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Posted by Scott Carpenter on December 11, 2014
The latest in the ongoing saga surrounding the Costa Mesa Police Union targeting Councilmembers Righeimer and Mensinger has resulted in the arrest and pending prosecution of the private investigators who conspired against the Councilmen. Today District Attorney Tony Rackauckas sent the following release announcing the criminal charges. Recent headlines have seen the union call Righeimer’s lawsuit against the firm “political” well now it appears their action were not only abusive but potentially criminal.
Date: December 11, 2014
TWO PRIVATE INVESTIGATORS WORKING FOR POLICE UNION LAW FIRM ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH CONSPIRING TO COMMIT CRIMES AGAINST COSTA MESA COUNCILMEN AND AN ATTORNEY
SANTA ANA – Two private investigators working for a law firm retained by the Costa Mesa Police Officers’ Association (CMPOA) were arrested on charges of committing crimes against two Costa Mesa council members and a competitor attorney. Christopher Joseph Lanzillo, 45, Lake Arrowhead, and Scott Alan Impola, 46, Canyon Lake, are each charged with two felony counts of conspiracy to commit a crime of unlawful use of electronic tracking device, one felony count of false imprisonment by deceit, and one felony count of conspiracy to commit a crime of falsely reporting crime to agency. If convicted, Lanzillo and Impola face a maximum sentence of four years and four months in jail, as well as revocation of their private investigators’ licenses. They are each being held on $25,000 bail and are scheduled to be arraigned at a later date.
At the time of the crimes, Lanzillo and Impola are accused of working as private investigators for the former Upland-based law firm of Lackie, Dammeier, McGill, and Ethir (LDME). CMPOA retained LDME to conduct “candidate research,” including surveillance on Costa Mesa city council members, in the months leading up to the November 2012 election.
On June 19, 2012, Lanzillo is accused of purchasing a GPS monitoring device using the alias of Robert Teller with Teller Investigations.
Councilman Stephen Mensinger
Between July 25, 2012, and Aug. 22, 2012, Lanzillo and Impola are accused of conspiring together to place a GPS tracking device on the vehicle of Costa Mesa City Councilman Stephen Mensinger without his knowledge or permission. Lanzillo and Impola are accused of using the GPS device to illegally track the location of Councilman Mensinger.
Councilman Jim Righeimer
On Aug. 22, 2012, Costa Mesa City Councilmen Jim Righeimer and Gary Monahan were at Councilman Monahan’s Skosh Monahan’s restaurant and bar in Costa Mesa. Impola is accused of conducting an operation searching for evidence to use against Councilman Monahan’s political career. Lanzillo is accused of arriving near the restaurant a short time later.
Impola and Lanzillo are accused of communicating with each other and LDME Managing Partner Dieter Dammeier by calling on their cell phones and through text messages. At approximately 5:45 p.m., Councilman Righeimer left the restaurant in his vehicle and drove home after he had consumed two non-alcoholic beverages.
Lanzillo is accused of calling 911 and falsely reporting that he observed a man stumble out of the location and into a vehicle that matched the description of Councilman Righeimer’s vehicle. Lanzillo is accused of falsely reporting that the vehicle was swerving on the road and that the driver may be under the influence of alcohol or disabled.
The Costa Mesa Police Department (CMPD) dispatched an officer to conduct an investigation. Councilman Righeimer was detained outside his home during this investigation for driving under the influence.
After administering a sobriety test and not observing any objective symptoms of intoxication, the officer determined that Councilman Righeimer was not under the influence and he was released. It was later determined that Councilman Righeimer did not stumble out of the bar and was not swerving when he drove.
Between June 21, 2012, and July 12, 2012, Lanzillo and Impola are accused of conspiring together to place a GPS tracking device on the vehicle of an attorney at a law firm that was a competitor to the LDME firm without the victim’s knowledge or permission. Lanzillo and Impola are accused of using the GPS device to illegally track the location information of the victim.
