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Posted by James Madison on November 16, 2016
Two big cities in Orange County switched to district elections this year due to lawsuits filed by Hispanic activists to force the creation of Hispanic-leaning districts. How’d that work out?
In Anaheim, two districts were designated as “Hispanic” districts. Jordan Brandman beat Hispanic activist Jose Moreno in one of them, and Lucille Kring slaughtered leftwing Arturo Ferreras in the other. The upshot – Anaheim will now have seven Caucasians on its council, and no Hispanics.
In Garden Grove, two districts were also designated as “Hispanic”. In one, 23-year old Kim Bernice Nguyen beat Rickk Montoya, who had been the plaintiff in the districting lawsuit. In the other, white neighborhood activist Stephanie Klopfenstein beat LULAC-favorite Demian Garcia-Monroy. Bottom line: Garden Grove goes from a council of three Vietnamese and two Caucasians, to a council of four Caucasians and three Vietnamese, and still, no Hispanics.
In the meantime, in the cities of Westminster and La Habra, which have no district elections, Sergio Contreras and Rose Espinoza were easily reelected.
Just goes to show, if you have good candidates you can win anywhere, while if you have lousy candidates, you can’t force-feed them to the voters anywhere.
By the way, lawsuits to force district elections may soon be a thing of the past. They are all based on the California Voting Rights Act, which virtually demands that cities create districts by race. When new Trump justices join the Supreme Court, the Court could well rule the California Voting Rights Act to be unconstitutional as an illegal intrusion of race into the line drawing process. Are you paying attention, Fullerton and Costa Mesa????
Posted in Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Garden Grove, La Habra, Westminster | Tagged: Arturo Ferreras, California Voting Rights Act, cvra, Demian Garcia-Monroy, Jordan Brandman, Jose Moreno, Kim Bernice Nguyen, Lucille Kring, Rickk Montoya, Rose Espinoza, Sergio Contreras, Stephanie Klopfenstein | 3 Comments »
Posted by Craig P. Alexander on October 21, 2016
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Then you should go over to Robyn Nordell’s web site for Voter Recommendations from Robyn and some of her friends like myself.
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Finally my favorite page at her site is Craig’s Pics my voter recommendations which Robyn kindly allows to be published there.
She also has information on some other counties in California.
Who is Robyn Nordell? She is an Orange County homeschool mother and advocate, a pastor’s wife, a tireless advocate for open and transparent government, a social and fiscal conservative and one of the most talented, honest, brightest and kind persons I know. Robyn does not get paid one penny for her work in researching candidates and ballot propositions / measures, putting together her voter recommendations and publishing them on her web site. Plus she is gracious to publish others voter recommendation lists (like my own) even when we make recommendations different from her own. She is a Patriot!
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Posted by Allen Wilson on April 21, 2014
Recently, Ling-Ling Chang sent out a mail piece to voters in the Orange County portion of the 55th Assembly District.
The mail piece touts her “5 Point Plan to Create New Jobs”, which needs thorough plucking and inspection:
Proposal: Reform the tax code to focus on job creation.
Reality: Unfortunately, Chang was MIA as newly elected Walnut-Valley Water Board Director during the 2006 Diamond Bar’s Measure L ($34 Million Parcel Tax) that would have levied huge tax on residential, industrial and commercial property owners in perpetuity tied with COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment).
Proposal: Reduce regulatory burdens that chase jobs out of state.
Reality: In 2010, Councilwoman Chang voted to raise fees across the board tied with COLA for the next three years. We reported this issue regarding Steve Tye’s Fee-Tax Flip.
Proposal: Tax incentives for employers who hire new workers.
Reality: Such tax incentives has already been in place for years as employers are generally aware of the current $9,600 Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC).
Proposal: Cut government waste to keep taxes down.
Reality: Chang is endorsed by Senator Huff who was one of five GOP Senators who voted Yes on SB 11 (Pavley) that raised $2 Billion tax increase extension for smog abatement, vehicle registrations, boat registrations and tires.
Chang’s Jobs Plan falls short as her proposals which are dramatically different from the reality of the facts.
Therefore, the voters in the 55th Assembly District deserves better than a plucked chicken that would even fail the USDA inspection.
Posted in 55th Assembly District, Brea, California, La Habra, Placentia, State Assembly, Yorba Linda | Tagged: 55th Assembly District, Fees, Ling-Ling Chang, taxes | 3 Comments »
Posted by Allen Wilson on April 21, 2014
We received this press release from the Phillip Chen for State Assembly campaign:
Crime Victims United of California (CVUC), the state’s leading crime victim advocacy group, has endorsed Republican Phillip Chen in the race for the 55th Assembly District.
