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Anaheim Mailbox: Lucille Kring Is The OCGOP Choice

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on October 22, 2012

Another mailer that I received over the weekend was this piece paid for by the Republican Party of Orange County. It is another 8.5 x 11 piece with a huge OC GOP logo on the front. On the back it compares Lucille Kring and Jordan Brandman.

Here is the piece:

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Unions Give Money to All Major Anaheim City Council Candidates; Kring Got Least

Posted by Lassie on October 11, 2012

My blog colleague, OC Insider, wrote this series of posts about Lucille Kring”s $500 contribution from the Anaheim police union (https://ocpolitical.com/2012/10/05/lucille-kring-violated-baugh-manifesto/, https://ocpolitical.com/2012/10/07/oc-gop-should-rescind-kring-endorsement/, and https://ocpolitical.com/2012/10/07/did-kring-fool-the-police-union-too/).  It’s an interesting coincidence that the last two posts were written after the Orange County Register endorsed Kring for Anaheim City Council:

Ms. Kring stands out among the crowd of nine candidates. Having served on the city council previously, she acutely understands the issues facing Anaheim and has a much-needed independent streak on a council in which, we believe, former Mayor Curt Pringle, and other special interests, have far too much influence.

Ms. Kring has a firm grasp on the budgetary challenges of the city and has the right ideas as to how to fix them, including serious pension reform. She also has in-depth knowledge of public safety, and she opposes crony capitalism, sweetheart deals handed out to those with political connections or representation.


OC Insider blasted Kring for inaccurately signing this pledge in the OC GOP questionnaire:


Lodge inaccurately signed the same pledge!  Unlike Kring, Lodge inaccurately told the OC GOP Endorsements Committee that he had not taken any union money:

Lodge says he is endorsed by the Anaheim Police and Fire unions and the Santa Ana Police union but has not taken any money from them.


He took $1000 from the Anaheim Police union on 12/28/2011 – almost six months before Kring took $500.

OC Insider neglected to note that every other major candidate for Anaheim City Council took more police union money than Kring did.  The Anaheim police union gave $1800 to Jordan Brandman, $1000 to Steven Albert Chavez Lodge, $1000 to John Leos, and a paltry $500 to Lucille Kring.

Actually, every other major candidate for Anaheim City Council took more union money than Kring did:

Lucille Kring
$500 on 6/20/2012 from the Anaheim Police union

Steven Albert Chavez Lodge
$1000 on 12/28/2011 from the Anaheim Police union

John Leos
$1800 on 2/21/2012 from the Orange County Employees Association (maxed out)
$1800 on 4/6/2012 from the Anaheim Municipal Employees Association (maxed out)
$1800 on 9/30/2012 from the Orange County Labor Federation (maxed out)
$1000 on 9/18/2012 from the Anaheim Police union
TOTAL: $6,400
(I should note OCEA dumped $50,000 into a pro-Leos IE PAC.)

Jordan Brandman
$1800 on 8/30/2012 from the Anaheim Firefighters union (maxed out)
$1800 on 9/14/2012 from OC COPS (maxed out)
$1800 on 8/30/2012 from PORAC (maxed out)
$1300 on 6/8/2012 from the International Union of Operating Engineers (maxed out to $1800)
$1050 on 9/12/7/2012 from Local Union 105 (maxed out to $1800)
$1000 on 11/4/2011 from the UA Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union 582 (maxed out to $1800)
$1000 on 11/18/2011 from the Southern California Pipe Trades District Council (maxed out to $1800)
$1000 on 12/7/2011 from the Anaheim Police union (maxed out to $1800)
$1000 on 12/31/2011 from the Laborers International Union of North America (maxed out to $1800)
$1000 on 3/8/2012 from the Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters
$1000 on 5/29/2012 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (grand total: $1500)
$800 on 4/30/2012 from the UA Plumbers & Steamfitters Local Union 582 (maxed out to $1800)
$800 on 5/7/2012 from the Southern California Pipe Trades District Council (maxed out to $1800)
$800 on 9/14/2012 from the Anaheim Police union (maxed out to $1800)
$800 on 9/30/2012 from the Laborers International Union of North America (maxed out to $1800)
$500 on 12/31/2011 from the District Council of Iron Workers
$500 on 12/31/2011 from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (grand total: $1500)
$500 on 4/16/2012 from the International Union of Operating Engineers (maxed out to $1800)
$500 on 5/7/2012 from Local Union 105 (maxed out to $1800)
$500 on 6/24/2012 from OPCNIA Plasters Local Union 200
$500 on 6/30/2012 from the Sprinkler Fitters Local 109
$250 on 11/4/2011 from the LA/OC Building & Construction Trades Council
$250 on 11/4/2011 from the Sprinkler Fitters Local Number 709
$250 on 12/7/2011 from Local Union 105 (maxed out to $1800)
TOTAL: $20,700

(You can find all campaign finance filings in Anaheim at http://nf4.netfile.com/pub2/Default.aspx?aid=ANA)

Lucille Kring is still the most independent voice for Anaheim City Council, and that’s why the Orange County Register endorsed her.

