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Complete Roll Call of Who Voted for Robinson or Pulido in AQMD

Posted by Chris Nguyen on November 5, 2015

By popular request, here’s the complete list of votes at the City Selection Committee for the Orange County cities’ seat at the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) seat, held by Mayor Miguel Pulido (D-Santa Ana) since 2005, which Councilman Dwight Robinson (R-Lake Forest) captured tonight.  My live blog of the meeting is here.

21 cities, comprising 54.06% of the population of Orange County, voted for Robinson.  12 cities, comprising 44.79% of the population of Orange County, voted for Pulido.  San Juan Capistrano (1.15% of the population) missed the meeting.  To win the AQMD seat, a candidate needed both a majority of the cities and votes from cities comprising the majority of Orange County’s population.

The city that saved the day for Robinson was Irvine.  Holding 8.58% of the population of Orange County, had Irvine voted for Pulido, there would have been a stalemate, with Robinson getting 20 cities and 45.48% of the population while Pulido would have had 13 cities and 53.37% of the population.

As was reported here first on OC Political by Brenda McCune and then on Voice of OC by Adam Elmahrek, rumors swirled that Irvine Councilman Jeff Lalloway intended to vote for Pulido.  Responding to this, as reported by McCune and Elmahrek, Irvine Mayor Steven Choi replaced Lalloway with Councilwoman Christina Shea as Irvine’s representative, and Shea duly cast her vote for Robinson.

All six Democrats present cast their votes for Pulido. The two No Party Preference people split their votes between the Pulido and Robinson. 20 Republicans voted for Robinson while 5 Republicans voted for Pulido.

The five who crossed party lines were:

  • Steve Mensinger (R-Costa Mesa)
  • Jim Katapodis (R-Huntington Beach)
  • Ed Selich (R-Newport Beach)
  • Al Ethans (R-Stanton)
  • Chuck Puckett (R-Tustin)

While Katapodis was instructed by Mayor Jill Hardy (D-Huntington Beach) to vote for Pulido, Mensinger, Selich, Ethans, and Puckett are all mayors, so they were able to vote at their own direction.

Here’s everyone who voted for Councilman Dwight Robinson (R-Lake Forest):

  • Mike Munzing (R-Aliso Viejo)
  • Tom Tait (R-Anaheim)
  • Christine Marick (NPP-Brea)
  • Rob Johnson (R-Cypress)
  • John Tomlinson (R-Dana Point)
  • Steve Nagel (R-Fountain Valley)
  • Greg Sebourn (R-Fullerton)
  • Christina Shea (R-Irvine)
  • Peter Kim (R-La Palma)
  • Barbara Kogerman (R-Laguna Hills)
  • Laurie Davies (R-Laguna Niguel)
  • Scott Voigts (R-Lake Forest)
  • Troy Edgar (R-Los Alamitos)
  • Cathy Schlicht (R-Mission Viejo)
  • Chad Wanke (R-Placentia)
  • Michael Vaughn (R-Rancho Santa Margarita)
  • Kathy Ward (R-San Clemente)
  • Ellery Deaton (R-Seal Beach)
  • Diana Fascenelli (R-Villa Park)
  • Tri Ta (R-Westminster)
  • Gene Hernandez (R-Yorba Linda)

Here’s everyone who voted for Mayor Miguel Pulido (D-Santa Ana):

  • Art Brown (D-Buena Park)
  • Steve Mensinger (R-Costa Mesa)
  • Bao Nguyen (D-Garden Grove)
  • Jim Katapodis (R-Huntington Beach)
  • Michael Blazey (NPP-La Habra)
  • Bob Whalen (D-Laguna Beach)
  • Cynthia Conners (D-Laguna Woods)
  • Ed Selich (R-Newport Beach)
  • Tita Smith (D-Orange)
  • Miguel Pulido (D-Santa Ana)
  • Al Ethans (R-Stanton)
  • Chuck Puckett (R-Tustin)

Katapodis was instructed by Mayor Jill Hardy (D-Huntington Beach) to vote for Pulido.

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AQMD: Robinson Defeats Pulido

Posted by Chris Nguyen on November 5, 2015

For the live blog, click here.

Update 7:31 PM: For the roll call, click here.

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Live from City Selection Committee: Can Robinson Unseat Pulido at AQMD?