CMPD provided reports and information to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA). The OCDA conducted an extensive investigation into all matters surrounding this incident. The investigation is on-going.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Robert Mestman of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.
Posted in Costa Mesa | Tagged: Jim Righeimer, Steve Mensinger | 2 Comments »
Posted by Newsletter Reprint on August 18, 2014
This just came across the wire from Lee Ramos for Costa Mesa City Council 2014:
Lee Ramos Raises More Than All Non-Incumbent Candidates Combined
Has More than Double Cash on Hand of Non-Incumbent Candidates Combined
(Costa Mesa, CA) – Campaign finance reports show Lee Ramos far outpacing all other non-incumbents combined in the race to replace termed-out Costa Mesa City Council Member Wendy Leece. Ramos raised more than all non-incumbent candidates combined. The majority of money Ramos raised for his campaign has come from Costa Mesa donors.
Having already walked to 75% of the homes in Costa Mesa, the Ramos campaign juggernaut is firmly ahead of all other non-incumbents with both more dollars raised and more homes walked.
“I am honored by the outpouring of support from throughout Costa Mesa, as I’ve met thousands of residents personally walking to their homes,” Ramos said. “I am humbled that so many Costa Mesa donors have contributed to my effort to make our hometown an even better place to live.”
Subtracting out loans, Ramos has double the cash on hand of all other non-incumbent candidates combined. With loans included, Ramos has triple the cash on hand of all other non-incumbents combined.
Of all Costa Mesa candidates in the November elections, only incumbent Mayor Jim Righeimer has outraised Ramos. Subtracting out loans, however, shows Ramos has more cash on hand than even Mayor Righeimer. Mayor Righeimer is running for re-election while Ramos is seeking the seat held by termed-out Council Member Wendy Leece.
The clear front-runner for Leece’s seat, Ramos is endorsed by:
- U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher
- California Board of Equalization Vice Chair Michelle Steel
- Ambassador George Argyros (Ret.)
- Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer
- Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger
- Costa Mesa Council Member and former Mayor Gary Monahan
- Former Costa Mesa Mayor Jack Hammett
- Mesa Water District President James Fisler
- Mesa Water District Vice President Shawn Dewane
- Mesa Water District Director Ethan Temianka
- Entire Costa Mesa Planning Commission
- Majority of Costa Mesa Parks and Recreation Commission
A resident of Costa Mesa since the age of four, Lee Ramos serves on two Costa Mesa City committees. Ramos and his wife raised their family in Costa Mesa, where he grew businesses, managed companies, and served as an educator. Ramos is a well-respected community leader, having volunteered not only on city committees, but also for the Self-Help Interfaith Program, for the First United Methodist Church, and for the Estancia High School football team.
Paid for by Lee Ramos for City Council 2014, ID# 1361842.
Posted in Costa Mesa | Tagged: Dana Rohrabacher, Ethan Temianka, Gary Monahan, George Argyros, Jack Hammett, James R. Fisler, Jim Fisler, Jim Righeimer, Lee Ramos, Michelle Steel, Shawn Dewane, Steve Mensinger | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Greg Woodard on April 14, 2014
[Warning, boring legal stuff ahead, but it is important]. Many OC Political readers are familiar with the plight of Costa Mesa Councilmembers Jim Righeimer and Steve Mensinger as they have failed to back down to aggressive (and allegedly dirty) union tactics. For those of you unfamiliar, Righeimer and Mensinger have filed a lawsuit against the police union, the union’s former law firm, and an investigator previously used by the law firm, alleging, among other things, that the defendants have engaged in spying, threats, intimidation, assault, and false reports of criminal activity. Recently, they have alleged that the defendants illegally placed a GPS tracker on Mensinger’s car during the last election.
Apparently, the defendants have been stonewalling Righeimer and Mensinger, including the investigator repeatedly asserting his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination during his recent deposition as Righeimer and Mensinger are trying to get to the bottom of who is responsible for the tracking, and other purported illegal activities.
