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Posted by Chris Nguyen on November 5, 2014
Last night was definitely a big night in OC politics. Here are the top 10 stories:
#1. “Year of the Asian Woman” for OC Republicans – Republican Asian women dominated the electoral landscape last night. I can demonstrate that with one simple photostrip of winners:
The women in that photostrip are:
- State Senator-Elect Janet Nguyen
- State Assemblywoman-Elect Young Kim
- State Assemblywoman-Elect Ling-Ling Chang
- OC Supervisor-Elect Michelle Steel
- OC Supervisor-Elect Lisa Bartlett
- Yorba Linda Councilwoman-Elect Peggy Huang
- Cypress School Board Member-Elect Sandra Lee
- OC Water District Director-Elect Dina Nguyen
These candidates not only won their elections, but seven of the eight won in commanding fashion:
- Janet Nguyen won 60% of the vote against former Assemblyman Jose Solorio in the most competitive Senate seat in the state.
- Young Kim defeated incumbent Sharon Quirk-Silva 56%-44% in one of the most competitive Assembly seats in the state.
- Ling-Ling Chang won 64% of the vote after coming through a grueling primary.
- Michelle Steel won 62% of the vote in a Supervisorial runoff against Assemblyman Allan Mansoor.
- Lisa Bartlett won 55% of the vote in a Supervisorial runoff against Laguna Niguel Councilman Robert Ming.
- Peggy Huang came in first in a six-person field, even coming in ahead of her re-elected incumbent running mate, Tom Lindsey.
- Sandra Lee came in first in a four-person field, far outpacing three other candidates, who consisted of two incumbents and a former Mayor.
- Dina Nguyen was the only one with a close race, winning by 45.8%-42.1% in a three-way race for Orange County Water District.
The only Republican Asian woman who lost in Orange County last night was Westminster School Board candidate Bao Anh “Samantha” Nguyen. (Garden Grove City Council candidate Ruhina Khan is a Democrat. Laguna Woods City Council candidate Rae Tso and Fullerton Joint Union High School Board candidate Ho Jeong Lim are both NPP. Republican Cypress School Board Member-Elect Lydia Sondhi is not Asian; Sondhi is her married name.)
#1A. Janet Nguyen and Young Kim Capture OC Swing Seats to Break Democratic Supermajorities – Of the Republican Asian women who won last night, clearly Janet Nguyen and Young Kim’s victories were the biggest stories, as they each struck a blow to the supermajorities held by Democrats in the Senate and in the Assembly.
Janet Nguyen’s 60%-40% victory was so sweeping that she won 8 of the 10 cities in SD-34, losing only Anaheim and Santa Ana (she even won Long Beach).
Young Kim’s 56%-44% victory was so sweeping that she won 5 of the 6 cities in AD-65, losing only Stanton. Kim is the first Republican challenger to unseat an incumbent Democrat in a legislative race in 20 years.
#1B. Michelle Steel and Lisa Bartlett to Join Board of Supervisors – Board of Equalization Member Michelle Steel was widely expected to win the 2nd District Supervisor’s race after crushing Assemblyman Allan Mansoor by 25% in June and almost avoiding a run-off. She ended up beating Mansoor by 24% in the November run-off yesterday. Steel’s landslide victory was so strong that she carried every city in the district, including Costa Mesa, where Mansoor had served on City Council and as Mayor; she also won Mansoor’s 74th Assembly District.
Dana Point Mayor Lisa Bartlett was in the toss-up in the 5th District Supervisor’s race after coming in just 2% behind Laguna Niguel Councilman Robert Ming in June. She ended up beating Ming by 10% in the November run-off yesterday. Bartlett’s victory was so sweeping that she won every city in the district, except
Lyndon Johnson Laguna Niguel (I have no idea why I typed Lyndon Johnson; it was clearly a long election night).
This marks the second time two women will be serving on the Board of Supervisors concurrently (the first time is actually the present day wherein Supervisors Janet Nguyen and Pat Bates are serving concurrently). This is the first time two Asian Americans will serve concurrently on the Board of Supervisors.
