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Posted by James Madison on November 16, 2016
Two big cities in Orange County switched to district elections this year due to lawsuits filed by Hispanic activists to force the creation of Hispanic-leaning districts. How’d that work out?
In Anaheim, two districts were designated as “Hispanic” districts. Jordan Brandman beat Hispanic activist Jose Moreno in one of them, and Lucille Kring slaughtered leftwing Arturo Ferreras in the other. The upshot – Anaheim will now have seven Caucasians on its council, and no Hispanics.
In Garden Grove, two districts were also designated as “Hispanic”. In one, 23-year old Kim Bernice Nguyen beat Rickk Montoya, who had been the plaintiff in the districting lawsuit. In the other, white neighborhood activist Stephanie Klopfenstein beat LULAC-favorite Demian Garcia-Monroy. Bottom line: Garden Grove goes from a council of three Vietnamese and two Caucasians, to a council of four Caucasians and three Vietnamese, and still, no Hispanics.
In the meantime, in the cities of Westminster and La Habra, which have no district elections, Sergio Contreras and Rose Espinoza were easily reelected.
Just goes to show, if you have good candidates you can win anywhere, while if you have lousy candidates, you can’t force-feed them to the voters anywhere.
By the way, lawsuits to force district elections may soon be a thing of the past. They are all based on the California Voting Rights Act, which virtually demands that cities create districts by race. When new Trump justices join the Supreme Court, the Court could well rule the California Voting Rights Act to be unconstitutional as an illegal intrusion of race into the line drawing process. Are you paying attention, Fullerton and Costa Mesa????
Posted in Anaheim, Costa Mesa, Fullerton, Garden Grove, La Habra, Westminster | Tagged: Arturo Ferreras, California Voting Rights Act, cvra, Demian Garcia-Monroy, Jordan Brandman, Jose Moreno, Kim Bernice Nguyen, Lucille Kring, Rickk Montoya, Rose Espinoza, Sergio Contreras, Stephanie Klopfenstein | 3 Comments »
Posted by Craig P. Alexander on October 21, 2016
Are you looking for voter recommendations from people that do not get paid from politics (i.e. consultants and slate cards)?
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!
Posted in 38th Congressional District, 39th Congressional District, 45th Congressional District, 46th Congressional District, 47th Congressional District, 48th Congressional District, 49th Congressional District, 55th Assembly District, 65th Assembly District, 68th Assembly District, 69th Assembly District, 72nd Assembly District, 73rd Assembly District, 74th Assembly District, Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Anaheim City School District, Anaheim Union High School District, Board of Equalization, Brea, Brea Olinda Unified School District, Buena Park, Buena Park Library District, Buena Park School District, California, Capistrano Bay Community Services District, Capistrano Unified School District, Centralia School District, Coast Community College District, Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa Sanitary District, Cypress, Cypress School District, Dana Point, East Orange County Water District, El Toro Water District, Emerald Bay Service District, Fountain Valley, Fountain Valley School District, Fullerton, Fullerton Joint Union High School District, Fullerton School District, Garden Grove, Garden Grove Unified School District, Huntington Beach, Huntington Beach City School District, Huntington Beach Union High School District, Irvine, Irvine Ranch Water District, Irvine Unified School District, La Habra, La Habra City School District, La Palma, Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach Unified School District, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Los Alamitos Unified School District, Lowell Joint School District, Magnolia School District, Mesa Consolidated Water District, Midway City Sanitary District, Mission Viejo, Moulton-Niguel Water District, Municipal Water District of Orange County, Newport Beach, Newport-Mesa Unified School District, North Orange County Community College District, Ocean View School District, Orange, Orange County, Orange County Cemetery District, Orange County Sanitation District, Orange County Water District, Orange Unified School District, Placentia, Placentia Library District, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, Rancho Santa Margarita, Rancho Santiago Community College District, Rossmoor, Rossmoor Community Services District, Rossmoor/Los Alamitos Area Sewer District, Saddleback Valley Unified School District, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Santa Ana Unified School District, Santa Margarita Water District, Savanna School District, Seal Beach, Serrano Water District, Silverado-Modjeska Recreation and Park District, South Coast Water District, South Orange County Community College District, Stanton, State Assembly, State Senate, Sunset Beach Sanitary District, Surfside Colony Community Services District, Surfside Colony Storm Water Protection District, Three Arch Bay Community Services District, Trabuco Canyon Water District, Tustin, Tustin Unified School District, Uncategorized, Villa Park, Westminster, Westminster School District, Yorba Linda, Yorba Linda Water District | Tagged: Robyn Nordell, Voter Recommendations | 1 Comment »
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 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.