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Nine File for Anaheim City Council: Brandman, Kring, Leos, and Lodge Clear Frontrunners

Posted by Chris Nguyen on August 13, 2012

Jordan Brandman

Jordan Brandman

Lucille Kring

Lucille Kring

John Leos

John Leos

Steve Chavez Lodge

Steve Chavez Lodge

Nine people filed for Anaheim City Council by the close of filing Friday.  Two council seats are up, and they are held by termed-out Councilmembers Harry Sidhu (R) and Lorri Galloway (D), so there are no eligible incumbents in this race.  In alphabetical order by last name, the nine candidates (and their ballot designations) are:

  • Jordan Brandman (D) – Trustee, Anaheim Union High School District
  • Brian Neil Chuchua (R) – Businessman/Resort Owner
  • Rodolfo “Rudy” Gaona (D) – Small Businessman
  • Lucille Kring (R) – Attorney/Businesswoman
  • John Leos (R) – County Peace Officer
  • Linda Linder (R) – Retired Deputy Sheriff
  • Steve Chavez Lodge (R) – Retired Policeman/Businessman
  • Jennifer Rivera (R) – Law Student
  • Duane J. Roberts (G) – Student

I’ll get back to Brandman, Kring, Leos, and Lodge in a minute, but let me briefly describe the other five first.  Chuchua is a perennial candidate for council.  Gaona and Linder each won less than 10% of the vote in their 2010 bids for Council.  Roberts is a blogger at Orange Juice.  The ballot designations Rivera and Roberts picked made my worst ballot designations list from the June primary.

Here are the Big Four:

  • Brandman is a sitting elected member of the Anaheim Union High School District, which means he’s been elected by the people of the Anaheim Flatlands twice (a 2008 special election and 2010 regular election).  He’s backed by former Mayor Curt Pringle, the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, SOAR, and the Police and Fire unions.
  • Kring is a former Anaheim City Councilwoman.  While she has lost bids for higher office (Mayor and Senator), I don’t believe she’s ever lost an Anaheim Council race.  She has an impressive knack for getting elected over higher-funded candidates. (She’s still well-funded, it’s just the other candidates are very well-funded.  This is Anaheim, after all.)  This 2006 LA Times story describes her aggressive door-to-door strategy that returned her to office.
  • Leos is a county probation officer with deep ties to labor unions.  He’s even served on the OCEA board and the statewide probation union association.
  • Lodge is a retired Santa Ana police officer and the brother of Roger Lodge (if you don’t know Roger Lodge, here’s his Wikipedia article).  Lodge’s backers include former Mayor Curt Pringle, the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, SOAR, and the Police and Fire unions.

For those wondering, of these four, only Lodge lives in Anaheim Hills.  Leos lives in the eastern flatlands, Brandman lives in Central Anaheim, and Kring lives in West Anaheim.  Since both Sidhu and Galloway live in Anaheim Hills, the flatlands will gain 1-2 seats in this election. (Also, in all the coverage about Anaheim council residences this year, I should add Councilwoman Kris Murray lived in the flatlands when she was elected; she only moved to the Hills after the election.)

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Anaheim Chamber PAC Announces City Council Candidate Endorsements

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on August 8, 2012

This came over the wire from the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce PAC yesterday (Brandman is a Democrat on the Anaheim Union High School District Board while Lodge is a Republican who has never run for elected office)…


Anaheim Chamber Political Action Committee Endorses  
Jordan Brandman and Steve Chavez Lodge For City Council

(Anaheim, Calif. – August 7, 2012) – Today, the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (ACCPAC) announced their endorsement for Jordan Brandman and Steve Chavez Lodge for Anaheim City Council. Brandman and Chavez Lodge are running for two open City Council seats on the Nov. 6 ballot.

After interviews with many very worthy candidates, ACCPAC endorsed Brandman and Chavez Lodge based on their proven experience in helping create jobs and promoting a safe and quality environment for neighborhoods. ACCPAC believes that Brandman and Chavez Lodge will be key factors in the future economic growth of Anaheim with a major focus on job creation.

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Anaheim Union High School Fireworks

Posted by Chris Nguyen on April 27, 2012

(UPDATED at 6:31 with recap.)

Wow. The Anaheim Union trustees are in a rather contentious battle to appoint their fifth member to succeed the late Jan Harp Domene.

It takes three votes to appoint.

