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Posted by Craig P. Alexander on October 21, 2016
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Are you looking for voter recommendations from people that do not accept money to give a proposition, a ballot measure or a candidate the thumbs up (or down)?
Are you looking for advice on national, state wide and local races that include all of the state wide and local ballot propositions / measures?
Then you should go over to Robyn Nordell’s web site for Voter Recommendations from Robyn and some of her friends like myself.
Her general web site is: Robyn Nordell.
Her Orange County page is: Robyn Nordell Orange County.
Finally my favorite page at her site is Craig’s Pics my voter recommendations which Robyn kindly allows to be published there.
She also has information on some other counties in California.
Who is Robyn Nordell? She is an Orange County homeschool mother and advocate, a pastor’s wife, a tireless advocate for open and transparent government, a social and fiscal conservative and one of the most talented, honest, brightest and kind persons I know. Robyn does not get paid one penny for her work in researching candidates and ballot propositions / measures, putting together her voter recommendations and publishing them on her web site. Plus she is gracious to publish others voter recommendation lists (like my own) even when we make recommendations different from her own. She is a Patriot!
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Posted by 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 | 1 Comment »
Posted by Chris Nguyen on November 5, 2014
Last night was definitely a big night in OC politics. Here are the top 10 stories:
#1. “Year of the Asian Woman” for OC Republicans – Republican Asian women dominated the electoral landscape last night. I can demonstrate that with one simple photostrip of winners:
The women in that photostrip are:
- State Senator-Elect Janet Nguyen
- State Assemblywoman-Elect Young Kim
- State Assemblywoman-Elect Ling-Ling Chang
- OC Supervisor-Elect Michelle Steel
- OC Supervisor-Elect Lisa Bartlett
- Yorba Linda Councilwoman-Elect Peggy Huang
- Cypress School Board Member-Elect Sandra Lee
- OC Water District Director-Elect Dina Nguyen
These candidates not only won their elections, but seven of the eight won in commanding fashion:
- Janet Nguyen won 60% of the vote against former Assemblyman Jose Solorio in the most competitive Senate seat in the state.
- Young Kim defeated incumbent Sharon Quirk-Silva 56%-44% in one of the most competitive Assembly seats in the state.
- Ling-Ling Chang won 64% of the vote after coming through a grueling primary.
- Michelle Steel won 62% of the vote in a Supervisorial runoff against Assemblyman Allan Mansoor.
- Lisa Bartlett won 55% of the vote in a Supervisorial runoff against Laguna Niguel Councilman Robert Ming.
- Peggy Huang came in first in a six-person field, even coming in ahead of her re-elected incumbent running mate, Tom Lindsey.
- Sandra Lee came in first in a four-person field, far outpacing three other candidates, who consisted of two incumbents and a former Mayor.
- Dina Nguyen was the only one with a close race, winning by 45.8%-42.1% in a three-way race for Orange County Water District.
The only Republican Asian woman who lost in Orange County last night was Westminster School Board candidate Bao Anh “Samantha” Nguyen. (Garden Grove City Council candidate Ruhina Khan is a Democrat. Laguna Woods City Council candidate Rae Tso and Fullerton Joint Union High School Board candidate Ho Jeong Lim are both NPP. Republican Cypress School Board Member-Elect Lydia Sondhi is not Asian; Sondhi is her married name.)
#1A. Janet Nguyen and Young Kim Capture OC Swing Seats to Break Democratic Supermajorities – Of the Republican Asian women who won last night, clearly Janet Nguyen and Young Kim’s victories were the biggest stories, as they each struck a blow to the supermajorities held by Democrats in the Senate and in the Assembly.
Janet Nguyen’s 60%-40% victory was so sweeping that she won 8 of the 10 cities in SD-34, losing only Anaheim and Santa Ana (she even won Long Beach).
Young Kim’s 56%-44% victory was so sweeping that she won 5 of the 6 cities in AD-65, losing only Stanton. Kim is the first Republican challenger to unseat an incumbent Democrat in a legislative race in 20 years.
#1B. Michelle Steel and Lisa Bartlett to Join Board of Supervisors – Board of Equalization Member Michelle Steel was widely expected to win the 2nd District Supervisor’s race after crushing Assemblyman Allan Mansoor by 25% in June and almost avoiding a run-off. She ended up beating Mansoor by 24% in the November run-off yesterday. Steel’s landslide victory was so strong that she carried every city in the district, including Costa Mesa, where Mansoor had served on City Council and as Mayor; she also won Mansoor’s 74th Assembly District.
