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AD-55 Watch: Crime Victims United Endorses Phillip Chen for Assembly

Posted by Allen Wilson on April 21, 2014

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We received this press release from the Phillip Chen for State Assembly campaign:

Crime Victims United of California (CVUC), the state’s leading crime victim advocacy group, has endorsed Republican Phillip Chen in the race for the 55th Assembly District.

 

“As a Reserve Deputy Sheriff, Phillip Chen is part of the public safety community. He is dedicated to protecting our neighborhoods and schools and to standing up for the rights of crime victims,” said CVUC President Harriet Salarno. “We are proud to join with Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos, former L.A. County District Attorney Steve Cooley and others in our law enforcement community in endorsing Phillip Chen to be the next Assemblyman from the 55th district.”

 

Phillip Chen is a local Republican leader, small business owner, elected school board member, and reserve deputy sheriff. He recently received his doctorate degree from the University of Southern California.

 

Phillip is running in the 55th Assembly district with the support of incumbent Republican Assemblyman Curt Hagman.

 

Crime Victims United of California is comprised of two distinct, yet complementary groups — a legislative advocacy arm that works to strengthen victims’ rights laws and a political action committee that lends its endorsement and financial backing to pro-victim candidates.

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Phillip Chen Not Truthful with O.C. Register

Posted by OC Insider on April 12, 2014

AD 55 Candidates Phillip Chen and Ling-Ling Chang

AD 55 Candidates Phillip Chen and Ling-Ling Chang

When Phil Chen was asked why he claimed his occupation was “Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff” when he was really a county health care employee, Phil told the O.C. Register he served as a reserve for 20 hours a month.

Chen told the newspaper that he’s served “about 20 hours a month in the job since 2007” and “makes no apologies for the representation.”

Yet since 2010, Chen has averaged 2.1 hours a week – not the 20 hours/month he falsely claimed.

Los Angeles County records show that the only time Chen has been seen in uniform in 2014 is in his campaign literature. In fact, since 2010, there have been 30 individual months where he did not show up even once.

Phillip Chen chose to answer a question about him making a false claim about his occupation by making a false claim about what he did as a reserve.

Count on him to follow-up with another false claim about Ling-Ling Chang!

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AD-55 Watch: Hugh Nguyen endorses Phillip Chen

Posted by Allen Wilson on April 10, 2014

We just received this press release from Phillip Chen for Assembly Campaign that popular Orange County Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen endorses Chen for Assembly:

Orange County Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen Endorses Chen for Assembly

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Today Phillip Chen announced the endorsement of another high ranking Orange County Republican elected official. Phillip announced Orange County Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen’s support in his campaign for State Assembly. Phillip continues to build on his momentum in the campaign for the 55th Assembly District.

Hugh Nguyen cited Chen’s commitment to reforming state tax and business policies as reason for support. “In the Assembly Phillip Chen will protect taxpayers, reform government, and work to cut through the red tape that holds back small businesses in our area. That’s why I’m supporting him.”

Nguyen joins a list of Orange County local leaders and elected officials that already includes Sheriff Sandra Hutchens, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, Supervisor Shawn Nelson and Assemblymembers Diane Harkey and Travis Allen.

Phillip Chen is a Republican, small business owner, educator and reserve deputy sheriff. The 55th Assembly District is split between Orange, San Bernardino and Los Angeles Counties.

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Phillip Chen Intentionally Deceived Voters About His Occupation

Posted by OC Insider on April 7, 2014

In 2011, when Phillip Chen ran for the Walnut Valley Unified school board he listed his occupation as “Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff.”

The problem is Chen was a full-time Los Angeles County employee at the time he made his false claims – not a full-time cop.

AD 55 Candidates Phillip Chen and Ling-Ling Chang

AD 55 Candidates Phillip Chen and Ling-Ling Chang

Yes, Mr. Chen is a reserve officer who makes $1/year for his services, but he has never been a LA Deputy Sheriff. No amount of training or volunteer work changes the fact that Chen intentionally deceived voters about his occupation and tried to conceal the fact that he was a county health care employee from them.

Apparently embarrassed by his true occupation, Chen is now campaigning for State Assembly as a “small business owner” – despite the fact that he remains a well-paid L.A. county health care employee.

During his school board campaign, Phillip Chen also claims he was a faculty member at Cal-State Fullerton for six years and that he started teaching there in 2000. But, Chen didn’t graduate until 2002 – after he claims he was on the faculty!

Unfortunately for Chen, Cal-State Fullerton verifies that Chen only taught there from August 18, 2005 – June 2, 2006 and again from August 17, 2007 until January 2, of 2008. 13 months of teaching does not equal the six years Chen claims to have taught at Cal-State Fullerton.

