Posts Tagged ‘Robert Ming’
Posted by Chris Nguyen on January 26, 2016
Orange County Board of Education President Robert M. Hammond is kicking off his re-election on Thursday at 6:00 PM at the Bluewater Grill in Tustin.
Hammond may well be the first person ever whose endorsements include both former Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante (D) and current State Senator John Moorlach (R). Moorlach’s challenger for re-election to the Senate, Assemblyman Don Wagner (R), has also endorsed Hammond.
Besides Lieutenant Governor Bustamante, Hammond’s endorsements also include the majority of Orange County’s State Senate delegation, State Assembly delegation, Board of Supervisors, and Countywide officeholders.
(In the interest of full disclosure, the consulting firm that owns OC Political ran Hammond’s successful 2012 bid for County Board of Education and is running his 2016 re-election bid.)
Posted in Orange County Board of Education | Tagged: Andrew Do, Bob Huff, Ceci Iglesias, Cecilia "Ceci" Iglesias, Cecilia Iglesias, Claude Parrish, Cruz Bustamante, Don Wagner, Eric Woolery, Gloria Romero, hugh nguyen, Janet Nguyen, Jeff Lalloway, Jeffery Lalloway, John Moorlach, Ken Williams, Linda Lindholm, Ling-Ling Chang, Mark McCurdy, Matt Harper, Matthew Harper, Michelle Steel, Mike Munzing, Phil Yarbrough, Robert Hammond, Robert Ming, Shari Freidenrich, Todd Spitzer, Tony Rackauckas, Travis Allen, Young Kim | 1 Comment »
Posted by Greg Woodard on October 23, 2014
Robert Ming and Lisa Bartlett, both Republicans, emerged from the June open primary as the top-two vote getters for the Orange County Board of Supervisors race in the Fifth District. Ming (who I am supporting) and Bartlett will face off on November 4 for the privilege of representing most of south Orange County on the Board. I have known Ming for several years, and I can attest to his conservative credentials, and his character as a man. I do not know Bartlett, so I can only form an opinion based on her actions on the campaign trail, and, in my opinion, they do not reflect well on her.
In June, Bartlett issued a press release called “Ming’s Dings” that was an attack on Ming and his supposed policies “dinging the taxpayer.” However, as I previously reported, the release was riddled with false facts and errors. Despite being called out on those false assertions, I have not seen any retraction from Bartlett. In addition, while that first installment of “Ming’s Dings” promised subsequent regular reports of how Ming was supposedly dinging the taxpayer, I have not seen another installment. Apparently, Bartlett could only muster that one attack on Ming’s policies, and even that attack contained false facts.
On September 2, Bartlett issued a press release, again using false facts to erroneously claim that she was fundraising at a 2-1 clip against Ming. In fact, the true fundraising numbers showed a small difference between the two.
I know that candidates often embellish their mailers and take liberties with the way they portray their opponents. But what should not be tolerated is outright lies, and Bartlett has twice shown that she apparently cares more about smearing Ming than getting the facts right.
Equally troubling is that the public employee unions seem to be spending a lot of time and effort on Bartlett. I recently received a mailer from a local PAC in support of Bartlett that smeared Ming with the same false facts that Bartlett used in her “Ming’s Dings” hit piece. The PAC has received $18,000 from the Orange County Employees Association and the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association, both public employee unions. I reached out to Bartlett’s campaign for comment on whether her campaign had coordinated with the PAC on the mailer, or provided the PAC with the erroneous information, but she did not respond.
I recently learned that another public employee union, the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs has endorsed Bartlett.
As a conservative, all the union money and the endorsement thrown at Bartlett concern me. Public employee salaries and benefits are a huge County expenditure, and the unfunded pension liability threatens not only the current financial stability of Orange County, but also the future for my kids. Ming has a plan to reduce the unfunded liability by benchmarking public employee salaries to those earned in the private sector. Ming also is an advocate of transparency in the labor negotiation process. Ming also wants to solicit private-sector bids for services that are not core government functions.
