Posts Tagged ‘Allan Mansoor’
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 Chris Emami on November 26, 2013
Yesterday, former Santa Ana City Council candidate Karina Onofre announced that she is running for the 74th Assembly District which is currently held by Allan Mansoor. Mansoor announced last week that he will not be seeking a third term, instead opting to battle Michelle Steel for the 2nd Supervisorial District, held by the termed out John Moorlach. This announcement by Onofre caught me completely off guard as I had not even heard any rumors about this. When I told Chris Nguyen about this, his reaction was, “WHAT?!?!?!” (On a related note, does anyone know how to replace a burst iPhone speaker?)
Running a race in AD-74 also presents totally different demographics and challenges than running a race for Santa Ana City Council. AD-74 consists of Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, and Newport Beach. In Santa Ana, Republicans are at a distinct disadvantage in voter registration, thus making it less likely to draw a crowd of Republicans who will fight for a seat. Two Republicans who have been able to overpower the Democratic stranglehold on elected offices are Orange County Board of Education Trustee Robert Hammond and Santa Ana Unified School District Trustee Cecilia Iglesias. (In the interest of full disclosure, Custom Campaigns served as the sole campaign consultants to both of these candidates. Custom Campaigns is also the firm that owns OC Political.)
In AD-74, Republicans have a 12.6% registration advantage, which will lead to a rather bloody primary fight if last election is any indicator. In the 2012 Primary Election, Leslie Daigle (and the PACs supporting her) spent gobs of cash to fight incumbent Allan Mansoor by bloodying him up with lots of negative mail and negative television ads. Mansoor not only made it to the run-off in November, but he easily came in first place, and Daigle finished a distant third place:
|MEMBER OF THE STATE ASSEMBLY 74th District
|Completed Precincts: 392 of 392
|ALLAN R. MANSOOR
These results would not be surprising if it weren’t for the fact that Charles Munger Jr. spent almost $500,000 on Daigle’s behalf to try to get her to the November run-off. Even Bob Rush, who was a Dem sacrificial lamb in this race, spent almost $100,000. These numbers are stunning in that this much was spent trying to beat an incumbent and not for an open seat. Generally, candidates will spend more money trying to win an open seat as opposed to trying to unseat an incumbent (since incumbency is so tough to overcome).
While we are still looking at 2012, Onofre had a rough time against Roman Reyna last election in the Santa Ana City Council Ward 5 race:
|CITY OF SANTA ANA Member, City Council, Ward 5
|Completed Precincts: 108 of 108
|ROMAN A. REYNA
I’m going to be very honest: Onofre only raised $3,250 in her race for Santa Ana City Council, and this was for an open seat! AD-74 already has a field of strong candidates with the ability to raise money. Onofre has no name identification in AD-74, has no fundraising base, and will face allegations of being a carpetbagger.
Huntington Beach Councilman Matt Harper, AD-72 staffer Emanuel Patrascu, and former CRP Treasurer Keith Carlson have already expressed an interest in this race. Harper is the early front-runner in this race since Huntington Beach is the second-most populated city in AD-74 (Irvine is the most populated, but no current candidate is based out of Irvine). Patrascu is not very well-known in AD-74 and hails from Laguna Beach (only about 6% of the population in AD-74), but he does work for Travis Allen and might get some decent help from his boss, who would want to get an ally elected to the Assembly. Carlson will likely have a ton of establishment support and will be able to raise quite a bit of money through his connections as former CRP Treasurer.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the real wildcard here is Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach. He is set to announce his candidacy for the 45th Congressional District at some point very soon. If for whatever reason, Moorlach decides that CD-45 is not the right fit (I actually think that he can win), he could easily destroy anyone in the field in AD-74 (assuming he doesn’t just clear the field outright) and walk into the Assembly.
Posted in 74th Assembly District | Tagged: Allan Mansoor, Bob Rush, Ceci Iglesias, Cecilia "Ceci" Iglesias, Cecilia Iglesias, Charles Munger Jr., Emanuel Patrascu, John Moorlach, Karina Onofre, Keith Carlson, Leslie Daigle, Matt Harper, Matthew Harper, Michelle Steel, Robert Hammond, Robert Rush, Roman Reyna, Travis Allen | 10 Comments »
Posted by Chris Emami on November 20, 2013
Assemblyman Allan Mansoor confirmed longstanding rumors last night by officially jumping into the 2nd Supervisorial District race to succeed the termed out John Moorlach.
