Posts Tagged ‘Elizabeth Parker’
Posted by Chris Nguyen on March 3, 2014
In an unusual incident, there is a candidate for the Orange County Board of Education, Trustee Area 5, who is claiming a federal building as a residence on her voter registration form.
The Registrar of Voters does not publish candidate addresses online. However, it does have candidate addresses available for public viewing and copying at its front counter, since candidates’ addresses are subject to public disclosure.
At OC Political, we generally do not publish home addresses. However, since this particular “home” address is a government building, we’re publishing it here, since it’s not really a home. According to the Registrar’s candidate filing log, Kimberly Clark is registered to vote with a residence address of 24551 Del Prado in Dana Point:
Well, here’s a photo of 24551 Del Prado in Dana Point:
In case there’s any doubt about the accuracy of that photo, click here to view the USPS Post Office locator’s description of the location in question. (If you go to 24551 Del Prado, final collection is at 5:00 PM six days a week, though its retail hours are 8:30 AM-5:30 PM on weekdays and 9:00 AM-3:00 PM on Saturday. You can get your passport photo taken or submit your passport application from 9:00 AM-2:00 PM on weekdays and 9:00 AM-12:30 PM on Saturday. The lobby is open 24/7. I was surprised to learn you could obtain burial flags at this Post Office, as my local Post Office offers no such service. For more information about the Post Office at 24551 Del Prado, call 949-496-2787.)
That’s right, Kimberly Clark is claiming a United States Post Office as her residence. Yes, I’m aware that it’s permissible to claim a post office as a mailing address, but she has PO Box 938 as her mailing address. She clearly has 24551 Del Prado as her residence address in the filing log.
I’ve heard of accusations of candidates registering to vote at addresses where they do not live, but this one has to take the cake. Usually, candidates will at least claim a residential building, but to claim a Post Office?! That’s ridiculous.
In a time when there are State Senators who have been convicted of eight felony counts for perjury and voter fraud by claiming a false residence on their voter registration forms (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, Google “Rod Wright” or Google “Roderick Wright”), you would think a candidate would be a little more discreet than claiming the Post Office as a residence.
After the District Attorney obtained search warrants for both Wright’s claimed residence in Inglewood and the residence in Baldwin Hills investigators say was his actual home, a grand jury indicted Wright in 2010. Just this January, Wright was convicted of perjury for lying about his address on voter registration forms and candidacy forms and for voting in five elections in 2008-2009 at his fraudulent address (remember, there three statewide elections in 2008 and a statewide special election in 2009; this is in addition to local 2009 elections in LA County). Wright’s sentencing is scheduled for March 12, and he could face up to eight years in prison. Wright’s defense hinged on the legal definition of a domicile, as opposed to the definition of a residence, but the jury didn’t buy it. It would be more challenging to argue that a Post Office is either a domicile or a residence, as Wright claimed a residential building, rather than a Post Office.
A similar case is pending against former LA City Councilman Richard Alarcon (himself a former state senator) for perjury and voter fraud. There is some legal wrangling over the Alarcon case, but this one is over whether prosecutors considered adequate evidence proving that Alarcon resided at his claimed address. Again, it’d be tough to have evidence proving you reside at a Post Office.
Clark has pulled papers for OC Board of Education Trustee Area 5 to run against incumbent Elizabeth Dorn Parker and Laguna Niguel Mayor Linda Lindholm. Parker’s Costa Mesa residency and Lindholm’s Laguna Niguel residency are both well-established and unquestioned.
(In the interest of full disclosure, Custom Campaigns, the firm that owns this blog, serves as the political consulting firm for Mayor Lindholm’s Orange County Board of Education campaign.)
Posted in Orange County Board of Education | Tagged: Elizabeth Parker, Kimberly Clark, Linda Lindholm, Richard Alarcon, Rod Wright | 7 Comments »
Posted by Chris Nguyen on November 13, 2013
The Orange County Board of Education has agendized a discussion of the controversial Common Core curriculum for its meeting this morning. Under the information items proposed by Board members, the Board has the following on its agenda:
Board Policy 100-2 – All
Common Core – Boyd/All
Brown Act – Boyd
Williams’ OC Register Editorial – Boyd
Oath of Office – Boyd/Parker
AB1266 Resolution – Hammond
(Boyd is Board President David Boyd, who represents the 2nd District. Hammond is Robert Hammond, who represents the 1st District. Williams is Ken Williams, who represents the 3rd District. Parker is Elizabeth Parker, who represents the 5th District. The only member not mentioned on the list is Jack Bedell, who represents the 4th District. The district lines roughly follow those of the Supervisorial districts with a few exceptions, including a gerrymander to split the City of Costa Mesa, where both Boyd and Parker reside. A map of the districts is available here.)
