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Posted by Chris Nguyen on September 16, 2015
In a lengthy meeting that began at 5:00 PM yesterday and dragged on to nearly 1:20 AM this morning, the Anaheim City Council voted 3-2 to approve the creation of a line-item in the City budget for facility joint-use purposes with schools in Anaheim and to pass a resolution in support of charter schools and the Parent Trigger Law. Councilman James Vanderbilt was the only person who was in the majority for both votes.
Budget Line Item
After hours of public comment and lengthy debate by the City Council members, the Council approved the creation of a line item in the City budget for facility joint-use projects that provide community benefit (i.e. benefiting both school districts and the general public). No specific dollar amount will be determined until the FY 2016-17 budget process begins.
The vote was 3-2, with Mayor Tom Tait and Councilmen Jordan Brandman and James Vanderbilt in favor. Mayor Pro Tem Lucille Kring and Councilwoman Kris Murray opposed.
In August, the Anaheim Union High School District had passed a resolution asking the City for direct financial support. The item was agendized to create a budget line item for direct financial support, but was amended from the Council dais during the meeting to narrow it the item to only direct financial support for facility joint-use projects that provide community benefit.
Prior to the final vote, Murray had made a motion, which Kring seconded, that would have delayed the item by 45 days to poll the six other school districts in Anaheim (Anaheim City School District, Centralia School District, Magnolia School District, Orange Unified School District, Placentia-Yorba Linda School District, and Savanna School District) as to their desires on this item since only the Anaheim Union High School District had asked for this.
Resolution on Charter Schools and Parent Trigger Law
After nearly 45 minutes of debate, the resolution in support of charter schools and the Parent Trigger Law was approved by the Anaheim City Council on a 3-2 vote, with Mayor Pro Tem Lucille Kring, Councilwoman Kris Murray, and Councilman James Vanderbilt in favor. Mayor Tom Tait and Councilman Jordan Brand were opposed.
At the start of the debate shortly before 12:30 AM, Tait expressed his opposition to the resolution’s declarations/implications about Anaheim having “low performing” and “worst performing” schools.
At one point in the debate, Tait pointed to U.S. News & World Report ranking all 9 Anaheim Union High School District high schools among the top schools in the country.
As Tait, Murray, and Kring battled on procedural motions, Vanderbilt sought in vain for amendments that would get the resolution to a 5-0 unanimous vote.
Shortly before 1:00 AM, Tait stated he would not vote for the resolution. Two minutes later, Brandman told Vanderbilt, “you will never get my vote” for the resolution in response to Vanderbilt’s efforts for unanimity.
In order to gain Vanderbilt’s support and get the resolution to 3-2, Murray agreed to support Vanderbilt’s amendment to remove four paragraphs.
For more from OC Political on the original resolution, click here. The resolution, as passed with the Vanderbilt amendments, reads:
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ANAHEIM SUPPORTING ANAHEIM’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS, AND OFFERING TO WORK IN CONTINUED PARTNERSHIP WITH ALL CITY SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO ENSURE STUDENTS IN THE CITY HAVE EQUAL ACCESS TO A QUALITY EDUCATION, INCLUDING SUPPORT FOR PROGRAMS, POLICIES, AND EDUCATIONAL CHOICES PROVIDED IN STATE LAW TO EMPOWER PARENTS AND STUDENTS TO CLOSE THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP (AKA THE “ANAHEIM PARENT AND STUDENT EMPOWERMENT ACT”)
WHEREAS, the City of Anaheim has a long-standing, supportive partnership with its school districts providing millions annually in supplemental educational resources; and
WHEREAS, the city’s financial support includes funding public safety officers and crossing guards at public school campuses, after school enrichment programs, joint-use agreements for city parks and libraries, and community services that provide a direct enhancement to the education of the City’s children; and
WHEREAS, the City of Anaheim’s greater business community contributes millions annually to support the City’s public schools, including a recently completed Youth Assessment Survey funded by the Disneyland Resort, and the new grant initiative Accelerate Change Together (ACT), managed by the Orange County Community Foundation with financial support provided by the Disneyland Resort, Angels Baseball, and Anaheim Ducks, to address gaps in service for underserved Anaheim youth; and
WHEREAS, the City of Anaheim agrees all residents, parents and children, deserve equal access to a quality education; and
WHEREAS, many school districts across the City are achieving and exceeding state standards, with many of their schools recognized as California Distinguished Schools, and
WHEREAS, several school districts in the City of Anaheim are unfortunately listed as having among the worst performing schools in the County of Orange, including the Anaheim Union High School District, which reports that half of their schools are failing to meet state standards despite having among the highest levels of per pupil funding per the state Department of Finance; and
WHEREAS, parents at chronically low performing schools in Anaheim have sought to exercise their legal rights under California’s Parent Empowerment Law to improve access for their children to a better education and have faced staunch political and legal opposition by elected and administration officials governing these schools at taxpayer expense; and
WHEREAS, charter schools provide a personalized approach to education including smaller classrooms, innovative teaching methods, and parent involvement, such as the acclaimed El Rancho Middle School with Orange Unified School District and the independent GOALS Academy, which opened its doors on August 17, 2015 with the full support of the Anaheim City School District administration and trustees; and
WHEREAS, Charter Schools have been used effectively in the Los Angeles Unified School District to provide an alternative for economically disadvantaged students who have been attending chronically underperforming public schools; and
