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AD-55 Watch: Ling-Ling Chang Quacks out of SGV Tribune Editorial Board Meeting

Posted by Allen Wilson on April 14, 2014

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune Editorial Board had an Q & A session with the candidates running for State Assembly in the 55th Assembly District.

Assembly candidates Phillip Chen (R), Steve Tye (R) and Greg Fritchle (D) attended the meeting with the paper.

Unfortunately, Ling-Ling Chang was a no-show for a meeting with the Editorial Board.  Chang also skipped out of last Tuesday’s candidate forum at the Salt and Light Ministry at Calvary Chapel in Diamond Bar.

Is it possible that she snubbed the meeting with the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, because she did not earn the paper’s endorsement when she first ran for Diamond Bar City Council in 2009?

Though, Chang thought it was important to let the world know via Twitter that two mallard ducks came by her campaign headquarters last Saturday in Brea.

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However, Chang should realize that quacking out of a meeting with the San Gabriel Valley Tribune is nothing to quack about.

If the voters in the 55th Assembly District can’t take Chang seriously as their next Assemblymember, then her candidacy is just all about quacks.

Posted in 55th Assembly District, Brea, California, La Habra, Placentia, State Assembly, Uncategorized, Yorba Linda | Tagged: , , , | 1 Comment »

AD-55 Watch: Ling-Ling Chang’s Embellishment 2.0

Posted by Allen Wilson on April 8, 2014

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On March 28, 2014, we reported about Assembly Candidate Ling-Ling Chang’s biography was scrutinized, which has gotten a lot of attention inside the 55th Assembly District and beyond.

On March 7, 2014, Ling-Ling attempted to embellish her ballot designation as the Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters listed Chang’s ballot designation as “Councilwoman/Educator/Executive”

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Unfortunately, the problem is that she is hardly an “Educator” or an “Executive”.

In the 2013 Diamond Bar City Council contest Ling-Ling used her ballot designation as “Diamond Bar Councilmember/Educator” and got away with it, but not this time around.

Chang got caught red-handed by the California Secretary of State, which determined that she is neither of those occupations.

The Secretary of State proceed by changing her ballot designation to just “City Councilwoman”.

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Yes, the Secretary of State is correct in making the correction for Chang to the appropriate occupation, which is what she is a part-time Councilmember making $746 a month ($8,952 annually) PLUS $1,100 defined benefits granted to her (retirement, medical, dental and other perks courtesy of Diamond Bar taxpayers).

Therefore, it is known that she isn’t an educator and she isn’t an executive making weighty decisions like meeting payroll, managing huge staff and other pressures businessmen and businesswomen face everyday.

Of course, we know by now that she doesn’t even have a college degree.

In light of the recent sordid stories coming out of Sacramento regarding the scandals involving Senators Calderon, Wright and Yee, embellishing the occupation and biography of a candidate such as Ling-Ling Chang has no place in the legislature.

Posted in 55th Assembly District, California, State Assembly | 5 Comments »

Breaking News: New Democrat Scandal In Senate

Posted by Chris Emami on April 1, 2014

As if it couldn’t get any worse, a new scandal for Senate Democrats appears to be under investigation.

The series of scandals for Democrats started with Roderick Wright being convicted of voter fraud and perjury on January 28th. The scandals continued on Friday February 21st when Ron Calderon was indicted on public corruption charges. It actually got worse on March 26th when Leland Yee was charged with gun trafficking.

Jon Fleischman on the Flash Report reported today that Senator Darrell Steinberg’s office has been raided today. I received a tip from a Sacramento source that the investigation is centered around a Democrat member of the California State Senate accused of cannibalism. With this being the fourth scandal in four months for Senate Democrats the upcoming election could be very interesting.

Authorities have not confirmed the charges yet, but it is rumored that the last known investigation into something like this was centered around a rural Pennsylvania farmhouse back in 1968. These are very serious charges and most people are opposed to cannibalism. We will try to update our readers as more information becomes available.

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AD-55 Watch: Biographies Scrutinized

Posted by Allen Wilson on March 28, 2014

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The Orange County Register published an article scrutinizing the Assembly candidates biographies, but candidate Ling-Ling Chang education claims gets top grilling.

The view of the article is behind a firewall, which requires payment to have reading privileges.

It has been reported in previous campaign materials, publications and city of Diamond Bar website that Chang earned a degree in Biology from UC, Riverside and attending Harvard.