One would think professor Chen was teaching high-level academic classes during his disputed “tenure” at Cal-State Fullerton. But, an internet service called “Rate My Professors” gives Phil high marks for teaching Wushu (martial arts) at Cal-State Fullerton to “hot students.”

Voters might have looked at his experience in a different light had they known “professor” Chen’s job was working up a sweat in the college gym with coeds.

Finally, Phillip claims he was “appointed by Governor Pete Wilson to serve for the Governor’s Office of Criminal Justice Planning, where he worked on legislation involving foster care, gang prevention, drug awareness, mental health, and Planned Parenthood.”

Given the fact that Phillip Chen duped voters into electing him to the school board by making false claims, one has to wonder about whether Pete Wilson really entrusted a 20-year-old to do all that.

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Ling-Ling Endorsed by the San Bernardino County GOP

Posted by OC Insider on April 2, 2014

Since I’m tired of seeing Allen Wilson’s overtly one-sided bias against Ling-Ling Chang…

imageLing-Ling Chang has amassed more endorsements from public officials and political organizations than her top two opponents combined.

In this hotly contested race, she’s gotten the support of Congressman Ed Royce and Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, whose districts both cover the entirety of the 55th District which Ling is running in. She’s also been endorsed by Congressman Paul Cook, Board of Equalization Member Michelle Steel, Senator Mimi Walters, LA County Supervisors Mike Antonovich and Don Knabe, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rauckauckas, San Bernardino County Supervisors Janice Rutherford and Gary Ovitt, and most recently, she announced that she earned the support of the San Bernardino County Republican Party (see below).

This came today:

http://www.ling4assembly.com/sbgop

 

Ling-Ling Endorsed by the San Bernardino County GOP

For Immediate Release March 28, 2014

Diamond Bar City Councilwoman and candidate for the state Assembly Ling-Ling Chang built on her continued momentum by receiving the endorsement of the San Bernardino County Republican Party last night.

“I’m grateful for the support of the San Bernardino County Republican Party,” said Chang. She added, “Californians can count on me to work hard to cut government waste and fight taxes in the Assembly and to put the ‘free’ back in free enterprise.”

“Ling-Ling Chang has proven an incredible commitment to helping the private sector grow our economy,” said County Supervisor Gary Ovitt, who is a past San Bernardino County Republican Party Chairman. “Republicans can be confident that she will continue to fight for small businesses by getting government out of their way in the Assembly,” he added.

In addition to the San Bernardino County Republican Party, Chang has earned the endorsements of Congressman Ed Royce, Congressman Paul Cook, state Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff, San Bernardino County Supervisor Janice Rutherford and Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. Chang has also received the strong support of the Orange County Young Republicans, Inland Valley Young Republicans, San Bernardino County Young Republicans as well as Senators Mimi Walters and Tom Berryhill, and Assemblymembers Diane Harkey and Don Wagner.

Ling-Ling Chang has been twice elected to the Diamond Bar City Council and served as Mayor in 2011-2012; she previously served as an elected member of the Walnut Valley Water District’s Board of Directors, including a term as Board President. Councilwoman Chang has focused on job creation and economic development, fighting tax increases and helping private enterprise through removing regulatory burdens. Chang, who also served as President and CEO of the Youth Science Center, was previously honored as “Woman of the Year” by the California State Assembly. Her husband, Andrew, is an accomplished attorney and active community leader.

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Ling-Ling Chang for Assembly 2014
http://www.ling4assembly.com/

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AD-55 Watch: First Campaign Commercial by Assembly Candidate Phillip Chen

Posted by Allen Wilson on March 25, 2014

Assembly Candidate Phillip Chen is the first out of the gate by broadcasting campaign commercial on YouTube entitled “Reagan Country”:

Script:

Announcer: California is Reagan Country. A group Ronald Reagan called “The Conscience of the Republican Party” has endorsed one candidate for Assembly: Phillip Chen.

Chen: I am Phillip Chen, like President Reagan, I believe in America is a land of opportunities and for those willing to dream to work.

But, in California those dreams are being crushed by higher taxes and regulations.

As your Assemblyman, I will fight to rein in government, protect Proposition 13 and bring jobs and opportunities back to California.

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Petrilla Named Most Recent Pathfinder Candidate By California Trailblazers: Joins 5 Other OC Candidates

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on March 24, 2014

I have been meaning to write about this for a while but got behind with a ton of work that had piled up on my desk.

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Orange County has a number of candidates that have advanced to ‘Pathfinder’ status by the California Trailblazers. Jesse Petrilla (AD 73) joins Janet Nguyen (SD 34), Pat Bates (SD 36), Ling-Ling Chang (AD 55), Phillip Chen (AD 55), and Young Kim (AD 65).