WHEREAS, the AUHSD has unanimously adopted a resolution asking the City of Anaheim to establish an undefined, unrestricted line item in the City budget to supplement funding for all public schools within the City, above and beyond the millions in public and private financial support provided by the City today and without any advance communication or collaboration by the AUHSD trustees or administration with the City; and
WHEREAS, AUHSD covers five cities in its jurisdiction, Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, La Palma, Stanton and its resolution was directed only in Anaheim and provides no taxpayer safeguards that if adopted by the City, the additional funding would be used to support schools and students in Anaheim, rather than the other four cities of the AUHSD service area; and
WHEREAS, the line item in the City budget requested by AUHSD would have no restrictions, taxpayer oversight or accountability and has the potential to divert vital city funding for Anaheim police, fire, parks, libraries, roads and closing the gap on the City’s escalating pension liabilities; and
WHEREAS, the City’s schools have received record levels of increased state funding over the past two fiscal years and the state Legislative Analyst Office has stated that the next fiscal year will be at or above existing levels, in addition to a $249 million bond approved by voters for AUHSD in 2014 and a $169.3 million bond approved by voters for ACSD in 2010; and
WHEREAS, ACSD had just approved an expenditure of $670,000 in funding that will go to legal fees rather than its public schools to appeal the Superior Court ruling in favor of Palm Lane parents exercising their legal rights under the California Parent Empowerment Law; and
WHEREAS, a high percentage of Anaheim’s economically disadvantaged students continue to attend chronically low performing schools and there is insufficient evidence that unrestricted funding by the City would be used to improve upon the status quo and bring about substantive reforms, as evidenced by the increased levels of local and state funding in recent years that has yet to substantively close the achievement gap at schools reported as underperforming in the City; and
WHEREAS, the City of Anaheim and its public school districts should work together to adopt programs, policies, and reforms that are directed at closing the achievement gap at existing schools currently underperforming by state standards to ensure all students in the City have equal access to a quality education; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Council of the City of Anaheim:
- The City of Anaheim will continue to provide significant financial resources based on existing budgetary practices to continue the City’s historic support of its public schools and will continue to partner with its school districts on joint-use facilities and programs to enhance educational opportunities for families, parents and children in the City; and
- The City of Anaheim urges the seven school districts that serve Anaheim students to adopt policies and programs to provide greater levels of high quality educational choice, including charter schools, and to adopt strategic plans and reforms to close the achievement gap for chronically low performing schools in Anaheim before seeking additional city funding; and
- The City of Anaheim urges all seven school districts to actively inform parents of their legal rights under the California Parent Empowerment law and its Parent Trigger provisions, and to support and not in any way legally hinder or cease existing legal efforts to challenge parents exercising their legal rights as authorized by state law.
Posted in Anaheim, Anaheim City School District, Anaheim Union High School District, Centralia School District, Magnolia School District, Orange Unified School District, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, Savanna School District | Tagged: James Vanderbilt, Jordan Brandman, Kris Murray, Lucille Kring, Tom Tait | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Chris Nguyen on July 30, 2014
In the era of term limits, many City Councilmembers run for higher office while others seek to extend their political lives by running for lower office. As we peer into candidate filing, there are at least three City Councilmembers are exercising the option to do the latter.
La Palma City Councilman Henry Charoen, Garden Grove City Councilwoman Dina Nguyen, and Newport Beach City Councilwoman Leslie Daigle
- La Palma City Councilman Henry Charoen has pulled (and filed) papers for the Centralia School District
- Garden Grove City Councilwoman Dina Nguyen has pulled papers for Orange County Water District, Division 1
- Newport Beach City Councilwoman Leslie Daigle has pulled papers for Orange County Water District, Division 5
Charoen and the Centralia School District
Charoen (R) is prepared for this campaign for Centralia School District, transferring nearly $30,000 into his school board account from his Assembly account after he opted not to seek the AD-65 seat. $30,000 pays for a lot of voter contact in a district as tiny as Centralia, plus he has significant name ID in the La Palma portion of Centralia. He also teaches at UCI. At this point, Charoen is the only one who has actually filed.
Incumbent Lisa Jordan (R) has pulled papers, as has appointed incumbent Kevin Sequeira (R). 73-year-old incumbent Irv Trinkle (R) has not pulled papers, and I’ve heard conflicting rumors about him, with some saying he’s retiring and others saying he’s running for re-election (Trinkle’s campaign web site was last updated in the spring).
Former Centralia Board Member Art Montez (D) pulled papers for both Centralia and the Buena Park Library District. Jordan beat Montez by 64 votes in 2010 when Montez was an incumbent. Montez lost by 5% in 2012 in an unsuccessful bid to return to the Board. If Montez files and loses for a third consecutive time, he risks going from former Board member to perennial Board candidate. He has to either sit this one out or win his old seat back in order to avoid that fate. He probably shouldn’t file for both the Centralia School District and the Buena Park Library District, lest he suffer the fate of former Water Board Director Douglas Chapman, who lost both races when he ran for two seats in 2012.
