Sunday, November 22, 2020

California: San Diego School Board Trustee pushed to resign, but board not yet willing to use new power to force recall vote

The San Diego Unified School Board is pushing for Trustee Kevin Beiser to resign, though the boards' new law (passed on Election Day) giving the board members the power to initiate a recall election if there is a conviction or dereliction of duty. However, two board members are not willing to use the power. Beiser is facing sexual misconduct accusations brought by four men. 

It is also unclear at the moment how a traditional voter-backed recall would work. School board members run in a primary in a subdistrict and the face a general election in the entire school district. So it is not certain if they would need signatures from 15% of registereds throughout the city, in a school district or in a specific subdistrict. This shouldn't be a surprise, as San Diego's recall law was a disaster.

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