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Secretive petition removes Natarajan from Dublin school board; special election to follow

Original post made on Feb 4, 2019

A group of Dublin voters successfully petitioned to cancel the school district’s provisional appointment of Nini Natarajan to the Board of Trustees, setting the stage for a special election for Trustee Area 4 residents in June.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, February 4, 2019, 8:36 PM

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Posted by faraz
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 4, 2019 at 10:31 pm

Totally unfair :/ [Portion removed due to promoting a website]

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Posted by Dublin Resident
a resident of Dublin
on Feb 6, 2019 at 10:14 am

While I've heard this petition was done in an effort to give Area 4 residents the opportunity to vote, all comments in favor of this appear to come from supporters of the other candidate that was seeking the appointment. One wonders if that same group would have forced a special election costing tens of thousands of dollars if their candidate would have been appointed. I'm guessing no. If that were the case, they would be perfectly happy with the process. This is not about having the voters select a candidate, it's about a specific group of people wanting a specific candidate put into place.

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Posted by Area 4 Voter
a resident of Dublin
on Feb 6, 2019 at 11:52 am

It is great to hear that 5000 Dublin residents will be able to vote. Three School Board members from one side of town tried to steal this seat by appointing a provisional or temporary trustee, but in this case the law seems to favor the rights of voters and residents won back their right to vote. If residents had exercised this right for the many "insider" appointments over the past decade, we would probably already have a second 2000 seat high school now and DHS would be at 2000 students vs quickly approaching 4000. It is unfortunate, that that during the temporary appointees short tenure she voted to expand DHS 3700 which likely doomed any hope of a full second high school

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Posted by Anu
a resident of Downtown
on Feb 6, 2019 at 4:47 pm

In the board meeting, the trustees mentioned that they wanted someone who would work with them. Does it mean they did not want someone who would not ask critical questions? If the appointment was based on the requirement that only a YES-(WO)MAN would be appointment, then the appointment itself is foiled.

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