An unhappy Calvin Owens has had his term on the CSD board terminated by his own hand.
July 27, 2013
Director Calvin Owens Reneges
On His Directorship Resignation
His flip-flopping to retain seat doesn't work!
Newberry Springs Community Services District director Calvin Owens
submitted his board member resignation on July 11, 2013, two days after having been humiliated
by having his CSD CAL purchase card stripped from him by the CSD board for having behaved naughty.
When word got out about the resignation, his few supporters wondered
why he had resigned. Apparently, Owens also began to wonder why he had done it?
Quickly, Owens submitted a recission letter, to his resignation letter,
which came a week before the July 23, 2013, CSD monthly general board meeting; at which time
the board would vote upon the resignation. At the meeting, the board accepted the
Under state law, the matter is clear that the board held no other option
than to accept Owens' resignation because the resignation was already a done deal. When Calvin
Owens submitted his resignation on July 11, 2013, to be effective immediately, the resignation became
immediately fact by law and it was not subject to any approval. The board's approval vote is
solely a formal recognition to move forward to seek a replacement for the vacated seat.
When an elected official submits a letter of resignation, it appears that
under state law the resigning official cannot be reappointed to the same post during the term
for which he was elected. (Cal. Gov't. Code 1752(a))
Case Law Citation
Resignation of public officer took effect immediately upon the date
mentioned in written resignation filed as required by law, no acceptance being required.
Meeker v. Reed (App. 3 Dist. 1924 70 Cal.App. 119, 232 P. 760)
At the monthy CSD board meeting on July 23, 2013, CSD board
election candidate Robert Vasseur cried crocodile tears in his usual high volume voice about
how unfair the board has been to Owens. Vasseur made no mention about Owens' own acts that
raised questions by the Grand Jury, brought shame upon the intregrity of the volunteer fire
department, and disgrace to the Newberry Springs community.
Furthermore, fringe candidate Robert Vasseur's tolerance of the past wrongs
done by Owens did not speak authoritatively on the law but appeared to be ignoring it in a
political soapbox speech campaigning for the few dwindling pro-Owens votes that may exist.
To address his preceived wrongs done to Owens, and to address a board vote
against funding of the
Senior Center, Vasseur called a special meeting at the Senior Center on Saturday, July 27.
From Owens' first CSD sponsored agenda item that was riddled with
inaccuracy, his term has been marred as an embarrassment to the community. How frequently
can one's actions keep shooting oneself in the foot? The CSD board could not do anything
other than accept Calvin Owens' resignation as mandated by state law and Owens' own knee-jerk
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