Related to the Common Core discussion, the County Board of Education has also agendized a discussion on this OC Register op-ed on Common Core by conservative Board Member Dr. Ken Williams. (The Williams op-ed is one of the rare articles that is not behind the OC Register paywall.) Here are excerpts of the Williams op-ed:
As Obamacare implementation is the subject of national headlines, also in 2014, an equivalent tsunami will occur in America with a controversial national education curriculum arriving in our schools and classrooms. For practical purposes, it transforms and adversely impacts classrooms and removes parents and locally elected school board members from governing schools in their community.
Common Core is a one-size-fits-all program. It was paid for by the federal government – against federal laws that prohibit Washington from establishing national educational standards, testing and curriculum.
It’s similar to the current national health care debate. Common Core’s stealthy implementation by the Obama administration, national and state educational organizations and state governments keep parents and taxpayers in the dark.
Originally, 46 states voluntarily adopted Common Core with federal funding “Race-to-the-Top” grants. Conservative states such as Alaska, Nebraska, Virginia and Texas declined to adopt the standards. As opposition increased across the country, Indiana and Michigan recently dropped out under public or legislative pressure.
Here in California, Common Core was adopted by the State Board of Education in August 2010. A main objection to Common Core is it circumvents the ideals and concept of “local control.” In reality, an unelected, governor appointed, 11-member state board of education, decides without substantive debate. Local boards have little input or ability to change curriculum.
Local control of education has been hijacked specifically by unelected officials holding the purse strings in Sacramento; and in general by the federal government and national education organizations. Common Core dismisses the idealism of local control of education by parents, teachers and school boards laid out in the Northwest Ordinance by our founding fathers; it “dumbs down” academic standards; and huge financial costs are born by taxpayers to implement a national curriculum that is unfunded, and has never been tested or proven.
In today’s paper, the OC Register editorial board noted (sorry, this one is behind the paywall):
[Lance Izumi, director of education studies at the Pacific Research Institute] warned that state schools will shift in 2014 “from the rigorous state standards to less-rigorous Common Core standards. This is a sharp turn backward.” Common Core is a national program, sponsored by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, to standardize school curricula nationwide. In California, for example, that means pushing the algebra requirement from eighth grade to ninth grade.
The Board will also be discussing AB 1266, which is described by the Privacy for All Students campaign (the effort to overturn AB 1266) as “a bill recently enacted by the California Legislature and signed by Governor Jerry Brown. The legislation creates the right of elementary and secondary school students to use sensitive sex-segregated school facilities such as showers, restrooms and locker rooms based on the student’s perceived gender identity rather than their actual sex. It’s the only legislation of this kind to have ever been enacted in the country.”
The County Board of Education traditionally met on Thursdays, but moved their meetings to Wednesdays, effective with their previous meeting. They’re scheduled to meet at 8 AM today in their Board room at 200 Kalmus Drive in Costa Mesa.
Posted in Orange County Board of Education | Tagged: AB 1266, Common Core, David Boyd, Elizabeth Parker, Jack Bedell, Ken Williams, Robert Hammond | 2 Comments »
Posted by Chris Emami on March 22, 2013
I was working on a database of the part affiliation of all Orange County local elected officials. Finally, I have completed the project with all of the special districts and county seats being added. I also fixed some errors in the previous versions (here, here, and here) and have combined the database into one post.
We have added a button on the menu bar for our readers to always be able to access this database and use it for whatever research/political needs that they may have. Due to the length of th epost you are going to have to click the below link to read the rest of the post.
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Posted by Chris Emami on November 16, 2012
As promised, I have now put together a database for the School Board members and their party affiliation based on who will be serving post election. Based on results in a couple of races being close, this list may change before it goes up on the website permanently.
If anybody reading this finds an error (like the situation where I thought Wendy Leece ran unopposed for NMUSD) please let me know so I can fix it.