Bartlett claims to be concerned with government spending, but her campaign website is short on any specifics about crushing salary and pension debt. Maybe that is why the Orange County Register recently endorsed Ming over Bartlett, stating “we found many of [Bartlett’s] responses to our questions more vague.”
The Register feels that Ming’s knowledge of fiscal management makes him the best-suited to the Board, and I would encourage the readers to vote for Ming in November.
Posted in 5th Supervisorial District, Orange County Board of Supervisors | Tagged: AOCDS, Fifth District, Lisa Bartlett, OCEA, Orange County Board of Supervisors, Robert Ming, unions | 39 Comments »
Posted by Craig P. Alexander on October 21, 2014
There are a lot of reasons I have been supporting Robert Ming to be our next Supervisor from the 5th District of Orange County. Robert is a true leader that has proven himself in both the private sector and the public sector (as an eight year member of Laguna Niguel’s City Council – being its Mayor twice).
The Flashreport has just published an article by Robert about the new statewide plastic bag ban. I will not re-print the entire article here, just the first paragraph with a link so the reader can go over to the Flashreport and review the entire article.
“Governor Brown just made single-use plastic grocery bags a thing of the past in California, maybe. Opponents of the ban have already started collecting signatures for a referendum to overturn it. While several people close to me, my wife included, would love to give you an earful about paper vs. plastic, the law is troubling for a bigger reason. It illustrates one of California’s biggest problems: government regulates too much.” – See more at: Not Just A Plastic Bag Ban
In addition, Robert has taken the no union pledge meaning he will not seek endorsements or campaign contributions from public employee unions. Robert’s opponent is being carried by government employee unions as noted by my friend Greg Woodard in his recent post Union Money Invades Mission Viejo. Robert will not be beholden to any public employee union for his election to the Board of Supervisors when he sits across the table with them for contract negotiations.
For more about Robert and his campaign go to www.robertming.com
Disclosure: I am a long supporter of Robert Ming and his campaign for County Supervisor, 5th District. I am also a candidate for Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 4 (Craig for CUSD). In addition, I am not a political consultant or on any candidate’s payroll.
Posted in 5th Supervisorial District, Capistrano Unified School District, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Uncategorized | Tagged: Greg Woodard, Lisa Bartlett, Plastic Bag Ban, Robert Ming | 9 Comments »
Posted by Craig P. Alexander on October 18, 2014
A long time ago friends of mine started asking me who to vote for on election day as they know I am involved in politics as an activist and I do research on candidates and causes. I began to prepare and send out by e-mail my voter recommendations which I call “Craig’s Pics.”
I also discovered that my friend Robyn Nordell was doing the same thing but she was several steps ahead of me by publishing her own web site called Robyn Nordell’s Conservative California Election Website. Robyn, a conservative Christian, does her own research which includes extensive interviews of candidates, other local elected officials who are her friends, other activists like myself and she attends every CRA endorsing convention even when she is not a delegate. Robyn always takes extensive notes of what she observes and hears form candidates and others commenting on the choices before voters. Several years ago Robyn offered to publish my Craig’s Pics on the Orange County portion of her web site along with other friends who also prepare their voter recommendations to distribute. I consider it a privilege to have my Pics on her site and to call Robyn a trusted friend.
One of the things I like about Robyn is that she and I do not always agree on our recommendations and some of our friends do not always agree with Robyn’s recommendations. Yet she publishes our Pics because Robyn is not looking for universal uniformity in our recommendations but for thoughtful conservatives giving their opinions and recommendations for voters. Are you looking for some voter recommendations that are well thought out and researched? Are you looking for a place to send friends who would like to receive recommendations for voters that are trustworthy? Then you can recommend friends and family to Robyn’s web site with confidence that you and they will see none of that there. She also has a link to Craig Huey’s excellent guide that has extensive grading and recommendations on Judicial Candidates. Here it is as well: Craig Huey’s Voter Guide.
Of course as I am honored that she allows my Craig’s Pics to be on her site, I would be honored if you would stop by my Craig’s Pics on her site as well. Check out the our other friend’s recommendations on that page too. You may not agree with all of my Pics or all of Robyn’s – but I don’t expect uniformity from everyone who visits the site or reads my Pics either.
