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Termed Out City Councilmembers Eyeing School and Water Boards

Posted by Chris Nguyen on July 30, 2014

In the era of term limits, many City Councilmembers run for higher office while others seek to extend their political lives by running for lower office.  As we peer into candidate filing, there are at least three City Councilmembers are exercising the option to do the latter.

La Palma City Councilman Henry Charoen, Garden Grove City Councilwoman Dina Nguyen, and Newport Beach City Councilwoman Leslie Daigle

La Palma City Councilman Henry Charoen, Garden Grove City Councilwoman Dina Nguyen, and Newport Beach City Councilwoman Leslie Daigle

  • La Palma City Councilman Henry Charoen has pulled (and filed) papers for the Centralia School District
  • Garden Grove City Councilwoman Dina Nguyen has pulled papers for Orange County Water District, Division 1
  • Newport Beach City Councilwoman Leslie Daigle has pulled papers for Orange County Water District, Division 5

Charoen and the Centralia School District

Charoen (R) is prepared for this campaign for Centralia School District, transferring nearly $30,000 into his school board account from his Assembly account after he opted not to seek the AD-65 seat.  $30,000 pays for a lot of voter contact in a district as tiny as Centralia, plus he has significant name ID in the La Palma portion of Centralia.  He also teaches at UCI.  At this point, Charoen is the only one who has actually filed.

Incumbent Lisa Jordan (R) has pulled papers, as has appointed incumbent Kevin Sequeira (R).  73-year-old incumbent Irv Trinkle (R) has not pulled papers, and I’ve heard conflicting rumors about him, with some saying he’s retiring and others saying he’s running for re-election (Trinkle’s campaign web site was last updated in the spring).

Former Centralia Board Member Art Montez (D) pulled papers for both Centralia and the Buena Park Library District.  Jordan beat Montez by 64 votes in 2010 when Montez was an incumbent.  Montez lost by 5% in 2012 in an unsuccessful bid to return to the Board.  If Montez files and loses for a third consecutive time, he risks going from former Board member to perennial Board candidate.  He has to either sit this one out or win his old seat back in order to avoid that fate.  He probably shouldn’t file for both the Centralia School District and the Buena Park Library District, lest he suffer the fate of former Water Board Director Douglas Chapman, who lost both races when he ran for two seats in 2012.

Though an experienced field of elected officials have pulled papers in Centralia, the first person who pulled papers was 20-year-old Chapman University student Connor Traut (D) who moved to Anaheim a few months ago from Ladera Ranch, where he was a member of the Ladera Ranch Civic Council.  Traut is an acolyte of Anaheim Councilman Jordan Brandman (D).  (Brandman allies seem to be popping up in different Anaheim school board seats, as D.R. Heywood (D) has pulled papers in the Anaheim City School District.)

Nguyen and Orange County Water District Division 1

Nguyen (R) appears to be unopposed for the Division 1 seat in the Orange County Water District.

In total, the OCWD Board has ten members: seven directly-elected and three appointed by City Councils (Anaheim, Fullerton, and Santa Ana). Incumbent Kay Barr is the only directly-elected Democrat on the OCWD Board.  The other six directly-elected members are Republicans.  Of the three appointed positions, Anaheim appointed Harry Sidhu (R), Fullerton appointed Jan Flory (D), and Santa Ana appointed Vincent Sarmiento (D).

Barr is retiring, and Nguyen is the only candidate who has pulled papers.  Dina Nguyen made an ill-fated bid for Orange County Supervisor against Janet Nguyen (R) in 2008.  Barr and both Nguyens served on the Garden Grove City Council: Barr from 1962-1970 and 1974-1978, Janet Nguyen from 2004-2007, and Dina Nguyen from 2006-present.  Barr has been an OCWD Board Member since 1979.  At 35 years, Barr’s exit ends the longest tenure by a single person in the 81-year history of OCWD.

(For the record, I am not related to either Dina Nguyen or Janet Nguyen.  The last name Nguyen is held by 36% of Vietnamese people.)

Daigle and Orange County Water District Division 5

Daigle (R) is challenging incumbent Orange County Water Board Member Steve Sheldon (R).  Sheldon was appointed to the OCWD Board in 2005 and won 71% of the vote in his 2006 bid for a full term against termed out Newport Beach City Councilman Tod Ridgeway (R).  Presumably, Daigle does not plan to suffer the same fate as Ridgeway.  She does have significantly higher name ID than Ridgeway did thanks in part to her ill-fated run for AD-74 when she challenged Allan Mansoor in 2012.  She fared slightly better in OCWD Division 5 than in the rest of the district, winning 25.3% of the vote (as opposed to her districtwide total of 23.8%).

