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Group submits signatures in effort to oust Alvord schools trustee Joseph Barragan

By in Press Enterprise on December 24, 2017

By Ryan Hagen

The first days of 2018 will determine whether voters have the choice to push Alvord school board member Joseph Barragan out of office.

Months after launching an effort to recall the Alvord Unified School District trustee — whom they accuse of insulting undocumented immigrants, blacks and Muslims — a group turned in 2,125 signatures on Dec. 14 calling for a recall election.

The Riverside County Registrar of Voters has 30 business days to review them and decide if at least 1,712 are valid signatures from registered voters in the district. Barragan represents students and schools in the northern part of the Arlanza neighborhood in Riverside. Alvord educates students in the western Riverside area and part of northeast Corona.

If there are enough valid signatures, the Alvord school board will have 14 days from then to schedule a special election on whether to recall Barragan. That election must be between 88 and 125 after that, according to the California secretary of state.

The effort against Barragan began in May, after Facebook posts attacking undocumented immigrants, blacks and Muslims showed up on what appeared to be his page. Since then, a private investigator hired by Barragan found that the content came from a phony account or was possibly created using a Photoshop-like computer program. Riverside police said they found nothing to connect Barragan to the posts.

“We went to virtually every house in the trustee area, sometimes two or three times, and they remembered him,” said Gabriela Plascencia, a recall organizer. “Students remembered him doing all the things he said on Facebook and being a bully, treating our undocumented students horribly.”

Barragan didn’t reply to multiple calls and emails over the past week, but has previously said he suspects that someone created a fake page with his name on it to ruin his […]    

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