This just came across the wire from the Bill Brough for Assembly Campaign:
Archive for the ‘73rd Assembly District’ Category
Posted by Newsletter Reprint on November 14, 2013
Posted by Craig P. Alexander on October 20, 2013
State Assembly Candidate Anna Bryson – The Unions’ Favorite GOP Candidate!
When Anna Bryson first ran for election and then re-election to the CUSD Board of Trustees I was one of those who endorsed and supported her. After the 2010 elections, many of my friends who also supported her and I were aghast that she so blatantly switched sides and voted with the Trustees who were elected by the teachers and classified unions. She is seeking to replace my current Assemblyperson Diane Harkey who is termed out in 2014. As a resident of South Orange County, I am one of those taxpayers directly affected by her votes and I have no desire to have her as my “representative” in the State Assembly.
The examples below are drawn from the agendas and minutes of the CUSD or from newspaper articles that report on Ms. Bryson’s votes on key issues at Capistrano Unified School District. I always have believed that a politician’s voting record is the very strongest evidence of where their core values lie. In my opinion, Ms. Bryson’s voting record is evidence that her core values do not lie with the taxpayers.
Craig P. Alexander, Esq., Former Elected Member of the Orange County Republican Central Committee.
• THE TEACHERS UNION RECEIVED A $30,000,000 “PAY RESTORATION”
12/07/2010 During a closed session of the Trustee board it appears a majority of the board voted to give the teachers union approximately $30,000,000 in compensation restoration which was not on the agenda for that closed session (which resulted in an investigation by the Orange County District Attorney).
• ANNA BRYSON MADE THE MOTION AND VOTED YES ON THIS “RESTORATION” TO THE UNIONS WHEN THE BOARD “RECONFIRMED” THEIR 12/07/2010 ACTION IN OPEN SESSION ON MARCH 16, 2011
Minutes:http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/file/1229223560406/1218998864154/3577638514624170765.pdf [pages 25 & 26 of 594, 3 & 4 of Minutes]
• GAVE TEACHERS UNION A MASSIVE GOLDEN HANDSHAKE!
01/25/12 Anna Bryson voted with the union-elected trustees (and against the endorsed Republicans on the Board) to give the Teachers Union a multi-million dollar “Golden Handshake.”
Agenda: Cost of the annuity that pays the retired teachers 85% of their base salary over 5 years is $12,008,405. CUSD Board of Trustee Meeting 3/28/12 agenda item #2 page 7. http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/file/1229223560406/1218998864154/3801265531793935057.pdf
Savings is due to increase in class size and will only be realized if 17 teacher positions are not filled. http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/groups/schools/p/158-cusd-teachers-enticed-to-retire
Minutes: Bryson seconds the motion to approve the retirement bonus – Source CUSD Board of Trustee meeting 1/25/12 agenda item #8, refer to the minutes of the meeting located on the Consent Calendar for the meeting of February 13, 2012 agenda item # 11 page 82; Motion Trustee Alpay; Seconded by Trustee Bryson. http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/file/1229223560406/1218998864154/3801265531793935057.pdf
• PAID FOR UNION’S GOLDEN HANDSHAKE BY INCREASING CLASS SIZES!
02/29/12 In order to pay for the Golden Handshake she had just given the Union, Anna Bryson made the motion and voted with the union-elected trustees (and against the endorsed Republicans on the Board) to obtain a special waiver to allow the 9th largest school district in California to increase class sizes beyond the maximum permitted.
1/5/12 email from Patricia Koch (assigned by OCDE to oversee CUSD Financial matters) to Wendy Benkert of Orange County Department of Education. Email_that_retirement_bonus_is_tied_to_class_size_increase
Test scores in the district are now steadily declining.
CA Department of Education – CUSD API Scores 2013: 874; 2012: 883. http://data1.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/Acnt2013/2013GrowthDstApi.aspx?cYear=&allcds=3066464&cChoice=2013GDst2
• SPENT TAX MONEY TO TEACH UNION LEADERS HOW TO BETTER NEGOTIATE AGAINST TAXPAYERS!
