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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 Greg Woodard on June 2, 2016
There will be no recall election in Lake Forest for Council members Scott Voigts, Dwight Robinson, and Andrew Hamilton. The Orange County Registrar of Voters today rejected the recall petitions for failure to meet the required number of valid signatures. The Registrar found that the number of required signatures to qualify for the ballot for each candidate fell over 1,000 signatures shy.
It was earlier reported here that the recall group’s second effort also failed. Although the group served Voigts, Robinson, and Hamilton with recall papers after a City Council meeting, the group did not submit the proper paperwork to the Lake Forest City Clerk.
The recall group attempted a third time to recall just Voigts and Hamilton, but the group failed to properly submit recall papers to both the Council members, and the City Clerk.
The recall group’s efforts cost Lake Forest at least $85,000 to verify the signatures, but the additional $100,000 – $125,000 cost of a recall election was avoided by the failed recall petitions.
Posted in Lake Forest | Tagged: Andrew Hamilton, Dwight Robinson, Scott Voigts | 1 Comment »
Posted by Greg Woodard on May 4, 2016
Lake Forest residents have been inundated over the past several months with signature gatherers, Council outbursts, and divisive rhetoric, as a group called Committee to Recall City Council Members Voigts, Hamilton & Robinson is attempting to recall City Council members Scott Voigts, Andrew Hamilton, and Dwight Robinson.
Two weeks ago, the group submitted approximately 8,200 recall signatures for each Council member. The Orange County Registrar of Voters has not finished counting the votes to determine whether the group has met the requirement to force a special election in August, September, or October 2016. Counting the votes alone will cost the city of Lake Forest at least $85,000. If the recall is certified, the special election would cost the city at least another $100,000.
In a strange twist, although the Registrar of Voters has not said whether enough signatures have been gathered for the initial recall petition, the group served a second set of recall papers on Hamilton, Voigts, and Robinson after last night’s City Council meeting.
Andrew Hamilton, one of the recall targets, stated “Obviously, Adam Nick knows that the first recall didn’t succeed. Why else would he have personally served me with another set of recall papers? That questions his ability to be looking out for taxpayers in Lake Forest when the Jim Gardner and Adam Nick-supported recall proponents knowingly submitted insufficient recall quantities of signatures. This wasted $85,000 of taxpayer money due to their personal ambition. What budget cuts are we going to need to make because of this? We don’t need a perpetual recall in Lake Forest that continually wastes taxpayers’ money in spreading false accusations. Adam Nick should stop his failed power grab and instead look out for the best interest of Lake Forest taxpayers.”
Jim Gardner, another current Council member who is supporting the recall, and has paid $30,000 to the group, said “I was told by the recall organizers that ‘the second petition was designed to show them [the Gang of 3] that we are not going away. We will continue until they are gone.’ I think the recall supporters achieved enough signatures with the 8,100+ they already submitted, since they were verified by an independent agency. But you can never tell what the authorities will say or do. I was surprised when the DA decided not to prosecute a resident who was accused of assaulting a recall supporter trying to gather signatures. The video, just released, appears to clearly show the assault and eye-witnesses to whom I spoke also claimed that the assault was unprovoked. So you can never tell what will happen, and I think the recall supporters are hedging their bets.”
To the residents of Lake Forest, get ready for Round 2.
[Update] Apparently, the pro-recall forces have failed in their second bid to recall Voigts, Hamilton, and Robinson, as Robinson confirmed that the recall petition was not timely submitted to the City Clerk. While that does not prevent the recall folks from taking a third shot, it does call into question their organization when they cannot meet one of the most basic requirements for a recall effort.
Posted in Lake Forest | Tagged: Andrew Hamilton, Dwight Robinson, Jim Gardner, Lake Forest City Council, recall, Scott Voigts | 1 Comment »
Posted by Chris Nguyen on March 8, 2016
About six weeks ago, Bieber Communications prepared the “Nick is Nuts” mailer highlights an August article from the Voice of OC and a December article from the Orange County Register describing Lake Forest Councilman Adam Nick’s bizarre behavior and his effort to recall Mayor Andrew Hamilton and Councilmen Scott Voigts and Dwight Robinson.
