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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: 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: 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 »

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 »

AD – 55 Watch: OC Sheriff Hutchens Endorses Phillip Chen

Posted by Allen Wilson on December 9, 2013

We just received this Press Release from the Phillip Chen for Assembly Campaign:

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Sheriff Sandra Hutchens Endorses
Phillip Chen for Assembly in AD 55

YORBA LINDA, CA – - The Phillip Chen for Assembly campaign announced this morning that Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens has endorsed Phillip for Assembly in the 55th district. Sheriff Hutchens is one of the most popular public servants in Orange County.

“As a reserve deputy sheriff, Phillip Chen is committed to public safety and to helping make our homes, schools and neighborhoods safer places,” said Hutchens. “Combined with his experience as a school board member, health care expert and small business owner, Phillip has all the qualities needed to be an excellent representative for the 55th district.”

Phillip Chen is a Republican running in the 55th district with the support of the district’s current representative, Curt Hagman. The district covers parts of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties.

“I am deeply honored to have the support of Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, one of the most respected crime-fighters in California, and I look forward to working with her and our law enforcement community to keep us safe,” Chen said.

Phillip Chen is a small business owner and USC Professor who was the top vote-getter in the Walnut Valley Unified School District Board election in November of 2011. He is a top advisor on health care issues to Supervisor Mike Antonovich and a reserve Deputy Sheriff for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. Phillip was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson to serve in the Governor’s Office of Criminal Justice Planning, where he worked on legislation involving foster care, gang prevention, drug awareness, and mental health.

Phillip is a Doctoral Candidate at USC, he has a Master’s in Public Administration from USC and holds a B.A. in Communications from Cal State Fullerton. In addition, Phillip teaches Public Administration as an Adjunct Professor at USC.

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

55th AD Watch: Popular Assemblyman Curt Hagman endorse Phillip Chen

Posted by Allen Wilson on October 29, 2013

OC Political just received this press release from Phillip Chen Campaign for Assembly in the 55th AD (Brea, Diamond Bar, Yorba Linda):

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Assemblyman Curt Hagman Endorses Phillip Chen in AD 55

YORBA LINDA, CA – - Republican State Assemblyman Curt Hagman has endorsed Phillip Chen as the next Assemblyman in the 55th district, which Hagman currently represents. The highly coveted endorsement from the popular incumbent Curt Hagman solidifies Chen as the clear frontrunner in the June election.

“I am endorsing Phillip Chen to continue my work representing the people of the 55th district. Phillip’s background as a reserve deputy sheriff, School Board Trustee and small business owner gives him important insight on the most important issues facing our area – jobs, education and crime. I am extremely confident that Phillip Chen will be an outstanding new conservative member of the Assembly for our district,” stated Hagman who has represented the Orange County, Los Angeles and San Bernardino based district since 2008.

“I am very honored to receive Assemblyman Curt Hagman’s endorsement and I look forward to continuing the standard he has set with his strong, conservative leadership,” said Chen.

Phillip Chen is a small business owner and USC Professor who was the top vote-getter in the Walnut Valley Unified School District Board election in November of 2011. He is a top advisor on health care issues to Supervisor Mike Antonovich and a reserve Deputy Sheriff for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department. Phillip was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson to serve in the Governor’s Office of Criminal Justice Planning, where he worked on legislation involving foster care, gang prevention, drug awareness, and mental health.

Phillip is a Doctoral Candidate at USC, he has a Master’s in Public Administration from USC and holds a B.A. in Communications from Cal State Fullerton. In addition, Phillip teaches Public Administration as an Adjunct Professor at USC.

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

RINO Witch-Hunt Against Placentia’s Conservative Yamaguchi?

Posted by Chris Emami on August 26, 2013

Jeremy YamaguchiThere is a weird controversy that has been taking place in Placentia this summer. Councilman Jeremy Yamaguchi is being attacked for his role in one of the City of Placentia’s concerts in the park. Basically, Yamaguchi is being accused of having a conflict of interest with his status as a Councilman and his activities as a VOLUNTEER for the City.

The issue really is much ado about nothing: there is no kind of financial conflict of interest that took place because volunteers inherently have no financial interest.

Yamaguchi has worked for companies that have provided sound services for bands that participate in the concerts in the park and Yamaguchi has been providing his services to the City as a VOLUNTEER. I think it is rather refreshing for a Councilmember to provide volunteer services that don’t involve simply showing up at an event, smiling, waving, and/or gracing everybody with their presence.

According to a memo from Placentia’s city attorney quoted by the Orange County Register:

“In summary, we cannot state with certainty that conflict of interest laws have been violated; however, Mr. Yamaguchi’s income history, coupled with his activities as a volunteer, could lead one to believe that an appearance of a conflict exists.”

What a strange quote.  The city attorney basically says, “We can’t find a conflict but somebody might think there’s a conflict.”

