We’re here for the third and final meeting of the OC GOP Endorsements Committee who will make recommendations to the OC GOP Central Committee.
The Endorsements Committee is chaired by Mark Bucher. Members include Jerry Jackson, Jeff Matthews, Peggy Huang, Mary Young, and Thomas Gordon. Gordon arrives after the second candidate, Bill Green.
On tonight’s docket are:
- David Bass – Lake Forest City Council
- William L. (Bill) Green – South Coast Water District
- Miguel A. Gonzalez – Santa Ana City Council, Ward 6
- Rene Gomez – Santa Ana City Council, Ward 2
- Bryan Palomares – Stanton City Council
- Annette Gibson – Laguna Beach Unified School District
- Jon Peat – Cypress City Council
Dave Bass was appointed to the Lake Forest City Council in 2013 to replace Peter Herzog. He speaks about his extensive background in municipal government finance. He was brought in to help Bell recover money from its indicted City Council, City Manager, and Assistant City Manager.
Scott Voigts speaks on behalf of Bass. He speaks about his conservative credentials and council qualifications.
Jeff Matthews asks if there are still enough spots for endorsement available.
Mark Bucher confirms there are.
Peggy Huang asks about eminent domain.
Bass says he would support eminent domain for public purposes such as a park.
Mary Young asks if he’d support eminent domain for a park if several homes were seized.
Bass says he would not.
BASS RECOMMENDED UNANIMOUSLY FOR ENDORSEMENT FOR LAKE FOREST CITY COUNCIL.
Bill Green is permitted to conference call in from Hawaii. He served in the military, and in his first election, he volunteered for Richard Nixon. He worked in private industry for 35 years. He speaks about his son who worked for Darrell Issa. He speaks about his campaign team. He was Dennis Hollingsworth’s alternate on the Riverside County Central Committee and headed the Riverside County Lincoln Club.
Peggy Huang asks about Green’s position on Proposition 1, the state water bond.
He states he is generally opposed to bonds but supports the water bond especially with the current drought.
Huang asks him about his statements on his questionnaire about fiscal health of the district.
He speaks about increasing efficiency, recycled water, and various other water policy issues.
Huang asks about the Bay Delta peripheral canal or the Governor’s tunnel.
Green would be open to either one. His goal is ensuring water flow. He will be on a Metropolitan Water District inspection tour later in October.
Mark Bucher expresses his awe at Huang’s water knowledge.
Huang explains her experience working on state water legislation.
Green’s phone disconnects.
GREEN RECOMMENDED UNANIMOUSLY FOR ENDORSEMENT FOR SOUTH COAST WATER DISTRICT.
Mike Gonzalez speaks about being a businessman in Santa Ana. He speaks about his community volunteerism.
Maribel Marroquin speaks about Gonzalez’s contributions of time, money, and food to her Maribel’s volunteers.
Clare Venegas of the Lincoln Club speaks about Gonzalez being endorsed by the Lincoln Club. She speaks about the help he has provided to Latino outreach efforts for Republicans.
Candidate Rene Gomez speaks about immigrating to the United States at age 14. He went to Santa Ana High School. He joined the army during the Persian Gulf War though he was deployed to Germany. He served in the National Guard afterward for six years. He earned his degree and entered business. He speaks of burdensome government regulations and taxation.
Jerry Jackson asks Gonzalez and Gomez about why they support Obamacare. The committee clarifies the question says they support the repeal of Obamacare. Jackson misread the question.
Young moves and Gordon seconds as Robert Hammond jokingly heckles in support.
GONZALEZ AND GOMEZ RECOMMENDED UNANIMOUSLY FOR ENDORSEMENT FOR SANTA ANA CITY COUNCIL.
Bryan Palomares is a 10-year Stanton homeowner and son of a single mother. He speaks about his wife and children. He went back to school in his late 20s and earned his MBA in his 30s.
Clare Venegas of the Lincoln Club speaks citing the club’s opposition to Measure GG, the sales tax increase in Stanton. She met Palomares who told her of his life story, his community efforts, and his opposition to sales tax increases while there have been significant pay raises for City employees.
Alexandria Coronado speaks against Palomares. She cites his protests in front of the Stanton Republican Headquarters.
Bucher and Venegas state they were both at the protest which opposed Measure GG – the same position the party has taken. However, Bucher notes David Shawver is in charge of the Stanton Headquarters. Shawver strongly supports Measure GG.
Coronado says Shawver’s wife and another woman are the ones running it day to day even though Shawver’s name is on the lease.
Young expresses outrage that Yes on GG walks are being run out of the Stanton Republican headquarters when the party endorsed No on GG.
Venegas the passes out photos of the Yes on GG walk at the Stanton Republican headquarters despite the OC GOP endorsing No on GG.
Venegas posted No on GG signs on the headquarters which were removed within an hour.
Huang asks Palomares about his answer on the city’s fiscal health on the questionnaire.
Palomares says he would pay employees commensurate with the market and education levels. He notes salary.com shows salaries of $35K-$40K on average for secretaries versus Stanton secretaries making nearly double. He cites various pieces of land purchased needlessly by Stanton and the city’s unwillingness to sell them.
Gordon asks about Kevin Carr adding Palomares on his flyers.
Palomares says he did not authorize that. He states that Carr has been a thorn in Shawver’s side. Palomares and Carr do agree in their opposition to both Measure GG and Shawver.
The Endorsements Committee criticizes Shawver as they have documents showing Shawver criticizing Palomares.
Palomares disputes Shawver’s claims of cronyism by pointing out that of the five incumbent Stanton City Council members, they live in two neighborhoods.
Bucher reminds the committee that Shawver ran with extensive union backing against John Moorlach for Supervisor. He warns that Shawver will likely launch a behind the scenes campaign to derail the endorsement of Palomares.
PALOMARES RECOMMENDED UNANIMOUSLY FOR ENDORSEMENT FOR STANTON CITY COUNCIL.
Annette Gibson rattles off a lot of information about the Laguna Beach Unified School District. She criticizes the district’s consultant contracts. She calls for greater fiscal accountability in the district. She speaks against Common Core.
Robert Hammond supports her under questioning from Mark Bucher.
Clare Venegas of the Lincoln Club says the club has endorsed Gibson.
Bucher asks Gibson about charter schools.
Gibson says she supports charter schools and the free market.
Peggy Huang asks about the consultants.
Gibson rattles off a number of high-dollar value consulting contracts from the district.
Thomas Gordon asks about the field of candidates.
Gibson says there are four candidates running for three seats. There are only two incumbents running.
GIBSON RECOMMENDED UNANIMOUSLY FOR ENDORSEMENT FOR LAGUNA BEACH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT.
Alexandria Coronado says Jon Peat is absent due to needing to stay late on a work project at Raytheon. She says he is a great conservative and is the best candidate for Cypress City Council and is endorsed by the 2010 Republican-endorsed Councilman Rob Johnson.
The Endorsements Committee makes more jokes about David Shawver during their discussion of Peat’s endorsement request.
PEAT RECOMMENDED UNANIMOUSLY FOR ENDORSEMENT FOR CYPRESS CITY COUNCIL.
Endorsements Committee adjourns at 6:55 PM. The Central Committee will vote on the recommendation on October 20.