With San Diego Councilman David Alvarez (left) cheering her on, District 8 candidate Vivian Moreno makes a triumphant entrance at Golden Hall.
Vivian Moreno at Golden Hall on election night in 2018. Photo by Chris Stone

In the wake of sexual assault accusations against Kevin Beiser, two San Diego City Council members are proposing a change to the city charter to allow a special election to remove a San Diego Unified School District board member.

In a memo released Wednesday, Councilmembers Chris Cate and Vivian Moreno propose placing a charter amendment on the March 2020 ballot as well as revisions to the city code so that it “specifically includes conditions for the recall of a SDUSD board member.”

The charter currently permits a special removal election in the case of a felony or other serious crime, mental incapacity or dereliction of duty, but this only applies to the mayor, council members and city attorney.

Cate and Moreno said the rules should be amended “to ensure consistency within the city charter.”

Their proposal comes as Beiser has indicated he will doesn’t intend to resign from the school board. He returned to board meetings on Tuesday night without acknowledging the allegations against him.

Currently school board members can only be removed from office through a recall, which requires signatures from 15 percent of registered voters to qualify for the ballot.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.