We have added a button on the menu bar for our readers to always be able to access this database and use it for whatever research/political needs that they may have. Due to the length of th epost you are going to have to click the below link to read the rest of the post.
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Posted in 1st Supervisorial District, 2nd Supervisorial District, 3rd Supervisorial District, 4th Supervisorial District, 5th Supervisorial District, Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Anaheim City School District, Anaheim Union High School District, Brea, Brea Olinda Unified School District, Buena Park, Buena Park Library District, Buena Park School District, Capistrano Bay Community Services District, Capistrano Unified School District, Centralia School District, Coast Community College District, Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa Sanitary District, Cypress, Cypress School District, Dana Point, East Orange County Water District, El Toro Water District, Emerald Bay Service District, Fountain Valley, Fountain Valley School District, Fullerton, Fullerton Joint Union High School District, Fullerton School District, Garden Grove, Garden Grove Unified School District, Huntington Beach, Huntington Beach City School District, Huntington Beach Union High School District, Irvine, Irvine Ranch Water District, Irvine Unified School District, La Habra, La Habra City School District, La Palma, Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach Unified School District, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Los Alamitos Unified School District, Lowell Joint School District, Magnolia School District, Mesa Consolidated Water District, Midway City Sanitary District, Mission Viejo, Moulton-Niguel Water District, Municipal Water District of Orange County, Newport Beach, Newport-Mesa Unified School District, North Orange County Community College District, Ocean View School District, Orange, Orange County, Orange County Auditor-Controller, Orange County Board of Education, Orange County Board of Supervisors, Orange County Clerk-Recorder, Orange County District Attorney's Office, Orange County Water District, Orange Unified School District, Placentia, Placentia Library District, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, Rancho Santa Margarita, Rancho Santiago Community College District, Saddleback Valley Unified School District, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Santa Ana Unified School District, Santa Margarita Water District, Savanna School District, Seal Beach, Serrano Water District, Silverado-Modjeska Recreation and Park District, South Coast Water District, South Orange County Community College District, Stanton, Sunset Beach Sanitary District, Surfside Colony Community Services District, Surfside Colony Storm Water Protection District, Three Arch Bay Community Services District, Trabuco Canyon Water District, Tustin, Tustin Unified School District, Villa Park, Westminster, Westminster School District, Yorba Linda, Yorba Linda Water District | Tagged: Leslie Daigle, Joe Carchio, Jose Solorio, Janet Nguyen, Bruce Whitaker, Todd Spitzer, Deborah Pauly, Matt Harper, Lucille Kring, Michele Martinez, Margie Rice, John Collins, Jordan Brandman, Miguel Pulido, Vince Sarmiento, Troy Edgar, Brian Donahue, Carol Warren, Shawn Nelson, Gail Eastman, Kris Murray, Tom Tait, Jeff Lalloway, Greg Sebourn, Ken Williams, John Briscoe, Mark McCurdy, Mike Munzing, Christina Shea, Tim Shaw, Dean Grose, Robert Hammond, Nancy Padberg, Tony Beall, Denis Bilodeau, David John Shawver, Scott Voigts, Sal Tinajero, John Moorlach, Pat Bates, Steven Choi, Doug