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Fall says he needs a few more days to make board seat decision

Posted: September 20, 2013 10:13 a.m.
Updated: September 20, 2013 10:13 a.m.
Chris Fall. Signal photo by Luke Money. Chris Fall. Signal photo by Luke Money.
Chris Fall. Signal photo by Luke Money.

A Hart district board seat remains in limbo after former and potentially future board member Chris Fall said he needs more time to decide on whether the potential conflict of interest that forced him from the board earlier this summer has been resolved.

Fall had originally planned to make his decision regarding the board seat in the William S. Hart Union High School District on Friday, but said he will likely decide in the next few days.

“I’m going to need a little bit more time,” he said. “Some information has been brought to my attention this week could have an impact on my decision.”

Fall said he will have to go over the new information with his lawyer before making a decision on whether to return to the board.

Fall said he will make his decision before the next regularly scheduled Hart district board meeting on Wednesday.

At the heart of the issue is Fall’s consulting agreement with a company that provides waste and recycling services to the Hart district.

That company, Consolidated Disposal Service, received a three-year contract earlier this month for the same services.

Fall resigned from the board on Aug. 16, saying he could not take part in the contract process for those services. He still needs to determine if his potential conflict of interest has been resolved, since the contract has already been voted on and awarded.

His resignation took place about two months after he was appointed to the board on June 5 to fill out the term of departed board member Paul Strickland, which ends this year.

Fall’s potential conflict fell under section 1090 of the California Government Code, which bars elected or appointed officials from taking part in contract discussions they may have a financial interest in.

Under such circumstances, the board either can’t make a decision on the issue or the board member has to resign, according to the California Attorney General’s office, though a few narrow exceptions exist.

Before his resignation, Fall filed to run for a full, four-year board term in the November election. But because no one stepped up to challenge him or the other two incumbents running for re-election, the county canceled the election on Aug. 14.

Because of this, the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office deemed all three incumbents to be elected; meaning Fall effectively still has a claim on seat for a full term.

If the potential conflict is resolved, he would be able to rejoin the board. If he wants to give up his claim to the seat, the Hart district could move forward with the process of appointing a new board member.
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