Disclaimer – I am a candidate for the Governing Board of Trustees, Capistrano Unified School District, Trustee Area 4 and a supporter of Robert Ming for Supervisor and Bill Brough for 73rd Assembly District among others.
Posted in 73rd Assembly District, Capistrano Unified School District, Uncategorized | Tagged: Bill Brough, Capistrano Unified School District, Craig Huey, Craig P. Alexander, Judicial candidates, Robert Ming, Robyn Nordell, Voter Guides | 1 Comment »
Posted by Greg Woodard on October 17, 2014
On Wednesday, I received a mailer from Citizens to Protect Mission Viejo. On the front, calling itself the “Mission Viejo Taxpayers’ Voting Guide,” it asked for support for current council members Dave Leckness and Rhonda Reardon, and council candidate Wendy Bucknum. On the back, it contrasts Board of Supervisor candidates Robert Ming and Lisa Bartlett, offering false facts (more about that later) about Ming, while recommending Bartlett. (As I have consistently stated, I am supporting Ming in November)
The mailer was large, in full color, and on good paper stock, so I wondered how Citizens was paying for this apparently city-wide mailer. My search at the Secretary of State and County websites came up empty, but I hit pay dirt at the City of Mission Viejo’s website (some are questioning whether Citizens was required to file with the County given that they are supporting a county-wide candidate). On September 30, 2014, Citizens received a $5,000 donation from the Orange County Employees Association, and on October 10, 2014, it received a $13,000 donation from the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association, both public employee unions.
When I see public employee unions getting involved with Republican candidates, I get curious as to how the candidates feel about union money being spent on their behalf, particularly such a large donation from two well-known public employee unions. Union money contributed directly to Republican candidates is a red flag for most conservatives (and would violate the candidate’s GOP pledge to not take union money if they signed it), so unions backing a Republican typically will make a contribution to a PAC that will then send a mail piece out as an independent expenditure. Often candidates claim they have no control of independent expenditures so they can disclaim any responsibility yet still reap the benefits of the mailer. So, I reached out to Leckness, Reardon, Bucknum, and Bartlett for comment.
To their credit, I received responses from Reardon (who signed the pledge) and Bucknum, both of whom stated that they did not know about the mailer until they received it on Wednesday, and both also stated that they have not been offered or taken any union money. After giving the candidates 24 hours to respond, I have not heard back from Leckness or Bartlett.
While I recognize that all candidates and their supporters embellish their mailers, outright lies should not be tolerated. Curiously, the PAC’s mailer repeats the same lie that Bartlett previously made against Ming falsely stating that Ming approved a loan to the City Manager at below market rates, when in fact Ming only voted for the loan on the condition that it be at prevailing market rates. (here) Unfortunately, I did not hear back from Bartlett to address whether her campaign provided any information, including the false interest rate, to the PAC for the mailer.
The PAC mailer also suffers from a lie by omission. While touting Bartlett as a fiscal conservative by noting her efforts to balance the budget and reduce pensions, the mailer conveniently ignores the fact that Ming, too, helped balance Laguna Niguel’s budget ever year that he has been on the Council.
Union money has become all to prevalent in national, state, and local politics. The unions extort dues from their members and use that never-ending supply to support candidates who they believe will further their cause. I know Reardon and Bucknum personally, and I take them at their word that they did not know anything about the union-backed mailer supporting them. I also know that Bartlett has been willing to use false facts in an effort to smear Ming, and has not retracted any of those false press releases, even when faced with undeniable evidence of the false facts. Bartlett also failed to respond to my questions about the PAC mailer that uses the same false information she previously used. I leave it to the voters to decide who to trust in November.
