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Deborah Pauly + Alcohol= Poor Judgement

Posted by HBK on February 23, 2012

The OC Weekly broke a story about Deborah Pauly being a passenger in the car while her husband got into an accident while under the influence of alcohol. Deborah Pauly was not driving the vehicle the night of the incident, but she put herself in a very unfortunate situation because as an elected official you should have more sense than this.

…Pauly wouldn’t have to explain today  why voters should trust a politician who repeatedly ignored the commands of police officers and wanted to drive home drunk.

This is not the example that an elected official should be setting for others by allowing somebody else to drive drunk. Although I guess that we will never know for sure, it appears that she attempted to try to drive home drunk after her husband was arrested.

…While Plascencia tried to administer a DUI test, another officer twice told Deborah to stay in the Porsche. James was so drunk that Plascencia repeatedly had to stop simple tests “for his safety” because James was swaying so much and nearly falling on his face. When Plascencia asked James which DUI test he’d prefer, he replied “Neither,” then yelled to Deborah–who was trying to walk to her husband despite having been told to stay near the bashed-up Porsche a third time–“he needed to submit to a blood or breath test.”

James was placed under arrest for DUI. Plascencia informed Deborah of this, who promptly “requested she be allowed to drive her husband’s car home.” Plascencia didn’t allow her because “while I was standing next to Deborah, I smelled the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her person. Her eyes were blood-shot, watery, and they also had a glossy appearance. Her facial muscles appeared to be flaccid. Deborah slurred her words as she spoke.”

Score one for Spitzer on this one and Pauly is lucky she wasn’t arrested for failing to obey the orders of the officer.

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2-23-2012 Central Committee (AD 74) Filing Update

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on February 23, 2012

It was suggested to me in an e-mail that instead of posting a list of names running for these Republican Party Central Committee seats, I should lessen the names and explain who these people are that are running.

I was intrigued by the suggestion and decided to do an update today of each Central Committee race and decided to do it in reverse numerical order (simply because I felt like doing it that way). Let’s start with AD 74 which is currently represented by Assemblyman Allan Mansoor.

Emily Sanford– She is currently Scott Baugh’s alternate on the Central Committee and has been a volunteer with the OCGOP. I have heard people say nothing but nice things about her.

Christina L. Shea– She is best known for being one of the Republican members of the always fun Irvine City Council. In 2010 she was unable to run for re-election due to term limits.

Allan Bartlett– The leader of the OC Ron Paul fan club. He is a Libertarian leaning Republican that was recently involved in the blocked endorsement of John Campbell. *Incumbent.

John Draper– I don’t know a lot about him, although he is currently on the Central Committee and appears to be part of the tea party wing of the committee. *Incumbent.

Scott Baugh– Currently the Chairman of the Republican Party of Orange County also former Assembly Republican leader. He is usually way out in first place on election night. *Incumbent.

Greg Baker– I could find nothing on him.

Jon Aiken– Jon used to be on the Central Committee and has been a long time volunteer with the OC GOP since at least 2006.

Erik K. Weigand– Erik is one of the really good guys in Orange County politics. He used to be the executive director of the OC GOP and is currently working on the district staff for Assemblyman Jim Silva

Bill Dunlap– He ran for the Central Committee back in 2010 for the 70th district. In fact, he came quite close to winning the seat being just 250 votes short of defeating Allan Bartlett for the 6th and final spot.

Rhonda Rohrabacher– The wife of Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and also a political strategist. She has a lot of knowledge of the OC GOP and how it works. She is not an incumbent, but she will have residual name ID from Dana Rohrabacher.

Thomas A. Fuentes Jr.– The son of popular Republican Party Chairman Tom Fuentes. He was recently appointed to a vacancy on the Central Committee created by the very classy Matt Holder. *Incumbent.