Chaffee, Steve Hwangbo, Steve Nagel, Jesse Petrilla, Steve Baric, Carol Gamble, Annemarie Randle-Trejo, Tom Lindsey, John Anderson, Rigoberto Ramirez, Fred Whitaker, Peter Herzog, Katherine Smith, Brian O'Neal, Tita Smith, Elizabeth Parker, Dina Nguyen, Kris Beard, Steve Jones, Bruce Broadwater, Ethan Temianka, John Alpay, Gary Pritchard, Dave Leckness, John Ortega, Kathy Moffat, Molly McClanahan, Miller Oh, Tony Rackauckas, Ron Shepston, Greg Bates, Rush Hill, Dwight Robinson, Sandra Hutchens, James Wright, Ellen Addonizio, Claudia Alvarez, Jennifer Fitzgerald, Sandra Crandall, Doug Davert, Craig Green, Chad Wanke, Joe Aguirre, Richard DeVecchio, Gayle Carline, David Benavides, Katrina Foley, Bob Baker, Arianna Barrios, Tim Jemal, Bill Jay, Mike Alvarez, Steve Mensinger, Gary Monahan, Steve Shanahan, Andrew Blount, Dore Gilbert, Dave Sullivan, Peter Kim, Mark Murphy, Mark Schwing, Cecilia Iglesias, Rob Johnson, Cathy Green, Sam Allevato, Melody Carruth, Barbara Kogerman, Carlos Olvera, Bill Brough, Jim Righeimer, Jeanne Galindo, Debbie Cotton, Chuck Puckett, John Nielsen, Allan Bernstein, Sandy Genis, Cheryl Brothers, Jerry McCloskey, Frank Ury, Anthony Petros, Brad McGirr, Craig Young, Jim Reardon, Roy Byrnes, Cathy Schlict, Susan Hinman, Adam Nick, Steve Dicterow, Laurie Davies, Denis R. Bilodeau, Roger C. Yoh, Robert Ming, Michael Vo, Larry Agran, Beth Krom, Paul Bokota, Lauren Brooks, Michael Parham, Carmen Cave, Ross Chun, William "Bill" Phillips, Roy Moore, Brett Murdock, Christine Marick, Marty Simonoff, Beth Swift, Steve Berry, Art Brown, Leroy Mills, Prakash Narain, Mariellen Yarc, J. Scott Schoeffel, Chris Phan, Connie Boardman, Joe Shaw, Jim Katapodis, Jill Hardy, Elizabeth Pearson, Tony Iseman, Bob Whalen, Randal Bressette, Linda Lindholm, Jerry Slusiewicz, Mike Blazey, Tom Beamish, Rose Espinoza, Bert Hack, Cynthia Conners, Noel Hatch, Gerard Goedhart, Fred Smith, Warren Kusumoto, Richard Murphy, Rhonda Reardon, Nancy Gardner, Constance Underhill, Jim Evert, Tim Brown, Lori Donchak, Chris Hamm, Larry Kramer, John Taylor, Angelica Amezcua, Roman Reyna, Ellery Deaton, Al Murray, Rebecca Gomez, Brad Reese, Diana Fascenelli, Richard Barnett, Greg Mills, Tri Ta, Andy Quach, Sergio Contreras, Diana Carey, Gene Hernandez, David Boyd, Jack Bedell, Barbara Dunsheath, Jeffrey P. Brown, Donna Miller, Manny Ontiveros, Leonard L. Lahtinen, Michael Matsuda, David Grant, Jim Moreno, Mary Hornbuckle, Jerry Patterson, Lorraine Prinsky, Phillip E. Yarbrough, John Hanna, Lawrence R. Labrado, Nelida Yanez, Thomas Prendergrast, Marcia Milchiker, David B. Lang, Anna L. Piercy, Marilyn Buchi, Robert N. Hathaway, Robert A. Singer, Barbara L. Kilponen, Andy Montoya, Kathy Iverson, Bonnie P. Castrey, Susan Henry, Michael H. Simons, Joe Rollino, Bill Hall, Teresa Hampson, Michael Condiff, Rodney Todd, Gail Lyons, Kevin Hobby, Anna Bryson, Lynn Hatton, Amy Hanacek, Lan Quoc Nguyen, Bob Harden, Linda Paulsen-Reed, Bao Quoc Nguyen, George West, Sharon Wallin, Gavin Huntley-Fenner, Theresa O'Hare, Ketta Brown, Betsy Jenkins, William Landsiedel, Jan Vickers, Jeffrey Barke, Diana Hill, Meg Cutuli, David A. Boyer, Karen Russell, Karen Yelsey, David Brooks, Martha Fluor, Dana Black, Diane Singer, Rick Ledesma, Tim Surridge, Alexa Deligianni, Mark D. Wayland, Karin M. Freeman, Carrie Buck, Judi Carmona, Eric Padget, Carol Downey, Dolores Winchell, Dennis Walsh, Suzie Swartz, Don Sedgwick, Ginny Aitkens, John Palacio, Audrey Yamagata Noji, Rob Richardson, Jose Hernandez, Lynn R. Davis, Jonathan W. Abelove, James H. Laird, Tammie K. Bullard, Francine Pace Scinto, Sandy Blumberg, Jeff Cole, Jose F. Moreno, James Vanderbilt, Bob Gardner, Samuel Van