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Sidhu Opens Committee for 68th Assembly District

Posted by Chris Nguyen on July 15, 2013

Harry Sidhu

Harry Sidhu

Lending credibility to rumors swirling in the Spring, former Anaheim Councilman Harry Sidhu opened a new campaign committee this month: “Harry Sidhu for Assembly 2014.”

Sidhu filed a Form 501 (Candidate Intention Statement) for the 68th Assembly District when opening that committee.  On the Form 501, Sidhu also indicated he would not accept the voluntary expenditure limit of $544,000 in the primary and $953,000 in the general election.

The only catch with a 2014 bid for AD-68 is a gentleman by the name of Don Wagner.

There are four possibilities for this committee:

  • Sidhu is crazy enough to challenge Wagner, who would cream Sidhu in the June 2014 primary
  • Sidhu is banking on Wagner running for CD-45 in 2014 (win or lose, Wagner would have to give up his Assembly seat if he chose to run for CD-45 since the elections for the two seats occur concurrently)
  • Sidhu is using the Assembly committee as a placeholder to raise funds for another office (Sidhu would then presumably launch a surprise by filing for another office at the last minute and then slide the money over)
  • Sidhu is using the 2014 committee as a placeholder for a future vacancy in the AD-68 seat in 2015 (Wagner leaves the seat early) or 2016 (Wagner terms out)

Sidhu has a 2-3 record in the five times he’s sought elected office.

  • In 2010, Sidhu ran unsuccessfully for 4th District Supervisor, losing to Supervisor Shawn Nelson 63.1%-36.9%.  Just 0.1% of AD-68 voters live in the 4th Supervisorial District.
  • In the 2008 general election, Sidhu was the top vote-getter for Anaheim City Council, winning 23.2% of the vote.  16.8% of AD-68 voters live in the City of Anaheim, which is the third-largest city in AD-68.
  • In the 2008 primary election, Sidhu ran unsuccessfully for the 33rd Senate District, losing to then-Assemblywoman Mimi Walters in a 74.0%-26.0% landslide.  (For comparison, Supervisor Janet Nguyen defeated Steve Rocco 74.2%-25.8% in 2012.)
  • In 2004, Sidhu was first elected to the Anaheim City Council, winning 18.4% of the vote, coming in second behind Lorri Galloway.
  • In 2002, Sidhu made an unsuccessful bid for Anaheim City Council, winning 10.7% of the vote, coming in fourth behind Bob Hernandez, Richard Chavez, and Bob Zemel.

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We Have Vote Totals! Clerk-Recorder Follow Up

Posted by Chris Emami on April 3, 2013

Forgive my typos and grammar from yesterday. I don’t type very fast and often cannot go back and fix items when I am live blogging. As you may have noticed I want back through all of the posts from yesterday and cleaned up the typos along with some of the grammar. A bit of reformatting also may have been done in order to make the posts a bit easier on the eyes. Following up from yesterday I am posting a list of votes that each Supervisor cast yesterday for Clerk-Recorder. Later today stay tuned for our interview with Supervisor Todd Spitzer that we will be posting in its entirety. Now onto the vote recap:

Round 1

In this opening round, each Supervisor could vote for up to five applicants to advance to the second round with an applicant needing a minimum of three votes to advance. Here’s the breakdown:

Janet Nguyen

Chris Norby
Hieu Nguyen
Dick Ackerman
Harry Sidhu

John Moorlach

Bruce Peotter
Hieu Nguyen
Dick Ackerman
Steve Rosansky
Renee Ramirez

Todd Spitzer

Hieu Nguyen
Bruce Peotter
Renee Ramirez

Shawn Nelson

Chris Norby
Dick Ackerman
Bruce Peotter
Hieu Nguyen

Pat Bates

Chris Norby
Dick Ackerman
Hieu Nguyen
Steve Rosansky
Renee Ramirez

Here are the results from this round:

Making The Cut

Hieu Nguyen (5 votes)
Dick Ackerman (4 votes)
Bruce Peotter (3 votes)
Chris Norby (3 votes)
Renee Ramirez (3 votes)

Missing The Cut

Steve Rosansky (2 votes)

Round 2

In this round, each Supervisor could vote for up to three applicants to advance to the third round with an applicant still needing a minimum of three votes to advance. Here’s the breakdown:

Janet Nguyen

Chris Norby
Hieu Nguyen
Dick Ackerman

John Moorlach

Bruce Peotter
Hieu Nguyen
Renee Ramirez

Todd Spitzer

Hieu Nguyen
Bruce Peotter
Renee Ramirez

Shawn Nelson

Chris Norby
Bruce Peotter
Hieu Nguyen

Pat Bates

Chris Norby
Dick Ackerman
Hieu Nguyen

Here are the results from this round:

Making The Cut

Hieu Nguyen (5 votes)
Bruce Peotter (3 votes)
Chris Norby (3 votes)

Missing The Cut

Dick Ackerman (2 votes)
Renee Ramirez (2 votes)

Round 3

In this round, each Supervisor could vote for up to two applicants to advance to the final round with an applicant still needing a minimum of three votes to advance. Here’s the breakdown:

Janet Nguyen

Hieu Nguyen

John Moorlach

Bruce Peotter
Hieu Nguyen

Todd Spitzer

Hieu Nguyen
Bruce Peotter

Shawn Nelson

Chris Norby
Hieu Nguyen

Pat Bates

Bruce Peotter
Hieu Nguyen

Here are the results from this round:

Making The Cut

Hieu Nguyen (5 votes)
Bruce Peotter (3 votes)

Missing The Cut

Chris Norby (1 vote)

Final Round

With the field being narrowed to the final two applicants Nelson realized that only one applicant received five votes in every round. Supervisor Nguyen made a motion to appoint Hieu Nguyen to the position of Orange County Clerk-Recorder. Here was the breakdown of the votes on that motion:

Janet Nguyen- Aye
John Moorlach- No
Todd Spitzer- Aye
Shawn Nelson- Aye
Pat Bates- Aye

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Clerk-Recorder Interviews: Deliberation Time

Posted by Chris Emami on April 2, 2013

4:31 PM- They are going to have a ballot to decide the top 5 choices to advance for further discussion. Anybody with 3 votes advances if I understood correctly.

4:33 PM- They are voting.

4:36 PM- The following advance Renee Ramirez, Hieu Nguyen, Bruce Peotter, Chris Norby, and Dick Ackerman.

4:39 PM- We are now going to vote on a top 3.

4:40 PM- They are voting.

4:41 PM- The results are in and the top 3 are Hieu Nguyen, Chris Norby, and Bruce Peotter.

4:43 PM- They are now discussing the procedure of appointing this today versus going forward.

4:45 PM- They are looking into the top 2 now to advance.

4:48 PM- They are now voting.

4:50 PM- The top 2 are Hieu Nguyen and Bruce Peotter.

4:51 PM- A motion is on the table to appoint Hieu Nguyen to the position and it was approved 4-1.

4:53 PM- Hieu Nguyen is the next OC Clerk-Recorder.

4:52 PM- We are adjourned.

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Clerk-Recorder Interviews: Harry Sidhu

Posted by Chris Emami on April 2, 2013

1:03 PM- Just got back from lunch near the Hall of Administration with a friend of the blog Allan Bartlett who is also sending tweets from the meeting. Now onto the interview that most people are interested in seeing (Harry Sidhu), how will Shawn react?

1:07 PM- Supervisor Spitzer gave a shout-out to the blog. I knew I liked that guy.

1:09 PM- We are now back. For his introduction Sidhu talked about his reasons for seeking the appointment for Orange County Clerk-Recorder.

1:11 PM- The building that was purchased to house the County Archives is a major concern that he has for this position. His experience as a businessman was brought up along with amount of skills that it takes to run as many restaurants as he did. He talked of running government more like a business.

1:14 PM- Sidhu also mentioned that he has been a real estate broker for over 25 years and also over 30 years as an engineer. His ability to get elected to office was also talked about.

1:17 PM- He talked about helping to integrate software in the City of Anaheim with that of the office of Orange County Clerk-Recorder as a Councilmember.

1:20 PM- Supervisor Nguyen asked about his intentions to run. Sidhu answered that he would run although he did see a possibility of running against the appointee if he was not selected.

1:21 PM- Supervisor Nelson asked about running for higher office. Sidhu said that he is not intending to run for any other office.

1:22 PM- Supervisor Spitzer was intrigued by the thought that it was interesting that Sidhu would run if not the appointee. Sidhu said that the performance of the Clerk-Recorder will dictate what he decides to do if he is not the appointee.

