Posted by Newsletter Reprint on October 11, 2014
This came over the wire from the Matt Palmer for Yorba Linda City Council campaign last night…
Stepping Aside: Because I Love Yorba Linda
When I signed up to be a city council candidate in the recall and general elections I did so for one purpose only, to ensure Yorba Linda’s future. I think most would agree that the recall has left our city broken and it is time to for us to heal, to come together as neighbors, and to make sure that on November 4th we select two candidates that will help us do just that. At last night’s candidate forum I realized that there are two other candidates equally capable and committed to this city. Because of this I have decided to step aside as a candidate and endorse Councilman Tom Lindsey and Peggy Huang.
While my name will still appear on the ballot I am asking all my supporters to vote for Tom and Peggy because this has never been about me. This election is about Yorba Linda and the last thing I want to do is split the vote between two other common sense conservatives.
I am so grateful to have been able to play a role in such a historic moment in our city. I am grateful to have met so many new neighbors through this process. I am grateful that we made the right choice by voting no on the recall. And I will be very grateful to you, my neighbors, on November 4 when we elect my friends and most qualified candidates Tom Lindsey and Peggy Huang to the city council.
Paid for by Palmer for Council, 2014
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Posted by Chris Nguyen on October 8, 2014
With all precincts reporting and 11,374 ballots counted of the estimated 12,500 ballots cast, the Yorba Linda recall of October 7, 2014, is clearly over – ironically on the 11th anniversary of the day that Governor Gray Davis was recalled on October 7, 2003. Republican Yorba Linda Councilmen Craig Young and Tom Lindsey have handily defeated their recalls 59%-41%, becoming the first Orange County officeholders to defeat a recall at the ballot box since Mission Viejo Councilman Robert Curtis beat back a recall on February 27, 1990 (and Mission Viejo was incorporated in 1988). Even if all ~1,100 outstanding ballots were cast in favor of the recall (which is impossible), Young and Lindsey are already beating their recalls by 2,000 ballots as it is. It was a resounding victory against the first recall election in Yorba Linda’s 47-year history.
Recall proponents in the group Yorba Linda Residents for Responsible Representation (YLRRR) under the efforts of recall candidate Nancy Rikel submitted 9,000 signatures to qualify the recall, but could barely get half that number of people to vote in favor of the recall.
As the numbers were counted through the course of the night, the numbers continued to grow stronger against the recall and against both YLRRR-backed candidates, showing poll voters even more strongly against the recall and the YLRRR-backed candidates than early absentee voters. As the campaigns for and against the recall wore on, the more the voters turned against the recall and its supporters.
|Shall Thomas H. Lindsey be recalled (removed) from the office of City Council Member?
|Completed Precincts: 22 of 22
|Shall Craig Young be recalled (removed) from the office of City Council Member?
|Completed Precincts: 22 of 22
To add insult to injury for Rikel, early absentee voters had her leading in the race to replace Young 53%-47%. When all poll voters were accounted for, she was losing to anti-recall candidate J. Minton Brown, Jr., a complete political unknown until this recall election. As the campaign wore on, more and more Yorba Linda voters turned on Rikel.
|Candidates to succeed Craig Young if he is recalled.
|Completed Precincts: 22 of 22
|J. MINTON BROWN JR.
The one bright spot for YLRRR and the only minor dark cloud for anti-recall forces was in the election for the replacement candidate if Lindsey were recalled. YLRRR-backed Jeff Decker handily beat anti-recall Matt Palmer. While neither Brown nor Rikel is on the November ballot, both Decker and Palmer are running for Council seats in November. Lindsey is also running for re-election in November; if the recall had succeeded, Lindsey would have only missed out on the final weeks of his current term, which expires in November.
With Palmer unable to capitalize on the anti-recall wave in October against Decker, this does not bode well for him in November when he won’t even have the coattails against the recall available to him. YLRRR will likely continue to support Decker, but those who are anti-YLRRR will have to unite behind a different candidate with a better chance of beating Decker.
|Candidates to succeed Thomas H. Lindsey if he is recalled.
|Completed Precincts: 22 of 22
|JEFFREY N. DECKER
While the percentages seem to show Rikel and Decker outperforming the recall, that’s not true when you look at the actual votes cast. More people voted for either recall than voted for Rikel or Decker. The numbers bare out one clear conclusion when looking at the anti-recall votes, a significant number of Yorba Lindans voted “No” on the Recall and refused to vote for any of the replacement candidates. Clearly, voters heeded the “No on the Recall” campaign’s clear message (avoiding the infamous and schizophrenic message of “No on the Recall, Yes on Bustamante” that confused anti-recall Democrats 11 years ago).
Posted in Yorba Linda | Tagged: Craig Young, Gray Davis, J. Minton Brown, Jeff Decker, Matt Palmer, Nancy Rikel, Robert Curtis, Tom Lindsey | 2 Comments »
Posted by Chris Nguyen on October 7, 2014
For the first time in nearly a quarter-century, a recall in Orange County has been defeated at the ballot box.
In early returns, Yorba Linda voters have overwhelmingly defeated the recall attempts against Mayor Craig Young and Councilman Tom Lindsey by a 58%-42% margin.
In the now-moot replacement candidate race, pro-recall candidates Nancy Rikel and Jeff Decker led anti-recall candidates J. Minton Brown and Matt Palmer by 53%-47% margins. However, Rikel and Decker got fewer votes than Yes on the Recall did, so it’s quite likely a significant number of voters who opposed the recall refused to vote for replacement candidates.
