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Saugus school board member booted over question of residence

Saugus Union trustee Stephen Winkler was voted off the school board Tuesday night.
Saugus Union trustee Stephen Winkler was voted off the school board Tuesday night. (SCTV/SCVNews.com)

The Saugus Union School Board voted Tuesday night to remove one of its members because it's believed he doesn’t live in the district.

The question of Stephen Winkler’s residence was the subject of a months-long investigation. Winkler maintains he lives in Valencia, but the investigation showed he had rented a room in Sylmar, which is not in the district.

“We had actually had a private investigator following him, and the [residence] he said he was living in, he never showed up in," said board member Doug Bryce." And the [residence] down in Sylmar, he did show up several times."

Winkler has been the center of controversy recently for alleged improper online activity, including subscribing to several Nazi-themed videos on YouTube.

The board voted 4-1 to vacate his seat. Winkler was the lone “no” vote.

Those numbers mirror a vote last Thursday, when the board publicly censured Winkler for years of racially offensive and Nazi-related Internet activity they believed was his.

Bryce said Winkler’s seat would remain vacant until elections occur in November. 

After the meeting, Winkler said that he did not intend to appeal the decision or run for the seat again. He told a KCAL reporter it was time to get reacquainted with his family. 

 

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