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June 2014 Organizational Endorsements Scorecard

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on June 5, 2014

Chris Nguyen posted a humongous grid of endorsements that broke down all the major organizations and what candidates they endorsed for non-partisan offices in Orange County. You can take a look at his humongous grid of endorsements here. As a follow-up I have done the math on how the endorsed candidates fared in the Tuesday election and have given credit to an organization for endorsing a candidate that either won outright or advanced to the November election.

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Here is a guide to the abbreviations: OC GOP = Republican Party of Orange County, DPOC = Democratic Party of Orange County, CRA = California Republican Assembly, HJTA = Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, CWLA = California Women’s Leadership Association, OC Tax = Orange County Taxpayers Association, OCBC = Orange County Business Council, and CTA = California Teachers Association.

OC GOP DPOC OC Register Lincoln Club Atlas PAC CRA Family Action PAC HJTA CWLA OC Tax OCBC CTA OC Labor Federation Evolve Women in Leadership Planned Parenthood
%  83% 14% 76%  75% 80% 83% 83% 100% 100% 92% 50% 50% 43% 0%  50% 33%
# of Winners  10  1  13  9  8  10 5  5  7  11  2  1  3  0  1  1
# of Losers  2 6  4  3  2  2  1  0  0  1  2  1 4 2  1 2

 

Anybody that got 75% and higher can be considered an organization with a valuable endorsement but the big winners from this election cycle were the California Women’s Leadership Association (Orange County Chapter) and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association both of which managed to endorse no losers.

 

Posted in 2nd Supervisorial District, 4th Supervisorial District, 5th Supervisorial District, Anaheim, Buena Park School District, Democrat Central Committee, Irvine Unified School District, Orange County, Orange County Assessor, Orange County Auditor-Controller, Orange County Board of Education, Orange County Clerk-Recorder, Orange County Public Administrator, Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector, Republican Central Committee | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Giant Grid of Endorsements for the June 3 Primary Election

Posted by Chris Nguyen on May 30, 2014

One of our most popular posts from the November 2012 General Election was “Humongous Grid of Endorsements,” so we’re back this election with the Giant Grid of Endorsements for the June 2014 Primary Election.

I did abbreviate for some groups, so OC GOP = Republican Party of Orange County, DPOC = Democratic Party of Orange County, CRA = California Republican Assembly, HJTA = Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, CWLA = California Women’s Leadership Association, OC Tax = Orange County Taxpayers Association, OCBC = Orange County Business Council, and CTA = California Teachers Association.

If you’re particularly interested in a group, click their name to view their endorsements on their web site.  You can learn more about the group there, such as HJTA being the state’s leading taxpayer advocate group or Women in Leadership being a single-issue group with the sole goal of electing “pro-choice women candidates to local, regional and state-wide office who support keeping abortion legal.” (In light of their mission, does anyone else find it odd that Women in Leadership’s two endorsements on this grid are both for school board?)

Candidates in each race are listed in alphabetical order by last name, except incumbents got listed first in their respective races.  Party affiliations are listed except for judicial candidates Thomas Martin and Wayne Philips, as I could not tell their affiliation from the voter database (common names combined with obscure judicial races make figuring out their affiliations challenging).

Whether you love a group and want to vote with their endorsements or hate a group and want to vote against their endorsements, here are the endorsements for county offices and school board, along with local ballot measures:

