On Jan. 7, James Harris is sworn in as the new representative for OUSD’s District 7 seat.
But just two weeks later, he goes back to court, where a judge might declare him ineligible to serve on the board because of where he lives (in Oakland City Council District 7, but in the San Leandro school district) — and the seat, vacant.
Judge Evelio Grillo initially sided with Harris and against Alice Spearman, whom he beat handily on Election Day. But at a hearing today, Grillo raised more questions — and set another court date for Jan. 23.
Spearman says she’s confident that not only will she prevail in court, but that she’ll get her seat back, either through appointment or a special election.