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Live from OC GOP Endorsements Committee: Round 1

Posted by Chris Nguyen on August 24, 2016

We are live from the OC GOP Endorsements Committee, who will make recommendations to the full Central Committee for endorsements on August 31.

Endorsements Committee Members present are:

  • Chair TJ Fuentes
  • Thomas Gordon
  • Peggy Huang
  • Jeff Matthews
  • Baron Night
  • Mary Young

Endorsements Committee Member Jeff Lalloway is not present.

First up is Huntington Beach City Council.

Lyn Semeta grew up as the daughter of an Air Force Serviceman. She is a member of the RWF who graduated from UCLA and USD Law School. She worked with school districts without litigation to help her autistic daughter. She is Vice Chair of the Planning Commission. She wishes to advance conservative ideals. She wants to attract private sector jobs. She wants to outsource more. She notes she narrowly missed a seat in 2014, when she was endorsed by both OC GOP and CRA.

Joe Carchio speaks of his service on the City Council, Vector Control, and LAFCO. He wishes to streamline government and keep taxes low or eliminate them. He wants common sense Republican leadership to help the conservative Council majority.

Patrick Brenden became a Republican under Ronald Reagan. He states unbeknownst to him his registration was changed to DTS and when he learned of this, he changed it back to Republican. He lists numerous endorsements from Republican elected officials. He walked precincts for John Moorlach and Matthew Harper. He held fundraisers for Michelle Steel and Michael Gates. He helped the new Council majority get elected. He speaks of his family. He is involved in the Boy Scouts, Kiwanis Club, and various other service groups that he listed faster than I could type.

Endorsements Committee Member Baron Night asks Carchio why he filled out that he wanted to remove the pro-life plank of the Republican platform. Carchio says he accidentally marked the wrong box and is pro-life.

Endorsements Committee Chairman TJ Fuentes states a fourth candidate submitted their application yesterday afternoon.

All three candidates present says the fourth candidate is new and threw his hat in the ring at the last minute.

Endorsements Committee Member Jeff Matthews moves to continue this to the August 30th meeting when the fourth candidate is scheduled to appear.

The fourth candidate had asked for August 30th rather than August 24th because he had a Huntington Beach RWF meeting to speak at and also preferred to be interviewed separately from the other candidates. Semeta, Carchio, and Brenden all indicate they are going to the RWF meeting after this.

Endorsements Committee Members Mary Young and Thomas Gordon object to Mathews’s motion.

Gordon moves and Young second to recommend endorsements for Semeta, Carchio, and Brenden.

Fuentes expresses concern about not hearing from everyone.

Night states this fourth candidate doesn’t seem interested in the endorsement.

Huang is very concerned that the fourth candidate didn’t want to be interviewed with the other candidates.

The Gordon motion passes 4-2-1 (Fuentes and Matthews dissenting, Lalloway absent).

BRENDEN, CARCHIO, AND SEMETA RECOMMENDED for HUNTINGTON BEACH CITY COUNCIL

Next up is Newport Beach City Council, District 5

Mike Glenn was recently removed as an alternate for Central Committee after getting in a disagreement with another Republican. He is involved in the Republican Liberty Caucus, the RWF, and the CRA. He wants to bring change, or at least bring attention to key issues. He accuses Lowrey of spreading falsehoods about Glenn.

Lee Lowrey has been a Republican since he was 18 years old. He considers himself a movement conservative. He walked precincts for Chris Cox and Dana Rohrabacher in 1988. He speaks of his long service to the GOP. He is Rohrabacher’s alternate on Central Committee and was an alternate to the late Chairman Emeritus Tom Fuentes. He speaks of his work founding Atlas PAC. He was OC GOP Volunteer of the Year in 2002. He grew OCYR membership from 75 to 300 when he was President from 2002 to 2005. He speaks of raising money and precinct walking.

Night asks Glenn what falsehoods he was referring to. Glenn says a push poll falsely argued Glenn wants to defund the military. Glenn says Lowrey’s campaign manager accused Glenn of being involved in a criminal enterprise for using the same software as that enterprise.

Lowrey says he has proof at home from 2014 that Glenn opposes a standing military. Lowrey asks what is false about the email.

Glenn argues that the email speaks of Glenn’s use of bitcoin and about how bitcoin is used by criminals.

Night says the email seems to be he-said, he-said, and it is simply part of politics. Night says Glenn needs a tougher skin.

Matthews says the voters should decide who is correct in the he-said, he-said issue.

Gordon expresses concern about the Newport Beach Councilmembers (Duffy Duffield, Kevin Muldoon, and Scott Peotter) who have endorsed Lowrey since the city has tilted leftward despite having seven Republicans.

Fuentes notes that the three endorsing Lowrey are the three more conservative members and have pulled the Council to the right.

Gordon says there has only been a small correction and that the city needs to move further right.

Matthews moves for neutrality, with seconds from both Fuentes and Huang.

Young objects, pointing to Lowrey’s long history of volunteerism for the party for a quarter-century, listing a number of times where she’s called on Lowrey to help the OC GOP, and he has stepped up.

Young moves to recommend Lowrey but gets no second.

Fuentes says both are good conservatives.

Huang says both have had lengthy histories of GOP activism, Glenn in Newport Beach and Lowrey countywide.

NEUTRALITY RECOMMENDED 5-1-1 FOR NEWPORT BEACH CITY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 5 (Young dissenting, Lalloway absent)

Next up is Newport Beach City Council, District 7.

Will O’Neill speaks of his family’s long Republicanism. He speaks of his grandmother refusing to use Roosevelt dimes. O’Neill’s father was appointed to the bench by Governor Deukmejian and as a federal judge by President Reagan. O’Neill was a Stanford College Republican (Go Cardinal!). He wants to battle Newport Beach’s pension liability, for as a young man, his generation will be saddled with the debt.

Fred Ameri lived in Berkeley and found it full of Communists before moving to Orange County. He speaks of growing his business. He speaks of being business partners with the late OC GOP Chairman Tom Fuentes. He speaks of 35 years of contributions to Republican candidates, including 13 fundraisers in 2014 for Michelle Steel, Young Kim, Steven Choi, Diane Dixon, and others. He claims O’Neill’s campaign manager (Dave Ellis) is suing claiming that Ameri is using a false name.

Phil Greer speaks of working on George Deukmejian’s campaign and working for the California Senate Republican caucus. He says his first political lawsuit was defending Ed Royce against OC Democratic Party Chairman Frank Barbaro. As an attorney, he has defended, among others: Janet Nguyen, Patricia Bates, Ken Calvert, and the Capistrano Unified School District conservative majority.

Young asks who sued Ameri. Greer denies it, as does O’Neill.

Night asks why Greer did not sign the no-new-taxes pledge or the union-free pledge.

Greer notes that if marijuana is legalized, he would like to tax it. He says talking to unions is important to get things done in government. He says he is not a union stooge. Greer speaks of compromise in Sacramento in the 1980s because of having relationships without compromising principles, and he points to the examples of Ed Royce and John Lewis. He says he doesn’t have Ameri’s money or O’Neill’s campaign staff. He points to the Jesse Unruh adage that people should be able to take money from people and vote against them to be in politics.

Fuentes asks the other two candidates to respond to Greer’s comments.

O’Neill says he has a fine relationship of communication with union leaders without taking union money.

Ameri speaks of being a Lincoln Club member and pushing the union-free pledge.

Young complains about people not doing anything for the OC GOP and wanting its endorsement.

All three say they have done much for the party and will continue to do so even if they don’t get the endorsement.

Night asks a follow-up about volunteering for the party beyond being paid for it.

Greer says some of his legal work was paid, some discounted, and some free.

Huang asks about Team Newport and what circumstances they would walk away from the team.

O’Neill states most votes have been 7-0 while split votes among Team Newport are common. He notes he is the only candidate who has served on city committees, pointing to Duffield appointing him to the Finance Committee with unanimous consent by the Council.

Ameri says the Central Committee endorsed Team Newport in 2014 because the team “played games.” Ameri attacks Dave Ellis.

Greer says he would not join any organization that would have him as a member, other than the Republican Party.

Gordon says he received an email attacking one of the candidates. Matthews received it, but none of the other members of the Endorsements Committee received it. He says an OCGOP-endorsed Councilman sent an email that “smacked of racism” against one of the candidates that Gordon said conjured up images of the Twin Towers.

Ameri asks O’Neill what if his name is Will or William and if he is a puppet of Ellis.

The committee quickly rules Ameri out of order.

Gordon blasts the email for its content.

O’Neill asks why Gordon is looking at him.

Gordon says Scott Peotter sent the email and signed O’Neill’s endorsement paperwork.

O’Neill condemns racist emails.

Fuentes says both O’Neill and Ameri are good men but he doesn’t know Greer well.

Gordon moves and Young seconds recommending an endorsement for Ameri.

Matthews urges neutrality because all three would make great Councilmen.

Night expresses concern about Greer’s union stance and O’Neill’s inexperience with the OC GOP. He says he is looking for the best Republican Party representative.

Matthews moves and Fuentes second for neutrality.

Gordon says he would have supported neutrality if it weren’t for Peotter’s email. Gordon says he is disgusted by the email.

Huang says she did not see the email. She says it is better addressed by Central Committee Chairman Fred Whitaker rather than at Endorsements Committee. Huang says she herself signs everyone’s paperwork for endorsement. She says she personally supports Ameri but is voting for neutrality because they’re all good Republicans. She says Ameri has done much work for the OC GOP but says Greer has done much work for the CA GOP while O’Neill is a young candidate who is trying to get his foot in the door.

Young says she feels bad for O’Neill because she doesn’t think he is at fault for the email. She is voting for Ameri due to his long record though.

NEUTRALITY FAILS 3-3-1 (Gordon, Night, and Young against; Lalloway absent)

AMERI RECOMMENDED 4-2-1 FOR NEWPORT BEACH CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 7 (Fuentes and Matthews dissenting, Lalloway absent)

After an intermission, next up is Anaheim City Council, District 1.

Denise Barnes speaks of being a lifelong Anaheim resident with experience volunteering for community groups and nonprofits. She speaks of various West Anaheim community events she has helped in. She is a small business owner with an accounting background. She says she will advocate for sound fiscal policy to help residents not special interests. She wants to tackle Anaheim’s pension liability. She wants to improve streets and parks while increasing community policing. She is endorsed by Mayor Tom Tait and Councilman James Vanderbilt. She speaks of benefitting from Ronald Reagan’s trickle-down economics.

Orlando Perez says he is the son of Cuban immigrants. His grandfather was a Cuban mayor. He was born and raised in Bell and moved to Anaheim at the age of 21, living in Anaheim for the last 30 years. He says he is a realtor who has been a Republican since the age of 18. He says he is endorsed by Grow Elect. He says he has a notary license and an accounting background. His top priority is public safety. He wants to keep the Angels in Anaheim and wants to attract an NFL or NBA team.

