Santa Paula Times

Blanchard Community Library Trustees election

July 19, 2000
Santa Paula News
The Blanchard Community Library District will be assuredly seeing a turnover of Trustees when three seats held by incumbents will be up for election, especially since only one of the incumbents can now legally run for a seat. Longtime incumbent Patricia Alderson - who lives just outside the city limits - will have to retire; when Alderson first joined the Blanchard Community Library Board of Trustees the residency limits to serve matched those of Santa Paula Union High School, which encompasses a wide area ranging outside city limits.In the early 1990s the SPUHS district and library formally parted ways and the library became an independent district; Alderson was allowed to keep her seat due to state Legislation that first allowed the board to forego an election and then reaffirmed seated Trustees.Rescoe, also a longtime member of the BCL Board of Trustees, subsequently moved to from Santa Paula to Ventura but was also allowed to hold his library position until the year 2000.Eugene Marzec, a former longtime member of the Santa Paula Elementary School District’s Board of Trustees, remains the only incumbent - he has served multiple terms on the BCL board - who will be eligible to run again for the library seat if he wishes.
Two years ago the district was able to avoid a costly election after longtime Trustees Elizabeth Blanchard and Mal King retired: no one filed to run for the BCL Board of Trustees so an election was not held. Dr. Dora Crouch and Stan Howlett were later appointed to the board.The cost of a library district election runs at least $15,000 that would be taken from BCL’s tight coffers.If only two candidates file to run for a Trustees’ seat an election could be avoided, especially if they fail to return nomination papers and seek an appointment: during the last decade the Santa Paula Elementary School District had a candidate slate of incumbents and was able to cancel the election.