Recall campaign against Kevin Beiser being considered

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Unified School Board trustee Kevin Beiser is facing a growing chorus of calls for his resignation. If he does not step aside, some of his critics have said they will organize a recall vote to remove him from the board. In a school board meeting on Tuesday, the trustees voted unanimously on a resolution asking for his resignation.

The vote follows allegations made by four men that they were sexually assaulted or harassed by Beiser.

The board’s vote was largely symbolic, since the school board trustees do not have the legal authority to oust him.

Community members and other critics of Beiser said they were prepared to organize a recall effort to force him from office.

San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu said that school district officials are governed by the same laws for recall that apply to all elected leaders in the City of San Diego. The recall process begins when proponents publish a “Notice of Intent.”

After the notice is made, there is a mandatory 21 day period in which various legal obligations are met. After the 21 day period is over, organizers of the recall have 99 days to gather the signatures required to qualify the measure for the ballot.

In Beiser’s case, the recall proponents must collect 15 percent of the 586,000 registered voters in the school district, which equals about 88,000 signatures.

Beiser’s critics will not be able to act immediately. As defined by the City Charter and the municipal code, a city official has to serve as least 6 months before he is subject to a recall.

Under that timetable, Beiser who was re-elected last fall and sworn into office in December could not face a recall effort until June. If the signatures are collected and certified by the Registrar of Voters, the school board would be required to call for an election within 180 days. The school board will have to pay for the costs of an election.

Vu said a special “stand alone” election would cost millions more than adding the recall question to the ballot of a regularly scheduled election, which will occur in March and November, 2020.

“Most likely a special election would run into the millions – we would have to recruit poll workers, establish polling places and then we would have to staff up,” Vu said.

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