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{{tnr}}A vote about whether to '''recall Leticia Garcia and Sophia Green''' from their positions on the {{school board}} of the Fontana Unified School District in [[San Bernardino County, California ballot measures|San Bernardino County]], [[California]] will take place on [[July 16, 2013 ballot measures in California|July 16, 2013]].<ref name=date>[http://www.sbsun.com/news/ci_23122524/fontana-mayor-adds-fuel-fire-recall-effort''The Sun'', "Fontana mayor adds fuel to fire in recall effort", April 27, 2013]</ref> The recall effort was launched in July 2012.<ref name=recall>[http://www.dailybulletin.com/ci_21009311/group-readies-recall-drive-against-two-fontana-unified''Inland Valley Daily Bulletin'', "Group readies recall drive against two Fontana Unified School District board members", July 4, 2012]</ref> Signatures were submitted on January 30, 2013.<ref name=submit>[http://www.sbsun.com/ci_22482471/fontana-school-board-recall-group-turns-petitions''The Sun'', "Fontana school board recall group turns in petitions", January 30, 2013]</ref>
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A vote about whether to '''recall Leticia Garcia and Sophia Green''' from their positions on the {{school board}} of the Fontana Unified School District in [[San Bernardino County, California ballot measures|San Bernardino County]], [[California]] will take place on [[July 16, 2013 ballot measures in California|July 16, 2013]].<ref name=date>[http://www.sbsun.com/news/ci_23122524/fontana-mayor-adds-fuel-fire-recall-effort''The Sun'', "Fontana mayor adds fuel to fire in recall effort", April 27, 2013]</ref> The recall effort was launched in July of 2012<ref name=recall>[http://www.dailybulletin.com/ci_21009311/group-readies-recall-drive-against-two-fontana-unified''Inland Valley Daily Bulletin'', "Group readies recall drive against two Fontana Unified School District board members", July 4, 2012]</ref> and signatures were submitted in January of 2013.<ref name=submit>[http://www.sbsun.com/ci_22482471/fontana-school-board-recall-group-turns-petitions''The Sun'', "Fontana school board recall group turns in petitions", January 30, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Timeline==
 
==Timeline==
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In April 2013, Mayor Warren made a series of controversial posts on Facebook regarding the recall. She posted an image of a circle with a line running through Garcia and Green and the words "No Convicted Criminals" beside it. Warren posted this image to several Facebook pages, including the page of the Fontana Teachers Association. Neither Garcia nor Green has a criminal record.<ref name=date/>
 
In April 2013, Mayor Warren made a series of controversial posts on Facebook regarding the recall. She posted an image of a circle with a line running through Garcia and Green and the words "No Convicted Criminals" beside it. Warren posted this image to several Facebook pages, including the page of the Fontana Teachers Association. Neither Garcia nor Green has a criminal record.<ref name=date/>
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==Garcia's response==
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A week before the July election Garcia released a response to the recall, saying among other things: "This attempt to recall me is nothing more than a personal vendetta against me by the mayor and her supporters" and "Since when is voting in opposition to a contract an offense worthy of recall?  I am only guilty of asking tough questions and particularly about a $4 million contract with the city for after school services."<ref name="fhn0711">[http://www.fontanaheraldnews.com/articles/2013/07/12/opinion/doc51df413f52f54965744896.txt ''Fontana Herald News'', "Statements for and against the recall of Leticia Garcia," July 11, 2013]</ref>
  
 
==Opposition to recall==
 
==Opposition to recall==
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==Path to the ballot==
 
==Path to the ballot==
The recall effort began in July 2012. Recall organizers were first required to submit a batch of 10 signatures in order to move forward with the recall process.<ref name=recall/> Recall supporters then needed to submit 7,905 signatures on each petition by January 30, 2013.<ref name=deadline>[http://www.sbsun.com/ci_21605495/fontana-mayor-supports-school-district-recall-campaign''The Sun'', "Fontana mayor supports school district recall campaign", September 21, 2012]</ref> On January 30, recall organizers submitted 11,658 signatures on Garcia's petition, and 11,432 signatures on Green's petition. A recall election, which is projected to cost the district $200,000 to $260,000, was scheduled for July 16, 2013.<ref name=submit/>
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The recall effort began in July 2012. Recall organizers were first required to submit a batch of 10 signatures in order to move forward with the recall process.<ref name=recall/> Recall supporters then needed to submit 7,905 signatures on each petition by January 30, 2013.<ref name=deadline>[http://www.sbsun.com/ci_21605495/fontana-mayor-supports-school-district-recall-campaign''The Sun'', "Fontana mayor supports school district recall campaign", September 21, 2012]</ref> On January 30, recall organizers submitted 11,658 signatures on Garcia's petition, and 11,432 signatures on Green's petition. A recall election, which is projected to cost the district $102,000, was scheduled for July 16, 2013.<ref name=submit/><ref name="sun0713">[http://www.sbsun.com/news/ci_23655443/fontana-unified-school-board-recall-campaign-makes-final ''The Sun'', "Fontana Unified school board recall campaign makes final push," July 13, 2013]</ref>
  