“As a Reserve Deputy Sheriff, Phillip Chen is part of the public safety community. He is dedicated to protecting our neighborhoods and schools and to standing up for the rights of crime victims,” said CVUC President Harriet Salarno. “We are proud to join with Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos, former L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley and others in our law enforcement community in endorsing Phillip Chen to be the next Assemblyman from the 55th district.”
Phillip Chen is a local Republican leader, small business owner, elected school board member, and reserve deputy sheriff. He recently received his doctorate degree from the University of Southern California.
Phillip is running in the 55th Assembly district with the support of incumbent Republican Assemblyman Curt Hagman.
Crime Victims United of California is comprised of two distinct, yet complementary groups — a legislative advocacy arm that works to strengthen victims’ rights laws and a political action committee that lends its endorsement and financial backing to pro-victim candidates.
Posted in 55th Assembly District, Brea, California, La Habra, Placentia, State Assembly, Yorba Linda | Tagged: 55th State Assembly District, Crime Victims United of California, Harriet Salarno, Phillip Chen, Public Safety | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Allen Wilson on April 14, 2014
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune Editorial Board had an Q & A session with the candidates running for State Assembly in the 55th Assembly District.
Assembly candidates Phillip Chen (R), Steve Tye (R) and Greg Fritchle (D) attended the meeting with the paper.
Unfortunately, Ling-Ling Chang was a no-show for a meeting with the Editorial Board. Chang also skipped out of last Tuesday’s candidate forum at the Salt and Light Ministry at Calvary Chapel in Diamond Bar.
Is it possible that she snubbed the meeting with the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, because she did not earn the paper’s endorsement when she first ran for Diamond Bar City Council in 2009?
Though, Chang thought it was important to let the world know via Twitter that two mallard ducks came by her campaign headquarters last Saturday in Brea.
However, Chang should realize that quacking out of a meeting with the San Gabriel Valley Tribune is nothing to quack about.
If the voters in the 55th Assembly District can’t take Chang seriously as their next Assemblymember, then her candidacy is just all about quacks.
Posted in 55th Assembly District, Brea, California, La Habra, Placentia, State Assembly, Uncategorized, Yorba Linda | Tagged: 55th Assembly District, 55th State Assembly District, Ling-Ling Chang, San Gabriel Valley Tribune | 1 Comment »
Posted by Allen Wilson on March 28, 2014
The Orange County Register published an article scrutinizing the Assembly candidates biographies, but candidate Ling-Ling Chang education claims gets top grilling.
The view of the article is behind a firewall, which requires payment to have reading privileges.
It has been reported in previous campaign materials, publications and city of Diamond Bar website that Chang earned a degree in Biology from UC, Riverside and attending Harvard.
However, the article explains on the contrary that Chang has no degree in biology, which means she dropped out of UC Riverside and Chang explained that she is doing her studies “online” for a degree from Harvard.
Sadly, Chang offers no apologies for attending Harvard, but she should be reminded that attending an Ivy League university physically on campus is totally different than one taking courses behind a keyboard.
Unfortunately, Chang faults the inaccuracies to the City of Diamond Bar Public Information Officer, which is an insult to the professionalism of a municipal employee that is of high regard in and out of Diamond Bar City Hall.
If an Assembly candidate spends all of the time going to meetings as a councilmember on the taxpayers dime should have gone to night school and gotten a degree instead of polishing a political résumé for far too long.
It is ironic that an Assembly candidate is using SCA 5 on a campaign platform who only holds a high school diploma.
We are in a midst of a campaign season and candidates should be grilled until Election Day.
As for one candidate to embellish education claims brings bad taste who is being endorsed by high profile Republican elected officials such as Rep. Ed Royce and Senate Minority Leader Senator Bob Huff.
The voters in the 55th Assembly District deserves the truth as to who will be their next Assemblymember.
It is good to know now than with regrets for the constituents who could be stuck with a legislator for the next 2 or 12 years.
Posted in 55th Assembly District, Brea, California, La Habra, Orange County, Placentia, State Assembly, Yorba Linda | Tagged: 55th State Assembly District, Bob Huff, Ed Royce, Ling-Ling Chang, Orange County Register | 1 Comment »
Posted by Allen Wilson on March 2, 2014
AD 55 Candidates Phillip Chen and Ling-Ling Chang
The California Republican Assembly (CRA) held their convention this weekend at Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel in Buena Park with the theme “Expect the Impossible!” The organization with numerous of local units up and down the state is known as “The conscience of the Republican Party”.
