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Posted by Allen Wilson on May 25, 2014
Posted by Allen Wilson on May 23, 2014
The Southern California Coalition of Business and Taxpayers (SCCBT) has recently established an Independent Expenditure (IE) on March 28, 2014 with a FPPC number 1365006.
The SCCBT has already raised over $100K for the purpose of supporting and/or opposing candidates in state and local offices.
On May 16, 2014, the SCCBT has spent resources at a total cost of over $13,000 on literature on behalf of Yorba Linda Mayor Craig Young and Yorba Linda Councilman Tom Lindsey.
Below is the IE expenses of $8,204.66 for Craig Young:
Below is the IE expenses of $5,072.94 for Tom Lindsey:
It is possible that this is just the beginning. All IE late contributions are require to report some activity with the Secretary of State and local clerk and in this case would be the Yorba Linda City Clerk.
Posted by Allen Wilson on May 22, 2014
Yesterday, my colleague Craig Alexander reported that Charles Munger was meddling in the AD-73 contest in support for Anna Bryson.
It is now reported that the California Dental Association (CDA) IE PAC decides to get involved in the AD-55 contest in support for Ling-Ling Chang with a $129,000 drop.
The CDA IE PAC spent $100,000 on TV/Cable Buy and $29,000 on polling.
The Spirit of Democracy PAC controlled by Charles Munger gave CDA IE PAC $29,000 to pay for the polling, which was more of an “in-kind” donation.
The polling was mysteriously conducted few weeks ago to households in the AD-55 contest including yours truly relatives living in Orange County. The poll initially asked for the registered to vote female in the household, then asked for the registered to vote male, if the female wasn’t home. The poll asked basic questions who the voter would vote for Governor, U.S. Representative, which they finally asked questions about Phillip Chen and Ling Ling Chang.
The interesting aspect of the poll was they provided bio statement for each candidate and asked the likeliness of voting for either candidate. When the pollster mentioned Ling Ling Chang, the first thing they stated was that “She was BORN and RAISED in Southern California”. The respondent to the poll stated that they were unlikely to vote for Ling Ling Chang, because they bluntly stated that the “raised and born” part was a lie based on an article from the Orange County Register by Martin Wiskol. The second part mentioned Ling Ling Chang being in charge of an educational organization for 8 years. The respondent again bluntly told the pollster that if someone wants to be part of education, then they need to be in the classroom.
Nevertheless, the CDA IE PAC is also meddling in AD-9 and AD-64 contests supporting Democrats Elk Grove Councilman Jim Cooper and Carson Councilman Mike Gipson, respectively.
This contributor was warned that Charles Munger would find a way to meddle in the AD-55 contest and surely he has one way or the other.
Though, for a IE PAC to coordinate efforts with Munger is very chilling as it should serve as a warning to voters in the 55th AD that Ling Ling Chang isn’t the true Conservative that she is portraying herself as, because a particular IE PAC has already backed Democrat candidates for Assembly.
Posted in 55th Assembly District, Campaign Finance, State Assembly | Tagged: 55th State Assembly District, Campaign Finance, Charles Munger Jr., Independent Expenditure, Ling-Ling Chang | 5 Comments »
Posted by Allen Wilson on May 15, 2014
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune announced their editorial endorsement for Steve Tye in the 55th State Assembly contest.
The newspaper endorsement of Diamond Bar Councilman Steve Tye for State Assembly took me aback about few inaccurate facts of the editorial and requires me to set the record straight about Mr. Tye who has been my councilman for 9 long years.
Mr. Tye does not have a slight lead in the fundraising part of the campaign. According to Mr. Tye’s campaign finance reports he has raised an anemic $130,497, which includes the $100,000 he loaned to his campaign. It is critical to note that he only has raised $30,000, which is a far cry from the $250,000 to get past through the June Primary.
Yorba Linda Councilman Craig Young did flirt a run for State Assembly last year, but withdrew from the contest to focus the embattled efforts of a recall campaign against him that is underway pending verification of signatures from the Orange County Registrar of Voters. Mr. Young name is not on the ballot as a candidate for State Assembly.
Mr. Tye was notably absent during the 2006 Measure L known as Library Parcel Tax that would have raised $34 Million from Diamond Bar Taxpayers until the last days of the campaign that he came out against the proposal. Mr. Tye forgets in May of 2006 he made the motion to instruct staff to draft language to place the Library Parcel Tax on the ballot that cost taxpayers $50,000.
