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Archive for February, 2014

Mayor Linda Lindholm Enters County Board of Education Race, Endorsed by Current and Past Trustees

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on February 28, 2014

This came over the wire this morning from the Linda Lindholm for Orange County Board of Education, Trustee Area 5 campaign…

Mayor Linda Lindholm Enters County Board of Education Race, Endorsed by Current and Past Trustees

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2014
Contact: Chris Emami
chrisemami@custom-campaigns.com

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Laguna Niguel Mayor Linda Lindholm announced today that she is running for the Orange County Board of Education’s Trustee Area 5 seat.  Mayor Lindholm enters the race with $50,000 cash-on-hand and the endorsements of a number of school board members, including Orange County Board of Education Trustee Robert Hammond and former Orange County Board of Education Trustee Eric Woolery.

“Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed to the best of their abilities, and parents must have the ability to obtain the kind of education that suits their child’s unique needs,” Lindholm said. “We must ensure that education taxpayer dollars are spent directly in the classroom, not on administrative bureaucracy.”

Mayor Lindholm has served as the President of the Saddleback College Foundation Board, as President of the Beta Foster Care Advisory Board, and as the City Liaison on the Laguna Niguel Youth Committee.  She has also served on the Capistrano Unified School District Instructional Materials Review Committee and the Prevent Child Abuse – Orange County Advisory Board.  Professionally, she has taught college students as a university instructor and worked with school districts on developing programs for teachers of children with physical and learning disabilities.

“With her background as an educator, her service in education, and her work as an elected official, Linda Lindholm brings a wealth of experience that will prove to be of great value to the County Board of Education,” said Trustee Robert Hammond. “Linda Lindholm is exactly who Orange County residents need on the Orange County Board of Education.”

Mayor Lindholm is a recipient of the Saddleback Community College Community Leadership Award and the Beta Foster Care Community Service Leader Award.  She was also previously named Woman of the Year for the 73rd Assembly District and Mother of the Year by American Mothers for Civics and Community.

A businesswoman, Mayor Lindholm earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Colorado State University and has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Kansas.  Lindholm and her husband, Wayne, have three children.

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District Attorney Tony Rackauckas Files for Re‑election

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on February 28, 2014

This came across the wire yesterday from the Rackauckas for DA campaign:

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District Attorney Tony Rackauckas Files for Re‑election
Recently Raised $419,000 in Single Night Fundraising Event 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 27, 2014
Contact: Chris Emami
chrisemami@custom-campaigns.com

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas filed his declaration of candidacy for re-election. He filed his paperwork and took the candidacy oath this morning at the Orange County Registrar of Voters.

Before the filing period opened, Rackauckas raised a record‑breaking $419,000 toward his re‑election bid this year in one night. The gala event, held at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach, was attended by hundreds of enthusiastic, committed supporters of Rackauckas.

“I am very humbled to have this kind of strong support from so many different segments of the Orange County community,” said District Attorney Rackauckas. “This is an endorsement for the hard working men and women of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, who work tirelessly to make sure that Orange County remains a place where people can feel safe to live, work and play. We have particularly targeted dangerous gang members and violent sex offenders to keep our County safe.”

In preparing for his bid for a fifth term as Orange County’s top prosecutor, Rackauckas has also amassed a large and impressive bipartisan list of endorsers, including Sheriff Sandra Hutchens; Supervisors Shawn Nelson, Patricia Bates, and Janet Nguyen, Congressmen Dana Rohrabacher and Ed Royce; State Senators Lou Correa, Bob Huff, and Mimi Walters; Assemblymembers Travis Allen, Tom Daly, Curt Hagman, Diane Harkey, and Don Wagner; Board of Equalization Member Michelle Steel; Republican Party of Orange County Chairman Scott Baugh, and former Democratic Party of Orange County Chair Frank Barbaro. Rackauckas also enjoys the support of numerous local city council members from all across the county, along with numerous prosecutors, law enforcement, and victims’ rights leaders.

“Tony Rackauckas, who for more than a quarter of a century has been working to bring better balance to our justice system, has not just talked the talk, he has walked the walk,” said longtime victim advocate Collene Campbell, National Chair of Force 100 and Founder and President of Memory of Victims Everywhere (M.O.V.E).

In addition to having the financial resources to fund a countywide re‑election effort, the Rackauckas campaign has also secured placement on 17 of the most prominent slate mailers, which will produce millions of pieces of mail sent to Orange County’s Republican, Democratic, and No Party Preference voters.