This month, Bieber and the Nick is Nuts committee delivered a newspaper to the voters of Lake Forest compiling Nick’s numerous controversies:
- The $250,000 cost of the recall to taxpayers, and Nick spending $100,000 on the recall
- Nick’s numerous name changes
- Petition circulators being paid $9 per hour
- Broad coalition opposing the recall
- Nick’s vote to get rid of the Sheriff’s Department, who provides police services to Lake Forest
- Nick’s “cash, bribes, and rage” as covered by prior media articles
- Nick’s campaign sign controversy
- Nick claiming to have a CPA license when it appears the State of California has no record of him having one
Nick and his allies obtained the official recall petition on December 22 and have until April 20 to submit more than 8,000 valid signatures.
Here’s the mailer (click on any of the newspaper images for a PDF of the newspaper):
Posted in Lake Forest | Tagged: Adam Nick, Andrew Hamilton, Dwight Robinson, Scott Voigts | 2 Comments »
Posted by Chris Nguyen on January 20, 2016
One of the more amusing pieces of mail in quite some time was left at the tables at Monday night’s Central Committee meeting. Produced by Bieber Communications, the “Nick is Nuts” piece highlights an August article from the Voice of OC and a December article from the Orange County Register describing Lake Forest Councilman Adam Nick’s bizarre behavior.
The Nick is Nuts piece uses the articles to warn Lake Forest residents against signing the recall petition Nick is circulating against Mayor Andrew Hamilton and Councilmen Scott Voigts and Dwight Robinson. By pointing out Nick’s strange behavior, the piece admonishes residents that signing the recall petition would let nutty Nick gain control of the Lake Forest City Council.
Even the disclaimer is fun due to the anti-recall committee’s name. The disclaimer reads, “Paid for by Nick is Nuts, A Committee Opposing the Recall of Mayor Hamilton, Councilmembers Voigts and Robinson 2016.”
Nick and his allies obtained the official recall petition on December 22 and have until April 20 to submit more than 8,000 valid signatures.
Here’s the mailer (click on the mailer images for a larger PDF):
Posted in Lake Forest | Tagged: Adam Nick, Andrew Hamilton, Bieber Communications, Dwight Robinson, Scott Voigts | 13 Comments »
Posted by Greg Woodard on November 6, 2015
In a coup for conservatives, the Republican party, and businesses throughout much of Southern California, Dwight Robinson defeated Miguel Pulido for the Orange County cities’ representative on the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) Board. As reported by OCPolitical’s own Chris Nguyen earlier, having to win the majority vote of all Orange County mayors, both in the number of cities, and overall county population, Robinson garnered 21 cities and 54% of the County’s population, to Pulido’s 12 cities and 45% of the population. Pulido was Orange County’s representative on the AQMD for over a decade.
Robinson’s victory is significant as it flips the AQMD Board from 7-6 Democrat to 7-6 Republican, which will have considerable impact for many Southern California businesses.
Of his victory, Robinson said, “I am very proud of the broad based support I had across the spectrum that helped secured the votes I needed. I deeply care about air quality and the environment. I drive an electric car. I put solar panels on my house earlier this year. Equally important to me are jobs and the regional economy. Many of the things AQMD has been doing over the last decade have driven companies, jobs, and the middle class out of Southern California. I am dedicated to making sure that AQMD balances sensible environmental stewardship with middle class job retention.”
The race was marred by infighting from Republicans and rumors of Pulido offering support to mayors and their cities in exchange for their votes. The most curious (and in my opinion, disappointing) aspect was the battle that erupted between Irvine Councilman Jeff Lalloway and Mayor Steven Choi. As reported here, Choi was unavailable for the vote so he originally designated Lalloway as his voting representative. However, it was reported that Lalloway was planning on voting for Pulido, and Choi removed Lalloway and appointed Christina Shea to vote instead. Shea voted for Robinson, giving a size able chunk of population to Robinson. While Lalloway denied that he had made up his mind on who to vote for, his claim that the Orange County Republican party’s support for Robinson was a push by California Republican Party Jim Brulte to strong-arm local Republicans to vote lock-step with the party is curious given that the race pitted Robinson, a strong Republican conservative and pro-business candidate, against Pulido, an avowed liberal Democrat who recently admitted to six violations of the Political Reform Act. Pulido also previously appointed his brother as a part-time consultant to the AQMD, a position that paid more than $35,000 per year.
