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

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An effort to recall Meredith Ibarra from her position on the Alisal Union School District Board of Trustees was launched in January 2014. County elections officials approved petitions on May 12, 2014 and a recall election is scheduled for September 9, 2014.[1]

Recall supporter arguments

The recall effort is 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 has 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 has 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 surpasses the 455-vote 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 if she is recalled can file with county elections officials through July 26, 2014.[7]

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