In order to explain a bit more about how the California Trailblazers program works, here is an excerpt from a press release that they issued:

California Trailblazers Announces Four ‘Pathfinder’ Candidates
http://www.catrailblazers.com/news/40/15/California-Trailblazers-Announces-Four-Pathfinder-Candidates/

Senate and Assembly candidates surpass rigorous campaign goals and earn distinction

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California Trailblazers today announced another round of Republican candidates who have advanced to ‘Pathfinder’ status, the first level in the program’s three-tier structure. The Trailblazers program is off to a strong start with a majority of state Assembly and Senate candidates enrolled in the program. With today’s announcement, 13 candidates have reached ‘Pathfinder’ status. The Trailblazers program successfully helps candidates strengthen their campaigns by providing resources, training opportunities and practical skills so they are equipped to build and run winning campaigns.

“To renew and rebuild the Republican Party, we need to help develop quality Republican candidates who represent their districts’ values and are well-positioned to connect and engage with voters. Our goal is to elevate candidates and strengthen their campaigns by encouraging them to achieve specific benchmarks throughout the campaign cycle,” said California Trailblazers CEO Jessica Patterson. “Candidates move up the ranks as they reach aggressive benchmarks and develop a strong campaign infrastructure.” Re: CA Trailblazers Announce Petrilla as ‘Pathfinder’ Candidate Page 1 of 3

The three-tier structure encourages candidates to advance through the levels of ‘Pathfinder,’ ‘Rising Star’ and ‘Trailblazer’ by providing tools and resources for candidates to develop successful campaigns.

California Trailblazers distinguishes candidates as ‘Pathfinders’ once they’ve established the foundation for a robust and winning campaign. ‘Pathfinder’ candidates have raised more than $100,000 in campaign contributions, identified local volunteers and precinct captains and created a substantial online presence through a dynamic website and active social media effort.

This is big news for Petrilla who is likely fending off CUSD Trustee Anna Bryson to advance to the November General Election. Petrilla is already the leading fundraiser in AD 73 and has always been known for having a large amount of grassroots supporters. A combination of his being named a ‘Pathfinder’, raising the most money, having a strong grassroots network, and his military background are leading me to believe that he will be tough to beat in June.

Petrilla finished in first place in the 2010 Rancho Santa Margarita City Council race (impressively finishing ahead of 2 incumbents):

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA Member, City Council                                   
Number To Vote For: 3
Completed Precincts: 31 of 31
                 Vote Count                 Percentage                
JESSE PETRILLA 7,396 22.9%
STEVEN BARIC 6,915 21.4%
* GARY THOMPSON 6,843 21.2%
* NEIL C. BLAIS 6,823 21.1%
LAWRENCE (LARRY) MCCOOK 4,326 13.4%

* Indicates Incumbent Candidate, if any

Ironically, I believe that Wendy Gabriella will come in first in June due to the Republican vote being split amongst four candidates. Whoever emerges from this brutal primary will likely coast in the November election against Wendy Gabriella.

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Secretary of State Determines Primary Election Alphabet

Posted by Chris Nguyen on March 19, 2014

Photo Courtesy of OC Political Friend Alex Vassar, Publisher of JoinCalifornia.com and OneVoter.org, who attended the Secretary of State’s lottery in person.

I’ve had several people ask me what the candidate order for the June ballot will be.

California law requires a lottery to determine the order of candidates on the ballot.  Why does this law exist?  Studies of the primacy effect showed the candidate at the top of the ballot gains as much as a 5% increase in votes.  Consequently, in 1975, California legislators adopted a law mandating an end to the alphabetical listing of candidates (likely to the chagrin of Sam Aanestad and Dick Ackerman but the joy of Mary Young and Ed Zschau) and requiring a lottery before each election.

The Secretary of State’s candidate order lottery has determined the alphabet for the June primary to be ROYWBMCKVTFUQPIHDAJNEXGSZL.

Nowhere was the result more dramatic than the 48th Congressional District. In all of Orange County, the candidate who came in absolutely last was Wendy Brooks Leece (R), who is challenging Dana Rohrabacher‘s (R) bid for re-election. Coincidentally, the candidate who came in first among all Orange County candidates was none other than Rohrabacher.

For multicounty Congressional seats, statewide seats, and Board of Equalization, they will rotate in each Assembly District.

Ed Royce (R) would have come in ahead of Rohrabacher if it weren’t for the fact that Royce’s multi-county district doesn’t get to use the Secretary of State’s drawing, instead using the Assembly District rotation.  Since Royce has only one opponent, Peter O. Anderson (D), the two of them will flip-flop throughout the Assembly Districts of the 39th Congressional District.

For multicounty state legislative seats, the Registrar of Voters in each County does another lottery. The candidate order lottery for the Orange County portions has determined the alphabet to be FQMTPUSZJRIBOVCAEKNYWXHLDG.

