Orange County Board of Education Trustee Resigns Over Lawsuit, While Colleague Remains

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COSTA MESA, Calif.—Orange County Board of Education Trustee Tim Shaw announced his resignation Nov. 3 aft facing a suit for simultaneously serving arsenic a metropolis assembly member, contempt his workfellow doing the same.

Trustee Rebecca “Beckie” Gomez, who besides serves connected the Tustin City Council, has not received a ineligible situation contempt besides holding 2 elected seats, according to Shaw.

“She was doing that agelong earlier I started doing both,” Shaw told The Epoch Times. “No 1 ever challenged Beckie.”

Melissa Lauden, a nonmigratory of La Habra, filed the suit against Shaw successful January for holding “incompatible offices,” Lauden’s attorney, Fred Woocher, told The Epoch Times.

Shaw said the suit against him does not “allege an existent struggle of interest.”

“It’s not similar they’re saying connected Sept. 1, you had a committee gathering and formed a ballot and it was an identical vote. There was nary issue. It’s each hypothetical,” said Shaw.

Gomez was re-elected onto Tustin City Council successful 2020. She has served connected the Orange County Board of Education since 2016.

Shaw’s jurisdiction connected the committee of acquisition overlaps La Habra. Likewise, Gomez’s jurisdiction connected the committee of acquisition covers her metropolis assembly portion of Tustin.

Woocher said due to the fact that his lawsuit does not unrecorded successful Tustin, nary ineligible enactment volition beryllium taken against Gomez, contempt her being successful a akin situation.

The Epoch Times reached retired to Gomez for a remark but did not person a response.

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Shaw suspects determination is much to the suit than the allegations suggest, specified arsenic his governmental stance.

Shaw has been a portion of the committee of education’s litigation efforts against the authorities for imposing a vaccine mandate.

He has actively voiced his concerns regarding the authorities taking distant parents’ determination to take the vaccine for their children.

“Should the authorities unit children to get vaccinated?” Shaw said. “We weren’t comfy with that. We were trying to instrumentality up for the rights of parents.”

If a idiosyncratic is holding incompatible offices and is facing a ineligible challenge, they person to support the astir caller bureau they were elected into and forfeit the other, according to Shaw.

Shaw astir precocious won re-election to the La Habra City Council successful Nov. 2020 aft winning a spot connected the committee of acquisition successful March 2020.

“The lone mode for maine to marque the suit spell distant was to resign the committee of education,” helium said.

Prior to moving for a spot connected the committee of education, Shaw ensured helium would not beryllium successful usurpation of holding the 2 governmental offices simultaneously.

“That was my archetypal question,” Shaw said. “Can I enactment connected the metropolis assembly oregon not?”

Shaw received nary absorption oregon announcement of imaginable violations when informing officials of his determination to tally for some offices, helium said.

After checking with the Orange County Registrar of Voters, the La Habra City Clerk, and the Fair Political Practices Commission, helium learned “the cardinal takeaway is you whitethorn not clasp 2 offices wherever determination is simply a important clash of loyalties,” helium said. “When I’m looking astatine roles and responsibilities of a Board of Education member, there’s thing to bash with 1 another.”

While Shaw’s lawyer was assured successful his quality to win, the litigation process posed fiscal distress.

The La Habra City Council and committee of acquisition were not providing Shaw with a lawyer, leaving the ineligible bills successful his hands.

The assembly spot that pays $500 monthly was not capable to hazard paying an estimated $250,000 successful ineligible fees to combat the lawsuit, Shaw said.

“I instantly had a precise hard determination to make,” Shaw said. “It’s me, my wallet, and it’s conscionable not worthy that hazard to my family. My nationalist work present connected the metropolis assembly and committee of acquisition is not worthy six figures.”

Shaw submitted his resignation missive connected Nov. 1.

Vanessa Serna

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Vanessa Serna is simply a California-based regular quality newsman for The Epoch Times.

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