Group abandons effort to recall Sierra College trustee Klein |

Group abandons effort to recall Sierra College trustee Klein

A group of Sierra College instructors abandoned an attempt to recall Sierra College trustee Aaron Klein, a Sierra College professor who was leading the effort said Wednesday.

Kent Pollock, a journalism instructor at Sierra, said that his group would not be seeking to remove Klein, one of two new trustees elected in November on the seven-member board.

“We’re putting it behind us,” Pollock said Wednesday.

In January, Pollock had registered the domain name that he hoped to use in connection with a recall effort.

Those connected with the recall effort cited the hefty cost of a special election ” estimated by Placer County officials to cost at least $500,000 ” and the recall’s slim chance for passage. Klein, 26, a software developer from Colfax, won his seat largely on the strength of Republican voters in Placer County, where the majority of his voter base lies.

Klein is a registered Republican. Nearly two-thirds of registered voters in Placer County are Republican, according to the Placer County Clerk-Recorder’s office.

Klein said the failed attempt to mount a recall against him shows strong support for his principles.

Klein was the driving force behind the resignation of Sierra College president Kevin Ramirez, who left the president’s position in January after nearly 13 years at the head of the 20,000-student, four-campus system. In December, Klein asked Ramirez to resign, citing fiscal mismanagement by the college president.

“It’s clear that the voters know the job I’m doing for them,” Klein said. “I extend my hand out to the voters who were upset (about my election) to work with me to make Sierra College a better place.”

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