Posted by Chris Nguyen on November 5, 2015

Your intrepid blogger has defeated traffic and arrived at the City Selection Committee meeting, where Orange County’s 34 mayors (or their representatives) have gathered to select who will serve on various regional boards, with the biggest slugfest between Mayor Miguel Pulido (D-Santa Ana) and Councilman Dwight Robinson (R-Lake Forest), as Robinson tries to unseat Pulido from the AQMD seat representing OC’s cities.

5:27 PM: They clearly had a slow start, as I’m almost 30 minutes late, and they’re still on the second appointment.

The first appointment went to Huntington Beach Councilman Billy O’Connell on the Commission to End Homelessness on a 20-2-4 vote.

The second appointment was the Housing and Community Development Commission, where Huntington Beach Councilman Billy O’Connell defeated Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring 20-10.

5:33 PM: A whole bunch of incumbents were reappointed by acclamation:

Orange County Operational Executive Board
City Manager: Fullerton’s Joe Felz
City Manager (Alternate): Mission Viejo’s Dennis Wilberg

1st District: Garden Grove Councilman Steve Jones
2nd District: Huntington Beach Councilman Jim Katapodis
3rd District: Tustin Councilman Al Murray
4th District: Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait
5th District: Mission Viejo Councilman Frank Ury

5:39 PM: The Senior Citizens Advisory Council had four votes by acclamation:
1st District Seat 1: Westminster Councilwoman Diana Carey filling a vacancy
2nd District Seat 1: Seal Beach Councilwoman Sandra Massa-Lavitt filling a vacancy
3rd District Seat 1: Orange Mayor Tita Smith replacing Tustin Councilwoman Becky Gomez
4th District Seat 1: Karla Downing filling a vacancy

In a contested race for the Senior Citizens Advisory Council, 5th District Seat 1, former Lake Forest Councilwoman Kathryn McCullough defeated Kay Childs, gaining all but two votes.

For Seat 2 in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Districts, they remained vacant. The 5th District’s Seat 2 was not up this year.

5:45 PM: For the Human Relations Commission by acclamation:
1st District: Elliott Singer filling a vacancy
3rd District: Irvine Police Chief Mike Hamel replacing former Irvine Police Chief Dave Maggard
5th District: Sean Thomas filling a vacancy

5:47 PM: Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen challenges the legitimacy of San Clemente Councilwoman Kathy Ward’s vote for her city. The Clerk confirms that Ward is properly appointed for San Clemente.

5:48 PM: Los Alamitos Councilman Troy Edgar is reappointed by acclamation to the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy.

5:49 PM: AQMD begins. Winner must have both a majority of cities and cities comprising a majority of Orange County residents.

Lake Forest Mayor Scott Voigts (R) nominates Lake Forest Councilman Dwight Robinson (R).

Buena Park Mayor Art Brown (D) nominates incumbent AQMD member Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido (D).

Pulido speaks about his concern for business. He says there is cleaner air. He speaks of balancing these concerns, pointing to his actions on beach fire rings. He speaks of money not coming to Orange County, unless he can deliver it. He says he will be responsive to all OC City Councilmembers.

Robinson speaks of being a fourth generation Californian. He speaks of his children, his electric car, and his house’s solar panels. He speaks of the importance of clean air. He speaks of being a businessman and the importance of jobs and economic growth.

5:56 PM: The Clerk is tabulating.

5:58 PM: Robinson is ahead of Pulido 21-12. The population tabulation is pending.

La Palma Mayor Peter Kim initially marks his ballot for Pulido but says he meant to vote for Robinson, so his vote is changed after the roll call of votes is announced.

The population total is 54% for Robinson, 46% for Pulido.


6:04 PM: Brea Councilwoman Christine Marick gains the vacant 4th District Waste Management Commission seat by acclamation.

Lake Forest Public Works Director Thomas Wheeler gets the City Engineers Flood Control Advisory Committee seat being vacated by Steve May.

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What on Earth is Jeff Lalloway Thinking?

Posted by Brenda McCune on November 5, 2015

Newly-elected California Republican Party Vice Chairman South Jeff Lalloway, who is also OC GOP Treasurer, is learning what a real Republican has to do. Tonight, Orange County cities will select a City Councilmember to represent OC’s interests on the South Coast Air Quality Management District – one of the most powerful and draconian unelected agencies in the state.  They’ve put numerous companies out of business with fines and last year they banned wood burning fire rings on LA and OC’s beaches.

Lalloway was Irvine’s representative to the City Selection Committee voting on the AQMD position. State GOP Chairman Jim Brulte has publicly stated the importance of appointing a Republican to the AQMD.