Steve Chavez Lodge warns that Anaheim is in dangerous times. He warns that people just deciding to run now are not who should be on the Council. He says it should be experienced people, pointing to his service on the Anaheim Budget Commission. He warns of the chance of a liberal Democrat capturing the seat. He is endorsed by Councilwomen Kris Murray and Lucille King and former Councilmembers Gail Eastman and Harry Sidhu. He calls for logic and pragmatism by the Endorsements Committee.

Night asks Perez about his not answering a question on the questionnaire.

Neither Night or Perez is audible.

Gordon asks about their precinct walking efforts and hearing from the community.

Barnes says she wants to be the voice of her neighbors. She says as a property manager, she sees first-hand the squalor of West Anaheim.

Perez says he works in real estate and is recognizable and walks door to door.

Chavez Lodge says he has 15 precinct walkers who are experienced organizers. He speaks of his policy background helping with the homeless and with infrastructure.

Gordon asks about the Transient Occupancy Tax.

Chavez Lodge says he differs with Tom Tait, as he doesn’t want to throw the baby out with the bathwater. He notes Tait spoke at his campaign kick-off in 2012. Chavez Lodge would like to compromise on incentives, which he feels are necessary.

Perez says he spoke with Tait and wants to compromise.

Barnes questions when using TOT for corporations would help the people.

Young asks about homelessness in Anaheim parks and having more parks.

Barnes says Anaheim is financially sound. She says West Anaheim has 52,000 people with just 5 parks due to the density of apartments and motels.

Mary Young says she never sees children in the 22 parks in her own city. She asks Barnes if parks are a waste.

Barnes defends parks and says community parks will bring children and after-school programs.

Huang asks Chavez Lodge about his law enforcement background and being a leader of the police union.

Chavez Lodge says he was on the Board of Directors and the Political Action Committee of his police union. He says he wasn’t let on to the PAC for years because the union thought he was too conservative. He said he was the conservative voice urging the police union to reflect the 90% of police who are Republicans. He says liberals have adopted dangerous policies like AB 109.

Huang asks if Chavez Lodge was ever on the negotiating team.

Chavez Lodge said he was not.

Huang asks all three candidates about Anaheim’s debt and specifically about ARTIC.

Perez gives a long rambling answer about needing productivity and people’s use of ARTIC. He says if it is ineffective, something different should be built.

Barnes says a lot of people are disappointed with ARTIC. She says it is a piece of art that won’t be truly used until at least 2029. She says the Council has rammed things down people’s throats without having a voice of the people.

Chavez Lodge notes this is a moot issue because ARTIC is already built and will last 100 years, during which time density will soar. He says the schedule is not customer-friendly. He says there needs to be better coordination with Metrolink. He says Metrolink was a mess until Shawn Nelson started improving it.

Huang asks about the bond for ARTIC.

Barnes says the city has given away too much money.

Fuentes asks the three candidates about whether they would have voted with the Council on TOT.

Barnes and Perez say no while Chavez Lodge says yes.

Fuentes asks about the Angel Stadium parking lease.

Barnes attacks Arte Moreno for renaming the Angels. She says the parking agreement was done out of panic.

Perez says there needs to be a future use and plan examined.

Chavez Lodge says the negotiations are ongoing. He notes $75-$100 million in renovation costs for Angel Stadium. He says the City cannot pay for the repairs, so it may be time to get the city out of the stadium business.

Fuentes asks all three candidates if they would have voted to support ARTIC.

Barnes and Perez say no while Chavez Lodge says yes because mass transportation, density, and technology are the future.

Fuentes asks about Chavez Lodge being on the union board.

Chavez Lodge says he pushed the board rightward and urged support of conservative candidates.

Fuentes asks Chavez Lodge if he supported Jordan Brandman or any Democrats.

Chavez Lodge says he gave Loretta Sanchez money 10 years ago as a personal friend.

Matthews moves and Night seconds for neutrality.

Night says they are all good Republicans. He says TOT and ARTIC are issues that should be decided by Anaheim voters.

Fuentes says these issues are important. He notes Tom Tait was the OC GOP Local Elected Official of the Year and points to ARTIC, hotel subsidies, and Angel Stadium.

NEUTRALITY RECOMMENDED 5-0-1-1 FOR ANAHEIM CITY COUNCIL, DISTRICT 1 (Gordon abstaing, Lalloway absent)

Next up is Anaheim City Council, District 4.

Lucille Kring speaks of her long Republican activism. She speaks of walking precincts for school vouchers. She warns of the Anaheim Council falling into Democratic hands. She says voters overwhelmingly voted for district elections with $50,000 of the $900,000+ for districts coming from Tom Tait. She says district elections create Chicago – style elections. She expresses concern about Councilmembers wanting district offices. She used to walk the whole city, including the Hills, but now only has to walk 1/6 of the city. She says the majority of short-term rentals are in her district. She says she respects property rights. She speaks of the Palm Lane Elementary issue. She speaks of having ten bonds on her property tax bill and not wanting another one.

Gordon asks about ARTIC.

Kring says much of ARTIC happened before she joined the Council, but she did vote for ARTIC, as did Tom Tait at first. She thought it should be more like a Japanese train station. She argues additional signage would help alleviate some of the problems. She says increased residential and mix-used will bring more traffic to ARTIC. She opposes high-speed rail. She notes that if it’s going to be built, she joins with Lucy Dunn in trying to get the rail to reach Anaheim.

Gordon asks about the stadium parking lease.

Kring says it was simply a starting point proposed by the former city manager. She says Tustin is off the table, and the city is negotiating with the Angels. She says there will be entertainment, restaurants, and bars, like L.A. Live.

Gordon asks Kring if she filled it out or if her consultant did.

Kring says she told her consultant her principles, so he filled it out reflecting her beliefs.

Gordon says Chavez Lodge had the same exact answer on one of the questions.

Kring says her seat is at risk of being captured by Democrats. She rails against the other candidates and points to Tom Tait supporting Jose Moreno and other Democrats.

Gordon questions Kring, asking her to express her own response. He is concerned about giveaways.

Kring says the city manager who made the deal before she was on the Council paid too much for the ARTIC land. She notes she is a lifelong Republican, was the Republican nominee for State Senate against Lou Correa, and has repeatedly been elected to Central Committee. She rails against Tom Tait, stating he has endorsed and donated money to Democrats. She says the Council supported a 50% TOT rebate to hotels in the 1990s by 5-0 votes, including Tom Tait. She said in the 1990s, hotels were being built in Garden Grove due to land giveaways and TOT rebates while Anaheim got no hotels until they voted for TOT rebates. She says Tait says he regrets the vote. She says the Register called for a blanket TOT rebate. Kring says 70% goes to the hotel, the city gets 10%, and bonds get 20%. She says the increased number of hotel stays increases revenue anyway, plus it goes to 100% in the future.

Young asks Kring why she left the Central Committee.

Kring says she was busy opening her new small business when she left.

Fuentes recommends endorsing for or against since she is an incumbent, rather than being neutral. He expresses concern about her challenging a sitting Republican mayor, her consultant filling out her questionnaire, and about her positions differing from what she promised the committee four years ago.

Night says these issues should be sorted out by Anaheim voters, not the Endorsements Committee. He says she has not violated any Republican platform planks. He expresses concern about a Democrat taking the seat.

Gordon argues the TOT and the quarter-billion bond violates the platform, and Young eggs him on.

Huang says she will abstain. She has problems with ARTIC and TOT. She does not like Kring’s position on the gate tax. However, she deeply respects Kring’s work for children, pointing specifically to Palm Lane Elementary.

Night moves for referring it to the Central Committee with no Endorsements Committee position.

The committee has spent nearly 45 minutes on this seat despite the schedule only giving it 10 minutes.

NO POSITION 6-0-1 FOR ANAHEIM CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 4 (Lalloway absent)

Next up is Anaheim City Council District 5.

Mark Lopez notes he filled out his application himself. He has lived in Anaheim half his life. He spoke of working on campaigns for Ed Royce, Chris Norby, and Shawn Nelson. He says he is an alternate on the Central Committee and a member of the OCYR. He notes his volunteering to register Republicans at the OC Fair. He says he opposed the TOT because of the principles of limited government and free markets.

Steve Faessel says he has been a lifelong Republican and 48-year Anaheim resident. He was Chairman of the Anaheim Public Utilities Board during the energy crisis. He was on the Planning Commission during the financial crisis. He is currently Chairman of the Anaheim Budget Commission.

Night says he spoke to Lopez a year ago at the Rotary when Lopez spoke about bike paths and the Fourth District on behalf of Supervisor Shawn Nelson. Night says Lopez said he supported Obama. Lopez says that is incorrect. Night asks if he supported Sharon Quirk-Silva; Lopez shoots back that he worked for Chris Norby and worked with Young Kim in Ed Royce’s office. Night reads off a litany of liberal positions that he said Lopez supported, but Lopez disputes all of those. Night asks Lopez if he ever voted for Obama or Clinton. Lopez says no. Night asks if he voted for Obama or Clinton when he pulled the Democratic ballot in the presidential primary in 2008 or 2012. Lopez does not recall who he voted for, but it was not Obama or Clinton.

Night asks Lopez about his appearance at Democratic candidates’ events.

Lopez states that the seat is plurality Democratic, and he needs support from both parties to win, as he is running for Anaheim City Council, not Republican City Council.

Huang asks why Lopez was decline to state.

Lopez says he registered Republican, but objected to the Iraq War and supported Ron Paul. He switched to decline to state but worked for Republicans Ed Royce, Chris Norby, and Shawn Nelson.

Huang asks Faessel about ARTIC and bonds.

Faessel says the city must build for the future. He says ARTIC was mostly funded by transportation funds and very little Anaheim funds.

Gordon asks where transportation funds come from.

Faessel says from taxpayers.

Fuentes asks Faessel about hotel subsidies.

Faessel says he would have voted for them.

Fuentes asks Faessel about ARTIC.
Faessel says he would have voted for it.
Fuentes asks Faessel about the Angel Stadium parking lease.

Faessel says he would have voted for it.
Young moves and Matthews seconds for letting Central Committee decide.

NO POSITION RECOMMENDED 6-0-1 (Lalloway absent).

Now on to Yorba Linda City Council.

Craig Young sits down.

Before Craig Young speaks, Huang moves and Mary Young seconds to recommend endorsement of Craig Young.

CRAIG YOUNG RECOMMENDED FOR ENDORSEMENT 6-0-1 (Lalloway absent).

Next up is Laguna Hills City Council.

Janine Heft met her husband at a state Republican convention in 1998. She speaks of her lengthy record with RWF and CRA. She speaks of her service on the OCTA Citizens Advisory Committee and the County Assessment Appeals Board. She is a Christian and a mother. She speaks of bringing more business and improved public safety. She speaks of her numerous endorsements from Republican elected officials.

Mary Young asks if anyone in the world who is more conservative than Heft.

Heft suggests the NRA president.

Gordon asks about a city funding project.

Heft explains it.

Young moves and Matthews seconds recommending Janine Heft for endorsement.

HEFT RECOMMENDED FOR ENDORSEMENT 6-0-1  (Lalloway absent).