1:24 PM- Supervisor Bates asked about the issue of financial management. Sidhu responded that his background in land development, real estate, and local government have given him the knowledge that he needs to manage the office with no problems.

1:26 PM- He talks about his 4 years that he spent on the Anaheim Budget Commission as another experience that he has had in finance.

1:28 PM- Supervisor Moorlach asked his series of questions:

1) Are you receiving a public pension?

No.

2) What is your highest level of education?

A Bachelor’s from Drexel.

3) Have you been involved in litigation with the County of Orange?

No.

4) Have you ever been subject to any political investigation?

No.

5) Have you run for office before? If so, how many times and for what offices?

Awkward moment when he stated that he ran for State Senate and Orange County Supervisor.

6) Do you believe that the office of Orange County Clerk-Recorder needs satellite offices?

Lastly, he talked about the potential for expanding the number of satellite offices.

1:31 PM- Supervisor Nelson asked about his top goals as Clerk-Recorder. Sidhu talked about streamlining the processes in the office of OC Clerk-Recorder and advancing technology.

1:35 PM- Spitzer asked the marriage question. Sidhu stated that he believes in traditional marriage but recognizes that the Supreme Court is making a decision and he will implement whatever they decide.

1:37 PM- Spitzer asked about the Jordan Brandman contract and what he would do. Sidhu stated that the contracts need to be more clear in the way they are crafted. He seemed to hint that he was not impressed by the Brandman Report although he had only seen the draft of it.

1:41 PM- In closing, Sidhu talked about running many successful businesses and how he can translate this to an excellent job he would do as a Clerk-Recorder. Love him or hate him he has a great personal story coming to this country at 18 years old and getting his first job cleaning toilets, getting an education, and parlaying that into a successful business career.

1:44 PM- Nelson deserves some major kudos as he was professional and kept that super classy.

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Clerk-Recorder Interviews: Introduction

Posted by Chris Emami on April 2, 2013

We are now starting the meeting at 9:06 AM.

9:07 AM- Jack Enda came up to speak on behalf of Hieu Nguyen during the public comment portion of the meeting. He spoke of his experiences working for Gary Granville alongside Hieu.

9:08 AM- Darlene Bloom also stood up to speak on behalf of Hieu Nguyen. She was the Clerk-Recorder briefly during the transition period after Gary Granville passed away and before Tom Daly took over.

9:11 AM- Supervisor Nelson stated that first interview should take place at 9:10 AM. He suggested an opening statement for each applicant, questions and then a closing statement by each applicant.

9:13 AM- They are currently deciding on who will ask certain questions that were prepared by the 4th Supervisorial District staff.

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Orange County Clerk Recorder Recap & Preview

Posted by Chris Emami on April 1, 2013

Now that we have had some April Fools Day fun on to the real business for the day. Here is a post that has no pranks or jokes in it.

Tomorrow evening we will likely have a new Orange County Clerk-Recorder in place after what I am sure will be a lengthy and intriguing deliberation by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. I will be in attendance live blogging all of the interviews for our readers and giving my take on what is happening. be here with us at OC Political at 9:00 AM to follow along.

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To explain how it will be formatted I will start with a post that details the opening of the meeting. After my original post I will have a separate post for every single interview up until the end of the meeting. After the interviews are done I will have a separate post for the deliberation and appointment. With any luck I might even get an interview with the individual who gets nominated. My suggestion to readers in order to be able to follow along live is to click on each post as it goes up and hit refresh to get a live update on what is going on with that interview.

We have had some of the best coverage of the Orange County Clerk-Recorder saga over the past few weeks often being the blog to breaks stories on this subject. Let’s take a moment to recap the process from the beginning.

Due to the length of the post I am cutting it off here. Click the link to view the rest of it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Clerk-Recorder Resumes, In-Depth Bios, and Schedules

Posted by Chris Emami on March 26, 2013

Update 11:28 PM- Corrections made for brief synopsis of Chris Norby & Larry Bales.

This just in from the Orange County Board of Supervisors website. We now have access to resumes and schedules for the interview process. I initially posted a list of OC Clerk-Recorder candidate bios along with statistics and occupations. Yesterday it appears staff at the County decided to take it a step further by posting each applicants resume among other things into a packet that is preparing us all for the epic meeting on Tuesday April 2nd.330px-Seal_of_Orange_County,_California_svg

In case you were wondering I will be down at the County of Orange on the day of interviews providing our readers with a live blog of every single interview from start to finish. After that hold onto your hats for a live blog of deliberations leading up to the new OC Clerk-Recorder getting selected. Stay tuned for a potential interview with the new OC Clerk-Recorder in our new audio post format if I can snag them after the meeting.