#2 AD-74: Matt Harper Defeats Keith Curry, Even Winning Newport Beach – With independent expenditures helping Huntington Beach Mayor Matt Harper overcome Newport Beach Councilman Keith Curry’s massive fundraising advantage, Harper won by 18% yesterday after coming in 3% behind Curry in June. Harper’s victory was so sweeping that he won 5 of the 6 cities in AD-74, losing only Laguna Woods. To add insult to injury for Curry, Harper even won 55% of the vote in Newport Beach.
#3 Major Changes in Anaheim – Voters in the County’s biggest city cast their ballots on a number of meaty issues. First, 68% of Anaheim voters approved switching from the current at-large Council election system to a vote-by-district system. 53% of Anaheim voters approved increasing the size of the Council from 5 to 7 (Mayor and 6 Council members).
Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait was easily re-elected, with 54.1% of the vote in a four-way race, outpacing the nearest candidate. Tait ally James Vanderbilt appears to have defeated Anaheim Councilwoman Gail Eastman, thereby shrinking the 4-1 majority against Tait to a 3-2 majority instead.
#4 Irvine Forms Republican Supermajority, Ousting Larry Agran – In a sweeping victory, Republicans won every seat on yesterday’s ballot for Irvine City Council. Mayor Steven Choi was re-elected. Council candidate Lynn Schott came in first, and Councilman Jeff Lalloway came in second place to win re-election. Democrat Larry Agran, who lost control of the Council majority in 2012, found himself in fourth place, falling behind even his own ally Melissa Fox, who fell 0.4% short of winning a Council seat. Republicans now wield a 4-1 supermajority in Irvine.
#5 Republicans Take Huntington Beach – In another sweeping victory, Republicans swept all four seats available on the Huntington Beach City Council, unseating incumbent Democrats Joe Shaw and Connie Boardman. (The other two seats are held by termed-out Republican Joe Carchio and Assemblyman-Elect Matt Harper.) This sweep replaces the liberal majority with a conservative majority on the Huntington Beach City Council.
In the Huntington Beach City Attorney’s race, conservative Republican Michael Gates unseated Republican incumbent Jennifer McGrath.
#6 Yorba Linda Supermajority Against YLRRR – In yet another sweeping victory, the slate of Peggy Huang and Tom Lindsey won both seats on the ballot in Yorba Linda. For the first time since it began fielding candidates in 2006, Yorba Linda Residents for Responsible Representation failed to win any Council seats in an election. YLRRR held a Council majority from 2008-2012 and even held a supermajority from 2010-2012. YLRRR has a pesky habit of turning on the people they formerly supported (no fewer than three Councilmembers backed by YLRRR over the past eight years found themselves targeted for defeat by YLRRR).
With YLRRR-backed Councilmen Mark Schwing and John Anderson, YLRRR found themselves one seat short of a majority this year. They launched an ambitious recall bid to try to gain a Council supermajority. With the October recall defeated by the voters, the November re-election of Tom Lindsey, and the November election of Peggy Huang (see story 1 above) to replace the retiring John Anderson, YLRRR’s ambitious bid for a 4-1 supermajority in 2014 has ended with them on the losing end of a 4-1 supermajority, with only Schwing in office. This could well spell the beginning of the end for YLRRR.
#7 Newport Beach Clean Sweep – In one more sweeping victory (anyone notice a recurring theme in these stories?), the slate of Duffy Duffield (of Duffy Boat fame), Kevin Muldoon, and Scott Peotter captured the three contested Newport Beach City Council seats (Diane Dixon won the uncontested District 1 seat). In the District 3 seat, Duffield even managed to unseat Mayor Rush Hill by a stunning 2-1 margin. Duffield, Muldoon, and Peotter pledged to bring fiscal responsibility to Newport Beach City government, opposing the dock tax and expensive new City Hall.