OC GOP DPOC OC Register Lincoln Club Atlas PAC CRA Family Action PAC HJTA CWLA OC Tax OCBC CTA OC Labor Federation Evolve Women in Leadership Planned Parenthood
Supervisor, 2nd District
Joe Carchio (R)
Allan Mansoor (R) X
Jim Moreno (D) X X X X
Michelle Steel (R) X X X X X X
Supervisor, 4th District
Shawn Nelson (R – incumbent) X X X X X
Rudy Gaona (D) X X
Supervisor, 5th District
Lisa Bartlett (R)
Robert Ming (R) X X X X X X
Frank Ury (R) X X X
Joe Williams (NPP)
Assessor
Webster Guillory (NPP – incumbent) X
Jorge Lopez (D) X X
Claude Parrish (R) X X X X X
Auditor-Controller
James Benuzzi (D)
Mike Dalati (D) X
Frank Davies (R)
John Willard (NPP) X
Eric Woolery (R) X X X X
Clerk-Recorder
Hugh Nguyen (R – incumbent) X X X X X X
Monica Maddox (R)
Gary Pritchard (D) X X
Steve Rocco (NPP)
District Attorney-Public Administrator
Tony Rackauckas (R – incumbent) X X X X X
Greg Diamond (D) X
Sheriff-Coroner
Sandra Hutchens (R – incumbent) X X X X
Superintendent of Schools
Al Mijares (R – incumbent) X X
Treasurer-Tax Collector
Shari Freidenrich (R – incumbent) X X X X X X X
Judge, Office #14
Fred Fascenelli (R)
Kevin Haskins (R) X X X X X
KC Jones (R) X
Thomas Martin
Judge, Office #20
Derek Johnson (D – incumbent)
Helen Hayden (R) X X X X
Judge, Office #27
Joanne Motoike (D – incumbent) X X X
Wayne Philips
Judge, Office #35
Jeff Ferguson (R) X X X
Carmen Luege (R) X X
County Board of Education, Trustee Area 2
David Boyd (R – incumbent) * X X X
Tom Pollitt (R) X X X X X X
County Board of Education, Trustee Area 5
Elizabeth Parker (R – incumbent) * X X X X
Linda Lindholm (R) X X X X X X X
Irvine Unified School District (Special Election for Six-Month Term)
Ira Glasky (R – incumbent) X X  X
Carolyn Inmon (D) X X
Bob Vu (R)
Measure A (Orange County)
Yes X X X X
No
Measure B (Buena Park School District)
Yes
No X
Measure C (Anaheim)
Yes X X
No
Measure D (Anaheim)
Yes
No X
Measure E (Anaheim)
Yes X X
No

*The Democratic Party of Orange County did not endorse David Boyd or Elizabeth Parker, instead the DPOC issued anti-endorsements against Tom Pollitt and Linda Lindholm.

Posted in 2nd Supervisorial District, 4th Supervisorial District, 5th Supervisorial District, Anaheim, Buena Park School District, Democrat Central Committee, Irvine Unified School District, Orange County, Orange County Assessor, Orange County Auditor-Controller, Orange County Board of Education, Orange County Clerk-Recorder, Orange County Public Administrator, Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector, Republican Central Committee | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Orange County Needs a Watchdog as Auditor-Controller

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on April 23, 2014

This just came across the wire:

ORANGE COUNTY NEEDS A WATCHDOG AS AUDITOR-CONTROLLER

Why the Orange County Taxpayers Association Endorses Eric Woolery

By Carolyn Cavecche, CEO and President, Orange County Taxpayers Association

Election after election, “wanna-be” politicians have targeted specific elected offices at the County of Orange as their opportunity for an entrance into political life. Although these offices seem to be low profile and of little importance to many voters, they are actually positions of great importance with significant responsibilities. Sometimes, the unqualified manage to get elected, sometimes resulting in bad governance. Remember the county’s bankruptcy? Recently, the OC Board of Supervisors took the unusual step of consolidating one of these offices, the County Public Administrator, with the District Attorney’s office. This measure was taken to recover the high level of integrity such an important position should preserve, which was ignored by an unqualified elected official. The elected position of Orange County Auditor-Controller is one of those offices of great importance to the taxpayers, as it oversees all of our taxpayer monies at the County of Orange.

The Orange County Taxpayers Association has endorsed Eric Woolery in the Orange County Auditor-Controller’s race because he has the right set of skills and expertise to best serve as the watchdog over Orange County’s taxpayer funds. He is a CPA, a former small business owner, a former county school board member, and currently serves as Orange Treasurer. He understands the importance of vigilance and has a track record that demonstrates that he knows how to monitor how the county spends precious taxpayer resources in order to find and fight fraud and waste. He is a professional who is actually qualified for the position of Auditor-Controller.

