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

Posted by Chris Nguyen on September 4, 2012

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

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

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OCGOP Endorsements Being Considered Tonight

Posted by Chris Nguyen on September 4, 2012

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

More endorsements will be considered tomorrow night.

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

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

Posted in Aliso Viejo, Capistrano Unified School District, Cypress School District, Dana Point, East Orange County Water District, Fountain Valley, Fountain Valley School District, Irvine, Irvine Unified School District, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Los Alamitos, Municipal Water District of Orange County, Ocean View School District, Orange Unified School District, Republican Central Committee, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Tustin | Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Former Cypress Councilwoman’s Husband Files for Council Seat

Posted by Chris Nguyen on July 23, 2012

Lydia Sondhi

Former Cypress City Councilwoman Lydia Sondhi

Cypress City Council Candidate Jay Sondhi

Lydia Sondhi (R-Cypress) served on her City Council from 1998 until terming out in 2006.  Councilmen Phil Luebben and Todd Seymore are termed out this year, creating the first open seats on the Cypress Council since Sondhi, Frank McCoy, and Mike McGill all termed out in 2006.

Sondhi’s husband, Jay Sondhi, pulled papers for Council on the first day papers could be pulled, Monday, July 16, and then filed them on Friday, July 20.

The Law Offices of Jay Sondhi are located in Cypress. Sondhi graduated from the University of Missouri Law School and was admitted to the California Bar in 1986.  He was a corporate attorney who spent two decades in insurance.  He’s now a legal consultant for insurance companies.  Sondhi is a Cypress Chamber Board Member, the Treasurer of the Cypress Police Foundation, the President-Elect of the Cypress Kiwanis, and a former President of the Cypress Boys & Girls Club.

Lydia Sondhi was Mayor Pro Tem of Cypress in 2001 and Mayor in both 2002 and 2006.  (She was on the Cypress Council during the City’s effort to seize land owned by Cottonwood Church to give to Costco, but she did not vote on the issue due to a conflict of interest from her home’s proximity to the land in question.)  She came in third out of ten candidates for three council seats when Frank McCoy, Mike McGill, and she all won their first council terms in 1998 (future Councilman Todd Seymore came in ninth out of ten).  She came in third out of eight candidates for three council seats when McGill, McCoy, and she were all re-elected in 2002.  She has been a Professor of Consumer Affairs at California State University Long Beach since 1986 and previously served on the executive board of the California Faculty Association, the CSU professors’ union.

It looks like Sondhi will be downplaying his wife’s prior council tenure during the campaign, as the press release announcing his candidacy only made this brief half-sentence mention of his wife: “Jay Sondhi is married to Lydia Sondhi and has lived in Cypress for 26 years.”

Sondhi likely realizes Orange Countians aren’t exactly keen about electing spouses of living elected officials:

  • In 2010, Sandra Crandall didn’t even mention her husband’s name in her campaign biography in her successful bid for the Fountain Valley School Board.  Her husband, Larry, has been on the Fountain Valley City Council since 1998 and was on the school board from 1990-1998.
  • In 2009, Linda Ackerman made an unsuccessful bid for the State Assembly.  The press coverage of that race repeatedly mentioned her husband, former Senate Republican Leader Dick Ackerman.
  • In 2006, Dianne Harman made an unsuccessful bid for the State Assembly.  The press coverage of that race repeatedly mentioned that the incumbent, Tom Harman, was her husband.
  • In 2004, Gayle Pacheco made an unsuccessful bid for the State Assembly.  Bob Huff came in first in all three counties but Pacheco came in third in Orange County while coming in second in both Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties.  (Villa Park Councilman Bill MacAloney came in second in Orange County and third in the other two.)  Her campaign’s press releases repeatedly mentioned that the incumbent, Bob Pacheco, was her husband.
  • In 1980, Beverly Nestande made an unsuccessful bid for the State Assembly seat vacated by her husband, Bruce, when he won a seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors.