Enter the defendants’ lawyers for another round of delay. They recently filed what is called an “anti-SLAPP” motion. In a nutshell, an anti-SLAPP motion alleges that Righeimer and Mensinger have violated the defendants’ right of petition or free speech. While enacted for good reasons, sadly many lawyers abuse the process because filing an anti-SLAPP motion automatically stays all discovery, preventing Righeimer and Mensinger from getting important facts and documents. In addition, filing an anti-SLAPP motion early in the case forces the plaintiffs to factually defend their claims, even if the defendants are in possession of the facts and documents needed to proved the case, or risk having the lawsuit dismissed.
The defendants’ motion claimed that the principal thrust of the lawsuit is the 911 call that the investigator made against Righeimer, falsely accusing Righeimer of driving drunk. The Court rejected that claim, denied the motion, and held that the main thrust of the action is the false and malicious reports of criminal activity by the investigator as an agent for the other defendants.
So what does this mean? It means that for now, Righeimer and Mensinger can continue with their discovery and hopefully find out whether the law firm, the union, or both, were behind these dirty tactics. It also means that the Court did not buy the defendants’ bogus claim that their alleged illegal activities are protected. It also means that Righeimer and Mensinger are as committed as ever to exposing the union and its efforts to shut down any attempts to rein in its power.
Righeimer and Mensinger have had their personal lives put under a magnifying glass because of their efforts against unions. They have been followed, falsely accused, illegally tracked, and had their families dragged into the fray. Yet they refuse to be scared or threatened into giving up. We should applaud these men and their families, support them, and look for other leaders like them in our communities to support and get elected to local, state, and federal positions. Only then can we begin to make inroads into the unions’ enormous power over California.
Posted in Costa Mesa, Orange County | Tagged: Cost Mesa, Jim Righeimer, labor unions, Steve Mensinger | Leave a 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 in 1st Supervisorial District, 2nd Supervisorial District, 3rd Supervisorial District, 4th Supervisorial District, 5th Supervisorial District, Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, La Palma, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Orange County Board of Supervisors, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster, Yorba Linda | Tagged: Adam Nick, Al Murray, Alexander A. Ethans, Allan Bernstein, Andrew Blount, Andy Quach, Angelica Amezcua, Anthony Petros, Art Brown, Barbara Kogerman, Bert Hack, Beth Krom, Beth Swift, Bill Brough, Bob Baker, Bob Whalen, Brad McGirr, Brad Reese, Brett Murdock, Brian Donahue, Brice Whitaker, Bruce Broadwater, Carlos Olvera, Carmen Cave, Carol Gamble, Carol Warren, Cathy Schlict, Chad Wanke, Cheryl Brothers, Chris Hamm, Chris Phan, Christina Shea, Christine Marick, Chuck Puckett, Connie Boardman, Constance Underhill, Craig Young, Cynthia Conners, Dave Leckness, Dave Sullivan, David Benavides, David John Shawver, David W. Sloan, Dean Grose, Deborah Pauly, Denis Bilodeau, Derek Reeve, Diana Carey, Diana Fascenelli, Dina Nguyen, Don Webb, Dore Gilbert, Doug Bailey, Doug Chaffee, Dwoght Robinson, Edward D. Selich, Elizabeth Pearson, Ellery Deaton, Frank Ury, Fred Smith, Fred Whitaker, G. Henry Charoen, Gail Eastman, Gary A. Miller, Gary Monahan, Gene Hernandez, Gerard Goedhart, Gerri Lee Graham-Mejia, Gordon A. Shanks, Greg Mills, Greg Sebourn, J. Scott Schoeffel, James "Jim" Gomez, Janet Nguyen, Jeff Lalloway, Jennifer Fitzgerald, Jeremy B. Yamaguchi, Jerry McCloskey, Jerry Slusiewicz, Jesse Petrilla, Jill Hardy, Jim Evert, Jim