Though an experienced field of elected officials have pulled papers in Centralia, the first person who pulled papers was 20-year-old Chapman University student Connor Traut (D) who moved to Anaheim a few months ago from Ladera Ranch, where he was a member of the Ladera Ranch Civic Council. Traut is an acolyte of Anaheim Councilman Jordan Brandman (D). (Brandman allies seem to be popping up in different Anaheim school board seats, as D.R. Heywood (D) has pulled papers in the Anaheim City School District.)
Nguyen and Orange County Water District Division 1
Nguyen (R) appears to be unopposed for the Division 1 seat in the Orange County Water District.
In total, the OCWD Board has ten members: seven directly-elected and three appointed by City Councils (Anaheim, Fullerton, and Santa Ana). Incumbent Kay Barr is the only directly-elected Democrat on the OCWD Board. The other six directly-elected members are Republicans. Of the three appointed positions, Anaheim appointed Harry Sidhu (R), Fullerton appointed Jan Flory (D), and Santa Ana appointed Vincent Sarmiento (D).
Barr is retiring, and Nguyen is the only candidate who has pulled papers. Dina Nguyen made an ill-fated bid for Orange County Supervisor against Janet Nguyen (R) in 2008. Barr and both Nguyens served on the Garden Grove City Council: Barr from 1962-1970 and 1974-1978, Janet Nguyen from 2004-2007, and Dina Nguyen from 2006-present. Barr has been an OCWD Board Member since 1979. At 35 years, Barr’s exit ends the longest tenure by a single person in the 81-year history of OCWD.
(For the record, I am not related to either Dina Nguyen or Janet Nguyen. The last name Nguyen is held by 36% of Vietnamese people.)
Daigle and Orange County Water District Division 5
Daigle (R) is challenging incumbent Orange County Water Board Member Steve Sheldon (R). Sheldon was appointed to the OCWD Board in 2005 and won 71% of the vote in his 2006 bid for a full term against termed out Newport Beach City Councilman Tod Ridgeway (R). Presumably, Daigle does not plan to suffer the same fate as Ridgeway. She does have significantly higher name ID than Ridgeway did thanks in part to her ill-fated run for AD-74 when she challenged Allan Mansoor in 2012. She fared slightly better in OCWD Division 5 than in the rest of the district, winning 25.3% of the vote (as opposed to her districtwide total of 23.8%).
Posted in Centralia School District, Garden Grove, La Palma, Newport Beach, Orange County Water District | Tagged: Allan Mansoor, Art Montez, Connor Traut, David Robert "D.R." Heywood, Dina Nguyen, Douglas Chapman, Harry Sidhu, Henry Charoen, Irv Trinkle, Jan Flory, Jordan Brandman, Kathryn L. Barr, Kevin Sequeira, Leslie Daigle, Lisa Jordan, Tod Ridgeway, Vincent Sarmiento | Leave a Comment »
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 Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, La Habra, La Palma, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Westminster, Villa Park, Yorba Linda, Orange County, Orange County Board of Education, Orange County Board of Supervisors, Coast Community College District, North Orange County Community College District, Rancho Santiago Community College District, South Orange County Community College District, Brea Olinda Unified School District, Capistrano Unified School District, Garden Grove Unified School District, Irvine Unified School District, Laguna Beach Unified School District, Los Alamitos Unified School District, Newport-Mesa Unified School District, Orange Unified School District, Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District, Saddleback Valley Unified School District, Santa Ana Unified School District, Tustin Unified School District, Anaheim Union High School District, Fullerton Joint Union High School District, Huntington Beach Union High School District, Anaheim City School District, Buena Park School District, Centralia School District, Cypress School District, Fountain Valley School District, Fullerton School District, Huntington Beach City School District, La Habra City School District, Lowell Joint School District, Magnolia School District, Ocean View School District, Savanna School District, Westminster School District, Buena Park Library District, Capistrano Bay Community Services District, Costa Mesa Sanitary District, East Orange County Water District, El Toro Water District, Emerald Bay Service District, Irvine Ranch Water District, Mesa Consolidated Water District, Midway City Sanitary District, Moulton-Niguel Water District, Municipal