Posted in 5th Supervisorial District, Mission Viejo, Orange County Board of Supervisors | Tagged: Dave Leckness, Lisa Bartlett, OCEA, Orange County Professional Firefighters Association, Rhonda Reardon, Robert Ming, Wendy Bucknum | 13 Comments »
Posted by Greg Woodard on September 3, 2014
Lisa Bartlett’s September 2, 2014 press release follows in the footsteps of her first edition of the so-called “Ming’s Dings,” and not in a good way (again, I am a supporter of Robert Ming). As I wrote regarding the false facts in her “Mings Dings,” Bartlett erroneously stated the median home price in Laguna Niguel in an attempt to attack the city’s home loan to its City Manager, and also neglected to mention that her city’s (Dana Point) City Manager makes more in salary and benefits than Laguna Niguel’s City Manager.
Bartlett continues her assault on the facts by now claiming that her fundraising was at a 2-1 clip better than Ming from June 15th through August 29, 2014. Again, Bartlett has to make up and manipulate the facts to get to this erroneous conclusion. A review of Ming’s and Bartlett’s campaign disclosure forms for the period from June 15th through August 29, 2014 shows that Ming raised $28,325 during that time (Bartlett’s release shorted Ming $1,000 – yet another sloppy fact check failure), while Bartlett raised $37,304 (not including $400 in rainbow sandals her campaign received). Even the mathematically challenged can tell that a difference of approximately $9,000 does not equal the 2-1 “advantage” that Bartlett claims in her release. Moreover, if you add contributions that Bartlett received on September 1 and Ming received on September 2, the difference closes to only approximately $7,000.
How does she get to this mythical 2-1 number? It may be by adding in a $17,000 loan that she made to herself during the reporting period. I have not been active in politics as long as many readers on here have, but I think anyone would be hard-pressed to claim that a loan to yourself constitutes “fundraising.” Sadly, it appears as though Bartlett did not learn from her earlier lies, and has once again stretched the truth for a sound bite, rather than acknowledge that both candidates were actively fundraising and relatively close in actual raising of funds during the period.
I had hoped after her first false release, Bartlett would be more careful in her fact-checking. Unfortunately, it appears that Bartlett is so focused on smearing Ming, that she does not care about facts. I leave it to the readers to determine what that says about her character and her qualifications to lead our county.
Posted in 5th Supervisorial District, Orange County Board of Supervisors | Tagged: Lisa Bartlett, Orange County Board of Supervisors, Robert Ming | 5 Comments »
Posted by Greg Woodard on June 30, 2014
Apparently concerned by Robert Ming’s first place finish in the primary for the Orange County Supervisor race in the Fifth District, Lisa Bartlett has started sending around something titled “Ming’s Dings.” The first installment calls out Ming for his support last year of a city loan to the new City Manager for him to buy a house in the city. Unfortunately, Bartlett appears more concerned about casting Ming in a negative light than she does about the actual facts surrounding the loan. (For the record, I supported Ming in the primary.)
Bartlett falsely claims that the median home price in Laguna Niguel is $300,000 and contrasts that with the $925,000 loan that the City Manager was requesting. In fact, the median home price in Laguna Niguel is actually much higher at anywhere from $650,000 to over $675,000. Bartlett also falsely states that the loan was approved at a below-market interest rate, yet the story cited in Bartlett’s own hit piece states that the City Council (Ming included) voted to require that the interest on the loan be at market rate. In addition, the City Manager’s loan payments are taken directly from his paycheck and if he ever leaves the city or is terminated, he must sell his house and pay off the loan. Finally, the hit piece erroneously inflates the City Manager’s salary and benefits by over $215,000. In fact, the City Manager’s salary and benefits are slightly lower than the average of Orange County city managers, and actually lower than the City Manager in Bartlett’s city, Dana Point (despite Laguna Niguel having almost 30,000 more residents). It is ironic that Bartlett, a partner at a real estate and investment firm, would not know the median home price in Laguna Niguel. Even more ironic is the fact that Bartlett would be calling out (falsely) the Laguna Niguel City Manager’s salary and benefits, when her own City Manager’s package is higher.
People can debate the wisdom of a city offering a loan to a City Manager (other cities offer a similar perk). However, the debate should begin with the real facts, not those embellished by a political foe who is trying to make up ground in advance of the November election. I trust Bartlett will be issuing a correction any time now.