Yamaguchi’s activities as a volunteer should have no effect on what he can and/or cannot do as a City Councilmember in the City of Placentia. If he is not profiting in any way financially, I don’t see what the issue is.

One thing that caused me to raise an eyebrow is the fact that Yamaguchi is currently the conservative minority on the Placentia City Council along with Councilman Chad Wanke. The non-conservative majority of Scott Nelson, Connie Underhill, and Joe Aguirre are all technically registered Republicans.

More often than not, when city staff and a Council majority are questioned, they don’t like it.  This sometimes leads to efforts to try to discredit the dissenters by making them look bad at both Council meetings and in the media.  I’m not sure if this is the case in Placentia, but where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire.

What I do know for certain is that Jeremy Yamaguchi has been an excellent vote on the Placentia City Council and obviously cares about his community. People like Yamaguchi should be applauded for their efforts and not dragged over the coals.

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55th AD Watch: Phillip Chen announces candidacy for State Assembly

Posted by Allen Wilson on July 29, 2013

OC Political just received this Press Release from Phillip Chen for Assembly Campaign:

Phillip Chen Reports $334,000 Raised, with $319,00 Cash on Hand for Assembly Campaign

Yorba Linda, CA – - Republican School Board Member Phillip Chen is reporting $334,000 raised through June 30, and $319,000 cash on hand in his newly formed Assembly committee. Chen, a member of the Walnut Valley Unified School Board, is running in the 55th Assembly district currently represented by Assemblyman Curt Hagman, who is not running for reelection due to term limits.

“I am deeply honored and grateful for the overwhelming support I am receiving from the community,” Chen said. “Our district is fortunate to be represented by Assemblyman Hagman and I look forward to continuing the standard he has set.”

Phillip Chen is a small business owner and USC Professor who was the top vote-getter in the Walnut Valley Unified School District Board election in November of 2011. He is a top advisor on health care issues to Supervisor Mike Antonovich and a reserve Deputy Sheriff for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department.

“The legislature needs to focus on the important things that impact our quality of life: improving schools, keeping us safe and healthy and creating an environment that will allow our businesses to grow,” Chen stated. “Our local businesses face many threats, from mandates imposed by the President’s healthcare initiative to onerous state regulations to high fees and taxes. I believe my experience in education, law enforcement, business and on health issues will help me take the lead in the legislature on the issues that are most crucial to our district.”

Commenting on the impressive fundraising efforts, Chen consultant Dave Gilliard, stated, “Early fundraising ability is important to candidates. Most insiders use the initial fundraising numbers as a tool to gauge a candidate’s viability and local support. This fundraising number will show Phillip has both the support in the community and the resources to fully fund a victorious campaign.”

Phillip’s prior experience includes being appointed by Governor Pete Wilson to serve in the Governor’s Office of Criminal Justice Planning, where he worked on legislation involving foster care, gang prevention, drug awareness, and mental health.

Phillip is a Doctoral Candidate at USC, he has a Master’s in Public Administration from USC and holds a B.A. in Communications from Cal State Fullerton. In addition, Phillip currently teaches Public Administration as an Adjunct Professor at USC.

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

More Info: Background Info On Auditor-Controller Candidates

Posted by Chris Emami on March 22, 2013

The office of Supervisor Todd Spitzer released a list of all seven candidates who will be interviewed for Auditor-Controller in their newsletter. You can read the full newsletter here.

We’ll have continuing coverage on Auditor-Controller here on OC Political in the coming days and weeks.

Here’s the list with background information on each of the interviewees:

  • George Beck, CIA, Mission Viejo
    • legacy replacement program team member, Los Angeles Unified School District
    • former director of accounting, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
    • former city auditor of the City of Houston, Texas
  • James Benuzzi, CIA, Orange
    • private sector internal auditor
    • former member of the Audit Oversight Committee, City of Placentia
    • first internal audit manager of the City of Orange
  • Jan Grimes, CPA, Dana Point
    • chief deputy auditor-controller of Orange County
    • former director of central accounting operations
    • former accounting manager of environmental management agency (now OC Public Works)
  • Nick Pham, CPA, Aliso Viejo
    • private sector regional controller
    • former private sector accounting manager
  • Gustavo Rodriguez, CPA, Fullerton
    • private sector financial management consultant
    • former CFO of various private sector medical entities
  • Eric Woolery, CPA, Orange
    • Riverside County district attorney’s deputy director of administration
    • former private sector CFO
    • former member of the Orange County Board of Education
  • Alexander Yu, CPA, Ladera Ranch
    • CFO of Tri-City Healthcare District
    • former CFO of various private sector medical entities

(CFO is Chief Financial Officer, CIA is Certified Internal Auditor, and CPA is Certified Public Accountant.)

Posted in 3rd Supervisorial District, Orange, Orange County Auditor-Controller, Orange County Board of Education, Placentia | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

 
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