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County elections chief provides details about SRVUSD recall petition process

Clerk-Recorder Cooper says 20% of voters (per trustee area) needed to trigger special election

A recall effort has been called against (from left) SRVUSD board members Rachel Hurd, Ken Mintz and Board President Susanna Ordway. (File photos)

Notices of intent to recall three members of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education have been received by the Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder Office, which has confirmed that at least 20% of voters will need to sign the petition in order to initiate a special recall election.

Launched by a group of San Ramon Valley parents over the district's decision to postpone the restart in-person learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants are seeking to recall Board President Susanna Ordway, Board Member Rachel Hurd and Board Member Ken Mintz.

In order to force a special election asking voters if these board members should be recalled, Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder Debi Cooper said petitioners will need to acquire at least 20% of signatures from registered voters in each of the board member's home districts.

Mintz's Trustee Area 1 for example has 23,907 registered voters, according to Cooper, so petitioners would need to receive signatures from at least 4,782 residents for a special recall election to be called in that district.

SRVUSD's Trustee Area 4 would require at least 3,886 of the area's 19,427 registered voters to sign on in order to call a vote to recall Ordway -- that district's representative.

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Over in Trustee Area 5, petitioners seeking to recall Hurd will need 4,380 signatures from the area's 21,897 registered voters in order to force a special election.

It should also be noted that the aforementioned figures could change slightly depending on when the recall petition is filed, according to Cooper, who said that updated figures will be made available after the district's next registration report in February.

"We are using the registration figures from the last report to the Secretary of State in late October -- used for the November election. Once we do our next registration report (February), the numbers below will change based on the registration changes since the last report date. It should not change them much, but they will probably all go up slightly based on new and changes in registrations," she said.

Proponents must file two blank copies of the proposed petition with county elections officials before they can officially begin circulating the petition, afterward a timer starts on the amount of days proponents have to find the minimum number of signatures.

According to local office recall procedures from the California Secretary of State's Office, petitioners will have 90 days to receive the minimum number of signatures needed.

The recall backers said they could not include new board members Laura Bratt and Shelley Clark in their petition effort because state law prevents recalling officials within 90 days of taking office. Bratt and Clark won election on the Nov. 3 ballot and took their seats last month.

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County elections chief provides details about SRVUSD recall petition process

Clerk-Recorder Cooper says 20% of voters (per trustee area) needed to trigger special election

by / Danville San Ramon

Uploaded: Thu, Jan 14, 2021, 3:33 pm

Notices of intent to recall three members of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education have been received by the Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder Office, which has confirmed that at least 20% of voters will need to sign the petition in order to initiate a special recall election.

Launched by a group of San Ramon Valley parents over the district's decision to postpone the restart in-person learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic, applicants are seeking to recall Board President Susanna Ordway, Board Member Rachel Hurd and Board Member Ken Mintz.

In order to force a special election asking voters if these board members should be recalled, Contra Costa County Clerk-Recorder Debi Cooper said petitioners will need to acquire at least 20% of signatures from registered voters in each of the board member's home districts.

Mintz's Trustee Area 1 for example has 23,907 registered voters, according to Cooper, so petitioners would need to receive signatures from at least 4,782 residents for a special recall election to be called in that district.

SRVUSD's Trustee Area 4 would require at least 3,886 of the area's 19,427 registered voters to sign on in order to call a vote to recall Ordway -- that district's representative.

Over in Trustee Area 5, petitioners seeking to recall Hurd will need 4,380 signatures from the area's 21,897 registered voters in order to force a special election.

It should also be noted that the aforementioned figures could change slightly depending on when the recall petition is filed, according to Cooper, who said that updated figures will be made available after the district's next registration report in February.

"We are using the registration figures from the last report to the Secretary of State in late October -- used for the November election. Once we do our next registration report (February), the numbers below will change based on the registration changes since the last report date. It should not change them much, but they will probably all go up slightly based on new and changes in registrations," she said.

Proponents must file two blank copies of the proposed petition with county elections officials before they can officially begin circulating the petition, afterward a timer starts on the amount of days proponents have to find the minimum number of signatures.

According to local office recall procedures from the California Secretary of State's Office, petitioners will have 90 days to receive the minimum number of signatures needed.

The recall backers said they could not include new board members Laura Bratt and Shelley Clark in their petition effort because state law prevents recalling officials within 90 days of taking office. Bratt and Clark won election on the Nov. 3 ballot and took their seats last month.

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H
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San Ramon Valley High School
on Jan 14, 2021 at 6:33 pm
H, San Ramon Valley High School
Registered user
on Jan 14, 2021 at 6:33 pm

Very doable. 6,000 families opted to go back. With local partnerships, this is an easy win for this group. The BOE trustees in question here might want to consider if fighting this is worth the time and embarrassment. This is a single issue election and the trustees here are on the wrong side of the fence.


Elizabeth
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Alamo
on Jan 15, 2021 at 10:46 am
Elizabeth, Alamo
Registered user
on Jan 15, 2021 at 10:46 am

Move the teachers to the front of the vaccination line, and then they can go back to work safely! It doesn’t do any good to open schools if teachers get sick from contact with kids and families.


Charles
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San Ramon
on Jan 15, 2021 at 6:13 pm
Charles , San Ramon
Registered user
on Jan 15, 2021 at 6:13 pm

What a waste of time. They got their attention now let’s move forward. Provide constructive feedback and work with the current board. Dismantling the school board at this critical time isn’t going to help the students in any way!


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