Mr. Tye lacks ability to comprehend that fees are taxes, because in September of 2010 as a Councilman he voted to raised fees across the board tied with cost of living for the next three years. Mr. Tye was adamant that the fee increase proposal was according to city minutes “not a tax but a user fee”, “was a proponent for adding a fee for licensing a cat”, “it is appropriate if it costs $100 to issue a permit to have a water heater installed in his home that he should pay the $100″ and “likes the idea of someone plans to add to his home he pays the fees for it.”
Mr. Tye claims he was mad about junkets, but never curtailed the $1,150 monthly defined benefits that he and his colleagues on the council enjoy that gives them the privilege of medical benefits and ability to participate in a generous CalPERS pension plan.
The editorial says that Mr. Tye was not sure what kind of legislation he would propose specifically. Frankly, I have seen his actions up front, because his rhetoric along the campaign trail doesn’t match his record. Mr. Tye love for fees, waste of taxpayers funds and grandiose defined benefits is a recipe for bigger government that Sacramento politicians has long been accustomed to.
Therefore, Mr. Tye doesn’t deserve to be promoted to Sacramento as the next Assemblyman from the 55th AD.
Posted by Allen Wilson on May 15, 2014
The Yorba Linda City Clerk has determined that the group seeking to recall Councilmembers Craig Young and Tom Lindsey has exceeded the 8,100 signatures requirement. Now, the Orange County Registrar of Voters will proceed to verify the signatures to determine the validity of those signatures whether or not it triggers a recall of the duo Councilmembers.
The YLRRR (Yorba Linda Residents for Responsible Representation) has announced they have collected 9,670 signatures to recall Craig Young and 9,495 signatures to recall Tom Lindsey.
Posted by Allen Wilson on May 14, 2014
We reported on August 2, 2013 regarding former Executive Director of Los Angeles County GOP was arrested due to sending text messages to a minor.
Today, all charges against Scott Hounsell were dropped and dismissed due to lack of evidence and no witnesses or cooperation from the alleged victim.
Hounsell made his feelings known regarding the matter via his Facebook post:
The story is developing and we will keep OC Political readers updated as the news becomes available.
Posted by Allen Wilson on April 29, 2014
The Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) took up an issue regarding the actions of their Vice Chairman Greg Diamond which caused Orange County Labor Federation calls for his ouster.
Last night, DPOC removed Diamond by a vote of 35-15, which requires 2/3rds for removal of an officer of their organization.
Mr. Diamond wasted no time to pen the real story behind his ouster with explanations that the process was flawed and did not afford him adequate time to respond the charges leveled against him as he asserts:
“When a group of proponents in a quasi-trial come up with a set of procedures — known to them ahead of time but not to me — that is that insulting to basic principles of due process, the only response should be taken from Willy Wonka’s statement to Charlie after he violated the rules of the Chocolate Factory: YOU LOSE! I asked for such a determination, I didn’t get it, and the DPOC will have a harder time living down that result than I will.”
Ironically in January, the same Democrats, notably Senate President Darrell Steinberg, in the State Senate will not remove or call for resignation of Senator Roderick Wright despite the guilty verdict has been rendered upon him.
Senator Steinberg said back in January:
“Where we stand today, there is no final conviction, but a jury verdict. Unless and until there is a final conviction for a felony I do not believe it is appropriate or necessary to expel Senator Wright or ask him to resign.”
Mr. Diamond’s supporter challenged the legitimacy of certain votes that were cast by alternates of those ex-officio’s whom failed to pay dues and they are: Bob Rush, Steve Young, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, Jerry Tetalman and Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva. The DPOC require all members and ex-officios to pony up $60 known as dues to be allowed to vote on all items as stated in their By-Laws, Article 18 – Dues, Section 1:
Dues shall be sixty dollars ($60.00) per year for each member including alternates and are due payable within 60 days of assuming membership.
Let me get this straight: DPOC force members to pay $60 annual dues to vote on party matters for an office they have been elected to by their peers is pretty close to a “Poll Tax”, which is definitely violation of the 24th Amendment of the United States Constitution:
Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.
