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Posted by Chris Emami on November 21, 2013
This came across the wire from the campaign office of Robert Ming late last week. With the endorsement of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, it is clear that Ming is the early frontrunner in this race:
Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association Endorses Ming for Supervisor
Group famous for protecting California taxpayers backs Robert Ming for OC Supervisor
ORANGE COUNTY, CA – On the heels of the endorsement of Robert Ming by Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Shawn Nelson, the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association PAC has announced their endorsement of Robert Ming for Orange County Supervisor.
The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, responsible for saving taxpayers over half a trillion dollars, has been advocating on behalf of California taxpayers for the past 35 years.
“We believe you will be an excellent representative for taxpayers and look forward to working with you in the years ahead,” said Kris Vosburgh on behalf of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association Political Action Committee.
“I am honored to have received the endorsement of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association PAC,” Robert responded, “their resounding voice defending California taxpayers for all these years has been an invaluable weapon against the overreach of government. I am proud to have their support in my campaign for Orange County Supervisor.”
In the City of Laguna Niguel, Mayor Robert Ming has demonstrated how government can operate efficiently, by reducing government regulation and encouraging free enterprise. As a fiscal conservative, Robert has consistently opposed tax increases, supported balanced budgets and contracted with the private sector whenever possible. As Supervisor, he would continue to protect taxpayers by providing fiscal oversight to the Assessor’s and Treasurer-Tax Collector’s offices, and appointing members to the Assessment Appeals Boards that hear appeals on property valuations and tax assessments.
Robert Ming is running for Orange County Supervisor in the 5th District, currently represented by Supervisor Pat Bates, who is leaving due to term limits. Orange County’s 5th District includes the cities of Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, as well as Newport Coast, Coto de Caza, Ladera Ranch, Las Flores, and Wagon Wheel.
For more information about the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, visit their website at www.hjta.org.
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Paid for by Ming for Supervisor 2014. ID#1358874.
Posted in 5th Supervisorial District | Tagged: Frank Ury, Lisa Bartlett, Robert Ming | 1 Comment »
Posted by Newsletter Reprint on September 27, 2013
This came across the wire from the campaign office of Robert Ming. He is getting a lot of support from individuals elected to represent residents in the 5th Supervisorial District:
San Clemente Mayor Bob Baker Joins Mayor Pro Tem Tim Brown in Endorsing Robert Ming for Orange County Supervisor, 5th District
Local Leaders Say San Clemente Can Count on Ming to Respect Local Control and Meet San Clemente’s Transportation and Open Space Needs
ORANGE COUNTY, CA – San Clemente Mayor Bob Baker joins San Clemente Mayor Pro Tem Tim Brown 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. Baker and Brown join the growing list of local elected leaders from within the 5th District who have endorsed Ming for Supervisor.
“Robert understands the importance of local control and the fact that each south county city has unique needs,” Baker said. “San Clemente can count on Robert Ming to meet our residents’ transportation and open space needs, while keeping government spending under control.” Mayor Baker joins San Clemente Mayor Pro Tem Tim Brown in endorsing Robert Ming for Supervisor.
“As a former Naval Aviator, I appreciate Robert’s work helping create the Laguna Niguel Military Support Committee and foundation and his strong support for our service men and women,” Mayor Baker continued. “I proudly endorse Robert Ming for Orange County Supervisor.”
Born and raised in Orange County, Mayor Robert Ming and his wife Susie have been married for 21 years and have four children. 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.
Paid for by Ming for Supervisor 2014. ID#1358874.
Posted in 5th Supervisorial District | Tagged: 5th Supervisorial District, Frank Ury, Robert Ming | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Chris Emami on September 25, 2013
We are posting a rebuttal to a recent post written here on OC Political. The rebuttal comes from Lincoln Club member David Bahnsen who originally posted the piece on his blog. In the interest of full disclosure I am a member of the Lincoln Club of Orange County.
The Lincoln Club Endorses Robert Ming: The Right Thing Done in the Right Way
Matt Cunningham has posted a bizarre piece over at OCPolitical expressing his dismay at the Lincoln Club’s decision to endorse Robert Ming for the OC Supervisor’s seat in the 5th District. It is bizarre because Matt expresses a long-held admiration for the club, and then says he has never “been more disappointed in one of the club’s actions than its endorsement of Robert Ming”. He later in the article says it is not about Robert Ming, but about the process by which the club gave the endorsement. A few comments are in order.
