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Introducing Aliso Viejo City Council Candidates Mike Munzing And Greg Ficke

Posted by Greg Woodard on October 30, 2012

We next go to Aliso Viejo which I’m not sure is known for anything in particular, but that may be because it is a relatively new city.  It does have Soka University which touts itself as “[p]roudly founded upon the Buddhist principles of peace, human rights and the sanctity of life, SUA offers a non-sectarian curriculum that is open to top students of all nationalities and beliefs.”  Mike Munzing and current City Council member Greg Ficke are running.

Mike Munzing

Mike said he is running because the current City Council has adopted and embraced liberal environmental ideologies and policies that have negatively impacted the city, and he wants to reverse that course.

Mike believes that the current council has adopted radical green city initiatives that far exceed even the state requirements.  For example, he said that the city is trying to remove parking spaces from the Town Center to force people to find other alternatives rather than cars.  He said they also want to install roundabouts to make driving more difficult for residents.  Mike wants to roll back those policies to protect the quality of life the residents currently enjoy.

Mike also wants to address and correct the city’s restrictive signage policies for the real estate and business communities.  Mike said that city staff takes Open House signs down soon after they are put up by realtors which restricts the ability of home owners to sell their homes.  He wants to roll back those and other anti-business regulations and promote a business-friendly environment for the city.

Mike said that the city is largely a contract city, which means it has a very small number of direct employees, and saves the city a lot of money.  He is willing to look at employee compensation and benefits to see if they are reasonable for a city the size of Aliso Viejo.

Mike said that the city is only 7.5 square miles, and it is master-planned and nearly built out.  As a result, there are only a few parcels remaining for development.  Mike believes that future projects need to be addressed on a case-by-case basis, and he wants to make sure that any project fits within the quality of life that current residents have come to enjoy.

Mike is endorsed by, among others, the Orange County Republican Party, the Family Action PAC, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, State Senator Mimi Walters, and Assembly member Diane Harkey.

You can find out more about Mike at www.voteformikemunzing.com.

Greg Ficke

Greg is running for re-election to the City Council because he said the job is not done.  Greg was contacted by dozens of residents and business owners who told him to run for re-election, and he wants to continue to make a difference for the community at large.

Greg believes in fiscally responsible and balanced budgets.  Greg noted that the city is a contract city, meaning that it contracts out most of the services it provides, and he said it is important to go through the city’s budget line item by line item to see if the city is getting the best value for what it is paying for.

Greg also has been pushing for the city to be transparent with its residents.  Since the first day he became a council member, he has advocated for the city to broadcast City Council meetings online or by local cable television.  If re-elected, Greg will continue to push for maximum council transparency.

Greg also wants to be responsive to the needs of all the city’s residents.  Greg is open and approachable and willing to listen to issues from any resident, whether it is in the City Council chambers, on the baseball or soccer fields, or at the grocery store.

Greg said that, as a contract city, Aliso Viejo has very few direct employees (only 14).  The small number allows the council to better evaluate their performance and compensation, and also provides the city with more flexibility and cost savings in the contracts it enters into with service providers.  Greg also said that compensation for its employees is annually validated against compensation with comparable cities by size, function, and position.  As a result, Greg believes that employee compensation is adequate.

Greg does not believe there will be much future development in the city as it is mostly built out, particularly on the residential side.  He said that the city population will only increase in small increments in the future.  Also, redevelopment does not appear to be a direction the city is headed towards in the future.  Greg thinks that there is a good balance in the city between the size of the community, and the services the city provides.

While Greg has not actively solicited endorsements, he is endorsed by the Orange County Republican Party and the South Orange County Chamber of Commerce.

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OC GOP Endorsements for City Council, School Board, Water District, and Sanitary District

Posted by Chris Nguyen on September 18, 2012

Below, find the list of all the endorsements made by the OC GOP for the November 2012 elections.  (This list covers the endorsements made in the August and September meetings.  This does not include October endorsements, though those endorsements won’t come until October 15, a measly three weeks before the election.)

The Liberal OC reported the DPOC August endorsements here.  The DPOC’s next endorsements will be on September 24.

Here’s the OC GOP list…

City Council

  • Aliso Viejo City Council: Greg Ficke
  • Aliso Viejo City Council: Mike Munzing
  • Anaheim City Council: Brian Neil Chuchua
  • Anaheim City Council: Lucille Kring
  • Brea City Council: Steven Vargas
  • Buena Park City Council: Baron Night
  • Costa Mesa City Council: Colin McCarthy
  • Costa Mesa City Council: Steve Mensinger
  • Costa Mesa City Council: Gary Monahan
  • Cypress City Council: Rob Johnson
  • Dana Point City Council: Carlos N. Olvera
  • Fountain Valley City Council: Steve A. Nagel
  • Fullerton City Council: Travis Kiger
  • Fullerton City Council: Bruce Whitaker
  • Garden Grove City Council: Steve Jones
  • Huntington Beach City Council: Devin Dwyer
  • Huntington Beach City Council: Erik Peterson
  • Huntington Beach City Council: Dave Sullivan
  • Irvine Mayor: Steven S. Choi
  • Irvine City Council: Lynn Schott
  • Irvine City Council: Christina L. Shea
  • La Palma City Council: Peter Kim
  • Laguna Beach City Council: Steve Dicterow
  • Laguna Niguel City Council: Laurie Davies
  • Lake Forest City Council: Adam Nick
  • Lake Forest City Council: Dwight Robinson
  • Los Alamitos City Council: Dean Grose
  • Orange Mayor: Jon Dumitru
  • Orange City Council: Ray Grangoff
  • Orange City Council: Mark A. Murphy
  • Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Full Term: Tony Beall
  • Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Full Term: Carol Gamble
  • Rancho Santa Margarita City Council, Short Term: Brad McGirr
  • San Clemente City Council: Mike Mortenson
  • Santa Ana Mayor: George M. Collins
  • Santa Ana City Council, Ward 3: Brett Elliott Franklin (Dual Endorsement of Franklin and Hart)
  • Santa Ana City Council, Ward 3: Charles Hart (Dual Endorsement of Hart and Franklin)
  • Santa Ana City Council, Ward 5: Karina Onofre
  • Tustin City Council: Allan Bernstein
  • Tustin City Council: John Nielsen
  • Tustin City Council: Charles E. “Chuck” Puckett
  • Yorba Linda City Council: Nancy Rikel
  • Yorba Linda City Council: Mark Schwing