“Tony Rackauckas is a well-respected professional who people know truly has been fighting for public safety for more than four decades,” said Senior Republican strategist Wayne Johnson. “He’s a career prosecutor, not a politician looking for higher office, and I think that’s what people are looking for in a District Attorney. Having worked for hundreds of political candidates over the years, I can say with certainty that Rackauckas couldn’t be in a stronger position as he approaches his re‑election.”

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Paid for by Rackauckas for District Attorney 2014. ID# 970780.

Full Disclosure: Custom Campaigns is one of the consultants working on this race.

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SD-34 Watch: Orange County Democrats Runs Away from Obamacare but Politicizes CalOptima

Posted by Allen Wilson on February 25, 2014

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Today, Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen releases statement in response to the Democratic Party of Orange County Chairman Henry Vadermeir for politicizing an important issue:

“It is sad that the Democratic Party would attempt to politicize an issue that is so important to so many local people in need of quality health care.

It’s curious that their alleged interest in the program appears in the middle of a political campaign and clearly shows they don’t understand the issues important to the 34th Senate District.

What’s worse is that the local Democratic operatives who issued this release are either ignorant of the facts or purposefully distorted the facts surrounding CalOptima.

They falsely stated that Supervisor Nguyen is the Chair of CalOptima, got the number of CalOptima patients wrong, inaccurately stated that the audit will take years to complete, and conveniently left out the fact that the audit was a routine, standard audit not caused by any one person’s actions.

Supervisor Nguyen stands by her actions to reform CalOptima because they were necessary to ensure transparency, accountability and quality services for the county’s most vulnerable population”

Orange County Democrats are conveniently running away from Obamacare and will do anything to politicize an issue such as CalOptima.

Orange County Democratic Party Chairman should be ashamed of himself!

Posted in 34th Senate District, Democrat Central Committee, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Orange County, Santa Ana, State Senate | Tagged: , , , | 4 Comments »

Bill to Force District Elections on Cities Introduced

Posted by OC Insider on February 24, 2014

For those unfamiliar with legislative deadlines, each year there is a date where all legislation must be introduced by. For 2014, that was Friday, February 21st. We will look at many of the bills that have been introduced as they move through the process, but one bill in particular strikes this writer as an all-out assault on local control.

AB 2715 by Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) looks to require cities with a population over 100,000 (based on the last census data) to have district based elections. The bill does not specify how many districts a city could have, but each district will vote for only its own council member. Hernandez had been threatening this for months, but finally introduced it at the last-minute. The law would apply only to non-charter cities, meaning that the cities of Costa Mesa, Garden Grove and Orange would be subject to district elections by July 1, 2015.

If you follow Orange County politics at all, you know that this has been one of the paramount issues in the City of Anaheim. The council finally agreed to place district based elections on the November 2014 ballot, after much debate and discussion. Other cities, like Palmdale, have also been forced to move to district based elections. In Orange County, there are currently three cities with districts: Newport Beach, Santa Ana and Seal Beach.

Hernandez states that “this bill would adhere to the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by providing underrepresented groups throughout California an opportunity to have their voice represented.” Hernandez believes that citywide election results don’t always reflect demographics, particularly in cities where large minority populations haven’t resulted in minority representation on city councils.

These types of bills are an assault on local control. While it is clear that minorities are becoming a more significant percentage of the population, these types of decisions need to be made at a local level. The same can be said of mandates like plastic bag bans. Each community is unique, and must be allowed to make these types of decisions for themselves. This author is not advocating for districts or at large elections, but it is not the state’s place to dictate how a city like Orange or Costa Mesa should be governed. If the community wants to change it, let the community decide the best way to go about that.

The bill will likely be amended to address specific issues, but hopefully our cities, businesses, and other stakeholders will weigh in to stop this blatant violation of local control.

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AD-55 Watch: GOP Assembly Candidate supports NPP Candidate for City Council

Posted by Allen Wilson on February 24, 2014

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Local elected Republicans support Republicans for local office, right?

Not exactly with GOP Assembly candidate Diamond Bar Councilwoman Ling-Ling Chang.

The Diamond Bar-Walnut Patch article dated January 16, 2014 revealed that Chang is supporting Betty Tang for Walnut City Council.

It was brought to this author’s attention Tang is a registered voter but as a NPP (No Party Preference).

Furthermore, Chang opts not to endorse Republicans former Assemblyman now Walnut Councilman Bob Pacheco and Councilwoman Mary Su.

Both Pacheco and Su have been long standing Republicans whom has done very well with limited government philosophy and served the Walnut community with distinction.

