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BREAKING: Charges Against Scott Hounsell dropped

Posted by Allen Wilson on May 14, 2014

We reported on August 2, 2013 regarding former Executive Director of Los Angeles County GOP was arrested due to sending text messages to a minor.

Today, all charges against Scott Hounsell were dropped and dismissed due to lack of evidence and no witnesses or cooperation from the alleged victim.

Hounsell made his feelings known regarding the matter via his Facebook post:


The story is developing and we will keep OC Political readers updated as the news becomes available.

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RPLAC stands with Huy Fong Foods and Sriracha Sauce

Posted by Allen Wilson on April 19, 2014


On Wednesday, April 23, 2014, the Irwindale City Council will consider Resolution #2014-14-2674 that would declare Huy Fong Foods popular maker of Sriracha sauce a public nuisance and a breach of conditions, convenants and restrictions.

RPLAC Vice Chairman Art Alas, GOP Candidate for Congress 32nd CD (Baldwin Park – La Verne), recently toured the facility and stated that the company is not causing any smell or nuisance.

Mr. Alas expressed appreciation for the business and their economic contribution to the San Gabriel Valley and beyond.

Today, the Republican Party of Los Angeles County unanimously passed resolution supporting Sriracha sauce company and strongly opposes City of Irwindale efforts to make business life difficult for Huy Fong Foods:

Be it resolved that the Republican Party of Los Angeles County urges the City Council of Irwindale to take such actions as necessary to keep Huy Fong Foods in Los Angeles County and,

Therefore, be it resolved this 19th Day of April, 2014 that the Republican Party stands with Sriracha and supports Huy Fong Foods as it continues to grow, create jobs and to bolster the local economy.

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RPLAC Endorsement Consideration: No on LA County Sheriff

Posted by Allen Wilson on April 8, 2014


On April 19, 2014, the Republican Party of Los Angeles County (RPLAC) will take up slate of endorsements for consideration in the local and county contests such as County Supervisor, Superior Court Judges and Los Angeles County Sheriff.

The contest for Sheriff is highly contested due to the departure of Lee Baca has attracted 7 candidates:  Detective Supervisor Lou Vince, Assistant Sheriff/Lakewood Councilman Todd Rogers,  Retired Sheriff Lt. Patrick Gomez, Retired Sheriff Commander Bob Olmsted, Long Beach Police Chief Jim McDonnell, Retired Undersheriff/Gardena Mayor Paul Tanaka, and Assistant Sheriff James Hellmold.

Tanaka is the lone Republican running for County Sheriff is seeking RPLAC’s endorsement.

Judi Neal, RPLAC Member from the 41st Assembly District (Claremont-Pasadena), made an appeal via e-mail to RPLAC Members to block such endorsement in light of recent scandals that has snared the LASD:

To the Members of RPLAC,

I am writing to each of you regarding the Republican candidate running for Sheriff of Los Angeles County.  Paul Tanaka is the only “registered” Republican running for Sheriff and it may be that he will automatically be endorsed by RPLAC on April 19th, however, given that he is part of a three year investigation by the FBI and that the DOJ is opening their own investigation into alleged allegations an endorsement at this time may not be in the best interest of the Republican Party.

Adhering to full disclosure, I must advise that my father, a retired Commander with the Sheriff’s Dept. questioned the integrity of both Lee Baca and Paul Tanaka.  He was very concerned with the path he saw the Dept. taking under their direction and control.  At a recent Meet & Greet Paul Tanaka was asked about his Viking tattoo.  He will tell you that it’s “just a mascot”, that would be an understatement.  Deputies out of numerous stations have a reputation of playing fast and loose with the enforcement of the law.   Getting the tattoo showed they were part of the Deputies inner circle.

Our by-laws prohibit us from endorsing anyone other than Republicans; however, they don’t say we have to endorse the wrong candidate just because they have an “R” after their name.  In the case of Paul Tanaka, I believe it would suit us to withhold any endorsement until the remainder of the indictments are announced.  In other words, the person we endorse should have no encumbrances or hint of scandal that would embarrass and weaken the party.  We do not need public fallout as we are trying so diligently to rebuild and restore the Republican franchise.  Therefore, I am asking that we invoke Item 12, from the RPLAC Endorsing Rules and Procedures and that as many members as we can get to stand with me at the meeting on April 19th and block this endorsement.

Item 12 states “All Republican candidates who have requested a party endorsement, and who are running in races where there is no other Republican candidate, will be automatically endorsed, except in the situation where two or more members request the County Party to withhold such automatic endorsement and hold a vote for that Candidate.  In such an instance, a vote to endorse will be held for that candidate, who must receive a 2/3 vote of the membership.”