Lalloway signaled his support for Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, a liberal Democrat with ties to Hillary Clinton.  Worse than that, just a few months ago, the FPPC found that Pulido committed six violations of the Political Reform Act involving a land deal with a city contractor.  Not only that, Pulido even appointed his brother to be his consultant/assistant at AQMD.

We can only hope that GOP leaders take Lalloway to the woodshed.

Irvine Mayor Steven Choi, currently a 68th Assembly District candidate, may have saved the day by pulling Lalloway off the City Selection Committee and replacing him with long-time conservative Councilwoman Christina Shea.

The businesses and residents of Orange County owe Choi and Shea a debt of gratitude for their role in ending Pulido’s reign at AQMD.

Lalloway, known for his rattlesnake personality, sent this nastygram of an email to Choi:

I will be pulling my endorsement of you and supporting another candidate in your assembly race. As a matter of fact, I will be doing everything I can to make sure you lose in every race you ever run again. Say goodbye to your political career.

All Choi had written before Lalloway’s completely over the top response was:

Dear Jeff:

I must withdraw my email to you earlier for you to attend the Selection Committee meeting on November 5th.

I have asked Christina Shea to represent me who will be voting in my place according to my direction.

Thank you for your understanding.


What Republican would want Lalloway’s endorsement after this mess?

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How Viagra crushed a Little Pink House (Part I)

Posted by Brenda McCune on October 30, 2015

Susette Kelo was a nurse, and a recently divorced single mother. Susette had the good fortune to find herself a lovely house in New London Connecticut, a fixer-upper. Suzette purchased this old house in 1997, and went to work on making it her own, including painting it pink. Suzette’s house had a great view of Connecticut’s Thames river. Her neighbor just across that river was Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. Pfizer also experienced some good fortune around the same time, with the release of Viagra in 1998.

Susette planned to stay there, in that pink house, for the rest of her life. Pfizer also had long term plans for its home in New London. Pfizer’s plans did not include Susette Kelo but their plans did include her neighborhood.

The City of New London used the power of Eminent Domain to condemn Susette’s home and those of her surrounding neighbors. The city envisioned ‘jumpstarting’ the city’s dwindling economy with new condos and other projects that would complement the Pfizer facility, in the place of Susette’s neighborhood.  Susette and her neighbors were not going to sit still and allow their property rights and their homes to be destroyed. They refused to surrender their properties to this process and litigated the matter all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.  In 2005, Susette and her neighbors lost in their last heroic effort to save their homes. The court ruled that the city acted within it’s rights in condemning and taking the property of Susette and her neighbors pursuant to Eminent Domain procedures, even if they were taking it for purposes of Pfizer and a private development project.

There was a tremendous backlash and shock that followed that case nationwide. After that decision in Kelo V. New London, many states took steps to limit the power of Eminent Domain in their states. California was one of those.

In 2011, Republican Chris Norby pushed through legislation which ended Redevelopment Agencies in California, agencies also known as “RDA’s.” These were the popular means by which many state and county governments were doing exactly what New London had done. An “RDA” would be established for the purpose of determining that a given area or neighborhood was “blighted”, then “condemn” it.  Often, like in the New London case, the property would be sold to private developers.  Governor Jerry Brown was also a vocal critic of this practice which was an obvious infringement upon the rights of property owners and as such, Gov. Brown supported Norby’s efforts by signing his bill into law.

Memories are short in Sacramento.

In the past two months, Governor Brown has again signed two bills Re-Establishing these practices of cities, counties and other municipalities, in taking property away from rightful owners. These new types of agencies might be called “Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Device” or EIFO, and “Community Revitalization Investment Authority”, or CRIA.

Since there are no truth in disclosure requirements for legislation, lobbyists and legislators have wide discretion to name new laws and newly invented government agencies stemming from these laws. If there were such truthful naming rules, these agencies would have to be called “Pigs with Lipstick” agencies. In spite of all the chest beating our governor does about how pro-civil liberties he is, he quietly signed these property taking measures into law within the past six weeks.  It is still Eminent Domain.  It is still a public agency taking private property and turning it over to a corporation or developer.  These agencies and their efforts might not be called “RDA’s” any longer, but that is what they are.