Matt is not a member of the Lincoln Club, and to my knowledge never has been. He is certainly not in the club’s leadership, was not at the board meeting in question, and is not in any position to know or understand what the club did, or what its policies and protocols are. He is welcome to endorse Frank Ury, and he is welcome to work for that candidate’s campaign (though I do not know if he does or not). Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own facts.
The Lincoln Club is free to endorse who it wants, when it wants, and it is not accountable to political bloggers or political consultants. In fact, we would be happier if political consultants were ALWAYS upset with what we were doing, for surely it would mean our cause would be righteous. But I digress … The club, is, however, accountable to its own bylaws. In this case, the club went above and beyond the call of duty in fidelity to our own rules and regulations. Our Executive Committee met prior to the board’s consideration of an endorsement and unanimously voted, on the merits, to endorse Robert Ming in the Supervisor’s race. The club requires a 75% super-majority of its Board of Directors to endorse a Republican candidate when there are other Republican candidates in the race. In this case, because Frank Ury entered the race, a Board vote was required for Mr. Ming to receive our endorsement. The club has run into these situations numerous times over the years, and we have sometimes voted to provide an endorsement in a contested race (Shawn Nelson comes to mind in a previous Supervisor’s race) and sometimes voted not to (DeYoung/Bates, Spitzer/Pauley, and a dozen other non-supervisor races). These decisions have always happened according to protocol – our own internal protocol, not ones dictated to us by the blogosphere. The process has barely ever involved candidates coming to speak to the club. There have been instances where that was deemed necessary or fruitful, but those instances are the exception, not the rule. Robert Ming was asked to leave the room while the Board discussed the proposed endorsement. Our board is not filled with political novices and ignoramuses. We know the candidates and have relationships with those whose candidacy we are asked to consider. Robert Ming is probably the easiest endorsement vote I have cast in my entire time as leader in the Lincoln Club. He is everything the club stands for: The epitome of fiscal responsibility, a devoted family man, a competent leader and business professional, a man of faith and conviction, and contra 99% of those you will ever see mentioned on a OC political blog, he is an astute and philosophically-inclined student of political thought. Our club would be blessed to have HIS endorsement of us. Robert has served in our committees for over a decade and as an elected leader in Laguna Niguel is very well-known to the club and its leadership.
Frank Ury may or may not be a number of the things that Matt Cunningham says he is. The point is that our club feels so strongly about the qualifications and abilities of Robert Ming that we unanimously voted to endorse him. Matt says that we were two votes short. Again, this misnomer could have been easily cleared up had Matt done any homework. Our bylaws require a 75% threshold for endorsement; in Robert’s case, we got 100%. To the extent that there were some absent board members at the meeting, we secured the votes of absent members after the fact (so as to leave no doubt about the board’s commitment to its chosen path). This is also very common in our history and practice.
The reality is that it is none of Matt’s business how we conduct our business. We are a private organization and are under no obligation to defend ourselves to him. Only Matt can speak to what his real agenda is here in this unjustified attack on the Lincoln Club. As a matter of defending our public record I have chosen to reply to clear up the blatant falsehoods uttered in his piece. We were faithful to our own bylaws, faithful to our own traditions, and in this case, took an action supported by every single board member present at the meeting (as well as the Executive Committee which met two days prior). Our actions amount to the vanilla task of endorsing a candidate we consider to be one of OC’s conservative stars.
The club is on solid footing in its endorsement of Robert Ming. All over the county the buzz is growing for Robert’s candidacy as his endorsements continue to mount. We are proud of this endorsement and hope all Orange County residents will look at what Robert stands for when they consider the options in this race.
Posted in 5th Supervisorial District | Tagged: David Bahnsen, Frank Ury, Lincoln Club, Robert Ming | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Matt Cunningham on September 23, 2013
Mission Viejo Councilman Frank Ury is holding a fundariser this Wednesday for his 5th District Supervisor campaign:
Frank has been fighting in the trenches for the conservative cause longer than most on the Orange County political scene. He is, without doubt, the best choice for the seat and will make an outstanding orange County Supervisor.