Next up is Santa Ana Unified School District.

Angie Cano expresses her thanks for the endorsement two years ago. She expresses support for stronger education options, like charter schools. She notes there are two open seats of retiring incumbents and she is running on a slate with the third incumbent, Republican Ceci Iglesias.

Night asks about her opinion on bonds.

Cano says there are too many bonds.

Fuentes says Cano is part of the effort to get good Republicans elected in Santa Ana.

Fuentes moves and Gordon seconds recommending Cano.

CANO RECOMMENDED 6-0-1  (Lalloway absent).

Next up is Municipal Water District of Orange County, Division 6.

Frank Ury opens with a joke about his initials. He speaks of being a member of the county and state central committees. As a school board member, he won the OC GOP’s first-ever Local Elected Official of the Year Award. He speaks of his work with Mark Bucher and Jim Righeimer on paycheck protection. He speaks of his pension reforms as a Councilman before PEPRA. He speaks of his health benefits reforms as a Councilman.

Jeff Thomas was a Tustin Councilman. He helped Tom Fuentes work on John Moorlach’s first run for Treasurer. He got Tustin’s money out of the County treasury before the bankruptcy. Supervisor Marian Bergeson convinced him to be a founding member of the County Treasury Oversight Committee, where he was Chairman for seven years. He was the OC GOP Local Elected Official of the Year the year after Ury was. He notes his water district does not have lavish pensions.

Matthews asks Ury what he would do differently from incumbent Thomas.

Ury says there are water rate improvements that could be accomplished. He wishes to place meetings online for transparency. He wants to start setting examples, like how he walked away from $200,000 of lifetime medical benefits.

Gordon asks about the $43,331 in compensation that Thomas received.

Thomas says it’s a double edged sword. Meetings are $256 each, per state code. He says skipping meetings would be not doing the job. He says he worked with Brett Barbre to make the agency more conservative. He notes they paid off MWDOC’s pension liability. He went on John and Ken to stop a Metropolitan Water District of Southern California pension hike. He says he spends three times as much time on MWDOC as on City Council.

Citing his technology background, Ury urges using techology to conserve water like in Mission Viejo, where they have used special technology to only water plants on demand when the plants themselves are dry.

Thomas argues that the technology described doesn’t work for potable water.

Night asks about MWDOC pay. Night says he donates his own foundation meeting stipends to nonprofits.

Thomas says the stipend offsets his lost salary from his day job. His take-home pay is $600 per month. He says the amount of pay is set by the state. He says there are meetings at 8:30 AM which is problematic for people with day jobs; he was unsuccessful in getting the meetings moved or consolidated.

Thomas says Ury still gets lifetime medical benefits.

Huang asks about $15,000 being paid to his pension under protest, as noted in his questionnaire.

Thomas says water boards are forced to take it, and they are working with Senator John Moorlach on this issue.

Ury says it never should have been in place in the first place. He produces a document with his irrevocable decision to opt out of lifetime medical benefits.

Thomas says the document is unenforceable and that Ury voted for the benefits before he voted against them.

Gordon blasts Thomas for getting $256 for a 39-minute meeting. He asks Thomas why he accepts this.

Thomas says he got on the Board to prevent a split in agencies that would cost over $2 million. He says he cut $600,000 from the budget. He says he cut director pay. He says he cut water rates by 3.8% in 2016.

Gordon rails about executive employee compensation.

Night moved and Huang seconds for neutrality.

NEUTRALITY RECOMMENDED 6-0-1  (Lalloway absent)

Next up is Orange County Water District, Division 6.

Cathy Green notes there are no pensions on her water district. She is a former city councilmember and Central Committee member. She left Central Committee to take care of her dying father. She is a long-time member of the RWF and just arrived from their event (as you may recall, the Huntington Beach City Council candidates headed there). She is endorsed by a litany of Republican elected officials.

Fuentes asks if she has ever been endorsed by the party.

Green was endorsed for City Council. When she ran for OCWD, both candidates were Republicans and agreed to not seek the endorsement. For her first re-election, the election was cancelled since she was unopposed.

GREEN RECOMMENDED 6-0-1 FOR REELECTION (Lalloway absent)

Next up is Los Alamitos City Council.

Dean Grose speaks of his multiple terms on the City Council and Central Committee. He says there are three candidates (all Republicans) for two seats. He tried to help register voters at the OC Fair, but gave up his shift to a married couple that wanted to work the booth.

Gordon asks about the questionnaire answer that Grose provided about seeking alternative revenue sources.

Grose speaks of selling City property. He also wants to sell City Hall. He wants to encourage more private businesses.

Night asks about the Los Alamitos Race Track.

Grose explains the race track is actually in Cypress despite being named for Los Alamitos. He speaks of working with the military at Joint Base Los Alamitos.

Matthews moves and Night seconds recommending Grose for endorsement.

GROSE RECOMMENDED FOR ENDORSEMENT 6-0-1  (Lalloway absent).

Next up is Rancho Santiago Community College District, Trustee Area 5.

Steven Nguyen is helping restart the Orange County Republican Liberty Caucus. He speaks of volunteering for various Republican campaigns. He is the sole Republican running for this seat, where there are two Democrats, one a Republican. He is endorsed by Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, Supervisor Andrew Do, and various local elected officials. He hopes a split in the Latina Democrat vote will allow him to win, considering the large Asian population.

Night asks about his education.

Nguyen says he is a third-year college student. (Editor’s Note: Nguyen later contacted OC Political to say he meant second-year.)

NGUYEN RECOMMENDED 6-0-1 FOR ENDORSEMENT (Lalloway absent)

Last up is Fullerton City Council.

Larry Bennett speaks of his community experience and his litany of endorsements from Republican elected officials. He speaks of the Democrats running for City Council, including Sharon Quirk-Silva’s husband. He says there are four Republicans running for three seats: incumbents Bruce Whitaker and Jennifer Fitzgerald, himself, and Suze Lupinski, who Mary Young noted is Pat Shuff’s daughter.

Huang asks how Bennett would have voted on marijuana dispensaries.

Bennett says he would have opposed agendazing the issue.

Huang asks which Councilmember he would be most aligned with.

Bennett says he would be like Greg Sebourn, who is a swing vote between Bruce Whitaker and Jennifer Fitzgerald though he does say Sebourn has not endorsed him. He would like to bridge the two factions.

Huang asks about police-community relations and the recent police labor deal.

Bennett says he is a strong proponent of pension reform but has not studied the details of the recent labor deal with police. He says the city benefits from keeping officers employed beyond age 50 and both the city and officers benefit from a sustainable pension plan. He says outsourcing to the Sheriff’s Department did not make sense because Fullerton police officers are paid less than Orange County Sheriff’s deputies. He says the Fullerton Police Department was the first with body cameras.

Huang asks if Bennett has taken any union contributions.

Bennett says he has not taken any union contributions. He also has been a volunteer treasurer for various Republican campaigns.

Night asks Bennett which of the three Fullerton Rotary Clubs is a member of.

He started in Fullerton Sunrise, and then switched to Fullerton.

Matthews moves to recommend Bennett for endorsement.

BENNETT RECOMMENDED 4-2-1 FOR ENDORSEMENT (Fuentes and Huang dissenting, Lalloway absent).

The committee adjourn at 10:09, only 19 minutes behind schedule.

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Republican, Democrat, Independent??? The Partisan Affiliations of Everyone Holding Office In Orange County

Posted by Former Blogger 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.

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2012 City Council Party Affiliation Post

Posted by Former Blogger 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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How Well Did the OC Register’s Endorsements Go?

Posted by Chris Nguyen on November 13, 2012

This year marked the first time that The Orange County Register endorsed candidates for office.  While the paper has endorsed for or against ballot measures on a regular basis, this was the paper’s first foray into endorsing City Council candidates.

So here’s who they endorsed, and whether the candidate won or loss (I should note these numbers are subject to change pending further results from the Registrar of Voters, as there are several close races, including, but not limited to, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Huntington Beach, Mission Viejo, Tustin, and Yorba Linda):

Aliso Viejo (1-2)
W: William “Bill” Phillips
L: Greg Ficke
L: Don Garcia

Anaheim (1-1)
W: Lucille Kring
L: John Leos

Brea (1-1)
W: Marty Simonoff
L: Steven Vargas

Buena Park (1-0)
W: Fred Smith

Costa Mesa (2-1)
W: Steve Mensinger
W: Gary Monahan
L: Colin McCarthy

Cypress (0-0)
No endorsement

Dana Point (1-1)
W: Carlos N. Olvera
L: Ed Stevenson

Fountain Valley (1-1)
W: Steve A. Nagel
L: Patrick Tucker

Fullerton (3-0)
W: Bruce Whitaker
W: Jennifer Fitzgerald
W: Travis Kiger

Garden Grove (0-0)
No endorsement

Huntington Beach (1-2)
W: Dave Sullivan
L: Erik Peterson
L: Barbara Delgleize

Irvine (2-1)
W: Steven S. Choi (Mayor)
W: Christina Shea
L: Lynn Schott

La Habra (0-0)
Uncontested

La Palma (1-2)
W: Peter Kim
L: Robert Carruth
L: Sylvia Colannino Smith

Laguna Beach (1-0)
W: Steve Dicterow

Laguna Hills (1-1)
W: Andrew Blount
L: Raghu P. Mathur

Laguna Niguel (2-1)
W: Jerry McCloskey
W: Laurie Davies
L: Brad Barber

Laguna Woods (3-0)
W: Cynthia S. Conners
W: Milton W. Robbins
W: Noel Hatch

Lake Forest (1-1)
W: Dwight Robinson
L: Jim Gardner

Los Alamitos (1-0)
W: Richard D. Murphy

Mission Viejo (1-1)
W: Frank Ury
L: Wendy Bucknum

Newport Beach (0-0)
Uncontested

Orange (1-2)
W: Tita Smith (Mayor)
L: Ray Grangoff
L: Richard Callahan

Placentia (3-0)
W: Jeremy Yamaguchi
W: Scott Nelson
W: Constance “Connie” Underhill

Rancho Santa Margarita (3-0)
W: Tony Beall
W: Carol Gamble
W: Brad McGirr

San Clemente (0-2)
L: Jim Dahl
L: Mike Mortenson

San Juan Capistrano (1-1)
W: Roy L. Byrnes
L: Kim McCarthy

Santa Ana (0-1)
L: Charles Hart

Seal Beach (0-0)
Uncontested

Stanton (2-0)
W: Carol Warren
W: Al Ethans

Tustin (2-1)
W: John Nielsen
W: Charles E. “Chuck” Puckett
L: Tracy Worley Hagen

Villa Park (0-0)
Uncontested

Westminster (0-3)
L: Ha Minch Mach (Mayor)
L: Charlie Nguyen Manh Chi
L: Helena Rutkowski

Yorba Linda (2-1)
W: Mark Schwing
W: Eugene J. “Gene” Hernandez
L: Nancy Rikel

The Register went 39-27 in Council races (2-1 in mayoral races if you count those separately from Council races), endorsing the winner 59% of the time.