Dana Point Mayor Lisa Bartlett was in the toss-up in the 5th District Supervisor’s race after coming in just 2% behind Laguna Niguel Councilman Robert Ming in June. She ended up beating Ming by 10% in the November run-off yesterday. Bartlett’s victory was so sweeping that she won every city in the district, except
Lyndon Johnson Laguna Niguel (I have no idea why I typed Lyndon Johnson; it was clearly a long election night).
This marks the second time two women will be serving on the Board of Supervisors concurrently (the first time is actually the present day wherein Supervisors Janet Nguyen and Pat Bates are serving concurrently). This is the first time two Asian Americans will serve concurrently on the Board of Supervisors.
#2 AD-74: Matt Harper Defeats Keith Curry, Even Winning Newport Beach – With independent expenditures helping Huntington Beach Mayor Matt Harper overcome Newport Beach Councilman Keith Curry’s massive fundraising advantage, Harper won by 18% yesterday after coming in 3% behind Curry in June. Harper’s victory was so sweeping that he won 5 of the 6 cities in AD-74, losing only Laguna Woods. To add insult to injury for Curry, Harper even won 55% of the vote in Newport Beach.
#3 Major Changes in Anaheim – Voters in the County’s biggest city cast their ballots on a number of meaty issues. First, 68% of Anaheim voters approved switching from the current at-large Council election system to a vote-by-district system. 53% of Anaheim voters approved increasing the size of the Council from 5 to 7 (Mayor and 6 Council members).
Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait was easily re-elected, with 54.1% of the vote in a four-way race, outpacing the nearest candidate. Tait ally James Vanderbilt appears to have defeated Anaheim Councilwoman Gail Eastman, thereby shrinking the 4-1 majority against Tait to a 3-2 majority instead.
#4 Irvine Forms Republican Supermajority, Ousting Larry Agran – In a sweeping victory, Republicans won every seat on yesterday’s ballot for Irvine City Council. Mayor Steven Choi was re-elected. Council candidate Lynn Schott came in first, and Councilman Jeff Lalloway came in second place to win re-election. Democrat Larry Agran, who lost control of the Council majority in 2012, found himself in fourth place, falling behind even his own ally Melissa Fox, who fell 0.4% short of winning a Council seat. Republicans now wield a 4-1 supermajority in Irvine.
#5 Republicans Take Huntington Beach – In another sweeping victory, Republicans swept all four seats available on the Huntington Beach City Council, unseating incumbent Democrats Joe Shaw and Connie Boardman. (The other two seats are held by termed-out Republican Joe Carchio and Assemblyman-Elect Matt Harper.) This sweep replaces the liberal majority with a conservative majority on the Huntington Beach City Council.
In the Huntington Beach City Attorney’s race, conservative Republican Michael Gates unseated Republican incumbent Jennifer McGrath.
#6 Yorba Linda Supermajority Against YLRRR – In yet another sweeping victory, the slate of Peggy Huang and Tom Lindsey won both seats on the ballot in Yorba Linda. For the first time since it began fielding candidates in 2006, Yorba Linda Residents for Responsible Representation failed to win any Council seats in an election. YLRRR held a Council majority from 2008-2012 and even held a supermajority from 2010-2012. YLRRR has a pesky habit of turning on the people they formerly supported (no fewer than three Councilmembers backed by YLRRR over the past eight years found themselves targeted for defeat by YLRRR).
With YLRRR-backed Councilmen Mark Schwing and John Anderson, YLRRR found themselves one seat short of a majority this year. They launched an ambitious recall bid to try to gain a Council supermajority. With the October recall defeated by the voters, the November re-election of Tom Lindsey, and the November election of Peggy Huang (see story 1 above) to replace the retiring John Anderson, YLRRR’s ambitious bid for a 4-1 supermajority in 2014 has ended with them on the losing end of a 4-1 supermajority, with only Schwing in office. This could well spell the beginning of the end for YLRRR.
#7 Newport Beach Clean Sweep – In one more sweeping victory (anyone notice a recurring theme in these stories?), the slate of Duffy Duffield (of Duffy Boat fame), Kevin Muldoon, and Scott Peotter captured the three contested Newport Beach City Council seats (Diane Dixon won the uncontested District 1 seat). In the District 3 seat, Duffield even managed to unseat Mayor Rush Hill by a stunning 2-1 margin. Duffield, Muldoon, and Peotter pledged to bring fiscal responsibility to Newport Beach City government, opposing the dock tax and expensive new City Hall.
