Ryan Hagen, Staff Writer
Posted: 06/14/2013 07:58:10 PM PDT

The San Bernardino County Board of Education has received permission from the state Attorney General’s Office to sue Gil Navarro in an effort to remove him from the board.

The basis for the suit would be that Navarro’s election to the San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District board makes him ineligible to simultaneously serve on the county school board because of a conflict between the offices.

“We find that there is a substantial issue as to the incompatibility of the two offices Mr. Navarro currently holds, because we have previously found similar offices to be incompatible,” reads a June 11 letter from Susan Duncan Lee, supervising deputy attorney general. “A suit …is the appropriate forum for resolving the issue.”

Navarro says the two positions don’t conflict with each other and that voters should decide whether he can hold both.

“It’s a shame that Dr. (Gary) Thomas, our superintendent, wants to spend taxpayer dollars recklessly,” he said.

Navarro has been holding fundraisers to pay for his defense, but he said Friday that he also will ask to have the county pay to defend him as an elected official – despite the fact that the county is the one trying to remove him.

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