Elections office: Tehachapi school recall has green light

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TEHACHAPI, Calif. -- A special election aimed at recalling three school board members can go forward.

The Kern County elections office announced Tuesday that it has enough verifiable signatures to give the election the green light.

Some Tehachapi residents, calling themselves the "Friends of Recall," want to ouster Tehachapi Unified School Board members Mary Graham, Patty Snyder and Holly Hart. They were targeted when they voted to demote a popular middle school principal, Eric Triguiero, from Jacobsen Middle School. Triguiero had strong support from students and parents.

Others were upset with the three for what they said were serious mistakes in handling district finances.

"I would like parents to be able to stand up and be heard," recall proponent Eric Eggelston told Eyewitness News for a story last month.

Board president Graham dug her heels in against the recall proponents who were collecting signatures to force the election.

"In November of 2006, an overwhelming 65 percent of the voting public elected me as a trustee," said Graham in September. "And until the same voters have an opportunity to go to the polls, I will continue my service to this district."

Former board member Gary Warner was originally targeted in the recall effort, but he voluntarily stepped down.

A special election reportedly could cost the school district as much as $150,000.