Live from City Selection Committee: Can Robinson Unseat Pulido at AQMD?
Posted by Chris Nguyen on November 5, 2015
Your intrepid blogger has defeated traffic and arrived at the City Selection Committee meeting, where Orange County’s 34 mayors (or their representatives) have gathered to select who will serve on various regional boards, with the biggest slugfest between Mayor Miguel Pulido (D-Santa Ana) and Councilman Dwight Robinson (R-Lake Forest), as Robinson tries to unseat Pulido from the AQMD seat representing OC’s cities.
5:27 PM: They clearly had a slow start, as I’m almost 30 minutes late, and they’re still on the second appointment.
The first appointment went to Huntington Beach Councilman Billy O’Connell on the Commission to End Homelessness on a 20-2-4 vote.
The second appointment was the Housing and Community Development Commission, where Huntington Beach Councilman Billy O’Connell defeated Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring 20-10.
5:33 PM: A whole bunch of incumbents were reappointed by acclamation:
Orange County Operational Executive Board
City Manager: Fullerton’s Joe Felz
City Manager (Alternate): Mission Viejo’s Dennis Wilberg
1st District: Garden Grove Councilman Steve Jones
2nd District: Huntington Beach Councilman Jim Katapodis
3rd District: Tustin Councilman Al Murray
4th District: Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait
5th District: Mission Viejo Councilman Frank Ury
5:39 PM: The Senior Citizens Advisory Council had four votes by acclamation:
1st District Seat 1: Westminster Councilwoman Diana Carey filling a vacancy
2nd District Seat 1: Seal Beach Councilwoman Sandra Massa-Lavitt filling a vacancy
3rd District Seat 1: Orange Mayor Tita Smith replacing Tustin Councilwoman Becky Gomez
4th District Seat 1: Karla Downing filling a vacancy
In a contested race for the Senior Citizens Advisory Council, 5th District Seat 1, former Lake Forest Councilwoman Kathryn McCullough defeated Kay Childs, gaining all but two votes.
For Seat 2 in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Districts, they remained vacant. The 5th District’s Seat 2 was not up this year.
5:45 PM: For the Human Relations Commission by acclamation:
1st District: Elliott Singer filling a vacancy
3rd District: Irvine Police Chief Mike Hamel replacing former Irvine Police Chief Dave Maggard
5th District: Sean Thomas filling a vacancy
5:47 PM: Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen challenges the legitimacy of San Clemente Councilwoman Kathy Ward’s vote for her city. The Clerk confirms that Ward is properly appointed for San Clemente.
5:48 PM: Los Alamitos Councilman Troy Edgar is reappointed by acclamation to the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy.
5:49 PM: AQMD begins. Winner must have both a majority of cities and cities comprising a majority of Orange County residents.
Lake Forest Mayor Scott Voigts (R) nominates Lake Forest Councilman Dwight Robinson (R).
Buena Park Mayor Art Brown (D) nominates incumbent AQMD member Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido (D).
Pulido speaks about his concern for business. He says there is cleaner air. He speaks of balancing these concerns, pointing to his actions on beach fire rings. He speaks of money not coming to Orange County, unless he can deliver it. He says he will be responsive to all OC City Councilmembers.
Robinson speaks of being a fourth generation Californian. He speaks of his children, his electric car, and his house’s solar panels. He speaks of the importance of clean air. He speaks of being a businessman and the importance of jobs and economic growth.
5:56 PM: The Clerk is tabulating.
5:58 PM: Robinson is ahead of Pulido 21-12. The population tabulation is pending.
La Palma Mayor Peter Kim initially marks his ballot for Pulido but says he meant to vote for Robinson, so his vote is changed after the roll call of votes is announced.
The population total is 54% for Robinson, 46% for Pulido.
ROBINSON UNSEATS PULIDO FOR AQMD.
6:04 PM: Brea Councilwoman Christine Marick gains the vacant 4th District Waste Management Commission seat by acclamation.
Lake Forest Public Works Director Thomas Wheeler gets the City Engineers Flood Control Advisory Committee seat being vacated by Steve May.