Here is the schedule for Tuesday April 2nd:

9:00 AM-9:10 AM  Opening of Meeting
9:10 AM-9:40 AM  Larry Bales
9:45 AM-10:15 AM  Chris Norby
10:20 AM-10:50 AM  Hieu Nguyen
10:55 AM-11:25 AM  Richard Ackerman
11:30 AM-12:00 PM   Bruce Peotter
12:00 PM-1:00 PM  Lunch
1:00 PM-1:30 PM  Harry Sidhu
1:35 PM-2:05 PM  Michael J. Fox
2:10 PM-2:40 PM  Steven Madoff
2:45 PM-3:15 PM  Steven Rosansky
3:20 PM-3:50 PM  Roy Reynolds
3:55 PM-4:25 PM  Renee Ramirez
4:25 PM-TBA  Deliberation & Selection

Here is a list of candidates in interview order with a link to their packet that they submitted to the OC Board of Supervisors. My thoughts after the links.

Larry Bales
Chris Norby
Hieu Nguyen
Dick Ackerman
Bruce Peotter
Harry Sidhu
Michael J. Fox
Steven Madoff
Steven Rosansky
Roy Reynolds
Renee Ramirez

This was an interesting read to go through all of these applications, cover letters, and resumes in order to figure out how these applicants are angling themselves for the position. Here area few items from the different resumes that stood out.

Larry Bales- He works for used to work for the County of Orange for over 30 years in the office of the Orange County Assessor.

Chris Norby- He puts OC Supervisor as his position as opposed to CA Assemblyman He lists OC Supervisor as his previous employment with Orange County and mentions that he heard about the job from a County employee/friend. I find it interesting that he listed Supervisor Shawn Nelson (1 of the 5 votes) as another one of his references.

Hieu Nguyen- Other than Renee Ramirez he appears to be the only individual other than Renee Ramirez who has experience working in the OC Clerk-Recorders office. He also heard of the position from a County employee/friend. The one think I liked about his packet was that he included letters of reference from supporters including the very well-known businessman Dale Dykema.

Dick Ackerman- He says that he learned of the job through Newspaper/Magazine and has a number of references he lists including OCGOP Chairman Scott Baugh, CRP Chairman Jim Brulte, OC Supervisor (Ret) Bill Campbell, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, and Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway.

Bruce Peotter- As I have stated before he is one of my personal favorites for this position along with Hieu Nguyen. I must admit though that I was surprised with his experience in the office of Public Administrator/Guardian that he applied for Clerk-Recorder instead. His resume/cover letter was the cleanest out of all applicants in terms of formatting and shows that he is extremely qualified for this position.

Harry Sidhu- This one will be tough as long as Shawn Nelson is still a Supervisor next week. In his cover letter he focuses on his private sector experience. In his resume he includes not only his Anaheim City Council experience but also his background as a mechanical engineer, real estate broker, and a business owner.

Michael J. Fox- I was totally hoping to read a filmography on this one but alas my dream was crushed. He learned about the position through Newspaper/Magazine and has a long list of cases he sites as being involved in that shows his background in law is solid.

Steven Madoff- He along with many others in the list learned about the position through Newspaper/Magazine. He is on my list of the most interesting applicants to sit down and have lunch with based on the stories he must have from his years of working for Paramount.

Steven Rosansky- Something is off with this application as he used a totally different application than everybody else that applied for the position. In terms of his cover letter and resume nothing specifically stood out to me other than his experience in Newport Beach as a Councilman, real estate broker, and business owner.

Roy Reynolds- He also states that he learned about the job through Newspaper/Magazine. He included an article that he wrote in the OC Register that referred to his firm conducting polling on behalf of the Costa Mesa Taxpayers Association. Apparently he does his political consulting business as a separate entity from his personal rapid transit consulting which I was unaware of.

Renee Ramirez- In my opinion she went from being the frontrunner to a longshot in a matter of months. She does mention her current occupation as being in the office of OC Clerk-Recorder. She has been employed at the office of the OC Clerk-Recorder since 1991 if I am reading her resume correctly. 2 of her most notable references include former Santa Ana City Manager/Police Chief Paul Walters and Yorba Linda Water Board Member Phil Hawkins.

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Clerk-Recorder Bios, Statistics, and Occupations Oh My!