Posted in Orange County | Tagged: AQMD, Christina Shea, Dwight Robinson, Jeff Lalloway, Jim Brulte, Miguel Pulido, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Steven Choi | 1 Comment »
Posted by Brenda McCune on November 5, 2015
Newly-elected California Republican Party Vice Chairman South Jeff Lalloway, who is also OC GOP Treasurer, is learning what a real Republican has to do. Tonight, Orange County cities will select a City Councilmember to represent OC’s interests on the South Coast Air Quality Management District – one of the most powerful and draconian unelected agencies in the state. They’ve put numerous companies out of business with fines and last year they banned wood burning fire rings on LA and OC’s beaches.
Lalloway was Irvine’s representative to the City Selection Committee voting on the AQMD position. State GOP Chairman Jim Brulte has publicly stated the importance of appointing a Republican to the AQMD.
Lalloway signaled his support for Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido, a liberal Democrat with ties to Hillary Clinton. Worse than that, just a few months ago, the FPPC found that Pulido committed six violations of the Political Reform Act involving a land deal with a city contractor. Not only that, Pulido even appointed his brother to be his consultant/assistant at AQMD.
We can only hope that GOP leaders take Lalloway to the woodshed.
Irvine Mayor Steven Choi, currently a 68th Assembly District candidate, may have saved the day by pulling Lalloway off the City Selection Committee and replacing him with long-time conservative Councilwoman Christina Shea.
The businesses and residents of Orange County owe Choi and Shea a debt of gratitude for their role in ending Pulido’s reign at AQMD.
Lalloway, known for his rattlesnake personality, sent this nastygram of an email to Choi:
I will be pulling my endorsement of you and supporting another candidate in your assembly race. As a matter of fact, I will be doing everything I can to make sure you lose in every race you ever run again. Say goodbye to your political career.
All Choi had written before Lalloway’s completely over the top response was:
I must withdraw my email to you earlier for you to attend the Selection Committee meeting on November 5th.
I have asked Christina Shea to represent me who will be voting in my place according to my direction.
Thank you for your understanding.
What Republican would want Lalloway’s endorsement after this mess?
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged: Christina Shea, Dwight Robinson, Jeff Lalloway, South Coast Air Quality Management District, Steven Choi | 4 Comments »
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: Adam Nick, Al Jabaar, Al Mijares, Al Murray, Al Salehi, Al Shkoler, Alan Anderson, Alexa Deligianni, Alexander A. Ethans, Alfred A. Coletta, Alisa Cutchen, Allan Bernstein, Allan P. Krippner, Amy Hanacek, Amy Walsh, Anastasia Shackelford, Andrew Blount, Andrew Nguyen, Andy Montoya, Andy Quach, Angelica Amezcua, Anna Bryson, Anna L. Piercy, Annemarie Randle-Trejo, Anthony Petros, Arianna Barrios, Arlene Schafer, Art Brown, Art Perry, Audrey Yamagata Noji, Bao Quoc Nguyen, Barbara Dunsheath, Barbara J. Clendineng, Barbara Kogerman, Barbara L. Kilponen, Barbara Michel, Barbara Quintana, Bert Hack, Beth Krom, Beth Swift, Betsy Jenkins, Betty Escobosa, Betty H. Olson, Beverly Berryman, Bill Brough, Bill Hall, Bill Hinz, Bill Jay, Bill Kahlert, Bob Baker, Bob Gardner, Bob Harden, Bob Moore, Bob Whalen, Bonnie P. Castrey, Brad McGirr, Brad Reese, Brandon Jones, Brett Murdock, Brett R. Barbre, Brian Chambers, Brian Donahue, Brian Nakamura, Brian O'Neal, Brian Rechsteiner, Brian S. 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Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on March 19, 2013
I just finished watching the Lake Forest City Council meeting and watched them approve invocations at their meetings. The thing that struck me was how civil the speakers were on both sides of the argument. Usually I see the meetings where the “In God We Trust” and “Invocation” discussions can get extremely heated. Kudos to Lake Forest residents for not making viewers uncomfortable. I will cut to the Councilmember comments noting that the public was split on the issue although I would say a majority off individuals were in support of invocations at meetings. Speakers were passionate but respectful of each other.