Hamblen, Brian Chambers, Helen Lee, L. Carole Jensen, Barbara Michel, Lisa Jordan, Irv Trinkle, Megan Harding, Dennis Salts, Steve Harris, David Giese, Valeri Peters Wagner, Steve Blount, Candi Kern, Brian Nakamura, Jimmy Templin, Judith Edwards, Ian Collins, Chris Thompson, Janny Meyer, Beverly Berryman, Hilda Sugarman, Lynn Thornley, Rosemary Saylor, Celia Jaffe, Brian Rechsteiner, Bridget Kaub, Sharon H. Brown, Linda Navarro/Edwards, Sandi Baltes, John Dobson, Liz Steves, Bill Hinz, Anastasia Shackelford, Darin Barber, Fred W. Schambeck, Brandon Jones, Cliff E. Breddon Jr., Esther H. Wallace, Barbara Quintana, Barbara J. Clendineng, Nathan Zug, Tracy L. Pellman, John Ortiz, Gina Clayton, Linda R. Weinstock, Patrick Ochoa, Edward A. Erdtsieck, Carol Sundman, Chris Brown, Andrew Nguyen, David Bridgewaters, Mary Mangold, Jamison Power, Amy Walsh, Phillip B. Tsunoda, Ron Joseph Garcia, Wendy Leece, Doug Bailey, Lisa A. Bartlett, Steven H. Weinberg, Kelly H. Boyd, James "Jim" Gomez, Robert "Bob" Ring, Milton W. Robbins, Kathryn McCullogh, G. Henry Charoen, Gerri Lee Graham-Mejia, Patricia "Trish" Kelley, Michael F. Henn, Edward D. Selich, Keith D. Curry, Jeremy B. Yamaguchi, Scott William Nelson, Derek Reeve, Gordon A. Shanks, Michael Levitt, David W. Sloan, Gary A. Miller, Alexander A. Ethans, Al Mijares, Wayne Osborne, Mark Taylor, Webster Guillory, Shari Freidenrich, Glenn Parker, Jan Flory, Jennifer McGrath, Joan Flynn, Alisa Cutchen, Lisette Chel-Walker, Laura Parisi, Mary Murphy, Helen Walker, Patrick Melia, Joanne Baade, Al Jabaar, Judith A. Franco Walt Davenport, Kirk E. Bell, David Gutierrez, John A. McDermott II, Keri Ueberroth, John J. Collins, John Marconi, William R. Hart, Alfred A. Coletta, Bill Kahlert, Michael Maynard, Ronald Casey, Jeffrey T. Rips, Victor J. Kriss, Donald Karich, Nora Straight, Michael Farrell, Rhoads Martin, Scott O Davis, Alan Anderson, Gary Rubel, Elizabeth Gapp, Jerard B. Werner, William H. Kahn, Jose Vergara, Ted F. Martin, Scott Goldman, Peer A. Swan, Douglas J Reinhart, Mary Aileen Matheis, John B. Withers, Steven E. LaMar, Scott Colton, Larry R. Lizotte, Donald Froelich, Richard S. Fiore, Brian S. Probolsky, Larry McKenney, Gary Kurtz, Roger Faubel, Sandra Jacobs, Charley Wilson, Charles Gibson, Betty H. Olson, Jeff Thomas, Larry D. Dick, Brett R. Barbre, Wayne A. Clark, Joan C. Finnegan, Richard E. Barrett, Richard B. Bell, John Dulebohn, William VanderWerff, Joel Rattner, Linda Habermehl, William C. Poe, Jim Bell, Van Jew, Shawn Dewane, James Atkinson, Fred Bockmiller, Jim Fisler, Kathryn L. Barr, Stephen R. Sheldon, Philip L. 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Posted by OC Insider on January 8, 2013
The Westminster City Council will vote tomorrow night on paying lobbying firm Townsend Public Affairs $5,000 a month for 6 months to try and get reconsideration of a previously rejected plan for widening the 405 Freeway.
Here’s how the agenda report describes the contract:
“The City of Costa Mesa has asked the cities of Westminster, Fountain Valley, Los Alamitos and Seal Beach to volunteer to share in the cost for the professional services of Townsend Public Affairs to date in the amount of $5,000 each.
The City of Costa Mesa has also informed the corridor cities coalition that they have retained Townsend Public Affairs for future services related to the I-405 Improvement Project. The work includes the following objectives: prevent the reconsideration, adoption and implementation of Alternative 3; stop the implementation of Alternative 1; and promote the adoption and implementation of Alternative 2 as the locally preferred alternative for the I-405 Improvement Project.