Also voting in support of the creation of these CRIA’s, the agencies that will now be authorized to take private property away from small businesses and private homeowners, (surprisingly) new local conservative heroines, Ling Ling Chang and Young Kim. Sadly, their gerrymandered districts overlay what used to be the consistently conservative district of Norby. There was little fanfare or contention about their votes in favor of big government and big business.  Fortunately, Orange County does have some conservatives in Sacramento who still think that government aid to corporations like Pfizer are a bad idea.  A thanks for holding the line on this appropriately goes out to Matt Harper and Travis Allen who voted against authorizing new CRIA’s for the taking of private property.

Now that California has resuscitated the right of government to crush little pink houses on behalf of corporate giants like Pfizer, what ever became of Susette Kelo and her neighbors???

Ten years after the huge victory won by Pfizer and New London, the neighborhood still stands vacant. The houses were torn down and are long gone.  Only empty fields remain and only feral cats have made new homes there.  The litigation against Susette and her neighbors cost the city in excess of $80 million. Pfizer abandoned its plant in New London, along with 1500 jobs. At the end of the Supreme Court case, there was even MORE litigation when the city tried to sue Susette and her neighbors to recover rent for the years that the litigation had been ongoing.

The proponents of the new California laws and creation of these new agencies cite as the reason to support it as new “safeguards”. The only added safeguards are the number of conditions of “blight” that have to be found prior to a municipality making a determination to “condemn”.  Other than this very minor change, the CRIA is nearly identical to the old RDA.  Ultimately, these are still just mechanisms that the government can use, to take private property from small businesses and homeowners, and transfer it to large corporations and developers.
In their defense, even a tiny change is in fact a ‘difference’. Just like a pig, it is different with lipstick.

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Zombies Are Real! Redevelopment Agencies 2.0 – A California Horror Movie Sequel

Posted by Craig P. Alexander on May 28, 2015

For some reasons beyond me, zombies are among popular cultural items in Hollywood.  But now there is evidence that zombies also exist in Sacramento, or at least under the capital dome.  What am I talking about?  These zombies are redevelopment agencies coming back to life after being put to death two years ago.  They are coming back under the guise of “Community Revitalization Investment Authorities” but they are nothing more than the same old private property confiscating redevelopment agencies we all thought were dead.  All brought to you (again) from our wonderful state legislature in Assembly Bill 2 (“AB2”).

Flashreport contributor Katy Grimes has penned an excellent post outlining this sorry tale of cronyism and private property rights violations coming back to make sure favored developers may once again have willing government officials use eminent domain to take your home, church, business, land, etc., etc., etc.  Then sell your property to them for fun and profit. Here is a link to her excellent article: Redevelopment Monster which I commend to you.  Remember – redevelopment agencies were normally not used to take land for a freeway, hospital or some other government usage like a military base.  A government agency does not need such an agency to accomplish a taking for true government usage.  The redevelopment agencies were used for property development – the vast majority of which was for private commercial development.  Government picking winners and losers.

This horror movie has passed the Assembly floor on May 11, 2015 by a vote of 63 yea, 13 no and 4 not voting.  It now moves to the State Senate. I urge you to contact your State Senator and urge him/her to vote No on AB2.

What is disappointing is that twelve (12) Republican Assemblypersons voted in favor of bringing back this very bad movie to our state. Katy listed them in her article but I believe it is worth repeating here:

“State Assembly Passes Measure With Republicans

In what appeared to be a carefully orchestrated maneuver, last week 12 Assembly Republicans voted in favor of Alejo’s AB 2. Many voters expressed grave disappointment; they expected they could, at the very least, count on Republicans to stand up for property rights.

The Assembly Republicans who voted to bring back redevelopment and violate private property rights are: Katcho Achadjian, Catherine Baker, Ling Ling Chang, Matt Hadley, Young Kim, David Lackey, Brian Maienschien, Devon Mathis, Chad Mayes, Marc Steinorth, Marie Waldron, and no doubt orchestrated by Assembly Minority Leader Kristen Olsen.”

If one of the above is your Assemblyperson or you helped one or more of them get elected, I urge you to contact them and let them know how disappointed you are in their vote against private property rights.  I am glad my Assembly member Bill Brough did NOT vote for this monstrosity. Matt Harper, Don Wagner or Travis Allen also voted No on AB2.  Kudos to Bill Brough, Matt Harper, Don Wagner and Travis Allen for voting for their constituents rights rather than for crony capitalism / special interests.

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Senator Moorlach’s District Office Open House – Friday, May 29th

Posted by Scott Carpenter on May 26, 2015

In Case You Missed It: Senator Moorlach is hosting an Open House on Friday May 29th, from 4-7pm. Come mingle with the Senator, other elected officials, business leaders and his staff (including yours truly)

Details are on the flyer below:

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Judge M. Marc Kelly – Let the Voters Render Their Verdict!