#8 Rancho Santa Margarita Eliminates Council Minority – In possibly the County’s most sweeping victory, the two-man Rancho Santa Margarita Council minority has been eliminated. Majority Councilmembers Tony Beall and Carol Gamble were not on the ballot this year. Three seats were on the ballot this year. Majority Councilmember Brad McGirr was re-elected. Candidates Jerry Holloway (himself a former Councilmember) and Mike Vaughn were elected to replace minority Councilmembers Steve Baric and Jesse Petrilla. Baric was simply retiring and was not seeking a second term. Petrilla (who had run unsuccessfully for the Assembly in June, coming in second among Republicans to Beall-backed Bill Brough) was running for re-election but ended up 3.7% behind third-place Vaughn who captured the last Council seat. Additionally, voters rejected Measure Z, an initiative to change the zoning classification of Rancho Santa Margarita’s former Nissan site, by a margin of 54%-46%. The Council minority had supported Measure Z while the Council majority opposed it. The newly elected candidates both opposed Measure Z. As with Anaheim, Newport Beach, and Yorba Linda, the majority and minority members on this year’s ballot are all Republicans.
#9 Unions Strengthen Grip on Capistrano Unified School District and Ocean View School District – In a rare liberal sweeping victory in Orange County, the teachers’ union won all three seats on the ballot in the Capistrano Unified School District, growing their 5-2 supermajority into a 6-1 supermajority, leaving Jim Reardon as the sole trustee to oppose the teachers’ union. Union-backed Martha McNicholas defeated OC Political blogger Craig Alexander for the Trustee Area 4 seat being vacated by the retiring Anna Bryson. Union-backed incumbent Lynn Hatton beat back a challenge by Julie Collier in Trustee Area 7. Most surprisingly, in Trustee Area 6, union-backed Gila Jones unseated incumbent Ellen Addonizio, and Jones won by a larger margin than McNicholas or Hatton did. (Jones was the Democrat who ran against Republican State Senator Mark Wyland in 2010.)
In the Ocean View School District, union-backed Jack Souders and Joseph Gaglione won two of the three seats up for election this year, unseating incumbents Tracy Pellman and John Ortiz. While Souders and Gaglione were openly backed by the union, Pellman and incumbent John Briscoe (who won the other seat up for election) each accused the other of being secretly backed by the union.
#10 Claude Parrish Unseats Assessor Webster Guillory – In only the second time in the last half-century, a sitting Countywide elected official has been defeated for re-election. With controversies over his nomination signature collection and three felony charges from the District Attorney related to the nomination signature collection, incumbent Webster Guillory was unable to survive a challenge from former Board of Equalization Member Claude Parrish. Guillory had defeated Parrish 53%-47% in 2010. In this 2014 rematch, Parrish defeated Guillory by the same 53%-47% margin. (The last time a Countywide elected official lost a re-election bid was when John Dean unseated six-term incumbent County Superintendent of Schools Robert Peterson in 1990. No one else has lost since at least the mid-1960s.) With Republican Parrish replacing NPP Guillory as Assessor and Republican Eric Woolery replacing Democrat Jan Grimes as Auditor-Controller, Republicans will hold every Countywide office for the first time in recent memory.
Honorable Mention: Special Elections on the Way – With the elections of Supervisor Janet Nguyen to the State Senate and State Senator Mimi Walters to Congress, there will now be a flurry of special elections. Early in 2015, special elections will need to be held to fill the remaining two years on Nguyen’s Supervisorial term and Walters’s Senate term. In the likely event that an Assemblymember wins the race to replace Walters, another special election will be triggered in mid-2015 to fill the Assembly seat.