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Senate and Assembly Republicans Introduce Governor Brown’s Pension Reform Plan

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on February 22, 2012

This just came across the wire:

Senate and Assembly Republicans Introduce Governor Brown’s Pension Reform Plan

SACRAMENTO – Senate and Assembly Republicans today introduced Governor Brown’s pension reform legislation, and called upon Democrats in the Legislature to work with them across party lines to enact the Governor’s reforms. Read the rest of this entry »

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Registration Underway for Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities at the 2012 OC Green Fair

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on February 22, 2012

This came across the wire from OC Waste and Recycling:

Registration Underway for Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities at the 2012 OC Green Fair Read the rest of this entry »

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Assembly Candidate Burns John Campbell

Posted by Lassie on February 22, 2012

As an elected official one of the unwritten rules is that when someone endorses you for public office, that endorsement should be reciprocated. At the Central Committee Meeting on Monday many of my colleagues on other councils and school districts voted to endorse John Campbell in his re-election bid. Unfortunately that number fell one short of the 2/3 requirement to earn the endorsement.

One vote in particular surprised me after I heard about it, and that was the vote of Assembly candidate Robert Hammond who is running in the 69th Assembly District, who chose to oppose Campbell’s endorsement. I went to his website to check whether or not Campbell had endorsed him and indeed Campbell had endorsed Hammond. This is a total slap in the face to stand up and vote no on this endorsement.

Even if Hammond were to simply not stand up and vote Campbell would have received the endorsement, because the threshold for 2/3 would have been lowered by 1 vote. I am not saying that Hammond should become a robot that automatically blindly backs ever incumbent or member of the establishment bt in this situation he could have easily returned the favor.

As an elected official who is a Republican I will alway endorse somebody that has endorsed me as long as they are a Republican, with just one small exception. If multiple candidates running for the same office have endorsed me I will either stay out or dual endorse.

I would hope that either Robert Hammond changes his mind and makes a motion to reconsider at the next meeting or Congressman Campbell pulls his endorsement of Robert Hammond

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Harkey Has A Familiar Opponent

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on February 22, 2012

Every once in a while you see a name pop up in the filing log that is a familiar one despite the fact that you can’t quite put your finger on it. In the case of the race for 73rd Assembly District the name James Corbett popped up as the only potential opponent for Assemblywoman Harkey, and I just knew that I had heard the name before.

Member Diane L. Harkey

It turns put after running a bit of googling that unless we have a unique coincidence on our hands, this is the same James Corbett that was a teacher at Capo Valley High School. The reason why I remembered the name is because he was the teacher that was sued by former student Chad Farnan for what was called “Disparaging Christianity.” I was not in the class so I find it unfair to comment specifically on what was said but according to the Orange County Register Corbett referred to creationism as “religious, superstitious nonsense.”

The initial ruling in the case after a 16 month grueling legal battle was that Corbett had violated the first amendment by disparaging students. I truly question why Corbett chose to single out Christianity versus the number of other religions that exist.

After the initial ruling the decision was overturned on appeal and was actually refused to be heard by the Supreme Court according to the OC Register.

If you look at the district and the way it is drawn this is a conservative crowd that is being represented. Diane Harkey has represented them well over the past 4 years and Corbett is just not the right representative for the 73rd District.

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High Court Takes on Affirmative Action; What About Asian People?

Posted by Chris Nguyen on February 22, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court JusticesYou’ve likely heard the U.S. Supreme Court is going to hear the case of Fisher v. Texas, a challenge to the race-based affirmative action admissions policy at the University of Texas.  In 2003, Grutter v. Bollinger permitted the continuation of race-based affirmative action in public college admissions.  However, Grutter was decided 5-4, with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor voting joining the liberal justices to uphold race-based affirmative action while Justice Anthony Kennedy joined the conservative justices to strike it down.  Well, what a difference a few years makes: right-of-center swing vote O’Connor has been replaced by solid conservative Justice Samuel Alito, leaving Kennedy the Court’s swing vote, and he’s already on record opposing race-based affirmative action.  On top of that, liberal Justice Elena Kagan has recused herself from this case.  That sets the stage for a historic 5-3 ruling in Fisher v. Texas in the 2012-2013 session to strike down race-based affirmative action in public college admissions.

To be honest, I am shocked at the speed and circumstances of the likely end of race-based affirmative action in public college admissions.  I thought it would take another decade to accomplish, and I always figured it would be an Asian-American plaintiff.  Asian-American enrollment has soared at virtually every college in which race-based affirmative action has been banned.  After Proposition 209 banned race-based affirmative action in California, Asian-Americans have become the plurality or majority at seven of the nine campuses of the University of California (Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz are the two).  Study after study after study has found eliminating race-based affirmative action in college admissions increases Asian-American enrollment.