Water District of Orange County, Orange County Water District, Placentia Library District, Santa Margarita Water District, South Coast Water District, Sunset Beach Sanitary District, Surfside Colony Community Services District, Three Arch Bay Community Services District, Trabuco Canyon Water District, Yorba Linda Water District, 1st Supervisorial District, 2nd Supervisorial District, 3rd Supervisorial District, 4th Supervisorial District, 5th Supervisorial District, Orange County District Attorney's Office, Serrano Water District, Surfside Colony Storm Water Protection District, Silverado-Modjeska Recreation and Park District, Orange County Clerk-Recorder, Orange County Auditor-Controller | Tagged: Leslie Daigle, Joe Carchio, Jose Solorio, Janet Nguyen, Bruce Whitaker, Todd Spitzer, Deborah Pauly, Matt Harper, Lucille Kring, Michele Martinez, Margie Rice, John Collins, Jordan Brandman, Miguel Pulido, Vince Sarmiento, Troy Edgar, Brian Donahue, Carol Warren, Shawn Nelson, Gail Eastman, Kris Murray, Tom Tait, Jeff Lalloway, Greg Sebourn, Ken Williams, John Briscoe, Mark McCurdy, Mike Munzing, Christina Shea, Tim Shaw, Dean Grose, Robert Hammond, Nancy Padberg, Tony Beall, Denis Bilodeau, David John Shawver, Scott Voigts, Sal Tinajero, John Moorlach, Pat Bates, Steven Choi, Doug Chaffee, Steve Hwangbo, Steve Nagel, Jesse Petrilla, Steve Baric, Carol Gamble, Annemarie Randle-Trejo, Tom Lindsey, John Anderson, Rigoberto Ramirez, Fred Whitaker, Peter Herzog, Katherine Smith, Brian O'Neal, Tita Smith, Elizabeth Parker, Dina Nguyen, Kris Beard, Steve Jones, Bruce Broadwater, Ethan Temianka, John Alpay, Gary Pritchard, Dave Leckness, John Ortega, Kathy Moffat, Molly McClanahan, Miller Oh, Tony Rackauckas, Ron Shepston, Greg Bates, Rush Hill, Dwight Robinson, Sandra Hutchens, James Wright, Ellen Addonizio, Claudia Alvarez, Jennifer Fitzgerald, Sandra Crandall, Doug Davert, Craig Green, Chad Wanke, Joe Aguirre, Richard DeVecchio, Gayle Carline, David Benavides, Katrina Foley, Bob Baker, Arianna Barrios, Tim Jemal, Bill Jay, Mike Alvarez, Steve Mensinger, Gary Monahan, Steve Shanahan, Andrew Blount, Dore Gilbert, Dave Sullivan, Peter Kim, Mark Murphy, Mark Schwing, Cecilia Iglesias, Rob Johnson, Cathy Green, Sam Allevato, Melody Carruth, Barbara Kogerman, Carlos Olvera, Bill Brough, Jim Righeimer, Jeanne Galindo, Debbie Cotton, Chuck Puckett, John Nielsen, Allan Bernstein, Sandy Genis, Cheryl Brothers, Jerry McCloskey, Frank Ury, Anthony Petros, Brad McGirr, Craig Young, Jim Reardon, Roy Byrnes, Cathy Schlict, Susan Hinman, Adam Nick, Steve Dicterow, Laurie Davies, Denis R. Bilodeau, Roger C. Yoh, Robert Ming, Michael Vo, Larry Agran, Beth Krom, Paul Bokota, Lauren Brooks, Michael Parham, Carmen Cave, Ross Chun, William "Bill" Phillips, Roy Moore, Brett Murdock, Christine Marick, Marty Simonoff, Beth Swift, Steve Berry, Art Brown, Leroy Mills, Prakash Narain, Mariellen Yarc, J. Scott Schoeffel, Chris Phan, Connie Boardman, Joe Shaw, Jim Katapodis, Jill Hardy, Elizabeth Pearson, Tony Iseman, Bob Whalen, Randal Bressette, Linda Lindholm, Jerry Slusiewicz, Mike Blazey, Tom Beamish, Rose Espinoza, Bert Hack, Cynthia Conners, Noel Hatch, Gerard Goedhart, Fred Smith, Warren Kusumoto, Richard Murphy, Rhonda Reardon, Nancy Gardner, Constance Underhill, Jim Evert, Tim Brown, Lori Donchak, Chris Hamm, Larry Kramer, John Taylor, Angelica Amezcua, Roman Reyna, Ellery Deaton, Al Murray, Rebecca Gomez, Brad Reese, Diana Fascenelli, Richard Barnett, Greg Mills, Tri Ta, Andy Quach, Sergio Contreras, Diana Carey, Gene Hernandez, David Boyd, Jack Bedell, Barbara Dunsheath, Jeffrey P. Brown, Donna Miller, Manny Ontiveros, Leonard L. Lahtinen, Michael Matsuda, David Grant, Jim Moreno, Mary Hornbuckle, Jerry Patterson, Lorraine Prinsky, Phillip E. Yarbrough, John Hanna, Lawrence R. Labrado, Nelida Yanez, Thomas Prendergrast, Marcia Milchiker, David B. Lang, Anna L. Piercy, Marilyn Buchi, Robert N. Hathaway, Robert A. Singer, Barbara L. Kilponen, Andy Montoya, Kathy Iverson, Bonnie P. Castrey, Susan Henry, Michael H. Simons, Joe Rollino, Bill Hall, Teresa Hampson, Michael Condiff, Rodney Todd, Gail Lyons, Kevin Hobby, Anna Bryson, Lynn Hatton, Amy Hanacek, Lan Quoc Nguyen, Bob Harden, Linda Paulsen-Reed, Bao Quoc Nguyen, George West, Sharon Wallin, Gavin Huntley-Fenner, Theresa O'Hare, Ketta Brown, Betsy Jenkins, William Landsiedel, Jan Vickers, Jeffrey Barke, Diana Hill, Meg Cutuli, David A. Boyer, Karen Russell, Karen Yelsey, David Brooks, Martha Fluor, Dana Black, Diane