Posted in 5th Supervisorial District | Tagged: 5th supervisor district, Frank Ury | 3 Comments »
Posted by Matt Cunningham on September 23, 2013
I have long been an admirer of the Lincoln Club of Orange County, but I don’t think I have ever been more disappointed in one of the Club’s actions than with its endorsement of Robert Ming in the 5th Supervisor District race. My disappointment is not a criticism of Robert Ming but of how this endorsement was engineered, which brings the Club down to College Republican level of shenanigans. It reflects poorly on the Lincoln Club of Orange County and its treatment of a candidate who has been bloodied during long service to the conservative cause.
I am a strong supporter of Mission Viejo City Councilman Frank Ury. I have been a friend and supporter of Frank’s for more than 20 years. There is no doubt in my mind that he is the superior choice to be the Supervisor from the 5th District.
The Lincoln Club has a process for endorsing candidates — a process that was short-circuited in the case of Robert Ming when it was sprung on the Lincoln Club board last week. All well and good – the Club is a private organization and can run its internal affairs as its leadership sees fit.
But it is worth pointing out what this endorsement is not. It is not the result of both candidates having the opportunity to come before the Lincoln Club and make their respective cases as to why they deserve the Club’s endorsement. Only Robert Ming was given the opportunity. Frank Ury didn’t learn of it until after the initial vote last week, which fell two votes shy of the two-thirds necessary to given Ming the endorsement. Even after Frank learned of the vote and reached out to the Club, there was no reciprocation and the endorsement was given to Ming after the missing two votes were added.
In my opinion, this sort of maneuvering is a disservice to Lincoln Club members, who are not given the opportunity to hear for themselves from both candidates — both of whom are solid conservatives.
It is especially shameful given that Frank Ury has fought harder and longer for the conservative cause than most, and been bloodied in the process more than most. A little more than 20 years ago, myself and some other conservative activists asked Frank to run for the Saddleback Valley Unified School Board. We believed more conservative voice were need on school boards that had been (and still are) dominated by teachers unions. Frank agreed and waged a successful grassroots campaign. He brought a common sense, business perspective to the school board, and a strong conservative voice that championed parents and students. He was one of a tiny handful of school board members courageous enough to campaign around the state in favor of the 1993 school voucher initiative. He was a key part of Education Alliance, an organization that helped recruit, train and support conservative candidates for school boards. He proved such an effective voice that the unions spent nearly $150,000 to defeat Frank when he stood for re-election — an unheard of sum in a school board race at the time. Frank could have taken the easy path and kept his school board seat simply by keeping silent on the issue of school choice, and it is a reflection of his integrity that he didn’t compromise his principles simply to hold onto office.
A lot of activists would have left the field after such an experience. Frank stayed in the trenches and in 1998 he and Mark Bucher and Jim Righeimer authored the first paycheck protection initiative, Prop. 226. They approached the Lincoln Club and as the Club notes on its website, “Provided significant seed money for “paycheck protection” initiatives, Proposition 226 and 75, to prohibit unions from withholding dues for political purposes.”
These are just a couple of snapshots from Frank Ury’s long years of service in the trenches for the conservative cause. Frank has run and won, run and lost, and then run and won three more times. It has never been handed to him, and he has become an ever more effective conservative leader over the years.
Frank Ury been in the trenches fighting the same fight for the same things for which the Lincoln Club is supposed, and the Club ought to have afforded Frank the opportunity to make his case. The Club often points to Theodore Roosevelt’s “The Man in the Arena” speech as exemplifying the philosophy of its approach to politics. Frank Ury has been one of those men in the arena for 20 years, and the Lincoln Club just shined him on. By engaging in a 5th Supervisor District endorsement maneuver reminiscent of college political club antics and blowing off a conservative candidate of accomplishment who deserved at least a hearing, the Lincoln Club has diminished itself. And that is disappointing to those of us who have admired the Club for, among other things, a grown-up and sober approach to politics and campaigns.
