Beckie Gomez Resigns From Orange County Board of Education
Orange County Board of Education Trustee Beckie Gomez resigned last week following a lawsuit challenging her eligibility to serve. Gomez also serves on the Tustin City Council which, according to the suit, presents a conflict of interest.
Trustee Tim Shaw, who serves alongside Gomez, faced similar questions when he simultaneously served on the La Habra City Council. He later resigned from the city council position.
Gomez said she was initially advised that she was eligible to serve. However, Attorney General Rob Bonta granted a “quo warranto” action to proceed against Gomez on May 5.
"With deep regret, I will be resigning as the board of education trustee for Area 1 effective July 1st 2022,” said Gomez.
Gomez was often a voice in the wilderness at the ultra-conservative OCBE. She frequently clashed with her colleagues over COVID-19 policies and charter school approvals. The very colleagues she sparred with will be tasked with appointing a replacement to serve out the remaining two years of her term. Gomez said she hopes the board will appoint “a reasonable, judicious colleague” to the seat.
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