Perhaps, it is because Chang was once a DTS (Decline-to-State) voter in 1998 and again in 2004 until she finally became a Republican in 2006 after being elected to the Walnut-Valley Water District Board of Directors in 2005.

Perhaps, it is because Chang doesn’t want to ruffle any political feathers with her protege Senator Huff whom still have icy feelings towards Bob Pacheco, which is widely known in local political circles in the San Gabriel Valley, due to Huff’s bitter lost in 1998 for State Assembly to Pacheco.

GOP Assembly candidate going around in Republican circles seeking the party’s blessings should give pause to GOP activists.

Yes, Local Elected Republicans should support local Republican candidates, especially if one is a Republican Assembly candidate, because Republicans want to maintain party philosophy of limited government and not those that have no preference to any political party like Tang.

By showing up at GOP circles and functions is one thing, but GOP activists should not be blinded by facts and the truth of a GOP Assembly candidate.

Yes, facts are stubborn things!

Posted in 55th Assembly District, Brea, California, La Habra, Placentia, State Assembly, Yorba Linda | Tagged: , , , | 1 Comment »

Orange Treasurer Eric Woolery Enters Auditor‑Controller’s Race

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on February 19, 2014

This came over the wire this morning from Orange Treasurer Eric Woolery‘s campaign for Auditor-Controller.  Of the three people who have pulled papers for Auditor-Controller so far, Woolery is the only one without a foreclosure, a short-sale, or a bankruptcy:

Eric Woolery for Orange County Auditor-Controller

Orange Treasurer Eric Woolery Enters Auditor‑Controller’s Race

(ORANGE COUNTY, CA) – Orange Treasurer Eric Woolery has announced his candidacy for Orange County Auditor‑Controller. He enters the race as the clear frontrunner, with $50,000 cash on hand and a lengthy list of bipartisan endorsements from across Orange County.

“Serving as Auditor‑Controller would be an incredible opportunity to use my years of experience in both business and government finance to give back to the county I’ve called home since high school,” Woolery said. “I am honored and humbled by the number of people who are endorsing my candidacy for Orange County Auditor‑Controller.”

In addition to his current elected office of Orange Treasurer, Woolery’s public service began with his election to the Orange County Board of Education and continued on the Orange Audit Committee and as Deputy Director of Administration in the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. He spent the majority of his career in the private sector, having served as the owner of a multi-location private accounting firm, a corporate CFO, a corporate controller, and an accountant.

“With his experience in both the public and private sectors, Eric is one of Orange County’s foremost financial leaders,” said Patricia C. Bates, Vice Chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. “I am proud to endorse Eric Woolery for Auditor‑Controller because we need his expertise leading the Orange County Auditor‑Controller’s office.”

Supervisor Bates leads a long list of Orange County leaders who have endorsed Woolery for Auditor‑Controller, including:

  • Supervisor Patricia C. Bates
  • Supervisor William G. Steiner (Ret.)
  • Assemblyman Donald P. Wagner
  • Laguna Niguel Mayor Linda Lindholm
  • Tustin Mayor Al Murray
  • Tustin Mayor Jerry Amante (Ret.)
  • Orange Mayor Pro Tem Mark Murphy
  • Tustin Mayor Pro Tem Chuck Puckett
  • Aliso Viejo Councilman Mike Munzing
  • Fullerton Councilwoman Jennifer Fitzgerald
  • Lake Forest Councilman Scott Voigts
  • Mission Viejo Councilman Frank Ury
  • Orange Councilman Fred Whitaker
  • San Clemente City Councilwoman Lori Donchak
  • Tustin Councilman Allan Bernstein
  • Tustin Councilman John Nielsen
  • Orange County Board of Education Trustee Ken Williams
  • Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustee Arianna Barrios
  • Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustee John Hanna
  • Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustee Phil Yarbrough
  • Irvine Unified School District Trustee Paul Bokota
  • Irvine Unified School District Trustee Lauren Brooks
  • Orange Unified School District Vice President Alexia Deligianni
  • Orange Unified School District Trustee Tim Surridge
  • Orange Unified School District Trustee Mark Wayland
  • East Orange County Water District Director Doug Davert
  • Orange County Transportation Authority Director Michael Hennessey

A Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Woolery earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Accounting from Cal State Fullerton. He resides in Orange with his wife, Lisa, and their two young children.

