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Game Over? Multiple Court Docs Suggest Winkler Lived in Sylmar While Serving Saugus

Thursday, June 13th, 2013 - 3:42pm
In what could serve as grounds for immediate removal from office, court documents obtained by SCVTalk show that a person sharing the same name, age and middle initial as Saugus USD Trustee Stephen S. Winkler resided in the City of Los Angeles neighborhood of Sylmar from at least August 22, 2012 through January 7, 2103.
On both dates, Winkler filed restraining orders against the same person and each were ultimately denied by a judge. According to the declarations, both men lived in the same home on Herrick Ave. in Sylmar, renting rooms from a common landlord.  
Each declaration is signed, under penalty of perjury, with a signature that contains a distinctive "WinklerSS." UPDATE: Thanks to KHTS's Perry Smith, we have verified a signature match between these filings and a campaign-related filing made by Winkler. 
For school board members, residency in the district must be continuous, or their office is considered vacated.

1770.  An office becomes vacant on the happening of any of the following events before the expiration of the term:
(e) His or her ceasing to be an inhabitant of the state, or if the office be local and one for which local residence is required by law, of the district, county, or city for which the officer was chosen or appointed, or within which the duties of his or her office are required to be discharged.
Pursuant to this code, the Saugus USD Bylaws of the Board state:

A vacancy on the Governing Board may occur for any of the following events:
A Board member's ceasing to be a resident of the district (Government Code 1770)

(Also: this legal opinion by the CA Attorney General)
While we don't know where Winkler currently resides, we did receive an eyewitness account from a reader who confirmed that Winkler left the Santa Clarita Valley late last night and was seen driving South on Foothill Blvd. in the direction of Sylmar.
Here's a sample of the cover pages of each filing. The house number is obscured, but we can confirm that all instances show the same address.

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JeffWilson says:
Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 3:48 pm
OMG. WinklerSS. For real?
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ReaderMama says:
Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 3:59 pm
Excellent! This may well make any other discussion moot insofar as the school board is concerned. But I hope the ball does not get dropped in regard to keeping Winkler out of the classroom.
Victoria says:
Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 4:02 pm
This puts (most) local reporting to shame. Great job.
Extra points if you are able to interview Henry "Tankdog" Bradley for the details.
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Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 4:02 pm
Well, there you go.
Timothy Myers, Sr. says:
Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 4:04 pm
"Tankdog?" I see an indy comedy script!
Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 4:51 pm
Ahh - easy explanation. Someone hacked into his Retraining Order Form booklet.
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Some Brothers Shootin' Dice says:
Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 4:57 pm
Dude, ANYONE can forge court documents... ANYONE.
So I said `Lets Do This` says:
Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 5:10 pm
I hear there's a hangover of mobile notaries in SCV from the housing bubble.
LarMcc says:
Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 6:18 pm
What specific charges were spelled out in the restraining order?
KathiFD says:
Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 10:00 pm
Buh bye WnklerSS...
Alpiner says:
Thursday, June 13th, 2013 at 10:16 pm
Kudos for the entire investigation Mike.
Julie O says:
Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 12:12 am
Wonderful work, Mike and team! Fantastic turnout for this meeting tonight, thanks to your swift and thorough investigative work. We are blessed to have such brave and talented people standing up for our kids and our community. Thank you!
evitalc31 says:
Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 6:29 am
I am still learning who is who in SCV. Can anyone tell me what happened at the meeting last night? I am very interested.
ReaderMama says:
Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 6:59 am
Join the "Santa Clarita Community" group on Facebook. And go to to see the video of the meeting.
Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 8:03 am
There's video of it here:
Leemorr23 says:
Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 9:48 am
He admitted the signatures are I guess another conspiracy theory bites the dust.
Cameron Datzker says:
Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 9:57 am
I think that Stephen S. Winkler needs to be analysed by a mental care facility. Anyone who can write anything pro Nazi or have sympathy with Adolf Hitler needs to be put away. There are many
Jewish families in Santa Clarita who went through the pain of The Holocaust and to have a member agreeing to Nazi propaganda and sympathy to Adolf Hitler should be deemed as a crime of hate, fear,
intolerance. Winkler needs to be investigated thoroughly and that because of his mental state needs to be put away from society. It is a sad day for Santa Clarita.
Bill Reynolds says:
Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 12:14 pm
Obsessing Alert!
Former Resident says:
Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 1:05 pm
His car is also present outside the address in the google maps street view.

It's the white car parked on the street. You can see the many bumper stickers he has on the back of it, marking the car as his.
Saturday, June 15th, 2013 at 1:43 pm
Hillary and McKeon bumper stickers on the same car. That can only be one person!
Former Resident says:
Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 1:05 pm,-118.445049&spn=0.00061,0.001031&hnear=12614+Herrick+Ave,+Sylmar,+Los+Angeles,+California+91342&gl=us&t=h&z=21&layer=c&cbll=34.299034,-118.444971&panoid=9tfKBC0oMSAPSAAXCbDuig&cbp=12,339.97,,0,14.02

^^ Google maps address ^^
evitalc31 says:
Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 1:40 pm
It is very important that we keep this issue in the forefront. Spreading hate does not help our community.
Sunday, June 16th, 2013 at 2:36 pm
It might be fun to see Mike investigate whether any other "officials" in Santa Clarita are also posting odd stuff on YouTube and living outside their districts. It seems clear to me that the normal standards of journalism and political screening are not upheld in my little hometown...
evitalc31 says:
Sunday, June 16th, 2013 at 6:02 pm
I would be interested in seeing the results of that too.

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