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August 2, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Parents and students named on "enemies lists" created by Capistrano Unified School District's former superintendent have filed claims seeking $1 million each. Trustee Anna Bryson confirmed Wednesday night that the district had received claims from at least 11 people included on the lists, which this year led to the indictments of two former top administrators.
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July 24, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Former Capistrano Unified School District Supt. James Fleming, who has been indicted for allegedly creating "enemies" lists of critics, has asked the district to pay his legal fees, officials announced Monday. During an Orange County Grand Jury investigation of various district controversies in September, the school board voted to pay for his legal fees but rescinded the decision in March. In a July 9 letter to acting Supt. Suzette Lovely, Fleming requested that the matter be revisited.
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July 14, 2007 | Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writer
Two former top administrators at the Capistrano Unified School District pleaded not guilty Friday to charges stemming from the alleged creation of an enemies list to thwart a recall effort. Former Supt. James A. Fleming and former Assistant Supt. Susan McGill were indicted by a grand jury in May. Fleming was charged with misappropriating public funds, using public funds to influence an election and conspiracy to commit an act injurious to the public.
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July 7, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Tony Barboza and Yvonne Villarreal, Times Staff Writers
Orange County prosecutors plan to file a civil case against Capistrano Unified School District officials alleging that trustees illegally conducted public business in secret, including approving millions of dollars in construction cost overruns at the new district headquarters, according to grand jury transcripts unsealed Friday.
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July 3, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Critics of a southern Orange County school district launched an effort Monday to recall four longtime trustees, the latest salvo in a revolt that has besieged Capistrano Unified School District in recent years. "You have ignored the ever-growing chorus of elected officials and voters calling for your immediate resignations.
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June 16, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The arraignments Friday of two former top administrators at the Capistrano Unified School District were postponed to July 13. Former Supt. James A. Fleming was charged with misappropriating public funds, using public funds to influence an election and conspiracy to commit an act injurious to the public. Former Assistant Supt. Susan McGill was charged with perjury and conspiracy to commit an act injurious to the public.
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June 5, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
The president of the Capistrano Unified School District board on Monday urged the community to move past recent controversies -- including the indictment of a former superintendent -- and work with current leaders to restore the system's credibility. "Any jackass can kick down a barn. But it takes a carpenter to build one," said President Sheila Benecke at Monday night's board meeting.
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May 31, 2007 | David Haldane, Times Staff Writer
The man selected to become superintendent of the troubled San Juan Capistrano Unified School District has backed out of the deal, officials said Wednesday. Dennis M. Smith, who had been expected to assume his duties July 1, said in a letter to the district's board that he had reconsidered taking the position because of "uncertainty and instability" facing the district.
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May 25, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
An indictment unsealed Thursday accuses the former superintendent of one of Orange County's top school districts of using public funds to meddle in an election and create enemies lists. James A. Fleming was charged with felony counts of misappropriating public funds, using Capistrano Unified School District funds to influence an election and conspiracy to commit an act injurious to the public. A former assistant superintendent was also indicted. At a news conference Thursday, Dist. Atty.
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May 17, 2007 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Discord continued to brew in the beleaguered Capistrano Unified School District, with critics questioning two trustees' motives and behavior during the most recent board meeting. The CUSD Recall Committee criticized Trustee Marlene Draper's May 7 vote to approve planning documents prepared by a firm led by her daughter.
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