The future services are expected to be completed in approximately six months, or when Caltrans adopts the locally preferred alternative. At that time, the City of Costa Mesa will ask the cities of Westminster, Fountain Valley, Los Alamitos and Seal Beach to volunteer to share in the cost for these services for an amount not to exceed $5,000 each.”
Costa Mesa and Fountain Valley are also going to pay $5,000 per month, each, to hire Townsend for this effort, according to the agenda report.
A few weeks ago, the Westminster City Council members decided they could not afford a special election to allow residents to fill the vacancy created by Tri Ta being elected Mayor. But they think the financially distressed city, which has been laying off employees left and right can afford $5,000 a month to pay for Councilmember Diana Carey’s personal crusade. That’s on top of almost $13,000 the city has already paid to date to share costs with Costa Mesa for Townsend’s lobbying services on the 405.
The OCTA Board of Directors has already voted to recommend Alternative 1 to Caltrans, which makes the ultimate decision on the matter, sometime in the spring. Alternative 1 adds 1 general-purpose lane in each direction on the 405. Alternative 2 adds 2 general purpose lanes. Alternative 3 adds 1 general purpose lane and 1 toll-lane in each direction.
To succeed, the OCTA Board would have to change its position and recommend Alternative 2 to Caltrans, instead of Alternative 1. There has been a lot of turn-over on the OCTA Board since it voted for Alternative 1, but that doesn’t mean the new directors want to re-open that can of worms.
But it is only taxpayers money, so why shouldn’t Diana Carey and Margie Rice spend it on a lobbying campaign with slim chance of success?
On the subject of the recently filled council vacancy, appointing Margie Rice was obviously planned in advance of the election. Rice could have run for council in November after she decided to not to run for re-election as mayor. Councilman Tri Ta, who she was backing, was a lock to be elected mayor, so Rice knew there’d be a vacancy.
Rice was already endorsing Sergio Contreras and Diana Cary for city council. She knew that if she ran for council, she would keep Carey from winning. But if she sat the election out, there’d be a vacancy on the council and if her slate won, they could put her back in office and spare her to expense and work of running a campaign.
Next time the City Council looks at approving more lay-off notices, they can tell the janitor getting a pink-slip that his livelihood is less important than paying for council members’ pet agendas. Too bad the voters won’t have a chance to be heard on this and other issues in a special election to fill the council vacancy that Margie Rice has filled for the benefit of her eternal political career.
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Posted by Chris Nguyen on November 20, 2012
The New Republican Irvine City Council Majority:
Councilman Jeff Lalloway, Councilwoman-Elect Christina Shea, and Mayor-Elect Steven Choi
Since 2004, Republicans have held a 4-2 advantage among Orange County’s directly-elected mayors:
- Anaheim: Tom Tait (since 2010), Curt Pringle (2002-2010)
- Garden Grove: Bill Dalton (2004-2012)
- Orange: Carolyn Cavecche (2006-2012), Mark Murphy (2000-2006)
- Westminster: Margie Rice (Republican 2004-2012; Democrat 2000-2004)
The two Democrats were:
- Irvine: Sukhee Kang (2008-2012), Beth Krom (2004-2008)
- Santa Ana: Miguel Pulido (since 1994)
Anaheim’s Tait has Orange County’s only four-year mayoral seat, so he was not up for election this year. Major changes were in store with three mayors termed out (Garden Grove’s Dalton, Irvine’s Kang, and Orange’s Cavecche) and one mayor voluntarily retiring (Westminster’s Rice), leaving only Santa Ana’s Pulido seeking re-election this year.
While Steven Choi captured the Irvine mayoral seat for the Republicans, Bruce Broadwater of Garden Grove and Tita Smith of Orange captured their respective mayor’s posts for the Democrats.