#8 Rancho Santa Margarita Eliminates Council Minority – In possibly the County’s most sweeping victory, the two-man Rancho Santa Margarita Council minority has been eliminated. Majority Councilmembers Tony Beall and Carol Gamble were not on the ballot this year. Three seats were on the ballot this year. Majority Councilmember Brad McGirr was re-elected. Candidates Jerry Holloway (himself a former Councilmember) and Mike Vaughn were elected to replace minority Councilmembers Steve Baric and Jesse Petrilla. Baric was simply retiring and was not seeking a second term. Petrilla (who had run unsuccessfully for the Assembly in June, coming in second among Republicans to Beall-backed Bill Brough) was running for re-election but ended up 3.7% behind third-place Vaughn who captured the last Council seat. Additionally, voters rejected Measure Z, an initiative to change the zoning classification of Rancho Santa Margarita’s former Nissan site, by a margin of 54%-46%. The Council minority had supported Measure Z while the Council majority opposed it. The newly elected candidates both opposed Measure Z. As with Anaheim, Newport Beach, and Yorba Linda, the majority and minority members on this year’s ballot are all Republicans.
#9 Unions Strengthen Grip on Capistrano Unified School District and Ocean View School District – In a rare liberal sweeping victory in Orange County, the teachers’ union won all three seats on the ballot in the Capistrano Unified School District, growing their 5-2 supermajority into a 6-1 supermajority, leaving Jim Reardon as the sole trustee to oppose the teachers’ union. Union-backed Martha McNicholas defeated OC Political blogger Craig Alexander for the Trustee Area 4 seat being vacated by the retiring Anna Bryson. Union-backed incumbent Lynn Hatton beat back a challenge by Julie Collier in Trustee Area 7. Most surprisingly, in Trustee Area 6, union-backed Gila Jones unseated incumbent Ellen Addonizio, and Jones won by a larger margin than McNicholas or Hatton did. (Jones was the Democrat who ran against Republican State Senator Mark Wyland in 2010.)
In the Ocean View School District, union-backed Jack Souders and Joseph Gaglione won two of the three seats up for election this year, unseating incumbents Tracy Pellman and John Ortiz. While Souders and Gaglione were openly backed by the union, Pellman and incumbent John Briscoe (who won the other seat up for election) each accused the other of being secretly backed by the union.
#10 Claude Parrish Unseats Assessor Webster Guillory – In only the second time in the last half-century, a sitting Countywide elected official has been defeated for re-election. With controversies over his nomination signature collection and three felony charges from the District Attorney related to the nomination signature collection, incumbent Webster Guillory was unable to survive a challenge from former Board of Equalization Member Claude Parrish. Guillory had defeated Parrish 53%-47% in 2010. In this 2014 rematch, Parrish defeated Guillory by the same 53%-47% margin. (The last time a Countywide elected official lost a re-election bid was when John Dean unseated six-term incumbent County Superintendent of Schools Robert Peterson in 1990. No one else has lost since at least the mid-1960s.) With Republican Parrish replacing NPP Guillory as Assessor and Republican Eric Woolery replacing Democrat Jan Grimes as Auditor-Controller, Republicans will hold every Countywide office for the first time in recent memory.
Honorable Mention: Special Elections on the Way – With the elections of Supervisor Janet Nguyen to the State Senate and State Senator Mimi Walters to Congress, there will now be a flurry of special elections. Early in 2015, special elections will need to be held to fill the remaining two years on Nguyen’s Supervisorial term and Walters’s Senate term. In the likely event that an Assemblymember wins the race to replace Walters, another special election will be triggered in mid-2015 to fill the Assembly seat.
Honorable Mention: City Treasurers and Board of Equalization – Two Secret Paths to Power – It’s quite interesting what useful platforms City Treasurer’s seats and Board of Equalization seats can be for gaining other elected offices:
- November 2010: Huntington Beach City Treasurer Shari Freidenrich elected Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector, defeating Deputy Treasurer
- June 2014: Orange City Treasurer Eric Woolery elected Orange County Auditor-Controller, defeating Deputy Auditor-Controller
- November 2014
- Board of Equalization Member Michelle Steel elected an Orange County Supervisor, defeating Assemblyman
- Former Board of Equalization Member Claude Parrish elected Orange County Assessor, defeating incumbent
- Brea City Treasurer Glenn Parker elected a Brea City Councilman, defeating incumbent
- Placentia City Treasurer Craig Green elected a Placentia City Councilman, defeating incumbent
On a related note, State Controller-Elect Betty Yee is the second consecutive Board of Equalization Member to be elected State Controller. Eight years ago, Board of Equalization Member John Chiang was elected State Controller, and last night, he has been elected State Treasurer.