Section 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
However, hypocrisy is nothing is new for the Democrats, but it sure is revealing of how they handled their own county party officer versus that of an elected official that was convicted by the jury of his peers who is now on a paid vacation.
Furthermore, the requirement of paying dues to cast ballot should give pause, because the right to vote should not be coerced via payment of dues for any political organization, but I will let that issue rest on the conscience of the Democratic Party of Orange County.
Posted in California, Democrat Central Committee, National, Orange County | Tagged: Darrell Steinberg, Democratic Party of Orange County, Greg Diamond, Hypocrisy, Loretta Sanchez, Orange County Labor Federation, Poll Tax, Roderick Wright, Sharon Quirk-Silva | 1 Comment »
Posted by Allen Wilson on April 28, 2014
Assemblyman Curt Hagman (R-Chino Hills) offers his thoughts regarding the corruption scandals of Senators Calderon, Wright and Yee that made headlines the past few months.
Hagman represents the 55th Assembly District and currently candidate for San Bernardino County Supervisor.
Recently, news of yet ANOTHER state senator being indicted for corruption sent shockwaves throughout California. When I heard the charges against San Francisco’s Leland Yee, I shook my head in disbelief. Could a man known for his gun control efforts be part of an international gun trafficking ring? We do not know all the facts, but I do know that the charges against him are so serious that the Legislature cannot pretend that it should conduct business as usual.
The troubles of three state senators now mean that more than 10 percent of the Democrat members of the State Senate are either under indictment or have been convicted of a felony. Senator Yee joins two other senators who are also facing serious legal trouble. One senator is facing bribery charges while another was recently convicted of a felony for lying about his residency – as he resides outside the district he represents.
And how did the Senate respond? They voted for Senate Resolution 38, which gave all three senators paid vacations. The Resolution also plans to give all senators and their staff additional ethics training. Presumably they will be told that trafficking rocket launchers, taking bribes and making deals with mobsters is inappropriate at any time. To be fair, the State Constitution currently gives no authority to the Senate to suspend legislators without pay and President Pro Tem Steinberg is proposing a constitutional amendment to finally fix that issue. I’m astounded this has not happened sooner.
All legislators understand the law and take an oath to follow it. However, no amount of ethics training will prevent a crooked politician from doing the “wrong thing.” According to the FBI affidavit against Senator Yee, he was well aware of the laws he was breaking. At one point, the senator reportedly said on tape, “I hope I don’t get indicted.”
Ultimately, all three senators should resign from office to remove the thick fog of corruption hanging over the State Capitol. As long as they are allowed to remain in office, it will be much more difficult to make progress on the issues that matter to all Californians such as jobs and public safety. The public is already deeply cynical about government and the least elected representatives can do is take responsibility for their actions.
Unfortunately, it is hard to ignore the fact that the alleged corruption took place in a political environment where one party has absolute control over Sacramento. As that popular saying goes, “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.” When one party is accountable to no one, it makes it much more tempting for some to overreach and abuse the power entrusted to them by the citizens.
I have spent years as a volunteer for the San Bernardino Sheriff’s department and have seen firsthand that sitting behind bars is the last thing anyone wants to do. Perhaps all elected officials should take a prison field trip as part of our annual training? It would be a more powerful lesson than ethics training and suspension with pay.
I know that Californians are sick and tired of the mess in Sacramento and want to see an end to the culture of corruption. Elected officials need to be held accountable to the people of their district and the citizens of California. You, the voter, can help by electing men and women with integrity and character – who will do what’s right even when the FBI isn’t eavesdropping.
Posted in 55th Assembly District, California, Campaign Finance, Orange County, State Assembly | Tagged: Assemblyman Curt Hagman, Curt Hagman, Leland Yee, Roderick Wright, Ron Calderon, Scandals, State Senate | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Allen Wilson on April 24, 2014
The Diamond Bar Republican Women Federated is hosting a candidate forum tonight at the Diamond Bar Golf Course.
7:08: Diamond Bar RWF President Barbara Carrera called meeting to order
7:10: Diamond Bar Mayor Carol Herrera led the pledge.
7:11: El Monte Councilman Jay Gomez was introduced as candidate for County Supervisor in the 1st District, which includes Walnut. Gomez stressed importance of public safety to protect all communities.