Posted by Chris Emami on March 18, 2013

Thanks to Orange Juice blogger Vern Nelson for the idea of grouping the finalists by number of nominees.

Five nominations:
Hieu Nguyen, Santa Ana Republican, 45 years old
Bruce Peotter, Irvine Republican, 54 years old
Renee Ramirez, Orange Republican, 40 years old

Four nominations:
Dick Ackerman (Moorlach, Spitzer, Nelson, Bates), Irvine Republican, 70 years old
Chris Norby (Nguyen, Spitzer, Nelson, Bates), Fullerton Republican, 63 years old

Three nominations:
Larry Bales (Spitzer, Nelson, Bates), Tustin Republican, 70 years old
Steve Rosansky (Moorlach, Spitzer, Bates), Newport Beach Republican, 53 years old

Two nominations:
Michael J. Fox (Nguyen, Spitzer), Lake Forest Democrat, 60 years old
Steven Madoff (Moorlach, Bates), Huntington Beach Democrat, 60 years old
Roy Reynolds (Nguyen, Spitzer), Fountain Valley Republican, 65 years old
Harry Sidhu (Nguyen, Bates), Anaheim Republican, 55 years old

How successful Supervisors’ finalist nominations were:
Nelson: 6 of 6 (100%)
Spitzer: 9 of 10 (90%)
Bates: 9 of 10 (90%)
Nguyen: 7 of 8 (87.5%)
Moorlach: 6 of 10 (60%)

Here they are listed with their occupations:

Dick Ackerman (attorney, former state senator and assemblyman)

Larry Bales (FDIC settlement agent)

Michael J. Fox (attorney)

Steve Madoff (consultant, former executive vice president of Paramount Pictures)

Hieu Nguyen (assistant clerk of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, former OC chief deputy recorder)

Chris Norby (retired teacher, former state assemblyman and county supervisor)

Bruce Peotter (attorney, former assistant public administrator/public guardian)

Renee Ramirez (assistant clerk-recorder)

Roy Reynolds (personal rapid transit consultant)

Steve Rosansky (real estate company president, former Newport Beach councilman and mayor)

Harry Sidhu (business owner, former Anaheim councilman)

Credit goes to the newsletter of Supervisor Todd Spitzer for providing the occupations of all the applicants.

I have finally taken the time to do a bit of research on each of the remaining applicants and am going to provide those bios for our readers:

Hieu Nguyen- Hieu Nguyen along with Bruce Peotter is one of my personal 330px-Seal_of_Orange_County,_California_svgtwo favorites for this appointment. The great thing about Hieu is that he has experience working in the OC Clerk-Recorders office (before Daly) and knows the way things operate from the inside. Nguyen ran for the seat in 2010 (I voted for him) and lost in a landslide the size of which I have not seen very often. He must have gotten some bad campaign advice because that was ugly. He currently works for the County and would be an excellent choice for the position.

Bruce Peotter- I like Bruce a lot and think that he would be an excellent 330px-Seal_of_Orange_County,_California_svgchoice for this position. He has experience working in County Government and was the best chance Republicans have ever had to beat Tom Daly. He is currently an attorney and you can click the link if you want to read more info about his law firm.

He first ran for office in 1998 when he ran for the open Orange County Assessor seat where he ended up coming I fourth place. He ran for office again in 2002 against Tom Daly for the vacant Orange County Clerk-Recorder seat where he finished in the top two thus advancing to the run-off against then Anaheim Mayor Tom Daly. In the run-off he came up a bit short losing the seat to the Democrat Daly who held it for ten years.

Larry Bales- I don’t know much about Larry Bales but must admit that I am SHARP_ELSIMATE_EL-W221surprised to see that he applied for this position. My thought was that he would try to wait out Webster Guillory for Assessor. I say this because he has run for Assessor three times. In 1998 when he first ran for the seat it was an open seat, Webster Guillory won for the first time and Larry Bales came in fifth place. In 2002 he tried for a second time and lost again. This time he came in second place, but only two candidates were on the ballot. He ran a third time in 2006 for what I think might have been just to do it out of spite (maybe?) and the result was no different, unless you consider that he did worse and came in third place.

Renee Ramirez- She is the acting Orange County Clerk-Recorder and has the advantage over all other applicants because if she gets chosen she holds the 330px-Seal_of_Orange_County,_California_svgposition and if nobody can get to three votes she is the de facto incumbent. She has gotten a lot of negative press lately from our friends over at the “Voice of OC” who are looking into a contract that previous OC Clerk-Recorder Tom Daly gave to Current Anaheim Councilmember Jordan Brandman (he was not a Councilmember at the time of the contract).

