Organizers find complications in efforts to recall Board of Trustees

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Updated: 8/04/2014 11:15 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- There are several community efforts to recall the Washoe County School District Board of Trustees. But these efforts are actually more complicated than you may think.

The first step is simple. To begin a recall process, you only need to file an Intent To Recall. You do not need to give a reason; just fill out where, who and what.

The challenge lies in getting the right signatures leading to this point. To recall an elected official, 25-percent of voters from a certain official's election need to sign a petition.

However, not all board members were elected in the same year, and all board members represent different districts. Therefore, the 25-percent number is different for each board member.

"We go through a process of verifying signatures to make sure that they meet the minimum number of signatures they need to initiate the recall," said Voter Registrar Deanna Spikula. "We transmit that information to the secretary of state's office and they will, on a certain amount of time, they will go forward and tell us, 'Yes, go ahead and hold the recall election,' and then at that point, we have to hold a special election within 30 days."

In Monday's episode of Nevada Newsmakers, Howard Rosenberg said he will not resign from the school board, and he does not think he will be recalled.
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Paladin - 8/5/2014 12:27 PM
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I guess tonysam must be the president of the Pedro Martinez fan club and has some personal issues with anger management since he obviously can't be an adult and keep it professional. YOU need to calm down and get some perspective. Folks who must resort to childish name calling usually don't have a good argument to present so they always avoid the facts of the debate and debase themselves with petty personal attacks. Wonder if that applies here??? The only valid point in your childish rant was that no one OWED Mike Mieras a job. I agree, and that applies to Pedro Martinez too. Pedro didn't like Mike and sent him packing. School board didn't like Pedro and did the same thing to him.

TheGumption - 8/5/2014 11:52 AM
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Rosenberg was part of another open meeting law violation in 2003 with the Board of Regents. You'd think he'd at least have a clue that something wasn't right this time around. Given his "experience" the community should have expected more competent representation from him. He failed miserably. His rantings and ravings just show a man who has lost his ability to serve in a composed, intelligent manner. Time to give him the boot.

Paladin - 8/4/2014 5:49 PM
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Well tonysam, I am part of the Mike Mieras fan club, he did a great job with the WCSDPD and moved the school district into the 21st century. AND I am not ignorant of the issues. The school board did the right thing in getting rid of Martinez but didn't follow the process correctly. I have many acquaintances who are parents and teachers in the WCSD and not one of them has a good thing to say about Martinez. He has made this school district worse not better in his tenure and he needed to go. Now, just because the Board didn't follow the open meeting law WCSD will be stuck with this incompetent bureaucrat for years to come. Should the board be sanctioned for not following the open meeting law? Yes. Should they be recalled? NO. If we follow your reasoning then the entire Reno city counsel and mayor would have been recalled years ago.

tonysam - 8/4/2014 4:35 PM
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Re the "unscientific" poll: ANYBODY who is opposed to a recall effort is either part of the Mike Mieras fan club, ignorant of the issues, or condones lawbreaking. There shouldn't be a single vote opposing a recall.

tonysam - 8/4/2014 4:34 PM
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Re the "unscientific" poll: ANYBODY who is opposed to a recall effort is either part of the Mike Mieras fan club, ignorant of the issues, or condones lawbreaking. There shouldn't be a single vote opposing a recall.

CJW775reno - 8/4/2014 4:31 PM
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Glad he's so confident. I certainly wouldn't be after the behavior these bullies have exhibited. Maybe they won't be recalled, but certainly don't see a single one of them garnering any loyalty at this point. Just more Northern NV Good Ole Boy mentality at work here.

tonysam - 8/4/2014 4:27 PM
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So, Howard, you won't resign even though you have been proven to have broken the law and violated someone's contract, and even if the AG fines you for violating the Open Meeting Law? Folks, this kind of arrogance is what you are up against in Washoe County.

TheGumption - 8/4/2014 4:27 PM
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Howard Rosenberg is the worst of the worst. After demonstrating infantile tantrums during the last WCSD Board of Trustees meeting, it's obvious he's a major part of the problem. This doesn't seem that complicated. You know when each of these members were elected and the SoS office should be able to provide the number of voters in that particular election. Then just go gather signatures. Given a high percentage of citizens who want to get rid of these infantile law breakers, it shouldn't be too difficult to go through the process.

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