First of all, I would argue that Mansoor is actually the front-runner in this race, having been on the ballot before when running for Assembly, as well as during his unusually high-profile tenure as Mayor of Costa Mesa. Michelle Steel, his chief opponent, may have more money but just recently moved into the district and will likely face numerous carpetbagger accusations. Mansoor takes Steel head-on in his announcement email: “My decision-making process started a few months ago, when I was approached by many residents and local leaders who suggested I run to replace John [Moorlach]. One of their biggest concerns was that the only major candidate for this office recently moved to Orange County from LA for the sole purpose of running for Orange County Supervisor in hopes of furthering her ambition of running for Congress if/when Congressman Dana Rorhabacher retires.“
Mansoor has also proven that he can defeat candidates with gobs of cash, after having defeated a challenge by Newport Beach Councilwoman Leslie Daigle in 2012 despite her campaign’s vast financial resources from many wealthy contributors, including Charles Munger Jr.
Steel will also likely face accusations of supporting Larry Agran ally and Democrat Sukhee Kang in a past election.
This is the first of what I expect to be a couple of big announcements in the coming weeks with John Moorlach set to officially announce his candidacy for Congress in the very near future. Mansoor sent out an e-mail announcing the following:
As you probably know, I’ve been thinking about running for Orange County Supervisor for several months. I want you to be among the first to know that I’ve decided to run.
John Moorlach has been a great voice for the 2nd District. As a longtime Costa Mesa resident and the County Treasurer who helped Orange County recover from the bankruptcy, he has very strong ties to our community, and his thoughtful and reasoned approach has been an asset in the county. I’m sorry to see term limits force him from office.
My decision-making process started a few months ago, when I was approached by many residents and local leaders who suggested I run to replace John. One of their biggest concerns was that the only major candidate for this office recently moved to Orange County from LA for the sole purpose of running for Orange County Supervisor in hopes of furthering her ambition of running for Congress if/when Congressman Dana Rorhabacher retires.
I’ve always been the first to admit that fundraising isn’t my greatest strength, and even though I’ve always raised enough to be be competitive, I’ve been outspent in every election I’ve run. This campaign won’t be any different, especially against a candidate whose greatest strength is her ability to raise money from interests outside the district.
So this wasn’t an easy decision. It required careful deliberation and long talks with family, friends, and supporters.
Ironically, this campaign reminds me of my first campaign for city council. In 2002, I ran against entrenched establishment incumbents because a group of people from my neighborhood felt like city hall didn’t care about what was happening in our community. While everyone wanted to improve city hall, no one wanted to run. I, somewhat reluctantly, stepped up because someone had to. Ever since, I’ve been happy and grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in the community I grew up in.
Now, more than 10 years later, the community I love has chosen me to represent them not only for two terms on the City Council, but also for two terms in the State Assembly. The easiest path would be to cruise to reelection to a third term in the Assembly, but no one else is ready or willing to stand up and fight to make sure that our community has local representation on the Board of Supervisors.
It will be a lot of work. But I’m ready for it, and I hope to have your help and support. You can start by making a financial contribution by clicking here. Whatever you can contribute, whether it’s $10, $100, or $1000 will help. If you’d like to volunteer, or contact your neighbors, or host a coffee, let me know by replying to this email.
P.S. If you would rather mail a check instead of making an online donation by clicking here, you can send a check to Mansoor for Supervisor 2014, 2973 Harbor Blvd #571, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
Posted in 2nd Supervisorial District | Tagged: Allan Mansoor, Charles Munger Jr., Dana Rohrabacher, John Moorlach, Leslie Daigle, Michelle Steel, Sukhee Kang | 1 Comment »
Posted by Newsletter Reprint on September 20, 2013
Another press release from Robert Ming for Supervisor came across the wire yesterday:
Assemblyman Allan Mansoor Joins Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff in Endorsing Robert Ming for Orange County Supervisor, 5th District
Good Government Advocate Says Ming’s Focus on Integrity in Government is Exactly What the County Needs
ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (AD-74) joins Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (SD-29) in endorsing Laguna Niguel Mayor Robert Ming for Orange County Supervisor. Ming is running for the Fifth District Supervisor’s seat being vacated in 2014 by the term-limited Patricia Bates.
“Good government requires leaders with vision and integrity. The integrity Robert would bring is exactly what the County of Orange needs,” Mansoor said. “Robert has a track record of delivering on his promises while staying true to his values. He has become a regional and statewide leader on critical issues like pension reform, voter integrity, and the elimination of job-killing regulations.” Robert was the Founding President of the Association of California Cities and has chaired its Pension Reform Committee and Economic Development and Job Creation Committee.