On ballot measures, here’s what happened with The Register’s endorsements:

Ballot Measure OC Register OC Voters Statewide Voters
Proposition 30 No No Yes
Proposition 31 No No No
Proposition 32 Yes Yes No
Proposition 33 Yes Yes No
Proposition 34 No No No
Proposition 35 Yes Yes Yes
Proposition 36 Yes Yes Yes
Proposition 37 No No No
Proposition 38 No No No
Proposition 39 No Yes Yes
Proposition 40 Yes Yes Yes
Measure M (Coast Community College District – Needs 55% to Pass) No Yes
Measure N (Fountain Valley School District – Needs 55% to Pass) No No
Measure O (La Habra City School District – Needs 55% to Pass) No Yes
Measure P (Ocean View School District – Needs 55% to Pass) No No
Measure Q (Rancho Santiago Community College District – Needs 55% to Pass) No Yes
Measure S (Tustin Unified School District – Needs 55% to Pass) No Yes
Measure T (Brea) No Yes
Measure U (Brea) No No
Measure V (Costa Mesa) Yes No
Measure W (Fullerton) Yes No
Measure X (Fullerton) Yes Yes
Measure Y (Garden Grove) No Yes
Measure Z (Huntington Beach) Yes No
Measure AA (Huntington Beach) Yes Yes
Measure BB (Irvine) No Yes
Measure CC (Laguna Beach) No No
Measure DD (Los Alamitos) No Yes
Measure EE (Newport Beach) No Yes
Measure FF (Orange) Yes No
Measure GG (Santa Ana) No Yes
Measure HH (Tustin) Yes Yes

On statewide ballot measures, The Register went 10-1 (91%) with Orange County voters but 7-4 (64%) with California voters.

On local ballot measures, The Register went 7-14 (33%) with the voters.

I’ll still be number crunching over the next days and weeks, but despite what looks like a dismal endorsement record, it appears The Register was actually middle of the pack on their endorsement success rate in Orange County.

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Raghu Mathur Can’t Be Trusted to Lead Laguna Hills

Posted by Lassie on November 5, 2012

Raghu Mathur

Raghu Mathur

I wrote a few weeks ago about Raghu Mathur’s history of wasting taxpayer dollars (https://ocpolitical.com/2012/10/16/raghu-mathur-a-history-of-wasting-taxpayer-dollars/) Mathur wants to lead Laguna Hills as a city councilmember, but Laguna Hills can’t afford him.  Today, I’ll show you why Mathur’s record as Irvine Valley College President and as South Orange County Community College District Chancellor just demonstrates that he can’t be trusted as a leader in Laguna Hills or anywhere else.

On his campaign web site (http://www.mathurforlagunahills.com/philosophy.html), Mathur promises, “I believe in solving problems while respectfully listening to and working with everyone…I will restore civility, trust and openness to Laguna Hills City Council governance.”  His record shows respect, working with everyone, civility, trust, and openness are the furthest things from his record.

In 1999, the LA Times reported that the community college accreditation agency strongly rebuked the leadership, stating “Irvine Valley College and its district . . . are organizations in crisis–primarily a governance crisis. . . . A multiplicity of deep and bitter divisions characterize virtually all entities and relationships. . . . The district had become wracked by malfunction and misfortune.”

Five years prior, in 1994, Mathur became the only person ever to have been censured for lying in the history of Irvine Valley College, according to the OC Weekly.

In 2002, free speech restriction policies were implemented after Mathur was appointed Irvine Valley College President amid protests from students and faculty and continued after he was appointed Chancellor of South Orange County Community College District.  Courts ruled the policies were unconstitutional because the district was muzzling free speech: http://articles.latimes.com/2002/mar/19/local/me-speech19

In 2004, Mathur was given a vote of “no-confidence” by the faculty for a third time, described as a “vindictive and dictatorial bully, intolerant of criticism” who “in pursuit of personal power, he has sold out his former colleagues” at SOCCCD: http://articles.latimes.com/2004/may/17/local/me-mathur17

In 2010, when Mathur was voted out by the SOCCCD Board of Trustees 5-2 and he was given a golden handshake of over $250,000, the settlement imposed a gag order forbidding discussion of the separation agreement. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/mathur-231052-college-valley.html

Mathur opposed the incorporation of Laguna Hills.  Why does he now want to lead something that he doesn’t believe should exist?   Is he planning to drive the city off the cliff?  Will he try to get Laguna Hills dissolved?

Laguna Hills can’t afford Raghu Mathur, and Raghu Mathur can’t be trusted to lead Laguna Hills.

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Humongous Grid of Endorsements: State Assembly, City Council, School Board, Special Districts, and Ballot Measures

Posted by Chris Nguyen on November 4, 2012

You may have seen my prior post entitled, “Republican? Democrat? Independent?  The Partisan Affiliations of Everyone Running for Everything in Orange County.” In an effort to bring more information to voters, here is my humongous grid of endorsements, showing endorsements from the Democratic Party of Orange County, the Democratic Foundation of Orange County, the Orange County Register, the Republican Party of Orange County, the California Republican Assembly, the Lincoln Club of Orange County, Atlas PAC, and Family Action PAC.

Regrettably, I’ve been unable to find a comprehensive, countywide listing of chamber and union endorsements.

Also, some of these organizations endorsed in uncontested races.  I excluded those from the grid.

State Assembly

DPOC DFOC OC Register OCGOP CRA Lincoln Club Atlas PAC Family Action PAC
65th District Sharon Quirk-Silva Sharon Quirk-Silva Chris Norby Chris Norby Chris Norby Chris Norby Chris Norby Chris Norby
72nd District Travis Allen Troy Edgar Travis Allen Troy Edgar

City Council

DPOC DFOC OC Register OCGOP CRA Lincoln Club Atlas PAC Family Action PAC
Aliso
Viejo
Ross Chun Greg Ficke
Bill Phillips
Don Garcia
Greg Ficke
Mike Munzing
Mike Munzing Mike Munzing
Anaheim Jordan Brandman Jordan Brandman John Leos
Lucille Kring
Brian Chuchua
Lucille Kring
Brian Chuchua
Lucille Kring
Lucille Kring Brian Chuchua
Lucille Kring
Brea Marty Simonoff
Steven Vargas
Steven Vargas
Buena
Park
Art Brown Fred Smith Baron Night Baron Night Baron Night
Costa
Mesa
Colin McCarthy
Steve Mensinger
Gary Monahan
Colin McCarthy
Steve Mensinger
Gary Monahan
Colin McCarthy
Steve Mensinger
Gary Monahan
Colin McCarthy
Steve Mensinger
Gary Monahan
Colin McCarthy
Steve Mensinger
Gary Monahan
Colin McCarthy
Steve Mensinger
Gary Monahan
Cypress Rob Johnson Rob Johnson
Bijan Mohseni
Rob Johnson
Bijan Mohseni
Dana
Point
Carlos N. Olvera
Ed Stevenson
Carlos N. Olvera Carlos N. Olvera
Ed Stevenson
Carlos N. Olvera
Fountain
Valley
Steve A. Nagel Steve A. Nagel Steve A. Nagel Cheryl Brothers
Patrick Tucker
Fullerton Jan Flory
Kitty Jaramillo
Jan Flory
Kitty Jaramillo
Bruce Whitaker
Travis Kiger
Jennifer Fitzgerald
Bruce Whitaker
Travis Kiger
Bruce Whitaker
Travis Kiger
Barry Levinson
Bruce Whitaker
Travis Kiger
Jennifer Fitzgerald
Bruce Whitaker
Barry Levinson
Jennifer Fitzgerald
Garden
Grove
Kris Beard Kris Beard Steve Jones Mayor:
Myke Cossota
Council:
Steve Jones
Zack Barrett
Huntington
Beach
Jill Hardy Jill Hardy
Alexander Polsky
Barbara Delgleize
Erik Peterson
Dave Sullivan
Devin Dwyer
Erik Peterson
Dave Sullivan
Devin Dwyer
Erik Peterson
Dave Sullivan
Devin Dwyer
Erik Peterson
Barbara Delgleize
Devin Dwyer
Erik Peterson
Dave Sullivan
Irvine Mayor:
Larry Agran
Council:
Beth Krom
Mayor:
Larry Agran
Council:
Beth Krom
Mayor:
Steven S. Choi
Council:
Lynn Schott
Christina L. Shea
Mayor:
Steven S. Choi
Council:
Lynn Schott
Christina L. Shea
Mayor:
Steven S. Choi
Council:
Lynn Schott
Christina L. Shea
Mayor:
Steven S. Choi
Council:
Lynn Schott
Christina L. Shea
Mayor:
Steven S. Choi
La Palma Steven Shanahan Peter Kim
Robert Carruth
Sylvia Smith
Peter Kim Christine Barnes
Laguna
Beach
Verna Rollinger Steve Dicterow Steve Dicterow
Laguna
Hills
Andrew Blount
Raghu P. Mathur
Bill Hunt
Raghu P. Mathur
Andrew Blount
Dore Gilbert
Andrew Blount
Bill Hunt
Laguna
Niguel
Cynthia Conners Laura A. Davies
Jerry McCloskey
Brad Barber
Laura A. Davies
Jerry McCloskey
Laura A. Davies
Jerry McCloskey
Jerry Slusiewicz
Laura A. Davies
Jerry McCloskey
Lake
Forest
Jim Gardner
Dwight Robinson
Adam Nick
Dwight Robinson
Dwight Robinson Dwight Robinson Dwight Robinson Dwight Robinson
Los
Alamitos
Richard Murphy Richard Murphy Dean Grose Dean Grose
Ken Stephens
Dean Grose
Mission
Viejo
Frank Ury
Wendy Bucknum
Ed Sachs
Cathy Schlict
Frank Ury Ed Sachs
Cathy Schlict
Cathy Schlict
Orange Larry Labrado
Robert Douglas
Mayor:
Tita Smith
Council:
Larry Labrado
Robert Douglas
Mayor:
Tita Smith
Council:
Ray Grangoff
Richard Callahan
Mayor:
Jon Dumitru
Council:
Ray Grangoff
Mark A. Murphy
Mayor:
Jon Dumitru
Council:
Ray Grangoff
Mike Alvarez
Ray Grangoff
Mark A. Murphy
Mayor:
Jon Dumitru
Council:
Ray Grangoff
Mayor:
Jon Dumitru
Council:
Ray Grangoff
Placentia Scott Nelson
Connie Underhill
Jeremy Yamaguchi
Council:
Scott Nelson
Treasurer:
Greg Sowards
Rancho
Santa
Margarita
Full Term:
Tony Beall
Carol Gamble
Full Term:
Tony Beall
Carol Gamble
Short Term:
Brad McGirr
Full Term:
Tony Beall
Carol Gamble
Short Term:
Brad McGirr
Full Term:
Tony Beall
Carol Gamble
Short Term:
Brad McGirr
Tony Beall Tony Beall
San
Clemente
Mike Mortenson
Jim Dahl
Mike Mortenson Mike Mortenson Mike Mortenson
Jim Dahl
San Juan
Capistrano
Roy Byrnes
Kim McCarthy
Santa Ana Mayor:
David Benavides
Ward 1:
Vincent Sarmiento
Ward 3:
Eric Alderete
Ward 5:
Roman Reyna
Mayor:
Miguel Pulido
Ward 1:
Vincent Sarmiento
Ward 3:
Eric Alderete
Ward 5:
Roman Reyna
Ward 3:
Charles Hart
Mayor:
George M. Collins
Ward 3:
Charles Hart
Brett Franklin
Ward 5:
Karina Onofre
Ward 3: Charles Hart Ward 3: Charles Hart Ward 5: Karina Onofre
Stanton Carol Warren Carol Warren
Al Ethans
Al Ethans Al Ethans
Tustin Tracy Worley Hagen
John Nielsen
Chuck Puckett
Allan Bernstein
John Nielsen
Chuck Puckett
Allan Bernstein
John Nielsen
Chuck Puckett
Allan Bernstein
John Nielsen
Chuck Puckett
Allan Bernstein
Westminster Mayor:
Penny Loomer
Council:
Sergio Contreras
Mayor:
Penny Loomer
Council:
Sergio Contreras
Diana Carey
Mayor:
Ha Mach
Council:
Helena Rutkowski
Charlie Nguyen Manh Chi
Mayor:
Tri Ta
Council:
Tyler Diep
Charlie Nguyen Manh Chi
Yorba
Linda
Nancy Rikel
Mark Schwing
Gene Hernandez
Nancy Rikel
Mark Schwing
Gene Hernandez
Craig Young

School Districts
Note: The Orange County Register did not endorse in any school board races.