Singer, Rick Ledesma, Tim Surridge, Alexa Deligianni, Mark D. Wayland, Karin M. Freeman, Carrie Buck, Judi Carmona, Eric Padget, Carol Downey, Dolores Winchell, Dennis Walsh, Suzie Swartz, Don Sedgwick, Ginny Aitkens, John Palacio, Audrey Yamagata Noji, Rob Richardson, Jose Hernandez, Lynn R. Davis, Jonathan W. Abelove, James H. Laird, Tammie K. Bullard, Francine Pace Scinto, Sandy Blumberg, Jeff Cole, Jose F. Moreno, James Vanderbilt, Bob Gardner, Samuel Van Hamblen, Brian Chambers, Helen Lee, L. Carole Jensen, Barbara Michel, Lisa Jordan, Irv Trinkle, Megan Harding, Dennis Salts, Steve Harris, David Giese, Valeri Peters Wagner, Steve Blount, Candi Kern, Brian Nakamura, Jimmy Templin, Judith Edwards, Ian Collins, Chris Thompson, Janny Meyer, Beverly Berryman, Hilda Sugarman, Lynn Thornley, Rosemary Saylor, Celia Jaffe, Brian Rechsteiner, Bridget Kaub, Sharon H. Brown, Linda Navarro/Edwards, Sandi Baltes, John Dobson, Liz Steves, Bill Hinz, Anastasia Shackelford, Darin Barber, Fred W. Schambeck, Brandon Jones, Cliff E. Breddon Jr., Esther H. Wallace, Barbara Quintana, Barbara J. Clendineng, Nathan Zug, Tracy L. Pellman, John Ortiz, Gina Clayton, Linda R. Weinstock, Patrick Ochoa, Edward A. Erdtsieck, Carol Sundman, Chris Brown, Andrew Nguyen, David Bridgewaters, Mary Mangold, Jamison Power, Amy Walsh, Phillip B. Tsunoda, Ron Joseph Garcia, Wendy Leece, Doug Bailey, Lisa A. Bartlett, Steven H. Weinberg, Kelly H. Boyd, James "Jim" Gomez, Robert "Bob" Ring, Milton W. Robbins, Kathryn McCullogh, G. Henry Charoen, Gerri Lee Graham-Mejia, Patricia "Trish" Kelley, Michael F. Henn, Edward D. Selich, Keith D. Curry, Jeremy B. Yamaguchi, Scott William Nelson, Derek Reeve, Gordon A. Shanks, Michael Levitt, David W. Sloan, Gary A. Miller, Alexander A. Ethans, Al Mijares, Wayne Osborne, Mark Taylor, Webster Guillory, Shari Freidenrich, Glenn Parker, Jan Flory, Jennifer McGrath, Joan Flynn, Alisa Cutchen, Lisette Chel-Walker, Laura Parisi, Mary Murphy, Helen Walker, Patrick Melia, Joanne Baade, Al Jabaar, Judith A. Franco Walt Davenport, Kirk E. Bell, David Gutierrez, John A. McDermott II, Keri Ueberroth, John J. Collins, John Marconi, William R. Hart, Alfred A. Coletta, Bill Kahlert, Michael Maynard, Ronald Casey, Jeffrey T. Rips, Victor J. Kriss, Donald Karich, Nora Straight, Michael Farrell, Rhoads Martin, Scott O Davis, Alan Anderson, Gary Rubel, Elizabeth Gapp, Jerard B. Werner, William H. Kahn, Jose Vergara, Ted F. Martin, Scott Goldman, Peer A. Swan, Douglas J Reinhart, Mary Aileen Matheis, John B. Withers, Steven E. LaMar, Scott Colton, Larry R. Lizotte, Donald Froelich, Richard S. Fiore, Brian S. Probolsky, Larry McKenney, Gary Kurtz, Roger Faubel, Sandra Jacobs, Charley Wilson, Charles Gibson, Betty H. Olson, Jeff Thomas, Larry D. Dick, Brett R. Barbre, Wayne A. Clark, Joan C. Finnegan, Richard E. Barrett, Richard B. Bell, John Dulebohn, William VanderWerff, Joel Rattner, Linda Habermehl, William C. Poe, Jim Bell, Van Jew, Shawn Dewane, James Atkinson, Fred Bockmiller, Jim Fisler, Kathryn L. Barr, Stephen R. Sheldon, Philip L. Anthony, Bob Moore, Richard Runge, Dick Dietmier, Rick Erkeneff, Wayne Rayfield, Mike Safranski, Glenn Acosta Ed Mandich, Jim Haselton, Matt Disston, Phil Hawkins, Gary Melton, Rick Kiley, Michael J. Beverage, Ric Collett Jon H. Regnier, Gayle Mueller Winnen, Arlene Schafer, Robert Ooten, Jim Ferryman, Art Perry, Tyler M. Diep, Margie L. Rice, Frank Cobo, Joy L. Neugebauer, Allan P. Krippner, William Brutton, Robert Hendler, Gregory F. Griffin, Graham Hoad, John Woods, Frank Bryant, Woody Rickerl, Richard Freschi, Jerry L Haight C.L. Larry Pharris Jr., Tom Smisek, Chalynn Peterson, Lisa Collins, Al Salehi, Mary Fuhrman, Patricia Ganer, Al Shkoler, Betty Escobosa, Elizabeth Minter, Mike Scheafer, Duane Dishno, Shari Kowalke | 5 Comments »
Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on March 21, 2013
We are adding a new feature to our humble blog. Readers will soon be able to go to one location to find campaign finance data on all 2012 candidates for local elected office. As far as I can tell no other website currently has this information. While this project will take a while and we will be releasing one city at a time (if we get some donor support) it should be well worth it. Here is a little sample for you to glance at:
We are looking for donors to help us fund this project for every City, School District, and Special District in Orange County. Please send an e-mail to email@example.com if you want to help sponsor this project.