Honorable Mention: City Treasurers and Board of Equalization – Two Secret Paths to Power – It’s quite interesting what useful platforms City Treasurer’s seats and Board of Equalization seats can be for gaining other elected offices:
- November 2010: Huntington Beach City Treasurer Shari Freidenrich elected Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector, defeating Deputy Treasurer
- June 2014: Orange City Treasurer Eric Woolery elected Orange County Auditor-Controller, defeating Deputy Auditor-Controller
- November 2014
- Board of Equalization Member Michelle Steel elected an Orange County Supervisor, defeating Assemblyman
- Former Board of Equalization Member Claude Parrish elected Orange County Assessor, defeating incumbent
- Brea City Treasurer Glenn Parker elected a Brea City Councilman, defeating incumbent
- Placentia City Treasurer Craig Green elected a Placentia City Councilman, defeating incumbent
On a related note, State Controller-Elect Betty Yee is the second consecutive Board of Equalization Member to be elected State Controller. Eight years ago, Board of Equalization Member John Chiang was elected State Controller, and last night, he has been elected State Treasurer.
Honorable Mention: Mimi Walters Elected to Congress – This doesn’t merit reaching the top 10 because it was a foregone conclusion that Senator Mimi Walters would crush Democrat Drew Leavens in the 45th Congressional District. The real contest was in June when Walters managed to be the top Republican vote-getter and ensured a Democrat made the top two. The only reason this gets an honorable mention is because of how rare it is to have a new Member of Congress.
Posted in 55th Assembly District, 65th Assembly District, 74th Assembly District, 34th Senate District, 45th Congressional District, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Newport Beach, Rancho Santa Margarita, Yorba Linda, Orange County, Capistrano Unified School District, Cypress School District, Ocean View School District, Orange County Water District, 2nd Supervisorial District, 5th Supervisorial District, Board of Equalization, Orange County Assessor | 5 Comments »
Posted by Chris Nguyen on March 17, 2014
7:59 PM: After an hour of speeches, the first endorsement motion is made, as Robert Hammond moves to endorse Hugh Nguyen for Clerk-Recorder.
8:00 PM: Tim Whitacre speaks about Nguyen’s strong record, Republican endorsements, and the County audits that have found Nguyen has fixed much of Tom Daly’s mess.
8:01 PM: Scott Peotter says it’s optional to perform marriages. Peotter says the Clerk-Recorder can either perform all marriages (both same-sex and opposite-sex) or perform no marriages. Peotter asks if no
8:03 PM: Todd Spitzer talked about the importance of the Clerk-Recorder having their documents in order since the post files important documents and how important it is to have candidates for Clerk-Recorder who know how to file nomination papers in a timely fashion. He speaks of Nguyen’s experience, he speaks of Nguyen’s success in cleaning up Daly’s mess.
8:05 PM: Chairman Scott Baugh gives an unofficial award for best line to Todd Spitzer due to his comments about the Clerk-Recorder’s job filing important documents and one candidate’s failure to properly file candidate documents.
8:06 PM: Nguyen is endorsed by a nearly unanimous vote, with only Peotter opposing.
8:08 PM: Bill Dunlap speaks in favor of Michael Gates for Huntington Beach City Attorney.
8:09 PM: Baron Night asks to delay the Gates endorsement until August since the race will not be on the ballot until November.
8:10 PM: Michael Gates states he is up against an entrenched incumbent. He has raised $120,000. He says he is a true conservative who believes in limited government unlike the incumbent whose brand of Republicanism he opposes. He speaks about his experience at the US Department of Justice, as a law clerk at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and in private practice.
8:14 PM: Zonya Townsend asks about his representation of the Roman Catholic diocese of Orange and whether he’s represented them on sexual abuse cases.
8:14 PM: Gates says he and his firm have refused to represent the Diocese on the sexual abuse cases. They’ve only represented the Diocese on slip-and-fall and other liability cases that did not involve sexual abuse.
Gates is endorsed nearly unanimously, with only Baron Night opposing.
8:17 PM: Alexandria Coronado moves and Scott Peotter seconds the endorsement of Tom Pollitt for Orange County Board of Education, Trustee Area 2.
Incumbent David Boyd attempts to speak against the motion but is ruled out of order since he’s not a Central Committee member.
