Issues

SAN DIEGO CVE ISSUES

1. 2016/2017 SAN DIEGO COUNTY GRAND JURY (filed May 9, 2017)
SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD ELECTIONS TIME FOR A CHANGE

School Boards Election – San Diego Grand Jury Findings

2. Press Release from Councilmember Chris Cate
https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/grand_jury_report_calls_for_change_to_school_board_elections.pdf

San Diego, CA: In response to several citizen complaints, the San Diego County Grand Jury (Grand
Jury) investigated the election process of the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) School Board
Trustees.

As stated in the report, the Grand Jury believes that “sub-district elections alone would assure that
specific concerns of each region are represented, and recommends that all SDUSD school board
trustee candidates be elected only from within their home sub-district.” Additionally, the Grand Jury
believes that “a long, uninterrupted service by a single member of the school board does not
effectively serve the district’s students and recommends that the San Diego City Charter be
amended to include term limits for the SDUSD Board of Trustees.”

On February 28, 2017, Councilmembers Cate, Kersey, Zapf, and Sherman issued a four-person
Memorandum imposing term limits and district specific elections for Board members of the San
Diego Unified School District:
https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/170228_proposed_amendments_to_city_charter_article_
vi_section_66.pdf

On March 21, 2017, the item came before the full City Council and failed, 5-4.
“While I was disappointed my council colleagues denied San Diego voters the opportunity to vote on
election rules for school board members that would bring consistency with the way we elect other
local public officials, the Grand Jury’s report provides an opportunity for this important issue to be
reviewed and addressed,” stated Councilmember Chris Cate.

California Penal Code Section 933.05(a), (b), (c), requires the City of San Diego to respond to the
Grand Jury’s report within 60 days with the following:

  • Whether the City agrees or disagrees with the Grand Jury’s findings
  • A status update on implementation of the Grand Jury’s recommendations

“I look forward to hearing this item discussed at an upcoming Rules Committee meeting and I am
hopeful that ultimately, school board members will be held accountable to the majority of the
people they represent,” said Councilmember Chris Cate.

View the San Diego County Grand Jury’s report here:
http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/dam/sdc/grandjury/reports/2016-
2017/SchoolBoardElectionsReport.pdf

3. Proposed Amendments – Memo
https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/170228_proposed_amendments_to_city_charter_article_vi_section_66.pdf

4. San Diego City Council Rules Committee proposed response to the Grand Jury
https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/17_27_response_to_grand_jury_report-school_board_elections_complete_rpt.pdf