Yesterday, my colleague Chris Nguyen did an excellent reporting on the CRA’s endorsements in various contests in Orange County: “Live from CRA Endorsing Convention” and “CRA Recap: Bates, Ming Unanimously Endorsed; Steel, Brough, Harper Endorsed; CD-45 Deadlock“.
The AD-55 contest took three rounds as delegates considered between trio candidates: Walnut-Valley School Board Trustee Phillip Chen, Diamond Bar Councilmembers Steve Tye and Ling-Ling Chang.
Ling-Ling Chang was knocked out in the first round. Then, it boiled down two more rounds between Phillip Chen and Steve Tye.
Phillip Chen won the necessary 2/3rds endorsement in the third round over Steve Tye by a vote of 29-14.
Posted in 55th Assembly District, Brea, California, La Habra, Placentia, State Assembly, Yorba Linda | Tagged: 55th AD, 55th State Assembly, California Republican Assembly, CRA, Ling-Ling Chang, Phillip Chen, Steve Tye | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Allen Wilson on February 24, 2014
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: 55th AD, 55th State Assembly District, Ling-, Ling-Ling Chang | 1 Comment »
Posted by Allen Wilson on January 24, 2014
Diamond Bar Councilman Steve Tye has thrown his hat in the ring as a GOP Candidate for State Assembly in the 55th Assembly District.
Mr. Tye was first elected to the Diamond Bar City Council in November 2005 after losing in a bitter June 2005 Special Election contest to Jack Tanaka for a seat that was vacant due to Bob Huff elevation to the State Assembly in 2004. Mr. Tye has been re-elected in 2009 and as recently in 2013.
On June 25, 2013, OC Political article entitled “55th AD Watch: Another Candidate Dual Run?” inquired at the time whether Councilman Tye was flirting a run for two offices: City Council and State Assembly.
Those inquiries are now put to a rest with confirmation that Mr. Tye is indeed an Assembly candidate.
However, Mr. Tye position on taxes and fees may not sit well with Conservative voters in the GOP safe Assembly District, especially in North Orange County portion of the 55th Assembly District.
On September 21, 2010, the Diamond Bar City Council unanimously approved an increase of user fees for Community Services, Public Works and Community Development Departments to be phased in the next three years tied with CPI (Consumer Price Index) beginning on July 1, 2010.
Diamond Bar City Manager James DeStefano submitted the 40 page report to the council for approval.
This contributor spoke to the Diamond Bar City Council on September 21, 2010 with a reminder that an increase of user fees are misguided in an unstable economy and that such user fees are taxes which comes out of someone’s pocket one way or the other.
Councilmember Tye was adamant with a defensive tone, according to September 21, 2010 Council Minutes, by stating:
“…this is not a tax but a user fee.”
“…was a proponent for adding a fee for licensing a cat.”
“…it is appropriate if it costs $100 to issue a permit to have a water heater install in his home that he should pay the $100.”
“…likes the idea of someone plans to add to his home he pays the fees for it.”
“When the City gets closer to recovering those user fees, it will be better for all of the citizens of Diamond Bar.”
The Orange County Register Editorial on September 21, 2010 clarifies during the debate over Proposition 26 proposal to close loopholes regarding fees and the two-thirds vote requirement for approval by the state legislature: “Calling fees what they are: Taxes“.
The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has been vigorously fighting over the Fire Fee (Tax) that was approved in 2011 along party lines with Democrats support and Republicans opposed in the state legisature and signed into law by Governor Brown.
The $150 Fire Fee (Tax) for Fiscal Years 2011-12 AND 2012-2013 has effected hundreds and thousands of properties under the CalFire’s jurisdiction known as the State Responsibility Area.
So, Mr. Tye says “a fee is not a tax” may not have read the Orange County Register article, has a lack of understanding of why HJTA is fighting a fire fee that is a tax and surely has a lot of explaining to the voters in the 55th Assembly District whom loathe fees AND taxes.
Posted in 55th Assembly District, Brea, California, La Habra, Placentia, State Assembly, Yorba Linda | Tagged: 55th State Assembly, Diamond Bar, Fees, Fire Fee, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Steve Tye, taxes, User Fees | 3 Comments »