No one rises to speak against Pollitt; he is endorsed unanimously.
8:18 PM: Brett Barbre moves and Teresa Hernandez seconds the endorsement of Linda Lindholm for Orange County Board of Education, Trustee Area 5.
No one rises to speak against Lindholm; she is endorsed unanimously.
That’s a wrap on endorsements. More endorsements to come at the April Central Committee meeting.
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Posted by Allen Wilson on February 25, 2014
Today, Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen releases statement in response to the Democratic Party of Orange County Chairman Henry Vadermeir for politicizing an important issue:
“It is sad that the Democratic Party would attempt to politicize an issue that is so important to so many local people in need of quality health care.
It’s curious that their alleged interest in the program appears in the middle of a political campaign and clearly shows they don’t understand the issues important to the 34th Senate District.
What’s worse is that the local Democratic operatives who issued this release are either ignorant of the facts or purposefully distorted the facts surrounding CalOptima.
They falsely stated that Supervisor Nguyen is the Chair of CalOptima, got the number of CalOptima patients wrong, inaccurately stated that the audit will take years to complete, and conveniently left out the fact that the audit was a routine, standard audit not caused by any one person’s actions.
Supervisor Nguyen stands by her actions to reform CalOptima because they were necessary to ensure transparency, accountability and quality services for the county’s most vulnerable population”
Orange County Democrats are conveniently running away from Obamacare and will do anything to politicize an issue such as CalOptima.
Orange County Democratic Party Chairman should be ashamed of himself!
Posted in 34th Senate District, Democrat Central Committee, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Orange County, Santa Ana, State Senate | Tagged: Henry Vandermeir, Janet Nguyen, Obamacare, Orange County Democrats | 4 Comments »
Posted by Chris Emami on December 4, 2013
Newport Beach Mayor Keith Curry has declared his candidacy for the open 74th Assembly District seat.
Curry was first appointed to the Newport Beach City Council in 2006 and has run three elections, including two with well-funded opposition, winning both by 10 points (He was unopposed in 2012).
For over 20 years, Curry was a partner/owner of the nation’s largest public finance consulting organization, Public Financial Management where he advised states, cities and local agencies throughout the nation. The firm was sold to a private equity group in 2009 and Curry retired in 2011 to form the Center for Public Policy at Concordia University. He put together a board of bi-partisan heavyweights and has hosted several events in the past two years.
Curry also teaches public policy and government leadership courses in Concordia’s graduate business school.
Curry has a long Republican history, serving for five years in the Ronald Reagan administration as the Special Assistant to the Federal Transit Administrator, and prior to that as a Deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor Pete Schabarum. In 2011, he led efforts to create a Ronald Reagan Centennial Memorial in Newport Beach.
In 1978-79, Curry worked with Paul Gann and managed the qualification effort of Gann’s “Spirit of 13 Initiative” that limited the growth of government spending. Proposition 4 as it was known actually resulted in state tax rebates under Governor Deukmejian, but was later modified to limit its effectiveness.
A 20 year member of the Lincoln Club, Curry demonstrated strong fundraising capability in his city council races. As the only candidate with the personal financial resources to self-fund his campaign, Curry appears to be in a very strong position out of the gate.
He was selected by his fellow elected officials to be the President of the Association of California Cities Orange County, President of the Orange County Division of the League of Cities, and President of the Orange County Parks Commission.
One of the biggest advantages that Curry has is his name identification in AD-74 both as a Newport Beach Councilmember and his teaching at Concordia in Irvine. His candidacy will likely end any speculation of Leslie Daigle jumping into the AD-74 fray.
Based on the current field, Curry will likely be fighting it out with Huntington Beach Mayor Matt Harper to win this seat. Other candidates that have declared their intention to run for this seat include AD-72 staffer Emanuel Patrascu and former Santa Ana City Council candidate Karina Onofre. In my initial posts profiling AD-74 I had mentioned former CRP Treasurer Keith Carlson as a potential candidate for the seat. Everybody I have been talking with has stated that they doubt that Carlson will run for the seat and as of today he has not opened a campaign committee. Unless I hear otherwise I will exclude Carlson from future posts on the topic of AD-74.
