Citizen Outrage Provokes School District Shake-Up #476-477
October 22, 2006One Comment
Orange County, CA. –James Fleming, the Superintendent of Capistrano Unified School District resigned office in disgrace, then the county District Attorney raided District offices, the Registrar of Voters was investigated and finally admitted giving the Superintendent illegal access to Recall petitions gathered by angry citizens trying to rid the district of corruption.
FULL DISCLOSURE® interviewed members of the Capo Recall Committee and local government officials residing in the Capistrano Unified School District over the past several months documenting the course of events in an on going series for cable television and the Internet. Offering an update and behind the scenes commentary on the School District shake-up is Anthony “Tony” Beall, Mayor Pro-Tem of Rancho Santa Margarita who describes the filing of the recall initiative, the refusal to certify thousands of petitions by the Orange County Registrar of Voters and the D.A,’s raid.
Among the leaders and officials featured in the latest installments are:
- James Fleming, Superintendent, Capistrano Unified School District
- Sheilia Henness, CUSD Board of Trustees
- Anthony “Tony” Beall, Mayor Pro-Tem, Rancho Santa Margarita (Recall leader)
- Gail Reavis, Council member City of Mission Viejo
- Patricia Kelly, Council member, City of Mission Veijo
- Gary Thompson, Councilman, City of Rancho Santa Margarita,
- Neil Blais, Councilman City of Rancho Santa Margarita
- John Paul Ledesma, Councilman City of Mission Viejo
Other School District issues were cited as having added to the citizen outrage were
- Instead of firing the Superintendent, CUSD Trustees allowed the Superintendent to retire with a life-long pension at the expense of the children and taxpayers
- CUSD Board of Trustees unanimously approved paying for the criminal defense of the Superintendent, at the expense of the children and taxpayers