As a taxpayer watchdog, Woolery will prepare both elected decision makers and the public to make the policy decisions that will protect Orange County taxpayers. Eric Woolery has created priorities based on his knowledge, and his proactive budgeting approach will not only get Orange County through these next few years, but will also protect us for years to come. His priorities include:

  • Exposing and fighting Sacramento’s raids on our local coffers. This year, he reclaimed $18 million for his county department.
  • Enhancing county productivity and performance through new processes and accountabilities. Through the recession, he cut costs in his agency by 25% while maintaining operational effectiveness.
  • Helping solve the current pension crisis while implementing safeguards to guarantee future sustainability.

Every year, the Auditor-Controller’s office issues the “OC Citizens Report.” Eric Woolery’s version of this report will include an analysis of the fiscal strengths and challenges for the county and its $5.4 billion budget. On day one, he plans to dig into fiscal matters and immediately start answering the following questions and finding solutions to them; if elected, next year’s report will include solutions to the biggest issues facing Orange County:

  • What is our pension liability? How does Orange County’s liability compare to other counties?
  • What policies has the Auditor-Controller offered to the Board of Supervisors as solutions?
  • How stable are the county’s revenue sources?
  • Is the state planning to raid our coffers again, and if so, what will the impact be? Can we prepare?
  • Are there plans afoot to find new sources of revenue without raising taxes?
  • Does the Auditor-Controller have plans to streamline, consolidate, or cut costs to improve efficiencies?

Please join the Orange County Taxpayers Association in voting for Eric Woolery and his proactive leadership to improve our quality of life and keep Orange County one of the most sought after regions to live.

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Auditor-Controller Race: Frank Davies Loses “Deputy Auditor-Controller” Ballot Designation, Will Use “Property Tax Director” Instead

Posted by Chris Nguyen on March 31, 2014

There have been five lawsuits related to the June Primary election ballot for Orange County. The meat of this article is after the bullet list. The bullet list just recaps the prior cases.

  • In the Second Supervisorial District, Allan Mansoor successfully sued the Registrar of Voters to change Michelle Steel‘s ballot designation of “Taxpayer Advocate/Businesswoman” and she is now required to use “Board of Equalization Member” instead. This case was covered here on OC Political, in an article in the OC Register, and in an article in the Daily Pilot.
  • In the Clerk-Recorder’s race, Troy Edgar‘s lawsuit against the Registrar of Voters to get on the ballot was rejected by the Orange County Superior Court. Edgar’s lawsuit against the Registrar of Voters also sought to toss Assessor Webster Guillory and Superintendent of Schools Al Mijares from the ballot, and this effort was also rejected by the Superior Court. Consequently, Edgar fails to make the ballot while Guillory and Mijares stay on the ballot. Here’s OC Political’s coverage, including the only online copy of the full text of the judge’s ruling. The judge’s sweeping ruling used “failed” or “fails” six times in reference to Edgar and even uses “without merit” in reference to one of Edgar’s arguments.
  • In the 73rd Assembly District, Mission Viejo resident Dale Tyler sued the Secretary of State to challenge a sentence in AD-73 Candidate Anna Bryson‘s ballot statement, “On the school board, I returned $59 million to taxpayers.” Tyler sought to have the sentence struck entirely, but the Sacramento County Superior Court judge issued a compromise, so it now reads, “On the school board, I voted to save taxpayers approximately $59 million.” Here’s OC Political’s coverage, and here’s the text of the judge’s ruling.
  • In the Auditor-Controller’s race, candidate John Wayne Willard sued the Registrar of Voters in an unsuccessful effort to challenge Eric Woolery‘s “Orange Treasurer/CPA” ballot designation. Consequently, Woolery remains “Orange Treasurer/CPA” on the ballot. Here’s OC Political’s coverage, including the only online copy of the full text of the judge’s ruling. When the judge includes strong language along the lines of “The evidence is undisputed that Woolery was appointed to the position of Treasurer…” you know it’s a sweeping ruling.
  • Oddly, the fifth lawsuit has yet to have any coverage anywhere despite being the first case to be completed, having been resolved way back on Tuesday, and it’s also likely the most significant case in terms of impact on a race. That case will be the focus of this article.
Auditor-Controller Candidates Eric Woolery, John Wayne Willard, Frank Davies, and Mike "Mike" Dalati.  OC Political was unable to find a photo of James T. Benuzzi.

