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Posts Tagged ‘Ross Chun’

Republican, Democrat, Independent??? The Partisan Affiliations of Everyone Holding Office In Orange County

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.

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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 in 1st Supervisorial District, 2nd Supervisorial District, 3rd Supervisorial District, 4th Supervisorial District, 5th Supervisorial District, Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Anaheim City School District, Anaheim Union High School District, Brea, Brea Olinda Unified School District, Buena Park, Buena Park Library District, Buena Park School District, Capistrano Bay Community Services District, Capistrano Unified School District, Centralia School District, Coast Community College District, Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa Sanitary District, Cypress, Cypress School District, Dana Point, East Orange County Water District, El Toro Water District, Emerald Bay Service District, Fountain Valley, Fountain Valley School District, Fullerton, Fullerton Joint Union High School District, Fullerton School District, Garden Grove, Garden Grove Unified School District, Huntington Beach, Huntington Beach City School District, Huntington Beach Union High School District, Irvine, Irvine Ranch Water District, Irvine Unified School District, La Habra, La Habra City School District, La Palma, Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach Unified School District, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Los Alamitos Unified School District, Lowell Joint School District, Magnolia School District, Mesa Consolidated Water District, Midway City Sanitary District, Mission Viejo, Moulton-Niguel Water District, Municipal Water District of Orange County, Newport Beach, Newport-Mesa Unified School District, North Orange County Community College District, Ocean View School District, Orange, Orange County, Orange County Auditor-Controller, Orange County Board of Education, Orange County Board of Supervisors, Orange County Clerk-Recorder, Orange County District Attorney's Office, Orange County Water District, Orange Unified School District, Placentia, Placentia Library District, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, Rancho Santa Margarita, Rancho Santiago Community College District, Saddleback Valley Unified School District, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Santa Ana Unified School District, Santa Margarita Water District, Savanna School District, Seal Beach, Serrano Water District, Silverado-Modjeska Recreation and Park District, South Coast Water District, South Orange County Community College District, Stanton, Sunset Beach Sanitary District, Surfside Colony Community Services District, Surfside Colony Storm Water Protection District, Three Arch Bay Community Services District, Trabuco Canyon Water District, Tustin, Tustin Unified School District, Villa Park, Westminster, Westminster School District, Yorba Linda, Yorba Linda Water District | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments »

Aliso Viejo “Green City Initiative” Does Not Pass

Posted by Chris Emami on March 20, 2013

I attended the Aliso Viejo City Council meeting this evening in the interest of following the vote on the “Green City Initiative” which was on the agenda this evening.

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Here is the staff report on the item:

Recommended Action

Staff recommends the City Council review this staff report, accept the staff presentation, approve the attached Resolution pertaining to the Green City Initiative, and direct staff to prepare an Initiatives and Implementation Measures Prioritization and Cost Matrix for Council consideration.
Background

At its March 6, 2013 meeting, the City Council continued this item until March 20, 2013. The purpose of the continuance was twofold; to provide staff sufficient time to complete a Matrix indicating general points of origin of proposed Initiatives and Implementation Measures and to conduct a presentation about the Green City Initiative at the March 11 AVCA board meeting.
Discussion

Staff has attached the requested Matrix to this report. The Matrix lists all proposed Initiatives and Implementation Measures and indicates the direct or indirect origin of each Initiative and Implementation Measure. The points of origin are divided into five categories: Assembly Bill 32/Senate Bill 375; California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); Other State legislation (e.g. Governor’s Executive Orders, etc.); City Plans and Codes; and, Public Workshop and/or Staff generated.

In addition, staff conducted a presentation about the Green City Initiative to the AVCA board and general meeting on March 11, 2013. The presentation was very well received. AVCA’s board took no formal action.

March 6 Staff Report and Attachments

Staff has attached the March 6, 2013, staff report/attachments to this report for City Council review and comment. Staff also provided to Council at that meeting copies of comments sent by CityPerk, Sandra Leone, the Orange County Association of Realtors, and NAIOP- Commercial Real Estate Development Association. The CityPerk and Leone comments were supportive of the Green City Initiative and were read into the record by the Mayor. No staff responses are necessary. However, the Orange County Association of Realtors and NAIOP indicated they could not support the Green City Initiative because of what was characterized as staff not making changes to the document discussed at a January meeting with business

Recommended Action

Staff recommends the City Council review this staff report, accept the staff presentation, approve the attached Resolution pertaining to the Green City Initiative, and direct staff to prepare an Initiatives and Implementation Measures Prioritization and Cost Matrix for Council consideration.

Background

At its March 6, 2013 meeting, the City Council continued this item until March 20, 2013. The purpose of the continuance was twofold; to provide staff sufficient time to complete a Matrix indicating general points of origin of proposed Initiatives and Implementation Measures and to conduct a presentation about the Green City Initiative at the March 11 AVCA board meeting.