Jordan Brandman (D-Anaheim) nominated Greg Domene (D-Anaheim), with Anna Piercy (R-Cypress) voting for the nomination. Brian O’Neal (R-La Palma) and Katherine Smith (R-Anaheim) voted against. The Domene nomination fails on a 2-2 vote.

Brian O’Neal nominated John Alvis (R-Buena Park), with Katherine Smith voting for the nomination. Anna Piercy voted against. Jordan Brandman abstained. The Alvis nomination gets a 2-1-1 vote.

Anna Piercy nominated Annemarie Randle-Trejo (D-Anaheim), with Jordan Brandman and Brian O’Neal voting for the nomination. Katherine Smith voted against. The Randle-Trejo nomination gets a 3-1 vote.

Annemarie Randle-Trejo is appointed.

Recap: Brandman nominated Domene before any discussion. O’Neal and Smith are livid that a nomination has been made. Piercy finally seconds the motion.

Smith says she resented that Brandman made a nomination before there was any chance for discussion. She complained about misspelled applications and about an applicant who couldn’t distinguish between “there,” “their,” and “they’re” as well as “to,” “too,” and “two.”

O’Neal says there isn’t time to train someone because they need to know Robert’s Rules, the Brown Act, and No Child Left Behind. He says someone with experience is needed in these tough budget times.

Piercy implies there needs to be geographic diversity. She also says that there are many intelligent people, like engineers, who can’t spell.

Smith says she’s glad they’re able to debate in this discussion. She apologizes to Domene but argues that his qualifications did not match those of many other candidates; O’Neal concurs.

Brandman talks about his late mother and says his father carried on her legacy.

Smith and O’Neal emphasize experience over sentiment.

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OC GOP Should Intervene In Anaheim Union High School District Vacancy

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on April 19, 2012

Chris Nguyen posted about the vacancy on the Anaheim Union High School District Board earlier this week. He gave a great analysis of those who have thrown their hat into the ring for the appointment.

This is a difficult post to write, because I am very torn on the issue of making non-partisan seats partisan. In the case of the Anaheim Union High School District I am forced to take a stance on political intervention because it is a matter of protecting future partisan offices.

In cases where vacancies exist on local elected bodies such as City Council or School District it is most common to see an appointment process to fill the vacancy as opposed to special election. The Anaheim Union High School District has had a history of members running for and sometimes winning higher office:

Tom Daly- This former member of the Anaheim Union High School District went on to become Anaheim Mayor and then became Orange County Clerk Recorder. He is currently running for the 69th Assembly District.

Alexandria Coronado- This former School Board Trustee ended up winning a seat on the Orange County Board of Education and then later on ran against Loretta Sanchez for Congress unsuccessfully. Se got knocked off the County Board of Education this last June by David Boyd.

Thomas “Hoagy” Holguin- He ended up running for the City Council this past November and ended up losing and in the process lost his School Board seat as well.

Jordan Brandman- The next candidate in the cycle is Jordan Brandman who is currently running for the Anaheim City Council in what is sure to be a very interesting election.

With the history of candidates moving on to higher office it is imperative that the OC GOP intervene and make sure that a Republican be appointed to this seat. That may not sit well with a lot of people but from a Republican standpoint it makes sense.

In fact when the OC GOP has their endorsing convention one of the questions that pops up is whether or not the applicant for endorsement has endorsed any Democrats. I argue that voting to appoint a Democrat is far worse than endorsing one because an endorsement still requires the voters to approve of the candidate. An appointment requires between 3-5 votes to effectively elect somebody to the body.

Look at the story told by former CRA President Mike Spence:

He warned people to take on a candidate for Rio Hondo Community College District because she was a big threat to the Republican Party. Nobody really felt that threatened by this candidate during that election to a small College District. The candidate was Hilda Solis who went on to serve in the legislature, Congress, and then was appointed U.S. Secretary of Labor by President Obama.

Some solid Republicans applied for this seat and I hope that the 3 Republicans on the School Board will take this into consideration when filling the vacancy.

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OCEA Targeting Anaheim

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on February 2, 2012

Over the past few months, a series of mailers have been sent out to Anaheim residents attacking Councilwoman Kris Murray and promoting some type of transparency in government ordinance. It surprises me that this is the angle they are taking since Anaheim is one of the more transparent cities with a “Transparency in Government” button on the front page of their website. However, it should come as no surprise that former and future candidate for Anaheim City Council John Leos is featured on these mailers.

It has become clear that the groundwork is being set for a John Leos run for Council in 2012, not that this is any surprise. With Harry Sidhu and Lori Galloway both termed out leaving a couple of open seats, it makes it a very big election.

Current candidates (along with what they reported raising) include:

Jordan Brandman- $110,560
Brian Chuchua- $20,100
Rudy Gaona- Not Filed Yet
Lucille Kring- $0
John Leos- $0
Linda Linder $0
Steve Lodge $16,700

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