The Republicans are:
- Anaheim: Tom Tait (term limit: 2018)
- Irvine: Steven Choi (term limit: 2016)
- Westminster: Tri Ta (no term limit)
The Democrats are:
- Garden Grove: Bruce Broadwater (term limit: 2020)
- Orange: Tita Smith (term limit: 2018)
- Santa Ana: Miguel Pulido (term limit: 2020)
It could be worse though, like the 2000-2002 line-up of directly-elected mayors, which had Orange’s Mark Murphy as the sole Republican:
- Anaheim: Tom Daly (1992-2002)
- Garden Grove: Bruce Broadwater (1994-2004)
- Irvine: Larry Agran (2000-2004)
- Orange: Mark Murphy (2000-2006)
- Santa Ana: Miguel Pulido (since 1994)
- Westminster: Margie Rice (2000-2004 as a Democrat; 2004-2012 as a Republican)
An odd sidenote about 2012: in an election that saw Asian Americans vote 3-1 for Barack Obama, Orange County’s Asian American directly-elected mayors went from consisting of one Democrat (Kang) to consisting of two Republicans (Choi and Ta).
While Cavecche was replaced by Smith in Orange, women lost ground as Rice was replaced by Ta in Westminster.
Anaheim, Garden Grove, and Santa Ana have eight-year term limits (two four-year terms in Anaheim and four two-year terms in Garden Grove and Santa Ana). Orange has a six-year term limit (three two-year terms). Irvine has a four-year term limit (two two-year terms). Westminster has no term limits (two-year terms).
Santa Ana’s mayoral term limit is the newest, having been adopted this month. Irvine’s mayoral term limit is the oldest, taking effect in 1991.
Anaheim has the toughest term limit on Councilmembers who want to be Mayor. A first-term Councilmember running for Mayor may only serve one mayoral term. A second-term Councilmember may not run for Mayor.
Excluding Westminster’s non-limit, Garden Grove and Irvine have the most generous term limit for Councilmembers who want to be Mayor. In both of those cities, when Councilmembers term out, they can run for Mayor, and when they term out as Mayor, they can run for Council, in a never-ending merry-go-round.
After the 2012 election, the mayoral median age is 60.5 with a mean age is 59.3:
- Garden Grove: Bruce Broadwater (74)
- Irvine: Steven Choi (68)
- Orange: Tita Smith (65)
- Santa Ana: Miguel Pulido (56)
- Anaheim: Tom Tait (54)
- Westminster: Tri Ta (39)
Before the 2012 election, the mayoral median age was 58 with a mean age of 62.3:
- Westminster: Margie Rice (83)
- Garden Grove: Bill Dalton (69)
- Irvine: Sukhee Kang (60)
- Santa Ana: Miguel Pulido (56)
- Anaheim: Tom Tait (54)
- Orange: Carolyn Cavecche (52)
The biggest age change was in Westminster, where Margie Rice was replaced by Tri Ta, who is 44 years younger than her. The smallest age change (excluding Tait and Pulido, for obvious reasons) was in Garden Grove, where Bill Dalton was replaced by Bruce Broadwater, who is 5 years older than him.
While Westminster had a dramatic age decrease for mayor, Garden Grove, Irvine, and Orange all had age increases for mayor.
The Democrat median and mean ages both increased from 58 to 65.
The Republican median age decreased from 61.5 to 54 while the Republican mean age decreased from 64.5 to 53.7.
Posted in Anaheim, Garden Grove, Irvine, Orange, Santa Ana, Westminster | Tagged: Beth Krom, Bill Dalton, Bruce Broadwater, Carolyn Cavecche, Curt Pringle, Larry Agran, Margie Rice, Mark A. Murphy, Miguel Pulido, Steven S. Choi, Sukhee Kang, term limits, Tita Smith, Tom Daly, Tom Tait, Tri Ta | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Chris Nguyen on November 15, 2012
There are seven races in Orange County where less than 0.5% separates two candidates for the last spot in office. Countywide, there are 73,719 ballots remaining to be counted (9,371 absentee ballots, 64,217 provisional ballots, and 131 Election Day paper ballots). In all seven of these races, fewer than 500 votes separate the last winner and the first runner-up. These range from the 442-vote margin for the Santa Ana Unified School Board to the 4-vote margin (yes, just four votes) for Fullerton City Council.