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Paid for by Woolery for Auditor-Controller 2014. ID# 1362822

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AD-55: Craig Young Drops Out

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on February 18, 2014

This afternoon, Yorba Linda Mayor Craig Young publicly announced that he was dropping out of the 55th Assembly District race. With Young’s exit, there remain three candidates left in the AD-55 race: Walnut Valley Unified School District Trustee Phillip Chen, Diamond Bar City Councilwoman Ling-Ling Chang, and Diamond Bar Mayor Pro Tem Steve Tye. Here’s the announcement Young sent out:

Today, I am stepping away from my State Assembly race to focus 100% of available energy and attention on defeating the special interests working against Yorba Linda taxpayers.

When I decided to run to succeed Curt Hagman in the State Assembly, it was to pick up where he will leave off fighting against the out-of-control state mandates and reckless spending in Sacramento.  My desire is to stop policies like the early release of hardened criminals into our communities, to protect our property rights, and to stop the practice of raising taxes rather than making tough decisions.

However, narrow special interests right here in Yorba Linda are working aggressively to undue the progress we’ve made moving our city forward – and they’re doing this at great risk and expense to our taxpayers.

Two years ago, Mayor Pro Tem Gene Hernandez, Tom Lindsey and I campaigned against a council that refused to put our community ahead of their own agendas. Fortunately, working together, we have made tremendous progress in getting the city back on track:

  1. Town Center is now taking significant steps forward,
  2. Crippling debt has been paid off saving Yorba Linda millions in non-budgeted deficit spending,
  3. And for the first time your City Council is actively addressing the substantial unfunded pension, health and capital liabilities that will handicap our future.

This is great progress and I am very proud to have been a part of the accomplishments.  In fact I have never been more optimistic and energized about our future as long as we stay this course.

While I feel there is much good I can do in Sacramento, I refuse to pursue that good at the expense of our progress here in Yorba Linda. My first commitment is to our community as an elected leader.

Therefore, I am stepping away from the State Assembly race and focusing my entire attention on assuring Yorba Linda defeats the abusive recall and re-elects Tom Lindsey and another fiscally conservative councilmember this November.

The State still needs fixing. Government is too big, too controlling, and way too expensive. However, there are now three candidates vying for the State seat and I have become convinced that within this full slate there is a candidate who will represent our conservative interests.
But rest assured, while I am focused on making certain Yorba Linda is on sound footing, I will not lose sight of holding accountable those in Sacramento who are charged to represent us.

I have been humbled by the support of so many people in Yorba Linda and throughout the area.  There will be other opportunities for me to serve in different capacities, but at this time, my responsibilities as mayor takes top priority.

Thank you for your support and thank you to all who continue to stand with me in protecting the rights, pocket books and quality of life of Yorba Linda residents.

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Vote for me, because I am one of you

Posted by Brenda Higgins on February 18, 2014

Last night the OCGOP Central Committee held it’s monthly meeting and on the agenda were some requests for early endorsements in upcoming partisan races.  There has been some confusion over recent changes in the bylaws and how the timing, request and filing requirements of endorsements will be affected, but that is not the topic here.  (Frankly, I’m a pretty smart person, and I am still struggling to understand the amendments and why we made them)  Here, I want to discuss the future future of the party in California in a post Prop 14 world.

The only endorsement that garnered any discussion is the one sought by Diane Harkey for the California State Board of Equalization.  There were unanimous endorsements for Shari Freidenrich and Tony Rackaukas.  I don’t believe that Shari is challenged and given the circumstances surrounding prior challenges, it’s not likely that TRack will see any challengers until he is blind and walking with a cane and willing to step down, none of which seem to be in his future.

Diane Harkey has announced her candidacy for the State Board of Equalization. In that race also, are Republicans Van Tran and Mark Wyland.  As a matter of procedure (which was not at any time clear what exactly the procedure should have been) the candidates were allowed to speak.  It was fairly impromptu, and did become something of a debate, although the Chairman continued to remind us that this was not a debate.  The end of the story is that the Committee voted by a narrow, (3 votes) to endorse Diane Harkey at this early stage, per her request.  She was immensely grateful, and indicated it was going to make it so much easier for her to raise money and obtain support.

Although I am not well acquainted with any of these candidates,  I did receive a phone call quite some time ago from Diane requesting my support.  I have also had contact from her campaign requesting the same, so kudos to her for hitting the ground running.  I have seen her at every Central Committee meeting in recent months, pressing the flesh, making her presence and ambitions known. She certainly has gotten out early and often, doing the work.  However, I am not certain that an “A” for effort necessarily entitles a candidate to essentially eviscerate opportunities for the other Republicans before the campaign has even started.