These candidates took in less than $1,000 in contributions thus making them eligible to file a much more simplified disclosure form that does not have donors listed on it:
Rodolfo “Rudy” Gaono
Here are the rest of the candidates along with a pie chart showing what percentage of their money came from each category of entities:
|| $ 32,739.00
|| $ 18,950.00
|| $ 25,929.51
|| $ 9,100.00
|| $ 6,042.27
|| $ 92,760.78
|| $ 14,985.00
|| $ 1,800.00
|| $ 17,399.00
|| $ 7,050.00
|| $ 1,800.00
|| $ 43,034.00
|| $ 269.00
|| $ –
|| $ 500.00
|| $ 250.00
|| $ –
|| $ 1,019.00
|| $ 14,975.00
|| $ –
|| $ 30,514.00
|| $ 5,300.00
|| $ 1,000.00
|| $ 51,789.00
|| $ 9,046.00
|| $ 10,000.00
|| $ 3,600.00
|| $ 1,800.00
|| $ 500.00
|| $ 24,946.00
If you click the link to read more, you can find out who each individual donor was to each campaign broken down by category.
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Posted in Anaheim | Tagged: Anaheim, Anaheim Campaign Contributions, Anaheim Campaign Donors, Anaheim Campaign Finance, Brian Chuchua, Duane Roberts, Jennifer Rivera, John Leos, Jordan Brandman, Kris Murray, Linda Linder, Lucille Kring, Rodolfo "Rudy" Gaono, Steve Chavez Lodge | 2 Comments »
Posted by Chris Nguyen on December 20, 2012
There’s been much discussion about the ACLU lawsuit against the City of Anaheim to force Councilmembers to be elected by district rather than at large, as voters in the entire city vote for every Councilmember. The lawsuit cites the California Voting Rights Act of 2002’s requirements for racial representation on City Councils. Anaheim is 53% Latino.
As Gustavo Arellano at the OC Weekly noted, Anaheim had an 80% nonwhite Council as recently as 2006, with Latino Councilmembers Richard Chavez and Bob Hernandez (both elected in 2002), Asian Councilmembers Lorri Galloway and Harry Sidhu (both elected in 2004), and white Mayor Curt Pringle (elected in 2002). I might also note Lou Lopez served on the Council from 1994-1998 when he gave up his Council seat to run unsuccessfully for Supervisor.
With the election of white Councilmembers Jordan Brandman and Lucille Kring replacing termed out Asian Councilmembers Lorri Galloway and Harry Sidhu, Anaheim has its first all-white City Council in a decade. What impact this will have on the lawsuit against Orange County’s largest city is to be seen. Brandman has asked to agendize a possible lawsuit settlement for the next Council meeting .
Meanwhile in the County’s second-largest city, Santa Ana has had an all-Latino Council since 2006. With six council wards, each Councilmember (other than the directly-elected Mayor) represents 16% of the city. However, Santa Ana elects its Councilmembers at-large from these wards. In other words, voters in the entire city still pick the Councilmember representing each ward.
Santa Ana’s Asian (mostly Vietnamese) population is highly concentrated in the western portion of the City.
In the redistricting plan adopted at the beginning of 2012, Ward 6’s border with Ward 3 moved south, and increased the Ward 3 Asian population by 16%. The relatively square Ward 4 became much more rectangular by yielding most of its western territory to Ward 6 and picking up the southeastern portion of Ward 6. This increased the Ward 4 Asian population by a whopping 209%. However, these changes decreased the Ward 6 Asian population by 27%.
Prior to the 2012 redistricting, 46% of all Santa Ana Asians resided in Ward 6, 24% lived in Ward 3, and just 5% in Ward 4. With the new districts, just 33% live in Ward 6, 27% live in Ward 3, and 17% live in Ward 4.
Can anyone say cracking?
The California Voting Rights Act of 2002 states that a violation “is established if it is shown that racially polarized voting occurs in elections for members of the governing body of the political subdivision or in elections incorporating other electoral choices by the voters of the political subdivision.” It goes on to say, “The fact that members of a protected class are not geographically compact or concentrated may not preclude a finding of racially polarized voting…but may be a factor in determining an appropriate remedy.”
In practice, the most common remedy under the California Voting Rights Act of 2002 has been to have ward elections in which voters only vote one Councilmember to represent their ward and do not vote for any other Councilmembers (basically, ward elections make city council elections a lot more like supervisorial elections, legislative elections, and U.S. House elections).
Anaheim is being sued for violating the California Voting Rights Act of 2002 because citywide voters have not elected a Latino to the current City Council. Could Santa Ana be sued for violating the California Voting Rights Act of 2002 because citywide voters have
never not elected an Asian to the City Council in 31 years and the Council’s redistricting plan presents a major “cracking” of the Asian population?
Posted in Anaheim, Santa Ana | Tagged: ACLU, Bob Hernandez, Curt Pringle, Harry Sidhu, Jordan Brandman, Lorri Galloway, Lou Lopez, Lucille Kring, Redistricting, Richard Chavez, Santa Ana Wards | 6 Comments »
Posted by Chris Nguyen on December 17, 2012
There were a lot of vacancies this year. Three countywide posts and one school board seat remain vacant. All salaries noted below are base pay.
Four of Orange County’s eight countywide posts went vacant during 2012.