7:16: Attendees are proceeding to dinner.
7:53: Barbara Carrera introduced Anthony Kuo, Communications for Ling-Ling Chang Campaign to make an announcement. Kuo explained that Chang is not present due to a family emergency and she had to leave. Steve Tye joked “My wife was called and she has to go.”
7:57: Phillip Chen introduced himself and appreciated those in attendance taking time out of busy schedule to listen the candidates. Chen thanked Republican Women efforts and being backbone for the party candidates. Chen spoked of his education and as a business owner and endorsements from Assemblyman Hagman, Supervisor Shawn Nelson and host of others joining the campaign.
8:01: Steve Tye introduced himself by introducing his wife, Patty Tye. Tye stressed the reason why he ran for Council in 2005 regarding the library tax and that the county library must step up to the plate to build a new library. Tye mentions experience as President of the Contract Cities.
8:05: Question about Common Core: Chen is against it with reminder to the audience that as a Board Member of Walnut-Valley School District he sees problems as the district is the lowest funded per pupil in the county. The problem is removing bad teachers. Chen stressed importance of change in the education funding formula.
8:10: Tye mentions his wife who is a Special Education teacher and he, too, is against Common Core. Tye brings up the need to audit all aspects of public education and importance to use resources properly with point that we have a spending problem not a revenue problem.
8:16: Question about the bullet train (High Speed Rail). Tye stress that it is time to get rid of it. Tye says, “We have a bullet train and it is called Southwest Airlines.” Tye attempts to make a point that HSR from Los Angeles to San Francisco would take 2 hours as it is shorter by air via airplane. Tye urges transportation funding to be used for infrastructure projects.
8:19: Chen spoke out against HSR as well with emphasis on the dollars currently being spent of $68 billion with no tracks in place. Chen brings up question of where is funding to repair the tracks highlighting example of the Alameda Corridor that flows through the San Gabriel Valley the cost or repairing tracks is at a price of $20 Million alone.
8:24: Who is your personal hero? Chen mentions Ronald Reagan. Tye mentions George W. Bush and efforts in Iraq.
8:28: How to handle the problem of birthing centers being used by women coming in from Asia? Tye stressed that the problem is illegal and spoke with Rep. Gary Miller about the ongoing problem with urgency of problems of the 14th Amendment.
8:31: Chen highlight the problems of “anchor babies” and the birthing centers are wrong as it is unsafe and unfair to neighboring residents in a community. Chen stress that if people want to come to the U.S. they must learn about USA and they must respect laws.
8:34: Former Assemblyman and Walnut Councilman Bob Pacheco spoke up with pressing question: “Are fees and taxes the same thing?”
8:35: Tye rebukes the question stressing that taxes and fees ARE NOT the same thing.
8:37: Chen agrees with Pacheco that fees ARE taxes.
8:41: Forum Closes.
Posted by Allen Wilson on April 21, 2014
Recently, Ling-Ling Chang sent out a mail piece to voters in the Orange County portion of the 55th Assembly District.
The mail piece touts her “5 Point Plan to Create New Jobs”, which needs thorough plucking and inspection:
Proposal: Reform the tax code to focus on job creation.
Reality: Unfortunately, Chang was MIA as newly elected Walnut-Valley Water Board Director during the 2006 Diamond Bar’s Measure L ($34 Million Parcel Tax) that would have levied huge tax on residential, industrial and commercial property owners in perpetuity tied with COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment).
Proposal: Reduce regulatory burdens that chase jobs out of state.
Reality: In 2010, Councilwoman Chang voted to raise fees across the board tied with COLA for the next three years. We reported this issue regarding Steve Tye’s Fee-Tax Flip.
Proposal: Tax incentives for employers who hire new workers.
Reality: Such tax incentives has already been in place for years as employers are generally aware of the current $9,600 Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC).
Proposal: Cut government waste to keep taxes down.
Reality: Chang is endorsed by Senator Huff who was one of five GOP Senators who voted Yes on SB 11 (Pavley) that raised $2 Billion tax increase extension for smog abatement, vehicle registrations, boat registrations and tires.
Chang’s Jobs Plan falls short as her proposals which are dramatically different from the reality of the facts.
Therefore, the voters in the 55th Assembly District deserves better than a plucked chicken that would even fail the USDA inspection.