In the 55th Assembly District, Gregg Fritchle (D) is first (with F being the first overall letter), followed by Steve Tye (R), Ling-Ling Chang (R), and Phillip Chen (R).  No alphabet sequence was closer than Chang and Chen.  Where C and H drew was irrelevant for Chang and Chen; it was where A and E finished that matters.  This was a photo finish: A was the 16th letter drawn while E was the 17th letter.  Chang and Chen also possess the two largest warchests of anyone running for the Assembly in Orange County (incumbents included).  AD-55 has all the makings of a highly competitive race, and it’s almost like the candidate order lottery reflects that (though obviously the candidate order lottery’s results are just a coincidence).

On a side note, you would think that with electronic voting now, the names could be randomized for every poll voter (obviously, we’d still need the lottery for absentee voters).

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AD-55 Watch: CRA Endorses Phillip Chen for State Assembly

Posted by Allen Wilson on March 2, 2014

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AD 55 Candidates Phillip Chen and Ling-Ling Chang

AD 55 Candidates Phillip Chen and Ling-Ling Chang

The California Republican Assembly (CRA) held their convention this weekend at Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel in Buena Park with the theme “Expect the Impossible!”  The organization with numerous of local units up and down the state is known as “The conscience of the Republican Party”.

Yesterday, my colleague Chris Nguyen did an excellent reporting on the CRA’s endorsements in various contests in Orange County:  “Live from CRA Endorsing Convention” and “CRA Recap:  Bates, Ming Unanimously Endorsed;  Steel, Brough, Harper Endorsed; CD-45 Deadlock“.

The AD-55 contest took three rounds as delegates considered between trio candidates:  Walnut-Valley School Board Trustee Phillip Chen, Diamond Bar Councilmembers Steve Tye and Ling-Ling Chang.

Ling-Ling Chang was knocked out in the first round.  Then, it boiled down two more rounds between Phillip Chen and Steve Tye.

Phillip Chen won the necessary 2/3rds endorsement in the third round over Steve Tye by a vote of 29-14.

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AD-55: Craig Young Drops Out

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on February 18, 2014

This afternoon, Yorba Linda Mayor Craig Young publicly announced that he was dropping out of the 55th Assembly District race. With Young’s exit, there remain three candidates left in the AD-55 race: Walnut Valley Unified School District Trustee Phillip Chen, Diamond Bar City Councilwoman Ling-Ling Chang, and Diamond Bar Mayor Pro Tem Steve Tye. Here’s the announcement Young sent out:

Today, I am stepping away from my State Assembly race to focus 100% of available energy and attention on defeating the special interests working against Yorba Linda taxpayers.

When I decided to run to succeed Curt Hagman in the State Assembly, it was to pick up where he will leave off fighting against the out-of-control state mandates and reckless spending in Sacramento.  My desire is to stop policies like the early release of hardened criminals into our communities, to protect our property rights, and to stop the practice of raising taxes rather than making tough decisions.

However, narrow special interests right here in Yorba Linda are working aggressively to undue the progress we’ve made moving our city forward – and they’re doing this at great risk and expense to our taxpayers.

Two years ago, Mayor Pro Tem Gene Hernandez, Tom Lindsey and I campaigned against a council that refused to put our community ahead of their own agendas. Fortunately, working together, we have made tremendous progress in getting the city back on track:

  1. Town Center is now taking significant steps forward,
  2. Crippling debt has been paid off saving Yorba Linda millions in non-budgeted deficit spending,
  3. And for the first time your City Council is actively addressing the substantial unfunded pension, health and capital liabilities that will handicap our future.

This is great progress and I am very proud to have been a part of the accomplishments.  In fact I have never been more optimistic and energized about our future as long as we stay this course.

While I feel there is much good I can do in Sacramento, I refuse to pursue that good at the expense of our progress here in Yorba Linda. My first commitment is to our community as an elected leader.

Therefore, I am stepping away from the State Assembly race and focusing my entire attention on assuring Yorba Linda defeats the abusive recall and re-elects Tom Lindsey and another fiscally conservative councilmember this November.

The State still needs fixing. Government is too big, too controlling, and way too expensive. However, there are now three candidates vying for the State seat and I have become convinced that within this full slate there is a candidate who will represent our conservative interests.
But rest assured, while I am focused on making certain Yorba Linda is on sound footing, I will not lose sight of holding accountable those in Sacramento who are charged to represent us.

I have been humbled by the support of so many people in Yorba Linda and throughout the area.  There will be other opportunities for me to serve in different capacities, but at this time, my responsibilities as mayor takes top priority.

Thank you for your support and thank you to all who continue to stand with me in protecting the rights, pocket books and quality of life of Yorba Linda residents.

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