- Orange County Clerk-Recorder: Tom Daly (D) vacated the seat this month to become the 69th District’s State Assemblyman. Numerous candidates have either expressed interest behind the scenes or are rumored to be interested; none have made public statements. The job pays $139,256.40 (that extra 40 cents won’t even get you enough postage to send a letter). Apply online here by January 15.
- Orange County Auditor-Controller: David Sundstrom (R) vacated the seat in January to become Sonoma County Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector (yes, that really is a single office in Sonoma County). The job pays $173,097.60 per year (that 60 cents is crucial). Apply online here by January 15.
- Orange County Public Administrator: John Williams (R) resigned in January or February depending on how you interpret his resignation, un-resignation, and re-resignation saga. Former Assemblyman Ken Lopez-Maddox (R), who is also a former Garden Grove Councilman and former Capistrano Unified School District Board Member, is the first to publicly throw his hat in the ring. (12/19 Update:The previous sentence was ambiguously worded, so to clarify, Lopez-Maddox is running for the seat in the regularly scheduled June 2014 election but has not indicated if he will apply for the appointment.) The job pays $30,000 per year (but the Board of Supervisors frequently consolidates it with the more lucrative appointed post of Public Guardian). Apply online here by January 15.
- Orange County Superintendent of Schools: Bill Habermehl (R) vacated the seat in June, deciding it was time for him to retire. Seven of the eight countywide posts are filled by the County Board of Supervisors when there’s a vacancy. This is the eighth post, and the County Board of Education appointed Al Mijares (R) to fill the seat. The job pays $287,500 per year.
Many people have argued Clerk-Recorder, Auditor-Controller, Public Administrator, and various other County posts should be appointed by the Board of Supervisors instead of elected positions. Good luck with that. Just six months ago, 60.5% of Orange County voters rejected making Public Administrator an appointed position.
They move with great speed to fill Council vacancies in Little Saigon.
- Garden Grove City Council: Bruce Broadwater (D) vacated the seat this month to become Mayor of Garden Grove. Minutes after Broadwater became Mayor, the Council held the vote to fill his newly-vacated Council seat. New Councilman Chris Phan moved to nominate the November election’s 3rd place finisher, Phat Bui, but he failed to get a second on his nomination. Councilwoman Dina Nguyen (R) moved and Councilman Steve Jones (R) seconded the nomination of defeated Councilman Kris Beard (D), who came in 4th in the election, and the Council voted unanimously to appoint Beard to the seat. Beard was out of office for mere minutes. The job pays $8,093 per year.
- Westminster City Council: Tri Ta (R) vacated the seat this month to become Mayor of Westminster. In stunningly rapid fashion, the Westminster City Council left his seat vacant for mere minutes before appointing Margie Rice (R) after Ta replaced Rice as Mayor. In other words, Ta and Rice simply swapped seats. The jobs pays $10,206 per year.
The County’s smaller cities took a little more time.
- Stanton City Council: Councilman Ed Royce, Sr. (R) vacated his seat for health reasons in February. Rigoberto Ramirez (R) was appointed to fill the seat in March. Ramirez is up for election to a four-year term in 2014. The job pays $10,200 per year.
- Villa Park City Council: Councilman Bob Fauteux (R) passed away in February. Rick Barnett (R) was appointed to fill the seat in March and won election to a four-year term in November with no opponents. The job pays nothing.
For the second time this year, the Anaheim Union High School District Board is filling a vacancy.
- Anaheim Union High School District Board (February): Earlier this year in February, Jan Harp Domene (D) passed away unexpectedly at the age of 60. The board appointed Annemarie Randle-Trejo on a 3-1 vote in April. OC Political covered this process.
- Anaheim Union High School District Board (December): Jordan Brandman (D) vacated the seat this month to become an Anaheim City Councilman. The board will fill his seat early next year. The job pays $9,731.52.
Brandman originally won his AUHSD seat in a February 2008 special election after a petition overturned the appointment of Harald Martin (R), who was selected by the Board to fill the seat left vacant due to the unexpected passing of Denise Mansfield-Reinking (R) in May 2007.
The AUHSD board is on its third vacancy in six years.
- Municipal Water District of Orange County, Division 3: Director Ed Royce, Sr. (R) vacated his seat for health reasons in February. Wayne Osborne (R) was appointed to fill the seat in March and won election to a four-year term in a four-way race in November. The job pays $26,594 per year.
Posted in 69th Assembly District, Anaheim, Anaheim Union High School District, Capistrano Unified School District, Garden Grove, Municipal Water District of Orange County, Orange County, Orange County Board of Education, Orange County Board of Supervisors, Stanton, Villa Park | Tagged: Al Mijares, Annemarie Randle-Trejo, Bill Habermehl, Bob Fauteux, Bruce Broadwater, Chris Phan, David Sundstrom, Denise Mansfield-Reinking, Dina Nguyen, Ed Royce Sr., Harald Martin, Jan Harp Domene, John Williams, Jordan Brandman, Ken Lopez-Maddox, Kris Beard, Margie Rice, Phat Bui, Richard Barnett, Rick Barnett, Rigoberto Ramirez, Steve Jones, Tom Daly, Tri Ta, Wayne Osborne | 3 Comments »
Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on November 14, 2012
Chris Nguyen did a great job putting together a local database of all party affiliations for candidates running for local office. I thought that I would take the time to expand on his post and show a database of all Orange County Councilmembers (Also OC Board of Supervisors) that will be serving on City Councils starting next month and what party they are affiliated with.