“I’m deeply grateful to receive support from Assemblyman Mansoor,” Robert commented. “I share his passion for open and transparent government, and for fiscal responsibility. Voters care about these issues, and so do I.”
Born and raised in Orange County, Mayor Robert Ming and his wife Susie have been married for 21 years and have four children. Ming is Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Jefferies, an international brokerage and investment banking firm. Robert was the Founding President of the Association of California Cities and of the Laguna Niguel Military Support Foundation. The Fifth District includes the South County cities of Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano, along with the community of Shady Canyon in the City of Irvine and the unincorporated communities of Coto de Caza, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, and Wagon Wheel.
For more information about Robert Ming’s campaign for Supervisor, visit www.robertming.com.
Posted in 5th Supervisorial District | Tagged: Allan Mansoor, Orange County Supervisor, Robert Ming | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Newsletter Reprint on September 6, 2013
This came over the wire yesterday from the Diane Harkey for Board of Equalization campaign…
For Immediate Release
Thursday, September 5, 2013
In Case You Missed It:
Harkey Gains Major Endorsement with Support of BOE Incumbent Michelle Steel
(Sacramento, CA) – Board of Equalization Member Michelle Steel announced Monday her support for Diane Harkey to replace her on the Board. Steel is retiring due to term limits and is running for Orange County Supervisor. Michelle Steel joins a long list of Harkey supporters, including:
- Congressman John Campbell
- State Senator Mimi Walters
- Former Senator Marian Bergeson
- Assembly Member Curt Hagman
- Assembly Member Alan Mansoor
- Assembly Member Don Wagner
- Orange Co. District Attorney Tony Rackaukus
- Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens
- Orange County Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen
- Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen
- Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer
- Orange County Supervisor Pat Bates
- Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson
- Orange County Supervisor Bill Campbell (ret)
- Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait
- Anaheim City Councilwoman Lucille Kring
- Anaheim City Councilwoman Kris Murray
- Irvine Mayor Steven Choi
- Irvine Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Lalloway
- Irvine City Councilwoman Christina Shea
- Huntington Beach Mayor Pro Tem Matt Harper
- Huntington Beach City Councilman Joe Carchio
- Mission Viejo Mayor Rhonda Reardon
- Mission Viejo Mayor Pro Tem Patricia Kelley
- Mission Viejo City Councilman Dave Leckness
- Mission Viejo City Councilman Frank Ury
- Laguna Niguel Mayor Robert Ming
- Laguna Niguel Mayor Pro Tem Linda Lindholm
- Laguna Niguel City Councilwoman Laurie Davies
- Former Laguna Niguel Mayor Gary Capata
- Aliso Viejo Mayor Carmen Cave
- Aliso Viejo Mayor Pro Tem Phil Tsunoda
- Aliso Viejo City Council Mike Munzing
- San Juan Capistrano Mayor John Taylor
- San Juan Cap. Mayor Pro Tem Sam Allevato
- San Juan Capistrano Councilman Larry Kramer
- Dana Point City Councilman Bill Brough
- Dana Point City Councilman Carlos Olvera
- Stanton Mayor David Shawver
- Tustin Mayor Al Murray
- Tustin City Councilman John Nielsen
- Tustin City Councilman Allan Bernstein
- Rancho Santa Margarita Mayor Anthony Beall
- Rancho Santa Margarita Councilman Steve Baric
- Fountain Valley Mayor Mark McCurdy
- Laguna Hills Mayor Pro Tem Andrew Blount
- Laguna Hills City Councilman Randall Bressette
- Laguna Hills City Councilwoman Melody Carruth
- Laguna Hills City Councilman Dore Gilbert
- San Clemente Mayor Pro Tem Tim Brown
- San Clemente City Councilwoman Lori Donchak
- San Clemente City Councilman Jim Evert
- Orange City Councilman Fred Whitaker
Posted in Board of Equalization | Tagged: Al Murray, Allan Bernstein, Allan Mansoor, Andrew Blount, Bill Brough, Bill Campbell, Carlos Olvera, Carmen Cave, Christina Shea, Curt Hagman, Dave Leckness, David Shawver, Diane Harkey, Don Wagner, Dore Gilbert, Frank Ury, Fred Whitaker, Gary Capata, hugh nguyen, Janet Nguyen, Jeff Lalloway, Joe Carchio, John Campbell, John Nielsen, John Taylor, Kris Murray, Larry Kramer, Laurie Davies, Linda Lindholm, Lori Donchak, Lucille Kring, Marian Bergeson, Mark McCurdy, Matt Harper, Melody Carruth, Michelle Steel, Mike Munzing, Mimi Walters, Pat Bates, Phil Tsunoda, Randall Bressette, Rhonda Reardon, Robert Ming, Sam Allevato, Sandra Hutchens, Shawn Nelson, Steve Baric, Steven Choi, Tim Brown, Todd Spitzer, Tom Tait, Tony Beall, Tony Rackauckas, Trish Kelley | 1 Comment »
Posted by Newsletter Reprint on August 9, 2013
This came over the wire from Assemblyman Allan Mansoor‘s campaign yesterday, in which Mansoor introduces his new wife and states he is confident he can overcome Michelle Steel’s massive warchest:
On Monday, the Assembly returned from a month-long summer recess. It’s back to work in Sacramento, where we will spend the next six weeks wrapping up the year before we adjourn for the year on September 13.