City Ballot Measures

  • Yes on Measure V – Costa Mesa
  • Yes on Measure Z – Huntington Beach
  • Yes on Measure FF – Orange
  • Yes on Measure HH – Tustin

School District

  • Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 2: Jim Reardon
  • Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 3: Steve R. Lang
  • Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 5: William “Bill” Perkins
  • Cypress School District: Alexandria Coronado
  • Fountain Valley School District: Jeanne Galindo
  • Irvine Unified School District: Michelle Ollada Alipio
  • Ocean View School District: Debbie Cotton
  • Orange Unified School District, Trustee Area 3: Alexia L. Deligianni
  • Santa Ana Unified School District: Cecilia “Ceci” Iglesias

Water District

  • East Orange County Water District: Douglass S. Davert
  • Mesa Consolidated Water District, Division 2: James R. Fisler
  • Mesa Consolidated Water District, Division 3: Ethan Temianka
  • Municipal Water District of Orange County, Division 3: Larry R. Crandall
  • Municipal Water District of Orange County, Division 7: Susan Hinman
  • Orange County Water District, Division 2: Denis R. Bilodeau
  • Orange County Water District, Division 3: Roger C. Yoh

Sanitary District

  • Costa Mesa Sanitary District: Don Harper
  • Costa Mesa Sanitary District: Jeff R. Mathews

 

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Endorsements Committee Recommends 11 Candidates via Consent Calendar to OCGOP Central Committee

Posted by Chris Nguyen on September 4, 2012

The OCGOP Endorsements Committee has just passed its consent calendar, with recommendations in favor of endorsements for these 11 candidates, subject to ratification of the OCGOP Central Committee:

Greg Ficke for Aliso Viejo City Council
Jeanne Galindo for Fountain Valley School District Board
Steven Dicterow for Laguna Beach City Council
Dean Grose for Los Alamitos City Council
Larry R. Crandall for Municipal Water District of Orange County, Division 3
Debbie Cotton for Ocean View School District Board
Karina Onofre for Santa Ana City Council, Ward 5
Chuck Puckett for Tustin City Council
John Nielsen for Tustin City Council
Allan Bernstein for Tustin City Council
Bill Perkins for Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 5

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OCGOP Endorsements Being Considered Tonight

Posted by Chris Nguyen on September 4, 2012

Tonight is the first of two nights that the endorsements committee of the OCGOP will be meeting. These are the endorsements that are up for consideration tonight (some of these people will be turned down since there are more applicants than endorsements available). 3 people (the candidate and two supporters) may speak in favor of an endorsement and 3 people may speak against. The candidate will be permitted to rebut the arguments made against their endorsement.

More endorsements will be considered tomorrow night.

Also, all Endorsements Committee recommendations must be ratified by the Central Committee.

Greg Ficke for Aliso Viejo City Council
Jeanne Galindo for Fountain Valley School District Board
Steven Dicterow for Laguna Beach City Council
Dean Grose for Los Alamitos City Council
Larry R. Crandall for Municipal Water District of Orange County, Division 3
Debbie Cotton for Ocean View School District Board
Karina Onofre for Santa Ana City Council, Ward 5
Chuck Puckett for Tustin City Council
John Nielsen for Tustin City Council
Allan Bernstein for Tustin City Council
Bill Perkins for Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 5
Sam Allevato for San Juan Capistrano City Council
Virginia “Ginny” Kerr for San Juan Capistrano City Council
Bill Hunt for Laguna Hills City Council
Dore J. Gilbert for Laguna Hills City Council
Dr. Raghu Mathur for Laguna Hills City Council
Andrew Blount for Laguna Hills City Council
Steve Nagel for Fountain Valley City Council
Alexia Deligianni for Orange Unified School District Board, Trustee Area 3
Michelle Ollada Alipio for Irvine Unified School District Board
Doug Davert for East Orange County Water District
Carlos Olvera for Dana Point City Council
George Collins for Mayor of Santa Ana
Charles Hart for Santa Ana City Council, Ward 3
Brett Franklin for Santa Ana City Council, Ward 3
Lynn Schott for Irvine City Council
Alexandria Coronado for Cypress School Board
Jim Dahl for San Clemente City Council
Michael Mortenson for San Clemente City Council

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