DPOC DFOC OCGOP CRA Lincoln Club Atlas PAC Family Action PAC
Rancho Santiago
Community College
District, Area 3
Nelida Yanez Nelida Yanez
Rancho Santiago
Community College
District, Area 5
Mark McLoughlin Mark McLoughlin
Claudia Alvarez
South Orange
County Community
College District,
Trustee Area 3
Jennifer Long
Anaheim City
School District
Al Jabbar Al Jabbar
John Santoianni John Santoianni
Anaheim Union
High School District
Annemarie Randle-Trejo Hoagy Holguin
Buena Park
School District
Barbara Michel
Capistrano Unified
School District,
Trustee Area 2
Jim Readon Jim Readon Jim Readon Jim Readon Jim Readon
Capistrano Unified
School District,
Trustee Area 3
Steve R. Lang Steve R. Lang Steve R. Lang Steve R. Lang Steve R. Lang
Capistrano Unified
School District,
Trustee Area 5
Bill Perkins Bill Perkins Bill Perkins Bill Perkins
Cypress
School District
Brian Nakamura Alexandria Coronado Alexandria Coronado
Candice Kern
Fountain Valley
School District
Jeanne Galindo Jeanne Galindo
Jim Cunneen
Garden Grove
Unified School District
Bao Nguyen Bao Nguyen
George West
Huntington Beach
Union High
School District
John Briscoe Edward Pinchiff John Briscoe
Irvine Unified
School District
Paul Bokota Paul Bokota Michelle Ollada Alipio
Cyril Yu Cyril Yu
Los Alamitos
Unified School District
Karen Russell
Ocean View
School District
Debbie Cotton Debbie Cotton
Orange Unified
School District,
Trustee Area 3
Alexia L. Deligianni Alexia L. Deligianni
Orange Unified
School District,
Trustee Area 6
Mark Wayland
Santa Ana
Unified School District
Valerie Amezcua Valerie Amezcua Ceci Iglesias Ceci Iglesias Ceci Iglesias
Myriam Tinajero Myriam Tinajero
Tustin Unified
School District
Monique Ketteringham
Elias Teferi
Westminster
School District
Jamison Power Jamison Power
Jo-Ann Purcell Jo-Ann Purcell

Water and Other Special Districts
Note: The Orange County Register did not endorse in any special district races.

DPOC DFOC OCGOP CRA Lincoln Club Atlas PAC Family Action PAC
East Orange County Water District Douglass S. Davert Douglass S. Davert
Bill Vanderwerff
Mesa Consolidated Water District, Division 1 Eric Bever Eric Bever Eric Bever
Mesa Consolidated Water District, Division 2 James R. Fisler James R. Fisler James R. Fisler
Mesa Consolidated Water District, Division 3 Ethan Temianka Ethan Temianka Ethan Temianka Ethan Temianka Ethan Temianka
Municipal Water District of Orange County, Division 3 Larry R. Crandall
Municipal Water District of Orange County, Division 7 Jeffery Thomas
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
South Coast Water District Wayne Rayfield
Costa Mesa Sanitary District Don Harper Don Harper Don Harper Don Harper
Jeff R. Mathews Jeff R. Mathews Jeff R. Mathews Jeff R. Mathews
Midway City Sanitary District Joy L. Neugebauer
Rossmoor Community Services Jeffrey Rips

Ballot Measures

Note: Family Action PAC did not endorse any ballot measures.

DPOC DFOC OC Register OCGOP CRA Lincoln Club Atlas PAC
Proposition 30 Yes No No No No No
Proposition 31 No No Yes No Yes No
Proposition 32 No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Proposition 33 No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Proposition 34 Yes No No No No No
Proposition 35 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Proposition 36 Yes Yes No No No
Proposition 37 Yes No No No No No
Proposition 38 No No No No No No
Proposition 39 Yes No No No No No
Proposition 40 Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Measure M (Coast Community College District) No No
Measure N (Fountain Valley School District) No No No
Measure O (La Habra City School District) No No
Measure P (Ocean View School District) No No
Measure Q (Rancho Santiago Community College District) No No
Measure S (Tustin Unified School District) No No
Measure T (Brea) No
Measure U (Brea) No
Measure V (Costa Mesa) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Measure W (Fullerton) Yes Yes
Measure X (Fullerton) Yes
Measure Y (Garden Grove) No
Measure Z (Huntington Beach) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Measure AA (Huntington Beach) Yes Yes
Measure BB (Irvine) No
Measure CC (Laguna Beach) No
Measure DD (Los Alamitos) No No No
Measure EE (Newport Beach) No Yes
Measure FF (Orange) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Measure GG (Santa Ana) No
Measure HH (Tustin) Yes Yes

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Republican? Democrat? Independent? The Partisan Affiliations of Everyone Running for Everything in Orange County

Posted by Chris Nguyen on October 30, 2012

There’s been a lot of talk and mail about the partisan affiliations of candidates, so I’m providing the definitive guide of partisan affiliations for every candidate running for everything in Orange County in the November 6, 2012, general election.  Whether they’re running for President of the United States or Director of the Silverado-Modjeska Canyon Recreation and Park District, we’ve got it all:

FEDERAL OFFICES

President and Vice President
Roseanne Barr/Cindy Sheehan – Peace and Freedom
Thomas Hoefling/Robert Ornelas – American Independent
Gary Johnson/James P. Gray – Libertarian
Barack Obama/Joe Biden – Democrat
Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan – Republican
Jill Stein/Cheri Honkala – Green

United States Senator
Elizabeth Emken – Republican
Dianne Feinstein – Democrat

United States Representative, 38th District
Linda T. Sánchez – Democrat
Benjamin Campos – Republican

United States Representative, 39th District
Jay Chen – Democrat
Ed Royce – Republican

United States Representative, 45th District
John Campbell – Republican
Sukhee Kang – Democrat

United States Representative, 46th District
Jerry Hayden – Republican
Loretta Sanchez – Democrat

United States Representative, 47th District
Gary DeLong – Republican
Alan Lowenthal – Democrat

United States Representative, 48th District
Dana Rohrabacher – Republican
Ron Varasteh – Democrat

United States Representative, 49th District
Darrell Issa – Republican
Jerry Tetalman – Democrat

STATE LEGISLATURE

State Senator, 29th District
Greg Diamond – Democrat
Robert “Bob” Huff – Republican

State Senator, 37th District
Mimi Walters – Republican
Steve Young – Democrat

Member of the State Assembly, 55th District
Gregg D. Fritchle – Democrat
Curt Hagman – Republican

Member of the State Assembly, 65th District
Chris Norby – Republican
Sharon Quirk-Silva – Democrat

Member of the State Assembly, 68th District
Christina Avalos – Democrat
Donald P. “Don” Wagner – Republican

Member of the State Assembly, 69th District
Tom Daly – Democrat
Jose “Joe” Moreno – Republican

Member of the State Assembly, 72nd District
Travis Allen – Republican
Troy Edgar – Republican

Member of the State Assembly, 73rd District
James Corbett – Democrat
Diane L. Harkey – Republican

Member of the State Assembly, 74th District
Allan R. Mansoor – Republican
Robert Rush – Democrat

MUNICIPAL OFFICES

Aliso Viejo City Council
Ross Chun – Democrat
Greg Ficke – Republican
Donald A. Garcia – No Party Preference
Mike Munzing – Republican
William A. “Bill” Phillips – Republican

Anaheim City Council
Jordan Brandman – Democrat
Brian Neil Chuchua – Republican
Rodolfo “Rudy” Gaona – Democrat
Lucille Kring – Republican
John Leos – Republican
Linda Linder – Republican
Steven Albert Chavez Lodge – Republican
Jennifer Rivera – Republican
Duane Roberts – Green

Brea City Council
Christine Marick – No Party Preference
Chris Parkin – Republican
Marty Simonoff – Republican
Tory Stone – Republican
Steven Vargas – Republican

Brea City Treasurer
Glenn G. Parker – Democrat

Buena Park City Council
Art Brown – Democrat
Paul D. Gonzales – Republican
Baron Night – Republican
Al Salehi – No Party Preference
Fred R. Smith – Republican
Michael Sohn – No Party Preference
Rod P. Williams – Democrat
Cristi Woodward – No Party Preference

Costa Mesa City Council
Sandra L. “Sandy” Genis – Republican
Colin McCarthy – Republican
Al Melone – No Party Preference
Steve Mensinger – Republican
Gary Monahan – Republican
James Rader – No Party Preference
John Stephens – Democrat
Harold Weitzberg – Democrat

Cypress City Council
Rob Johnson – Republican
Bijan Mohseni – Republican
Jay Sondhi – Republican
Mariellen Yarc – No Party Preference

Dana Point City Council
Norm Denton – Republican
Carlos N. Olvera – Republican
J. Scott Schoeffel – Republican
Ed Stevenson – Republican

Fountain Valley City Council
Cheryl Brothers – Republican
Steve A. Nagel – Republican
Duy T. Nguyen – Republican
Bryan J. Tice – American Independent
Patrick Tucker – Republican

Fullerton City Council
Rick Alvarez – Republican
Don Bankhead – Republican
Brian Bartholomew – No Party Preference
Jennifer Fitzgerald – Republican
Jan M. Flory – Democrat
Matthew Hakim – Democrat
Kitty Jaramillo – Democrat
Travis Kiger – Republican
Barry Levinson – Republican
Jane Rands – Green
Roberta Reid – No Party Preference
Bruce Whitaker – Republican

