed due to insufficient signatures in January 2014.[4]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing recall in California

The recall process began with the submission of recall papers to Ibarra on January 21, 2014. Sandoval provided a copy of the Notice of Intention to the Salinas City Clerk. Ibarra had seven days after submission of the Notice of Intention to provide a response. The Monterey County Elections Department determined that the recall language on Sandoval's petition fit within state regulations. Sandoval followed approval of ballot language by submitting 650 valid signatures to force the recall election. This total surpassed the 455-signature threshold required for a recall in Ibarra's district.[5][6] The school board voted 4-0 to approve a recall election on September 9, 2014, with Ibarra not present for the vote after her removal from the May 14, 2014, meeting.[2][3] Candidates interested in replacing Ibarra had to file with county elections officials by June 26, 2014.[7]

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