Posted in 5th Supervisorial District | Tagged: Frank Ury, Lincoln Club, Robert Ming | 31 Comments »
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 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 14, 2012
Chris Nguyen did a great job putting together a local database of all party affiliations for candidates running for local office. I thought that I would take the time to expand on his post and show a database of all Orange County Councilmembers (Also OC Board of Supervisors) that will be serving on City Councils starting next month and what party they are affiliated with.
Please note that a couple of races could potentially change based on a close finish and not all votes being counted. This post will be added to our website in a permanent tab that we will be creating at the top of the site.
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Posted by Greg Woodard on November 2, 2012
We now move up to my home town of Mission Viejo, home to a lake with great fishing, and consistently one of the safest cities in America. Mission Viejo has two seats available and I now introduce you to four candidates: Frank Ury, Ed Sachs, Cathy Schlicht, and Wendy Bucknum.
Frank is running for re-election to continue leading Mission Viejo in the right direction. Frank says that the city (1) has a world-class quality of life and one of the safest cities in California; (2) is unrivaled with its parks, recreation opportunities, youth sports, and arts facilities, and (3) has a strong business climate. Frank hopes to continue leading the city to an even brighter future for the residents’ children.
Frank said that there are those in the city who would like to cut back programs such as school resource officers, the Kids factory program, etc. Frank stated he will continue to advocate for these programs, especially since in the past two years the city has put $2.8 million of its savings into reserves. He believes the city can maintain its current programs. Frank noted that, while many California cities are slashing budgets and filing for bankruptcy, Mission Viejo maintains a AAA bond rating and over 50 percent of its budget is safely in reserves. In order to build a strong business climate in the city, Frank believes that the council should do everything it can to enable business; for example, listen to businesses to see what their needs are for traffic mitigation, signs, promotions, etc.
Frank also said that protecting the city’s standard of living and strong financial footing requires smart, fiscally sound decision-making at all levels of city government. He believes that this includes fully reforming the pension system so the city’s liability is one of the lowest in California, which Frank said the council has done while he has served on it. Frank stated that a prior council spiked the city’s pensions to the highest in Orange County for non-public safety employees, but two years ago the council reversed that and reduced the pension program from 2.7% to 2% at 60 for new employees (retirees will now get 2% of their salary for each year of service if they retire at age 60, as opposed to 2.7% under the previous council’s plan.) Frank said that the council changed the pension plan well before it became a talking point.
Frank is proud of what city staff and a majority of the city’s council has accomplished to this point. He believes that, after years of salary freezes, staff compensation is quite market acceptable.
Frank said that the city is almost fully built out. He believes the council needs to conform to state laws, but aside from that, there are not many locations for additional growth.
Frank is endorsed by, among others, the Orange County Register,the Orange County Taxpayers Association, the California Women’s Leadership Association, and Congressmen Ed Royce and John Campbell
You can find out more about Frank at http://www.frank4mv.com/.
Ed is running for City Council to return fiscal responsibility, adequate reserves, and transparency back to the City Council on behalf of the residents of Mission Viejo.
Ed stated that Mission Viejo’s reserves are 52% today, but they were 75% a few years ago. Ed wants to budget reserves funding within the budget by including it as a line item in the budget.
Ed also wants to address the recent Orange County Grand Jury report that gave Mission Viejo a “D” for transparency regarding salaries and benefits for city staff and a “D” for transparency on executive compensation for content and clarity. Ed said that Mission Viejo was one of only 6 of the 34 cities in Orange County with poor grades. Ed wants to make it easy (1 or 2 mouse clicks) for residents to use the city’s website to access compensation and benefits information.
Ed also wants to end the cost overruns for city capital improvement projects. Ed said that city projects consistently have run over budget. For example, the Marguerite Tennis Center’s initial budget was under $2 million, but Ed said it increased to $2.6 million with the addition of the clubhouse, and today is over $5.2 million. Ed stated that the city has historically run projects in phases and with multiple change orders. Ed wants to use his 30+ years of business experience to limit costs beyond what were originally agreed to.
Ed currently has no position on employee compensation because, as he said, it is difficult for a resident to understand compensation and benefits due to the city’s lack of transparency on this issue. Ed stated that there currently are 134 city staff members and, if elected, he will evaluate compensation and benefits for all. If he feels they are too high, he will try to reduce them, and he will consider laying off staff if necessary.