Harper and Curry are Councilmembers in two of the larger cities in AD-74. Newport Beach has approximately 50,000 registered voters and Huntington Beach has approximately 53,000 voters. Irvine is the largest city in AD-74 with it being home to approximately 62,000 voters but none of the three Irvine Council Republicans Steven Choi, Jeff Lalloway, or Christina Shea expected to announce their candidacy for this seat, especially since Choi and Lalloway live in AD-68.
This race is going to be extremely interesting and we here at OC Political will keep you posted on new developments as they happen in AD-74.
Posted in 74th Assembly District, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Newport Beach | Tagged: Christina Shea, Emanuel Patrascu, Jeff Lalloway, Karina Onofre, Keith Curry, Matt Harper, Steven Choi | 1 Comment »
Posted by Chris Nguyen on December 4, 2013
Yorba Linda Mayor
Huntington Beach Mayor
In a handy tool for their State Assembly campaigns, AD-55 Candidate Craig Young became Mayor of Yorba Linda last night and AD-74 Candidate Matt Harper became Mayor of Huntington Beach on Monday night.
Being mayor during the same year as an Assembly candidacy lends itself to a few helpful advantages:
- “Mayor” is stronger than “Councilman” as a ballot designation. Many voters do not realize that most California mayors are effectively the chair of the city council; these voters instead think of executive mayors, like the types in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, New York City, and Chicago. (For the political scientists out there, many California voters believe they live in a city with a “strong mayor-council” system when in reality, most California cities have “council-manager” systems.)
- Mayors tend to get more press coverage than councilmembers, as reporters are more likely to quote a mayor than a councilmember.
- Mayors get more of the spotlight at community events. Rather than asking five or seven councilmembers to speak at an event, most organizers will simply ask the mayor to speak. After all, people attending a community event would generally prefer to hear a speech from one politician rather than speeches from about a half-dozen politicians.
At this point in the AD-55 race, Young’s opponents for the Republican nomination are Diamond Bar Councilwoman Ling-Ling Chang and Walnut Valley Unified School Board Member Phillip Chen. Chang will not be mayor during her Assembly bid, as Carol Herrera became Mayor of Diamond Bar last night. AD-55 Incumbent Curt Hagman is termed out. You can find previous OC Political posts on the AD-55 race here.
Mayor Harper is the only elected official to have thrown his hat in the AD-74 ring as of this morning. His two opponents for the Republican nomination are 2010 Laguna Beach City Council Candidate Emanuel Patrascu, whose day job is as District Director for State Assemblyman Travis Allen, and 2012 Santa Ana City Council Candidate Karina Onofre, whose day job is split between working for H&R Block and as a Field Representative for State Senator Bob Huff. AD-74 Incumbent Allan Mansoor is running for Orange County Supervisor. You can find previous OC Political posts on the AD-74 race here.
Posted in 55th Assembly District, 74th Assembly District, Huntington Beach, Yorba Linda | Tagged: Allan Mansoor, Bob Huff, Carol Herrera, Craig Young, Curt Hagman, Emanuel Patrascu, Karina Onofre, Ling-Ling Chang, Matt Harper, Matthew Harper, Phillip Chen, Travis Allen | 3 Comments »
Posted by Newsletter Reprint on September 13, 2013
Huntington Beach Mayor Pro Tem Matt Harper sent over this op-ed regarding Item #23 on Tuesday’s agenda of the Huntington Beach City Council:
Those who know me understand that there’s a lot I like about the ’80s.
Like many who reside in Huntington Beach and were around at that time, I liked the music, I liked the good economic times and I liked having Ronald Reagan as president. One thing I didn’t like was the ban on fireworks imposed by the City Council in 1987.
