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OC Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen Fundraiser, Thursday, October 3

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on September 24, 2013

This came over the wire from the Hugh Nguyen for Clerk-Recorder 2014 campaign…

Hugh Nguyen

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We Have Vote Totals! Clerk-Recorder Follow Up

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on April 3, 2013

Forgive my typos and grammar from yesterday. I don’t type very fast and often cannot go back and fix items when I am live blogging. As you may have noticed I want back through all of the posts from yesterday and cleaned up the typos along with some of the grammar. A bit of reformatting also may have been done in order to make the posts a bit easier on the eyes. Following up from yesterday I am posting a list of votes that each Supervisor cast yesterday for Clerk-Recorder. Later today stay tuned for our interview with Supervisor Todd Spitzer that we will be posting in its entirety. Now onto the vote recap:

Round 1

In this opening round, each Supervisor could vote for up to five applicants to advance to the second round with an applicant needing a minimum of three votes to advance. Here’s the breakdown:

Janet Nguyen

Chris Norby
Hieu Nguyen
Dick Ackerman
Harry Sidhu

John Moorlach

Bruce Peotter
Hieu Nguyen
Dick Ackerman
Steve Rosansky
Renee Ramirez

Todd Spitzer

Hieu Nguyen
Bruce Peotter
Renee Ramirez

Shawn Nelson

Chris Norby
Dick Ackerman
Bruce Peotter
Hieu Nguyen

Pat Bates

Chris Norby
Dick Ackerman
Hieu Nguyen
Steve Rosansky
Renee Ramirez

Here are the results from this round:

Making The Cut

Hieu Nguyen (5 votes)
Dick Ackerman (4 votes)
Bruce Peotter (3 votes)
Chris Norby (3 votes)
Renee Ramirez (3 votes)

Missing The Cut

Steve Rosansky (2 votes)

Round 2

In this round, each Supervisor could vote for up to three applicants to advance to the third round with an applicant still needing a minimum of three votes to advance. Here’s the breakdown:

Janet Nguyen

Chris Norby
Hieu Nguyen
Dick Ackerman

John Moorlach

Bruce Peotter
Hieu Nguyen
Renee Ramirez

Todd Spitzer

Hieu Nguyen
Bruce Peotter
Renee Ramirez

Shawn Nelson

Chris Norby
Bruce Peotter
Hieu Nguyen

Pat Bates

Chris Norby
Dick Ackerman
Hieu Nguyen

Here are the results from this round:

Making The Cut

Hieu Nguyen (5 votes)
Bruce Peotter (3 votes)
Chris Norby (3 votes)

Missing The Cut

Dick Ackerman (2 votes)
Renee Ramirez (2 votes)

Round 3

In this round, each Supervisor could vote for up to two applicants to advance to the final round with an applicant still needing a minimum of three votes to advance. Here’s the breakdown:

Janet Nguyen

Hieu Nguyen

John Moorlach

Bruce Peotter
Hieu Nguyen

Todd Spitzer

Hieu Nguyen
Bruce Peotter

Shawn Nelson

Chris Norby
Hieu Nguyen

Pat Bates

Bruce Peotter
Hieu Nguyen

Here are the results from this round:

Making The Cut

Hieu Nguyen (5 votes)
Bruce Peotter (3 votes)

Missing The Cut

Chris Norby (1 vote)

Final Round

With the field being narrowed to the final two applicants Nelson realized that only one applicant received five votes in every round. Supervisor Nguyen made a motion to appoint Hieu Nguyen to the position of Orange County Clerk-Recorder. Here was the breakdown of the votes on that motion:

Janet Nguyen- Aye
John Moorlach- No
Todd Spitzer- Aye
Shawn Nelson- Aye
Pat Bates- Aye

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Interview With Hieu Nguyen

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on April 3, 2013

As I proclaimed earlier, we were lucky to have the first interview with Hieu Nguyen after he was appointed as the new Orange County Clerk-Recorder. Click the link below to hear the quick interview in which he discusses his plans for the future and expresses his excitement to have been appointed. The interview gets cut a bit short because a large group of his supporters could not wait to run up and hug him. I had never met him in person before but he came across as a very nice and sincere man.

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Hieu Nguyen Appointed Orange County Clerk-Recorder

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on April 2, 2013

On a 4-1 vote (Moorlach dissenting) after a marathon interview session the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to appointed Hieu Nguyen to the position of Orange County Clerk-Recorder. His interview was not the best but he did well and answered the questions the right way.