To clarify, since Prop 14 we have ‘open’ primaries in California.  Any number of candidates from any party may enter a race.  In this race, we will have at least 3 Republicans and 1 Democrat in what has been described to as a ‘safe’ Republican seat.  In the last election we saw the first glimpse of what is to come of this in the form of Republican on Republican fundraising and rhetorical violence.  How we will deal with it continues to be of concern and debate amongst our ranks.

The best idea of the evening was in the form of a motion made by Deborah Pauly to “table” this discussion until the filing had closed for this office, i.e. postpone this discussion and endorsement until after the ‘official’ filing deadline with the Registrar of Voters has passed, because in theory, someone could walk in there today and decide to be a candidate for this office.  In the morass of procedural clarifications throughout the meeting, that motion somehow got lost, which was disappointing.  The vote on the endorsement and the debate from the members proceeded nevertheless, the endorsement was granted, without any significant consideration of the implications and seriousness of the problems this new post Prop 14 lay of the land provides for the party.

The lack of strategy and agenda for addressing this problem having been noted, here is what has and is developing from this new early endorsement approach.  A veritable game of “gotcha” seems to be arising, in that if a candidate gets there early, and another worthy candidate is in the wings, unaware of the procedure for an endorsement, if and when the political insider, the one who knows the ropes, the one who has been in an office and aware of these procedures, gets there first, he or she will be the one who will get the endorsement.  Will this stop the blood bath of Republican on Republican campaigning in the early races?  That remains to be seen, but it seems it could really exacerbate it.

Now with the OC giving the nod to Harkey, it is likely that San Diego will give the nod to it’s hometown hero, Wyland.  A comment was made last night that VanTran has “no chance” and should bow out now, which of all the incredible and offensive things I heard last night, that was certainly one of them.  It was only a few years ago that Van Tran was the great party hope to unseat Loretta Sanchez. Now he is disregarded like road kill, ‘nothing to see here folks, move along’.  Wow.

The veritable stepping over Van Tran, is magnified though when viewed in light of the discussion that occurred.  Strangely, in the lengthy questioning of the candidates, not only were there no questions related to the actual duties of the position, there was no discussion of the agenda that either candidate would bring to the office.  What there was, were a number of questions that could be easily rephrased as “How Republican are you?”  We heard quite a lot from Harkey about how involved she has been in the party, how she is highly rated in her State Assembly performance by conservative groups, and all the conservative principles she has fought for in the State Assembly.  Nothing other than she really wants “this” (new) job, to explain to us what exactly she will do at the Board of Equalization.

It should be noted that Wyland, even though he was invited to engage in the discussion, did NOT seek the party endorsement.

In addition to being light on substance related to the actual office, (again, these candidates were not noticed that they would be speaking) Harkey was over all, shrill in her presentation. She was a tad histrionic, condescending and rude at times.  I did not care for the eye rolling at some of the comments from Wyland, and her body language, including but not limited to the manner in which she snatched the microphone from Mr. Wyland.

I have said before, this is a tough room.  Politicos of every ilk, well versed in the issues and public figures who in their own varied roles, must verbally address the public on a regular basis.  If you are coming here, you should be prepared to bring your A-game.  Ms. Harkey, as she pointed out, has a long career of public service and has run many a successful campaign. She as much as anyone, should not take any of this for granted.  The impression she gave last night is that she does.  She was indignant that Wyland was there, or in the race or really toward almost anything he had to say. He is also an elected official, coincidentally, higher ranking than Ms. Harkey. Regardless, her disrespect was uncalled for.  Her anticipation of the automatic nature of the endorsement of this important body, also uncalled for.  I would have been far more impressed had she been dignified, respectful and acquiescing to the right of her opponent to be heard.

I am disappointed that the Committee took this action when there were other options, to simply not endorse, or table it for a short, or even indefinite time.  I am disappointed at the narrow margin by which this important endorsement was gained.  I would have voted for the motion to table this to the next meeting or anytime AFTER the filing deadline had passed so that we could be certain exactly WHO will be in this race, but that’s not the way it went.  I fear now, that this will be a fundraising and propaganda blood bath, in what could have and should have been a quiet race for a “safe” seat.  Ms. Harkey indicated that this early endorsement will avoid exactly that which I and others fear, in that SHE will have an easier time raising money and obtaining important support.  I’m not the campaigning pro that she is, and I seriously hope she is right, it just doesn’t make any logical sense to me.