Mayor of Garden Grove
Bruce A. Broadwater – Democrat
Myke Cossota – Republican
Sherry Runnells Williams – Republican
James Torres Ybarra – Republican

Garden Grove City Council
Zack Barrett – Republican
Kris Beard – Democrat
Phat Bui – Republican
Steve Jones – Republican
Josh McIntosh – No Party Preference
Jenny Nguyen – No Party Preference
John R. O’Neill – Republican
Chris Phan – Republican

Huntington Beach City Council
Bruce J. Brandt – Republican
Tony James Carter – No Party Preference
Barbara Delgleize – Republican
Devin Dwyer – Republican
Jill Hardy – Democrat
Jim Katapodis – Republican
William “Billy” O’Connell – Republican
Erik Peterson – Republican
Alexander S. Polsky – Democrat
Tim Ryan – No Party Preference
Dave Sullivan – Republican
Bob Wentzel – Republican

Huntington Beach City Clerk
Joan L. Flynn – Republican

Huntington Beach City Treasurer
Alisa Cutchen – Republican

Mayor of Irvine
Larry Agran – Democrat
Steven S. Choi – Republican
Katherine Daigle – Republican

Irvine City Council
Evan Chemers – Republican
Gavin Huntley-Fenner – No Party Preference
Beth Krom – Democrat
Lynn Schott – Republican
Christina L. Shea – Republican
PK Wong – No Party Preference

Laguna Beach City Council
Steve Dicterow – Republican
Jane Egly – Democrat
Verna Rollinger – Democrat
Robert M. Ross – No Party Preference
Bob Whalen – Democrat

Laguna Beach City Clerk
Lisette Chel-Walker – Democrat

Laguna Beach City Treasurer
Laura Parisi – No Party Preference

Laguna Hills City Council
Raghu P. Mathur – Republican
Aj Djowharzadeh – Republican
Andrew Blount – Republican
Dore Gilbert – Republican
Bill Hunt – Republican

Laguna Niguel City Council
Laurie Davies – Republican
Tony English – Republican
Jerry McCloskey – Republican
Jerry Slusiewicz – Republican
Brad Barber – Republican

Laguna Woods City Council
Mara G. Hodgkins – Republican
Shari L. Horne – No Party Preference
Milton W. Robbins – Democrat
David Russell Ohrn – No Party Preference
Cynthia S. Conners – Democrat
Noel Hatch – Republican

Lake Forest City Council
Marcia Rudolph – Republican
Ken Carrell – Democrat
Kathy “Kathyz” Zechmeister – Republican
Adam Nick – Republican
Jim Gardner – Republican
Dwight Robinson – Republican
Terry D. Anderson – Republican

La Palma City Council
Robert Carruth – No Party Preference
Patricia “Pat” Craig – Republican
Sylvia Colannino Smith – Republican
Steve Shanahan – Democrat
Gerard Goedhart – Republican
Christine Barnes – Republican
Peter Kim – Republican

Los Alamitos City Council
Ken Stephens – Republican
Dean Grose – Republican
Demi Devaney – Democrat
Richard D. Murphy – Republican

Mission Viejo City Council
Richard W. Coleman – American Independent
Wendy Bucknum – Republican
Frank Ury – Republican
Desi J. Kiss – Republican
Cathy Schlicht – Republican
Ed Sachs – Republican

Newport Beach City Council, District 2
Anthony Petros – Republican

Newport Beach City Council, District 5
Edward D. Selich – Republican

Newport Beach City Council, District 7
Keith D. Curry – Republican

Mayor of Orange
Teresa “Tita” Smith – Democrat
Jon Dumitru – Republican

Orange City Council
Lawrence R. “Larry” Labrado – Democrat
Robert L. Douglas – Democrat
Ray Grangoff – Republican
Mike Alvarez – Republican
Brian A. Del Vecchio – Republican
Mark A. Murphy – Republican
Josh Nothom – Democrat
Richard Callahan – Republican

Orange City Clerk
Mary E. Murphy – Republican

Orange City Treasurer
George Small – Republican
Helen Y. Walker – Republican

Placentia City Council
Jeremy Yamaguchi – Republican
Alan D. Frank – Republican
Scott William Nelson – Republican
Constance “Connie” Underhill – Republican

Placentia City Treasurer
Greg Sowards – Republican
Craig Green – Republican

Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, 4-Year Full Term (2 Seats)
Kenney Hrabik – Republican
Carol Gamble – Republican
Tony Beall – Republican

Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, 2-Year Short Term (1 Seat)
Lawrence McCook – Republican
Glenn Acosta – Republican
Brad McGirr – Republican

San Clemente City Council
0 Robert “Bob” Baker – Democrat
1 Robert “Bob” Baker – Republican
Jim Dahl – Republican
Chris Hamm – Republican
David Clegg – Republican
Mike Mortenson – Republican

San Clemente City Clerk
Joanne Baade – Democrat

San Clemente City Treasurer
T. Pall Gudgeirsson – Republican

San Juan Capistrano City Council
Kim McCarthy – Republican
Roy L. Byrnes – Republican
Sam Allevato – Republican
Ginny Kerr – Republican
Melissa Abbott-Kaffen – Republican
Tom Marantz – Republican

Mayor of Santa Ana
Roy Alvarado
George M. Collins – Republican
Lupe Moreno – Republican
Miguel Angel Briseno – No Party Preference
Miguel A. Pulido – Democrat
P. David Benavides – Democrat

Santa Ana City Council, Ward 1
Estela Amezcua – Democrat
Vincent F. Sarmiento – Democrat

Santa Ana City Council, Ward 3
Angelica Amezcua – Democrat
Shane Ramon Barrows – Democrat
Eric M. Alderete – Democrat
Brett Elliott Franklin – Republican
Charles Hart – Republican
Stefano “Steve” Rocco – No Party Preference

Santa Ana City Council, Ward 5
Karina Onofre – Republican
Roman A. Reyna – Democrat

Stanton City Council
Andrew N. Marques – No Party Preference
Sou Moua – Republican
Bryan Palomares – Republican
Carol Warren – Democrat
Al Ethans – Republican

Tustin City Council
John Nielsen – Republican
Tracy Worley Hagen – Republican
Charles E. “Chuck” Puckett – Republican
David Waldram – Republican
Allan Bernstein – Republican

Mayor of Westminster
Ha Mach – Republican
Tri Ta – Republican
Penny Loomer – Democrat
Al Hamade – Republican
Tamara Sue Pennington – Republican

Westminster City Council
Tyler Diep – Republican
Charlie Nguyen Manh Chi – Republican
Helena Rutkowski – Republican
Sergio Contreras – Democrat
Khai Dao – Libertarian
Diana Carey – Democrat
Al P. Krippner – Republican

Yorba Linda City Council
Kennith L. Peterson – Republican
Mark Schwing – Republican
Nancy Rikel – Republican
Eugene J. “Gene” Hernandez – Republican
Louis Lee Knappenberger, Jr. – Democrat
Craig Young – Republican
Todd P. Cooper – Republican

COMMUNITY COLLEGE BOARDS

North Orange County Community College District, Trustee Area 7
M. Tony Ontiveros – Republican
Monika Koos – Republican

Rancho Santiago Community College District, Trustee Area 3
Nelida M. Yanez – Democrat
Thomas Anthony Gordon – Republican
Antonio Jesus “Tony” Tapia – Democrat

Rancho Santiago Community College District, Trustee Area 5
Claudia Alvarez – Democrat
Mark McLoughlin – Democrat
R. David Chapel – No Party Preference

South Orange County Community College District, Trustee Area 1
Dave Lang – Republican
David L. Martin – No Party Preference

South Orange County Community College District, Trustee Area 3
William “Bill” Jay – Republican
Arlene C. Greer – Republican
Jennifer J. Long – Democrat

South Orange County Community College District, Trustee Area 7
John S. Williams – Republican
Mike Moodian – No Party Preference
Jan Serrantino Cox – No Party Preference
Timothy “Tim” Jemal – No Party Preference

SCHOOL BOARDS

Anaheim City School District
John Santoianni – Democrat
Bob Gardner – Democrat
Al Jabbar – Democrat
James Derek Vanderbilt – Republican
Jerry Silverman – Democrat

Anaheim Union High School District, 4-Year Full Term (2 Seats)
Katherine H. Smith – Republican
Gerald C. Adams – Republican
Brian O’Neal – Republican
Thomas “Hoagy” Holguin – Republican

Anaheim Union High School District, 2-Year Short Term (1 Seat)
Annemarie Randle-Trejo – Democrat
Vernon F. Beckett – Republican
Thomas Peters – Republican

Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 1
Karin Schnell – Democrat
Amy Hanacek – Democrat

Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 2
Jim Reardon – Republican
Carol L. McCormick – Republican
Don Franklin Richardson – Republican
Michele Taylor-Bible – No Party Preference

Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 3
Yolanda McNamara – Democrat
Steve R. Lang – Republican
John Alpay – Republican

Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 5
Gary Pritchard – Democrat
William “Bill” Perkins – Republican

Centralia School District
Ashi Kothary – Republican
Dennis Salts – Republican
Steve Harris – Democrat
Art Montez – Democrat

Cypress School District
Alexandria Coronado – Republican
Candi Kern – Democrat
Jimmy Fuller – Republican
Brian Nakamura – Democrat

Fountain Valley School District
Jeanne Galindo – Republican
Thomas Hobbs – No Party Preference
Jim Cunneen – Republican
Ian Collins – Democrat

Fullerton Joint Union High School District
William E. “Bill” Dunton – Republican
James A. Najera – Democrat
Andy Montoya – Republican
Barbara R. Kilponen – Republican

Garden Grove Unified School District
Linda Zamora – Democrat
Linda Paulsen-Reed – Republican
Bao Quoc Nguyen – Democrat
George West – Democrat

Huntington Beach City School District
Rob Fishel – No Party Preference
Brian Rechsteiner – Republican
Bridget Kaub – Republican

Huntington Beach Union High School District, 4-Year Full Term (2 Seats)
Edward C. Pinchiff – Republican
Tom Dern – Republican
Susan Henry – Republican
Michael H. Simons – Republican
John Briscoe – Republican

Huntington Beach Union High School District, 2-Year Short Term (1 Seat)
Cathey Ryder – Republican
Duane Dishno – Republican

Irvine Unified School District
Michelle Ollada Alipio – Republican
Margaret Brown – Republican
Michael Parham – Republican
Bob Vu – Republican
Paul Bokota – Democrat
Omar Ezzeldine – No Party Preference
Lauren Brooks – Republican
Carolyn Inmon – No Party Preference
Cyril Yu – Democrat

La Habra City School District
John Dobson – Republican
Elizabeth “Liz” Steves – No Party Preference
Kevin Jacobson – Republican
Susan M. Hango – Republican

Laguna Beach Unified School District
Dee Namba Perry – Democrat
Tammy Keces – Democrat
Jan Vickers – Democrat
Bill Landsiedel – Democrat