Dwight Robinson talked about how he did his homework on this issue before hand and came to the meeting prepared to listen to speakers from the community to help him make his final decision on this issue. He did note that he was supportive of an invocation at meetings at the previous City Council meeting.
Peter Herzog in my opinion was definitely the most negative of all the speakers both in the public and Councilmembers. He appeared to attack the public speakers that were from churches, claiming that they obviously support invocations at meetings. He also decided that the “In God We Trust” slogan behind the dais should be taken down based on the fact that faith was never a part of the discussion when the Council approved the placement of that slogan. I guess he is a bit grouchy still with his pending legal issues after being arrested recently. Just as a reminder of what the DA released recently:
LAKE FOREST CITY COUNCIL MEMBER TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL
NEWPORT BEACH – A Lake Forest City Council member is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow for driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol content of .18 percent, more than twice the legal limit. Peter Alan Herzog, 57, Lake Forest, is charged with one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol and one misdemeanor count of driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 percent or more with a sentencing enhancement allegation for having a blood alcohol level of .15 percent. If convicted, Herzog faces a sentence ranging from probation up to six months in jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow, Thursday, March 14, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. in Department H-8, Harbor Justice Center, Newport Beach.
At approximately 8:15 p.m. on Nov. 17, 2012, Herzog is accused of making a left turn from Portola Parkway onto Lake Forest Drive and driving on the wrong side of the road. The defendant is accused of driving over the center median to get back on to the westbound lanes. Herzog is then accused of making a wide left turn from Lake Forest Drive on to Regency Lane and hitting the right side of the curb. The defendant is accused of crossing into the opposing lane of traffic swerving back and forth across lanes until he arrived at his home.
Motorists reported the driving to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, who investigated this case, and arrested the defendant at his home. The defendant is accused of displaying objective signs of intoxication including bloodshot and watery eyes, slurred speech, strong odor of alcohol, and unsteady balance. At approximately 10:30 p.m., the defendant is accused of having a blood alcohol content of .18 percent.
Deputy District Attorney Joe Koller is prosecuting this case.
Adam Nick talked about his experiences with religion and government do not mix very well citing mass executions that took place at 6:00 sharp everyday. He mentioned that people do care because the council chamber is full. He claimed that he “thought it would be a cold day in hell before he agreed with Peter Herzog on anything.” He said that he researched the word invocation on a couple of online dictionaries and was somewhat unclear as to what he learned from this. He talked about his love for the people of Lake Forest and wanted to stress that he felt it was important to find common ground.
Scott Voigts explained that he was a man of faith and was very proud of his faith. He stated that he supports all residents that have a faith of any kind along with those that have no faith. He talked about the use of invocations in Congress among other places. He notes that he does not support putting any faith in front of any other kind of faith. He noted that only 8 other Cities in Orange County currently do not have an invocation at their meetings.
Kathryn McCullough who was the obvious swing vote and talked about the diversity of opinions from members of the audience. She talked about concerns she had with the item because she has remembered 2 things that happened to her personally. 1) The pledge of allegiance at another City Council meeting where 75% of the people refused to participate. 2) At another meeting they were honoring some of the officers that had died and during the National Anthem certain Councilmembers/Mayors at the event were chatting. She did state that she did not support the actions of those individuals but discussed the rights of those individuals. The overall point she is making is that by supporting invocations at the meetings it is not forcing people to pray. She does not support staff being involved in policing the issue. She passed around a peace coin to her colleagues on the City Council. She stated that the initial motion made by Scott Voigts and Dwight Robinson would not garner her support the way it was stated.
Scott Voigts made a motion to support alternative #2 a choice that would allow invocations at council meetings that rotate and do not adhere to any particular faith. The motion was seconded by Adam Nick I believe. Watching the meeting was extremely difficult because the camera did not zoom in on the Councilmembers, I was literally watching the meeting from the top corner of the room.
The final vote as stated before was 4-1 (I think) with Herzog dissenting. I might be wrong on the vote margin because they went through the roll call vote very quickly and it was very hard to hear whether Herzog said aye or no.
Posted in Lake Forest | Tagged: Adam Nick, Dwight Robinson, Kathryn McCullough, Peter Herzog, Scott Voigts | 7 Comments »