A letter I received from Mark Wyland dated February 13, 2014, stated, “My view has always been that the best role for the party is to stay out of Republican on Republican races, and to help unify everyone after the June vote.  ……With that in mind, I would ask the Orange County Republican Party not pick favorites between three Republicans.  Speaking for myself, I can’t think of anything I have done over the years to deserve having my party endorse against me.  …. I do not request my party’s endorsement and would deeply appreciate it if my party would not endorse against me.”

In this post Prop 14 world, I keep having this recurring thought, it is a good thing we Republicans are so pro-gun because we need to keep re-loading to shoot ourselves repeatedly in the foot.

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Live from OCGOP Central Committee: Early Endorsements

Posted by Chris Nguyen on February 17, 2014

We’re here live at OCGOP Central Committee for Early Endorsements for the Primary Election.

(7:13 PM): A slew of Youth Associates have been sworn in.

(7:18 PM): Sergio Picchio, former Field Representative to Assemblyman Don Wagner, is receiving the Donald Award for Legislative Staffer of the Year on the occasion of his retirement.

(7:26 PM): Minutes are approved.

(7:27 PM): Announcement of the passing of Jack Christiana.

(7:29 PM): The candidates and elected officials present are introducing themselves: Lucille Kring, Ceci Iglesias, Michelle Steel, Diane Harkey, Baron Night, David Shawver, Robert Hammond, Scott Voigts, Tony Beall, Mike Munzing, Robert Ming, Jim Righeimer, Steven Choi, Phillip Chen, Helen Hayden, Paul Glaab, Tom Tait, Julia Ross, Michael Glen, Tim Shaw, Brett Barbre, Travis Allen, Deborah Pauly, Mark Wyland, Jeff Lalloway, Fred Whitaker, Michael Gates, Steve Nagel, Mark McCurdy, Janet Nguyen, Matt Harper, Lee Ramos, Hugh Nguyen, Dean Grose, Lynn Schott, Jeff Ferguson, Allan Mansoor, Kevin Haskin, Shari Freidenrich, Keith Curry, Ray Grangoff, Eric Woolery, Carlos Vazquez, Claude Parrish, Anna Bryson, Tony Rackauckas, Long Pham, Emanuel Patrascu, Don Wagner, and Young Kim.

(7:36 PM): OCGOP Chairman Scott Baugh speaks about the successful Republican effort in the San Diego Mayor’s race.

He also speaks about Republican efforts to replace Irvine Councilman Larry Agran with Lynn Schott.

(7:39 PM): Irvine Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Lalloway announces that Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait has been named one of the two 2013 OCGOP Local Elected Official of the Year (alongside Supervisor Janet Nguyen who was also announced as the other winner of the award previously).

Baugh gives speaks about Tait’s mayoralty.

Tait thanks the Central Committee for the award.

(7:41 PM): Chairman Scott Baugh brings up early endorsement consideration for District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.

Alexandria Coronado asks a procedural question, to which Baugh responds.

(7:42 PM): TJ Fuentes moves and Mark Bucher seconds the Rackauckas endorsement. He is endorsed unanimously.

RACKAUCKAS ENDORSED

(7:43 PM): Robert Hammond moves and Charlotte Christiana seconds the endorsement of Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari Freidenrich. She is endorsed unanimously.

FREIDENRICH ENDORSED

(7:45 PM): Michelle Steel moves and Tim Whitacre seconds the endorsement of Diane Harkey for Board of Equalization.

Deborah Pauly offers a substitute motion, and Allan Mansoor seconds, to table until the close of filing since there is no incumbent, and more Republicans might jump in.

(7:47 PM): Baugh rules both motions out of order after determining that candidates need to speak before either motion can be made.

(7:49 PM): Baugh says three BOE candidates were notified: Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, Senator Mark Wyland, and former Assemblyman Van Tran. Harkey and Wyland are here, but Tran is not.

(7:50 PM): Harkey opens by describing the BOE’s function. She speaks about her private sector career dealing with corporations and taxation. She speaks about the importance of limiting the field, so that campaign funds can be focused instead of divided. Harkey says it’s critical to get the third vote on actions on the BOE. She speaks about her successful efforts to gain Democrats’ votes to kill legislation. She speaks about how the Legislative Analyst’s Office credited Harkey with getting more oversight against cap and trade. Harkey says she could have walked into Supervisor or Senate, but BOE is the job she wants. She says both she and Wyland are also asking for San Diego GOP Central Committee’s endorsement.