09/12/11 Anna Bryson made the motion and voted with the union-elected trustees (and against the endorsed Republicans on the Board) to spend tens of thousands of tax dollars to send union leaders on a junket where they would be trained how to become more effective negotiators – the negotiator for the taxpayers did not receive the same training.
Minutes: CUSD Board of Trustee meeting 9/12/11 agenda item #23, refer to the minutes of the meeting located on the Consent Calendar for the meeting of September 26, 2011 agenda item # 10 page 55: Motion made by Trustee Bryson. http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/file/1229223560406/1218998864154/5447917643984452609.pdf
• PROMOTED LIBERAL DEMOCRAT (INSTEAD OF HER REPUBLICAN COLLEAGUE)!
12/12/11 Anna Bryson voted with the union-elected trustees (and against the endorsed Republicans on the Board) to promote liberal Democrat Gary Pritchard (pro-abortion, anti-Prop. 8, etc.) to President of the 9th largest school district in California (instead of her Republican Colleague who was also nominated and who had been proudly endorsed by the OCGOP, the CRA, Lincoln Club, Atlas PAC and most every other conservative organization in Orange County).
Minutes: CUSD Board of Trustee Meeting 12/12/11 agenda items #1-3 reorganization of the board, refer to the minutes of the meeting located on the Consent Calendar for the meeting of January, 2012 agenda item #10 page 84. http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/file/1229223560406/1218998864154/1057271136406735480.pdf
• REFUSED TO SUPPORT THE ENDORSED REPUBLICANS IN 2012 ELECTION!
11/02/12 Anna Bryson sided with the teachers union and failed to and / or refused to endorse the three conservative Republicans who were seeking election to the school board of the 9th largest school district in California that Anna serves on – and each of those candidates had been endorsed by the OCGOP, CRA, Lincoln Club, Atlas PAC and most every other conservative organization.
THE UNIONS HAVE ENOUGH FRIENDS IN SACRAMENTO – THE GOP CAN’T AFFORD TO SEND THEM ANOTHER!!!
Posted by Allen Wilson on October 1, 2013
We surely got your attention and this morning’s headline will require no caffeine for OC politicos.
Rancho Santa Margarita Councilman Steve Baric is taking himself out of the race for State Assembly in the 73rd Assembly District (South Orange County).
Jon Fleischman of Flashreport explains Councilman Baric’s reasons why the sudden departure.
My colleague Chris Nguyen on August 1st explained that Baric was the runner-up on the campaign war chest.
The 73rd AD contest will surely shake things up in the coming days.
Posted by Chris Nguyen on August 27, 2013
Many people may recall the rather amusing saga of San Clemente Councilman Robert “Bob” Baker, who had an opponent in the November 2012 election with the same exact name of Robert “Bob” Baker, which OC Political covered here and here last year.
In a nutshell, Councilman Baker (R) was challenged for re-election by a businessman (D) with the same exact name. (In the process, we discovered ballot designations had been created in 1931 to solve this problem, but that clearly took a life of its own.) Under Elections Code 13118, which was left substantially untouched since 1927, when two candidates with the same (or very similar) names were to each select a number to be placed next to their names on the ballot if at least one of them filed a declaration that their names were confusingly similar.
Since Councilman Baker pulled and filed his nomination paperwork first, he got first pick of numbers. Naturally, he picked the number 1. Easy enough, right? Well, no. Businessman Baker then threw everyone for a loop by picking the number 0. The San Clemente City Clerk initially determined that businessman Baker would precede Councilman Baker on the ballot since 0 comes before 1. Then, the City Clerk sought advised from the Secretary of State, who then recommended the Clerk to do a random drawing to determine who would get listed first (just like the random drawing of the alphabet for the ballot). 0 was drawn before 1, so businessman Baker was listed before Councilman Baker on the ballot.