I spent the recess trying to balance my time between meeting with constituents and preparing for my wedding. I hope no one missed the news, but I got engaged to Janniffer Grubisich last November, and on August 3, we both said “I do”. Janniffer was with me in Sacramento Monday, when we returned to session, and I was able to introduce her on the floor to my colleagues as my wife.
As many of you know, I’ve been contemplating a 2014 run for Orange County Supervisor. The current Second District Supervisor, John Moorlach, is leaving office due to term limits, and this is an “open seat.” There are several other candidates running (or thinking about running). Those following the race might recognize the name of Michelle Steel, a State Board of Equalization Member from LA County. She moved to Orange County to run for this seat and has lots of money. Her money makes her a formidable opponent, and I’m sure she will out-spend me. But I’ve been out-spent everytime I’ve been on the ballot, and have complete confidence that if I run, I will be able to raise enough money to wage a competitive and successful campaign.
For now however, I’m focused on doing my job representing the 74th Assembly District in Sacramento.
What’s to come in the next six weeks? I wish I had good news. But as you know, Sacramento Democrats have a 2/3 majority in both houses of the Legislature, and typically, during the last weeks of the year, we see a flurry of bad bills coming at us. I will keep you up-to-date on some of the bills that we will be seeing as our legislative year comes to a close.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. Even though Democrats hold a 2/3 majority, we’ve managed (so far) to stop most of the significant attempts to alter Prop 13 and prevented significant attempts to raise taxes and we passed some significant reforms to limit Prop 65 shakedown lawsuits. As the session winds to a close, I’m looking forward to spending more time in the district and hope that anyone who hasn’t been able to meet Janniffer yet will be able to do so.
Posted in 2nd Supervisorial District, 74th Assembly District, Board of Equalization | Tagged: Allan Mansoor, Janniffer Grubisich, John Moorlach, Michelle Steel | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Chris Emami on August 2, 2013
Chris Nguyen gave an excellent analysis yesterday of the 73rd Assembly District campaign finance reports. I figured that I wanted to contribute to the party by providing a similar analysis of the 2nd Supervisorial District. This analysis is going to show that Michelle Steel is in a commanding lead. She currently has more cash on hand than every candidate running for the 2nd Supervisorial District and 73rd Assembly District combined.
The biggest surprise from this race is Joe Carchio. It was announced by Carchio last week that he was running for the seat. I obviously don’t expect him to report any money raised for the period covering January 1st- June 30th 2013, but he hasn’t even opened a committee yet.
Michelle Steel got the early lead on this race being the first to announce her candidacy. Her fundraising totals are quite impressive with just under $450,000 (includes transfers) in actual direct contributions arriving during this reporting period. That is an impressive number for any campaign, especially a Supervisorial campaign. I must admit that I was surprised that she doesn’t appear to have a campaign website up and running yet.
It is still really early in the race and Allan Mansoor is still only exploring a run for Supervisor, but his numbers are not super impressive. $8,400 (includes transfers) raised is not going to get the job done. He might have a name ID advantage going into the race but he cannot have a repeat performance of what happened in 2012 (getting massively outspent) against Michelle Steel. If he steps up his fundraising this election I can see him putting together some impressive fundraising numbers from some local grassroots organizations. At this point though it may be too late.
