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Archive for February, 2012

2-29-2012 Central Committee (AD 65) Filing Update

Posted by Chris Emami on February 29, 2012

Here is part 7 in this 7 part series that is going out this week on the blog.

Thank you to Meridian Pacific for the use of the map to show this district:

This Assembly district is currently represented by Assemblyman Chris Norby and represents North Orange County. With that being said here is the break-down of who has pulled papers:

Alex Burrola- A Republican party activist that has run for partisan office before and been involved in numerous political activities.

Greg Sebourn- He ran for Fullerton City Council back in the 2010 election and fell just short of winning one of the two seats that was up. We might see take two of this election.

Henry Charoen- Currently a La Palma City Councilman and potentially a future candidate for the 65th Assembly District as he has already formed a committee.

Jerry Jackson- He is currently a sitting member of the OC GOP Central Committee. *Incumbent.

Sou Moua- I was not able to find any information about this individual.

Pat Shuff- She currently sits on the OC GOP Central Committee in this district and is a former Fullerton RWF President. *Incumbent.

Alexandria Coronado- She used to be a member of the Orange County Board of Education before she was narrowly defeated last election by David Boyd.

David John Shawver- He is currently a member of the Stanton City Council and a previous opponent of John Moorlach for public office.

Shawn Nelson- Orange County Supervisor representing the 4th district and he has been a solid vote so far. He is also a current member of the OC GOP Central Committee. *Incumbent.

Readers help me out by adding info on any candidates that I may have left out and feel free to fill me in on the candidates I found nothing on.

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2-29-2012 Central Committee (AD 68) Filing Update

Posted by Chris Emami on February 29, 2012

Here is part 6 in this 7 part series that is going out this week on the blog.

Thank you to Meridian Pacific for the use of the map to show this district:

This Assembly district is currently represented by Assemblyman Don Wagner and represents a chunk of North Orange County along with a large slice of Irvine. With that being said here is the break-down of who has pulled papers:

Ken L. Williams Jr.- He is currently an elected member of the Orange County Board of Education and a past member of the OC GOP Central Committee.

Noel Stone Parrish- I could be mixing her up with somebody else but it appears that she is a former resident of Los Angeles County who moved to Orange County.

Todd Spitzer- He is currently a candidate for Orange County Supervisor in the 3rd District and an elected member to the OC GOP Central Committee. *incumbent.

Marcia Gilchrist- She has been a solid voice in Republican politics for a long time including her service as an elected member of the OC GOP Central Committee. *Incumbent.

Deborah Pauly- She is currently a member of the Villa Park City Council and Vice Chair of the OC GOP. Also she is rumored to possibly be running for Supervisor against Todd Spitzer. *Incumbent.

Chris Emami- I don’t know for sure whether or not I will be running.

Walter H. Myers III- He is someone who I consider to be a friend and he is also a very solid Republican as well. We are clearly rooting for our fellow blogger here at OC Political to win.

Lynn Schott- She is currently an elected member of the OC GOP Central Committee. It might be just me, but she comes across as angry all the time.

Nick Wilson- He is currently a Tea Party Republican who is running for a second time for this Central Committee seat after a tough loss in 2010.

Denis Bilodeau- He is currently an elected member of the Orange City Council and Orange County Water district. He was recently appointed to the OC GOP Central Committee. *Incumbent.

Ray Grangoff- Currently a member of Supervisor Pat Bates staff and also an elected member of the OC GOP Central Committee. *Incumbent.

Scott “Scotty” Voigts- A current elected member of the Lake Forest City Council and also a member of Assemblyman Don Wagner’s staff.

Readers help me out by adding info on any candidates that I may have left out and feel free to fill me in on the candidates I found nothing on.

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Free Speech gets taken to court

Posted by Thomas Gordon on February 29, 2012

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Sam Aresheh was scheduled to make an appearance in court this morning to answer to charges being pursued by the City Attorney of Santa Ana.

What’s his crime?

Speaking up for what he believed in.

According to news reports Mr Aresheh was arrested for violating Santa Ana’s anti camping ordinance. Mr Aresheh was participating in the Occupy OC demonstration in the Santa Ana Civic Center and had erected a tent to escape the elements. He was warned that he would be be arrested and according to news reports from the scene, he and three others were surrounded by roughly 20 police officers and six police cars, including a crime scene investigation van and officers on horseback.

At the time of the arrest Santa Ana was teetering on the brink of insolvency yet somehow mustered up the resources to arrest, jail, criminally charge and pursue a court case against those arrested.