Discussion

Staff has attached the requested Matrix to this report. The Matrix lists all proposed Initiatives and Implementation Measures and indicates the direct or indirect origin of each Initiative and Implementation Measure. The points of origin are divided into five categories: Assembly Bill 32/Senate Bill 375; California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA); Other State legislation (e.g. Governor’s Executive Orders, etc.); City Plans and Codes; and, Public Workshop and/or Staff generated.

In addition, staff conducted a presentation about the Green City Initiative to the AVCA board and general meeting on March 11, 2013. The presentation was very well received. AVCA’s board took no formal action.

March 6 Staff Report and Attachments

Staff has attached the March 6, 2013, staff report/attachments to this report for City Council review and comment. Staff also provided to Council at that meeting copies of comments sent by CityPerk, Sandra Leone, the Orange County Association of Realtors, and NAIOP- Commercial Real Estate Development Association. The CityPerk and Leone comments were supportive of the Green City Initiative and were read into the record by the Mayor. No staff responses are necessary. However, the Orange County Association of Realtors and NAIOP indicated they could not support the Green City Initiative because of what was characterized as staff not making changes to the document discussed at a January meeting with business

In addition, Councilmember Munzing emailed questions/comments to be addressed. Staff is working on responses but will need additional time to complete such. All questions/comments received are attached to this report.

Conclusion

The Green City Initiative is a policy document dedicated to achieving overall goals the City Council expressed at the beginning of this process. That is, the Green City Initiative is focused on creating a blueprint for a more sustainable environment for Aliso Viejo residents and business through increased efficiency of energy and water use and resultant money saved. Another financial benefit of the Green City Initiative necessarily will accrue to developers who, without the Green City Initiative, would be required to conduct independent analyses of greenhouse gas emissions for each proposed project. After adoption of the Green City Initiative and insertion of its Initiatives and Implementation Measures into the General Plan, developers need only demonstrate consistency with the General Plan to avoid performing separate (and what could be expensive, depending on the scope of any proposed project) greenhouse gas emissions analysis.

Other benefits of the Green City Initiative include suggestions of ways to improve public health and thereby quality of life, enhancing Aliso Viejo’s ability to maintain a competitive economic advantage with other cities in south Orange County because an energy efficient “green” residential and business environment could attract and retain investment money and business income, ensuring Aliso Viejo would comply with State legislative requirements related to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, and demonstrating the City is an example for members of the Aliso Viejo community and for developers by employing appropriate Green City Initiative Implementation Measures to maximize efficiency and use of resources in its municipal operations, activities and facilities.

Upon adoption, staff will return to Council with an Implementation Matrix that addresses priority, timing, and cost of proposed Implementation Measures.

Recommendation

Staff recommends the City Council review this staff report, accept the staff presentation, approve the attached Resolution pertaining to the Green City Initiative, and direct staff to prepare an Initiatives and Implementation Measures Prioritization and Cost Matrix for Council consideration.

A ton of public speakers from both sides attended the meeting and were involved in the public comment section of the meeting. It was fairly respectful in terms of decorum towards public speakers at the meeting. The meeting did have quite a feeling of tension though as some speakers were extremely passionate in the way they delivered their message on both sides of the argument.

Here is a recap of what Councilmembers had to say on the issue:

Mike Munzing- Talked about the additional water on the planet and talked about how he met with Congressman Rohrabacher and his science advisor and both the science advisors and Congressman Rohrabacher had concerns about AB32, questionable science in the report, and potential for future liability. My take was that Munzing is a really solid Councilman who clearly did his homework prior to the meeting and took a huge stand for liberty today (technically yesterday).

Ross Chun, Phil Tsunoda, and William Phillips- I have to be honest, I figured based on opinions I had heard from some of my Democrat friends that these 3 would have definitely voted for this item regardless of any public comments made very quickly. In all honesty these three councilmembers seemed to really take this issue seriously and really cared about what the members of the audience came out to say. I don’t know how they will vote when/if the item comes back but they seem to be open to what constituents want.

Carmen Cave- She had the best poker face of all the Councilmembers, it was hard to tell where she was at on this issue. During the public comment section she seemed quite displeased with all speakers on both sides. When/if this item comes back for the Councilmembers at a future meeting she might hint at where she stands on the issue.

The final decision was to continue the item with the recommendation to tell staff to go back to the drawing board and either say how long it would take to answer 244 questions that were asked by Councilman Mike Munzing or tell staff to give information as to the lowest requirements needed if this item were to be passed.

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2012 City Council Party Affiliation Post

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.

Here is the database: Read the rest of this entry »

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