Lowell Joint School District
Martha Leonard – Democrat
Fred W. Schambeck
Brandon R. Jones – Republican

Magnolia School District
Nathan Zug – Republican
Gary Shields – Republican
Barbara J. Clendineng – Republican

Ocean View School District
Debbie Cotton – Republican
Gina Clayton-Tarvin – Democrat
Norm Westwell – Libertarian

Orange Unified School District, Trustee Area 3
Robert “Bob” Ausmus – Republican
Alexia L. Deligianni – Republican
Michele Gabbard – No Party Preference

Orange Unified School District, Trustee Area 6
Mark Wayland – Republican
Tracey L. Colombo Curtis – No Party Preference

Saddleback Valley Unified School District
Suzie R. Swartz – Republican
Don Sedgwick – Republican
Ginny Fay Aitkens – Democrat
Earl H. Carraway – Republican

Santa Ana Unified School District
Cecilia “Ceci” Iglesias – Republican
Robert Allen – Republican
Rob Richardson – Republican
Jose Alfredo Hernandez – Democrat
Myriam Tinajero – Democrat
Valerie Amezcua – Democrat

Tustin Unified School District
Tammie Bullard – Republican
Monique Ketteringham – Democrat
Elias Teferi – Democrat
James H. Laird – Republican
Francine Pace Scinto – Republican

Westminster School District
Jamison Power – Democrat
Jo-Ann W. Purcell – Democrat
Amy Walsh – Republican

WATER BOARDS

East Orange County Water District
Bill Vanderwerff – Republican
Douglas M. Chapman – Republican
Douglass S. Davert – Republican

El Toro Water District
Ralph Sogliuzzo – Republican
Ted F. Martin – Republican
Carol Moore – Republican
Edward Fern – Libertarian
Jose Vergara – Republican
Scott Goldman – Democrat

Mesa Consolidated Water District, Division 1
Eric Bever – Republican
Fred R. Bockmiller – Republican

Mesa Consolidated Water District, Division 2
Dan Worthington – Republican
James R. Fisler – Republican

Mesa Consolidated Water District, Division 3
Ethan Temianka – Republican
Trudy Ohlig-Hall – Republican

Moulton-Niguel Water District, Division 6
Wayne Posey – Republican
Larry McKenney – Republican

Moulton-Niguel Water District, Division 7
Michael Kogus – Republican
Gary R. Kurtz – Republican

Municipal Water District of Orange County, Division 3
David Vu Pham – Republican
Wayne Osborne – Republican
Larry R. Crandall – Republican
Joel M. Rattner – Democrat

Municipal Water District of Orange County, Division 4
Joan Finnegan – Republican
Dwayne Smith – No Party Preference
Daniel “Skip” Marshall – Republican

Municipal Water District of Orange County, Division 6
Don Chadd – Republican
Jeffery Thomas – Republican

Municipal Water District of Orange County, Division 7
Vanessa A. Mathews – Republican
Susan Hinman – Republican

Orange County Water District, Division 2
Douglas M. Chapman – Republican
Denis R. Bilodeau – Republican

Orange County Water District; Division 3
Roger C. Yoh – Republican
Frank Alonzo – Republican

Santa Margarita Water District
Stan Dziecielski – Democrat
Betty H. Olson – No Party Preference
Charley Wilson – Republican
Fred Carr – Republican
Charles “Chuck” Gibson – Republican

Serrano Water District, Division 3
Jim Fasbender – Republican
Robert “Woody” Rickerl – Republican

South Coast Water District
Rick Erkeneff – Republican
Joel Bishop – Republican
Gary “Water Watch Dog” Langdale – Republican
Richard Gardner – Democrat
Dick Dietmeier – No Party Preference
Wayne Rayfield – Democrat

OTHER SPECIAL DISTRICTS

Costa Mesa Sanitary District
Art Perry – Republican
James Ferryman – Republican
Jeff R. Mathews – Republican
Don Harper – Republican

Midway City Sanitary District
Jerry Vilander – Republican
Frank Fry – Republican
Joy L. Neugebauer – Republican
Al P. Krippner – Republican

Placentia Library District
Richard DeVecchio – No Party Preference
Diane Cunningham – Democrat
Gayle Carline – Democrat
Joann Sowards – Republican
Elizabeth Minter – Republican

Rossmoor/Los Alamitos Area Sewer District
William C. Poe – Republican
Van M. Jew – No Party Preference
Jim Bell – Republican
Carolyn T. Sylvia – Republican
Eric Frankenberg – Democrat

Silverado-Modjeska Recreation and Park District
Chalynn “Chay” Peterson – No Party Preference
Lisa Collins – Republican
Steve Kerrigan – Liberatrian
Timothy Janca – Democrat
Jane Bove – Democrat

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Raghu Mathur: A History of Wasting Taxpayer Dollars

Posted by Lassie on October 16, 2012

Raghu Mathur

Raghu Mathur

Much has been written about the Laguna Hills City Council race, but voters should beware of the absolute waste of taxpayer dollars by Raghu P. Mathur.

On his campaign web site, Mathur says, “Our City needs to provide better oversight over all income and expenditures.  As your Council Member and with your input, I will seek prioritization of our taxpayer resources based on assessment of the services our citizens need.  I will make these issues my top priorities.”

Here’s some excerpts from an interview Mathur did with OC Political (https://ocpolitical.com/2012/10/11/first-in-a-series-of-interviews-with-south-county-candidates-laguna-hills-city-council-candidates-dr-raghu-mathur-bill-hunt-andrew-blount-and-dore-gilbert/):

“Raghu says that fiscal responsibility is essential in this economy, with a $16 trillion national debt and a broke California, that leaves only the local level.  He wants to prioritize all goals and expenditures and consider public sentiment and input in determining which projects are most important for residents.  He said the city needs to address compensation, particularly city management.  Raghu gave the example of the City Manager whose compensation is over $460,000 per year, including a car for personal and family use…He wants all negotiations regarding compensation to be conducted in an open setting, sunshined through the public agenda along with the fiscal implications of the proposal.  Raghu wants the same sunshine process for any counter-proposal from the union.  He would consider bringing in an outside negotiator or auditor so there is no potential conflict of interest with management.”

Where was this concern for fiscal responsibility and taxpayer dollars when Raghu Mathur took a $700 monthly car allowance, a free computer, free Internet access, and a free cell phone, among other perks while serving as Chancellor of the South Orange County Community College District?

Where was this concern for fiscal responsibility and taxpayer dollars when Raghu Mathur got more than a quarter of amillion dollars in a golden handshake to leave the Chancellor’s post, as reported by the Orange County Register: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/mathur-231052-college-valley.html?  Part of that settlement imposed a gag order forbidding discussion of the separation agreement.  Is that what an open setting with sunshine looks like to Mathur?

Where was this concern for fiscal responsibility and taxpayer dollars when Raghu Mathur sued the South Orange County Community College District during his time as President of Irvine Valley College?  Mathur’s lawsuit against the district was filed six months after he so badly lost a lawsuit against a professor and against a college administrator that the judge ordered Mathur to pay $34,000 in attorney’s fees to the professor and the administrator, as reported by the Los Angeles Times: http://articles.latimes.com/2000/sep/13/local/me-20300.  How much money did SOCCCD spend on attorneys to defend themselves against Mathur’s suit?

Laguna Hills just can’t afford Raghu Mathur.

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First In A Series Of Interviews With South County Candidates: Laguna Hills City Council Candidates Dr. Raghu Mathur, Bill Hunt, Andrew Blount, And Dore Gilbert, M.D.

Posted by Greg Woodard on October 11, 2012

I never like to let a chance to blog go to waste, particularly in an election year, so I thought I would focus my efforts on where I live – South County.  My goal is to interview candidates for most, or all, South County City Council races and post a blog about each interview.  Since I’m not crazy, and I have a day job, I will be asking each candidate the same few questions that I think will give the voters a quick look at the candidates and their qualifications.  Also, since I am on the Republican Central Committee, and there are far too many candidates for each position to interview all of them, I am limiting my interviews only to those who sought the endorsement of the OCGOP (whether or not they actually received the endorsement).  Without further ado, we start with a city that I have a hard time finding until I’m within the city limits, and even then, I’m not sure – Laguna Hills.  As OC Political noted earlier, the race for two open seats (very rare around here) is hot and heavy between four legitimate candidates: Dr. Raghu Mathur, Bill Hunt, Andrew Blount, and Dore Gilbert, M.D.

Dr. Raghu Mathur

Raghu is running for City Council to ensure fiscal responsibility, be a strong advocate for businesses, and bring transparency, accountability, and ethics to council decisions.

Raghu says that fiscal responsibility is essential in this economy, with a $16 trillion national debt and a broke California, that leaves only the local level.  He wants to prioritize all goals and expenditures and consider public sentiment and input in determining which projects are most important for residents.  He said the city needs to address compensation, particularly city management.  Raghu gave the example of the City Manager whose compensation is over $460,000 per year, including a car for personal and family use.  He wants to move the city to a 401k-style pension with the employees contributing their portion (the city currently contributes both its and the employees’ portion for retirement).  Raghu stressed his experience as President of Irvine Valley College where he says he turned a $500,000 deficit into a $500,000 surplus in one year, as well as his time as Chancellor of the South Orange County Community College District where he managed a budget of approximately $500 million.  Raghu also said that he taught university courses in budget management.  Although he wants to address compensation issues, Raghu want to assure the employees that transparent negotiations are not meant to pressure or threaten them.  He wants the good work of management and staff to be recognized and rewarded.

Raghu also wants to be the strongest advocate for businesses.  He believes in the free enterprise system and would like to have a business-friendly council.  He strongly supports maximum freedom for businesses and minimal regulations.  Raghu wants to develop a business recruitment and economic development plan and create a business and economic development commission comprised of businesses, residents, and a local Chamber of Commerce (since Laguna Hills currently has no Chamber, he wants to create one).  Raghu also wants to hear from local businesses how the council can support them and bring additional businesses to the city.  He believes that successful businesses mean more taxes resulting in funding for necessary public services.  Raghu is opposed to any increase in taxes or fees.  He wants to create more local jobs and internships for local students.

Raghu wants to make the council transparent, accountable, and ethical.  He stated that there is a public employee union being formed in the city which means future contract negotiations.  He wants all negotiations regarding compensation to be conducted in an open setting, sunshined through the public agenda along with the fiscal implications of the proposal.  Raghu wants the same sunshine process for any counter-proposal from the union.  He would consider bringing in an outside negotiator or auditor so there is no potential conflict of interest with management.  Raghu believes the city must operate in an open fashion to earn the trust and respect of the residents.  On accountability, Raghu wants the city to disclose its goals for management and the council and provide progress reports and final reports on whether the goals were met.  On ethics, he said he will make all of his council decisions ethically, with no favoritism.

Raghu believes it is a tough line to walk between protecting the quality of life for existing residents and businesses, but acknowledging the need for additional development in the future.  He will focus on what the residents and existing businesses have to say.  Raghu uses his scientific background to collect data, ask probing questions, and he feels that he can find win-win solutions in that manner.

