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Troy Edgar’s 11th Hour Bid for Clerk-Recorder Rejected by Registrar After Surveillance Video Review

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on March 7, 2014

Los Alamitos Councilman Troy Edgar pulled papers to challenge Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen on the afternoon that candidate filing closed. After the Registrar’s office locked their doors at 5 PM, Edgar’s team continued to collect nomination signatures inside the Registrar’s office. A Registrar’s employee and a Sheriff’s Deputy stopped any further signature collection. Edgar’s team submitted exactly 20 signatures, the minimum number required to qualify for the ballot for Clerk-Recorder under the Elections Code. The Registrar rejected Edgar’s filing after viewing surveillance camera footage that confirmed at least two signatures were collected after the 5 PM deadline and therefore could not be counted for filing, so Edgar’s 11th hour bid for Clerk-Recorder was rejected by the Registrar.

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Tales From the ROV: Drama In The OC Clerk-Recorder Race

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on March 7, 2014

We have a developing story at the Orange County Registrar of Voters. Troy Edgar, Los Alamitos Councilmember, pulled papers earlier today for the OC Clerk-Recorder’s race. His signatures are being challenged due to extremely unusual circumstances. More to come later.

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We Have Vote Totals! Clerk-Recorder Follow Up

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on April 3, 2013

Forgive my typos and grammar from yesterday. I don’t type very fast and often cannot go back and fix items when I am live blogging. As you may have noticed I want back through all of the posts from yesterday and cleaned up the typos along with some of the grammar. A bit of reformatting also may have been done in order to make the posts a bit easier on the eyes. Following up from yesterday I am posting a list of votes that each Supervisor cast yesterday for Clerk-Recorder. Later today stay tuned for our interview with Supervisor Todd Spitzer that we will be posting in its entirety. Now onto the vote recap:

Round 1

In this opening round, each Supervisor could vote for up to five applicants to advance to the second round with an applicant needing a minimum of three votes to advance. Here’s the breakdown:

Janet Nguyen

Chris Norby
Hieu Nguyen
Dick Ackerman
Harry Sidhu

John Moorlach

Bruce Peotter
Hieu Nguyen
Dick Ackerman
Steve Rosansky
Renee Ramirez

Todd Spitzer

Hieu Nguyen
Bruce Peotter
Renee Ramirez

Shawn Nelson

Chris Norby
Dick Ackerman
Bruce Peotter
Hieu Nguyen

Pat Bates

Chris Norby
Dick Ackerman
Hieu Nguyen
Steve Rosansky
Renee Ramirez

Here are the results from this round:

Making The Cut

Hieu Nguyen (5 votes)
Dick Ackerman (4 votes)
Bruce Peotter (3 votes)
Chris Norby (3 votes)
Renee Ramirez (3 votes)

Missing The Cut

Steve Rosansky (2 votes)

Round 2

In this round, each Supervisor could vote for up to three applicants to advance to the third round with an applicant still needing a minimum of three votes to advance. Here’s the breakdown:

Janet Nguyen

Chris Norby
Hieu Nguyen
Dick Ackerman

John Moorlach

Bruce Peotter
Hieu Nguyen
Renee Ramirez

Todd Spitzer

Hieu Nguyen
Bruce Peotter
Renee Ramirez

Shawn Nelson

Chris Norby
Bruce Peotter
Hieu Nguyen

Pat Bates

Chris Norby
Dick Ackerman
Hieu Nguyen

Here are the results from this round:

Making The Cut

Hieu Nguyen (5 votes)
Bruce Peotter (3 votes)
Chris Norby (3 votes)

Missing The Cut

Dick Ackerman (2 votes)
Renee Ramirez (2 votes)

Round 3

In this round, each Supervisor could vote for up to two applicants to advance to the final round with an applicant still needing a minimum of three votes to advance. Here’s the breakdown:

Janet Nguyen

Hieu Nguyen

John Moorlach

Bruce Peotter
Hieu Nguyen

Todd Spitzer

Hieu Nguyen
Bruce Peotter

Shawn Nelson

Chris Norby
Hieu Nguyen

Pat Bates

Bruce Peotter
Hieu Nguyen

Here are the results from this round:

Making The Cut

Hieu Nguyen (5 votes)
Bruce Peotter (3 votes)

Missing The Cut

Chris Norby (1 vote)

Final Round

With the field being narrowed to the final two applicants Nelson realized that only one applicant received five votes in every round. Supervisor Nguyen made a motion to appoint Hieu Nguyen to the position of Orange County Clerk-Recorder. Here was the breakdown of the votes on that motion:

Janet Nguyen- Aye
John Moorlach- No
Todd Spitzer- Aye
Shawn Nelson- Aye
Pat Bates- Aye

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Interview With Hieu Nguyen

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on April 3, 2013

As I proclaimed earlier, we were lucky to have the first interview with Hieu Nguyen after he was appointed as the new Orange County Clerk-Recorder. Click the link below to hear the quick interview in which he discusses his plans for the future and expresses his excitement to have been appointed. The interview gets cut a bit short because a large group of his supporters could not wait to run up and hug him. I had never met him in person before but he came across as a very nice and sincere man.

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Hieu Nguyen Appointed Orange County Clerk-Recorder

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on April 2, 2013

On a 4-1 vote (Moorlach dissenting) after a marathon interview session the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to appointed Hieu Nguyen to the position of Orange County Clerk-Recorder. His interview was not the best but he did well and answered the questions the right way.

My computer has already died so I am not able to complete the portions of this post the way that I would like but we have a couple of things on deck for this news. following the meeting I am fairly certain that OC Political was lucky enough to get the first interview with Hieu Nguyen just outside the boardroom. We will be launching this as our first audio post.

Also, Supervisor Todd Spitzer had the misfortune of being the only Supervisor that didn’t run away fast enough as I approached the dais looking for interviews. He was kind enough to give us some time to talk about the process and what he looks to see moving forward.

If not tonight, by tomorrow I also expect to be able to have a more comprehensive post up about Hieu Nguyen. I will also tally up each Supervisors individual votes on each round of the process and present it for our readers. Be on the lookout for all of these and more later this week on OC Political.

Coming up we have the next round of appointments which will be the Orange County Auditor-Controller and Orange County Public Administrator.

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Clerk-Recorder Interviews: Deliberation Time

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on April 2, 2013

4:31 PM– They are going to have a ballot to decide the top 5 choices to advance for further discussion. Anybody with 3 votes advances if I understood correctly.

4:33 PM– They are voting.

4:36 PM– The following advance Renee Ramirez, Hieu Nguyen, Bruce Peotter, Chris Norby, and Dick Ackerman.

4:39 PM– We are now going to vote on a top 3.

4:40 PM– They are voting.

4:41 PM– The results are in and the top 3 are Hieu Nguyen, Chris Norby, and Bruce Peotter.

4:43 PM– They are now discussing the procedure of appointing this today versus going forward.

4:45 PM– They are looking into the top 2 now to advance.

4:48 PM– They are now voting.

4:50 PM– The top 2 are Hieu Nguyen and Bruce Peotter.

4:51 PM– A motion is on the table to appoint Hieu Nguyen to the position and it was approved 4-1.

4:53 PM– Hieu Nguyen is the next OC Clerk-Recorder.

4:52 PM– We are adjourned.

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Clerk-Recorder Interviews: Renee Ramirez

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on April 2, 2013

3:46 PM– Now for another interesting interview. Get that popcorn ready because Renee Ramirez is up.

3:51 PM– It’s on like Donkey Kong.

3:52 PM– In her introduction she talked about her background working for Orange County since 18 years old. Her family and way she lives her life outside of her position in County government.

3:54 PM– She talked about a lack of communication between Tom Daly and the Board which she says that she has tried to make an improvement upon. She is referencing a lot of documents that I do not have access to as she refers to sole-source contracts.

3:56 PM– Supervisor Nguyen asked about her intentions to run for re-election. Ramirez stated that she does plan to run for re-election if appointed although she doubted she would run if not appointed.

3:57 PM– Supervisor Nelson asked about her running for higher office. Ramirez stated she has no other political aspirations. As a response to a follow-up technology question she stated that we are the most innovative Clerk-Recorders office in California.

1:52 PM– Supervisor Moorlach asked his series of questions:

1) Are you receiving a public pension?

No.

2) What is your highest level of education?

A certificate in business.

3) Have you been involved in litigation with the County of Orange?

No.

4) Have you ever been subject to any political investigation?

No.

5) Have you run for office before? If so, how many times and for what offices?

No.

6) Do you believe that the office of Orange County Clerk-Recorder needs satellite offices?

She does believe that we need satellite offices but was unsure as to how many.

4:01 PM– On a follow-up Fund 12D question she talked about a building being purchased and how the project is on hold. She went into more inside baseball factoids about what Fund 12D is and her thoughts on the process from being on the inside.

4:03 PM– When asked about the Jordan Brandman report she stated that Tom Daly is the one responsible for this issue. She stated that she has gotten approval to use the reference of the wife of former Orange County Clerk-Recorder Gary Granville.

4:05 PM– Supervisor Bates asked about the financial management. Ramirez responded that if issues such as the Brandman Report come up she will not issue progress payments until work product is reviewed if I understood her correctly.

4:06 PM– She talked about her willingness to communicate directly with the Orange County Board of Supervisors. In response to a question she replied that she does not believe it was a mistake to purchase building 433.

4:08 PM– In an answer to a question by Supervisor Nguyen she believes that it is important to communicate with the Board of Supervisors on issues before they become a problem. Nguyen expressed concerns about not being informed about the Brandman Report and the research for a Vietnam War Museum in Garden Grove.

4:11 PM– Supervisor Spitzer asked about her having to defend the positions of somebody she worked for and referred to himself taking the opposite position when he worked for The Orange County District Attorney. He pointed out that she signed the contract with Brandman. He asked what her process would be in terms of having somebody in charge and why was Brandman given more money.

4:14 PM– She explained the organizational chart in the office of Clerk-Recorder and she signed the contract because she was directed to do so by Tom Daly.

4:16 PM– On a follow-up question regarding how she would deal with scandal she stated that she is not saying Tom Daly did anything wrong but she wouldn’t do business the way that he did. Nelson followed up that e-mails were sent through Ramirez and not Daly. She replied that her job was to be basically a facilitator.

4:18 PM– On a Nelson follow-up question she said that she submitted the paperwork for payment based on receiving completed drafts even though Nelson stated that payment was only required if it was completed.

4:20 PM– The wheels are coming off the bus. It appears that she signed an extension in January and if she throws Daly under the bus she might be able to salvage this.

4:22 PM– She claims that she did not sign the document extending things in January and Nelson pointed out that somebody else did sign it. She claimed that Daly is responsible for this and Nelson contends that he didn’t work there any more at that point.

4:23 PM– Her reason for not ending the contract was to avoid wasting $22,000 and not getting any product. She then appeared to say that he in the end delivered on his word to do the project.

4:25 PM– Spitzer is asking about all the consultants that have contracts with the OC Clerk-Recorders office and is pointing out items that he sees as waste.

4:29 PM– Spitzer asked about her philosophy going forward. she says that she will take responsibility for everything that takes place in the office.

4:30 PM– In closing she is trying to salvage this by talking about the good things that her office has done over the past few months along with what she has done in the past prior to taking over.

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Clerk-Recorder Interviews: Roy Reynolds

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on April 2, 2013

3:13 PM– Taking a quickbreak and then onto Roy Reynolds.

3:18 PM– We are back.

3:19 PM– Roy Reynolds came up with an out of the box idea right off the bat. He started out with a proposal to outsource the office. he talked about an article he wrote for the OC Register and a blog. He is not a politician and has no interest in running for higher office.

3:21 PM– He has an AA in business and a Bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Kansas. Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk!

3:23 PM– He repeated his business background in more detail when asked by Supervisor Janet Nguyen. As a follow-up he does intend to run for the office because he believes that if his plan works it will put him in an excellent position. Long term he thinks that the OC Board of Supervisors should consider making this an appointed position.

3:24 PM– Awkward pause by Janet Nguyen after she pointed out that voters rejected making OC Public Administrator an appointed position and Reynolds responded “I know.”

3:25 PM– Per Nelson’s stepping stone question. Reynolds stated that he is not interested in any other office. As a follow-up on technology, Reynolds sees a need to update the software and brought up the Brandman Report.

3:28 PM– Supervisor Moorlach asked his series of questions:

1) Are you receiving a public pension?

No.

2) What is your highest level of education?

Some graduate work at San Francisco State.

3) Have you been involved in litigation with the County of Orange?

No.

4) Have you ever been subject to any political investigation?

No.

5) Have you run for office before? If so, how many times and for what offices?

No.

6) Do you believe that the office of Orange County Clerk-Recorder needs satellite offices?

He does not see the need for satellite

3:30 PM– Regarding his job movement he points to the way jobs have changed in the technology field due to the evolution of technology and this caused a frequent change in occupations.

3:32 PM– Supervisor Bates asked the financial management question. Reynolds referred to his banking experience and investigative reporting experience to help guide him through this.

3:34 PM– He pointed out that he knows where the politics are in County government. He claimed that the “Brandman Report” is corruption that he will not allow on his watch along with the Daly Sports Hall of Fame.

3:36 PM– Spitzer asked about the way he thinks outside the box as if it relates to his job history. Reynolds pointed out that he was with Bank of America for 10 years and says that he can play well with others. His job history was opportunistic in his eyes because he was trying to climb the corporate ladder.

3:38 PM– Wow! He stated that if he attempted to outsource and was unsuccessful, he would not run for re-election.

3:40 PM– Spitzer asks the marriage question. Reynolds claimed that he will handle this by whatever the law dictates. He personally believes in traditional marriage but has no problem with legally binding two individuals together for legal purposes. He does not have a strong position on this because of other issues that are far more important.

3:42 PM– In closing he talked about his plan that he outlined in a handout given to the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

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Clerk-Recorder Interviews: Steve Rosansky

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on April 2, 2013

2:49 PM– We are now on to Steve Rosansky who has a tough act to follow.

2:50 PM– He talked about his experience as education, background in business, and local elected office background as reasons that he is the best choice. He is currently going back to school for more experience in dispute resolution at Pepperdine.

2:52 PM– He gave a five point plan 1) Audit all departments, 2) Meet with all major title companies, 3) Explore staffing cuts, 4) Review all current contracts, and 5) Complete the audit of the archive building.

2:53 PM– Supervisor Nguyen asked for him to elaborate on his background for the job. He says that he has run for office before and has experience in the public light.

2:55 PM– He stated that he would run if appointed but he is unsure whether or not he would run if not appointed.

2:56 PM– Nelson asked about him using this as a stepping stone. Rosansky danced around this one saying he does not intend to run for anything else but things can change. On the follow up question on technology Rosansky talked about his background watching technology change in the title company and that he understands the need to stay on the cutting edge.

3:00 PM– Supervisor Moorlach asked his series of questions:

1) Are you receiving a public pension?

No.

2) What is your highest level of education?

A J.D. from UCLA

3) Have you been involved in litigation with the County of Orange?

No.

4) Have you ever been subject to any political investigation?

Has possibly been involved in a political investigation with the FPPC

5) Have you run for office before? If so, how many times and for what offices?

He feels the need to learn more information before discussing the topic.

6) Do you believe that the office of Orange County Clerk-Recorder needs satellite offices?

He wants to look into more information about the satellite offices before making a decision.

3:02 PM– He is also an applicant for Orange County Public Administrator but has not considered consolidation of the offices.

3:03 PM– Bates asked the question about financial management of the office. Rosansky stated the need to not give in to the temptation to spend money at every opportunity possible. Fiscal transparency was also a key point that he brought up.

3:05 PM– Spitzer asked the marriage question. Rosansky says that he believes in the institution of marriage and understands that it is important to follow the laws as dictated including whatever the Supreme Court decides on Proposition 8.

3:08 PM– Rosansky does not see the office as one that he will use as a platform to get involved in any issues outside of what the office is meant to do which is more administrative. He does feel a need to work closely with the Supervisors.

3:11 PM– He believes that his résumé is equal or better than that of anybody else that has applied. Since he left Newport Beach he now has the time to do the job.

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Clerk-Recorder Interviews: Steve Madoff

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on April 2, 2013

2:11 PM– We are on to the most interesting guy in the bunch Steve Madoff.

2:14 PM– He introduced himself and discussed that he found himself to be an outlier with most other candidates being from inside Orange County local government. His view would be as somebody with fresh eyes who can take the department from good to great.

2:16 PM– He discussed his background working for a trade association as well as Paramount which I think is awesome. He is very straight forward and to the point. Over the past couple of weeks he has visited all of the County-Clerk Recorder offices.

2:19 PM– His experiences with the Clerk-Recorder visits were very interesting and he found people to be very knowledgeable. The only issues he witnessed were a lack of foot traffic.

2:21 PM– He points out that his experience was that a bit of inefficiency seems to exist in the offices and a better realignment of resources could be used.

2:25 PM– Supervisor Nguyen asked about his willingness to run for re-election. He stated that he does not know what will happen but he intends to do so.

2:26 PM– On the follow-up question he does not intend to run against the incumbent if he is not appointed. He does cite his disadvantage due to not having internal experience.

2:27 PM– Per a Nelson question, Madoff laughed and said he definitely has no grand political ambitions.

2:29 PM– Supervisor Nelson asked about technology and the future. Madoff talked about the motion picture industry as it evolved from a technology standpoint from theaters only all the way to Netflix.

2:31 PM– Supervisor Bates asked the financial management question. He talked about the book ” Good To Great” (Insert old OUSD Superintendent Joke here) and how it relates to managing the office.

2:33 PM– Supervisor Moorlach asked his series of questions:

1) Are you receiving a public pension?

No.

2) What is your highest level of education?

A J.D./Advanced Law degree/Master’s degree.

3) Have you been involved in litigation with the County of Orange?

No.

4) Have you ever been subject to any political investigation?

No.

5) Have you run for office before? If so, how many times and for what offices?

No.

6) Do you believe that the office of Orange County Clerk-Recorder needs satellite offices?

He does not support the idea of adding extra satellite offices and stated the reasons why he would not expand the office unless foot traffic increases greatly.

2:35 PM– I really like this guy.

2:38 PM– Spitzer asked about his résumé and why he had the background that he did with different professions in the 1970’s. He talked about how in college he had an interest in math and writing with in inclination in going into journalism. He went into TV because his brother sent him the wrong application for school.

2:41 PM– He left Syracuse because it was cold and he wanted to advance in terms of his career so he applied to law school with the intent of working on production somewhere nicer.

2:43 PM– Spitzer asked him why a person of his stature would run for this position. Madoff said that he likes it because he is not the typical type of person. He does not consider it a demotion to take over this department and sees it as a way for him to be of service.

2:45 PM– Moorlach asked about his last name and Madoff said it was pronounced differently and that a lot of people named Madoff are on the East Coast.

2:46 PM– In closing he talked about the fresh eyes that he would bring along with a business background.

2:47 PM– He has had the best interview of the day in my opinion and we have had some good ones.

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