April 12, 2012 | By Adolfo Guzman-Lopez
A few dozen people rally outside L.A. Unified’s downtown headquarters to announce their campaign to recall school board president Monica Garcia.
Critics of the proposed budget cuts at L.A. Unified have launched a drive to recall School Board president Monica Garcia, but the effort has some hurdles to overcome.
Robert Skeels, an education advocate and the man behind “Occupy LAUSD,” is leading the charge.
Garcia, he says, has betrayed her constituents’ trust by targeting adult education, early education and English as a Second Language (ESL) programs. The programs have all been on the chopping block in the wake of a massive LAUSD budget gap.
Recall supporters need to gather signatures from 15 percent of the registered voters in Garcia’s district — about 26,000 names.
Skeels thinks he can do it.
“The recall process is us gathering the signatures,” said Skeels. “If we gather the requisite number of signatures, the officer is immediately recalled once it’s been certified by the city clerk.”
Which would be convenient… if it were correct. Actually, signatures are only the beginning. A recall election follows the certification of signatures, and Skeels will have to master that process as well.