(7:53 PM): Wyland thanks the Central Committee for its work. He talks about how he owned his own 100-200 employee business and how he had to deal with the BOE dozens of times as a business owner. He says he knows how to reform the BOE. He says there were three efforts to unionize his employees, but he defeated those three efforts, so he knows how to fight unions. He notes his electoral background and how he’s given over $1,000,000 to help conservative campaigns. He speaks about how he gave $100,000 to Tony Strickland’s 2008 Senate race when Strickland defeated Democrat Hannah-Beth Jackson by less than one vote per precinct. Wyland urges the Central Committee to delay an endorsement vote until after filing closes.

(7:56 PM): Pat Shuff asks the two candidates what was their CRA score. Harkey says 100%. Wyland is unsure what his CRA score was, but got 100% from both Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and California Taxpayers Association.

(7:59 PM): Mr. White asks why Wyland doesn’t want an endorsement made tonight.

Baugh notes dual endorsing is unprecedented but possible.

Wyland says he’s fine with a dual endorsement. He says he’s only requesting the San Diego GOP Central Committee endorsement purely as a defensive major since Harkey’s asked for the Central Committee endorsement. He says he wishes Central Committees would avoid pre-primary endorsements when there’s multiple Republicans.

Harkey says Central Committees should endorse and frequently do. She says Prop 14 has made this more important. She says AD-65 and SD-34 need money, so endorsements can help stop the spillage of money in intraparty primary matters.

(8:03 PM): Desare’ Ferraro asks if a Democrat has filed for BOE and if the seat is in danger.

Harkey says one Democrat has filed, but it’s a Republican seat, though she notes Democrats are gaining.

(8:04 PM): Jeff Matthews asks the two candidates if they’re Republicans in good standing.

Harkey says she’s highly rated by a slew of conservative organizations and the importance of helping candidates both with manpower and money.

Wyland says their vote records are probably quite similar. He again urges Central Committee neutrality and letting the electorate decide. He again notes he’s given financial support to candidates. He speaks of party unity.

(8:06 PM): Steve Nagel asks if either has taken union money.

Both admit taking union money for their legislative races.

(8:07 PM): Kermit Marsh asks what other counties the two have requested.

Harkey says she has requested them in every county in the BOE 4th District.

Wyland says he has not done so.

(8:08 PM): Robert Hammond asks how each voted on an Assembly bill funding Common Core.

Harkey says she didn’t vote for it.

Wyland notes he served on his school board and is proposing legislation to restrict state funding of Common Core. He says he didn’t vote for the bill that Hammond is asking about.

(8:10 PM): Mike Munzing talks about his own efforts to fight AB 32 and SB 375 at SCAG and on the City Council. He asks Wyland about his $1500 contribution to Al Gore in the 1980s.

Wyland admits he once was a Democrat but became a Republican long ago. He again notes his $1,000,000 for Republicans. He speaks about his votes against AB 32 and “all” other regulatory bills. Wyland notes Gore was more conservative in 1988 and bragging about being a tobacco farmer.

(8:13 PM): Mark Bucher asks if Diane Harkey’s exception for public safety unions on her no-union pledge (required on the Central Committee endorsement form) applies to the past or prospectively.

Harkey says she’s still taking public safety union money. She says public safety is 80% Republican. She says Republicans need to reach out to them. She says public safety is important to Republicans. She says she agrees with the no-union pledge for local office but opposes it for state office.

(8:17 PM): Tim Whitacre asks if Wyland voted to increase property taxes in 2012 and if he walked out on certain bills, like naming a ship after Harvey Milk and illegal immigration restrictions, to avoid voting for them.

Wyland notes they vote on 2,000-3,000 bills. He doesn’t remember them all, but doubts he voted for that one in 2012. Wyland says he abhors naming a ship after Harvey Milk but it’s possible he may have missed the vote. Wyland says the Assembly allows its members to add their votes after missing them, but the Senate does not allow such a thing. Wyland says he has introduced more legislation on illegal immigration than any other legislator, including requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote and redirecting DREAM Act funding to veterans.

(8:21 PM): Baugh states that no further questions can be asked directly of the candidates due to the Central Committee’s time limit rules.

(8:22 PM): Tim Whitacre moves and Mary Young seconds the endorsement of Diane Harkey.

(8:23 PM): David Shawver says candidates should have formed committees months ago.

(8:24 PM): Assemblyman Allan Mansoor urges no early endorsement because a lot of questions still need to be responded to. He notes he’s worked with both Harkey and Wyland in the Legislature. He says he’s endorsed Harkey. Mansoor says there are multiple Republicans in good standing running for a Republican seat. He says endorsements should only be made if a RINO is running or if there’s risk of a Democrat winning.