In the Santa Ana Unified School Board race, incumbent Jose Alfredo Hernandez (D) is hanging on to a 442-vote (0.5%) lead over challenger Valerie Amezcua (D). In an unusual situation for Santa Ana, two Democrats are fighting for the third place spot and the board’s last seat while Republicans occupy the top two slots, with challenger Ceci Iglesias ahead of incumbent Rob Richardson.
|SANTA ANA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member
|Number To Vote For: 3
|Completed Precincts: 89 of 89
|CECILIA “CECI” IGLESIAS
|JOSE ALFREDO HERNANDEZ
In the Mission Viejo City Council race, Councilwoman Cathy Schlicht (R) is clinging on to a 270-vote (0.4%) lead over challenger Wendy Bucknum (R). Bucknum ran on a slate with Councilman Frank Ury (R) while Schlict ran on a slate with Ed Sachs (R). If Schlicht hangs on, the voters will have split the baby by picking the incumbent from each slate leaving the status quo in place with a Council majority of Trish Kelley (R), Dave Leckness (R), and Ury versus a Council minority of Rhonda Reardon (R) and Schlicht. If Bucknum overtakes Schlicht, then the Council majority will grow to 4 members.
|CITY OF MISSION VIEJO Member, City Council
|Number To Vote For: 2
|Completed Precincts: 71 of 71
|RICHARD W. COLEMAN
|DESI J. KISS
In the Westminster City Council race, challenger Diana Carey (D) has seen her lead over incumbent Councilman Tyler Diep (R) dwindle to 200 votes (0.4%). In 2008, Diep was behind Penny Loomer (D) by 1,500 votes on Election Night and ended up winning the election by edging out Loomer by 49 votes. On Election Night 2012, Diep was behind Carey by 709 votes. Can Diep pull off the late surge again?
|CITY OF WESTMINSTER Member, City Council
|Number To Vote For: 2
|Completed Precincts: 57 of 57
|CHARLIE NGUYEN MANH CHI
|AL P. KRIPPNER
In the Huntington Beach City Council race, former Councilman Dave Sullivan (R) wields a 264-vote (0.1%) lead over Barbara Delgleize (R). Regardless of whether Sullivan or Delgleize wins, the conservative majority has already been reduced to a minority with the election of Jill Hardy (D) and Jim Katapodis (R).
|CITY OF HUNTINGTON BEACH Member, City Council
|Number To Vote For: 3
|Completed Precincts: 158 of 158
|WILLIAM BILLY O’CONNELL
|ALEXANDER S. POLSKY
|BRUCE J. BRANDT
|TONY JAMES CARTER
In the Costa Mesa City Council race, Councilman Gary Monahan (R) has a 131-vote (0.1%) lead over challenger John Stephens (D). At stake is the conservative Council majority, with Jim Righeimer (R), Steve Mensinger (R), and Monahan. If Monahan holds on, the 4-1 Council majority will shrink to 3-2, as former Councilwoman Sandy Genis (R) captured the seat of termed-out conservative Councilman Eric Bever (R). If Stephens overtakes Monahan, the conservative Council majority will become the minority.
|CITY OF COSTA MESA Member, City Council
|Number To Vote For: 3
|Completed Precincts: 71 of 71
|SANDRA L. “SANDY” GENIS
In the Yorba Linda City Council race, challenger Gene Hernandez (R) has a 114-vote (0.1%) lead over incumbent Councilwoman Nancy Rikel (R). At stake is the Council majority. If Rikel can overtake Hernandez, the YLRRR majority of Mark Schwing (R), John Anderson (R), and Rikel will maintain control of the Council. If Hernandez hangs on, the majority of Tom Lindsey (R), Craig Young (R), and Hernandez would push YLRRR into the minority, with Schwing and Anderson.
|CITY OF YORBA LINDA Member, City Council
|Number To Vote For: 3
|Completed Precincts: 47 of 47
|EUGENE J. “GENE” HERNANDEZ
|KENNITH L. PETERSON
|TODD P. COOPER
|LOUIS LEE KNAPPENBERGER JR.
In the Fullerton City Council race, former Councilwoman Jan Flory (D) has a 4-vote lead over incumbent Councilman Travis Kiger (R). If Flory wins, the Fullerton City Council will have two liberal Democrats (Doug Chaffee and Flory), two libertarian-leaning conservative Republicans (Bruce Whitaker and Greg Sebourn), and one more traditional conservative Republican (Jennifer Fitzgerald). If Kiger can overtake Flory’s 4-vote lead, he would cement the results of the June recall and maintain Orange County’s most libertarian council.
|CITY OF FULLERTON Member, City Council
|Number To Vote For: 3
|Completed Precincts: 88 of 88
|JAN M. FLORY
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Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on November 14, 2012
Chris Nguyen did a great job putting together a local database of all party affiliations for candidates running for local office. I thought that I would take the time to expand on his post and show a database of all Orange County Councilmembers (Also OC Board of Supervisors) that will be serving on City Councils starting next month and what party they are affiliated with.