Ramirez was not involved in the handling of any contracts handed out to Brandman, however, according to the articles I read she apparently claims to have cleared all of the data that was attached to Brandman including hard drive, e-mails, etc… I do find it a bit ironic that the current keeper of County records destroyed County records. This could very well cost her the appointment in my opinion.

You can read the two voice of OC articles by clicking here for the first one or here for the second one.

If destroying any data or records is standard policy for this department the OC Board of Supervisors should take a long look at revising this flawed policy.

Michael J. Fox- I was extremely sad when I learned that this was not the 300px-CourtGavelMichael J. Fox that could take me “Back to the Future” with him. He is an attorney based in Irvine that appears to specialize in business and real estate matters. Here is some biographical information from his law firm website:

Michael J. Fox has a diverse background in addition to private practice. Mr. Fox previously served as in-house counsel to H.K. Realty, J.K Properties and their subsidiaries, entities that owned and managed over 16,000 apartment units in the greater Los Angeles area. Mr. Fox later served as Vice President and Associate Counsel for Fidelity National Title and as an Associate for the firm of Pite Duncan, LLP.

Mr. Fox has hands on real estate and business transactional experience with the negotiation and preparation of real estate purchase and sale agreements, formation and maintenance of corporations, limited liability companies, joint ventures and partnerships. He is proficient in all aspects of real estate transactions and knows how to avoid the pitfalls that can arise during the various phases of a transaction including the due diligence period, analysis, negotiations and preparation of contracts, financing, zoning, permits, title matters and escrow issues. Having litigated numerous cases that evolved from transactional errors, Mr. Fox has assisted clients avoid potential pitfalls and successfully complete both residential and commercial purchase, sale and section 1031 real estate transactions.

Feel free to browse his website if you want to see more.

Roy Reynolds- I met Roy at. California Republican Assembly endorsing kpk7l6-podslargeconvention last year and believe he is a member of the Fountain Valley Republican Assembly. The business card he gave me was for a polling company that he owns and through some research I found out at he is also an advocate for a personal rapid transit system which I understand very little about. If you want to learn more about PRST feel free to do so by clicking here.

Roy also wrote an article on another Orange County blog advocating for the outsourcing of the OC Clerk-Recorder position and he pushed for the Supes to strongly consider going that direction. I like the thought he had from the cost saving perspective but think that he is way off. When voters were presented the opportunity to make the OC Public Administrator an appointed position through Measure A in June 2012 it was rejected by the voters with over 60% of the opposition.

I support saving money, but something can be said for the will of the electorate on any issue.

Steven Madoff- This guy totally got screwed by Bernie Madoff who tarnished300px-CourtGavel the last name of all people named Madoff. All joking aside he is quite qualified for this position with a lot of business experience. His background with Paramount Pictures actually intrigues me and I would rank him as the applicant I would most want to have lunch with. I found an article about him on Billboard that gave a lot more information about specifics on his occupation.

Steve Rosansky- He was a member of the Newport Beach City Council up 100px-NB_SEALuntil this last election where he did not run. In a slight amount of irony he was appointed to the Newport Beach City Council in 2003. He ran for re-election in 2004 and 2008 winning both times. Again, I do find it Interesting that he was appointed to the City Council and now seeks the appointment to Clerk-Recorder.

I found a copy of his original Newport application on a website called Free Newport

Harry Sidhu- former Anaheim Councilman who first tried running in 2002 City_of_Anaheim_Seal_svgbut fell a bit short coming in fourth place (top two win) he ran again in 2004 and was successful in winning one of the two available slots along with Lori Galloway who also won. They were both re-elected in 2008 to their respective seats on the City Council.

Sidhu has tried to get to higher office in the past and has not had the best of luck. In 2008 he took on State Assemblywoman Mimi Walters in what turned into an extremely nasty race (I remember getting the mailers). Walter ended up defeating Sidhu by a wide margin of 74% to 26%. He tried again in 2010 to move on to higher office by making a run at the 4th Supervisorial District which was vacated by Chris Norby. He and Shawn Nelson bloodied each other during this crowded campaign and Nelson ended up winning both in the special primary and the special run-off. The run-off results were not very close, primarily because Nelson was able to run as the incumbent in the run-off, Nelson won 63% to 37%. His history with Shawn Nelson will make for an interesting interview.