For years after Huntington Beach was incorporated in 1909, it went without such restrictions, but many people became concerned about old wood-shake roofs and their flammability. Over the past two decades, almost all wood-shake roofs have been replaced.
Some thought the 1987 ban on state-approved fireworks would stop the loud illegal explosives, like M-80s. Unfortunately, these devices could be heard on and around Independence Day every year throughout Huntington Beach’s ban. That experiment didn’t work.
Without any compelling reason to continue the ban on state-approved fireworks, I supported its lifting through a trial period until an ultimate decision could be made. Well, I think it’s time we made a decision.
At the Monday meeting of the Huntington Beach City Council, I will offer two proposals. One will be to repeal the 1987 ban on state-approved fireworks. If that proposal does not have majority support, then I would propose that the trial period be extended by one year so that the voters could make the decision through a measure on the November 2014 ballot.
Those who favor the darkness are still around and they would like to extinguish the illumination brought about by the personal enjoyment of state-approved fireworks on the Fourth of July.
At least two council members had already decided they were against state-approved fireworks even before the trial period began. If state-approved fireworks are to continue at the direction of the City Council, then it will be up to the others to listen to those who enjoyed the freedom to use state-approved fireworks in Huntington Beach for the first time in more than two decades.
Additionally, those deciding the fate of fireworks in the city will have to listen to the students who have found a critical fundraising opportunity to benefit music, athletics and other programs at our high schools. As an alumnus of Huntington Beach High School and a former trustee for the Huntington Beach Union High School District, I care about our students being able to reach their goals and achieve.
Fullerton, Westminster and Villa Park have repealed their outdated bans on state-approved fireworks either by council decision or at the ballot box.
Like many old laws on the books in Huntington Beach, the 1987 ban on state-approved fireworks limits residents’ freedom. Let’s overturn this outdated ban on fireworks or let the voters decide.
This op-ed was originally published in the Huntington Beach Independent.
Posted in Huntington Beach | Tagged: fireworks | 2 Comments »
Posted by OC Insider on April 25, 2013
Posted in 72nd Assembly District, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Orange County, San Clemente, Seal Beach, Sunset Beach Sanitary District, Surfside Colony Community Services District | Tagged: AQMD, Travis Allen | 4 Comments »
Posted by Chris Emami on March 22, 2013
I was working on a database of the part affiliation of all Orange County local elected officials. Finally, I have completed the project with all of the special districts and county seats being added. I also fixed some errors in the previous versions (here, here, and here) and have combined the database into one post.
We have added a button on the menu bar for our readers to always be able to access this database and use it for whatever research/political needs that they may have. Due to the length of th epost you are going to have to click the below link to read the rest of the post.
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Posted by Chris Nguyen on November 15, 2012
There are seven races in Orange County where less than 0.5% separates two candidates for the last spot in office. Countywide, there are 73,719 ballots remaining to be counted (9,371 absentee ballots, 64,217 provisional ballots, and 131 Election Day paper ballots). In all seven of these races, fewer than 500 votes separate the last winner and the first runner-up. These range from the 442-vote margin for the Santa Ana Unified School Board to the 4-vote margin (yes, just four votes) for Fullerton City Council.
In the Santa Ana Unified School Board race, incumbent Jose Alfredo Hernandez (D) is hanging on to a 442-vote (0.5%) lead over challenger Valerie Amezcua (D). In an unusual situation for Santa Ana, two Democrats are fighting for the third place spot and the board’s last seat while Republicans occupy the top two slots, with challenger Ceci Iglesias ahead of incumbent Rob Richardson.
|SANTA ANA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member
|Number To Vote For: 3
|Completed Precincts: 89 of 89
|CECILIA “CECI” IGLESIAS
|JOSE ALFREDO HERNANDEZ
In the Mission Viejo City Council race, Councilwoman Cathy Schlicht (R) is clinging on to a 270-vote (0.4%) lead over challenger Wendy Bucknum (R). Bucknum ran on a slate with Councilman Frank Ury (R) while Schlict ran on a slate with Ed Sachs (R). If Schlicht hangs on, the voters will have split the baby by picking the incumbent from each slate leaving the status quo in place with a Council majority of Trish Kelley (R), Dave Leckness (R), and Ury versus a Council minority of Rhonda Reardon (R) and Schlicht. If Bucknum overtakes Schlicht, then the Council majority will grow to 4 members.