Three of those arrested accepted a plea deal from the Santa Ana City Attorney, while Mr Aresheh decided to face judge and jury.

To add insult to injury, the Santa Ana City Council took action to support the mission and goals of the Occupy movement and to recognize its right to the peaceful and lawful exercise of its First Amendment rights. I’m not in agreement with the message of Occupy, but I’ll always defend their right to free speech in a peaceful manner.

Councilmember Vincent Sarmiento requested that the Santa Ana City Attorney up the resolution and stated “We know that this city, in particular, is part of the 99 percent”

Councilmember Sal Tinajero stated that he and his son had visited Occupy NY and stated that “there is a tremendous amount of money and influence that goes into our government and that the occupiers see that there is a possibility that our democracy could get away from us”

Maybe they should talk to Interim City Attorney Joe Straka about dismissing all charges in the interest of our democracy and the First Amendment.

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2-29-2012 Central Committee (AD 69) Filing Update

Posted by Chris Emami on February 29, 2012

Here is part 5 in this 7 part series that is going out this week on the blog.

Thank you to Meridian Pacific for the use of the map to show this district:

This Assembly district is currently represented by Assemblyman Jose Solorio and represents Santa Ana, Anaheim (portion), and Orange (portion). With that being said here is the break-down of who has pulled papers:

Lupe Moreno- She is involved with the Minutemen and also used to be a member of the Central Committee before being ousted this past election.

Charles Hart- Former candidate for Santa Ana Mayor and current appointed member of the Central Committee. *Incumbent.

Thomas Anthony Gordon- Clearly we here at OC Political have to cheer for our fellow blogger Thomas Gordon who is running for re-election. *Incumbent.

Brett Elliott Franklin- He is a former member of the Santa Ana City Council and current elected member of the OC GOP Central Committee.

Timothy “Tim” Ryan Whitacre- Tim is a current elected member of the Central Committee and also the member who chose to challenge Scott Baugh for the Chairmanship this past year. *Incumbent.

Robert Morris Hammond- He is currently the only hope for Republicans in the 69th Assembly District for the Assembly seat and is a nice guy from my interactions with him. *Incumbent.

Cuong Sin Cao- He is a very quiet individual who has been a solid vote on the Central Committee during his tenure. *Incumbent.

Gwen A. Dyrud- Gwen Dyrud was appointed to this seat at some point in the past year and can run as an incumbent on the ballot. *Incumbent.

Readers help me out by adding info on any candidates that I may have left out and feel free to fill me in on the candidates I found nothing on.

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Adam Probolsky Article on Anaheim

Posted by Chris Emami on February 29, 2012

I enjoy reading Adam Probolsky’s writings in the Orange County Register. His recent article on Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait advocating for a culture of kindness at City Hall. Part of this is from a personality standpoint and another part is from the perspective of lessening regulation. Here is a copy of the article written by Adam:

Imagine if government employees were always friendly and habitually went out of their way to be helpful.

Imagine, if instead of requiring that you follow every rule and regulation, City Hall looked for ways to get you through bureaucratic processes more painlessly; even finding ways to circumvent odious, unreasonable or inapplicable red tape.

That is exactly what is happening in Anaheim.

At a recent meeting of young political staffers in Irvine, Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait spoke about the importance of advancing a kindness culture and regulatory relief. In office for just about a year, Tait is transforming the typical bureaucratic habits of City Hall into an entrepreneurial culture and customer-centric action.

Mayor Tait tells the story about a group of neighbors who wanted to have a Fourth of July parade on their street – an event that the neighbors hoped would create new relationships with the families (of significantly lower incomes) in an adjacent apartment complex.

The parade never got off the ground. The city planning staffer who handled their request informed them in detail of every obstacle (including permits, insurance requirements and public works equipment) required to block off the street. Oh, and don’t forget you’ll need to pay for a police presence…

The next time someone at City Hall gets a call about a small neighborhood parade, Mayor Tait says, “Staff should tell them to have a great time and maybe offer to bring the salsa.”

It is all about the core values of freedom and kindness. If it doesn’t meet the test of both, it probably isn’t a needed – or welcome – policy. Shortly after taking office as mayor, Tait started a regulatory relief task force; he wanted to “knock-off ordinances” that prevented job creation. “It is tough for California to compete with Arizona, but we can be the most free, most business friendly city in California,” said Mayor Tait.