Katapodis, Jim Righeimer, Joe Aguirre, Joe Carchio, Joe Shaw, John Anderson, John Collins, John Moorlach, John Nielsen, John Taylor, Jordan Brandman, Kathryn McCullogh, Keith D. Curry, Kelly H. Boyd, Kris Murray, Larry Agran, Larry Kramer, Laurie Davies, Leroy Mills, Leslie Daigle, Linda Lindholm, Lisa A. Bartlett, Lori Donchak, Lucille Kring, Mariellen Yarc, Mark Maurphy, Mark McCurdy, Mark Schwing, Marty Simonoff, Matt Harper, Melody Carruth, Michael F. Henn, Michael Levitt, Michael Vo, Michele Martinez, Miguel Pulido, Mike Alvarez, Mike Blazey, Mike Munzing, Miller Oh, Milton W. Robbins, Nancy Gardner, Noel Hatch, Pat Bates, Patricia "Trish" Kelley, Peter Herzog, Peter Kim, Phillip B. Tsunoda, Prakash Narain, Randal Bressette, Rebecca Gomez, Rhonda Reardon, Richard Barnett, Richard Murphy, Rigoberto Ramirez, Rob Johnson, Robert "Bob" Ring, Robert Ming, Roman Reyna, Ron Joseph Garcia, Rose Espinoza, Ross Chun, Roy Byrnes, Roy Moore, Sal Tinajero, Sam Allevato, sandy genis, Scott Voigts, Scott William Nelson, Sergio Contreras, Shawn Nelson, Steve Baric, Steve Berry, Steve Dicterow, Steve Hwangbo, Steve Jones, Steve Mensinger, Steve Nagel, Steve Shanahan, Steven Choi, Steven H. Weinberg, Tim Brown, Tim Shaw, Tita Smith, Todd Spitzer, Tom Beamish, Tom Lindsey, Tom Tait, Tony Beall, Tony Iseman, Travis Kiger, Tri Ta, Troy Edgar, Vince Sarmiento, Warren Kusumoto, Wendy Leece, William "Bill" Phillips | 14 Comments »
Posted by Greg Woodard on November 13, 2012
While many of us conservatives are still licking our wounds from Tuesday, we get more information about the vile attacks those on the left will resort to in an effort to further tighten their grip on our wallets, our government, and our future. Case in point – Frank Mickadeit reported last week in the Orange County Register about the thuggish tactics that the opposition in Costa Mesa to the City Council majority (now consisting of Jim Righeimer, Gary Monahan, and Steve Mensinger) will use. Many of you will remember the harrowing story a couple of months ago where Righeimer was tailed home from Skosh Monahan’s by Chris Lanzillo, an investigator who worked for a law firm that represented the Costa Mesa police union, as well as many other public employee unions in the state. Lanzillo appears to have made a false police report claiming that Righeimer stumbled out of Skosh Monahan’s and was driving erratically on his way home. The police took the unprecedented step of going to Righeimer’s home and conducting a sobriety test. Righeimer passed with flying colors, since all he had at Skosh’s was a diet coke (he had the receipt to prove it). However, the damage was done as Righeimer’s young daughters had to watch in horror, wondering if their dad was going to be arrested.
As if that were not bad enough, Righeimer was not even the investigator’s target. As Mickadeit reports, Lanzillo was hired by someone (he wouldn’t say who) to try to catch Gary Monahan, Skosh’s owner, in a compromising position with a woman who had been sent to entrap Monahan, who is married. The woman appeared to be in her 30s, she wore a low-cut top, and she was flirting with Monahan. Nothing came of the event, but Lanzillo got his “bonus” when Righeimer showed up.
Lanzillo also admitted that he was hired to dig up dirt on Mensinger and Colin McCarthy, who ran with Mensinger and Monahan but fell short of his City Council bid. McCarthy responded to the article, saying “that these kind of dirty tricks keep good citizens from running from local office. It definitely has a chilling effect on our democratic process. I hope the DA prosecutes this guy.”
The District Attorney is investigating the event, and hopefully the shameless thugs who did this will be revealed and prosecuted. While Lanzillo will not admit who hired him, anyone who does not think it will tie in somehow with the unions, well I have a bridge in Brooklyn I would love to sell you.