(Widows and widowers are rarely tested, as relatively few Orange County officials have died in office in seats where special elections were held to fill the vacancies; OC’s dead elected officials have generally held offices where vacancies are filled by appointment.)

While a number of political spouses have been successful in California politics (George and Sharon Runner, Tony and Audra Strickland, Judy Chu and Mike Eng, and Ted and Beth Gaines), few have been successful in Orange County.

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Fountain Valley Councilmember Pulls Papers To Run Against Incumbent

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on July 17, 2012

In a bit of a surprise yesterday Fountain Valley Councilmember Larry Crandall pulled papers yesterday to run for the Municipal Water District of Orange County, Division 3 against appointed incumbent Wayne Osborn. The seat was vacated by Ed Royce Sr. former Stanton City Councilmember and father of Congressman Ed Royce. In March Osborn was appointed to fill the vacancy and it should be noted that he has also pulled papers to run.

Not to confuse our readers but it is important to clarify that this is the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) which is different from the Orange County Water District (OCWD). For those of you that were wondering Boardmembers in MWDOC are:

Division 1- Brett Barbre
Division 2- Larry Dick
Division 3- Wayne Osborn
Division 4- Joan Finnegan
Division 5- Wayne Clark
Division 6- Jeffrey Thomas
Division 7- Susan Hinman

Boardmembers on the OCWD are:

Area 1- Kathryn Barr
Area 2- Denis Bilodeau
Area 3- Roger Yoh
Area 4- Philip Anthony
Area 5- Steve Sheldon
Area 6- Cathy Green
Area 7- Shawn Dewane
Area 8- Claudia Alvarez (Appointed Santa Ana Seat)
Area 9- Harry Sidhu (Appointed Anaheim Seat)
Area 10- Don Bankhead (Appointed Fullerton Seat)

This will be an interesting race because although incumbency is a powerful tool being a Councilmember is also a very strong position to be coming from for any seat. Larry Crandall won’t necessarily return his papers though as often officeholders will pull papers as a way to scare others out of a race i order to clear the field for someone who they are supporting.

Many people who are in Republican Party circles know Larry Crandall in his capacity as a Councilmember in Fountain Valley and his work with OC Supervisor John Moorlach. It appears that if he goes through with this run that he will be giving up his City Council seat to do so, unless he decides to run for both (Never a good idea).

Not as many insiders are as familiar with Wayne Osborn who is also a Fountain Valley Republican. Chris Nguyen will be displeased to learn that his Bachelors is from UC Berkeley but that may be offset by the fact that his Masters is from USC. Here is his full bio from the MWDOC website:

Wayne Osborne was appointed to the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) Board of Directors in March 2012. He represents Division 3, which includes the areas of Cypress, Fountain Valley, Los Alamitos, Stanton, Westminster, the western portion of Garden Grove, and nearby portions of unincorporated Orange County.

Director Osborne has a long history of commitment to the water industry.  He worked for the City of Fountain Valley for 33 years as the Director of Public Works and City Engineer.  During that time, he developed the City’s water supply master plan, implemented long-term capital improvement programs for water supply, and oversaw the maintenance of all public works facilities, including water and wastewater systems. He was also instrumental in obtaining grant funding for construction of two wells and other key water infrastructure.

Director Osborne is a member of several water industry organizations, including the American Water Works Association and the Orange County Water Association, of which he is a Past President.  He is also an active member of professional organizations, including the American Public Works Association and the Orange County City Engineers’ Association, of which he is also a Past President.

Director Osborne received his Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and his Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Southern California. A longtime resident of Fountain Valley, he is married to his wife Mary and they have four children.
This division appears to cover Westminster, Los Alamitos, Garden Grove (portion), and Fountain Valley. With these 2 candidates potentially splitting the Fountain Valley vote and the incumbent vote it will be interesting to see if somebody from Westminster (the largest city in the division).

We still have a few weeks left in filing and many of the questions we still have should be answered by August 10th when filing closes.

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