Excerpts from this New York Times article are telling:

…in 2005 Asian-Americans were admitted to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, at a much lower rate (54 percent) than black applicants (71 percent) and Hispanic applicants (79 percent) — despite median SAT scores that were 140 points higher than Hispanics and 240 points higher than blacks.

In the late 1980s, [UC Berkeley] administrators appeared to be limiting Asian-American admissions, prompting a federal investigation. The result was an apology by the chancellor at the time, and a vow that there would be no cap on Asian enrollment.

University administrators and teachers use anguished words to describe what has happened since.

“I’ve heard from Latinos and blacks that Asians should not be considered a minority at all,” says Elaine Kim, a professor of Asian-American studies at Berkeley. “What happened after they got rid of affirmative action has been a disaster — for blacks and Latinos. And for Asians it’s been a disaster because some people think the campus has become all-Asian.”

While complaints about affirmative action have long focused on whether whites were being discriminated against in favor of blacks and Latinos, the data indicates affirmative action is neutral for whites and discriminates against Asian-Americans in favor of blacks and Latinos.

The fundamental point to all this is that race-based affirmative action is discriminatory, and the Supreme Court will end this ridiculous bastion of the past in the next 16 months.

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A Mother’s View of Obamacare

Posted by Brenda Higgins on February 21, 2012

In the past two years, I have had a great deal of personal experience with the wonders of medical science. These experiences reinforced my belief that the incentive and competition that drive the free market are to the benefit of all of us and have resulted in an outstanding level of medical care available in this country that we should be working hard to preserve and not dismantle.

On April 9, 2010, my son was injured riding a Quad in the desert. He was airlifted to Loma Linda Medical Center.

I drove from Orange County to Loma Linda in San Bernardino to meet him at the hospital. As I drove down Waterman Ave., I saw the helicopter just taking off from the roof. I parked my car and sprinted to the Emergency Room entrance. By the time I cleared security and made it to my son’s bedside, he had already been assessed by every relevant professional on the trauma team.

I was greeted by a literal parade of doctors. I can only describe it as seeming like synchronized swimmers. Each professional had an intern, so they appeared in pairs. First the trauma team, they were the lead treating physicians. Then the bone doctors, neurologists, and internists appeared in turn. They each briefed me, explained the tests they had already conducted, answered my questions, allayed my fears and concerns, assured me they were doing all they could, explained the medications and treatments that were already in place and completed as well as the prognosis and forward considerations. As each one completed their discussion with me, the next team appeared on cue. All of this occurring within 30 – 45 minutes of my son arriving at the hospital by helicopter.

After a few days in the hospital with him, I was awakened one night after midnight by hospital staff who advised me that my son’s most recent brain scan showed a blood clot in his jugular vein. An immediate additional scan was going to be performed to determine the scope and severity of it.

The amazing pictures that resulted from this midnight scan showed literally all the arteries and veins in his head and neck and the blood flowing through them. The blood clot was clearly seen as well as the severely restricted flow around it. It was determined that treatment of the blockage could begin.

He stayed in the hospital for three more days and we were then sent home after instruction on how to inject the blood thinning medication at home for the next thirty days. Ultimately, the blood clot dissipated. The broken bones, concussion and bruises healed. He returned to school and the life of a normal teenage boy.

Thirteen months and ten days later, he was in a trauma center again with a different, unrelated injury.

On May 19, 2011, he was playing Little League baseball, and took a high fast ball to his left temple while at bat. It knocked the helmet off his head and knocked him to the ground. He sustained a skull fracture and his brain was bleeding. After assessment at the local ER, they placed him in an ambulance and transferred him to the UCI trauma center. About 16 hours after the injury, he was in surgery to alleviate the brain bleed and repair the fracture. The fracture was repaired with titanium plates which were secured with nylon screws. After 3 days in the ICU, he returned home with 34 stitches and a freshly shaved head. Eight months later he is again playing baseball, and riding motorcycles.