Here is the database: Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Anaheim City School District, Anaheim Union High School District, Brea Olinda Unified School District, Buena Park School District, Capistrano Unified School District, Centralia School District, Coast Community College District, Cypress School District, Fountain Valley School District, Fullerton Joint Union High School District, Fullerton School District, Garden Grove Unified School District, Huntington Beach City School District, Huntington Beach Union High School District, Irvine Unified School District, La Habra City School District, Laguna Beach Unified School District, Los Alamitos Unified School District, Lowell Joint School District, Magnolia School District, Newport-Mesa Unified School District, North Orange County Community College District, Ocean View School District, Orange County Board of Education, Orange Unified School District, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, Rancho Santiago Community College District, Saddleback Valley Unified School District, Santa Ana Unified School District, Savanna School District, Tustin Unified School District, Westminster School District | Tagged: Alexa Deligianni, Amy Hanacek, Amy Walsh, Anastasia Shackelford, Andrew Nguyen, Andy Montoya, Anna Bryson, Anna L. Piercy, Annemarie Randle-Trejo, Arianna Barrios, Audrey Yamagata Noji, Bao Quoc Nguyen, Barbara Dunsheath, Barbara J. Clendineng, Barbara L. Kilponen, Barbara Michel, Barbara Quintana, Betsy Jenkins, Beverly Berryman, Bill Hall, Bill Hinz, Bill Jay, Bob Gardner, Bob Harden, Bonnie P. Castrey, Brandon Jones, Brian Chambers, Brian Garland, Brian Nakamura, Brian O'Neal, Brian Rechsteiner, Bridget Kaub, Candi Kern, Carol Downey, Carol Sundman, Carrie Buck, Cecilia Iglesias, Celia Jaffe, Chris Brown, Chris Thompson, Claudia Alvarez, Cliff E. Breddon Jr., Dana Black, Darin Barber, David A. Boyer, David B. Lang, David Boyd, David Bridgewaters, David Brooks, David Giese, David Grant, Debbie Cotton, Dennis Salts, Dennis Walsh, Diana Hill, Diane Singer, Dolores Winchell, Don Sedgwick, Donna Miller, Edward A. Erdtsieck, Elizabeth Parker, Ellen Addonizio, Eric Padget, Esther H. Wallace, Francine Pace Scinto, Fred W. Schambeck, Gail Lyons, Gary Pritchard, Gavin Huntley-Fenner, George West, Gina Clayton, Ginny Aitkens, Helen Lee, Hilda Sugarman, Ian Collins, Irv Trinkle, Jack Bedell, James H. Laird, James Vanderbilt, James Wright, Jamison Power, Jan Vickers, Janny Meyer, Jeanne Galindo, Jeff Cole, Jeffrey Barke, Jeffrey P. Brown, Jerry Patterson, Jim Moreno, Jim Reardon, Jimmy Templin, Joe Rollino, John Alpay, John Briscoe, John Dobson, John Hanna, John Ortega, John Ortiz, John Palacio, Jonathan W. Abelove, Jose F. Moreno, Jose Hernandez, Jose Solorio, Judi Carmona, Judith A. Franco, Judith Edwards, Karen Russell, Karen Yelsey, Karin M. Freeman, Katherine Smith, Kathy Iverson, Kathy Moffat, Katrina Foley, Ken Williams, Ketta Brown, Kevin Hobby, L. Carole Jensen, Lan Quoc Nguyen, Lauren Brooks, Lawrence R. Labrado, Leonard L. Lahtinen, Linda Navarro/Edwards, Linda Paulsen-Reed, Linda R. Weinstock, Lisa Jordan, Liz Steves, Lorraine Prinsky, Lynn Hatton, Lynn R. Davis, Lynn Thornley, Manny Ontiveros, Marcia Milchiker, Marilyn Buchi, Mark D. Wayland, Martha Fluor, Mary Hornbuckle, Mary Mangold, Meg Cutuli, Megan Harding, Michael Condiff, Michael H. Simons, Michael Matsuda, Michael Parham, Molly McClanahan, Nancy Padberg, Nathan Zug, Nelida Yanez, Patrick Ochoa, Paul Bokota, Phillip E. Yarbrough, Rick Ledesma, Rob Richardson, Robert A. Singer, Robert Hammond, Robert N. Hathaway, Rodney Todd, Rosemary Saylor, Samuel Van Hamblen, Sandi Baltes, Sandra Crandall, Sandy Blumberg, Sharon H. Brown, Sharon Wallin, Shirley A. Carey, Steve Blount, Steve Harris, Susan Henry, Suzie Swartz, Tammie K. Bullard, Teresa Hampson, Theresa O'Hare, Thomas Prendergrast, Tim Jemal, Tim Surridge, Tracy L. Pellman, Valeri Peters Wagner, Walt Davenport, William Landsiedel | 4 Comments »
Posted by Chris Nguyen on May 4, 2012
I was reading the information about the application for Orange County Superintendent of Schools, and I found a rather odd requirement in the application process. I’ve excerpted three key paragraphs and bolded the odd requirement.
