Bryson, the lone dissenter on the school board's 6-1 vote to put Carter on leave, defended her colleagues, saying there were multiple, documented reasons that led to Carter's leave of absence. Trustees say they can't disclose those reasons because of employee privacy laws.
“I think various trustees had circumstances which were valid," Bryson said. "They are pretty practical people and I have to give them their credit on accepting what occurred in some instances. It's pretty well documented."
Special guest column by CUSD Trustees Ellen Addonizio, Anna Bryson & Larry Christensen that appeared in the June edition of the Trabuco Canyon News
Come June 24th, constituents who live in the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) will have the opportunity to make a positive change in direction of our troubled school district.
Three years ago, citizens dedicated to reforming CUSD gathered over 177,000 signatures in a failed attempt to recall all seven members of the Board of Trustees. The following year, the three of us sought seats on the seven-member school board running as the “ABC Reform Slate” candidates. Read More...
ABC Reform Trustees expose, condemn new Brown Act violation by Fleming-era Trustees and call upon D.A. to intervene
Joint Statement Condemns New Brown Act Violation and Effort to Conceal Critical Information from the Public
Addonizio, Anna Bryson and Larry
Christensen, the "ABC Reform Trustees"
San Juan Capistrano, Ca. We believe that during our most recent March 24th board meeting, the four Fleming-era Trustees (Marlene Draper, Sheila Benecke, Mike Darnold and Duane Stiff) violated the Brown Act -- again. We believe the facts clearly demonstrate they did so with a specific intention to conceal from the public critical information they knew should have been made available to the public. As a result of this most recent flagrant violation (which continues a systematic pattern of illegal actions), we hereby call upon the Orange County District Attorney to immediately intercede. As a result of these illegal actions, we also will demand that the official agenda for our next board meeting on April 21, 2008 include an item calling upon CUSD to stop all expenditures and further action to construct the San Juan Hills High School Football Stadium Complex because all prior approvals for that project were obtained by presenting misleading and incomplete information to the Board of Trustees – and to the public.
On March 24th, we recessed into closed session for the stated purpose of participating in a conference with legal counsel related to potential litigation. Agenda Item 3A was entitled:
“A. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL – ANTICIPATED LITIGATION
Significant Exposure to Litigation: Two Cases…”
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Orange County, CA: Parents, taxpayers and Americans who have been frustrated with the leadership of their local School Boards, can look to South Orange County California for what will surely be a text book case for how to conduct a complete political revolution, using the democratic process. The Full Disclosure Network®(FDN) presents a FREE eight minute Internet video preview of the two latest episodes (Part 5 and 6) of an on-going cable TV series covering the real life grassroots campaign to recall or replace all seven of the elected Trustees within the Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD). Read More...
By David Haldane, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer