Archive for the ‘Orange’ Category
Posted by Chris Nguyen on August 18, 2016
The Republican Party of Orange County Central Committee met on Monday night to consider endorsements for local offices and ballot measures.
OC Political live-blogged the meeting, but with the back and forth motions to modify the list, many readers were confused by what the endorsements were, so by popular demand here are the list of early endorsements (most non-early endorsements will be considered on September 1):
- Aliso Viejo City Council: Mike Munzing
- Costa Mesa City Council: Allan Mansoor, Steve Mensinger, Lee Ramos
- Fullerton City Council: Bruce Whitaker
- Irvine City Council: Anthony Kuo, Christina Shea
- Laguna Niguel City Council: Laurie Davies, John Mark Jennings, Jerry Slusiewicz
- Lake Forest City Council: Dwight Robinson
- Orange City Council: Mark Murphy
- Rancho Santa Margarita City Council: Tony Beall, Carol Gamble
- Tustin City Council: Allan Bernstein, Austin Lumbard, Charles Puckett
- Westminster City Council: Kimberly Ho
- Yorba Linda City Council: Tara Campbell, Gene Hernandez
- Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 1: Wendy Shrove
- Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 2: Jim Reardon
- Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 3: Laura Ferguson
- Mesa Water District, Division 2: Jim Fisler
- Moulton Niguel Water District, Division 6: Duane Cave
- No on Measure K – Brea-Olinda Unified School District $148 Million Facilities Bond
- No on Measure M – Capistrano Unified School District $889 Million Facilities Bond
- No on Measure N – Centralia Elementary School District $49 Million Facilities Bond
- No on Measure O – Fountain Valley School District $63 Million Facilities Bond
- No on Measure S – Orange Unified School District $288 Million Facilities Bond
- No on Measure T – Westminster School District $76 Million Facilities Bond
- No on Measure HH – Fountain Valley 1% Sales Tax Increase
- No on Measure JJ – La Palma 1% Sales Tax Increase
- No on Measure SS – Westminster 1% Sales Tax Increase
Posted in Aliso Viejo, Brea Olinda Unified School District, Capistrano Unified School District, Centralia School District, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Fountain Valley School District, Fullerton, Irvine, La Palma, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mesa Consolidated Water District, Moulton-Niguel Water District, Orange, Orange Unified School District, Rancho Santa Margarita, Republican Central Committee, Tustin, Westminster, Westminster School District, Yorba Linda | Tagged: Allan Bernstein, Allan Mansoor, Anthony Kuo, Austin Lumbard, Bruce Whitaker, Carol Gamble, Charles E. "Chuck" Puckett, Christina Shea, Chuck Puckett, Duane Cave, Dwight Robinson, Gene Hernandez, James R. Fisler, Jerry Slusiewicz, Jim Fisler, Jim Reardon, John Mark Jennings, Kimberly Ho, Laura Ferguson, Laurie Davies, Lee Ramos, Mark Murphy, Measure HH, Measure JJ, Measure K, Measure M, Measure N, Measure O, Measure S, Measure SS, Measure T, Mike Munzing, Steve Mensinger, Tara Campbell, Tony Beall, Wendy Shrove | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Craig P. Alexander on September 2, 2015
We in Orange County have seen several versions of the COIN Ordinance (Community Openness In Negotiations). COIN ordinances provide for more and earlier disclosure to the taxpayers during and in the run up to the final approval of a contract between the public entity employer and a government employee union. This allows the citizens to know and understand the costs of the “deal” they will have to pay for. It also gives them time to give their opinions to their own elected officials about the deal the officials negotiated on the voters behalf.
The City of Costa Mesa was the first to put a COIN ordinance in place. The County of Orange also put one in place only to have the employee’s union challenge it before a Labor Commissioner who ruled against the ordinance – that is currently on appeal by the County.
It was with some surprise that I saw that the Los Angele Times (no fan of conservative ideals and principles) called for the implementation of a COIN ordinance in the City of Los Angeles. Here is a link to the editorial: Los Angeles Could Use More COIN. As the LA Times editorial points out, the back room deal of 2007 was a financial disaster for the City and its taxpayers. It looks like a similar secret negotiation then quick City Council approval process is going on again. A COIN ordinance would likely allow for the taxpayers who are going to foot the bill for this deal to know what they are being obligated to pay for before their elected officials vote for the labor contract. In other words, so the voters and taxpayers of the City of Los Angeles could have time to communicate to their elected representatives what they think of the deal.
Lets put some numbers to all of this: According to www.TransparentCalifornia.com the 2013 median income of Los Angeles residents was $38,939.00. The average salary for City employees in 2013 (there were 35,919 full time and 46, 918 total employees in 2013) was $90,167 and when benefits (pension and health care costs) are added that rises to $101,675.00 not including future payments for retiree pensions and retiree health care costs. Los Angeles total employee compensation for 2013 was $3,866,476,670.00. Thats right: almost 4 billion dollars (and down from almost 5 billion dollars for 2011 and 2012). With 3,827,261 residents in the City of Los Angeles, that means the total employee compensation cost per resident is $1,010.00. Here is the link for the summary page for 2013 from Transparent California. By comparison the 2013 cost per resident in Orange County was $577.00. Orange County summary. The City of Orange: $597.00. City of Orange summary. And perhaps no surprise: Los Angeles County for 2013: $933.00. Los Angeles County summary.
So it would appear that in the City of Los Angeles city employees are paid more than twice the median salary of taxpayers of that city. Plus the public employees also receive all of the city paid health care and pension benefits now and in the future.
When will the citizens of Los Angeles get a COIN ordinance – likely never unless the voters of Los Angeles demand it by making big changes in their City Council and the Mayor’s office. This would mean that the generally left leaning voters of LA would need to ignore the labor union financed campaign ads for City Council and Mayor candidates. They would need to stop those nice labor union bosses with their labor friendly politicians cutting these deals behind closed doors. How? By electing City Council members and a Mayor who are not beholden to the unions for their political fortunes and futures.
Voters of the City (and County) of Los Angeles – the decision is in your hands.
Posted in Costa Mesa, Orange, Orange County | Tagged: City of Los Angeles, COIN Ordinance, Los Angeles County, Transparent California | 3 Comments »
Posted by Newsletter Reprint on December 31, 2014
This came over the wire from Auditor-Controller-Elect Eric Woolery’s shop earlier this month…
ERIC WOOLERY BECOMES ELECTED COUNTY AUDITOR-CONTROLLER JANUARY 5
Public Invited to Morning Event at the Fountain in the Orange Circle
Orange County Auditor-Controller-elect Eric Woolery will take the oath of office at 8:30 a.m. on Monday January 5, 2015 in the Orange Circle. Woolery is Orange County’s first elected Auditor-Controller since David Sundstrom resigned more than two years ago and the county’s fourth elected Auditor-Controller since the office was established in 1959. He is only the second CSUF graduate to hold countywide elected office in Orange County.
The public may attend the ceremony officiated by Orange City Council Mayor Pro Tem Fred Whitaker. There will be a short reception at Watson’s Drug Store located just a few steps away at 116 E. Chapman Avenue.
County officials are typically sworn in at ceremonies in Santa Ana, but in a nod to his hometown Woolery chose the historic circle in Orange Town Center. “The circle is a special place for me and my family,” said Woolery, who was Orange Treasurer until he recently resigned to take his new position. “I proposed to my wife there, I’ve lived in Orange for 30 years and am raising my family in Orange so I want to begin my tenure as Auditor-Controller in this place that represents both my roots and my aspirations.
Woolery earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Cal State University Fullerton with an emphasis in accounting. After graduation, he worked at Ernst & Young, one of the country’s top “Big 4” accounting firms, until earning his California Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license in 1992.
For ten years, he owned a CPA firm with two locations specializing in entrepreneurs. He has always had a strong interest in public policy and has held elected office before. From 1996 to 2000, he served as Fourth District Representative to the Orange County Board of Education. More recently, he was the treasurer of the City of Orange. In the seven years prior to his election, Eric was the Deputy Director of Administration for the Riverside County District Attorney’s office. His duties included overseeing a staff of nearly 750 and managing the department’s $100 million budget.
As the County’s Auditor-Controller, Eric will be the county’s chief accounting officer working on behalf of the taxpayers to oversee how each county department receives and spends tax dollars. Since he is an independently elected official, he reports only to the taxpayers. However, his office provides a critical role in county governance by providing both the County Supervisors and citizens with independent financial analysis in order to support sound policy decisions.
A long time Orange County resident, Eric graduated from Orange Lutheran High School. He resides in Orange with his wife Lisa and two young children.
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Posted in Orange, Orange County Auditor-Controller, Orange County Board of Education | Tagged: Eric Woolery, Fred M. Whitaker, Fred Whitaker, Lisa Woolery | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Newsletter Reprint on February 19, 2014
This came over the wire this morning from Orange Treasurer Eric Woolery‘s campaign for Auditor-Controller. Of the three people who have pulled papers for Auditor-Controller so far, Woolery is the only one without a foreclosure, a short-sale, or a bankruptcy:
Orange Treasurer Eric Woolery Enters Auditor‑Controller’s Race
(ORANGE COUNTY, CA) – Orange Treasurer Eric Woolery has announced his candidacy for Orange County Auditor‑Controller. He enters the race as the clear frontrunner, with $50,000 cash on hand and a lengthy list of bipartisan endorsements from across Orange County.
“Serving as Auditor‑Controller would be an incredible opportunity to use my years of experience in both business and government finance to give back to the county I’ve called home since high school,” Woolery said. “I am honored and humbled by the number of people who are endorsing my candidacy for Orange County Auditor‑Controller.”
In addition to his current elected office of Orange Treasurer, Woolery’s public service began with his election to the Orange County Board of Education and continued on the Orange Audit Committee and as Deputy Director of Administration in the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. He spent the majority of his career in the private sector, having served as the owner of a multi-location private accounting firm, a corporate CFO, a corporate controller, and an accountant.
“With his experience in both the public and private sectors, Eric is one of Orange County’s foremost financial leaders,” said Patricia C. Bates, Vice Chair of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. “I am proud to endorse Eric Woolery for Auditor‑Controller because we need his expertise leading the Orange County Auditor‑Controller’s office.”
Supervisor Bates leads a long list of Orange County leaders who have endorsed Woolery for Auditor‑Controller, including:
- Supervisor Patricia C. Bates
- Supervisor William G. Steiner (Ret.)
- Assemblyman Donald P. Wagner
- Laguna Niguel Mayor Linda Lindholm
- Tustin Mayor Al Murray
- Tustin Mayor Jerry Amante (Ret.)
- Orange Mayor Pro Tem Mark Murphy
- Tustin Mayor Pro Tem Chuck Puckett
- Aliso Viejo Councilman Mike Munzing
- Fullerton Councilwoman Jennifer Fitzgerald
- Lake Forest Councilman Scott Voigts
- Mission Viejo Councilman Frank Ury
- Orange Councilman Fred Whitaker
- San Clemente City Councilwoman Lori Donchak
- Tustin Councilman Allan Bernstein
- Tustin Councilman John Nielsen
- Orange County Board of Education Trustee Ken Williams
- Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustee Arianna Barrios
- Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustee John Hanna
- Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustee Phil Yarbrough
- Irvine Unified School District Trustee Paul Bokota
- Irvine Unified School District Trustee Lauren Brooks
- Orange Unified School District Vice President Alexia Deligianni
- Orange Unified School District Trustee Tim Surridge
- Orange Unified School District Trustee Mark Wayland
- East Orange County Water District Director Doug Davert
- Orange County Transportation Authority Director Michael Hennessey
A Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Woolery earned his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Accounting from Cal State Fullerton. He resides in Orange with his wife, Lisa, and their two young children.
Paid for by Woolery for Auditor-Controller 2014. ID# 1362822
Posted in Orange, Orange County Auditor-Controller | Tagged: Al Murray, Alexia Deligianni, Alexia L. Deligianni, Allan Bernstein, Arianna Barrios, Bill Steiner, Charles E. "Chuck" Puckett, Chuck Puckett, Don Wagner, Doug Davert, Douglass S. Davert, Dr. Ken Williams, Eric Woolery, Frank Ury, Fred M. Whitaker, Fred Whitaker, Jennifer Fitzgerald, Jerry Amante, John Hanna, John Nielsen, Ken L. Williams, Ken L. Williams Jr., Ken Williams, Lauren Brooks, Linda Lindholm, Lisa Woolery, Lori Donchak, Mark A. Murphy, Mark D. Wayland, Mark Murphy, Michael Hennessey, Mike Munzing, Pat Bates, Paul Bokota, Phil Yarbrough, Phillip E. Yarbrough, Phillip Yarbrough, Scott "Scotty" Voigts, Scott Voigts, Tim Surridge | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Newsletter Reprint on November 19, 2013
The controversy in the City of Orange over the Planning Commission appointment of Michael Merino makes national headlines, as it was covered by William Bigelow at Breitbart.com this weekend…
In a rather fishy development, Captain Michael Merino, a member of the city of Orange’s five-member planning commission and a registered Republican, was denied the chance for reinstatement on Tuesday after the Navel reservist took a two-year leave of absence when he was deployed to serve at Guantanamo Bay. The Democratic mayor of Orange, Tita Smith, is refusing to nominate Merino for the now-vacant post. Merino also served in the 1991 liberation of Kuwait and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Councilman Denis Bilodeau, also a Republican, is calling for the City Council to bring up the subject for consideration on Tuesday November 26th, with local veterans groups expected to attend.