Honorable Mention: Mimi Walters Elected to Congress – This doesn’t merit reaching the top 10 because it was a foregone conclusion that Senator Mimi Walters would crush Democrat Drew Leavens in the 45th Congressional District. The real contest was in June when Walters managed to be the top Republican vote-getter and ensured a Democrat made the top two. The only reason this gets an honorable mention is because of how rare it is to have a new Member of Congress.
Posted in 2nd Supervisorial District, 34th Senate District, 45th Congressional District, 55th Assembly District, 5th Supervisorial District, 65th Assembly District, 74th Assembly District, Board of Equalization, Capistrano Unified School District, Cypress School District, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Newport Beach, Ocean View School District, Orange County, Orange County Assessor, Orange County Water District, Rancho Santa Margarita, Yorba Linda | 5 Comments »
Posted by Craig P. Alexander on March 4, 2014
As Chris Nguyen accurately reported over the weekend (Live From the CRA Endorsing Convention), Jesse Petrilla made a statement to the delegates at the California Republican Assembly’s Orange County endorsing convention about his past criminal problems. He did it via a spokesperson who explained that he was away at National Guard training last weekend. Part of that statement was his defense from those “attacking him” regarding his 2001 felony convictions. Part of his statement was that he beat the charges. I was there and serving as the Parliamentarian for the group so I was right next to the podium when the statement was read. Since he told a different story to the Orange County Register the day prior to the convention (See: Does a conviction matter?) – either Mr. Petrilla isn’t keeping his stories straight or his spokesperson did not read the correct statement to the delegates. Either way this does not bode well for him.
Assuming the statement that was read to us at CRA was the one Mr. Petrilla wished us to hear, the statement is shocking. I am an attorney although I do not practice criminal law. However, I do know and understand that when you plead no contest and the judge explains to you that such a plea is the same as a guilty plea (and you state you understand that as Petrilla did) – that is not “beating the charges” but admitting to the crime. That is why I was so shocked by his prior statement of only a few weeks ago in my post about this: Petrilla Statement – Wow! The Rancho Santa Margarita Patch also carried a story about his prior statement of a few weeks ago which includes copies of the actual court documents from his criminal case confirming his plea bargain and sentence (Did Petrilla Lie?)
Now at the CRA convention he apparently doubles down by having a statement read to us in which he claims to have “beat the charges!” I guess Jesse Petrilla and some of his supporters don’t understand something extremely important – that Mr. Petrilla’s statements about this incident in which he essentially denies that he plead no contest (i.e. guilty) to two felony charges were only four weeks ago and last Saturday!!! It is his truthfulness now that concerns me more than what happened in 2001.
Am I glad he served his time and apparently got his two convictions expunged from his record – Yes! Am I glad he is proudly serving in the U.S. Army – Yes and thank you for your service Mr. Petrilla! But that does not excuse him from giving out statements like those referenced above to try and make people believe he “beat the charges” or “they were all dismissed” implying he was never convicted of a crime. As with my prior posts about this issue – don’t take my word for it – go to the Patch post linked above, read the article and the attached pages and make the judgment for yourself.
Perhaps Mr. Petrilla needs to spend a little money and time to consult with a criminal defense attorney about what a “no contest” plea means and what his obligations are under California Penal Code Section 1203.4 in a political campaign (I will leave it to Mr. Petrilla to consult with his attorney about that section of the law).
I am and have been supporting Bill Brough for the 73rd Assembly. See: Why I Am Supporting Bill Brough for the 73rd Assembly.
Posted in 73rd Assembly District, Rancho Santa Margarita, Uncategorized | Tagged: Bill Brough, Jesse Petrilla | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Craig P. Alexander on January 28, 2014
Last night I observed a report over at the Rancho Santa Margarita Patch about 73rd Assembly candidate Jesse Petrilla being arrested in 2001 and his pleading guilty to two felony counts: one count for assault with a firearm and another with a “firearm enhancement” (Petrilla’s Past). I was surprised that he had nothing to say to the Patch reporter when he was contacted about it. Apparently today he did give out a statement – not to the Patch but to some of his friends which Patch reporter Martin Henderson obtained a copy of. It is here: (Petrilla’s statement). Basically in his statement he admits to being arrested but tries to make the situation sound like he was arrested for self defense with all the charges simply being dismissed.
