José Castañeda recall, Salinas, California (2014)

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An effort to recall José Castañeda his position as city council member in Salinas, California is underway as of June 2013.[1][2]


The recall effort against Castañeda is being led by Juan Sandoval, who opposes Castañeda holding elected seats on both the Salinas city council and on the Alisal Union School District Board. Castañeda was elected to the city council as District 1 representative in 2012, and has been in a legal battle with the city over his duel positions. The city believes there is a conflict of interest. Castañeda has refused to resign from school board, but did not file for reelection. His school board term finishes in November.[1][3][4]

A recall attempt against Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter is also underway in relationship to the controversy. Mayor Gunter had refused to assign Castañeda to any committees until he was off the school board.[5]

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On August 21, 2013 City Clerk Patricia Barajas approved the recall petition against Castañeda. Recall supporters will have 90 days to gather 1,449 signatures from registered voters in Castañeda district.[2][6]

On June 20, 2013, Sandoval started the recall process by handing Castañeda a notice of intention to recall.[1]. Sandoval then filed a petition with the Salinas city clerk.[7] However, Sandoval failed to fulfill some legal requirement to continue with the recall effort and had to start again in late July.[6]

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