Chris Norby- Norby has had a rough year after losing the 65th Assembly seat 170px-CaliforniaAssemblySealto Democrat Sharon Quirk-Silva. I will start from the beginning of his career. He was Elected to the Fullerton City Council in 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, and 2000 and served as Mayor in 1991, 1996, 1997.

He ran for the 72nd Assembly District in the 1995 special election but ended up coming in second place to rival Dick Ackerman. If you want to know more about this race take a look at the next bio (Dick Ackerman). Since Ackerman won I wanted to post the election links under his bio.

Norby was not done though as he won a seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors (4th District) in 2002 and won re-election in 2006. The 2002 election was particularly interesting because Norby upset sitting Supervisor Cynthia Coad. I found an article about the upset that had an ironic quote from Supervisor Todd Spitzer who at the time was about to leave the Board of Supervisors.

The Norby career continued when he won a special election to the 72nd Assembly District in 2009 after a scandal drove the incumbent Assemblyman to resign (Hey Mike Duvall, how are you doing!). He easily won re-election in 2010. After the redistricting for the 2010 Census took place Norby was hit by a perfect storm that drove him out of office and Democrats into a 2/3 majority in the Assembly.

Dick Ackerman- His political career first began when he ran for and won a 170px-Seal_of_The_Senate_Of_The_State_Of_Californiaseat on the Fullerton City Council in 1980. He was re-elected to the Fullerton Council in 1984 and 1988. Twice during his tenure he served as Mayor of Fullerton (1982, 1986).

Ackerman then ran for the State Assembly in the 1995 special election against three opponents including bitter rival Chris Norby who is also applying for the OC Clerk-Recorder position. Ironically when running for the position he was the California Teachers Association endorsed candidate which I found odd. Ackerman finished in first place, Norby in second, Democrat Shirley Hafner came in third, and Republican Yorba Linda Mayor Barbara Kiley came in last place. Due to nobody garnering 50% of the vote, the top Republican and top Democrat advanced to a run-off election. Ackerman easily won in the run-off election and actually gave the Republicans a majority in the Assembly. He won re-election to the 72nd Assembly District in 1996 and 1998.

After his Assembly tenure came to an end he jumped into the State Senate by winning an election for the 33rd Senate District seat (previously held by John Lewis) in 2000 and won re-election in 2004. If I recall correctly he was the Senate Republican Leader in 2004 and held it to almost the end of his second term.

In 2002 he did lose an election for California State Attorney General where he lost to incumbent Attorney General Bill Lockyer.

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More Info: Occupation On Clerk-Recorder Candidates

Posted by Chris Emami on March 8, 2013

The office of Supervisor Todd Spitzer released a list of all 25 candidates that are left standing for the Clerk-Recorder in their newsletter. You can read the full newsletter here. The next meeting to narrow the field even further is this Tuesday, in my original post I stated that it would take place a week from this Tuesday.

Be ready to follow along live on Tuesday as I will be live blogging the proceedings.

Here’s the updated list with more detailed information:

-Dick Ackerman (attorney, former state senator and assemblyman)

-Dale Anderson (attorney)

-Larry Bales (FDIC settlement agent)

-Andrew Calderon (law firm managing partner)

-Alicia Campbell (Administrative Manager II at OC Public Works)

-William Copulos (retired law firm managing partner)

-Ron Davidson (retired corporate CEO)

-Stewart Davis (corporate program contracts manager)

-Linda Dixon (former Costa Mesa mayor and council member, retired university assistant vice chancellor)

-Elizabeth Fleming (contract attorney)

-Michael J. Fox (attorney)

-Ellie Ghasemi-Fazeli (legal assistant at Office of Orange County Counsel)

-Lydia Lake (attorney)

-Nora Lesnet (Administrative Manager at OC Community Resources)

-Francis Licata (attorney)

-Steve Madoff (consultant, former executive vice president of Paramount Pictures)

-Tanya Mayweather (regional credit/collections manager)

-Hieu Nguyen (assistant clerk of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, former OC chief deputy recorder)

-Chris Norby (former state assembly member and supervisor)

-Bruce Peotter (attorney, former assistant public administrator/public guardian)

-Renee Ramirez (assistant clerk-recorder)

-Roy Reynolds (transportation consultant)

-Steve Rosansky (real estate company president, former Newport Beach council member and mayor)

-Harry Sidhu (business owner, former Anaheim council member)

-Steve Waechter (sales manager/computer consultant)

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