My computer has already died so I am not able to complete the portions of this post the way that I would like but we have a couple of things on deck for this news. following the meeting I am fairly certain that OC Political was lucky enough to get the first interview with Hieu Nguyen just outside the boardroom. We will be launching this as our first audio post.

Also, Supervisor Todd Spitzer had the misfortune of being the only Supervisor that didn’t run away fast enough as I approached the dais looking for interviews. He was kind enough to give us some time to talk about the process and what he looks to see moving forward.

If not tonight, by tomorrow I also expect to be able to have a more comprehensive post up about Hieu Nguyen. I will also tally up each Supervisors individual votes on each round of the process and present it for our readers. Be on the lookout for all of these and more later this week on OC Political.

Coming up we have the next round of appointments which will be the Orange County Auditor-Controller and Orange County Public Administrator.

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Clerk-Recorder Interviews: Deliberation Time

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on April 2, 2013

4:31 PM– They are going to have a ballot to decide the top 5 choices to advance for further discussion. Anybody with 3 votes advances if I understood correctly.

4:33 PM– They are voting.

4:36 PM– The following advance Renee Ramirez, Hieu Nguyen, Bruce Peotter, Chris Norby, and Dick Ackerman.

4:39 PM– We are now going to vote on a top 3.

4:40 PM– They are voting.

4:41 PM– The results are in and the top 3 are Hieu Nguyen, Chris Norby, and Bruce Peotter.

4:43 PM– They are now discussing the procedure of appointing this today versus going forward.

4:45 PM– They are looking into the top 2 now to advance.

4:48 PM– They are now voting.

4:50 PM– The top 2 are Hieu Nguyen and Bruce Peotter.

4:51 PM– A motion is on the table to appoint Hieu Nguyen to the position and it was approved 4-1.

4:53 PM– Hieu Nguyen is the next OC Clerk-Recorder.

4:52 PM– We are adjourned.

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Clerk-Recorder Interviews: Hieu Nguyen

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on April 2, 2013

10:22 AM– Paging Hieu Nguyen to the dais, Hieu Nguyen to the dais.

10:23 AM– Hieu Nguyen opened with a thank you to the Orange County Supervisors for giving him the opportunity to make his presentation. Nguyen stated that he has been a resident of Orange County for 34 years. In 1993 he was hired by County Clerk-Recorder Gary Granville, working at the counter and worked his way up the ranks.

10:26 AM– Nguyen talked about his plans for the office including technology advancements, leadership changes, and improving communication with the Orange County Board of Supervisors. Cost effectiveness was a point that he repeated during his opening statement. It is clear that he has a real knowledge of the office and what the position does.

10:29 AM– Nguyen stated that he will run for re-election to the position if he is chosen.

10:30 AM– Supervisor Nguyen stated that Hieu Nguyen has already answered all of her questions.

10:31 AM– Nguyen stated that he will not run for higher office if he is appointed, in response to a question from Supervisor Nelson. Nguyen said that he will not run against the incumbent if he is not selected, in response to a question from Supervisor Bates.

10:32 AM– Spitzer asked, why not? Nguyen answered that it is difficult to run a campaign against an incumbent in Orange County.

10:34 AM– Marriage question asked again by Supervisor Spitzer. Nguyen stated that he will follow the law as it is decided by the Supreme Court. He stated that he personal supports traditional marriage but reiterated that he would follow the law.

10:37 AM– Supervisor Moorlach asked his series of questions:

1) Are you receiving a public pension?

He answered that he is not currently receiving a public pension.

2) What is your highest level of education?

He answered that he has a Associate’s degree from Santa Ana College and a certificate from Chapman University.

3) Have you been involved in litigation with the County of Orange?

He answered no.

4) Have you ever been subject to any political investigation?

He answered. “None that I know of.”

5) Have you run for office before? If so, how many times and for what offices?

He pointed out that he ran for Orange County Clerk-Recorder back in 2010.

6) Do you believe that the office of Orange County Clerk-Recorder needs satellite offices?

The satellite offices will be reviewed if he is appointed, but he would not give a yes/no answer.

10:39 AM– When asked why he left the office of Orange County Clerk-Recorder, Nguyen responded that he did it to broaden his skills and work for Darlene Bloom.