Spending so much time in hospitals with a seriously injured child gave me a new and tremendous gratitude for the outstanding medical treatment, highly trained professionals, procedures and amazing products we have available to us. I confirmed my strong belief that, among the many freedoms and privileges we possess as Americans, one of the greatest is the opportunity to be treated in the most well maintained, and readily available medical facilities in the world, equipped with the most advanced technology and the most competent specialists and professionals.

As much as I would rather have not had those dark moments in my life, I would not have wanted to be anywhere else. The precision and compassion of all of the professionals I encountered at each of these facilities were nothing short of awe inspiring. Each day I am thankful for his remarkable recovery, the professionals who treated him, as well as those who created the medications and devices that helped them put him back together.

The medical system in the United States may not perfect, but it is not by any means in need of government intervention or repair. As Reagan said, the most frightening words in the English language are: “I’m from the government and I’m here to help”.

Aside from the devastation that Obamacare will certainly wreak on our already fragile economy, it will choke the creativity and life out of the entire medical system. Obamacare targets the drug companies, healthcare insurers and manufacturers, disincentivizes pre-planning by patients, and increases taxes on income and capital gains. We need this kind of change like New Orleans needed the levies to break after hurricane Katrina rolled through. 

It might not have been broken, but once they are done fixing it, it surely will be.

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The Anaheim Chamber Strikes Back

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on February 21, 2012

It appears that Anaheim organizations are not going to sit on their hands and allow the OCEA to attack Councilmembers Harry Sidhu, Gail Eastman, and Kris Murray without a fight. Recently OCEA has put out a robocall trying to get residents to show up to a town hall meeting and also sent out a mailer hitting them on a vote they made to give a tax break to a developer looking to build a hotel in the Anaheim Garden Walk.

The Anaheim Chamber of Commerce has come out with a mailer encouraging Anaheim residents to come out in support of the Councimembers that have come under fire with this mailer:

This could lead to a big fight leading up to this election between these two warring factions. It is important to note that attacking Eastman and Murray is not a great idea for this election since they are not up until 2014.

Also quite interesting is that it appears that the Labor Unions are not in agreement on this issue either as OCEA is coming out attacking the Councilmembers but yet it appears that Patrick Kelly with the Teamsters has come out in support of the Councilmembers according to the mailer from the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce.

Things are starting to heat up in Anaheim.

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Analysis On Campbell Missed Endorsement Last Night

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on February 21, 2012

As you can see from the post written by my esteemed colleague Chris Nguyen, in a major surprise Congressman John Campbell failed to get the endorsement of the OC GOP.
Congressman John Campbell, challenged on the left by Irvine Mayor Sukhee Kang and on the right by Businessman John Webb
I along with many others in attendance last night was shocked by the results of the vote, with John Campbell falling just 1 vote short of the endorsement. John Webb who is also running for this seat in the 45th Congressional District was also present in an effort to try to block the endorsement.

This particular endorsement began with John Campbell giving a speech on why he deserved the endorsement of the OC GOP. He pointed out that he had been a vocal member of the Republican Party for conservative causes in D.C. After he finished John Webb went up to speak and gave his reasons as to what he offered as a candidate for the seat.

Both men did a solid job in their opening statements and came across as intelligent advocates of conservative principles. Where things started to unravel a bit for Campbell was during the portion where members got to ask questions of the candidates. He was attacked for his positions on Cash For Clunkers, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and TARP.

I have a great deal of respect for Congressman Campbell for coming into a hostile environment and defending his position he took on these specific bills. I absolutely disagree with his position on TARP, but I respect the fact that he stands by the vote and gives his reasons for it.

One important note is that despite John Campbell having some solid supporters in his corner to speak up for him both Congressman Ed Royce and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher who were in attendance, yet failed to chime in on supporting him for the endorsement.

Nobody in Congress is perfect and overall John Campbell has been a solid conservative vote. I would have liked to have seen him get the endorsement of the OC GOP mainly because the last thing we need is for us to get stuck with Sukhee Kang in Congress.

John Webb seems like a really nice guy and a true conservative but I am behind John Campbell in this race and I hope that he can hold onto the seat. I recognize that we have a couple of Central Committee members as bloggers with us who likely differ with my opinion on this and I would like to encourage them to also post on this issue to give a different side of what went down last night.

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