Before Mayor Tait took office, an eager businessman submitted plans for a black-and-white themed car wash. City planning staff pushed back and suggested beige and…beige. “I don’t want to be in the business of crushing people’s dreams. Certainly not over theme colors at a job-creating business,” he said.

In addition to eliminating unnecessary laws, he handed down a directive (with the support of his colleagues on the City Council) that the staff was to use the broadest possible interpretation of laws – city staff is actually supposed to help applicants find loopholes, and help residents pay lower fees while meeting minimum interpretations of state and local regulations.

Kindness and the entrepreneurial spirit are not generally ingrained in the training process for people who work for government, so Tait worked to include city staff in the task force and in doing so gave them a stake in the process. Now, staff that ‘breaks the rules’ by doing something nice receive praise rather than reprimands.

One example: On a hot summer day, a security guard spotted an elderly resident sitting in the sun, waiting for a ride. The security guard (who worked in a city building nearby) drove the resident home after the resident’s ride failed to show. Under the old rules, the guard would certainly be chastised, probably punished and possibly even fired. Now, he gets a pat on the back and the confidence that he won’t be called out for doing the right thing.

All this is in sharp contrast to the direction the Irvine City Council is taking our city. A recent council decision authorized door-to-door searches for unlicensed pets. This is clearly a solution searching for a problem and a deeply anti-freedom move. Irvine’s Mayor Kang could learn a lot from Mayor Tait.

I asked Mayor Tait if he was promoting his concept to other cities. Half-jokingly, he first said he didn’t want the competition. But he further explained, “I just want Anaheim to be one step ahead of everyone else.”

Freelance columnist Adam Probolsky is a Turtle Rock resident and CEO of Probolsky Research LLC, which specializes in opinion research for government, corporate and political clients. He may be reached at adamprobolsky@gmail.com

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Romney Gets Momentum Back On His Side

Posted by Chris Emami on February 28, 2012

As promised earlier in my post about the election tonight, I will give a quick recap of the results. In what is not a huge surprise, Mitt Romney had a big night nd seems to have regained the momentum in the primary election.

After having a disappointing night a couple of weeks ago losing both Colorado and Minnesota many projected that the downward spiral would continue.

Within minutes of the Arizona polls closing Romney was declared the winner in what appears to be a landslide. This is a huge deal, because Arizona is a winner-take-all election and will be an immediate boost to the Romney campaign.

Michigan is still a close race between Romney and Santorum, but I project based on the way the numbers are trending that Romney will hold on for the victory.

Newt Gingrich continues to further fall into obscurity and had arguably his worst night yet in this election. I think that it might be time for him to call it quits.

The next election is this Saturday in Washington. We will keep our eyes on this one, although it will be hard to not look ahead to “Super Tuesday” which is next week on Tuesday.

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2-28-2012 Central Committee (AD 72) Filing Update

Posted by Chris Emami on February 28, 2012

Here is part 4 in the Central Committee update.

Thank you to Meridian Pacific for the use of the map to show this district:

This Assembly district is currently represented by Assemblyman Jim Silva and represents  more of a coastal demographic. Currently Matt Harper, Troy Edgar, and Long Pham are battling it out for this seat. With that being said here is the break-down of who has pulled papers:

Janet Nguyen- She is currently the Orange County Supervisor from the 1st District and an incumbent on the Central Committee too. *Incumbent.

John W. Briscoe- He is currently an elected member of the Ocean View School District and has run for higher office in the past as well.   CORRECTION (11:55 PM): John W. Briscoe is President of the Fountain Valley Republican Assembly and a CRA State Officer.  He is also a CPA on the Orange County Property Tax Appeals board and a past Chairman of the Fountain Valley Planning Commission.  (He is not Ocean View School District’s John F. Briscoe.)

Mark McCurdy- He is currently an elected member of the Fountain Valley Council and is serving as the Mayor Pro Tem. Also he is an incumbent on the Central Committee. *Incumbent.

Dennis R. Catron- I am not sure if it is the same person but according to a bit of research that I did a Dennis Catron used to be the Vice-Chairman of the OC GOP back in 1986.

Brian Hoops- According to some research, I couldn’t quite pinpoint it but their was a Brian Hoop linked to a Tea Party meet-up group.

Matthew Harper- An elected member of the Huntington Beach City Council nd current candidate for the 72nd Assembly District seat. *Incumbent.

Dean Grose- He s a former member of the Los Alamitos City Council who got into some hot water for his watermelon e-mail that he sent out. *Incumbent.

Kermit Marsh- He is a former member of the Westminster CIty Council who left because he chose to do so, not because of term limits or losing an election. *Incumbent.