However, the article explains on the contrary that Chang has no degree in biology, which means she dropped out of UC Riverside and Chang explained that she is doing her studies “online” for a degree from Harvard.

Sadly, Chang offers no apologies for attending Harvard, but she should be reminded that attending an Ivy League university physically on campus is totally different than one taking courses behind a keyboard.

Unfortunately, Chang faults the inaccuracies to the City of Diamond Bar Public Information Officer, which is an insult to the professionalism of a municipal employee that is of high regard in and out of Diamond Bar City Hall.

If an Assembly candidate spends all of the time going to meetings as a councilmember on the taxpayers dime should have gone to night school and gotten a degree instead of polishing a political résumé for far too long.

It is ironic that an Assembly candidate is using SCA 5 on a campaign platform who only holds a high school diploma.

We are in a midst of a campaign season and candidates should be grilled until Election Day.

As for one candidate to embellish education claims brings bad taste who is being endorsed by high profile Republican elected officials such as Rep. Ed Royce and Senate Minority Leader Senator Bob Huff.

The voters in the 55th Assembly District deserves the truth as to who will be their next Assemblymember.

It is good to know now than with regrets for the constituents who could be stuck with a legislator for the next 2 or 12 years.

Posted in 55th Assembly District, Brea, California, La Habra, Orange County, Placentia, State Assembly, Yorba Linda | Tagged: , , , , | 1 Comment »

AD-55 Watch: First Campaign Commercial by Assembly Candidate Phillip Chen

Posted by Allen Wilson on March 25, 2014

Assembly Candidate Phillip Chen is the first out of the gate by broadcasting campaign commercial on YouTube entitled “Reagan Country”:

Script:

Announcer: California is Reagan Country. A group Ronald Reagan called “The Conscience of the Republican Party” has endorsed one candidate for Assembly: Phillip Chen.

Chen: I am Phillip Chen, like President Reagan, I believe in America is a land of opportunities and for those willing to dream to work.

But, in California those dreams are being crushed by higher taxes and regulations.

As your Assemblyman, I will fight to rein in government, protect Proposition 13 and bring jobs and opportunities back to California.

Posted in 55th Assembly District, California, State Assembly | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

Secretary of State Determines Primary Election Alphabet

Posted by Chris Nguyen on March 19, 2014

Photo Courtesy of OC Political Friend Alex Vassar, Publisher of JoinCalifornia.com and OneVoter.org, who attended the Secretary of State’s lottery in person.

I’ve had several people ask me what the candidate order for the June ballot will be.

California law requires a lottery to determine the order of candidates on the ballot.  Why does this law exist?  Studies of the primacy effect showed the candidate at the top of the ballot gains as much as a 5% increase in votes.  Consequently, in 1975, California legislators adopted a law mandating an end to the alphabetical listing of candidates (likely to the chagrin of Sam Aanestad and Dick Ackerman but the joy of Mary Young and Ed Zschau) and requiring a lottery before each election.

The Secretary of State’s candidate order lottery has determined the alphabet for the June primary to be ROYWBMCKVTFUQPIHDAJNEXGSZL.

Nowhere was the result more dramatic than the 48th Congressional District. In all of Orange County, the candidate who came in absolutely last was Wendy Brooks Leece (R), who is challenging Dana Rohrabacher‘s (R) bid for re-election. Coincidentally, the candidate who came in first among all Orange County candidates was none other than Rohrabacher.

For multicounty Congressional seats, statewide seats, and Board of Equalization, they will rotate in each Assembly District.

Ed Royce (R) would have come in ahead of Rohrabacher if it weren’t for the fact that Royce’s multi-county district doesn’t get to use the Secretary of State’s drawing, instead using the Assembly District rotation.  Since Royce has only one opponent, Peter O. Anderson (D), the two of them will flip-flop throughout the Assembly Districts of the 39th Congressional District.

For multicounty state legislative seats, the Registrar of Voters in each County does another lottery. The candidate order lottery for the Orange County portions has determined the alphabet to be FQMTPUSZJRIBOVCAEKNYWXHLDG.