Jim Moreno raised the second most at $12,785 and did not have to transfer anything over from his College Board Account. This number is not great compared to Steel but I will give him credit for raising more than Mansoor. It will be interesting to see what he raises for this campaign as I do consider him a bit of a wild card candidate to make it to the run-off.
One of the more interesting statistics that I noticed from the reports are the lack of expenditures. Generally, candidates end up spending a lot of money up front, but that is not the case in this race with Steel leading the pack on spending at a whopping $6,593. I have a feeling that spending will go dramatically up during the next reporting period for all of the candidates.
Here is the breakdown:
||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.
In order to provide the complete story, it must be noted that Michelle Steel did transfer money from her Board of Equalization account and Allan Mansoor transferred money from his Assembly account. Here is a chart to showing the breakdown of how much was raised and how much was transferred:
Transfer to Supe
Raised for Supe
Ladies and gentlemen this race is very one sided as of today. Michelle Steel has over 25 times as much money as all three of the other opponents COMBINED! I admit that Allan Mansoor has a name ID advantage going into the race and he did beat Leslie Daigle in 2012 despite being massively outspent, but if he doesn’t step up these numbers his chances of getting elected are very unlikely.
Posted in 2nd Supervisorial District | Tagged: Allan Mansoor, Jim Moreno, Joe Carchio, Michelle Steel | 3 Comments »
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 Dave Everett on May 16, 2013
Two Democrats And One Republican Trustee Team Up In A Bipartisan Effort To Save College Students Over $100 Million Dollars In Waste On Measure M Bond Funds.
(COSTA MESA, CA) – The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) are proud to announce the defeat of plans for union discrimination on the largest California community college bond passed by voters in 2012. Two Democrat Trustees and one Republican Trustee joined together in a bipartisan effort to save college students over $100 million dollars in waste on the $698 million dollar Measure M bond passed in November 2012 at Coast Community College District (CCCD.) After months of controversy regarding the virtual union monopoly, called a Project Labor Agreement, the CCCD made its final vote on the issue at the May 15, 2013 meeting. They wisely decided that a PLA will not be used for construction projects on Measure M projects. “I want to commend Trustees Prinsky, Grant and Hornbuckle for this brave show of bipartisanship that will save students and teachers over $100 million dollars,” said Susan McNiel, President of the Associated Builders and Contractors of Southern California. “A wasteful PLA on the Coast Community College District’s Measure M bond funds would have discriminated against 8 out of 10 construction workers. It would be tough to get local workers on the project if we eliminated over 80% of the market from consideration.” The PLA was discovered by Labor Issues Solutions’ Kevin Dayton buried in an online agenda for a special meeting and disguised as a “Continuity of Work Agreement.” The Associated Builders and Contractors of Southern California (ABC So-Cal) and its coalition partners immediately jumped into action to inform the public about the wasteful and discriminatory nature of these project labor agreements. As reported in the Daily Pilot and the Huntington Beach Independent, at the Trustees’ March 6 Board meeting, CCCD Trustees were given a quick lesson in PLA politics during testimony from the Coalition For Fair Employment (CFEC), the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of California, Associated Builders and Contractors of Southern California and Huntington Beach Mayor Pro-Tem Matt Harper. A letter was read into the record from Alfred Dennison from Dennison Electric, Inc. who has done quality skilled work on past school projects and saved the district thousands of dollars. Mike Holton with Gould Electric was also in attendance opposing the PLA at CCCD. The coalition against the PLA also included the OC Taxpayers Association, who were told in writing that there would not be a PLA on the bond; the Costa Mesa Taxpayers Association; and the Orange County Business Council. Since public awareness of the special interest deal known as a PLA was so low, ABC So-Cal worked with local college students to drop literature about the PLA on campus and sent out over 30,000 robo-calls to taxpayers in the district from our local taxpayers association, State Assemblyman Allan Mansoor and Huntington Beach Mayor Pro Tem Matt Harper. Working with local reporters, ABC So-Cal was also able to get an editorial against the PLA, the day of the April 3, 2013 vote on the CCCD PLA, in Orange County’s major newspaper The Orange County Register on the front page of the local section. ABC member, Alfred Dennison from Dennison Electric was highlighted. “Jim Moreno and Jerry Patterson tried to deceive the voters and give a special interest deal to their political donors by pushing this virtual union monopoly. OC Tax and OC Business Council gave their endorsements with the understanding that no PLA would be used. The bond was passed using those endorsements in the campaign mail to voters – and it won by 57% when the bond required 55% for passage. You could easily say that without those endorsements, the bond would not have passed,” said ABC Government Affairs Director, Dave Everett. “Prinsky, Grant and Hornbuckle deserve all the credit for ensuring that promises made were promises kept.” The two Democrats that were pushing this virtual union monopoly are Jerry Patterson and Jim Moreno. A quick look at past campaign finance documents reveals Jerry Patterson’s long career funded by the very same unions he looks to give preference to – both as a Trustee and Congressman. The other, Jim Moreno, apparently wants the unions to fund his campaign to take John Moorlach’s Orange County Supervisor seat in 2014.
