February 19, 2015
A Los Angeles Superior Court Judge ruled on Thursday in favor of school board member Nayiri Nahabedian in a lawsuit she had filed against the Glendale City Clerk, seeking to put her name on the April 7 ballot.
Earlier this month, Nahabedian, who has been on the school board since 2007, filed the suit against City Clerk Ardy Kassakhian because election officials denied her nomination papers, stating she had missed the Jan. 29 deadline.
In her lawsuit, Nahabedian argued that, based upon an email she received from the City Clerk’s office on Jan. 28, she was told she had until Feb. 3 to turn in her nomination papers.
In court, Judge James C. Chalfant, referred to that email, sent to Nahabedian and three other school board candidates by city employee Lyova Zalyan, as the basis of his ruling in favor of Nahabedian.
“The clerk flat out said, with no qualification, you have until Feb. 3,” Chalfant said. “That was his job – to tell the candidates deadlines… and explain to them what the packet means… he did his job, and he told her what the deadline was…Boy, that’s very strong.”
Nahabedian, as well as candidates Jennifer Freemon; Kevin Cordova-Brookey and Vahik Satoorian were told in the email that the filing deadline had been extended to Feb. 3 only for Glendale Unified candidates because incumbent Sandy Russell was not seeking to run again.
While the law states that any other person except incumbents could have an extended deadline, Chalfant ultimately rested his ruling on the email, which made no clear qualification that Nahabedian’s deadline was Jan. 29.
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