In the 55th Assembly District, Gregg Fritchle (D) is first (with F being the first overall letter), followed by Steve Tye (R), Ling-Ling Chang (R), and Phillip Chen (R).  No alphabet sequence was closer than Chang and Chen.  Where C and H drew was irrelevant for Chang and Chen; it was where A and E finished that matters.  This was a photo finish: A was the 16th letter drawn while E was the 17th letter.  Chang and Chen also possess the two largest warchests of anyone running for the Assembly in Orange County (incumbents included).  AD-55 has all the makings of a highly competitive race, and it’s almost like the candidate order lottery reflects that (though obviously the candidate order lottery’s results are just a coincidence).

On a side note, you would think that with electronic voting now, the names could be randomized for every poll voter (obviously, we’d still need the lottery for absentee voters).

Posted in 48th Congressional District, 55th Assembly District, California | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

AD-55 Watch: CRA Endorses Phillip Chen for State Assembly

Posted by Allen Wilson on March 2, 2014

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AD 55 Candidates Phillip Chen and Ling-Ling Chang

AD 55 Candidates Phillip Chen and Ling-Ling Chang

The California Republican Assembly (CRA) held their convention this weekend at Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel in Buena Park with the theme “Expect the Impossible!”  The organization with numerous of local units up and down the state is known as “The conscience of the Republican Party”.

Yesterday, my colleague Chris Nguyen did an excellent reporting on the CRA’s endorsements in various contests in Orange County:  “Live from CRA Endorsing Convention” and “CRA Recap:  Bates, Ming Unanimously Endorsed;  Steel, Brough, Harper Endorsed; CD-45 Deadlock“.

The AD-55 contest took three rounds as delegates considered between trio candidates:  Walnut-Valley School Board Trustee Phillip Chen, Diamond Bar Councilmembers Steve Tye and Ling-Ling Chang.

Ling-Ling Chang was knocked out in the first round.  Then, it boiled down two more rounds between Phillip Chen and Steve Tye.

Phillip Chen won the necessary 2/3rds endorsement in the third round over Steve Tye by a vote of 29-14.

Posted in 55th Assembly District, Brea, California, La Habra, Placentia, State Assembly, Yorba Linda | Tagged: , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Bill to Force District Elections on Cities Introduced

Posted by OC Insider on February 24, 2014

For those unfamiliar with legislative deadlines, each year there is a date where all legislation must be introduced by. For 2014, that was Friday, February 21st. We will look at many of the bills that have been introduced as they move through the process, but one bill in particular strikes this writer as an all-out assault on local control.

AB 2715 by Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) looks to require cities with a population over 100,000 (based on the last census data) to have district based elections. The bill does not specify how many districts a city could have, but each district will vote for only its own council member. Hernandez had been threatening this for months, but finally introduced it at the last-minute. The law would apply only to non-charter cities, meaning that the cities of Costa Mesa, Garden Grove and Orange would be subject to district elections by July 1, 2015.

If you follow Orange County politics at all, you know that this has been one of the paramount issues in the City of Anaheim. The council finally agreed to place district based elections on the November 2014 ballot, after much debate and discussion. Other cities, like Palmdale, have also been forced to move to district based elections. In Orange County, there are currently three cities with districts: Newport Beach, Santa Ana and Seal Beach.

Hernandez states that “this bill would adhere to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by providing underrepresented groups throughout California an opportunity to have their voice represented.” Hernandez believes that citywide election results don’t always reflect demographics, particularly in cities where large minority populations haven’t resulted in minority representation on city councils.

These types of bills are an assault on local control. While it is clear that minorities are becoming a more significant percentage of the population, these types of decisions need to be made at a local level. The same can be said of mandates like plastic bag bans. Each community is unique, and must be allowed to make these types of decisions for themselves. This author is not advocating for districts or at large elections, but it is not the state’s place to dictate how a city like Orange or Costa Mesa should be governed. If the community wants to change it, let the community decide the best way to go about that.

The bill will likely be amended to address specific issues, but hopefully our cities, businesses, and other stakeholders will weigh in to stop this blatant violation of local control.

Posted in Anaheim, California | Tagged: , | 1 Comment »

AD-55 Watch: GOP Assembly Candidate supports NPP Candidate for City Council

Posted by Allen Wilson on February 24, 2014

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Local elected Republicans support Republicans for local office, right?

Not exactly with GOP Assembly candidate Diamond Bar Councilwoman Ling-Ling Chang.

The Diamond Bar-Walnut Patch article dated January 16, 2014 revealed that Chang is supporting Betty Tang for Walnut City Council.