(8:25 PM): Tim Whitacre says the Central Committee usually endorses when he wants neutrality. He says he is not being paid by anyone for BOE. He says Harkey is more conservative than Wyland. Whitacre says Harkey’s an OC resident, unlike Wyland. Whitacre notes Harkey is a lifelong Republican. Whitacre believes San Diego GOP Central Committee will probably endorse Wyland. Whitacre says Harkey’s the best qualified.

(8:28 PM): Mark Bucher says neither should be endorsed. He is very concerned that both have taken union money. Bucher says money is taken from members coercively and spent against their beliefs. Bucher says union money is corrupting. Bucher points to what public safety unions have tried to do to Jim Righeimer in Costa Mesa. Bucher says the OCGOP should not abandon the no-union pledge by endorsing one of them.

(8:30 PM): Tony Beall urges the Central Committee to take a leadership role to influence the electorate. Beall says he’s been Mayor of Rancho Santa Margarita, which is represented by both Harkey and Wyland. He says Harkey is regularly in his city, and he’s never met Wyland. Beall acknowledges that Wyland has assisted California campaigns but not OC campaigns. He says Harkey has helped OC campaigns.

(8:33 PM): Deborah Pauly says this is not about Harkey or Wyland: it’s about process. (She does note Wyland has spent 20 years dealing with the BOE as a businessman.) Pauly says the grassroots is sick of the party jamming decisions down the voters’ throats. Pauly points out that this is a five-county race; if different counties endorse differently, it could be used by the Democrats against whichever Republican advances to November. She says she originally supported waiting until after filing closes, but after listening to the debate, she thinks the Central Committee should wait until the voters have decided in the Primary Election.

(8:37 PM): Robert Hammond asks if the Central Committee is allowed to endorse candidates who violated the no-union pledge.

Baugh says it would violate a 2010 resolution but not the bylaws.

(8:39 PM): The voice vote is unclear. Baugh calls for a standing vote. It requires 2/3 of those present and voting to endorse (i.e. abstentions simply lower the vote threshold required to endorse).

(8:41 PM): The vote count is underway.

(8:42 PM): The vote is 35 for Harkey (32 were need to endorse).

HARKEY ENDORSED

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Lisa Bartlett Stripped of Authority to Approve Contracts at TCA

Posted by Craig P. Alexander on February 17, 2014

There are a lot of reasons I am supporting Laguna Niguel City Councilman Robert Ming in his race for Orange County Supervisor, 5th District (Robert Ming for Supervisor) that have nothing to do with his opponents’ shortcomings.  However there are also a lot of reasons I oppose Lisa Bartlett’s (the Mayor of my city Dana Point) bid for that seat too.

She has turned out to be a big / nanny government politician who voted in Dana Point to ban plastic bags, increase hotel taxes, increase staff at the city, etc., etc., etc.  Now it turns out she has approved very questionable contracts over at the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency where she is the current chair of the board.  Apparently the agency in 2008 passed a resolution to allow the chair of the board to approve contracts over $25,000 without the rest of the board’s approval and not in a meeting open to the public if the contracts were for a “legislative purpose.”  According to an article over at the Voice of OC (Toll Road Agency Chair Stripped of Authority) this resolution was continuously carried forward as automatic language in the agency’s budget adoption process.

As the chair, Ms. Bartlett approved contracts with vendors, such as former Governor Gray Davis’ law firm Loeb & Loeb, that were not for a “legislative purpose.”  Setting aside that the Board should not have given the chair that authority in the first place, it is alleged that Ms. Bartlett abused this clause repeatedly.  I will not go through all of the examples or Ms. Bartlett’s excuses for her conduct as the Voice of OC article does a good job of laying that out.  I recommend that the reader follow the link above to the article to obtain the facts about this disappointing situation.

Kudos to Supervisors Todd Spitzer and Shawn Nelson (who sit on this TCA board too) for calling out Ms. Bartlett on this abuse and stripping her of this authority.  These types of contracts should always be presented to the entire board in open session for questions, debate and approval and for the public to have a chance to comment on them.  Kudos to the rest of the board for voting to end this foolishness and bring the contracting process of this agency back into the light of public scrutiny where it always should have been.

Years ago I was a supporter of Ms. Bartlett.  Others warned me of her real leanings.  I regret not listening to those warnings.

She should not be promoted to Orange County Supervisor!

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