Businessman Baker eventually dropped out (though his name remained on the ballot), and Councilman Baker was re-elected by a nearly 3% margin. Shortly after the election, his colleagues on the San Clemente City Council selected Baker to be Mayor of San Clemente for 2013.
|CITY OF SAN CLEMENTE Member, City Council|
|Number To Vote For: 2|
|Completed Precincts: 46 of 46|
|1 ROBERT “BOB” BAKER||10,890||23.2%|
|0 ROBERT “BOB” BAKER||1,995||4.2%
Well, this year, Assemblywoman Diane Harkey introduced AB 1316 in February, which sailed through the Assembly Elections Committee, the Assembly Appropriations Committee, the Assembly Floor, the Senate Elections Committee, and the Senate Floor, getting unanimous votes every step of the way. Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1316 into law this month, and it will take effect on January 1, 2014.
Sponsored by the City Clerks Association of California, AB 1316 was supported by the Secretary of State, the California Association of Clerks and Elections Officials, and the League of California Cities. Harkey’s office specifically cited the situation in San Clemente as the impetus for the bill, and that was cited by all four official bill analyses in the Legislature (Assembly Elections, Assembly Appropriations, Senate Elections, and Senate Floor).
AB 1316 is quite straightforward. If any candidate files a declaration declaring that the name of an opponent is confusingly similar, the elections official (the City Clerk for city offices or the Registrar of Voters for federal, state, county, school district, special district, etc.) will now select the number assigned to each candidate with a similar name. The Clerk/Registrar must start with the number 1 and assign the numbers sequentially based on the order that each candidate filed for the ballot. The ballot order will be determined by lottery. AB 1316 also fixed the annoying problem of the number’s location, moving it after the candidate’s name, as existing law had placed it before the candidate’s name.
If Harkey’s bill had been in effect in November 2012, the Councilman would have been Robert “Bob” Baker 1 while the businessman would have been Robert “Bob” Baker 2. Under the pre-Harkey law, as you’ll recall, they were 1 Robert “Bob” Baker and 0 Robert “Bob” Baker.
Due to the inherent advantage of the number 1, I wish AB 1316 had begun with the number 2 instead or that the assigned numbers for the candidates were determined by lottery in the first place. Oh well.
Sadly (but appropriately), Harkey’s bill also closed my googol loophole: thanks to AB 1316, there can never be a candidate with the number 10,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000.
Posted in 73rd Assembly District, California, San Clemente | Tagged: Bob Baker, California Association of Clerks and Elections Officials, Chris Hamm, City Clerks Association of California, David Clegg, Diane Harkey, Jerry Brown, Jim Dahl, League of California Cities, Mike Mortenson, Robert "Bob" Baker, Robert Baker, same name, Secretary of State | 1 Comment »
Posted by Chris Nguyen on August 1, 2013
In a surprise development, campaign finance reports show Rancho Santa Margarita Councilman Jesse Petrilla leads the pack in fundraising in the 73rd Assembly District race. The narrative in AD-73 had generally been that Rancho Santa Margarita Councilman Steve Baric, the immediate past Vice Chairman of the California Republican Party, would be the top fundraiser in AD-73 and that Petrilla would depend on a low-budget grassroots strategy. Indeed, throwing in former Laguna Niguel Councilman Paul Glaab’s fundraising figures, Petrilla raised more than Baric and Glaab combined.
Petrilla raised the most money from donors, with $69,230 in contributions. Baric followed with $54,470. Capistrano Unified School District Trustee Anna Bryson was closely behind Baric with $53,052. Dana Point Councilman Bill Brough (former Chief of Staff to AD-73 incumbent Diane Harkey) was fourth with $30,899. Finally, Glaab raised $14,749. I’m only reporting numbers for the Republican candidates, as I have found no indication of a non-Republican running for AD-73 at this point.
It’s still early of course, as the election is in June 2014, and the latest campaign finance reports were for the first half of 2013. However, these numbers are troubling for Brough and Glaab in that Bryson raised more than Brough and Glaab combined, Baric raised more than Brough and Glaab combined, and Petrilla raised more than Brough and Glaab combined.