Merino served on the Orange Planning Commission from 2006 through 2011.
Smith said Merino’s term expired during his deployment and because he had been on the panel more than five years, a new person was needed to replace him.
Bilodeau stated, “I am heartbroken that Capt. Merino answered his call of duty, and we are not honoring that by giving him his position back.”
Merino has asserted that he thought his job on the commission would be protected by federal regulations covering military personnel, but smith said the federal provisions do not cover the jobs on the commission.
Merino, who had run twice for city council, was disillusioned, saying, “I am disappointed by the council’s actions. I have no intention of running for council again. I don’t understand the politics behind this decision.”
Posted in Orange | Tagged: Andrew Breitbart, Denis Bilodeau, Michael Merino, Tita Smith, William Bigelow | 4 Comments »
Posted by Chris Nguyen on September 24, 2013
After the passing of Orange City Treasurer Helen Walker on July 30, the Orange City Council had 60 days to appoint a new Treasurer or call an expensive 2013 special election. The City of Orange issued a press release on August 28 announcing that applications would be accepted until September 12, giving candidates two weeks to apply for the appointment.
Today was the sole Orange City Council meeting between the close of applications and the deadline to make an appointment to avert a 2013 special election.
In a unanimous, bipartisan vote, the City Council appointed Eric Woolery to fill the Orange City Treasurer’s vacancy.
OC Political snagged the first interview with the newly-minted Treasurer.
“I’ve lived in Orange for almost 30 years. It’s a great pleasure to serve my hometown,” Woolery told us. “I’m looking forward to serving the citizens of Orange and helping the City Council be good stewards of our taxpayer dollars.”
Councilman Fred Whitaker made the motion to appoint Woolery, which was seconded by both Councilman Mike Alvarez and Mayor Pro Tem Mark Murphy, though Alvarez just slightly quicker on the second. Mayor Tita Smith also joined in the vote for Woolery. Councilman Denis Bilodeau was absent from the meeting.
A CPA for over 20 years, Woolery has been a resident of Orange County since he was in high school. He served as an elected member of the Orange County Board of Education from 1996-2000 and a volunteer member of the City of Orange Audit Oversight Committee from 1997-2007. Woolery has extensive private sector experience as a staff accountant at Ernst & Young, a corporate controller, owner of a private accounting firm, and CFO of a multimillion dollar company. Since 2008, Woolery has served as Deputy Director of Administration for the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, in which he directed the DA’s financial and human resources. As Councilman Whitaker noted: In that capacity, Woolery prepares and oversees a budget larger than that of the City of Orange. (OC Political notes the Riverside County DA’s office has a $102 million budget, 11% larger than the City of Orange’s $92 million General Fund).
Woolery will earn $365 per month as Treasurer. He is now one of Orange County’s six elected City Treasurers (the other five are in Brea, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Placentia, and San Clemente). All six City Treasurers’ terms expire in 2016.
As Republican Woolery succeeds Republican Walker, the partisan count of City Treasurers remains 3 Republicans (Woolery, Huntington Beach’s Alisa Cutchen, and Placentia’s Craig Green), 1 Democrat (Brea’s Glenn Parker), 1 Libertarian (San Clemente’s Mark Taylor), and 1 No Party Preference (Laguna Beach’s Laura Parisi).
Posted in Orange | Tagged: Alisa Cutchen, Craig Green, Eric Woolery, Fred Whitaker, Glenn Parker, Laura Parisi, Mark A. Murphy, Mark Murphy, Mark Taylor, Mike Alvarez, Tita Smith | 2 Comments »
Posted by Newsletter Reprint on August 29, 2013
This came over the wire yesterday from the City of Orange:
Notice of Vacancy City Treasurer
The City Council of the City of Orange is seeking interested applicants to fill a vacancy as City Treasurer. Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m., September 12, 2013.
Applicants shall have their residence in the City of Orange and have general knowledge of finance. The term of office runs through November 2016.
The City Treasurer provides for the investment of the City’s and Redevelopment Successor Agency’s funds in compliance with state law and the City’s Statement of Investment Policy. They monitor revenues, cash flow and needs, and cash controls. The Mission Statement of the City Treasurer is to prudently manage, protect and preserve funds placed in its trust.