Auditor-Controller Candidates Eric Woolery, John Wayne Willard, Frank Davies, and Mike “Mike” Dalati.
OC Political was unable to find a photo of James T. Benuzzi.

Laguna Niguel resident Todd Nugent challenged the ballot designation of Auditor-Controller candidate Frank Davies. Davies requested the ballot designation of “Deputy Auditor-Controller” for his bid for Auditor-Controller.

Nugent challenged it on the grounds that this was an effort by Davies to game the system by playing working title musical chairs, as he was not the Chief Deputy Auditor-Controller. Denise Steckler held both the job classification and working title of “Chief Deputy Auditor-Controller” before the candidate filing period. Frank Davies held the job classification of “Administrative Manager III” and the working title of “Director, Property Tax” during that time. Then in the middle of candidate filing, after Davies had pulled papers for Auditor-Controller and shortly before he filed them, all four Directors at the Administrative Manager III level in the Auditor-Controller’s office had their working titles switched from “Director” to “Chief Deputy Auditor-Controller” instead (while still remaining in the job classification of “Administrative Manager III”). Chief Deputy Auditor-Controller Denise Steckler then switched to the working title of “Chief of Staff” (while still remaining in the job classification of “Chief Deputy Auditor-Controller”).

Nugent filed suit in Superior Court and succeeded in having “Deputy Auditor-Controller” dumped as Davies’s ballot designation. Consequently, Davies is now “Property Tax Director” on the ballot.

In an obscure down-ticket race like Auditor-Controller, having a ballot designation of “Deputy Auditor-Controller” would have made Davies the frontrunner. Nugent’s challenge was critical in putting Orange Treasurer/CPA Eric Woolery back in the driver’s seat for the Auditor-Controller’s seat. Defeating Willard’s challenge was also critical for Woolery’s frontrunner position.

Here’s how the candidates will appear on the ballot:

(No, that’s not a mistake. Mike “Mike” Dalati is how he requested to be on the ballot. His fiancée, Karina “Karina” Onofre, is a Democratic candidate for AD-74. I have no idea why this couple decided to double-state their first names on the ballot.)

The three strongest ballot designations belong to Woolery, Benuzzi, and Dalati while the two weakest ballot designations belong to Willard and Davies. However, Benuzzi and Dalati failed to obtain ballot statements. Woolery is the only one of the five to wield both a ballot statement and a good ballot designation.

Woolery also bought up most of the slate mailers and wields the most aggressive online presence. He also has the highest name ID having been a former member of the Orange County Board of Education and the current Orange Treasurer. Additionally, he has residual name ID from his wife, Lisa Woolery, a former member of the Rancho Santiago Community College District Board. Eric Woolery also dominates the endorsement arena, wielding the endorsements of the Orange County Taxpayers Association, the California Republican Assembly, and numerous elected officials.

With tens of thousands of dollars, Woolery also has a larger warchest than all of his opponents combined with $50,200. He spent $38,701, on a combination of the ballot statement, candidate filing fee, slate mailers, campaign literature, and consulting fees.

Davies spent his entire $16,476 on the ballot statement and candidate filing fee.

Willard has $16,438, which was presumably spent on the ballot statement and candidate filing fee (he filed a Form 497, but not a Form 460); presumably the other $38 was wiped out by signatures-in-lieu.

Benuzzi raised $2,400 from Anthony Benuzzi and Ronald Benuzzi but had to refund $200 to Anthony Benuzzi when they discovered they had exceeded the campaign contribution limit; with his remaining $2,200, he paid the candidate filing fee and $280 of campaign literature.

Dalati did not file a campaign finance report for the January 1-March 17 reporting period.

In the interest of full disclosure, Woolery is a client of Custom Campaigns, the consulting firm that owns this blog.