The plot thickens. To answer Dan Chmielewski, a crime may have been committed by Lanzillo and others. Tony Saavedra reported in the Orange County Register today that county prosecutors are investigating Lanzillo on a “conspiracy to file a false police report” with the possibility of more serious charges to come. The investigation has expanded to include another private investigator who works for Lanzillo. Both men had their houses searched and cell phones, computers, and other electronics were taken for analysis. In addition, prosecutors have a search warrant for the cell phone records of police union lawyer Dieter Dammeier, who has employed both investigators in the past.
Saavedra also noted that there is a separate investigation in El Monte, where the former city manager filed a police report last year that said he was followed for days by a car similar to the one Lanzillo owns. Lanzillo would not confirm or deny that he is the one who followed the city manager.
Stay tuned as this story does not seem to be going away any time soon.
Posted in Costa Mesa | Tagged: Colin McCarthy, Costa Mesa City Councill, Gary Monahan, Jim Righeimer, Measure V, Steve Mensinger | 4 Comments »
Posted by Greg Woodard on October 31, 2012
Anyone who has been involved in local politics even for the briefest of time knows that campaign sign stealing is typical fare for a city council election. However, the practice recently has been raised to an art form in Costa Mesa, with candidates on both sides (the “3Ms” – Steve Mensinger, Gary Monahan, and Colin McCarthy vs. John Stephens, Harold Weitzberg, and Sandy Genis) claiming to be victims. This year, the thieves have gotten out-of-hand. While both sides have reported theft of signs from residential yards and commercial buildings, Mensinger and Monahan have pointed to the theft and destruction of large and expensive banners. In at least one instance, someone scaled a private residence fence and slashed a banner that was placed up between two large poles. Other 3M banners and signs have been cut and defaced with paint. The thefts have become so prevalent that Mensinger and Monahan have put up $500 each for any information leading to the arrest of someone stealing banners (an anonymous donor put up another $100 bringing the total to $1,100.)
At least one vandal has been caught red-handed. A video, taken by a Mensinger supporter, shows a bearded man pulling up signs for the 3Ms and supporting the proposed city charter, tearing them apart, and tossing them in the bushes. At a candidates’ forum for Atlas PAC last week, McCarthy identified the man as Steve White, a Costa Mesa city employee and member of the Costa Mesa City Employees Association, the union that has sued Costa Mesa over its attempt to outsource union jobs to private companies to save the city money and reduce the city’s unfunded liability for skyrocketing employee compensation and benefits. As the OC Register reported, White has been placed on paid administrative leave and is under investigation, though the city did not say the reason for the investigation. White, classified as a Senior Maintenance Worker, earns approximately $86,000 per year in compensation and benefits (see #382 in the link). Interestingly, though White has a prominent beard in the video, the Register reported that White’s Facebook page showed a recently shaven profile picture.
The union has deflected comment about White’s purported actions, stating “Sign damaging is something that has happened in every election,” said Orange County Employee Association spokeswoman Jennifer Muir, who added all sides’ signs have been defaced. “It’s not a good thing. It’s silly. It should stop.” Muir would not comment about White specifically because city administrators have not officially linked him to the signs (don’t hold your breath for any comment after they do link him). However, she did not waste a chance to again attack Mensinger and the council majority, stating “Now they can’t stand the scrutiny to their plan,” she said, “so they’re trying to drum up a political diversion.” Muir apparently was not asked how a union member, making nearly $90,000 a year from the city, destroying the property of the 3Ms – something which the union-supported candidates have also complained about – is a “political diversion” rather than simply a petty act of vandalism. It begs the question of how the union would have responded if one of the 3M’s supporters had been filmed destroying Stephens’, Weitzberg’s, and Genis’ signs. Yes, that was a rhetorical question.
