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Live from OC GOP Endorsements Committee

Posted by Chris Nguyen on October 1, 2012

Republican Party of Orange County

All of the recommendations of the Endorsements Committee tonight must be ratified by the Central Committee on October 15. (The Central Committee can and does overturn recommendations from the Endorsements Committee.)

The OC GOP Central Committee confirmed a set of early endorsements in August and regular endorsements in September.  Here are those endorsements, so far.

Tonight, the OC GOP Endorsements Committee meets to make recommendations to the OC GOP Central Committee for late endorsements to be made at the October 15 OC GOP Central Committee meeting.

These late endorsements were either because the candidates submitted late applications or the decision was delayed by either the Central Committee or the Endorsements Committee (San Clemente’s Jim Dahl and San Juan Capistrano’s Sam Allevato and Ginny Kerr were delayed while the rest were late applications).

6:27 PM – The committee gains a quorum 27 minutes late.  Thank you, traffic.

San Juan Capistrano City Council

6:29 PM – Candidate Kim McCarthy says she’s 51 after briefly struggling to remember her age.  She states that incumbent Sam Allevato voted for a $30 million bond that increased property taxes and has needlessly borrowed money to pay for city expenses that should have come from reserves.  She worked at the Pontiac Motor Plant to work her way through Wayne State University.  After Wayne State, she worked on commission basis.  McCarthy says she wants respect for constituents’ money.  She says she will not vote for bonds nor for any grants, matching or non-matching.  She says she wants to help raise property values.

6:32 PM – Candidate Roy L. Byrnes is a physician by training has lived in Orange County since 1959 and was elected to the San Juan Capistrano City Council in 1972 and voluntarily retired in 1976 to spend more time teaching at UCI and on his medical practice.  He expresses his concern about the leftward shift of City Councils in San Juan Capistrano, most recently led by Sam Allevato.  Byrnes urges the committee to not “take the easy way out” by refusing to endorse.  He says the city’s residents are 40% Democrats, and the Democrats do not bother to field a candidate because they’re happy with Allevato.  (OC Political fact check: 26.6% of San Juan Capistrano’s registered voters are Democrats.)  He says if the OC GOP fails to endorse, the Democrats will win.

6:35 PM – Central Committee Member Norm Dickinson says McCarthy supported and contributed to Democrat Laura Freeze.

6:37 PM – A resident says there is hostility to religion on the City Council with the effort to tax religious schools and requiring these religious schools offer scholarships and build trails, which is an intrusion of government upon the school.  He cites the City Council’s requirement that only councilmembers can give the invocation, which “sounds like a state religion.”

6:39 PM – San Juan Capistrano Planning Commissioner Rob Williams speaks in opposition to Kim McCarthy because he says she only says negative things about the city even when he says the facts contradict her.  He says McCarthy not only contributed money but also walked precincts for Democrat Laura Freeze, who unseated Joe Soto, the CRA/OCGOP-endorsed candidate.

6:41 PM – A resident speaks of the high water rates in San Juan Capistrano.  He says there’s a $100 million debt, including a water department with a now-$6 million debt (previously $8 million).  He says he voted for Democrat Freeze because her supporters hoodwinked him into thinking she was a fiscal conservative and that Freeze fooled many others.

6:43 PM – McCarthy states she gave two $250 checks to Freeze, who had told her she was a fiscal conservative with a financial background.  McCarthy notes she’s endorsed by SOCRA and Family Action PAC, as is Byrnes.  She says she would never support or vote for Freeze again.

6:45 PM – Byrnes says he and McCarthy are not politicians, just Republicans trying to do the best they can.  He says that “evil triumphs” when the good do nothing, and that’s the reason the OC GOP should endorse in this race to prevent the Democrats from capturing one of the Council seats.

6:47 PM – Endorsements Committee Member Mary Young expresses her concern about candidates who simply attack their opponents but do not explain what they will do as Councilmembers.  Young expresses her concern that McCarthy failed to disclose her support for Freeze on the endorsements questionnaire in the section that asked about support of Democrats.

McCarthy accused Young of making her mind up before the meeting.

Endorsements Committee Chair Mark Bucher cuts off both McCarthy and Young.

6:48 PM – Endorsements Committee Member Thomas Gordon asks how Planning Commissioner Williams had voted on the religious school taxation issue.

After dodging the question for a while, Williams says he voted for the tax.

6:49 PM – Endorsements Committee Member Mary Young speaks and Candidate Kim McCarthy starts shouting over her, with each demanding that the other show respect.  Young states and McCarthy shouts about how hard they work on the Central Committee and as a candidate, respectively.  (OC Political wishes we had a camera going.)  McCarthy rises out of her seat as the male Endorsements Committee members have facial expressions of concern about a potential physical confrontation.

6:50 PM – Endorsements Committee Member Mary Young makes a motion to endorse nobody.  It dies for lack of a second.

6:51 PM – Endorsements Committee Member Thomas Gordon expresses his disappointment in the fighting.  He says he received numerous phone calls from legislators and other elected officials, and that he is insulted that Allevato couldn’t show up for the meeting when he requested the endorsement while Gordon drove 60 miles from his office to be here.

6:53 PM – Endorsements Committee Member Chandra Chell says a first-time candidate does not have a voting record, so we can only take a candidate at their word.

6:54 PM – Discussion ensues as the committee notes several people who gave money to Democrats were endorsed by the OC GOP Central Committee.

6:55 PM – Endorsements Committee Chair Mark Bucher expresses his disappointment at the way McCarthy conducted herself toward Endorsements Committee Member Mary Young.  However, Bucher says he is completely unimpressed with McCarthy’s opponents who were absent despite saying they would be present.  Bucher also expresses his concern about the need for elected officials to show restraint.  Bucher expresses concern about Allevato’s support of the impact fee imposed on religious schools, which Bucher says is simply a tax by another name.

6:56 PM – Endorsements Committee Member Thomas Gordon echoes Bucher’s disappointment about McCarthy’s treatment of Young, but he still plans to vote to recommend McCarthy for endorsement and hopes she wins the election.  He says if she gets the endorsement, she represents the Republican Party, and she hopes to represent the people of San Juan Capistrano.  If she reacts like that to Young, she may do the same to constituents, which will reflect badly upon both the Republican Party and the City of San Juan Capistrano.

6:58 PM – The vote is 2-1-1 (Gordon and Chell in favor, Young against, and Bucher abstaining) to recommend the endorsements of McCarthy and Byrnes.

I don’t know what they said, but McCarthy and Young spoke and shook hands after the vote.

Laguna Niguel City Council

6:59 PM – At the urging of Endorsements Committee Member Chandra Chell and Central Committee Member Norm Dickinson, the committee unanimously recommends Jerry McCloskey for endorsement, noting McCloskey’s endorsements by myriad conservatives, including Laguna Niguel Councilman Robert Ming.   (McCloskey isn’t here, as he has a scheduling conflict with a city commission.)

San Clemente City Council

7:00 PM – Jim Dahl notes he is a 16-year City Councilman and speaks of his family, including his son in the USMC and granddaughter who is on the TV show Parks & Recreation.  He speaks of his roles on the OC Vector Control District Board, OC Fire Authority, and Transportation Corridor Agencies.  He says he is endorsed by Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, Supervisor Pat Bates, Supervisor Bill Campbell, and the Lincoln Club of Orange County.  He notes his city’s AAA bond rating, parks and beaches.  He closes, “We wish San Juan would give us more sand.”

7:02 PM – Endorsements Committee Member Mary Young asks about how many people are running for how many seats.

7:02 PM – Dahl says there are two slots with five candidates.

7:03 PM – Central Committee Alternate Jennifer Beall notes Dahl endorsed John Alpay in the 2010 Capistrano Unified School District recall and again in this 2012 general election.  Beall notes Alpay is an official endorsement against Prop 32.  She says Dahl has “spit in the face” of the party for twice backing Alpay against OC GOP-endorsed candidates.

7:05 PM – Central Committee Member Norm Dickinson speaks in favor of Dahl, citing his property rights record as the only council member backing the CA GOP position on a San Clemente ballot measure.

7:06 PM – Dahl says he considers Alpay a friend and considers it a matter of honor and will not withdraw his endorsement of Alpay.

7:07 PM – Endorsements Committee Member Chandra Chell asks how can Dahl reconcile being a fiscal conservative with endorsing Alpay (the only candidate running for his trustee area in the 2010 CUSD recall).

7:08 PM – Endorsements Committee Chair Mark Bucher says the target of the 2010 CUSD recall was the OC GOP-endorsed candidate.

7:09 PM – Endorsements Committee Member Mary Young speaks of Beall being the top Republican activist in the CUSD.

7:10 PM – Endorsements Committee Member Thomas Gordon expresses concern about Dahl endorsing Alpay against the OC GOP-endorsed candidate in both 2012 and 2010 (and implicitly for the 2010 recall).

7:11 PM – Endorsements Committee Chair Mark Bucher says a 2012 endorsement of Alpay might be forgivable, but a 2010 endorsement is not.

7:11 PM – No one makes any motion regarding Dahl, so the Committee moves on.

Mesa Consolidated Water District, Division 1

7:12 PM – Endorsements Committee Member Chandra Chell speaks in favor of Eric Bever based on his record as a Costa Mesa Councilman and his role as part of Righeimer’s team.  The committee votes unanimously to recommend Bever for endorsement.

Municipal Water District of Orange County, Division 6

7:13 PM – Incumbent Jeffrey Thomas praises the work of the Endorsements Committee and of OC GOP Executive Director Scott Loenhorst.  He says they should never be yelled at.  Thomas was appointed to the seat three years ago when his predecessor had been flown to a board meeting on a Metropolitan Water District of Southern California plane from his La Quinta home (far outside MWDOC).  Thomas was appointed to replace the carpetbagger.  Thomas won a two-year term in 2010 and is up for re-election this year.  He fought the state’s $13 billion water bond and will fight the 2013 water bond that will likely be $14 billion.

7:15 PM – The Endorsements Committee votes unanimously to recommend Thomas for endorsement.  Thomas pledges not to stay an argue.

Huntington Beach Union High School District, Full Term

7:16 PM – Candidate John Briscoe speaks against a $250 million bond in the Ocean View School District, a $27 million technology bond in Fountain Valley School District, and a $927 million bond in the Coast Community College District that doesn’t build any schools.  He says the incumbents are “tiny-R” Republicans who brag about their endorsements by the unions, and the unions will spend $100,000 to buy those two seats.

7:19 PM – Endorsements Committee Member Thomas Gordon asks if Briscoe is endorsed by Huntington Beach City Councilman (and former Huntington Beach Union High School District Board Member) Matt Harper.

7:20 PM – Briscoe says Harper would have endorsed him had he run for the short-term two-year seat instead of one of the two full-term four-year seats.  He says he is endorsed by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Assemblyman Jim Silva, and former Assemblymen Van Tran and Chuck DeVore.

7:20 PM – The Endorsements Committee votes unanimously to recommend Briscoe for endorsement.

Irvine City Council

7:20 PM – In response to an inquiry from Central Committee Alternate Scott Peotter, Endorsements Committee Chair Mark Bucher notes that because Christina Shea and Lynn Schott are already endorsed for the two Council seats in Irvine, so the Endorsements Committee has no ability to take action on Evan Chemers.  Bucher says there is also inadequate notice.  He says a Chemers endorsement can be considered by the whole Central Committee who can endorse more candidates than spots and who would have adequate notice.

7:22 PM – The Endorsements Committee adjourns.

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OC GOP Endorsements Committee Meets for Late Endorsement Recommendations

Posted by Chris Nguyen on October 1, 2012

Republican Party of Orange CountyThe OC GOP Central Committee confirmed a set of early endorsements in August and regular endorsements in September.  Here are those endorsements, so far.

Tonight, the OC GOP Endorsements Committee meets to make recommendations to the OC GOP Central Committee for late endorsements to be made at the October 15 OC GOP Central Committee meeting.

Up for consideration are:

  • Sam Allevato – San Juan Capistrano City Council
  • Ginny Kerr – San Juan Capistrano City Council
  • Kim McCarthy – San Juan Capistrano City Council
  • Roy L. Byrnes – San Juan Capistrano City Council
  • Jerry McCloskey – Laguna Niguel City Council
  • Jim Dahl – San Clemente City Council
  • Eric Bever – Mesa Consolidated Water District, Division 1
  • Jeffery Thomas – Municipal Water District of Orange County, Division 6
  • John Briscoe – Huntington Beach Union High School District, Full Term

These late endorsements were either because the candidates submitted late applications or the decision was delayed by either the Central Committee or the Endorsements Committee (Allevato, Kerr, and Dahl were delayed while the rest were late applications).

Again, all of the recommendations of the Endorsements Committee must be ratified by the Central Committee on October 15. (The Central Committee can and does overturn recommendations from the Endorsements Committee.)

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OC GOP Endorsements for City Council, School Board, Water District, and Sanitary District

Posted by Chris Nguyen on September 18, 2012

Below, find the list of all the endorsements made by the OC GOP for the November 2012 elections.  (This list covers the endorsements made in the August and September meetings.  This does not include October endorsements, though those endorsements won’t come until October 15, a measly three weeks before the election.)

The Liberal OC reported the DPOC August endorsements here.  The DPOC’s next endorsements will be on September 24.

Here’s the OC GOP list…

City Council

  • Aliso Viejo City Council: Greg Ficke
  • Aliso Viejo City Council: Mike Munzing
  • Anaheim City Council: Brian Neil Chuchua
  • Anaheim City Council: Lucille Kring
  • Brea City Council: Steven Vargas
  • Buena Park City Council: Baron Night
  • Costa Mesa City Council: Colin McCarthy
  • Costa Mesa City Council: Steve Mensinger
  • Costa Mesa City Council: Gary Monahan
  • Cypress City Council: Rob Johnson
  • Dana Point City Council: Carlos N. Olvera
  • Fountain Valley City Council: Steve A. Nagel
  • Fullerton City Council: Travis Kiger
  • Fullerton City Council: Bruce Whitaker
  • Garden Grove City Council: Steve Jones
  • Huntington Beach City Council: Devin Dwyer
  • Huntington Beach City Council: Erik Peterson
  • Huntington Beach City Council: Dave Sullivan
  • Irvine Mayor: Steven S. Choi
  • Irvine City Council: Lynn Schott
  • Irvine City Council: Christina L. Shea
  • La Palma City Council: Peter Kim
  • Laguna Beach City Council: Steve Dicterow
  • Laguna Niguel City Council: Laurie Davies
  • Lake Forest City Council: Adam Nick
  • Lake Forest City Council: Dwight Robinson
  • Los Alamitos City Council: Dean Grose
  • Orange Mayor: Jon Dumitru
  • Orange City Council: Ray Grangoff
  • Orange City Council: Mark A. Murphy
  • Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Full Term: Tony Beall
  • Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Full Term: Carol Gamble
  • Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Short Term: Brad McGirr
  • San Clemente City Council: Mike Mortenson
  • Santa Ana Mayor: George M. Collins
  • Santa Ana City Council, Ward 3: Brett Elliott Franklin (Dual Endorsement of Franklin and Hart)
  • Santa Ana City Council, Ward 3: Charles Hart (Dual Endorsement of Hart and Franklin)
  • Santa Ana City Council, Ward 5: Karina Onofre
  • Tustin City Council: Allan Bernstein
  • Tustin City Council: John Nielsen
  • Tustin City Council: Charles E. “Chuck” Puckett
  • Yorba Linda City Council: Nancy Rikel
  • Yorba Linda City Council: Mark Schwing

City Ballot Measures

  • Yes on Measure V – Costa Mesa
  • Yes on Measure Z – Huntington Beach
  • Yes on Measure FF – Orange
  • Yes on Measure HH – Tustin

School District

  • Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 2: Jim Reardon
  • Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 3: Steve R. Lang
  • Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 5: William “Bill” Perkins
  • Cypress School District: Alexandria Coronado
  • Fountain Valley School District: Jeanne Galindo
  • Irvine Unified School District: Michelle Ollada Alipio
  • Ocean View School District: Debbie Cotton
  • Orange Unified School District, Trustee Area 3: Alexia L. Deligianni
  • Santa Ana Unified School District: Cecilia “Ceci” Iglesias

Water District

  • East Orange County Water District: Douglass S. Davert
  • Mesa Consolidated Water District, Division 2: James R. Fisler
  • Mesa Consolidated Water District, Division 3: Ethan Temianka
  • Municipal Water District of Orange County, Division 3: Larry R. Crandall
  • 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

Sanitary District

  • Costa Mesa Sanitary District: Don Harper
  • Costa Mesa Sanitary District: Jeff R. Mathews

 

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OCGOP Endorsements Committee Meets

Posted by Chris Nguyen on September 5, 2012

As with yesterday, all Endorsements Committee recommendations must be ratified by the Central Committee on Monday, September 17.

Endorsements Committee Members Present:
Mark Bucher, Chair
Chandra Chell
Thomas Gordon
Ray Grangoff (arrives at 7:39 PM)
Matt Harper
Mary Young

Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 3

6:17 PM – Steven Lang speaks of his family for a very long time.  He voted for Richard Nixon, and his favorite President is Ronald Reagan.  He believes in “equity and opportunity.”

Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 2

6:19 PM – Jim Reardon speaks of his work running a private school.  He speaks of his activism in CUSD, including being listed on the old CUSD Superintendent Fleming’s Enemies list.  Reardon was endorsed by the OCGOP in 2010.  He opposed the recall of Ken Lopez Maddox and Mike Winsten.  He doesn’t think there’s much difference between a furlough day or a strike in terms of effects on students and parents.  He supports school choice, charter schools, and magnet schools.  He is endorsed by OCBE Trustee Robert Hammond.

Jennifer Beall speaks in favor of both Lang and Reardon as conservative pro-life, pro-marriage fiscally conservative Republicans.  She speaks of the poor fiscal state of the district under the pro-union CUSD trustees.  She says they will never be bought by the unions and are pro-Prop 32.

Committee Member Mary Young says there isn’t anyone who more thoroughly vets candidates than Jennifer Beall.

The committee votes quickly and unanimously to recommend both men for endorsements.

Huntington Beach City Council

6:24 PM – Erik Peterson speaks of his conservative beliefs and his desire to help Matt Harper and the other conservative councilmembers. He wants Huntington Beach to clean house and be a fiscal model for the state and country.  He’s served in the United States Marine Corps, with his church, as a scoutmaster for Boy Scouts, and on the Huntington Beach Finance Board and Planning Commission.

Committee Member Matt Harper speaks of being impressed with Peterson for the last two years and reiterates Peterson’s points.

The committee votes quickly and unanimously to recommend Peterson for endorsement.

Measure FF (City of Orange)

6:27 PM – Elizabeth Spillane discusses how a developer wanted to build homes on land that the developer owned.  The plan was approved by a City Council vote of 4-1, with all four Republicans supporting the plan and Democrat Tita Smith opposing.  She noted that various environmental activists, including the Sierra Club, referended the plan.  She urges Yes on FF to gain parks and trails built at the developer’s expense and to protect private property rights.

Matt Cunningham notes that he is a longtime Orange resident and states that the developer has followed all the legal processes to build homes compatible with the local area while being “vilified by NIMBYs.”  He says private property rights are one of the most fundamental rights Americans have.

The committee votes quickly and unanimously to recommend an endorsement in favor of Measure FF.

Brea City Council

6:31 PM – Former Brea Councilman Steve Vargas speaks of his prior election to the council and how he lost by 410 votes to a liberal Democrat in the last election.  He warns that candidate Christine Marick is a liberal Democrat.  Vargas is running with Marty Simonoff, another Republican.  Vargas speaks of his own military service, including in Fallujah in a tour of duty in Iraq.  He says he is up against unscrupulous RINOs (Don Schweitzer and Ron Garcia) who endorsed Democrat Marick.

(7:47 PM – OC Political fact check: No Democrat serves on the Brea City Council.  DTS Brett Murdock beat Vargas by 410 votes in 2010.)

(8:32 AM – OC Political fact check: Marick is an NPP.)

The committee votes quickly and unanimously to recommend Vargas for endorsement.

The committee is now 25 minutes early despite starting 17 minutes late.

The committee has recessed, as there are now no candidates present.

Metropolitan Water District of Orange County, Division 7

6:54 PM – Running six minutes ahead of schedule, the committee has resumed, beginning with three-term incumbent Susan Hinman.  She describes the district, speaks of her record as a staffer for an unnamed Orange County Supervisor.  She speaks of her work on various water boards, including one that consolidated three agencies.  She speaks of groundwater supplies, sustainability, and efforts to maintain reliable water supplies.  She is endorsed by Supervisor Pat Bates, Senator Mimi Walters, Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, Ed Royce Sr., SOCCCD Trustee Nancy Padberg, Mayor Jim Evert, and Mayor Lara Anderson.

Alice Anderson speaks in favor of Hinman, touting her conservatism, her hard work, and her diligence.

MWDOC Division 1 Director Brett Barbre speaks in favor of Hinman, praising her record.

The committee votes quickly and unanimously to recommend Hinman for endorsement.

Lake Forest City Council

7:01 PM – Dwight Robinson speaks of being a lifelong Republican who helped get Scott Voigts elected.  Voigts encouraged him to run for the Council. He’s endorsed by Assemblyman Don Wagner, Assemblyman Allan Mansoor, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, and various unnamed City Council members and Central Committee members.  He feels the City has only given lip service to being pro-business.  He wants to make the city actually pro-business by cutting regulations that impede businesses.  He speaks of his own Republican activism since the 1990s.  He speaks of his family.  He wants to keep an $80-million sports park may run overbudget.  He states the council has no members with profits-and-losses experience.

Adam Nick speaks of his experience immigrating to the United States.  He speaks of his experience in growing business.  He complains of special interest and crony influence on the Lake Forest Council.  He feels city government should operate as a business.  He says he wants to work with Robinson to make the Council more business-friendly.

OC Political blogger Chris Emami speaks of the lack of transparency in Lake Forest and the Sizzler U.S. Flag controversy in Lake Forest.

An emissary for Committee Member Ray Grangoff says Grangoff would support Nick.

Tim Whitacre speaks in favor of Robinson as a “good American” with solid credentials and the backing of Scott Voigts.

Committee Chair Mark Bucher jokes he was leaning in favor of supporting endorsing Robinson but is reconsidering since Whitacre spoke.

The committee votes quickly and unanimously to recommend both for endorsement.

Fullerton City Council

7:08 PM – Emami says, “Get your popcorn ready.”

Jennifer Fitzgerald wants to do away with local elected official pay and benefits.  She wants principled, reasoned conservatism.  She speaks of her conservative activism in college, her work as a staffer for Republican elected officials, and her business experience. She says she is endorsed by Supervisor Shawn Nelson and the OC Taxpayers Association.

Barry Levinson says he is the only Republican candidate who actively worked to support the recall.  He was the highest vote-getter of the candidates who did not win running in the recall replacement election.  He says he is regularly at City Council meetings but has never seen Fitzgerald.  He speaks of his MBA and his business experience.  He says he understands numbers and can tackle the $1.2 billion unfunded liability in Fullerton from pensions, healthcare, and redevelopment.  He says he spearheaded Fullerton Ordinance 3149, Orange County’s first ordinance restricting sex offenders.  As a Parks & Recreation Commissioner, he helped get a skate park reopened at little cost to the city.  He wants small government to facilitate public needs not to grow government.

Councilman Greg Sebourn speaks in favor of Barry Levinson.  He states Fitzgerald did not support the recall and reiterates Levinson’s increasing vote totals.  He notes Levinson’s conservative voting record as a Parks & Recreation Commissioner and his well-formed opinions based on research in public comment during Council meetings.

Pat Shuff speaks in favor of Fitzgerald.  She says it is unfair to not endorse Fitzgerald based on her non-support of the recall.  Shuff says the majority opposed the recall (Nguyen note: that’s impossible, as the recall passed nearly 2-1).  She says the recall risked the election of a Democrat, which happened in the recall with the election of Doug Chaffee over Levinson.

Tim Whitacre speaks of Levinson’s activism in the recall.  Whitacre says Levinson had the toughest of three replacement recalls.  Whitacre says Fitzgerald is too close to Pat McKinley who gave money to Democrat Doug Chaffee who beat Levinson for a council seat in the recall.

MWDOC Director Brett Barbre speaks of working for Bill Dannemeyer.  He met Fitzgerald in 1995.  She was his children’s Sunday school teacher.  He says she understands Republican principles, politics, and issues.  He says she has given time to the Planning Commission.

Allan Bartlett states Levinson is endorsed by Bruce Whitaker.  (Nguyen note: I don’t believe that’s accurate.)

(7:33 PM – OC Political fact check: I have confirmed with Fullerton Mayor Pro Tem Bruce Whitaker that he has only endorsed fellow Councilman Travis Kiger in this Fullerton Council race.  He has not endorsed either Fitzgerald or Levinson.)

Matt Cunningham notes Fitzgerald has helped Republican causes longer than many people in the room.  He notes Fitzgerald only spoke positively about herself while arguing Levinson and his supporters all attacked Fitzgerald.

Committee Member Chandra Chell asks why Fitzgerald opposed the recall.

Fitzgerald says she opposed the recall because she had various unnamed issues with the recall.  She states she was unhappy with the incumbents’ behavior, so she says that’s why she did not actively work against the recall.

Levinson asks why she had anti-recall signs in her yard.

Fitzgerald doesn’t answer.

Committee Member Mary Young notes that she met Fitzgerald 19 years ago working for conservative causes.  Young says Fitzgerald’s long-term record of activism more than offsets her recent record of non-activism.  She compares the Fitzgerald vs. Levinson endorsement bid to the Santa Ana Franklin vs. Hart endorsement bid from last night without naming Franklin and Hart.

Committee Member Matt Harper says what Councilman Sebourn said is very important to his thought process and Levinson’s efforts to get to know Harper and other Republican officials.  He expresses his concern about Levinson attacking Fitzgerald and notes that he himself had only attended 1 City Council meeting before being elected.  Harper says he’s known Fitzgerald for well over a decade.  He states he will support Fitzgerald.

Young moves to recommend the endorsement of Fitzgerald, with Harper seconding.  The vote is 2-2 (Harper and Young in favor and Chell and Gordon opposed).  Bucher breaks the tie in favor of Fitzgerald.

Levinson shakes the hands of all the committee members.

The committee is now 30 minutes early and recesses.

Laguna Niguel City Council

7:48 PM – Laura Davies speaks of not changing but preserving Laguna Niguel. She says the city is fiscally sound and does not require business licenses. She wants to help the council preserve this. She is a member of the Laguna Niguel RWF. She is on a City Commission and her HOA board. She volunteers for her church and a senior center. She cites endorsements from Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Senator Mimi Walters, Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, Supervisor Pat Bates, former Senator Marian Bergeson, all five Councilmembers, and the California Women’s Leadership Association.

Cindy Uhlenhoff of the Laguna Niguel RWF speaks of Davies as a conservative activist.

Committee Member Thomas Gordon says he has trouble reading her questionnaire answer about whether California should be a “shall issue” state. She says she loves shooting and is strongly in favor of 2nd Amendment rights, including “shall issue” status for California.

The committee votes quickly and unanimously to recommend Davies for endorsement.

Mesa Consolidated Water District, Division 2

7:52 PM – Incumbent Jim Fisler speaks of his activism for Republicans since the 1990s.  He was endorsed by the OCGOP in his previous (and successful) election bid.  He speaks of his extensive experience in water districts and on LAFCO. He precinct walked for Assemblyman Allan Mansoor, who’s endorsed him. He’s endorsed by Costa Mesa Councilman Jim Righeimer, Councilman Gary Monahan, and Colin McCarthy.

The committee votes quickly and unanimously to recommend Fisler for endorsement.

Anaheim City Council

7:56 PM – The committee does Anaheim 4 minutes early.

Brian Chuchua notes his previous endorsement by the OCGOP in 2010.  He speaks of his long term residency in Anaheim.  He complains that special interests control the Anaheim City Council, citing the TOT vote.  He says he will work well with Mayor Tom Tait.(Nguyen note: Tait has not endorsed Chuchua.)

Tim Whitacre speaks in favor of Chuchua, citing Chuchua’s activism in the unsuccessful effort to put a charter amendment on the ballot to prevent the TOT plan from ever being used again.  Whitacre states that Tait will endorse Chuchua (several murmurs in the audience about if Tait’s going to endorse Chuchua, why hasn’t he already done so?).

Lucille Kring, who has already been endorsed by the Central Committee in early endorsements, speaks for Chuchua and against Steve Chavez Lodge for the latter’s contributions to Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and the allegations that Lodge committed police brutality.

8:01 PM – Steve Chavez Lodge arrives 1 minute late.  He introduces himself as Steven Albert Chavez Lodge, with a couple giggles from the audience.  He says he is a Reagan conservative with 5,000 arrests as a Santa Ana Police Officer.  He wants Anaheim to be pro-business.  He says the most important function of city government is public safety.  He says his experience will help stabilize Anaheim.

Allan Bartlett speaks against Lodge, repeating Kring’s comments that Lodge donated money to Loretta Sanchez and that Lodge may have committed police brutality.  Bartlett says, “it’s not conservative to give millions of dollars to a large corporation like Disney.”

Tim Whitacre says, “On behalf of Mayor Tom Tait, who previously endorsed Mr. Lodge, has unendorsed Mr. Lodge.”  He asks if Lodge has sought union support in violation of the non-union pledge in the OCGOP questionnaire.

Committee Member Chandra Chell asks if either candidate is endorsed by Curt Pringle.

Pringle endorsed Lodge but not Chuchua.

Lodge says he gave money to Sanchez because being in construction requires that he give a donation to Sanchez.  He apologizes and says he regrets it now.  Lodge says, “people get hurt when they fight” in reference to the allegations of police brutality.  He says he did not violate any police department policies.

Committee Member Mary Young asks if Chuchua gave money to a Democrat.

Chuchua gave money to Democrat John Santoianni running for Anaheim City School District who he called a personal friend.  Chuchua says he was curious about Santoianni.

Committee Member Thomas Gordon asks Lodge about defined benefit vs. defined contribution.

Lodge says pension reform is necessary to make the system solvent and that Governor Brown’s 12-point plan did not go far enough.

Committee Member Thomas Gordon asks Lodge if he is backed by any unions.

Lodge says he is endorsed by the Anaheim Police and Fire unions and the Santa Ana Police union but has not taken any money from them.

Committee Member Ray Grangoff expresses concern about Lodge’s ties to Jordan Brandman.

Lodge says while many people have endorsed both he and Brandman; he says he has no ties to Brandman and has never been to any events with Brandman.

Chuchua interjects that there’s pictures of Brandman and Lodge at events together.

Committee Chair Mark Bucher asks Lodge to further elaborate on pension reform.

Lodge says he feels more reforms are necessary.

Committee Member Mary Young expresses concern that both gave money to Democrats.  She says they both seem conservative.

Committee Member Chandra Chell says some people in the room support Chuchua while none support Lodge.

Chell moves to support the endorsement recommendation for Chuchua and Gordon seconds.

Chell expresses concern about Lodge’s endorsement by Pringle.

Committee Member Matt Harper says Anaheim is very complex and Kring was an easy call.  He wants to delay an endorsement vote, and gets agreement from Young and Grangoff.

Committee Member Ray Grangoff says both would do well.

Committee Member Mary Young says you can’t control who endorses you.  She says OCEA head Nick Berandino endorsed her against her will.

Committee Member Thomas Gordon asks who Lucille Kring would rather have as a colleague.

Kring says she’d “much prefer” Chuchua over Lodge because he “has a lot of baggage” and is backed by “special interests” and SOAR, Anaheim Chamber, Disney, and Pringle.  She blasts OCBC and OCTax as Pringle high-speed rail tools who are also backing Lodge.

Committee Chair Mark Bucher asks if Lodge supports high-speed rail.

Lodge thinks money should be spent on local transportation rather than high-speed rail.

Committee Chair Mark Bucher is “more troubled” by union support than the other members of the committee.

Committee Member Mary Young thinks if the police union didn’t back Lodge, it might be a sign he was a bad police officer.

Committee Chair Mark Bucher cites Assemblyman Allan Mansoor as an example of a former law enforcement officer who is opposed by police unions.

Kring interjects that police unions could still do independent expenditures.

The vote was 3-3 for Chuchua (Bucher, Chell, and Gordon in favor with Grangoff, Harper, and Young against).

The committee vote fails.

Buena Park City Council

8:24 PM – Baron Night says he’s been registered as a Republican since he was eligible to vote.  He’s never voted for a Democrat, given one money, nor volunteered for one.  He says he’s a conservative on every issue and has been on the Central Committee for a number of years.

Allan Bartlett says he loves Baron’s limericks.

Committee Member Thomas Gordon asks about Night’s position on the Costa Mesa charter.

Night says he’s in favor.

Committee Member Thomas Gordon asks about Night’s position of opposition on the Buena Park charter citing Night’s statement, “If isn’t broke, don’t fix it.”

Night claims he didn’t like the way it was written, not the charter itself.

Committee Member Thomas Gordon says Buena Park is broke.

Night says Buena Park has $12,000,000 in reserves.

The committee votes quickly and unanimously to recommend Night for endorsement.

Santa Ana Unified School District

8:29 PM – Ceci Iglesias speaks of growing up in Santa Ana and her educational background.  She wants to bring a conservative voice to the Santa Ana Unified School District board.  She says she has a child in SAUSD schools.  She opposes SB 48.  She supports a back-to-basics and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education.  She notes she is an immigrant from El Salvador and believes it is important to have English as a Second Language programs for students who don’t speak English.  She started a non-profit to teach deaf children.

Santa Ana resident Charles Hart speaks in favor of Iglesias and speaks of Reagan’s 80/20 ratio.  He says everyone in the room agrees with 80% of what Iglesias stands for and likely more.  He says Santa Ana needs more Republicans.

Fullerton resident Pat Shuff says she is in favor of bilingual education and the DREAM Act.  Shuff claims Igleisas has only been a Republican for two months.  Iglesias says she has been a Republican for eight years but briefly left the GOP.

Orange County Board of Education Trustee Robert Hammond, a Santa Ana resident, says Iglesias opposes the DREAM Act.  He notes he’s never seen Shuff in Santa Ana.  He says she has helped register lots of new Republicans, including persuading many Democrats over.  He says Iglesias supports ESL programs, not bilingual education.  He says she opposes SB 48 and is opposed to the teachers’ union.

Committee Member Ray Grangoff asks why she left the GOP.

Iglesias says she ran as an independent for Congress because a number of Republicans opposed her for being too conservative.

Committee Member Ray Grangoff expresses concern that she ran against Tran and Sanchez because conservatives united behind Tran.

Iglesias says she didn’t understand the dynamics of the party establishment.

Committee Member Mary Young urges her to consider English immersion and welcomes her into the Republican Party.

Iglesias says she supports immersion with ESL support.

Committee Member Ray Grangoff asks about the party affiliations of the candidates in the race.

Iglesias says three Democrat and three Republicans are running for three seats.  She says she is the most conservative candidate.

Committee Member Chandra Chell says regardless of Iglesias’s registration, Chell has seen Iglesias working for conservative candidates, even candidates who were endorsed by Republicans but without any money (like Hugh Nguyen’s bid against Tom Daly).

Committee Member Mary Young notes that Ronald Reagan was a Democrat and that Iglesias should be welcomed.

Committee Member Matt Harper notes that there’s only three Republicans for three seats and that she’s the only one seeking the endorsement.

Committee Member Thomas Gordon notes Iglesias’s opponents have massive financial campaign assistance from Planned Parenthood and that Iglesias is very pro-life.  He cites Iglesias’s efforts to gain new Republicans.  Gordon tells a story about how a Santa Ana resident screamed “Republicano” and ran like Republicans were the chupacabra.

The committee votes unanimously to recommend Iglesias for endorsement.

Orange County Water District, Division 3

8:48 PM – Incumbent Roger Yoh speaks of his conservative record on the water district.  He fought to maintain the defined contribution retirement plan when the OCWD general manager tried to insert a defined benefit plan.  He notes his family legally immigrated to the United States in 1982.  He supports the death penalty and specifically praises the efficiency of China’s death penalty.

The committee votes quickly and unanimously to recommend Yoh for endorsement.

Mission Viejo City Council

8:51 PM – Mission Viejo begins, with four candidates for two slots.

Ed Sachs says he would like to support Ceci Iglesias.  Sachs says he’s endorsed by Tom Del Beccarro.  He wants to make Orange County even more Republican.  He says he was veterans chair for Carly Fiorina and speaks of various other Republican activist activities.

Wendy Bucknum says she is represented by every Supervisor, Congressman, and state legislator who currently represents Mission Viejo or will represent Mission Viejo.  She speaks of volunteering for Republican candidates and registering Republican voters and young people.  She changed Dave Leckness into a Republican.  She says she is pro-business, pro-public safety, and pro-youth programs.

Incumbent Cathy Schlicht says she walked precincts for Dana Rohrabacher and Allan Mansoor.  She says she is active in the Saddleback Republican Assembly.  She has registered Republican voters.  She states she has pushed the Mission Viejo City Coumcil to have more competitive bidding.  She supports Prop 32.  She has opposed all fee increases based on administrative costs; she prefers to cut those costs.  She says she has been active in Mission Viejo during its entire history.  She works in the construction industry.  District Attorney Tony Rackacukas, OCBE Trustee Ken Williams, Assemblyman Don Wagner, Assemblyman Allan Mansoor, Assemblyman Chris Norby, and Lake Forest Mayor Kathryn McCullough (a Democrat), and numerous other people I didn’t catch.

Incumbent Frank Ury blamed his Hungarian parents for his initials.  He is a founding board member of ACC-OC.  He cites his conservative voting record on the City Council.  He used budget surpluses to create fee holidays where fees were temporarily suspended for six months to assist businesses and residents.  OCBC, Congressman Ed Royce, Congressman Gary Miller, Senator Mimi Walters, and Assemblyman Jeff Miller have endorsed Ury.

Steve Sarkis speaks in favor of Cathy Schlicht, citing her conservative voting record, including on sex offenders, taxes, and public safety.

Chris Emami speaks in “slight opposition” to Schlicht, citing her voting record.  Specifically, he cited when Schlict filed suit on a city ballot measure where Schlict sought attorney’s fees from the city, and the council voted on her request.

Larry Gilbert speaks in favor of Schlicht, citing her longtime volunteerism for Republicans.  Gilbert speaks on the suit’s merits but did not speak about the attorney’s fees.

Tim Whitacre speaks in favor of Sachs, citing him as “new old blood” on the basis of his life experience and his fresh perspective in politics.  He cites Sachs’s service in the United States Navy.

Shirley Morgan speaks in favor of Wendy Bucknum.  Morgan was Laguna Woods RWF President for ten years and spoke of Bucknum’s assistance to the Laguna Woods RWF.  Morgan praises Bucknum’s people skills with seniors and youth.

Matt Corrigan, former President of the Saddleback Republican Assembly, states Bucknum supported union-backed Democrat Dave Leckness (and shows pictures demonstrating this) and Bucknum opposed the candidates endorsed by the OCGOP.  He says she even attacked the OCGOP-endorsed candidates in numerous voter communications.

Joe Holtzman speaks of Prop 32 and how Bucknum is depending on special interest money.  He questions “her moral compass.”  He says she did nothing during a swim team scandal.  He speaks of her questionable fiscal stances.

Larry Gilbert speaks of Ury’s support of Leckness.  Gilbert says Supervisor Shawn Nelson opposed the watering down of the Mission Viejo City Manager’s contract termination clauses, and that Ury then voted to water down the clauses.

Joe Holtzman says Ury has been forced to rewrite ballot statements due to violating the law.  He also says Ury has caused numerous legal expenses for the city.  He says Ury tried to undermine the school board and public education when Ury was a school board member.

In response to Emami’s “slight” allegation, Schlicht only sought $70 in attorney’s fees in order to get attention to the fact that she, and not Ury, had won in the lawsuit demanding language be changed on the ballot measure because she said the City Attorney was incorrectly spinning that Ury and the City had prevailed over Schlicht.

In response to Corrigan and Holtzman’s allegations, Bucknum had a “No on [Lance MacLean] Recall” sign because she felt the term expired in six months.  She says apparently the sign was paid for by the union.  She says she opposes smear campaigns like the one she’s suffered tonight.

In response to Gilbert and Holtzman’s allegations, Ury cites his efforts to pass school vouchers while a school board member.  He says he won awards from the OCGOP and CA GOP for the effort.  He says the unions spent enormous sums to remove him from the school board.  He says if that’s undermining public education, he’s guilty as charged.  He believes property rights are paramount, and he fought to battle ballot box zoning (in reference to Schlicht’s lawsuit).

Committee Member Thomas Gordon asks if Ury voted to prevent citizens from pulling consent calendar items.

Ury feels council members should pull consent calendar items because there are some citizens who try to pull all consent items.  He notes the city has never turned down serious citizen requests to pull a consent item.

Committee Member Thomas Gordon asks if Ury voted to bestow lifetime medical benefits on part-time council members.

Ury gives a lengthy complex explanation arguing that it’s only irrevocable if a councilmember signs a document that they’re forever waiving lifetime medical benefits because a council could reverse a vote in the future.  He says his vote was to rescind an illegal vote.

Committee Member Ray Grangoff asks if the Republican Party took a position on the recall of Lance MacLean.

Committee Member Matt Harper asks people’s positions on the Mission Viejo ballot box zoning measure.

Sachs couldn’t recall.

Schlicht said she supported the measure to protect the private property rights of local residents, open space, and parks to prevent a state mandate for high-density housing.

Committee Member Matt Harper asks Schlicht if it’s like Newport Beach’s Greenlight initiative.

She says yes.

Committee Member Matt Harper asks Schlicht points out it doesn’t protect the property rights of the landowner.

She supports the measure because it harms the property values of the neighbors, thereby harming their property values.

Bucknum opposed the measure.

Ury opposed the measure.  He said the Schlicht lawsuit only changed two minor words.  Ury’s side prevailed 70%-30%.

Committee Member Ray Grangoff asks how Sachs would vote on the measure today if he saw it now.

Sachs says he would have voted the way Schlicht did.

Committee Member Matt Harper asked who was endorsed by Senator Mimi Walters and Assemblywoman Diane Harkey.