Please note that a couple of races could potentially change based on a close finish and not all votes being counted. This post will be added to our website in a permanent tab that we will be creating at the top of the site.
Here is the database: Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in 1st Supervisorial District, 2nd Supervisorial District, 3rd Supervisorial District, 4th Supervisorial District, 5th Supervisorial District, Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, La Palma, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Orange County Board of Supervisors, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster, Yorba Linda | Tagged: Adam Nick, Al Murray, Alexander A. Ethans, Allan Bernstein, Andrew Blount, Andy Quach, Angelica Amezcua, Anthony Petros, Art Brown, Barbara Kogerman, Bert Hack, Beth Krom, Beth Swift, Bill Brough, Bob Baker, Bob Whalen, Brad McGirr, Brad Reese, Brett Murdock, Brian Donahue, Brice Whitaker, Bruce Broadwater, Carlos Olvera, Carmen Cave, Carol Gamble, Carol Warren, Cathy Schlict, Chad Wanke, Cheryl Brothers, Chris Hamm, Chris Phan, Christina Shea, Christine Marick, Chuck Puckett, Connie Boardman, Constance Underhill, Craig Young, Cynthia Conners, Dave Leckness, Dave Sullivan, David Benavides, David John Shawver, David W. Sloan, Dean Grose, Deborah Pauly, Denis Bilodeau, Derek Reeve, Diana Carey, Diana Fascenelli, Dina Nguyen, Don Webb, Dore Gilbert, Doug Bailey, Doug Chaffee, Dwoght Robinson, Edward D. Selich, Elizabeth Pearson, Ellery Deaton, Frank Ury, Fred Smith, Fred Whitaker, G. Henry Charoen, Gail Eastman, Gary A. Miller, Gary Monahan, Gene Hernandez, Gerard Goedhart, Gerri Lee Graham-Mejia, Gordon A. Shanks, Greg Mills, Greg Sebourn, J. Scott Schoeffel, James "Jim" Gomez, Janet Nguyen, Jeff Lalloway, Jennifer Fitzgerald, Jeremy B. Yamaguchi, Jerry McCloskey, Jerry Slusiewicz, Jesse Petrilla, Jill Hardy, Jim Evert, Jim Katapodis, Jim Righeimer, Joe Aguirre, Joe Carchio, Joe Shaw, John Anderson, John Collins, John Moorlach, John Nielsen, John Taylor, Jordan Brandman, Kathryn McCullogh, Keith D. Curry, Kelly H. Boyd, Kris Murray, Larry Agran, Larry Kramer, Laurie Davies, Leroy Mills, Leslie Daigle, Linda Lindholm, Lisa A. Bartlett, Lori Donchak, Lucille Kring, Mariellen Yarc, Mark Maurphy, Mark McCurdy, Mark Schwing, Marty Simonoff, Matt Harper, Melody Carruth, Michael F. Henn, Michael Levitt, Michael Vo, Michele Martinez, Miguel Pulido, Mike Alvarez, Mike Blazey, Mike Munzing, Miller Oh, Milton W. Robbins, Nancy Gardner, Noel Hatch, Pat Bates, Patricia "Trish" Kelley, Peter Herzog, Peter Kim, Phillip B. Tsunoda, Prakash Narain, Randal Bressette, Rebecca Gomez, Rhonda Reardon, Richard Barnett, Richard Murphy, Rigoberto Ramirez, Rob Johnson, Robert "Bob" Ring, Robert Ming, Roman Reyna, Ron Joseph Garcia, Rose Espinoza, Ross Chun, Roy Byrnes, Roy Moore, Sal Tinajero, Sam Allevato, Sandy Genis, Scott Voigts, Scott William Nelson, Sergio Contreras, Shawn Nelson, Steve Baric, Steve Berry, Steve Dicterow, Steve Hwangbo, Steve Jones, Steve Mensinger, Steve Nagel, Steve Shanahan, Steven Choi, Steven H. Weinberg, Tim Brown, Tim Shaw, Tita Smith, Todd Spitzer, Tom Beamish, Tom Lindsey, Tom Tait, Tony Beall, Tony Iseman, Travis Kiger, Tri Ta, Troy Edgar, Vince Sarmiento, Warren Kusumoto, Wendy Leece, William "Bill" Phillips | 14 Comments »