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.

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 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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