Young will be able to serve out his term until it expires in 2016. Lindsey will be able to serve out his term until it expires in November. Lindsey is seeking reelection on the November ballot.
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Posted by Allen Wilson on May 23, 2014
The Southern California Coalition of Business and Taxpayers (SCCBT) has recently established an Independent Expenditure (IE) on March 28, 2014 with a FPPC number 1365006.
The SCCBT has already raised over $100K for the purpose of supporting and/or opposing candidates in state and local offices.
On May 16, 2014, the SCCBT has spent resources at a total cost of over $13,000 on literature on behalf of Yorba Linda Mayor Craig Young and Yorba Linda Councilman Tom Lindsey.
Below is the IE expenses of $8,204.66 for Craig Young:
Below is the IE expenses of $5,072.94 for Tom Lindsey:
It is possible that this is just the beginning. All IE late contributions are require to report some activity with the Secretary of State and local clerk and in this case would be the Yorba Linda City Clerk.
Posted in Campaign Finance, Yorba Linda | Tagged: Craig Young, recall, Southern California Coalition of Business and Taxpayers, Tom Lindsey, yorba linda | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Allen Wilson on May 15, 2014
The Yorba Linda City Clerk has determined that the group seeking to recall Councilmembers Craig Young and Tom Lindsey has exceeded the 8,100 signatures requirement. Now, the Orange County Registrar of Voters will proceed to verify the signatures to determine the validity of those signatures whether or not it triggers a recall of the duo Councilmembers.
The YLRRR (Yorba Linda Residents for Responsible Representation) has announced they have collected 9,670 signatures to recall Craig Young and 9,495 signatures to recall Tom Lindsey.
Posted in Yorba Linda | Tagged: Craig Young, recall, Tom Lindsey, yorba linda | 2 Comments »
Posted by Allen Wilson on April 21, 2014
Recently, Ling-Ling Chang sent out a mail piece to voters in the Orange County portion of the 55th Assembly District.
The mail piece touts her “5 Point Plan to Create New Jobs”, which needs thorough plucking and inspection:
Proposal: Reform the tax code to focus on job creation.
Reality: Unfortunately, Chang was MIA as newly elected Walnut-Valley Water Board Director during the 2006 Diamond Bar’s Measure L ($34 Million Parcel Tax) that would have levied huge tax on residential, industrial and commercial property owners in perpetuity tied with COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment).
Proposal: Reduce regulatory burdens that chase jobs out of state.
Reality: In 2010, Councilwoman Chang voted to raise fees across the board tied with COLA for the next three years. We reported this issue regarding Steve Tye’s Fee-Tax Flip.
Proposal: Tax incentives for employers who hire new workers.
Reality: Such tax incentives has already been in place for years as employers are generally aware of the current $9,600 Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC).
Proposal: Cut government waste to keep taxes down.
Reality: Chang is endorsed by Senator Huff who was one of five GOP Senators who voted Yes on SB 11 (Pavley) that raised $2 Billion tax increase extension for smog abatement, vehicle registrations, boat registrations and tires.
Chang’s Jobs Plan falls short as her proposals which are dramatically different from the reality of the facts.
Therefore, the voters in the 55th Assembly District deserves better than a plucked chicken that would even fail the USDA inspection.
Posted in 55th Assembly District, Brea, California, La Habra, Placentia, State Assembly, Yorba Linda | Tagged: 55th Assembly District, Fees, Ling-Ling Chang, taxes | 3 Comments »
Posted by Allen Wilson on April 21, 2014
We received this press release from the Phillip Chen for State Assembly campaign:
Crime Victims United of California (CVUC), the state’s leading crime victim advocacy group, has endorsed Republican Phillip Chen in the race for the 55th Assembly District.
“As a Reserve Deputy Sheriff, Phillip Chen is part of the public safety community. He is dedicated to protecting our neighborhoods and schools and to standing up for the rights of crime victims,” said CVUC President Harriet Salarno. “We are proud to join with Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos, former L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley and others in our law enforcement community in endorsing Phillip Chen to be the next Assemblyman from the 55th district.”
Phillip Chen is a local Republican leader, small business owner, elected school board member, and reserve deputy sheriff. He recently received his doctorate degree from the University of Southern California.
Phillip is running in the 55th Assembly district with the support of incumbent Republican Assemblyman Curt Hagman.
Crime Victims United of California is comprised of two distinct, yet complementary groups — a legislative advocacy arm that works to strengthen victims’ rights laws and a political action committee that lends its endorsement and financial backing to pro-victim candidates.
Posted in 55th Assembly District, Brea, California, La Habra, Placentia, State Assembly, Yorba Linda | Tagged: 55th State Assembly District, Crime Victims United of California, Harriet Salarno, Phillip Chen, Public Safety | Leave a Comment »
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.
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: 55th Assembly District, 55th State Assembly District, Ling-Ling Chang, San Gabriel Valley Tribune | 1 Comment »
Posted by Allen Wilson on March 28, 2014
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, La Habra, Placentia, Yorba Linda, Orange County, California, State Assembly | Tagged: Orange County Register, Ed Royce, Bob Huff, Ling-Ling Chang, 55th State Assembly District | 1 Comment »