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Another CUSD Trustee Race Shapes Up

President Gary Pritchard will run for reelection. And face a challenger.

A race emerges for the trustee seat representing Aliso Viejo as a challenger has stepped forward to face off with President Gary Pritchard.

Pritchard was elected only two years ago. When voters decided to , Pritchard was elected to finish out his term.

So, with not even two years under his belt, Pritchard will run for reelection. He declared his candidacy Wednesday with the O.C. Registrar of Voters.

Also officially coming forward Wednesday was CUSD newcomer Bill Perkins. From 2001-2007, Perkins served on the Planning Commission in Costa Mesa. His exit coincided with his move to Aliso Viejo.

The Nov. 6 election will mark the first time in Capo Unified in which trustees will be elected by specific areas. Previously, trustees needed to come from one of seven specific areas but were elected by the voting population at large.

In 2010, , which changed elections to by-trustee-area only.

After being elected to the board in 2010, Pritchard served as vice president. However, because then-President Jack Brick chose not to run the regular board meetings, Pritchard has chaired the meetings for his entire term.

Since his election, Pritchard has often been in the majority in multiple 5-2 votes. The two trustees frequently on the losing end, Trustees Ellen Addonizio and Sue Palazzo, have endorsed Perkins, according to his site.

Meanwhile, , which includes parts of San Juan Capistrano, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores and Coto de Caza.

Trustee John Alpay is the only candidate to officially express interest in Trustee Area 3 in San Clemente. No one has pulled papers for Trustee Area 1, which includes a part of San Juan Capistrano and Dana Point.

Stay tuned to Patch for more CUSD election coverage.

Capo Parent Too July 28, 2012 at 06:49 AM
You failed to mention that Mr. Perkins ran for City Council in Costa Mesa twice, unsuccessfully and once in Aliso Viejo in 2010, which he also did not win. He may be a "newcomer" to CUSD, but he is not a newcomer when it comes to run for local office. You had also mentioned in another piece he has children in the district, it is my understand that this is in case not the true. It would be nice Penny if you did a little more background on would be candidates.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) July 28, 2012 at 07:01 AM
This is a very brief story, as the election has not begun in earnest. The filing period is still open. You can count on Patch to go in-depth on the CUSD seats up for election in November, more than any other news source.
Corrine K July 28, 2012 at 07:33 AM
Penny, that's a terrible excuse for a story that is lacking. A 300 word piece that is missing critical facts is flimsy, not brief.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) July 28, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Sorry, but anyone can pull papers. When they FILE, things change. But you want to fully vet someone who may or may not go through with the race, be my guest!
thejellyfish July 28, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Depending on who is pulling papers may or may not discourage someone from running. If you would like us to believe the stories that you write, then it is important that they contain factual information. If you learn that it is not factual, then correct the story.
thejellyfish July 28, 2012 at 05:35 PM
You also left out the point, that not only can anyone pull papers, but the beauty of the system is that anyone can also file papers.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) July 28, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Jelly, what in this article is there to correct? Mr. Perkins does not have kids at all. (CP2's comment could be read that he has kids but chooses other educational alternatives for them.) I apologize for calling him a "parent" in another article and will fix that.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) July 28, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Here's some info about how elections at Patch will go. When someone pulls papers, we write a BRIEF story. When they file, we have a questionnaire (already set up) they will fill out to create a candidate's page. We will invite all candidates to blog. Some will, Some won't. Besides the elections, we editors will still be covering our regular beats, and probably will not get to candidate events (meet-and-greets). They're fairly fluffy stories, so it's an editorial judgment on our part. For CUSD, I will create an issues-oriented Q & A. All candidates will have the opportunity to answer the same questions. We'll also cover financial disclosures as well. We'll happily accept letters to the editor and opinion pieces from readers of all perspectives. Then in October, Patch is sponsoring an actual debate (not a forum). Stay tuned!
Capo Parent Too July 28, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Penny, you've said in other pieces that you are not here to print press release, etc. Looks like you took what was just printed on Perkin's web page for what you know about him. Now where is Pritchard's webpage link? Nope, you don't have one, no Facebook page. Yet you sure have every perceived weakness about Pritchard pointed out here in your "Brief" piece that's not even about HIM. You claim unbias, but your short pieces tend to shout otherwise.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) July 28, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Sorry, I don't see spending your first months as a trustee as a vice president and president, chairing the meetings as a weakness. Guess we see things differently.
Sharon Y. July 28, 2012 at 10:24 PM
So such hysteria over Pritchard being challenged, might it be because he has Bankrupted the district Drove us into insolvency Reduced the school year by up to 3 weeks Increased class size Cut programs Outstanding record, hahaaha I will vote for anyone but Pritchard, he has been a epic failure
Capo Parent Too July 29, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Wow, one Trustee has quite a bit of power, doesn't he? There is no hysteria, just wanting some balance. As for perceived weaknesses, it's perceived from the opposition.
just a parent July 29, 2012 at 03:08 AM
The district is not bankrupt. The district is not insolvent. The district submitted a balanced budget as they do each year. You may not like the balanced budget but to say otherwise is misleading and inaccurate.
Clint Worthington July 29, 2012 at 06:33 AM
A balanced budget is required by law. Yes, you can have a balanced budget and still be bankrupt. A balanced budget does not mean that you have the required cash flow to support the budget.
just a parent July 29, 2012 at 06:05 PM
@Clint The district has always been and continues to be able to meet its financial obligations. Therefore, by definition, it is not bankrupt.
Sharon Y. July 29, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Clint , you are correct and the district is deficit spending with so many bridge and trans loans they can not keep track, and yes it is 100% the fault of Pritchard who has run this board for the last year and a half. He is in charge of the agenda and if he was doing his job he would be watching our scarce tax dollars. Instead he approved the budget with zero discussion , he shut it down, also shutting down democracy. You have failed our students Mr. Pritchard and you no longer deserve to hold your seat on this board
Clint Worthington July 29, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Just a Parent, I did not say the district is bankrupt. I said you can have a balanced budget and still be bankrupt. Let me give you an example: you balance your own personal budget for the year. It is a balanced budget. Revenues match expenditures. In fact, in the budget there is even some left over to put in the savings. Unfortunately, the contract with your employer (this is an example) states that you will get paid when the work is completed at the end of the year. Are you able to make the mortgage payment, water bill, car payment, etc.? No. As you do not have the cash flow to make those payments. Is the budget balanced? Yes. You can have a balanced budget and be bankrupt because the cash flow does not meet the needs of the expenses.
just a parent July 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM
@Clint I understand your premise and I'm glad that we agree that the district is not bankrupt. The district is meeting its obligations. They always have. They expect to continue to do so next year. As long as the district meets its financial obligations, it is not insolvent or bankrupt, by definition.
Clint Worthington July 30, 2012 at 04:53 AM
Just a parent, the district is meeting it's obligations today. But will the district be able to do so in the very near future? Based upon a declining enrollment, a heavy debt load including the bond obligations, I would say the future is quite uncertain financially, in my opinion.

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