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Jan Grimes Appointed OC Auditor-Controller: We Have Vote Totals

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on April 16, 2013

My iPad died earlier, right after the final update and I did not get the chance to do an official post announcing that Jan Grimes was appointed Auditor-Controller. It was fairly easy to track the vote totals since only four candidates even made it to the interview process. Following up from earlier I am posting a list of votes that each Supervisor cast yesterday for Auditor-Controller. Later tonight stay tuned for an interview with Supervisor Shawn Nelson 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 two applicants to advance to the second round with an applicant needing to finish in the top two in order to advance. Here’s the breakdown:

Janet Nguyen

Eric Woolery

John Moorlach

Jan Grimes

Todd Spitzer

Jan Grimes

Shawn Nelson

George Beck
Jan Grimes

Pat Bates

Eric Woolery
Jan Grimes

Here are the results from this round:

Making The Cut

Jan Grimes (4 votes)
Eric Woolery (2 votes)

Missing The Cut

George Beck (1 vote)
James Benuzzi (0 Votes)

Round 2

In this second round, each Supervisor could vote for up to one applicant in order to give an idea of who would be the top choice. Here’s the breakdown:

Janet Nguyen

Eric Woolery

John Moorlach

Jan Grimes

Todd Spitzer

Jan Grimes

Shawn Nelson

Jan Grimes

Pat Bates

Eric Woolery

Here are the results from this round:

Jan Grimes (3 votes)
Eric Woolery (2 votes)

Final Motion

With the top vote getter being Jan Grimes, John Moorlach made a motion to appoint Jan Grimes. Todd Spitzer seconded the motion and the vote which was more of a formality at this point was as follows

Janet Nguyen- Aye
John Moorlach- Aye
Todd Spitzer- Aye
Shawn Nelson- Aye
Pat Bates- Aye

This made it a 5-0 vote on the actual appointment.

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Auditor-Controller Interviews: Time To Vote

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on April 16, 2013

4:55 PM- We are now voting on the top two choices for the office among the four applicants.

4:57 PM- Jan Grimes and Eric Woolery appear to have advanced to the final round but it is not looking good for Eric Woolery.

4:58 PM- We are now voting for the top candidate with the previous total being Beck with 1 vote, Woolery with 2 votes, and Grimes with 4 votes.

5:00 PM- Janet Nguyen is advocating for Woolery but states that she will work with Jan Grimes if necessary.

5:02 PM- Spitzer is talking about his vote as one that is to create an open seat since he is certain that Grimes will not run for re-election.

5:05 PM- Pat Bates feels that Woolery is the best choice for the job based on his experience and wants to back somebody that will run for it.

5:07 PM- Jan Grimes is appointed by a vote of 3-2.

5:10 PM- Check that. The paper ballots were 3-2. The appointment of Jan Grimes was a 5-0 vote.

5:24 PM- We are now adjourned and I am calling it a day. Now interview will be available because all of the applicants are gone and are not accessible for any interviews.

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Auditor-Controller Interviews: James Benuzzi

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on April 16, 2013

4:36 PM- We are now on to our final interview with James Benuzzi who has entered the room.

4:39 PM- He is giving his opening statement about his background and experience in the world of finance. I must say that he was really brief with his statement.

4:40 PM- Supervisor Spitzer asked about his education, Benuzzi responded that he has an MBA from Chapman University and has experience implementing accounting systems in different realms. His experience in Placentia showed him how government can effectively fail.

4:43 PM- On a follow up question Benuzzi stated that he will run for re-election and feels strongly because he believes that making a commitment requires following through on that commitment. If not appointed he stated that he would strongly consider running because he likes the idea of committing to public service.

4:46 PM- Supervisor Nguyen asked about what improvements can be made to the current office. Benuzzi answered that he would fully implement the property tax management system.

4:47 PM- His interview is flying by, which is not a very good sign. Considering two weeks ago Dick Ackerman, Harry Sidhu, and Michael J. Fox were the only interviews to run short. On a personal note, he is a very likeable guy.

4:50 PM- Supervisor Bates asked about the internal audit function. His answer was very technical although he appears to like the current system in place which is having an internal auditor currently reports to the Board of Supervisors.