In the land of expenditures, Bryson spent more in the first half of 2013 than all of her opponents combined. She spent $10,570, and the rest of the field expended a combined $9,804. More than 80% of Bryson’s expenditures went toward consultants. Brough spent the second most, with $5,315, scattered across numerous small expenses. Petrilla was third in spending with $3,622, also scattered across numerous small expenses. A distant fourth in expenditures, Glaab spent $470, which was a single expenditure for appetizers for his June 6 fundraiser. Spending the least was Baric, who expended $397, with $322 (81%) going to credit card processing fees for his donations and the remaining $75 in tiny, unitemized expenses.
Last week, I wrote about the $100,000 loans to the Baric and Glaab campaigns by the law firm of Baric & Tran and by Paul Glaab, respectively. Generally, $100,000 loans are paper tigers. They are used to inflate campaign finance figures to impress donors and scare opponents. However, when the rubber meets the road, 99% of the time, the candidates do not spend their loan money and repay the loans in their entirety after the election. (The magic of the $100,000 figure for loans is that it is the most state legislative candidates can lend themselves and still get repaid under state law. If you’re running for the Legislature, and loan yourself $101,000, that extra $1,000 can never be repaid, per the Government Code.)
According to the Form 460 campaign finance reports, Glaab loaned himself the $100,000 on June 30, the final day of the reporting period, while the law firm of Baric & Tran loaned Baric’s campaign $100,000 also on June 30, though oddly scattered across three loans, one of which was only $48. Bryson loaned herself $14,600 across four loans made over several months, with a $100 loan in January and loans of $4,750-$5,000, made on a monthly basis in April, May, and June. Brough lent himself $100, one of the rare loans where I think the candidate will actually spend the money, as I just don’t think the average candidate cares about getting repaid $100. As their $100 loans were made before receiving any contributions, I suspect the Bryson and Brough $100 loans were simply to meet the minimum deposit requirements to open their bank accounts.
I give Brough credit for taking advantage of the $50 new bank account bonus promotion at Wells Fargo. I do not recall an instance of a campaign finance report where the candidate used one of these offers. Although it’s only $50, I always applaud candidates who find creative (yet both legal and ethical) ways to find money for their campaigns.
For visual learners:
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand
|Notes: Figures may be off by one dollar due to rounding.|
Campaign finance reports for January 1-June 30, 2013 were due at 11:59 PM last night.
It’s still early in the campaign finance figures, and the July 1-December 31, 2013 numbers will be more telling, but it’s still surprising that Petrilla outraised Baric by 27% and that he leads the rest of the field in fundraising, as the usual AD-73 narrative was that Petrilla would struggle to raise money, relying on an aggressive ground game for his campaign rather than any significant spending. As I noted above, Brough and Glaab’s early numbers don’t look promising, as the two of them combined raised less than Bryson, who herself raised less than either Baric or Petrilla.
Posted by Chris Nguyen on July 25, 2013
$100,000 is the magical amount sprinkled in loans across campaigns for Assembly representing portions of Orange County.
- In AD-55, OC Political’s Allen Wilson reported earlier on initial indications of $100,000 from Diamond Bar Councilwoman Ling-Ling Chang to her own Assembly campaign. Her Form 497 shows she loaned herself $100,000 on June 30. (Although Chang is from the LA County city of Diamond Bar, the tri-county 55th Assembly District includes the OC cities of Brea, La Habra, Placentia, and Yorba Linda.)
- In AD-73, former Laguna Niguel Councilman Paul Glaab loaned his own Assembly campaign $100,000 on June 30, according to his Form 497.
- Also in AD-73, the law firm of Baric & Tran loaned Rancho Santa Margarita Councilman Steve Baric‘s Assembly campaign $100,000 on July 10, according to his Form 497.
