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Scott Svonkin recall, San Gabriel Unified School Board, California (2010)

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An effort to recall Scott Svonkin from his position as a trustee of the San Gabriel Unified School District was launched in May 2010 and abandoned in early June 2010.[1][2]


Recall organizers made the decision to end the recall when they learned that the cost of administering the recall vote would be about four times higher than they had originally estimated. The school district would have had to pay for these costs, and recall organizers calculated that this might end up forcing the school district to cut back costs in other areas, including teacher positions.[2]

In addition to his position with the San Gabriel Unified School District, Svonkin is also "a political and planning consultant, a constant presence at Democratic Party fundraising events throughout Los Angeles County" and a candidate for a seat on the Los Angeles Community College Board of Trustees.[3]

Lori Husein was a leader in the recall effort. She said, "His constituents are not happy with his behavior, and this is our last option...We've tried talking to him. We've tried to have people talk to him. We've written letters, and his behavior has gotten worse."[1]

According to the Pasadena Star-News, "For months now, San Gabriel residents have been complaining of what they see as the incivility, the bullying tactics, the union shilling and the desire to get politically ahead rather than serve the parents and kids of San Gabriel Unified School District board member Scott Svonkin."[3]

Path to the ballot

Recall organizers would have needed to collect about 4,000 signatures of registered voters in the San Gabriel Unified School District in order to qualify a recall election for the ballot.

See also