4:52 PM- Supervisor Nelson asked about his integrity and if it has ever been tested. Benuzzi talked about doing fraud audits and how he would always do his job without bending the rules on any investigation. On a follow up question Benuzzi talked about his leadership skills being an asset that he would use without being autocratic.

4:54 PM- in response to the questions from Supervisor Moorlach; he is not receiving a public pension, has an MBA from Chapman, has not been sued or involved in any investigation.

4:55 PM- In closing he looks forward to the opportunity to serve.

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OC Auditor-Controller Resumes, Schedules, and Details

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on April 11, 2013

We are now moving on to the last few days prior to the appointment of a new Orange County Auditor-Controller. Ironically I learned an interesting tidbit of information while I was sitting at the Orange County Registrar of Voters this week about a candidate who was not initially  planning on running for this position. First off, we learned that two applicants Alexander Yu and Nick Pham have withdrawn their applications and thus will not be taking place in an interview. The one thing that strikes me on this office is that we have no political insiders that currently are involved in this process which is a great thing in my opinion.

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I have had plenty of time this morning to learn more than I ever wanted to know about the office of the Orange County Auditor-Controller thanks to jury duty. I actually reviewed financials for the office in order to get a picture of what the new person in charge will face upon taking office.

We list the candidates in alphabetical order since I did not see a schedule of interviews posted up on the Orange County Board of Supervisors website. All we know for certain is that interviews will start at :30 and unless I am sitting in a jury box I will be live blogging it.

Here we go:

George Beck- George Beck seems like a nice enough guy who has experience working for the Los Angeles Unified School District. His resume was a bit odd because I did not understand the timing of his jobs held within LAUSD. It might be because he put the years wrong on his resume but it appears he has taken a demotion in 2012 from LAUSD Deputy Branch Director (Finance) to the new designation of Team Member. This is LAUSD we are talking about, so it is possible that they did some kind of organizational realignment that changed the job titles of everybody.

Beck Resume

James Benuzzi- He has his MBA from Chapman University, the next best thing to Cal State Fullerton. I like the fact that he is a City of Orange guy and has years of experience working in the financial industry. He seems to meet the requirements necessary for the position and I have nothing to really fault or praise the guy for in his resume compared to the others.

Benuzzi Resume

Jan Grimes- She is the current acting head of the department and ironically I called her out in an earlier post for simply running as a caretaker, but it appears that she might be getting some pressure to run. While I was at the OC Registrar of Voters this week an individual came in asking questions about how to open up a committee in support of a candidate. This lady mentioned that she wanted to support Jan Grimes for OC Auditor-Controller. I don’t know what will come of this but paperwork was given to this person yesterday and I do not know what will come of this but I am less concerned about Grimes simply running and then leaving an open seat although she is still not my top choice.

Grimes Resume

Gustavo Rodriguez- I do not think he is a registered voter which surprises me that he has made it this far in the process. I also found the degree verification that he submitted with his application a bit puzzling. In terms of the resume itself he has got a pretty solid background in finance and obviously meets the qualifications (other than being a registered voter) necessary to hold this position.

Rodriguez Resume

Eric Woolery- Much like I picked my 2 favorites for Orange County Clerk-Recorder, I am going to do the same here. Eric Woolery is my personal favorite for this seat and he seems to have support from a lot of people on both sides of the aisle and of all different political factions. I do recall that he used to be a member of the Orange County Board of Education but this predates my time in OC politics. His resume appears to be very strong on the finance side and would be a solid choice for the Supervisors to make for this seat.

Woolery Resume

I don’t know what most of our readers spent this morning doing, but I had the fun task of reading the  Orange County Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Second Quarter Budget Report. Interestingly it appears that the new Auditor-controller will have some issues upon taking office. The following were two issues that stood out to me about the current status of the office.

1) Based on what I read it appears that the office of OC Auditor-Controller currently faces a $535,074 deficit for the previous fiscal year based on what I read. Remember, I m not an accountant but this is a bit bothersome for an agency that should be in the black. I will post the scanned image of this when I am done with jury duty later today.