Yet Councilman Petrilla glosses over: 1. that he plead guilty to two felonies and 2. that these two charges were dismissed only after he served all or part of his probation that a judge sentenced him to and the two charges he plead guilty to being reduced to misdemeanors. Mr. Petrilla does not express any remorse for his actions or that he has learned any lessons from this situation. He justifies this conduct by claiming the people he was firing the rifle at were drug dealers who were threatening him. In my opinion if that were true, the police or sheriff’s department and the District Attorney would likely have dismissed the charges – all of them – as self defense. No need to plead guilty in a plea bargain, no probation to serve and no need to have the two convictions reduced to misdemeanors and then dismissed (which I understand is common procedure for expungement of criminal convictions from your record).
According to the Patch reporter – the facts were double checked via Court records and found to be accurate.
Since 2001 has Mr. Petrilla joined the military and served honorably? Yes he has! Plus he and his wife have every right to be happy at the birth of his new son! But if he wants to represent people like myself in the legislature, he should be able to admit the truth about what happened in this past, admit to past mistakes and not try to parse words in a statement to try and wiggle out of admitting the truth of what happened. While I understand people make mistakes in the past – I also believe you need to be open about them (felony convictions are public record and are serious matters) and hopefully to have learned from them – not try to avoid the truth via well crafted statements.
I am no one’s “opposition researcher” and I am not on any candidate’s payroll. I am a voter in the 73rd Assembly District, a believer in the 2nd Amendment (including the right of self defense), a volunteer activist and an attorney by profession. My response to Mr. Petrilla’s “statement” is “WOW” not because I am impressed with his explanation, but because I am shocked that he would issue a statement that glosses over these important facts and try to act like his own plea bargained confession to two felony convictions simply did not happen. He would be better off if he had just stayed silent and not issued this parsed statement that avoids the obvious truth of what happened. In my opinion, Mr. Petrilla’s statement alone renders him unqualified to serve as my representative in the State Assembly.
I will be voting for a different candidate for this office.
Note: it was brought to my attention that I used the term “parole” instead of “probation” to describe part of the sentence the judge gave to Mr. Petrilla. That was my error and I stand corrected. I have changed the description to the correct sentence of probation.
Posted in 73rd Assembly District, Rancho Santa Margarita | Tagged: Jesse Petrilla | 8 Comments »
Posted by Craig P. Alexander on January 27, 2014
Tonight I read a very disturbing news article by Martin Henderson of the Rancho Santa Margarita Patch (http://ranchosantamargarita.patch.com/) about RSM City Councilman and 73rd Assembly District candidate Jesse Petrilla. According to the article, (Petrilla’s Past) in 2001 Mr. Petrilla pleaded guilty to assault with a firearm and another felony charge with a firearm enhancement. Apparently in 2004 the charges (after he served his probation) were reduced to misdemeanors and dismissed.
According to the article, when contacted by a Patch reporter, Mr. Petrilla apparently had no time to discuss this with the reporter. Given that Mr. Petrilla wishes people like me (who live in the 73rd Assembly District) to vote for him to be my representative in the Assembly in Sacramento, I find this news disturbing, more so when he has “no comment.” I hope he has a better explanation that this for the voters.
Note: it was brought to my attention that I used the term “parole” instead of “probation” to describe part of the sentence the judge gave to Mr. Petrilla. That was my error and I stand corrected. I have changed the description to probation.
Posted in 73rd Assembly District, Rancho Santa Margarita | Tagged: Jesse Petrilla | 5 Comments »
Posted by Allen Wilson on October 1, 2013
We surely got your attention and this morning’s headline will require no caffeine for OC politicos.
Rancho Santa Margarita Councilman Steve Baric is taking himself out of the race for State Assembly in the 73rd Assembly District (South Orange County).
Jon Fleischman of Flashreport explains Councilman Baric’s reasons why the sudden departure.
My colleague Chris Nguyen on August 1st explained that Baric was the runner-up on the campaign war chest.
The 73rd AD contest will surely shake things up in the coming days.
Posted in 73rd Assembly District, California, Rancho Santa Margarita, State Assembly | Tagged: Steve Baric | 1 Comment »
Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on March 22, 2013
I was working on a database of the part affiliation of all Orange County local elected officials. Finally, I have completed the project with all of the special districts and county seats being added. I also fixed some errors in the previous versions (here, here, and here) and have combined the database into one post.
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