|CITY OF MISSION VIEJO Member, City Council
|Number To Vote For: 2
|Completed Precincts: 71 of 71
|RICHARD W. COLEMAN
|DESI J. KISS
In the Westminster City Council race, challenger Diana Carey (D) has seen her lead over incumbent Councilman Tyler Diep (R) dwindle to 200 votes (0.4%). In 2008, Diep was behind Penny Loomer (D) by 1,500 votes on Election Night and ended up winning the election by edging out Loomer by 49 votes. On Election Night 2012, Diep was behind Carey by 709 votes. Can Diep pull off the late surge again?
|CITY OF WESTMINSTER Member, City Council
|Number To Vote For: 2
|Completed Precincts: 57 of 57
|CHARLIE NGUYEN MANH CHI
|AL P. KRIPPNER
In the Huntington Beach City Council race, former Councilman Dave Sullivan (R) wields a 264-vote (0.1%) lead over Barbara Delgleize (R). Regardless of whether Sullivan or Delgleize wins, the conservative majority has already been reduced to a minority with the election of Jill Hardy (D) and Jim Katapodis (R).
|CITY OF HUNTINGTON BEACH Member, City Council
|Number To Vote For: 3
|Completed Precincts: 158 of 158
|WILLIAM BILLY O’CONNELL
|ALEXANDER S. POLSKY
|BRUCE J. BRANDT
|TONY JAMES CARTER
In the Costa Mesa City Council race, Councilman Gary Monahan (R) has a 131-vote (0.1%) lead over challenger John Stephens (D). At stake is the conservative Council majority, with Jim Righeimer (R), Steve Mensinger (R), and Monahan. If Monahan holds on, the 4-1 Council majority will shrink to 3-2, as former Councilwoman Sandy Genis (R) captured the seat of termed-out conservative Councilman Eric Bever (R). If Stephens overtakes Monahan, the conservative Council majority will become the minority.
|CITY OF COSTA MESA Member, City Council
|Number To Vote For: 3
|Completed Precincts: 71 of 71
|SANDRA L. “SANDY” GENIS
In the Yorba Linda City Council race, challenger Gene Hernandez (R) has a 114-vote (0.1%) lead over incumbent Councilwoman Nancy Rikel (R). At stake is the Council majority. If Rikel can overtake Hernandez, the YLRRR majority of Mark Schwing (R), John Anderson (R), and Rikel will maintain control of the Council. If Hernandez hangs on, the majority of Tom Lindsey (R), Craig Young (R), and Hernandez would push YLRRR into the minority, with Schwing and Anderson.
|CITY OF YORBA LINDA Member, City Council
|Number To Vote For: 3
|Completed Precincts: 47 of 47
|EUGENE J. “GENE” HERNANDEZ
|KENNITH L. PETERSON
|TODD P. COOPER
|LOUIS LEE KNAPPENBERGER JR.
In the Fullerton City Council race, former Councilwoman Jan Flory (D) has a 4-vote lead over incumbent Councilman Travis Kiger (R). If Flory wins, the Fullerton City Council will have two liberal Democrats (Doug Chaffee and Flory), two libertarian-leaning conservative Republicans (Bruce Whitaker and Greg Sebourn), and one more traditional conservative Republican (Jennifer Fitzgerald). If Kiger can overtake Flory’s 4-vote lead, he would cement the results of the June recall and maintain Orange County’s most libertarian council.
|CITY OF FULLERTON Member, City Council
|Number To Vote For: 3
|Completed Precincts: 88 of 88
|JAN M. FLORY
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