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Capistrano Unified recall election certified for November ballot

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June 23, 2010

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, California: A vote about whether to recall Ken Lopez-Maddox and Mike Winsten from their positions as trustees of the Capistrano Unified School District in Orange County has been scheduled on the November 2, 2010 ballot.[1]

The recall effort was launched in January 2010.[2] 65,903 signatures were submitted to election authorities on May 14.[3]

A group called "Parents for Local Control" is sponsoring the recall effort with the backing of the local teacher's union. When the recall election was certified, they issued a statement saying, "The voters of south Orange County are highly motivated to remove and replace both Ken Maddox and Mike Winsten from the CUSD Board of Trustees at the earliest possible opportunity."[1]

In response to the certification of the recall vote, recall target Mike Winsten said, "It's one thing to get a recall election certified; it's quite another to convince the voters to un-elect someone they previously elected by a 65 to 35 percent margin. The demographics of this district don't support the public employee union agenda, and that was obvious (during the strike) to everyone with eyes wide open."[1]

Lopez-Maddox said, "I understand the teachers union is dissatisfied with their (imposed employment) contract, but it's my responsibility to put the children of the school district first. Every day the news from Sacramento gets worse. It is my responsibility to make sure our school district remains solvent and do all I can to protect programs important to children and their parents."[1]

The November recall vote is the third recall vote in Capistrano Unified in the last several years.

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