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national trade association representing 22,000 members from more than 19,000 construction and industry-related firms. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 72 chapters help members win work and deliver that work safely, ethically and profitably for the betterment of the communities in which they work. For more information, visit www.abcsocal.org.
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: 2nd Supervisorial District, Allan Mansoor, Associated Builders and Contractors, Associated Builders and Contractors of Southern California, Associated General Contractors (AGC) of California, Coalition For Fair Employment (CFEC), Coast Community College District, Continuity of Work Agreement, costa mesa, Costa Mesa Taxpayers Association, Dave Everett, David Grant, Huntington Beach, Jerry Patterson, Jim Moreno, John Moorlach, Kevin Dayton, Labor Issues Solutions, Lorraine Prinsky, Mary L. Hornbuckle, Matt Harper, Measure M, Orange County Business Council, Orange County Supervisor, Orange County Taxpayers Association, Project Labor Agreement, Susan McNiel | 1 Comment »
Posted by Dominus on May 6, 2013
While political insiders gossip about the possibility of Assemblyman Allan Mansoor giving up his third term in the lower house of the Legislature to challenge BOE Member Michelle Steel for the position of OC Supervisor, 2nd District, the Daily Pilot made the whole situation public last week.
Conventional wisdom predicted that Allan Mansoor will run for State Senate in the beginning of 2015 when incumbent Senator Mimi Walters vacate her seat after her installation on to the Orange County Board of Supervisors. The most obvious threat to Allan Mansoor for this senate seat is Assemblyman Don Wagner. Both Wanger and Mansoor were elected in 2010 so both are termed-out at the end of 2016.
Last week, Allan Mansoor did a huge favor to Don Wagner by telling the local press that he is mulling a run for OC Supervisor.
But Wagner is not the only one who stand to gain the most – Supervisor John Moorlach is also benefiting from a possible Steel v. Mansoor match up.
Moorlach is at the end of his career with the County of Orange and is looking for a new public office to occupy.
John Moorlach detested the idea that Michelle Steel is going to succeed him. He is convinced that Michelle and her husband Shawn Steel were some how responsible for the defeat of his effort to extend supervisorial term limits to three consecutive 4-year terms.
Moorlach preferred to have someone like former Huntington Beach Councilman Don Hansen or Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer take over his seat.
Jim Righeimer decided against a run for supervisor due to unfinished business in Costa Mesa. Don Hansen is having second thought about this race, according to multiple sources.
So John Moorlach and company needed to find another candidate. They turned to Allan Mansoor.
They convinced Allan Mansoor that it is in his best interest to forgo a possible third term in the assembly to run against Michelle Steel.
Any political insider could have told Mansoor that the safer route to take is to run for re-election, then run for state senate in a special election from a safe seat.
But of course the people telling Mansoor to run for supervisor doesn’t exactly have his best interest at heart. They’re just looking for the strongest candidate they can find to run against Michelle Steel.
THE POSSIBLE BENEFICIARIES
If Allan Mansoor does indeed give up his Assembly seat to run for Supervisor, John Moorlach is going to walk right into the 74th Assembly District.
Assemblyman Don Wagner will have little problem succeeding Senator Mimi Walters to the upper chamber.
THE RISK FOR ALLAN MANSOOR
Between Don Wagner and Michelle Steel, I believe that the latter is a more formidable opponent. Taking on Don Wagner in a special election from a safe seat is the path with zero risk for Allan Mansoor.
Running against Michelle Steel in a regular primary and then general election will mean that Allan Mansoor will have to give up his third and final term in the Assembly. If Mansoor prevail in this match then life is great. However, should he come up short, unemployment at the beginning of 2015 is not pleasant for a former member of the Legislature.
Something for Assemblyman Mansoor to consider as he is about to start a family.
Posted in 2nd Supervisorial District, Orange County Board of Supervisors | Tagged: Allan Mansoor, Don Wagner, John Moorlach, Michelle Steel | 4 Comments »