Just a couple of the signs on private property supporting the 3Ms and Measure V that were defaced
Posted in Costa Mesa | Tagged: Costa Mesa City Council, Jim Righeimer, Steve Mensinger, Steve White | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Greg Woodard on September 28, 2012
Last night, the “3Ms” as they’re called, current council members Steve Mensinger and Gary Monahan, and council candidate Colin McCarthy, made their pitch for the upcoming November Costa Mesa City Council election at a fundraiser put on by Jeff Mathews (candidate for Costa Mesa Sanitary District) at Eurocar, a high-end car dealership in Costa Mesa. All three candidates made the argument that the city is at a crossroads regarding unsustainable city spending, and they pledged to make sure that city services and funds will exist not only for current residents, but for their children, as well.
The City of Costa Mesa was described as the “Wisconsin of the West” and OCGOP Chair, Scott Baugh, praised the work that Mensinger, Monahan, and council member Jim Righeimer had done in representing the residents of Costa Mesa, and stressed the need to continue to elect conservative candidates like the 3Ms to keep the progress moving forward.
Jim Righeimer emphasized the need to pass Measure V which would make Costa Mesa a charter city, and give it more flexibility in negotiating with city workers and allow it to outsource some city services, resulting in significant savings to the city and the residents.
The event rasied thousands of dollars for the candidates and Measure V, and was well-attended. Those in attendance included California Assembly members Tim Donnelly, Diane Harkey, Allan Mansoor, and Don Wagner. Local candidates Jim Fisler (Mesa Water District incumbent running for re-election) and Don Harper (running for Costa Mesa Sanitary District) also were in attendance. In addition, Irvine council member Jeff Lalloway, long-time party supporters Buck Johns and Judy Ware, as well as several party supporters attended.
Two other local candidates, Eric Bever (Costa Mesa Mayor running for Mesa Water District) and Ethan Temianka (Costa Mesa Parks & Rec. Commissioner running for Mesa Water District), were scheduled to attend but were unable to make it.
Council candidates Steve Mensinger, Gary Monahan, and Colin McCarthy with Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer and OCGOP Chairman Scott Baugh
Posted in Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa Sanitary District, Mesa Consolidated Water District | Tagged: Colin McCarthy, Gary Monahan, Jeff Mathews, Jim Righeimer, Scott Baugh, Steve Mensinger | 1 Comment »
Posted by Chris Nguyen on September 18, 2012
Below, find the list of all the endorsements made by the OC GOP for the November 2012 elections. (This list covers the endorsements made in the August and September meetings. This does not include October endorsements, though those endorsements won’t come until October 15, a measly three weeks before the election.)
The Liberal OC reported the DPOC August endorsements here. The DPOC’s next endorsements will be on September 24.
Here’s the OC GOP list…
- Aliso Viejo City Council: Greg Ficke
- Aliso Viejo City Council: Mike Munzing
- Anaheim City Council: Brian Neil Chuchua
- Anaheim City Council: Lucille Kring
- Brea City Council: Steven Vargas
- Buena Park City Council: Baron Night
- Costa Mesa City Council: Colin McCarthy
- Costa Mesa City Council: Steve Mensinger
- Costa Mesa City Council: Gary Monahan
- Cypress City Council: Rob Johnson
- Dana Point City Council: Carlos N. Olvera
- Fountain Valley City Council: Steve A. Nagel
- Fullerton City Council: Travis Kiger
- Fullerton City Council: Bruce Whitaker
- Garden Grove City Council: Steve Jones
- Huntington Beach City Council: Devin Dwyer
- Huntington Beach City Council: Erik Peterson
- Huntington Beach City Council: Dave Sullivan
- Irvine Mayor: Steven S. Choi
- Irvine City Council: Lynn Schott
- Irvine City Council: Christina L. Shea
- La Palma City Council: Peter Kim
- Laguna Beach City Council: Steve Dicterow