10:40 AM– Supervisor Bates asked about the scrutiny recently placed on the office of Orange County Clerk-Recorder. Nguyen  stated that he plans to do a serious internal review, if he were to get appointed and will take a long look at hiring practices.

10:42 AM– When asked about financial expertise he talked about the costs associated with the office and how he knows the inside of the Clerk-Recorder position. On a follow-up question from Supervisor Nguyen, he stated that in dealing with people who cannot afford the internet (satellite offices related). His answer was that he wants to review the possibilities and will consider satellite offices but believes that the Santa Ana office could handle everything.

10:46 AM– Spitzer referred to Jordan Brandman when asking about contracts being given to outside consultants. Hieu Nguyen stated that he would have done that research project in-house and that resources should not have been wasted on an outside consultant.

10:48 AM– On a follow-up question Nguyen believes that contracts of below $50,000 would still need to be at least communicated with the Orange County Board of Supervisors on a monthly basis. He clarified that these are not contracts that he would allow, stating that he has common sense.

10:53 AM– Nguyen gave a nice closing statement that talked about his knowledge of the office and his focus on leadership by example.

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Clerk-Recorder Interviews: Introduction

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on April 2, 2013

We are now starting the meeting at 9:06 AM.

9:07 AM- Jack Enda came up to speak on behalf of Hieu Nguyen during the public comment portion of the meeting. He spoke of his experiences working for Gary Granville alongside Hieu.

9:08 AM- Darlene Bloom also stood up to speak on behalf of Hieu Nguyen. She was the Clerk-Recorder briefly during the transition period after Gary Granville passed away and before Tom Daly took over.

9:11 AM- Supervisor Nelson stated that first interview should take place at 9:10 AM. He suggested an opening statement for each applicant, questions and then a closing statement by each applicant.

9:13 AM- They are currently deciding on who will ask certain questions that were prepared by the 4th Supervisorial District staff.

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Orange County Clerk Recorder Recap & Preview

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on April 1, 2013

Now that we have had some April Fools Day fun on to the real business for the day. Here is a post that has no pranks or jokes in it.

Tomorrow evening we will likely have a new Orange County Clerk-Recorder in place after what I am sure will be a lengthy and intriguing deliberation by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. I will be in attendance live blogging all of the interviews for our readers and giving my take on what is happening. be here with us at OC Political at 9:00 AM to follow along.

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To explain how it will be formatted I will start with a post that details the opening of the meeting. After my original post I will have a separate post for every single interview up until the end of the meeting. After the interviews are done I will have a separate post for the deliberation and appointment. With any luck I might even get an interview with the individual who gets nominated. My suggestion to readers in order to be able to follow along live is to click on each post as it goes up and hit refresh to get a live update on what is going on with that interview.

We have had some of the best coverage of the Orange County Clerk-Recorder saga over the past few weeks often being the blog to breaks stories on this subject. Let’s take a moment to recap the process from the beginning.

Due to the length of the post I am cutting it off here. Click the link to view the rest of it. Read the rest of this entry »

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County recorder’s office doesn’t need another politician

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on March 29, 2013

This was published in the Orange County Register yesterday in support of Hieu Nguyen for Clerk-Recorder…

County recorder’s office doesn’t need another politician

By Dale Dykema For The Register
I’ve been told that the Orange County Board for Supervisors has a tough staffing decision to make. They will be interviewing 11 candidates for the position of county clerk recorder and selecting one over the next few weeks.

If I were able to vote, it would be an easy decision.

My company deals with county recorders all over the country. We’ve been using county recorders for almost 50 years. We’ve seen good ones, and we’ve seen bad ones. Since we moved our business to Orange County in 1972, we’ve had two outstanding recorders and two who would have been fired from their jobs had they been in the private sector.

Gary Granville was one of the two outstanding ones. Gary was simply interested in providing the best possible service to the public and to the various real estate-related businesses that rely on the recorder. Those businesses cannot adequately serve their customers without an efficient recorder’s office.

Gary was also a leader in automating systems. He was at the forefront of electronic recording. He ran the office as if it was his own business and did things in the most cost-effective and efficient manner.

As you read this, you may wonder why I’m writing about someone who was the recorder a decade ago. Here’s the reason:

Gary’s chief deputy for over eight years was Hieu Nguyen. Hieu was Gary’s right hand when Gary was upgrading the recorder’s functions and installing new systems. Hieu continued to work for Gary’s successor until he was promoted to another position with the county.

