Capo school factions gear up for About 75 people gather near Las Palmas Elementary School in San Clemente on Tuesday morning to meet John Alpay, who has been hand picked by the Capistrano Unified Children First group to replace Capistrano Trustee Mike Winsten.
Winsten is the target of a recall election this fall. Buttons emblazoned with the slogan "Remove, Recall, Recover" are displayed on a table at a press conference Tuesday new oakley shades hosted by Capistrano Unified Children First, the group that is endorsing candidates for Capistrano school recall election. Corporate attorney John Alpay, 37, of San Clemente addresses about 75 people during a press conference Tuesday in which he was introduced as a candidate to replace Trustee Mike Winsten in Capistrano upcoming recall election. Alpay is director of legal affairs at Oakley sunglasses company in Lake Forest. John Alpay, a candidate in Capistrano upcoming recall election, signs his name under a statement pledging he will commit to "restoring leadership within the district." Alpay was introduced by the Capistrano Unified Children First political group at a press conference Tuesday near Las Palmas Elementary School in San Clemente. Gary Pritchard, left, a candidate in Capistrano Unified upcoming recall election, and Fran Sdao, president of the Capistrano Unified Children First political group, lead a press conference Tuesday near Oak Grove Elementary School in Aliso Viejo in which Pritchard was endorsed by Children First. Gary Pritchard, 39, of Aliso Viejo speaks to about 45 people who gathered to meet him at a press conference Tuesday near Oak Grove Elementary School in Aliso Viejo. Pritchard, a community college professor who has a 7 year old daughter at Oak Grove, will seek to replace Capistrano Unified Trustee Ken Lopez Maddox in the district upcoming recall election. Gary Pritchard signs his name underneath a statement in which he commits to "restoring leadership" in the Capistrano Unified School District. Pritchard is running in Capistrano Unified upcoming recall election. Gary Pritchard, an Aliso Viejo resident and a professor of music history at Cerritos College in Norwalk, is running in Capistrano Unified upcoming recall election. Show CaptionBy Scott Martindale Orange County Register July 13, 2010 at 5:11 pm SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO The recall election date hasn even been officially set and challengers can legally declare their candidacy yet. But the parents and other activists in the Capistrano Unified School District who are trying to oust two trustees have already hand picked the candidates they want to replace Ken Lopez Maddox and Mike Winsten. On Tuesday, the Capistrano Unified Children First coalition endorsed corporate attorney John Alpay and community college professor Gary Pritchard, jumpstarting what sure to be another bitterly fought, divisive election this fall in the politically fractured school district. sure it will be pretty ugly, Pritchard, 39, of Aliso Viejo, said in an interview after being introduced at a press conference Tuesday just outside the elementary school his daughter attends. going to try to keep my family from this as far as possible. We need to keep our families out of this. announcement, which unofficially launches Capistrano heated election season, quickly drew ire from the parents group backing the incumbents. movement leader Tony Beall, a Rancho Santa Margarita city councilman, stressed that neither candidate has declared nor can declare his candidacy yet. people might not actually run, and obviously there will be other candidates, Beall said. Recall proponents say they plan to endorse a slate of five Children First candidates for the two recall seats and three school board seats that are expected to be on the ballot Nov. 2, the date of the general election and most green lens oakley sunglasses likely of the recall. If the entire slate is elected, it would wipe out the school board seven member bloc that is, the seven sitting trustees who all ran on a slate backed by the Committee to Reform CUSD parents group. have to do it this way, said Fran Sdao, Children First president and a Mission Viejo resident whose oakley fire iridium two children graduated from Capistrano schools. district is too large, and we up against a huge machine that is well funded. We are going to need every dollar we can muster. Spending topped $100,000 in the November 2008 election, with the Children First candidates receiving most of their financial backing from the district teachers union, and the candidates getting most of their support from the Committee to Reform CUSD, also known as the CUSD Recall Committee. By contrast, Capistrano didn even have a school board election 10 years ago because there were no challengers to run against the incumbents. The vigorous campaigning in Capistrano school board races is reflective of the bitter political turmoil that has rocked Orange County second largest school district in recent years, beginning with parent outrage in 2005 over construction of a sprawling, $38 million administration building. That unrest fueled the movement, which is credited with replacing all seven trustees in a two year time span, including through a recall election. But the trustees quickly developed critics of their own, vocal dissenters who have grown increasingly unhappy with the school board performance, especially its handling of fiscal and policy matters. The Committee to Reform CUSD has already begun flexing its muscles in defense of Lopez Maddox and Winsten, painting the Children First candidates as a pro union slate. is nothing but one prong in a multi pronged effort sponsored by the unions to unwind all of the reforms that the people of south Orange County have overwhelmingly voted for in the past three successive elections, Beall said. people of south Orange County do not support the unions selfish agenda, and that why I believe they will lose, just oakley sunglasses on sale as they have in the last elections. leaders vehemently deny the teachers union has been involved in the recall effort, but have stopped short of saying they would refuse union support down the line. is going to be an expensive campaign; we will have to see where we can get money, Sdao said.
important thing is we have candidates who care about kids and who have participated in education and have volunteered at our schools. This is not lip service; these are people who care about education. Alpay, the Children First candidate vying for Winsten seat, said he take money, endorsements or assistance from the teachers union.
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