So why do candidates loan $100,000 to their own campaigns? On rare occasions, a candidate may actually spend the money. However, 99% of the time, the candidates will not spend the money, as they are simply loaning their campaigns the $100,000 to inflate their warchests with every expectation of repaying the entire loan once the election is over. By inflating their warchests by $100,000, the candidates hope to:
- scare potential opponents (who would be afraid to face down another $100,000)
- convince donors to contribute more to the campaign (donors tend to give money to candidates who show they have money in a bandwagon effect)
- both of the above
As they are not yet due, the Form 460s (the complete campaign finance reports for each reporting period) have not been filed by any campaigns for AD-55 or AD-73 for the January 1-June 30 reporting periods. Due to the $100,000 loans, the Chang, Glaab, and Baric campaigns had to submit their Form 497s, as those must be filed within 10 business days of receipt of more than $5,000 from any one source (in the final 90 days before an election, Form 497s must be filed within 24 hours of receipt of more than $1,000 from any one source).
Chang and Glaab both loaned their campaigns the $100,000 on June 30. The significance of that date is that June 30 is the final date of the reporting period for the first half of 2013. The next reporting period doesn’t close until December 31. Due to their loans, Chang and Glaab will be able to show an additional $100,000 on their Form 460 reports and then spend the latter half of 2013 raising money before the next reports are due.
The $100,000 loan from Baric & Tran on July 10 is a puzzling case, as it is not a personal loan and it was made very early in the reporting period and won’t appear on Baric’s Form 460 until after December 31.
What is the magic of the specific $100,000 figure? It’s the most a candidate can loan their own campaign and still get repaid. Any amount loaned to the campaign that exceeds a $100,000 balance is considered a contribution to the campaign, rather than a loan, so it cannot be repaid to the candidate.
Specifically, Government Code Section 85307(b) prohibits candidates for state office (i.e. the Legislature, the Board of Equalization, and all statewide offices other than U.S. Senator) from having an outstanding balance of more than $100,000 in personal loans to their own campaigns.
The candidate is the only person (or entity) who can loan a campaign more than the contribution limit. Any other person or entity is subject to the campaign contribution limit of $4,100 per election for a state legislative race (this limit is in place through the end of the 2014 General Election).
Fullerton Association of Concerned Taxpayers: Assembly Member Quirk-Silva votes for ACA 8 — a direct assault on Prop. 13
Posted by Newsletter Reprint on June 20, 2013
Our friends at the Fullerton Association of Concerned Taxpayers put out this post earlier this week regarding the party-line vote on ACA 8 (OC’s Tom Daly and Sharon Quirk-Silva voted for ACA 8 while Travis Allen, Curt Hagman, Diane Harkey, Allan Mansoor, and Don Wagner voted against it):
Assembly Member Quirk-Silva votes for ACA 8 — a direct assault on Prop. 13
In an unusual Saturday session, Assembly Member Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton) joined other Assembly Democrats in approving and sending to the state Senate a proposed state constitutional amendment ballot measure that — if approved by voters statewide — would let local governments incur bonded indebtedness (which shows up on property tax bills) for “public improvements and facilities” that those local governments may specify and for “buildings used primarily to provide sheriff, police or fire protection services.” Under ACA 8, only a 55% local voter approval would be required instead of the current two-thirds voter approval required under Proposition 13.
Read the background in this story by CalWatchdog investigative reporter Katy Grimes, and read the analysis of ACA 8 in this commentary published today by Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association.
To see how all members of the Assembly voted, click here.
Posted in 55th Assembly District, 65th Assembly District, 68th Assembly District, 69th Assembly District, 72nd Assembly District, 73rd Assembly District, 74th Assembly District, State Assembly | Tagged: ACA 8, Allan Mansoor, Curt Hagman, Diane Harkey, Don Wagner, Prop 13, Sharon Quirk-Silva, Tom Daly, Travis Allen | 2 Comments »
Posted by Newsletter Reprint on April 19, 2013
This came across the wire yesterday from the office of Jesse Petrilla:
Senator Joel Anderson Endorses Jesse Petrilla for CA State Assembly
ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Thursday, April 18, 2013 – Rancho Santa Margarita City Councilman and Army reservist Jesse Petrilla today announced that he has received the endorsement of State Senator Joel Anderson for his campaign for California State Assembly in the 73rd District. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Chris Emami on March 23, 2013
A reader just sent me a new database that included some elected officials that I forgot about the first time around. These offices would be Congress, Senate, and Assembly which I cannot believe I forgot. Take a look at the short but informative database of these elected officials that represent at least a portion of Orange County.
