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Redistricting Put Chapel and McLoughlin in Same RSCCD Seat; Alvarez Joins Slugfest

Posted by Chris Nguyen on August 2, 2012

Mark McLaughlin, David Chapel, Claudia Alvarez

Mark McLaughlin, David Chapel, and Claudia Alvarez

You may have seen Emami’s Twitter-style post, so here’s a more in-depth examination of the race for Rancho Santiago Community College District Board, Trustee Area 5.

In what may be the most awesome November slugfest not involving Republicans, Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez, has pulled papers to run for the RSCCD Trustee Area 5.   There are already two incumbents in the seat, as the RSCCD board recently switched from a multi-member three-area at-large election system to a vote-by-area system.  When they drew the lines for Area 5, they put three incumbents into Area 5, but Brian Conley chose to retire in June, leaving David Chapel and Mark McLoughlin to duke it out in November.

Now, we have a three-way slugfest with RSCCD Trustee Chapel (NPP), RSCCD Vice President McLoughlin (D), and Santa Ana Mayor Pro Tem Alvarez (D).  City council members have typically been able to defeat sitting school board members for school board seats (for example, Costa Mesa Councilwoman Katrina Foley unseated Newport-Mesa Unified School District Trustee Michael Collier 55%-45% in 2010).  Here, Alvarez is a sitting Councilwoman running for a single college board seat where two trustees are already in the race.

Alvarez has several advantages:

  • City Councilmembers’ general ability to unseat school board members
  • The pro-incumbent vote is split between Chapel and McLoughlin
  • She is the sole woman
  • She is the sole Latina
  • She has higher name ID, due to her Council seat and her 2006 bid for Assembly (she lost the primary to Jose Solorio, who incidentally is now running for RSCCD Trustee Area 1)
  • She has the largest warchest

This will be a tall order for Chapel to beat both McLaughlin and Alvarez.  It will be a similarly tall order for McLaughlin to beat both Chapel and Alvarez.  Of the three, Alvarez has the clearest path to the RSCCD victory in November.

For those wondering, Area 5 is:

  • Fountain Valley north of Edinger Avenue
  • Garden Grove south of Garden Grove Boulevard between Harbor Boulevard and Euclid Street
  • Santa Ana north of 17th Street and west of Santiago Street
  • Santa Ana between Euclid Street and the Santa Ana River
  • Santa Ana north of Civic Center Drive between Bristol Street and Flower Street

For visual learners, it’s the yellow portion on this map:

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Assemblyman Jose Solorio Pulls Papers for Rancho Santiago Community College District

Posted by Chris Nguyen on July 16, 2012

According to the Orange County Registrar of Voters, Assemblyman Jose Solorio (D-Santa Ana) has pulled papers for the Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustee Area 1.  (There is no incumbent, as the RSCCD board recently switched from a multi-member three-area at-large election system to a vote-by-area system, but drew three incumbents into Area 5, with Brian Conley choosing to retire in June, leaving David Chapel and Mark McLoughlin to duke it out in Area 5.)

Solorio had been rumored for months to be interested in the RSCCD seat after the Bernie Madoff of California Democrats, Kinde Durkee, stole $700,000+ from Solorio, putting an end to his bid to challenge Supervisor Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove).  Between his Assembly campaign committee and a ballot measure committee, Solorio has over $200,000 cash on hand.

Due to the fact there are no contribution limits for the college board seat in Rancho Santiago, Solorio can transfer the entire $200,000 to his RSCCD account without raising another penny.

Santa Ana LULAC President Zeke Hernandez is rumored to be Solorio’s top challenger.

Will union anger at Solorio’s endorsement of Tom Daly for Assembly result in enormous contributions to Hernandez for college board?  (Remember, there are no contribution limits, so they can give all the money to Hernandez instead of doing an IE.)

Trustee Area 1’s eastern border follows Main Street in Santa Ana from 17th Street down to the 55 Freeway.  Its southern border is the Santa Ana city limit.  Its far northern border is 17th Street.  Its western border is a zig-zag involving Flower Street from 17th Street to 1st Street, Bristol Street from 1st Street to St. Andrew Place, Rene Drive from St. Andrew Place to Warner Avenue, and roughly Raitt Street from Warner Avenue to the city limit.

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