 
Five people submitted their candidacy for the school board positions should Garcia and/or Green be recalled:<ref>[http://www.fontanaheraldnews.com/articles/2013/07/05/news/doc51d6e85aed75b618574268.txt ''Fontana Herald News'', "Five candidates seek two FUSD seats if recall is successful," July 5, 2013]</ref>
 
Five people submitted their candidacy for the school board positions should Garcia and/or Green be recalled:<ref>[http://www.fontanaheraldnews.com/articles/2013/07/05/news/doc51d6e85aed75b618574268.txt ''Fontana Herald News'', "Five candidates seek two FUSD seats if recall is successful," July 5, 2013]</ref>

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A vote about whether to recall Leticia Garcia and Sophia Green from their positions on the school board of the Fontana Unified School District in San Bernardino County, California will take place on July 16, 2013.[1] The recall effort was launched in July of 2012[2] and signatures were submitted in January of 2013.[3]

Timeline

The following is the general timeline of the recall:

  • July 2012: Recall effort announced
  • January 30, 2013: Signatures for both recalls submitted
  • July 16, 2013: Election date
  • August 13, 2013: Official deadline for canvass and certification[4]

Reasons for recall

The catalyst for recall was Garcia and Green's opposition to a city-sponsored after school program. The notice of intention to circulate a recall petition states that "Garcia maligned the reputation of a program that capably serves 3,500 students and their families, jeopardizing future funding that provides over 350 jobs." Other grounds for recall include Garcia's vote to eliminate all the district's counselors, "unfounded accusations against the Fontana School Administrators and Teachers of cheating on procedures and practices on standardized state tests," and Garcia's support for a failed parcel tax ballot measure. The recall petition against Green states that Green "has repeatedly stated in public and on the record that she owes no explanation to voters for her actions or decisions."[2]

Mayor supports recall effort

Fontana's mayor, Acquanetta Warren, is a proponent of the recall effort. Warren faced a recall effort in 2011, but the recall didn't make it to the ballot.

Warren, who claims to have raised $30,000 toward the recall effort, says "I'm all in...I have been getting so many telephone calls and e-mails from people in the community about what's going on at the School Board...if I am going to lead this community, it's my job to get those two on the ballot (of a recall election) and let the people decide."[5]

In April 2013, Mayor Warren made a series of controversial posts on Facebook regarding the recall. She posted an image of a circle with a line running through Garcia and Green and the words "No Convicted Criminals" beside it. Warren posted this image to several Facebook pages, including the page of the Fontana Teachers Association. Neither Garcia nor Green has a criminal record.[1]

Garcia's response

A week before the July election Garcia released a response to the recall, saying among other things: "This attempt to recall me is nothing more than a personal vendetta against me by the mayor and her supporters" and "Since when is voting in opposition to a contract an offense worthy of recall? I am only guilty of asking tough questions and particularly about a $4 million contract with the city for after school services."[6]

Opposition to recall

The Fontana Democratic Club opposes the recall effort.[7]

Path to the ballot

The recall effort began in July 2012. Recall organizers were first required to submit a batch of 10 signatures in order to move forward with the recall process.[2] Recall supporters then needed to submit 7,905 signatures on each petition by January 30, 2013.[5] On January 30, recall organizers submitted 11,658 signatures on Garcia's petition, and 11,432 signatures on Green's petition. A recall election, which is projected to cost the district $102,000, was scheduled for July 16, 2013.[3][8]

Five people submitted their candidacy for the school board positions should Garcia and/or Green be recalled:[9]

  • Shannon O'Brien and Socorro Enriquez for Garcia's position.
  • Ayanna Blackmon-Balogun, Olivia Lopez and Jason O'Brien for Green's position.

Ballot language

The ballot language according to San Bernardino County is as follows:

FONTANA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Distrito Escolar Unificado Fontana
Shall LETICIA GARCIA be recalled (removed) from the office of Governing Board Member?
¿Debería removerse (retirarse) a LETICIA GARCIA de su puesto como Miembro de la Junta Gobernante?
YES / SI
NO / NO


Candidates to succeed LETICIA GARCIA if she is recalled (removed) from office.
Candidatos para ocupar el puesto de LETICIA GARCIA si se le remueve (retira) del puesto.
Vote for one / Vote por uno
SOCORRO ENRIQUEZ
Parent
Madre de Familia
SHANNON O BRIEN
Non-Profit Director/Parent
Directora de Org. sin Fines de Lucro/Madre de Familia
(Write-In / En-escrito)[10][11]

FONTANA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

Distrito Escolar Unificado Fontana
Shall SOPHIA GREEN be recalled (removed) from the office of Governing Board Member?
¿Debería removerse (retirarse) a SOPHIA GREEN de su puesto como Miembro de la Junta Gobernante?
YES / SI
NO / NO


Candidates to succeed SOPHIA GREEN if she is recalled (removed) from office.
Candidatos para ocupar el puesto de SOPHIA GREEN si se le remueve (retira) del puesto.
Vote for one / Vote por uno
OLIVIA LOPEZ
Retired School Employee
Empleada de Escuela Jubilada
JASON O BRIEN
Police Detective
Policía Investigador
AYANNA BLACKMON-BALOGUN
Teacher/Author
Maestra/Autora
(Write-In / En-escrito)[10][11]

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