Walters and Harkey endorsed Ury and Bucknum.

Committee Member Ray Grangoff supports Ury for holding to conservative Republican values.

Committee Member Mary Young says she knows all four as good conservatives.

Committee Chair Mark Bucher says he first met Ury when Ury was running for school board.  He wrote the first paycheck protection measure with Ury.  Bucher notes that when someone backs a Democrat, it’s a good thing when that Democrat is converted to Republican.  While there are minor Ury voting issues, nothing of a serious issue has arisen.

The committee votes to recommend Ury for endorsement 4-2 (Chell and Gordon dissenting).

Committee Member Mary Young is excited that conservative Democrat Dave Leckness became a conservative Republican.

Committee Member Ray Grangoff believes the Republican Party must make a stand in favor of private property rights.

Committee Member Matt Harper believes private property rights is one of the most important issues City Councils have jurisdiction over.  He is thrilled there is this much battle among Republicans because the city is so heavily Republican.

The committee votes to recommend Bucknum for endorsement 4-2 (Chell and Gordon dissenting).

Apparently, Emami’s “slight opposition” can change the direction of an endorsements meeting.

Rancho Santa Margarita City Council

9:45 PM – Appointed incumbent Carol Gamble speaks of her prior Council electoral history and her reappointment after she returned to California.  She urged that Tony Beall replace her when she left the Council to take care of her dying parent.  After she returned, and after another Councilmember resigned, she was reappointed to the Council.  She helped lead the cityhood movement in Rancho Santa Margarita and was elected to its inaugural City Council, serving until she left California.  She owns a consulting and engineering firm based in Rancho Santa Margarita for 17 years.  She says she is a major proponent of private property rights.

Committee Chair Mark Bucher notes that Tony Beall is the only thing standing in the way of the committee members going home.

Beall gives one sentence in support of Gamble.  He speaks one sentence stating he supports Brad McGirr, who cannot make it because he is at a Rancho Santa Margarita Planning Commission meeting.

The committee quickly and unanimously vote to recommend the endorsement of both Gamble and McGirr.

The Endorsements Committee adjourns at 9:52 PM, a stunning 8 minutes early.

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Endorsements Committee Recommends 11 Candidates via Consent Calendar to OCGOP Central Committee

Posted by Chris Nguyen on September 4, 2012

The OCGOP Endorsements Committee has just passed its consent calendar, with recommendations in favor of endorsements for these 11 candidates, subject to ratification of the OCGOP Central Committee:

Greg Ficke for Aliso Viejo City Council
Jeanne Galindo for Fountain Valley School District Board
Steven Dicterow for Laguna Beach City Council
Dean Grose for Los Alamitos City Council
Larry R. Crandall for Municipal Water District of Orange County, Division 3
Debbie Cotton for Ocean View School District Board
Karina Onofre for Santa Ana City Council, Ward 5
Chuck Puckett for Tustin City Council
John Nielsen for Tustin City Council
Allan Bernstein for Tustin City Council
Bill Perkins for Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 5

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OCGOP Endorsements Being Considered Tonight

Posted by Chris Nguyen on September 4, 2012

Tonight is the first of two nights that the endorsements committee of the OCGOP will be meeting. These are the endorsements that are up for consideration tonight (some of these people will be turned down since there are more applicants than endorsements available). 3 people (the candidate and two supporters) may speak in favor of an endorsement and 3 people may speak against. The candidate will be permitted to rebut the arguments made against their endorsement.

More endorsements will be considered tomorrow night.

Also, all Endorsements Committee recommendations must be ratified by the Central Committee.

Greg Ficke for Aliso Viejo City Council
Jeanne Galindo for Fountain Valley School District Board
Steven Dicterow for Laguna Beach City Council
Dean Grose for Los Alamitos City Council
Larry R. Crandall for Municipal Water District of Orange County, Division 3
Debbie Cotton for Ocean View School District Board
Karina Onofre for Santa Ana City Council, Ward 5
Chuck Puckett for Tustin City Council
John Nielsen for Tustin City Council
Allan Bernstein for Tustin City Council
Bill Perkins for Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 5
Sam Allevato for San Juan Capistrano City Council
Virginia “Ginny” Kerr for San Juan Capistrano City Council
Bill Hunt for Laguna Hills City Council
Dore J. Gilbert for Laguna Hills City Council
Dr. Raghu Mathur for Laguna Hills City Council
Andrew Blount for Laguna Hills City Council
Steve Nagel for Fountain Valley City Council
Alexia Deligianni for Orange Unified School District Board, Trustee Area 3
Michelle Ollada Alipio for Irvine Unified School District Board
Doug Davert for East Orange County Water District
Carlos Olvera for Dana Point City Council
George Collins for Mayor of Santa Ana
Charles Hart for Santa Ana City Council, Ward 3
Brett Franklin for Santa Ana City Council, Ward 3
Lynn Schott for Irvine City Council
Alexandria Coronado for Cypress School Board
Jim Dahl for San Clemente City Council
Michael Mortenson for San Clemente City Council

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Fountain Valley Councilmember Pulls Papers To Run Against Incumbent

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on July 17, 2012

In a bit of a surprise yesterday Fountain Valley Councilmember Larry Crandall pulled papers yesterday to run for the Municipal Water District of Orange County, Division 3 against appointed incumbent Wayne Osborn. The seat was vacated by Ed Royce Sr. former Stanton City Councilmember and father of Congressman Ed Royce. In March Osborn was appointed to fill the vacancy and it should be noted that he has also pulled papers to run.

Not to confuse our readers but it is important to clarify that this is the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) which is different from the Orange County Water District (OCWD). For those of you that were wondering Boardmembers in MWDOC are:

Division 1- Brett Barbre
Division 2- Larry Dick
Division 3- Wayne Osborn
Division 4- Joan Finnegan
Division 5- Wayne Clark
Division 6- Jeffrey Thomas
Division 7- Susan Hinman

Boardmembers on the OCWD are:

Area 1- Kathryn Barr
Area 2- Denis Bilodeau
Area 3- Roger Yoh
Area 4- Philip Anthony
Area 5- Steve Sheldon
Area 6- Cathy Green
Area 7- Shawn Dewane
Area 8- Claudia Alvarez (Appointed Santa Ana Seat)
Area 9- Harry Sidhu (Appointed Anaheim Seat)
Area 10- Don Bankhead (Appointed Fullerton Seat)

This will be an interesting race because although incumbency is a powerful tool being a Councilmember is also a very strong position to be coming from for any seat. Larry Crandall won’t necessarily return his papers though as often officeholders will pull papers as a way to scare others out of a race i order to clear the field for someone who they are supporting.

Many people who are in Republican Party circles know Larry Crandall in his capacity as a Councilmember in Fountain Valley and his work with OC Supervisor John Moorlach. It appears that if he goes through with this run that he will be giving up his City Council seat to do so, unless he decides to run for both (Never a good idea).

Not as many insiders are as familiar with Wayne Osborn who is also a Fountain Valley Republican. Chris Nguyen will be displeased to learn that his Bachelors is from UC Berkeley but that may be offset by the fact that his Masters is from USC. Here is his full bio from the MWDOC website:

Wayne Osborne was appointed to the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) Board of Directors in March 2012. He represents Division 3, which includes the areas of Cypress, Fountain Valley, Los Alamitos, Stanton, Westminster, the western portion of Garden Grove, and nearby portions of unincorporated Orange County.