The City Treasurer receives a stipend of $365.00 per month.
If you have any additional questions, contact the City Clerk’s Office at (714) 744-5500.
Applications should be filed at the City Clerk’s Office, 300 E. Chapman Ave, Orange, CA 92866.
( CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION )
Posted in Orange | Tagged: Elected City Treasurer, Orange City Treasurer | 1 Comment »
Posted by Chris Nguyen on August 6, 2013
Helen Walker (1932-2013) served as Orange City Treasurer from 1994-2013
Orange City Treasurer Helen Walker passed away on Thursday at the age of 80.
One of Orange County’s six elected City Treasurers (the other five are in Brea, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Placentia, and San Clemente), Walker was appointed City Treasurer by a 3-0-2 vote (Mayor Gene Beyer was absent and Councilman Mark Murphy abstained for conflict-of-interest reasons, as Walker was his campaign treasurer) on November 22, 1994, after Mark Weiss resigned due to a terminal illness after the Orange County bankruptcy. Weiss had defeated Walker in the 1992 election for Treasurer by the narrowest of margins; indeed, Walker had still been leading several days after the election.
Walker won a full four-year term as Treasurer in 1996 and was re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2008, and 2012. Walker was unopposed in 2000, won 72.5% of the vote in 2004 against CPA David Piper, won 76.6% of the vote in 2008 against businessman George Small, and 64.8% in her 2012 rematch against Small.
Born on Christmas Day 1932, Walker was a lifelong resident of the City of Orange, attending schools in the city and graduating from Orange High School. A banker for more than three decades, Walker worked at Orange National Bank and in business development at Orange Community Bank.
An active community member even before she was City Treasurer, Walker was the City of Orange’s 1990 Citizen of the Year and a recipient of the Rotary Club Recognition Award. She was a board member of the Orange Historical Society, Miss Orange Scholarship Association, Orange Elderly Services, Soroptimist International of Orange, the St. Joseph Hospital Guild, Girl Scouts, PTA, Orange Women’s Club, and the Orange Centennial Committee. She was also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and Chapman University’s American Celebration Committee.
She and her 86-year-old husband, Jim, were regular bridge players who also toured in their antique car, a 1913 International Harvester Highwheeler, and attended the Yorba Linda Friends Church. She is survived by her husband, their three children, and several grandchildren.
The Orange City Council must appoint a Treasurer to fill the vacancy resulting from Walker’s death by Monday, September 30, or hold a special election no later than Tuesday, January 21, 2014. If the Council opts to act at a regular Council meeting, Tuesday, September 24 would be their last opportunity to make an appointment, or on that date, they could call for a special election, which would take place no later than Tuesday, January 14, 2014.
Posted in Orange | Tagged: David Piper, Gene Beyer, George Small, Helen Walker, Mark Murphy | 1 Comment »
Posted by Newsletter Reprint on July 20, 2013
This just came across the wire from Redevelopment Oversight Committee Board Member Phil Yarbrough:
$24 million Property Give Away
City of Orange officials have asked the Redevelopment Oversight Committee to approve granting 23 properties purchased for $23,899,161 by the former Redevelopment Agency to the City of Orange without any reimbursement or compensation. Eight of these properties were originally owned by the City of Orange and sold to their Redevelopment Agency for $16,195,000. The Redevelopment Agency sold bonds to purchase these properties from the City of Orange and others, bonds which must be repaid by taxes imposed upon the residents of Orange.
“This is tantamount to me selling you a car, then asking you to give me back the car for free and sticking you with the bill”. “Rational people would not agree to do this, neither should the taxpayers of Orange.” says Phil Yarbrough, Board Member of the City of Orange Redevelopment Oversight.
Mr. Yarbrough will be asked to vote in favor of the City’s request to grant these properties to them on Wednesday night. “I won’t vote in favor of this, no reasonable person would”.
“This makes absolutely no sense, unless you are the City of Orange.” says Mr. Yarbrough. “The City already spent the $16 million that they were paid for these properties. Now they have the audacity to ask we give these properties back to them for free, and the residents of Orange get stuck with the bill. I don’t expect this type of hubris, even from government.”
The Oversight Board of the Successor Agency to the Orange Redevelopment Agency meets to vote on granting these properties on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at Orange City Hall, Weimer Conference Room, 300 E. Chapman Avenue, Orange, CA.
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Posted in Orange | Tagged: Phil Yarbrough | 2 Comments »