Hieu is one of the candidates the supervisors will be interviewing. He is the most qualified candidate. He, like Gary Granville, is not a retired politician or someone who is interested in running for higher office.

Had Hieu been elected when he ran for the office in 2010, the recorder’s office would not have provided an income to the city council candidate who did practically nothing to earn that money.

He would not have purchased a completely unnecessary building with funds that legally could not be used for that purpose. That building sits unused today and will require millions for renovation before it can be used.

We don’t need another politician to run the recorder’s office.

We need a dedicated professional who will provide the best service to the citizens and businesses of Orange County.

That professional is Hieu Nguyen.

Dale Dykema is founder and chairman of T.D. Service Financial.

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Board of Supervisors Can Do Better Than Hieu Nguyen as Clerk-Recorder

Posted by OC Insider on March 29, 2013

Long-time GOP donor Dale Dykema had an op-ed in yesterday’s Orange County Register asking the Board of Supervisors to appoint Hieu Nguyen (or is it Hugh Nguyen?) to the OC Clerk-Recorder vacancy.

Dykema doesn’t have a good track record when it comes to promoting county bureaucrats with political ambitions. His last pick was Carlos Bustamante.

Hieu Nguyen is a family man, not a serial adulterer. But Dykema has a blind spot. He writes that “We don’t need another politician to run the recorder’s office,” a slap at both former Clerk-Recorder Tom Daly and former Sen. Dick Ackerman, one of Nguyen’s competitors for the appointment. He’s wrong. Hieu Nguyen is a politician. He just hasn’t been able to get elected to anything.

The Clerk-Recorder’s office would operate fine under Hieu Nguyen, but the same can be said of all the candidates. If the Supervisors want a Clerk-Recorder who is squirrelly and evasive, whom they can never quite be sure is being candid with them, they should appoint Hieu Nguyen.

Nguyen ran for OC Clerk-Recorder in 2010 and tried using “Assistant Orange County Clerk” as his ballot title. Daly sued him and won. Nguyen’s real job title was “Assistant Clerk, Files Management/Administration Division.”

The judge ruled Nguyen was misleading voters: “‘Assistant Orange County Clerk’ is deceptive in that, in the context of the Clerk-Recorder election, it connotes second in command to the incumbent Daly and experience in the office.”

There was also a legal challenge to his using the Americanized “Hugh ” on the ballot, since that was not his legal name. The challenge was withdrawn because Nguyen said he was in the process of legally changing his name to “Hugh.” Three years later, he’s still going by Hieu, not Hugh.  The story keeps changing.

Nguyen states in his application for the C-R post that he has been Assistant Clerk for almost seven years, writing that he worked for the C-R’s office until “June 2006, when I was promoted to Assistant Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, which is my current position at the County of Orange.”

Nguyen said something different on his 2010 campaign website, writing he had that job only since 2008: “For the past two years, I have worked at Orange County in the position of Assistant County Clerk of the Board of Supervisors.” Which is it?

Nguyen used to promote himself as a fiscal conservative in the 2010 campaign by saying he voluntarily reduced his work hours to do his part in easing the county’s budget crunch. He was reducing his work hours, but not for the reasons he gave the public. The real reason is he was/is partners in a Lee’s Sandwiches franchise and was reducing his county work hours so he could work at his sandwich shop.

Hieu Nguyen working counter at his Lee's Sandwiches franchise.

Hieu Nguyen working counter at his Lee’s Sandwiches franchise on a Monday afternoon.

It’s not disturbing that Nguyen would take some time off to start a small business. That’s hard work. What’s disturbing was the phony cover story about reducing his hours to save the county money, instead of being candid. And if he could meet his county work duties on a less than full-time basis, how vital could his Assistant Clerk job be?

It’s an open secret that in the Hall of Administration, Hieu Nguyen is believed to be the author of the anonymous letter last summer claiming Daly was sexually harassing employees and that Renee Ramirez knew all about it and did nothing. The claims were debunked. Since the letter was sent to the Board after Daly won the Assembly primary, it was obvious the real target was Ramirez, and the purpose was to knock out a rival for the C-R appointment.

The Board of Supervisors have several qualified candidates to choose from. But if they are looking for something different, for a Clerk-Recorder who will give them straight answers, Hieu/Hugh Nguyen is not the person for the jo.

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