Ian Dooley- The first of the brothers Dooley to pull papers for this office. He currently has a profile up on the Campaign For Liberty website (A Ron Paul affiliated group).

Patrick Dooley- The second of the brothers Dooley to pull papers for this office. He currently has a profile up on the Campaign For Liberty website as well.

Michael Gates- I could find no information on him.

Patricia Ross- Although I was unable to find any political information out about her, she is involved in charity work with local schools.

Diane A. Lenning- She is a perennial candidate for the office of California State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Steve A. Nagel- Currently an elected member of the Fountain Valley City Council and the OC GOP Central Committee. *Incumbent.

Mary Tuong Van Pham- (Updated: 10:35 PM). According to one of our commenters this is the wife of Assembly candidate Long Pham. I was able to confirm that this does indeed seem to be the case.

Readers help me out by adding info on any candidates that I may have left out and feel free to fill me in on the candidates I found nothing on.

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Another Momentum Shift?

Posted by Chris Emami on February 28, 2012

I know that we are a local blog, but we have to keep you up to date on some Presidential primary news up to date. Tonight we have elections in Arizona and Michigan which are both closed primaries. Arizona is a big one because it is winner take all.

Santorum who had a big night when we had the primaries in Minnesota and Colorado looks to be fading a bit now. Romney is poised to regain momentum in this race based on recent polling data and put himself back into the driver seat.

Tonight check back in with us for a recap on the results in this race.

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OCEA Robocall Targets Anaheim Council’s Murray, Eastman, and Sidhu – Again

Posted by Chris Nguyen on February 28, 2012

OCEA had a Sunday, February 12 robocall and a Saturday, February 11 mailer targeting Anaheim Councilmembers Kris Murray, Gail Eastman, and Harry Sidhu.  The Anaheim Chamber dropped a Saturday, February 18 mailer defending the three Councilmembers.

Essentially, these robocalls and mailers are the result of a 3-2 Anaheim City Council (Mayor Tom Tait and Mayor Pro Tem Lorri Galloway dissenting) for a $158 million tax plan favoring GardenWalk Hotel I, LCC on January 24.  How the plan works in a nutshell is that GardenWalk Hotel I, LCC will retain 80% of the Transient Occupancy Tax money from the GardenWalk Hotel for the next 15 years.  (The Transient Occupancy Tax is known colloquially as the hotel bed tax.)  My post here explains the controversy.

Well, yesterday at 2:58 PM, the OCEA launched another robocall targetting Murray, Eastman, and Sidhu.  Read the transcript below or click to play:

Hello, I’m Larry Larsen, your Anaheim neighbor and local businessman.

If you want to tell Anaheim Councilmembers Murray, Eastman, and Sidhu it’s wrong to give wealthy corporate developers 158 million tax dollars while they cut public safety, libraries, and parks, now’s your chance: join us at Tuesday’s council meeting.

Tell them to give Anaheim citizens the right to vote and stop the giveaway.  Demand your vote!  Tell them to put it on the ballot.

Join me and our neighbors tomorrow: Tuesday, 4:30 PM, Anaheim City Hall, 200 South Anaheim Boulevard.

Paid for by Orange County Employees Association (714) 835-3355 HeartofAnaheim.com

This is the same Larry Larsen who did the last robocall.

It looks like Anaheim’s going to be embroiled in this $158 million controversy for the rest of this election year.

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Christina Avalos Finally Makes Up Her Mind

Posted by Chris Emami on February 28, 2012

In news that will clearly make our OC Political co-founder Chris Nguyen very happy, Christina Avalos has finally made up her mind on what office she will be running for. After what clearly took a great deal of thought and pondering she decided to turn in her “Sigs in Lieu” for the 68th Assembly District against Don Wagner.

If it were up to me I would have liked to have seen her run against Loretta for the Congressional seat, but we can’t always get what we want. This is not a big deal for Assemblyman Wagner as Republicans carry a 46% to 28% registration advantage in this seat.

As a resident of Anaheim Hills which is part of the new 68th Assembly District  am glad to finally have an Assemblyman that is from Orange County. Since I have been registered to vote I have been stuck with Bob Huff (Diamond Bar) and Curt Hagman (Chino Hills). Don’t get me wrong Huff and Hagman are solid but I would refer to be represented by somebody from Orange County.

Avalos has lost numerous races in the past and is way to far to the left for this specific district. Don Wagner has been a solid Republican voice in the legislature and does a great deal to support candidates for local office in his district.

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