Orange schools trustee files suit

From a Times Staff Writer

Orange Unified School District Trustee Steve Rocco has sued the district, alleging that his fellow trustees violated his rights by voting to censure him for disparaging a school principal during the public session of the board.

The lawsuit, filed Nov. 21 by Rocco and the nonprofit organization Californians Aware, demands that the district rescind the censure, which was approved in October.

Rocco, an eccentric, conspiracy-minded Santa Ana resident, has created controversy since his 2004 election to the board, which oversees a $230-million annual budget and more than 31,000 students.