Here you go:
|UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 38th DISTRICT||Linda Sanchez||(D)||2014|
|UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 39th DISTRICT||Ed Royce||(R)||2014|
|UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 45th DISTRICT||John Campbell||(R)||2014|
|UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 46th DISTRICT||Loretta Sanchez||(D)||2014|
|UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 47th DISTRICT||Alan Lowenthal||(D)||2014|
|UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 48th DISTRICT||Dana Rohrabacher||(R)||2014|
|UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE 49th DISTRICT||Darrell Issa||(R)||2014|
|STATE SENATE 29th DISTRICT||Bob Huff||(R)||2016|
|STATE SENATE 30th DISTRICT||Ron Calderon||(D)||2014|
|STATE SENATE 34th DISTRICT||Lou Correa||(D)||2014|
|STATE SENATE 36th DISTRICT||Mark Wyland||(R)||2014|
|STATE SENATE 37th DISTRICT||Mimi Walters||(R)||2016|
|STATE ASSEMBLY 55th DISTRICT||Curt Hagman||(R)||2014|
|STATE ASSEMBLY 65th DISTRICT||Sharon Quirk-Silva||(D)||2014|
|STATE ASSEMBLY 68th DISTRICT||Don Wagner||(R)||2014|
|STATE ASSEMBLY 69th DISTRICT||Tom Daly||(D)||2014|
|STATE ASSEMBLY 72nd DISTRICT||Travis Allen||(R)||2014|
|STATE ASSEMBLY 73rd DISTRICT||Diane Harkey||(R)||2014|
|STATE ASSEMBLY 74th DISTRICT||Allan Mansoor||(R)||2014|
Posted in 29th Senate District, 34th Senate District, 36th Senate District, 37th Senate District, 38th Congressional District, 39th Congressional District, 45th Congressional District, 46th Congressional District, 47th Congressional District, 48th Congressional District, 49th Congressional District, 55th Assembly District, 65th Assembly District, 68th Assembly District, 69th Assembly District, 72nd Assembly District, 73rd Assembly District, 74th Assembly District, State Assembly, State Senate | Tagged: Alan Lowenthal, Allan Mansoor, Bob Huff, Curt Hagman, Dana Rohrabacher, Darrell Issa, Diane Harkey, Don Wagner, Ed Royce, Joel Anderson, John Campbell, Linda Sanchez, Loretta Sanchez, Lou Correa, Mimi Walters, Sharon Quirk-Silva, Tom Daly, Travis Allen | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Newsletter Reprint on January 4, 2013
This came across the wire yesterday from Rancho Santa Margarita Councilman Jesse Petrilla. He has decided his run for the 73rd Assembly district in 2014 when Diane Harkey leaves due to term limits:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jesse Petrilla Announces Candidacy for State Assembly
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA – Thursday, January 3, 2013 – Rancho Santa Margarita City Council Member Jesse Petrilla announced Thursday his plans to run for the California State Assembly in the 73rd District.
Petrilla, who recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan with the California Army National Guard, says he would be honored to be given the privilege to fight for Californians in the state legislature.
“California is where I was born and raised, and I want to do my small part to help ensure our future is the best possible for all our families,” said Petrilla. “I look forward to meeting with the voters of South Orange County between now and the election, and would be humbled to have their support.”
Petrilla says his top issues are fighting for lower taxes, pension reform, and bringing jobs back to California.
Jesse Petrilla was elected to a four year term in November, 2010, as the top vote getter to the Rancho Santa Margarita City Council. He is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton. Jesse was married to his wife Vesna in 2009.
For more information on Jesse, or to support his campaign, please visit http://www.JoinJesse.com