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Two Newcomers Declare CUSD Candidacy

The race to fill four trustee seats in Capistrano Unified has begun.

In a trustee area without an incumbent, a race may be taking shape.

Earlier this year, they represent. In doing so, they left one area, which includes parts of San Juan Capistrano, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores and Coto de Caza, without a trustee.

This November will be first time trustees – who have always had to live within certain areas – will not be elected at large but .

So far, two potential candidates have declared their candidacy in the as-of-now unrepresented trustee area, known as Area 2. They are Michele Taylor-Bible of Ladera Ranch and Jim Reardon of San Juan Capistrano.

According to the Ladera Times news website, Taylor-Bible was one of the founders of the Ladera Ranch Farmers’ Market.

The only online news item connecting Taylor-Bible to CUSD was another Ladera Times article in which she and her two sons were among 18 speakers who supported then-superintendent Woodrow Carter at a January 2009 special board meeting. He was eventually fired two months later.

Reardon’s recent involvement with the school district includes speaking out against the 2012-13 budget, and a civil lawsuit he filed last year, alleging the trustees violated state open-meeting laws when they .

Reardon’s in January.

Reardon is associated with a new group, Hold CUSD Accountable, which launched its website in June. The group’s spokesman, lawyer Wayne Tate, represented Reardon in his 2011 lawsuit against the city.

There are three other trustee areas that will see trustee campaigns this November. So far, incumbent John Alpay is the only one to declare his candidacy in Trustee Area 3, which encompasses most of San Clemente.

The other two areas, Nos. 1 and 5, do not have any official takers yet. Area 1 includes Capo Beach, San Juan Capistrano and Dana Point and is currently represented by Jack Brick, whose term expires in November.

Area 5 is primarily Aliso Viejo, which is currently represented by President Gary Pritchard. His term also expires in November.

Stay tuned to Patch for more CUSD election updates.

Sharon Y. July 25, 2012 at 02:20 AM
So Taylor- Bible supported old sup Carter, no thank you. The man spent his day bidding on e-bay items and lunching. I find her with zero qualifications , but good luck to ya
Matt Gaffney July 25, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Give 'em Hell Jim! You've got my vote.
Capo Parent July 25, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Reardon will be a breath of fresh air at CUSD. Someone who understands finances and the big picture, who puts students first, who is willing to call a spade a spade when necessary. At least we know he strongly favors conducting the board's business in front of the public whenever possible.
Alberto Barrera July 25, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Not trying to brag here, but I think my credentials are much better than those who are currently on the Board...
Capo Parent July 25, 2012 at 10:10 PM
I can think of 5 board members who you have better credentials then.
concerned parent July 26, 2012 at 12:26 AM
I don't know him, but I'm very glad Jim is running and will support him. We need someone who understands what's actually going on in this district and has the guts to stand up for what's right for our kids and for a long-term fiscal policy that's both responsible and sustainable.
The Lone Wolf July 26, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I think Farley deserves Jim Reardon....and I will support anyone over Pritchard and Alpay (anyone over all of them actually). These Trustees have 0 credibility after watching how they (and this administration) handled the Coaches and the booster club issues. All should be removed and Farley should be fired for embarassing this district and those coaches for nothing.
fact checker July 27, 2012 at 04:34 PM
No Lone Wolf, anyone would not be better. That kind of thinking started this mess in CUSD. It is the responsibility of every voter to be informed about the candidates. School board elections usually run under the radar. In this case a group with political motivations has targeted CUSD. They are anti public schools and their motivation is to use CUSD as an experiment in implementing their political agenda. Attend forums, study websites, and listen to both sides. Then make your decision. And keep in mind that groups who do not become part of the process will never become part of the solution. Mr. Reardon uses litigation to make his points. That takes funds away from the district. CUSD does not deserve Mr. Reardon. He has shown no inclination to work for solutions outside of a courtroom.
cusd mom July 27, 2012 at 04:46 PM
What fact checker is really trying to say is that it is only okay to have candidates that are supported by the unions and board members should just let the district take care of everything. The public only needs to be informed when decisions have already been made privately.
Capo Parent July 27, 2012 at 08:52 PM
fact checker Spouting fiction and political ideology as facts does not make one a "fact checker." As I understand it, Reardon filed suit against CUSD because it was conducting business behind closed doors to the exclusion of the public. Also, from what's been reported, Reardon offered CUSD a way out without the need for a lawsuit. CUSD refused. Before taking misguided pot shots at Reardon, trying reading the DA reports. To say they are damning of CUSD is an understatement. As for your allegation that Reardon has shown no inclination to work for solutions outside of a courtroom, pray tell, what would you have him do? CUSD basically shut out the public in its zeal to give back millions and negotiate new contracts. Reardon has appeared at board meetings and spoke. Since CUSD has not shown a willingness to work with parents and make them part of the process, your comments about Reardon are laughable, and reflect your allegiance to the teachers union and its board members.
wally george July 28, 2012 at 07:47 PM
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wally george July 28, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Reardon makes his living meddling in CUSD. A real Confidence man. Bad for kids.
Madonna Speaks August 10, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Every capo tax payer parent should be meddling into the CUSD trustee's decisions. Reardon has my vote for having the courage to speak out and helping the general public have a voice in the PUBLIC education process.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) August 10, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Newest story here: http://patch.com/A-wPJP
Silence Dogood August 11, 2012 at 11:04 PM
@wally george Reardon is just plain bad. He has no problem with the district wasting money defending against his ridiculous lawsuit. Now this anti-public education clown wants to join the board! BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE... Jim Reardon, wants CUSD to teach creationism! Jim may believe that nonsense, but it's not science. If he (or you) want to believe it, go ahead, but please don't ruin our kids' education with that fairy tale.
Capo Parent August 12, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Another worthless piece of fiction. FYI, Reardon has owned his own company for 20+ years.
Capo Parent August 12, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Silence Dogwood Appropriate moniker since your post is based on lies and misinformation. Reardon has never stated he supports teaching creationism. That's the fall back lie for the teachers union and its allies. I guess the fact the union backed trustees have saddled CUSD with a $51 million deficit means you can't address the facts so you have to resort to lies and misinformation. Next thing you'll post is that Reardon is really an alien sent from another planet to takeover education in CUSD. Stop posting for everyone's sake. You ignore the facts & truth, and your attempts at fiction are feeble and laughable.

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