Posted by Craig P. Alexander on April 12, 2015

In California State Court trial judges must stand for election every six years. Whenever judges appear on the ballot I have a vast number of friends ask me which judges to vote for and which judges to vote against. Even lawyers like myself don’t always know a judge’s record on the trial court bench since their decisions are not often printed in the newspaper or on legal search engines like Lexus or West Law.  Thus it makes it hard to evaluate if the judge’s record is good or not.

I am much more likely to give a judge my vote on re-election even if I don’t agree with all of their decisions.  Being a judge is not an easy task and they work very hard to be fair to all sides in the cases before them.  They also have to handle far more cases than each of them should have too due to severe budget constraints imposed by Sacramento and limits on the number of judicial appointments which often lag far, far behind the actual need.  Plus keep in mind that the reason a case is in front of the judge in the first place is at least two parties are in disagreement and the judge (and often a jury) is called upon to decide between them.  That often means someone is a winner and the other party is the loser.  This is the judge’s job: to preside over a conflicted situation that he or she did not create.  But it is their job to make the tough decisions each day.  For these reasons I admire judges for the often difficult work they do.

However there are exceptions to this general rule and the recent sentencing of a confessed child rapist by Judge M. Marc Kelly is one of those examples.  I do not know if Judge Kelly found the rapist guilty of his crime, if a jury did that or if the rapist confessed and plead guilty, but it is the judge who decides the sentence for the convicted criminal to serve.  It is the sentence, handed down by Judge Kelly, of this rapist of a three year old to only 10 years in prison rather than 25 years to life that shocks people in our community (and apparently the nation).

The Orange County Register has been following this situation and has published its own editorial calling for Judge Kelly to resign or be recalled. Here is the link to that editorial: Time to Leave the Bench.  This follows Supervisors Todd Spitzer, Lisa Bartlett and Shawn Nelson calling on the judge to resign or be recalled.

I think the Supervisors are right to call for a recall for this simple reason:  Rather than wait until Judge Kelly would normally stand for re-election, let him now, while the issue is very much before the people via the news media, explain to the voters who are tasked with electing or re-electing him, why this sentence was legal and proper.  Then let the voters render their verdict!

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Is President Obama Really A Christian?

Posted by Craig P. Alexander on March 15, 2015

This question is asked (and often answered in the negative) a lot on social media when people are either trying to judge the President’s actions and decisions or sometimes when they are expressing their frustration with him.  My normal response to this type of question is I don’t know because I am not the judge of President Obama’s heart – that is God’s job not mine.

David French has written an insightful article about this subject in the National Review entitled (the title is a link to the article) “Is Obama Really A Christian?” I found his article well thought out, respectful and helpful in understanding this President’s decision making.  Is Mr. French correct – well only God knows!  I commend the article to you.

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A Must Read Interview of Gov. Scott Walker

Posted by Craig P. Alexander on March 11, 2015

People who know me know I am a BIG fan of Governor Scott Walker.  I had the honor of meeting Gov. Walker last Monday night (3/9/15).

For so many reasons I admire him and hope he is our next President of the United States.  The biggest reason I like him is he and his fellow Republicans in Wisconsin actually won the Governor’s office and majorities in both state legislative bodies then actually did what they campaigned on instead of “playing it safe.”  In my opinion the reforms they passed have made Wisconsin a much better place to live, work and start a business.  Plus this Governor has taken on the special interests in his state (mostly the labor unions) three times and best them three times so he has proven he is up for a fight politically.

Jon Fleischman of the Flashreport.org did an excellent interview with which is at Breitbart California Interview: Governor Scott Walker.  In this interview Gov. Walker, in a few words, lays out why he and his fellow Republicans did what they did in Wisconsin right after they were elected rather than kicking the can down the road.  He did what I had hoped President George W. Bush would have done when he was elected with Republican majorities in the House and Senate.

While I know Washington, D.C. is not Wisconsin, I believe Gov. Walker, if he becomes President Walker, and has Republican majorities in Congress will demand and lead for change in the federal government towards limited government, more power to the states (and the people) and away from Washington and strengthen our position in the world.  In brief, it is obvious to me Gov. Walker believes in American Exceptionalism.

Kudos to Jon Fleischman for this interview and I highly commend it to you.

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