Posted in 5th Supervisorial District, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, Orange County Board of Supervisors | Tagged: Lisa Bartlett, Orange County Board of Supervisors, Robert Ming | 8 Comments »
Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on June 5, 2014
Chris Nguyen posted a humongous grid of endorsements that broke down all the major organizations and what candidates they endorsed for non-partisan offices in Orange County. You can take a look at his humongous grid of endorsements here. As a follow-up I have done the math on how the endorsed candidates fared in the Tuesday election and have given credit to an organization for endorsing a candidate that either won outright or advanced to the November election.
Here is a guide to the abbreviations: OC GOP = Republican Party of Orange County, DPOC = Democratic Party of Orange County, CRA = California Republican Assembly, HJTA = Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, CWLA = California Women’s Leadership Association, OC Tax = Orange County Taxpayers Association, OCBC = Orange County Business Council, and CTA = California Teachers Association.
Anybody that got 75% and higher can be considered an organization with a valuable endorsement but the big winners from this election cycle were the California Women’s Leadership Association (Orange County Chapter) and the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association both of which managed to endorse no losers.
Posted in 2nd Supervisorial District, 4th Supervisorial District, 5th Supervisorial District, Anaheim, Buena Park School District, Democrat Central Committee, Irvine Unified School District, Orange County, Orange County Assessor, Orange County Auditor-Controller, Orange County Board of Education, Orange County Clerk-Recorder, Orange County Public Administrator, Orange County Treasurer-Tax Collector, Republican Central Committee | Tagged: Al Mijares, Allan Mansoor, Atlas PAC, Bob Vu, California Republican Assembly, California Teachers Association, California Women's Leadership Association, Carmen Luege, Carolyn Inmon, Claude Parrish, David Boyd, Democratic Party of Orange County, Derek Johnson, Elizabeth Parker, Eric Woolery, Evolve, Family Action PAC, Frank Davies, Frank Ury, Fred Fascenelli, Gary Pritchard, Greg Diamond, Helen Hayden, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, hugh nguyen, Ira Glasky, James Benuzzi, Jeff Ferguson, Jim Moreno, Joanne Motoike, Joe Carchio, Joe Williams, John Willard, Jorge Lopez, KC Jones, Kevin Haskins, Lincoln Club, Linda Lindholm, Lisa Bartlett, Measure A, Measure B, Measure C, Measure D, Measure E, Michelle Steel, Mike Dalati, Monica Maddox, Orange County Business Council, Orange County Labor Federation, Orange County Register, Orange County Taxpayers Association, Planned Parenthood, Republican Party of Orange County, Robert Ming, Rudy Gaona, Sandra Hutchens, Shari Freidenrich, Shawn Nelson, Steve Rocco, Thomas Martin, Tom Pollitt, Tony Rackauckas, Wayne Philips, Webster Guillory, Women in Leadership | 2 Comments »
Posted by Craig P. Alexander on June 4, 2014
Chris Emami reported on the CRA Slate Mailer Newspaper a few days ago (CRA) which CRA Vice President Dale Tyler and I put together with some able help from former CRA Treasurer John Fugatt. Obviously I believe it is the best of the slate mailers newspaper (it is open only to CRA endorsed candidates).
Assuming there are no upsets with the provisional ballot count, 100% of the candidates who placed articles / ads in the mailer either won their races or advanced to the run off in November. Congratulations to Diane Harkery, Eric Woolery, Linda Lindholm, Robert Ming, Bill Brough, Jeff Ferguson and Tony Rackauckas for your win and thank you for believing in our mailer!
Posted in 5th Supervisorial District, 73rd Assembly District, Board of Equalization, Dana Point, Laguna Niguel, Orange County, Orange County Auditor-Controller, Orange County Board of Education, Orange County Board of Supervisors, Orange County District Attorney's Office, Uncategorized | Tagged: Bill Brough, California Republican Assembly, CRA, Diane Harkey, Eric Woolery, Jeff Ferguson, Linda Lindholm, Robert Ming, Tony Rackauckas | Leave a Comment »