2)This deficit comes despite being understaffed by 2.54% based on a later page in the document which I will also scan later. This was the best explanation that I originally had for the deficit, being that salaries/benefits often cause the most problems when it comes to budgeting. I hope the Supervisors ask about this in the interviews on Tuesday.

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Party Affiliation of Orange County Auditor-Controller Applicants

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on April 4, 2013

Now that we are done with the whirlwind that was the Orange County Clerk-Recorder procedure, it is time to move on to Orange County Auditor-Controller.

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We have already provided some coverage of the Auditor-Controller process and who was selected for an interview in a previous post. Here is the important part of the post which was initially released by the office of Supervisor Todd Spitzer in his weekly newsletter:

Here’s the list with background information on each of the interviewees:

  • George Beck, CIA, Mission Viejo
    • legacy replacement program team member, Los Angeles Unified School District
    • former director of accounting, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
    • former city auditor of the City of Houston, Texas
  • James Benuzzi, CIA, Orange
    • private sector internal auditor
    • former member of the Audit Oversight Committee, City of Placentia
    • first internal audit manager of the City of Orange
  • Jan Grimes, CPA, Dana Point
    • chief deputy auditor-controller of Orange County
    • former director of central accounting operations
    • former accounting manager of environmental management agency (now OC Public Works)
  • Nick Pham, CPA, Aliso Viejo
    • private sector regional controller
    • former private sector accounting manager
  • Gustavo Rodriguez, CPA, Fullerton
    • private sector financial management consultant
    • former CFO of various private sector medical entities
  • Eric Woolery, CPA, Orange
    • Riverside County district attorney’s deputy director of administration
    • former private sector CFO
    • former member of the Orange County Board of Education
  • Alexander Yu, CPA, Ladera Ranch
    • CFO of Tri-City Healthcare District
    • former CFO of various private sector medical entities

(CFO is Chief Financial Officer, CIA is Certified Internal Auditor, and CPA is Certified Public Accountant.)

Now we move on to the party affiliation of each of these applicants in order to provide a bit more information on each person applying for the position:

George Beck- Republican
James Benuzzi- Democrat
Jan Grimes- Democrat
Nick Pham- Democrat
Gustavo Rodriguez- Not Registered
Eric Woolery- Republican
Alexander Yu- Republican

This shows quite a bit of balance with 3 Republicans, 3 Democrats, and 1 candidate not registered all advancing to the final interview with the Board of Supervisors. As soon as we get any more information on this process or any of the applicants we will post it here for our loyal readers.

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More Info: Background Info On Auditor-Controller Candidates

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on March 22, 2013

The office of Supervisor Todd Spitzer released a list of all seven candidates who will be interviewed for Auditor-Controller in their newsletter. You can read the full newsletter here.

We’ll have continuing coverage on Auditor-Controller here on OC Political in the coming days and weeks.

Here’s the list with background information on each of the interviewees:

  • George Beck, CIA, Mission Viejo
    • legacy replacement program team member, Los Angeles Unified School District
    • former director of accounting, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority
    • former city auditor of the City of Houston, Texas
  • James Benuzzi, CIA, Orange
    • private sector internal auditor
    • former member of the Audit Oversight Committee, City of Placentia
    • first internal audit manager of the City of Orange
  • Jan Grimes, CPA, Dana Point
    • chief deputy auditor-controller of Orange County
    • former director of central accounting operations
    • former accounting manager of environmental management agency (now OC Public Works)
  • Nick Pham, CPA, Aliso Viejo
    • private sector regional controller
    • former private sector accounting manager
  • Gustavo Rodriguez, CPA, Fullerton
    • private sector financial management consultant
    • former CFO of various private sector medical entities
  • Eric Woolery, CPA, Orange
    • Riverside County district attorney’s deputy director of administration
    • former private sector CFO
    • former member of the Orange County Board of Education
  • Alexander Yu, CPA, Ladera Ranch
    • CFO of Tri-City Healthcare District
    • former CFO of various private sector medical entities

(CFO is Chief Financial Officer, CIA is Certified Internal Auditor, and CPA is Certified Public Accountant.)

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