It was brought to this author’s attention Tang is a registered voter but as a NPP (No Party Preference).

Furthermore, Chang opts not to endorse Republicans former Assemblyman now Walnut Councilman Bob Pacheco and Councilwoman Mary Su.

Both Pacheco and Su have been long standing Republicans whom has done very well with limited government philosophy and served the Walnut community with distinction.

Perhaps, it is because Chang was once a DTS (Decline-to-State) voter in 1998 and again in 2004 until she finally became a Republican in 2006 after being elected to the Walnut-Valley Water District Board of Directors in 2005.

Perhaps, it is because Chang doesn’t want to ruffle any political feathers with her protege Senator Huff whom still have icy feelings towards Bob Pacheco, which is widely known in local political circles in the San Gabriel Valley, due to Huff’s bitter lost in 1998 for State Assembly to Pacheco.

GOP Assembly candidate going around in Republican circles seeking the party’s blessings should give pause to GOP activists.

Yes, Local Elected Republicans should support local Republican candidates, especially if one is a Republican Assembly candidate, because Republicans want to maintain party philosophy of limited government and not those that have no preference to any political party like Tang.

By showing up at GOP circles and functions is one thing, but GOP activists should not be blinded by facts and the truth of a GOP Assembly candidate.

Yes, facts are stubborn things!

Posted in 55th Assembly District, Brea, California, La Habra, Placentia, State Assembly, Yorba Linda | Tagged: , , , | 1 Comment »

AD-55 Watch: Diamond Bar Councilman Tye Enters and Fee-Tax Position Haunts

Posted by Allen Wilson on January 24, 2014

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Diamond Bar Councilman Steve Tye has thrown his hat in the ring as a GOP Candidate for State Assembly in the 55th Assembly District.

Mr. Tye was first elected to the Diamond Bar City Council in November 2005 after losing in a bitter June 2005 Special Election contest to Jack Tanaka for a seat that was vacant due to Bob Huff elevation to the State Assembly in 2004.  Mr. Tye has been re-elected in 2009 and as recently in 2013.

On June 25, 2013, OC Political article entitled “55th AD Watch:  Another Candidate Dual Run?” inquired at the time whether Councilman Tye was flirting a run for two offices:  City Council and State Assembly.

Those inquiries are now put to a rest with confirmation that Mr. Tye is indeed an Assembly candidate.

However, Mr. Tye position on taxes and fees may not sit well with Conservative voters in the GOP safe Assembly District, especially in North Orange County portion of the 55th Assembly District.

On September 21, 2010, the Diamond Bar City Council unanimously approved an increase of user fees for Community Services, Public Works and Community Development Departments to be phased in the next three years tied with CPI (Consumer Price Index) beginning on July 1, 2010.

Diamond Bar City Manager James DeStefano submitted the 40 page report to the council for approval.

This contributor spoke to the Diamond Bar City Council on September 21, 2010 with a reminder that an increase of user fees are misguided in an unstable economy and that such user fees are taxes which comes out of someone’s pocket one way or the other.

Councilmember Tye was adamant with a defensive tone, according to September 21, 2010 Council Minutes, by stating:

“…this is 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 install in his home that he should pay the $100.”

“…likes the idea of someone plans to add to his home he pays the fees for it.”

When the City gets closer to recovering those user fees, it will be better for all of the citizens of Diamond Bar.”

The Orange County Register Editorial on September 21, 2010 clarifies during the debate over Proposition 26 proposal to close loopholes regarding fees and the two-thirds vote requirement for approval by the state legislature:  “Calling fees what they are:  Taxes“.

The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has been vigorously fighting over the Fire Fee (Tax) that was approved in 2011 along party lines with Democrats support and Republicans opposed in the state legisature and signed into law by Governor Brown.

The $150 Fire Fee (Tax) for Fiscal Years 2011-12 AND 2012-2013 has effected hundreds and thousands of properties under the CalFire’s jurisdiction known as the State Responsibility Area.

So, Mr. Tye says “a fee is not a tax” may not have read the Orange County Register article, has a lack of understanding of why HJTA is fighting a fire fee that is a tax and surely has a lot of explaining to the voters in the 55th Assembly District whom loathe fees AND taxes.

Posted in 55th Assembly District, Brea, California, La Habra, Placentia, State Assembly, Yorba Linda | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

 
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