School board member facing threat of recall in Dublin

DUBLIN — A community group is gearing up to get a school board member recalled after an outburst at a meeting, and a confrontation with a councilman.

The group of Dublin residents will try to recall current school board member Dan Cunningham. They formed a political action committee, or PAC, with an undisclosed name and plan to file their papers next week with the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.

In October, an already contentious and packed school board meeting got tense when Cunningham agreed to “take it outside” with parent Mark Schroeder. The two exchanged words but never physically fought after Schroeder made comments toward Cunningham.

Schroeder said he saw Cunningham turn to fellow board member Amy Miller and tell her “this is bulls***” after a student speaker talked about the lack of a teachers contract.

That was the “straw on the camel’s back,” said recall organizer Bobby Khullar. “He has a specific attitude, he’s aggressive. He was out of line … but it’s been consistent.”

Then another scuffle occurred at this Tuesday’s Dublin City Council meeting between Cunningham and Councilman Arun Goel.

Again, although no punches were thrown, there was a tap or shove depending on the point of view, from Goel to Cunningham. Witnessed by a Bay Area News Group reporter covering the meeting, Cunningham was just inches away from Goel’s face, speaking loudly to him when it got physical. The two had to be separated by a police officer there to provide security at the council meeting.

Cunningham had confronted Goel about his reference that he was a bully during the meeting. Both men said afterward they had no intention to fight, and called the confrontation “not a big deal.”



Source: ( ,November 24, 2017)


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