Ed believes that the city can attain a balance between the existing residents and future development. He noted that Mission Viejo is fairly built out (as one of the first master planned communities in Orange County), but there are areas where additional housing could be built. Ed said he will look at each project on its own merits and evaluate it based on its impacts on traffic, schools, and any other negative impacts to the residents. Ed said he leans toward lower density and smaller high density projects as best fitting with Mission Viejo’s character and quality of life.
Ed is endorsed by, among others, California Congressman Darrell Issa, the California Republican Assembly, Atlas PAC, the Family Action PAC, and Mrs. Sachs.
You can find out more about Ed at http://edsachsformvcitycouncil2012.webs.com/.
Cathy Schlicht is running for re-election because she feels there is still a lot to be done. Cathy thinks she is a voice of reason on the council and she does not like the direction the city is going and she wants to let the citizens know that, as she does on the council today.
Cathy wants to address the issue of electronic billboards in the city. She said that developers are running a campaign to promote electronic billboards, and she believes they are trying to influence the council to vote for electronic billboards. Cathy supports the current ordinances on signage and she opposes the proposal for off-site signage which would advertise national brands.
Cathy believes there is too much unfocused spending in the city. She wants the city to take a look at the budget again and said the council is deciding spending from the dais, rather than in cooperation with the residents. She wants to figure out the needs of the city and opposes spending the city’s money for political gain.
Cathy wants to continue promoting public safety that has led to Mission Viejo consistently being one of the safest cities in America. She wants to ensure that the city has enough officers and attention to public safety. She also wants better safety for the Youth Athletic Fields (“YAF”) park. She does not want the current situation of parents running across the busy street at Olympiad continuing, and she wants to explore the possibility of a pedestrian cross-walk to increase safety.
Cathy feels that the city’s management-level staff compensation and benefits are too high and too disproportionate with staff compensation and benefits.
Cathy said that the city is virtually built out. To protect the quality of life of existing residents, she opposes high density housing. Cathy said that the city’s Master Plan was designed for a certain number of residents and that the city needs to improve its infrastructure first before expanding on the Master Plan’s vision.
Cathy is endorsed by, among others, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, California Assemblyman Allan Mansoor, California Assemblyman Christ Norby, the California Republican Assembly, and the Family Action PAC.
You can find out more about Cathy at http://www.cathy4council.com/.
Wendy is running for City Council to make Mission Viejo a better place to do business and protect the unique character that makes the city great.
Wendy said she will work to eliminate unnecessary red tape and fees that only serve as hurdles to business expansion and curtail private property rights. Wendy believes that the council must also hold the line on wasteful spending in order to maintain the city’s 50% budget surplus and AAA bond rating.
Wendy also said that budget discipline will allow the city to continue making wise investment choices that support economic growth and quality of life. This includes existing road and traffic improvements, expansion of the successful fee-based educational programs such as Kids Factory, and continued support for the city’s award-winning arts and sports programs.
Wendy believes another major issue for the city is the preservation of Mission Viejo’s business community and spurring economic development. For Wendy, this includes supporting the completion of the 241 Toll Road and supporting infrastructure and workforce housing to increase jobs. Wendy said that her plans are in line with the advocacy work she has been doing for the past two years as Governmental Affairs Committee Chair of the South Orange County Regional Chamber of Commerce. Wendy also noted her service as: a Mission Viejo City Commissioner (2011-present); Vice-Chair & Chair of the Community Services Commission. In addition, she said she serves on the Board of the South Orange County Regional Chamber of Commerce (member since 2000) and chairs the Legislative Action Committee. Wendy received the Advocate of the Year Award presented at the 2011 SOCO Awards at the Regional Cities Ball due in large part to efforts in regional issues, specifically defeating Measure D in Mission Viejo. She also serves on Orange County Board of Supervisor member Patricia Bates’ Annual Senior Summit Planning Committee (since 2007).
You can find out more about Wendy at http://wendybucknum.com/.
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Posted by Chris Emami on October 25, 2012
This just came across the wire from the Tim Jemal for SOCCCD campaign:
Ex Supporters of Former Orange County Public Administrator/Public Guardian John Williams Voice Strong Opposition to his Bid to Return to Public Office
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