District seeks names on petition

Glendale News Press
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
By Kelly Corrigan

Members of a citizens group seeking to transfer the Sagebrush area of La Cañada Flintridge into that city’s school district, and out of Glendale Unified’s jurisdiction, said they were scratching their heads Tuesday over a court order sought by GUSD’s attorneys requesting the names of people who signed a petition in support of the transfer.

The 724 signatures Unite LCF collected earlier this year from registered voters living in the Sagebrush area who support the transfer territory into La Cañada Unified, were deemed “sufficient” by Dean Logan, Los Angeles County registrar-recorder and county clerk, according to a July 18 document.

Attorneys representing Glendale Unified subsequently sought the court order to secure the list of signatures, according to the petition filed Sept. 8 in Los Angeles Superior Court. Unite LCF’s Tom Smith said he’s unsure why the Glendale district’s attorneys want the signature data.

“We’re at a little bit of a loss to understand why it’s needed. We’re a little concerned this is another attempt to slow down the process. We expected Glendale [Unified], at some point, to lawyer up. It came a little earlier than we were expecting,” Smith said.

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