The first paragraph reads:
“William M. Habermehl has announced his retirement as Orange County Superintendent of Schools effective June 29, 2012. A successor will be appointed by the County Board of Education to complete the term which expires on January 5, 2015 at 12:00 noon. The successful applicant will be expected to run for the office at the end of the appointed term. The election will take place in June 2014.”
The final two paragraphs read:
“Candidates must submit a resume accompanied by no more than three letters of reference along with a written commitment to run for the office at the end of the appointed term, to Richard Nagle, Selection Consultant, Orange County Board of Education at 200 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, no later than 12:00 p.m., Thursday, May 24, 2012. All resumes, letters of reference, and a written commitment to run must be on file by the deadline date. Resumes, letters of reference, and a written commitment to run not received by May 24, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. will not be accepted regardless of postmark date. Resumes, letters of reference, and the written commitment to run will be public information and available for review during normal business hours at the County office located at 200 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
Resumes, letters of reference, and the written commitment to run, will be reviewed by two Board members designated by the Orange County Board of Education. Those candidates who successfully complete the initial screening process and are recommended for interviews will be sent a candidate packet by May 30, 2012. The Board will interview the identified candidates in public on staring on June 6, 2012. If necessary, the process may continue on June 7, 2012. The Board may make its appointment and determine compensation on either date. The successful applicant will be expected to run for the office of the county superintendent at the end of the appointed term. The election will take place in June 2014. The candidate who prevails in the election will assume office on January 5, 2015 at 12:00 noon.”
Obviously, the Orange County Board of Education does not want to appoint a caretaker. What is truly odd is the demand that the applicant must commit in writing to seek election to a full four-year term to the post. Why not have candidates commit in writing to serve the full four-year term when they seek election to the post?
Like his yet-to-be-named successor, Habermehl gained the elected Superintendent post via appointment. In February 2001, Superintendent John F. Dean announced his resignation, effective April 2001, even though his term did not expire until January 2003. Then-Associate Superintendent Habermehl was appointed to replace his boss, Superintendent Dean, in a 4-0 vote. At the time, Elizabeth Parker called Dean’s resignation a “selfless act” to allow the board to name his replacement, instead of leaving it to the voters to name his replacement. Ken Williams abstained on the Habermehl appointment expressing his concern that the appointment would give Habermehl an unfair advantage with the power of incumbency without ever having run for the post. (Parker and Williams are still on the board, but the other three members of the board are no longer in office.)
This appointment by the board with a pledge to run is reminiscent of El Dedazo used by the Partido Revolucionario Institucional or Institutional Revolutionary Party. (The PRI, which held the Mexican Presidency for seven decades, allowed the incumbent president to appoint his party’s nominee to be the next president, who would invariably win the presidency. The PRI stopped using El Dadazo in 1999, and promptly lost the 2000 presidential election, allowing another party to win the presidency for the first time in 72 years.)
If the Orange County Board of Education keeps appointing people to fill the post of Superintendent of Schools, instead of leaving it to the voters, perhaps, it is time for the post to be appointed, rather than elected, because the election is a farce. The boards of local school districts all appoint their superintendents. The Los Angeles County Board of Education and San Diego County Board of Education both appoint their departments’ superintendents.
Government Code Sections 24000(k) and 24009(b) together permit the Board of Supervisors to place a measure on the ballot to make the County Superintendent of Schools an appointed post. The Orange County Board of Supervisors has already placed Measure A on the ballot to make the Orange County Public Administrator an appointed post, so in the next election, they could just as easily place a measure on the ballot to make the County Superintendent of Schools an appointed post.
(In the interest of full disclosure, Custom Campaigns is doing the consulting work on the County Board of Education campaigns of Ken Williams and Robert Hammond. I have not discussed the Habermehl replacement process with either candidate since the news only broke yesterday.)
Posted in Orange County | Tagged: Bill Habermehl, El Dedazo, Elizabeth Parker, Ken Williams, Orange County Board of Education, Orange County Superintendent of Schools, Partido Revolucionario Institucional, PRI | Leave a Comment »