Please note that a couple of races could potentially change based on a close finish and not all votes being counted. This post will be added to our website in a permanent tab that we will be creating at the top of the site.
Here is the database: Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in 1st Supervisorial District, 2nd Supervisorial District, 3rd Supervisorial District, 4th Supervisorial District, 5th Supervisorial District, Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Cypress, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, La Palma, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Los Alamitos, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Orange County Board of Supervisors, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Seal Beach, Stanton, Tustin, Villa Park, Westminster, Yorba Linda | Tagged: Adam Nick, Al Murray, Alexander A. Ethans, Allan Bernstein, Andrew Blount, Andy Quach, Angelica Amezcua, Anthony Petros, Art Brown, Barbara Kogerman, Bert Hack, Beth Krom, Beth Swift, Bill Brough, Bob Baker, Bob Whalen, Brad McGirr, Brad Reese, Brett Murdock, Brian Donahue, Brice Whitaker, Bruce Broadwater, Carlos Olvera, Carmen Cave, Carol Gamble, Carol Warren, Cathy Schlict, Chad Wanke, Cheryl Brothers, Chris Hamm, Chris Phan, Christina Shea, Christine Marick, Chuck Puckett, Connie Boardman, Constance Underhill, Craig Young, Cynthia Conners, Dave Leckness, Dave Sullivan, David Benavides, David John Shawver, David W. Sloan, Dean Grose, Deborah Pauly, Denis Bilodeau, Derek Reeve, Diana Carey, Diana Fascenelli, Dina Nguyen, Don Webb, Dore Gilbert, Doug Bailey, Doug Chaffee, Dwoght Robinson, Edward D. Selich, Elizabeth Pearson, Ellery Deaton, Frank Ury, Fred Smith, Fred Whitaker, G. Henry Charoen, Gail Eastman, Gary A. Miller, Gary Monahan, Gene Hernandez, Gerard Goedhart, Gerri Lee Graham-Mejia, Gordon A. Shanks, Greg Mills, Greg Sebourn, J. Scott Schoeffel, James "Jim" Gomez, Janet Nguyen, Jeff Lalloway, Jennifer Fitzgerald, Jeremy B. Yamaguchi, Jerry McCloskey, Jerry Slusiewicz, Jesse Petrilla, Jill Hardy, Jim Evert, Jim Katapodis, Jim Righeimer, Joe Aguirre, Joe Carchio, Joe Shaw, John Anderson, John Collins, John Moorlach, John Nielsen, John Taylor, Jordan Brandman, Kathryn McCullogh, Keith D. Curry, Kelly H. Boyd, Kris Murray, Larry Agran, Larry Kramer, Laurie Davies, Leroy Mills, Leslie Daigle, Linda Lindholm, Lisa A. Bartlett, Lori Donchak, Lucille Kring, Mariellen Yarc, Mark Maurphy, Mark McCurdy, Mark Schwing, Marty Simonoff, Matt Harper, Melody Carruth, Michael F. Henn, Michael Levitt, Michael Vo, Michele Martinez, Miguel Pulido, Mike Alvarez, Mike Blazey, Mike Munzing, Miller Oh, Milton W. Robbins, Nancy Gardner, Noel Hatch, Pat Bates, Patricia "Trish" Kelley, Peter Herzog, Peter Kim, Phillip B. Tsunoda, Prakash Narain, Randal Bressette, Rebecca Gomez, Rhonda Reardon, Richard Barnett, Richard Murphy, Rigoberto Ramirez, Rob Johnson, Robert "Bob" Ring, Robert Ming, Roman Reyna, Ron Joseph Garcia, Rose Espinoza, Ross Chun, Roy Byrnes, Roy Moore, Sal Tinajero, Sam Allevato, Sandy Genis, Scott Voigts, Scott William Nelson, Sergio Contreras, Shawn Nelson, Steve Baric, Steve Berry, Steve Dicterow, Steve Hwangbo, Steve Jones, Steve Mensinger, Steve Nagel, Steve Shanahan, Steven Choi, Steven H. Weinberg, Tim Brown, Tim Shaw, Tita Smith, Todd Spitzer, Tom Beamish, Tom Lindsey, Tom Tait, Tony Beall, Tony Iseman, Travis Kiger, Tri Ta, Troy Edgar, Vince Sarmiento, Warren Kusumoto, Wendy Leece, William "Bill" Phillips | 14 Comments »
Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on November 4, 2012
A relatively slow mail day in the Anaheim City Council race with only 3 pieces arriving at my house. Kring, Chuchua, and Brandman all sent out a piece of mail and my fear is that I will be crushed when I try to open my mailbox on Monday.
Here is the Kring piece: Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Anaheim, Mail | Tagged: Brian Chuchua, Jordan Brandman, Lucille Kring | 4 Comments »
Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on November 3, 2012
4 more mailers rolled in yesterday for the Anaheim City Council race. Many people are telling me that Tuesday cannot come fast enough.
Here are the Leos positive pieces/Brandman hit: Read the rest of this entry »
Posted in Anaheim, Mail | Tagged: John Leos, Jordan Brandman | 2 Comments »