- Laguna Niguel City Council: Laurie Davies
- Lake Forest City Council: Adam Nick
- Lake Forest City Council: Dwight Robinson
- Los Alamitos City Council: Dean Grose
- Orange Mayor: Jon Dumitru
- Orange City Council: Ray Grangoff
- Orange City Council: Mark A. Murphy
- Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Full Term: Tony Beall
- Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Full Term: Carol Gamble
- Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Short Term: Brad McGirr
- San Clemente City Council: Mike Mortenson
- Santa Ana Mayor: George M. Collins
- Santa Ana City Council, Ward 3: Brett Elliott Franklin (Dual Endorsement of Franklin and Hart)
- Santa Ana City Council, Ward 3: Charles Hart (Dual Endorsement of Hart and Franklin)
- Santa Ana City Council, Ward 5: Karina Onofre
- Tustin City Council: Allan Bernstein
- Tustin City Council: John Nielsen
- Tustin City Council: Charles E. “Chuck” Puckett
- Yorba Linda City Council: Nancy Rikel
- Yorba Linda City Council: Mark Schwing
City Ballot Measures
- Yes on Measure V – Costa Mesa
- Yes on Measure Z – Huntington Beach
- Yes on Measure FF – Orange
- Yes on Measure HH – Tustin
- Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 2: Jim Reardon
- Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 3: Steve R. Lang
- Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 5: William “Bill” Perkins
- Cypress School District: Alexandria Coronado
- Fountain Valley School District: Jeanne Galindo
- Irvine Unified School District: Michelle Ollada Alipio
- Ocean View School District: Debbie Cotton
- Orange Unified School District, Trustee Area 3: Alexia L. Deligianni
- Santa Ana Unified School District: Cecilia “Ceci” Iglesias
- East Orange County Water District: Douglass S. Davert
- Mesa Consolidated Water District, Division 2: James R. Fisler
- Mesa Consolidated Water District, Division 3: Ethan Temianka
- Municipal Water District of Orange County, Division 3: Larry R. Crandall
- Municipal Water District of Orange County, Division 7: Susan Hinman
- Orange County Water District, Division 2: Denis R. Bilodeau
- Orange County Water District, Division 3: Roger C. Yoh
- Costa Mesa Sanitary District: Don Harper
- Costa Mesa Sanitary District: Jeff R. Mathews
Posted in Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Capistrano Unified School District, Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa Sanitary District, Cypress, Cypress School District, Dana Point, Democrat Central Committee, East Orange County Water District, Fountain Valley, Fountain Valley School District, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Irvine Unified School District, La Palma, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Mesa Consolidated Water District, Municipal Water District of Orange County, Newport Beach, Ocean View School District, Orange, Orange County Water District, Orange Unified School District, Rancho Santa Margarita, Republican Central Committee, San Clemente, Santa Ana, Santa Ana Unified School District, Tustin, Yorba Linda | Tagged: Adam Nick, Alexandria Coronado, Alexia L. Deligianni, Allan Bernstein, Baron Night, Brad McGirr, Brett Elliott Franklin, Brian Neil Chuchua, Bruce Whitaker, Carlos N. Olvera, Carol Gamble, Cecilia "Ceci" Iglesias, Charles E. "Chuck" Puckett, Charles Hart, Christina L. Shea, Colin McCarthy, Dave Sullivan, Dean Grose, Debbie Cotton, Denis R. Bilodeau, Devin Dwyer, Don Harper, Douglass S. Davert, Dwight Robinson, Erik Peterson, Ethan Temianka, Gary Monahan, George M. Collins, Greg Ficke, James R. Fisler, Jeanne Galindo, Jeff R. Mathews, Jim Reardon, John Nielsen, Jon Dumitru, Karina Onofre, Larry R. Crandall, Laurie Davies, Lucille Kring, Lynn Schott, Mark A. Murphy, Mark Schwing, Measure FF, Measure HH, Measure V, Measure Z, Michelle Ollada Alipio, Mike Mortenson, Mike Munzing, Nancy Rikel, Peter Kim, Ray Grangoff, Rob Johnson, Roger C. Yoh, Steve A. Nagel, Steve Dicterow, Steve Jones, Steve Mensinger, Steve R. Lang, Steven S. Choi, Steven Vargas, Susan Hinman, Tony Beall, Travis Kiger, William "Bill" Perkins | 5 Comments »