Director Osborne has a long history of commitment to the water industry.  He worked for the City of Fountain Valley for 33 years as the Director of Public Works and City Engineer.  During that time, he developed the City’s water supply master plan, implemented long-term capital improvement programs for water supply, and oversaw the maintenance of all public works facilities, including water and wastewater systems. He was also instrumental in obtaining grant funding for construction of two wells and other key water infrastructure.

Director Osborne is a member of several water industry organizations, including the American Water Works Association and the Orange County Water Association, of which he is a Past President.  He is also an active member of professional organizations, including the American Public Works Association and the Orange County City Engineers’ Association, of which he is also a Past President.

Director Osborne received his Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California. A longtime resident of Fountain Valley, he is married to his wife Mary and they have four children.
This division appears to cover Westminster, Los Alamitos, Garden Grove (portion), and Fountain Valley. With these 2 candidates potentially splitting the Fountain Valley vote and the incumbent vote it will be interesting to see if somebody from Westminster (the largest city in the division).

We still have a few weeks left in filing and many of the questions we still have should be answered by August 10th when filing closes.

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Filling the Anaheim Union High School District Vacancy

Posted by Chris Nguyen on April 16, 2012

Anaheim Union High School District On February 27, Anaheim Union High School District Trustee Jan Harp Domene passed away unexpectedly at home at the age of 60.  Elected to a four-year term in 2010, her untimely death left the seat vacant with more than two years remaining on the term.

On March 8, the AUHSD Board of Trustees decided to fill the seat by provisional appointment until the voters fill the seat in November 2012 for the remainder of the term expiring in 2014.  The deadline to request an application for the seat was Thursday, March 29, at which point 21 candidates had requested an application.  Wednesday, April 11 was the deadline to submit their applications, and 13 candidates did so.

Thursday, April 19 at 6:00 PM is a special meeting of the AUHSD Board of Trustees to allow the public to comment on the 13 candidates.  On Wednesday, April 25, at 5:00 PM, the AUHSD Board will hold a special meeting to interview the 13 candidates.  The following day, on Thursday, April 26, again at 5:00 PM, the AUHSD Board will hold a special meeting to vote on the appointment.  If the board fails to make an appointment by the end of Friday, April 27, the seat will remain vacant until the November 2012 election, when the voters fill the seat for the remainder of the term expiring in 2014.

It will take 3 votes to fill the seat, as the four AUHSD Trustees need a majority vote to fill the fifth seat.  The four AUHSD Trustees are Board President Anna Piercy (R-Cypress) and Board Members Jordan Brandman (D-Anaheim), Brian O’Neal (R-La Palma), Katherine Smith (R-Anaheim).

This is the most recent in a series of vacancies in elected office in Orange County in the past three months:

  • On January 23, Orange County Public Administrator John Williams’s resignation in a settlement with the County took effect (though he attempted to hang on to the office until February 7).  The Supervisors have not filled Williams’s seat, but Measure A has been placed on the June ballot to convert the elected Public Administrator into an appointed position.
  • On January 31, Orange County Auditor-Controller David Sundstrom’s resignation to accept a similar position in Sonoma County took effect.  The all-Republican OC Board of Supervisors almost appointed Republican Shaun Skelly to the vacancy, but Skelly withdrew.  The Supervisors are slated to determine tomorrow on how to proceed on filling Sundstrom’s vacancy.
  • On February 1, Stanton Councilman Ed Royce Sr.’s resignation due to ill health took effect.  His resignation from the Municipal Water District of Orange County Board of Directors took effect the same day.  On March 13, the majority Republican Stanton City Council appointed Republican Rigoberto Ramirez to fill the vacancy.  On March 14, the all-Republican Municipal Water District of Orange County Board of Directors appointed Republican Wayne Osborne to fill the vacancy, effective March 21.
  • On February 12, Villa Park Councilman Bob Fauteux passed away suddenly at the age of 79.  On March 27, the all-Republican Villa Park City Council appointed Republican Rick Barnett to fill the vacancy.

The 13 candidates seeking to fill the vacancy on the Board of the Anaheim Union High School District are:

  • John Alvis (D-La Palma), 69, served on the Centralia School District Board of Trustees from 1988-2005 and is currently President of the Kiwanis Club of La Palma and Vice Chair of the La Palma Traffic Safety Committee.  In 2006, he came in third out of five candidates for two seats on the La Palma City Council.  He also unsuccessfully sought an appointment to the AUHSD board in late 2007 after the untimely death of Denise Mansfield-Reinking.  (Harald Martin was appointed to the seat, but petitions forced an early 2008 special election that Jordan Brandman won.)
  • Maureen Christensen (R-Anaheim), 48, serves on the Anaheim City School District’s Measure BB Bond Oversight Committee.
  • Dominic Daddario (R-Anaheim), 64, is a businessman.
  • Helena De Coro (R-Anaheim), 65, is a music professor at Cypress College.
  • Lori Dinwiddie (NPP-Buena Park), 44, is the Safety Chair for the PTSAs at both Kennedy High School and Walker Jr. High School.
  • Greg Domene (D-Anaheim), 61, is Domene’s widower and works in the computer industry.
  • Jackie Filbeck (R-Anaheim), 54, is a Field Representative in Assemblyman Chris Norby’s office, with a long track record as a PTA parent, Anaheim Little League board member, JUSA board member, and NJB board member.  She made an unsuccessful bid for the Anaheim City School District Board in 2010.
  • Rod Hall (R-Anaheim), 80, is a retired teacher active in the Anaheim Lions Club.
  • Kenneth Jenks (R-Buena Park), 57, is an insurance salesman who is active in his church.
  • Art Montez (D-Buena Park), 62, is active with LULAC and was a Centralia School District Board Member from 1998 until 2010, when he was defeated for re-election.
  • Annemarie Randle-Trejo (D-Anaheim), 49, is a twice-defeated candidate for AUHSD: she came in sixth out of eight candidates in her 2006 bid and third out of four in her 2008 bid.  She is a behavior interventionist for the Anaheim City School District.
  • Forrest Turpen (R-Anaheim), 74, is West Coast Regional Director for Christian Educators Association International.
  • Shanin Ziemer (NPP-Buena Park), 41, is President of the PTA at Buena Terra Elementary School and Cultural Arts Chair of the Fourth District PTA.

The average age of the applicants is 59.

The applicants include 7 Republicans, 4 Democrats, and 2 people registered as No Party Preference (known as Decline-to-State in pre-Prop 14 parlance).

They include 8 Anaheimers, 4 Buena Parkers, and 1 La Palman.

AUHSD includes the entirety of the City of Cypress, along with portions of Anaheim, Buena Park, La Palma and Stanton.  AUHSD includes grades 7-12, with K-6 education provided by the Anaheim City School DistrictCentralia School District, Cypress School District, Magnolia School District, and Savanna School District.

(In the interest of full disclosure, I should note my day job is working in the Fullerton office of Assemblyman Chris Norby.  Consequently, one of my co-workers is Jackie Filbeck, who is one of the candidates for the AUHSD seat.)

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