Los Angeles Magazine has written the most accurate account of the actions leading up to the recent indictments and those yet to come.  There are four segments so please read them all. Also see The Citizen Commission of Jail Violence.  Please note this is my opinion and in no way reflects the opinions of anyone else associated with RPLAC. 

Respectfully Submitted,

Judi Neal

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RPLAC Censure Proposal on Thomas Hanson

Posted by Allen Wilson on September 15, 2013


The Republican Party of Los Angeles County (RPLAC) is considering a motion to censure the one of it’s members, Thomas Hanson, at the regularly scheduled meeting on Saturday, September 21st, 2013.

Thomas Hanson is the Chairman of the 45th Assembly District Republican Central Committee (ADRCC).

On July 20th, 2013, RPLAC took up the endorsement for one of three Republican candidates running for the Special Election slated for September 17th, but none of the candidates failed to garner the necessary 2/3rds votes required for such endorsement.  The highest vote getter of the endorsement was Chris Kolski  who was shy of one vote.  The other candidates are Armineh Chelebian and Susan Shelley.

Then, July 24th, 2013, Mr. Hanson submitted a very misleading letter to Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters (ROV), Dean Logan, by using RPLAC logo with the following verbiage:

“This is to advise you and confirm a party endorsement of a Republican candidate for the special election to be held on September 17, 2013 to fill the current vacancy of the 45th Assembly District in the California Legislature”

Mr. Hanson efforts was an attempt to deceive the ROV by giving the implication that the endorsement was approved by RPLAC, which it was not the case.

The Los Angeles County ROV was prepared to submit sample ballots indicating that Chris Kolski has been endorsed by the Republican Party of Los Angeles County.

The RPLAC Chairman Mark Vafiades learned of this and immediately notified the ROV that Mr. Kolski has NOT been endorsed by RPLAC, which the sample ballots were immediately destroyed and re-printed at considerable amount of money at taxpayers expense.

The integrity of Mr. Hanson, the 45th ADRCC and Mr. Kolski hangs in the balance as they attempted to manipulate the elections through deception to the Republican voters in the 45th AD.

This is the third proposal to formally censure a central committee member in six years.

In 2007, Michael Jackson, the 2006 GOP Assembly Nominee in the 54th AD was formally censured for “disrupting RPLAC meetings”, which Mr. Jackson was a thorn to then-RPLAC Chairman Linda Boyd and the Executive Board.

In 2010, a motion to censure Robert Vaughn, the 2010 GOP Nominee for Congress in the 38th CD, failed to gain traction beyond the RPLAC’s Rules and By-Laws Committee.

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RIP Jane Barnett Former RPLAC Chairman

Posted by Allen Wilson on August 8, 2013

OC Political received this sad message regarding the passing of Jane Barnett from RPLAC (Republican Party of Los Angeles County) Chairman Mark Vafiades:


It is with great sadness that we report that former Chairman of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County, Jane Barnett, passed away this morning at approximately 8:00am

Jane Barnett had an extensive political career. She was, most recently, the Chairman of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County from 2009 – 2011.

Prior to that she was a candidate for the 43rd Assembly District in Los Angeles County and she was chair of the 43rd Assembly District Republican Central Committee.

She also served as the First Vice President of the Glendale-Burbank Republican Club and was a member of several Republican Women Federated clubs.

Jane was a lecturer/faculty member of the Leadership Institute in Washington, DC from 2001-2003, when she was living in Virginia. She was Director of Donor Affairs for Oliver North’s Freedom Alliance from 2003 -2006. She was Event Coordinator and Fundraiser for Ken Blackwell’s Center for New Black Leadership during 2003, and during that same year served as Director of Donor Relations for GOPAC.

Jane has worked for several elected officials, including California State Assemblyman James Rogan, for whom she served as Administrative Assistant, California State Assemblyman Pat Nolan and California State Senator Tim Leslie.

Jane is survived by her husband, Lou, and seven children.

Jane was a powerful presence in the Republican Party of Los Angeles County. We will miss her.

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Former Executive Director of Los Angeles County GOP arrested

Posted by Allen Wilson on August 2, 2013

ScottHounsellThe Diamond Bar-Walnut Patch and KPCC are reporting that former Executive Director of the Republican Party of Los Angeles County (RPLAC) has been arrested for sending text messages to a minor.

Scott Hounsell has served as Executive Director for RPLAC for six months of 2013 until his departure on June 15th is allegedly sending sexually text messages to a minor will be charged with two counts of misdemeanors according to KPCC.

Hounsell has previously served for former Assemblyman Cameron Smyth (R-Santa Clarita) as a Field Representative and Internship Coordinator.

The story is developing and we will keep OC Political readers updated as the news becomes available.

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