Raghu is endorsed by, among others, the Orange County Register, the California Republican Assembly, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckus, Tom Fuentes (before he recently passed),  and Laguna Hills council member Barbara Kogerman.

You can find out more about Raghu at http://www.mathurforlagunahills.com/.

Bill Hunt

Bill noted that, for the first time in the city’s history, there are two openings on the council, and he wants to use his two decades of experience with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department to continue the conservative policies the City Council has put in place, and give back to Laguna Hills, where he raised his family and served for four years on the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Bill stresses fiscal responsiblity and wants to spend the city’s tax dollars wisely.  He said the city has done a good job fiscally – the city is in the black, it supports businesses, and it has a 2% at 60 retirement formula for its employees.  Bill wants to continue that process.

Bill is pro business.  He wants the city to do everything it can to accommodate the business community.  He does not want to subsidize businesses, but support them to ensure more tax dollars for the community.

Bill’s 20+ years with the Sheriff’s Department has led him to the conclusion that public safety is vital to the city.  He believes that local government’s primary responsibilities are to provide safety and good infrastructure for its residents.  Bill said that the current council has done the basics well, and he wants to continue that process.

Bill believes that, overall, compensation for city staff is fair.  He said the proof is in the pudding – Laguna Hills is not facing the unfunded liabilities for employee benefits that other Orange County cities face.  He believes that the City Manager’s compensation is more of a political issue than a fiscal one.  Bill wants there to be an open discussion on the City Manager’s salary with input from the public.  He said that there is not a lot of staff or a large bureaucracy in the city and many staff members are doing multiple jobs.  He feels that the staff is doing a good job managing the city.  However, he said he will propose a 401k-style pension system for future city employees, which he believes will protect against future unfunded liabilities.

Bill said that Laguna Hills is fairly built out and there is not a lot of growth potential, so he would focus on maintaining the existing quality of life for the current residents.  He wants to work with businesses to create a profitable business environment to make Laguna Hills a place people want to come and shop.  He emphasized the importance of public safety on quality of life.

Bill is endorsed by, among others, Congressman John Campbell, Laguna Hills Mayor Melody Carruth, Laguna Hills council member Joel Lautenschleger, the California Republican Assembly, and State Senator Mimi Walters.

You can find out more about Bill at http://billhunt.org/.

Andrew Blount

Andrew believes we live in a country where everyone has the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and he is running for Laguna Hills City Council because he wants to help the people of the city achieve those rights on a local level; he’s met many of the city’s residents in his involvement in the community and he wants to represent them on the council.

Andrew believes that employee compensation is too high, and he will rectify it.  The top three management positions were paid more than $1 million combined last year.  He said that the City Manager made over $400,000 last year, including $30,000 toward his pension alone.  The city also paid $60,000 for a car for the City Manager that could be used for his personal and family use.  Andrew also said that the city pays for both the employer’s and employee’s share of retirement payments for all management staff.  He noted that the city’s annual budget is approximately $30 million per year, which equates to approximately $1,000 per resident and he does not believe that the residents are getting their bang for their buck.  He questioned why the city pays the City Manager $400,000 while it does not provide the basic services that surrounding cities do, and that the residents deserve.  Andrew wants to focus on after school programs, senior services, and emergency response services, not expensive compensation packages for management.

Andrew also believes the water rates the residents currently pay are too high.  He said that the tiered system currently in place is not working and is too costly, including 700% penalties for some residents.  He thinks that the city can control the water rates, with the consensus of the residents.  He will work with the residents to build that consensus, and then take the fight to the Water Board on their behalf.

Andrew also wants to create a better business environment within the city.  He noted that neighboring cities are actively recruiting businesses, and he does not want to lose existing businesses, or the chance to bring in new businesses.  Andrew said that businesses bring in sales and property tax revenues that are vital to providing necessary public services.  He believes that the current council thinks businesses should consider it a privilege to be in Laguna Hills, while Andrew believes it is a privilege to have the businesses as a part of the city.  Andrew sees the city’s revenues decreasing and he wants jobs to stay local.  He also thinks that businesses provide great places in the city for the residents to shop and eat.  Andrew believes the current council has too tight a regulatory burden on businesses.  Although the city does not have a business license fee, Andrew said it charges several other burdensome fees.  He also noted that there is no standard process available to prospective businesses that will give them an idea of the fees and costs they will incur before they start their project.  He gave the example of H2O Partners – a business that came to the council with an idea for a water park.  The council rejected their project.  Fortunately, as many good businesses do, they came back with a different project (trampoline entertainment center) that ultimately was approved.  However, Andrew does not believe the city should hope that rejected businesses come back, but that the city will welcome them with open arms in the first instance.  Andrew will standardize the permitting process so that businesses will know at the beginning of their project what fees and costs they will face.  Andrew wants businesses to succeed and he will work to provide a successful business environment if elected to the council.

Andrew noted that Laguna Hills is mostly built out.  He said there is a mixed-use project, Oakbrook Village, near the Laguna Hills mall, that he believes will bring younger, more upwardly mobile residents to a city that has shrunk in population over the past 10 years.  He wants to analyze projects on a project-by-project basis to determine if it will benefit the city and protect the existing residents.  He wants to ensure that the same high quality of life that Laguna Hills residents currently enjoy is enjoyed by the residents in the future as well.

Andrew is endorsed by, among others, the Orange County Register, Laguna Hills council member Barbara Kogerman, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckus, the Lincoln Club, and Laguna Hills Watch Dog – Jean Bland.

You can find out more about Andrew at http://www.blountforlagunahills.com/.

Dore Gilbert, M.D.

Dore is running for City Council because he thinks he can make a difference for the residents of Laguna Hills by restoring civility and intellectual discussion at City Council meetings.

Dore wants to maintain fiscal responsibility in the city.  He wants a strong reserve, employee compensation comparable to similar-sized Orange County cities, and a transparent council that allows the residents to have faith in the decision-making process.

Dore also stresses public safety.  He wants to continue to support the number of Sheriff’s deputies in the city that are necessary for the residents’ safety and to keep the crime rate low.  Dore’s interest in public safety extends to the national level as he enlisted in the Army Reserves at age 60 and his youngest son is a Corporal in the Marine Corps.

Dore believes the city needs to maintain a business-friendly environment that welcomes businesses which he says will produce jobs and revenue for the city.  He said he will continue to streamline the business permitting process and will not burden businesses with taxes and fees.  Dore is opposed to any new taxes or fees.

Dore stated that employee compensation is greater than the norm of similar-sized cities in Orange County.  He said that some compensation issues have been taken care of by the council (for example, the car allowance is gone), but he wants the council to take a look at compensation and, when it is not in conformity with other similar-sized cities, negotiate changes to conform with those compensation packages.

Dore said that Laguna Hills is nearly built out and there is not a lot of open land.  He noted the Oakbrook Village project near the Laguna Hills mall that is slated for re-development, but Dore wants to focus on how the council can maintain a beautiful city.  He wants to update traffic plans, maintain the parks for people of all ages, and properly maintain the streets.  Dore wants to maintain the quality of life that he and his family have enjoyed in their 31 years in Laguna Hills.  He and his wife of 36 years have raised 5 children in the city.  Dore served on the Saddleback Valley Unified School District board for 29 years.  He is very involved in his community – coaching football and baseball and serving on the Community Center Planning Commission.

Dore is endorsed by, among others, State Senator Mimi Walters, Orange County Supervisors Pat Bates and Janet Nguyen, State Assemblyman Don Wagner, and Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckus.

You can find out more about Dore at http://www.doregilbert2012.com/index.html.

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Hunt’s Hypocrisy: A Menagerie of Special Favors and the ‘Code of Silence’

Posted by Republican Willie Brown on September 25, 2012

The Things Hunt Hopes You Forgot

Orange County Elected Officials Should Take a Closer Look, Pull Their Support

(Orange County)- As Election Day draws closer, the voters of Laguna Hills will make an important decision regarding who will best represent them and successfully lead their city into the future.

With two open seats up for grabs, the City of Laguna Hills has quite the decision to make this November with five candidates vying for the positions.  There are four known Republicans, five total candidates.

One of those candidates is former Sheriff’s Lieutenant Bill Hunt.

For those who remember, Hunt was one of the candidates who ran for Sheriff against former Sheriff Mike Carona and current Sheriff Sandra Hutchens.

Hunt enjoys playing the role of “victim” by leading people to believe he’s the “Andy Griffith” of Orange County who tried to stand up to Carona in the name of some higher moral imperative.

Unfortunately, for Bill Hunt the truth about his record and past are merely a continuation of the failures and gross missteps that left a black eye on our Sheriff’s Department and the Republican Party for years.

Bill Hunt’s cry was all about ending special treatment; something Bill knows a lot about considering it was his standard operating procedure.

The bottom line: Electing Bill Hunt to the Laguna Hills City Council will mean one thing – opening up all the scandals and disgraceful behavior Hunt was involved in from day one, which is exactly what Orange County doesn’t need.

The following are just a few occurrences that will re-surface:

  1. Bill Hunt gave special treatment to donors from his Sheriff’s campaign when they skirted the law and were caught by fellow deputies. All while he was still with the Orange County Sheriff’s Department and campaigning against Mike Carona for allegedly doing the exact same thing.  Click here for the KCAL 9 News story regarding Hunt’s special treatment encounter with one of his donors, Robert Stevenson, who was pulled over in 2010 for a DUI and personally driven home by deputies at Hunt’s direction. It wasn’t until later deputies arrested Stevenson and took him to the main jail to be processed once the cat was out of the bag. Apparently this isn’t the first time Hunt has been involved in special treatment for friends. Hunt has previously ordered deputies to change their police reports promoting the ‘Code of Silence’ that gives law enforcement an unnecessary bad wrap.
  2. Bill Hunt sued the County of Orange and lost costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees.
  3. The Sheriff’s Department demoted Bill Hunt after the County conducted an independent/third party personnel assessment . This same report came out in a federal lawsuit involving Bill Hunt; we are obtaining the full report and will be posting it here in a follow up article.
  4. Bill Hunt is now a self-proclaimed artist of controversial illustrations on the Internet including inappropriate pictures of women, among others relating to violence and religion that some may find offensive at illustrationbyhunt.com – not exactly “elected official” material.

Whether it was ordering deputies to give Robert Stevenson special treatment or illustrating controversial and inappropriate images on the web, this is not the kind of character we need in our elected officials and those who will naturally become spokespersons for the Republican Party.

ATTENTION: Elected officials/leaders who may have chosen to endorse Hunt.

You need to take a serious look and reconsider your support.  Otherwise, you may find yourself plastered on his mail pieces wondering how you got tied in with his indescretions.

The citizens of Laguna Hills should be disgusted at his preferential treatment and his denial of any wrongdoing. During these tough times it is vital that we elect people with the character, fortitude, and good conscience to lead our governments and represent us both ethically and responsibly.

We’ve been down this road before.  Bill Hunt is wrong for our party and wrong for Laguna Hills.

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