Say what you will about Jose Solorio, but he knows the score. As the Democratic Party’s sole candidate in the race to replace Lou Correa in the 34th State Senate District, Solorio is quite aware that he must pull out all the stops in order to beat the leading Republican candidate, and Queen of corruption, Janet Nguyen, in what is a very purple district. Continue reading
When SAUSD School Board Member Cecilia Iglesias ran for Congress back in 2010, she gathered over 10,000 signatures so that she could qualify for the ballot as an independent candidate. While she did not prevail in the election she showed us all that she was a viable candidate in Santa Ana, in a race that featured the powerhouse that is Democratic U.S. Representative Loretta Sanchez and a former State Assemblyman, Van Tran, who was at the time still a dominant player in central Orange County.
Iglesias confirmed this when she ran for the SAUSD School Board in 2012, this time as Republican. While at the time I was unsure that she would do well in our city as a member of the GOP, she proved me wrong by becoming the top vote-getter in that election – she garnered more votes than two incumbents, Rob Richardson and Jose Alfredo Hernandez. That surely was a wake-up call for them as well.
Now Iglesias is challenging a Democrat, Tom Daly, who was elected to the 69th Assembly District in 2012 when three Latino Democrats split the Hispanic vote in that year’s Open Primary. Those candidates included Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez; labor organizer Julio Perez and an accountant named Francisco Barragan. While Martinez is still in power and Perez recently got appointed to a top labor post, Barragan has resorted to stalking candidates he doesn’t like, on their Facebook pages. Continue reading
The OC GOP’s Endorsement Committee met last night to consider a handful of candidates. They ended up punting on two races where Republicans are facing off against each other, but then their true colors emerged when they reviewed the candidates for OC Auditor-Controller.
It was of course never in doubt that they would endorse good old boy Eric Woolery. That is of course disturbing since it is highly unlikely that Woolery will actual audit the Republicans on the Board of Supervisors or their handpicked agency heads. But the worst was yet to come – after they announced their endorsement.
“Thomas Gordon noted that Mike Dalati (a Democratic candidate for OC Auditor-Controller) is Karina Onofre’s fiancee, to the laughter of the entire room,” as reported by the OC Political blog, which is essentially the new Red County blog. Continue reading
SAUSD Trustee Cecilia “Ceci” Iglesias will kick off her campaign for the 69th Assembly District on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 5:30 to 8:00 pm, at Santa Ana’s Mexicanismo Restaurant, located at 2323 W. First St. Appetizers will be provided.
The 69th Assembly District includes portions of the cities of: Santa Ana, Anaheim, Orange and Garden Grove. The 69th is Orange County’s most Hispanic legislative district but it is currently represented by career politician Tom Daly. Continue reading
We will know by Monday who it is that signed Sherry Walker’s nomination papers to put her on the ballot for the 69th Assembly District. A friend of mine is going to retrieve the nomination signatures from the Orange County Registrar of Voters.
Walker, an unknown Republican, came out of nowhere to challenge for the seat that is currently held by Tom Daly, a career politician, and Democrat, who has previously serves as the Mayor of Anaheim and the O.C. Clerk-Recorder. Wherever he has gone he as reveled in political favors, nepotism and the wanton waste of taxpayer money. Continue reading
Assemblyman Tom Daly won’t be getting a free pass in the June primary election after all! Santa Ana Unified School District Trustee Cecilia “Ceci” Iglesias will be challenging him as will a lady I never heard of named Sherry Walker.
Iglesias was the top vote-getter when she ran for the SAUSD School Board in 2012. She previously gathered 10,000 nominating signatures when she ran for Congress as an independent in 2010. She is now a Republican. Continue reading
Please Join the Office of Assemblymember Tom Daly and the City of Santa Ana at the Annual Senior Health & Information Fair on Friday, November 8, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Santa Ana Senior Center, located at 424 West Third Street, in Santa Ana.
Join us for a fun event with plenty of information on senior programs and services in the community. Plus great raffle prizes, giveaways and refreshments! Continue reading
HJTA releases 2013 Legislative Report Card – Record-tying number of legislators (79) flunk; only 25 score an “A”
By: Jon Coupal, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
Sacramento, CA – HJTA has released its 2013 Legislative Report Card. HJTA’s scorecard is intended as a tool to help struggling California taxpayers hold legislators of both parties accountable. Of the 120 members of the Legislature, 79 received a grade of “F” while only 25 earned an “A” grade. Twenty bills were used and represent the priorities of HJTA’s 200,000 members.
“Our report card is designed to help Californians gauge how their state representatives are actually performing on taxpayer-related issues including tax increases and direct attacks on Proposition 13,” said HJTA President Jon Coupal. “Regrettably, the grades show that Sacramento continues to be very hostile to taxpayers.” Continue reading
By now you have likely heard that apparently Councilman Roman Reyna is going to run against Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido in 2014. I can assure you that Pulido is not sweating the prospect of beating Reyna. But if Reyna was smart he would be running for a much bigger – and more winnable – office.
Assemblyman Tom Daly was elected to represent Orange County’s most Latino Assembly District, the 69th, last year when the previous incumbent, Jose Solorio, termed out. Daly ran last July in the Open Primary and was contested by a gaggle of Democrats that included Santa Ana Councilwoman Michele Martinez, labor hack Julio Perez, and befuddled auditor Francisco “Paco” Barragan. When the dust settled the three Latino candidates did what everyone expected them to do – they knocked each other out. Continue reading
A restricted fund at the Orange County clerk-recorder’s office was so badly mismanaged under Tom Daly — the former department head and current assemblyman — that millions of dollars in spending cannot yet be legally justified, concludes a county internal audit review released this week, according to the Voice of OC.
Assemblymember Tom Daly and Senator Lou Correa are hosting an ObamaCare (Affordable Care Act) Town Hall meeting on Friday, October 4, 2013, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the Santa Ana Southwest Senior Center, at 2201 W McFadden Avenue, in Santa Ana.
Pre-existing conditions? Pay too much for health care? Own a small business or self-employed? Starting October 1st, you may be eligible to enroll in MediCal or a more affordable plan under the new Covered California state health exchange, according to an email sent out by Daly. Continue reading
Come take advantage of incentives, assistance programs, and new technology that can save you money! FREE RESOURCES from AT&T, Southern CA Edison, the Southern CA Gas Company, Time Warner, and others. Continue reading
I had a long talk this afernoon with a Santa Ana insider who had some amazing chismes for me. I was expecting that perhaps Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido would run for the Orange County Supervisorial seat that is currently held by Janet Nguyen, but apparently Councilman Vincent Sarmiento has decided to run, and Pulido is not going to oppose him.
But the biggest shocker was that Measure D may be in trouble – and that it could be reversed if it is challenged in court. That was the measure that extended the term limits of the Santa Ana Council Members by four years, from 8 years to 12. That measure was on the ballot in a special election but apparently it should have been put in front of the voters in a general election. What this means, if it does get wiped out, is that several Santa Ana Council Members will be termed out – including Michele Martinez and Sal Tinajero. Continue reading
So many chismes! The big one I am hearing is that the Santa Ana City Council is preparing to hire a new City Manager at a special meeting next week, perhaps on Tuesday, and that they are continuing to accept job applications through this Friday. But who would want to work for this bunch?
Santa Ana Council Member Michele Martinez is up for re-election in 2014. But this time she won’t be getting a free pass. I hear a very well-connected Latina is preparing to challenge her! Considering how poorly Martinez fared in last June’s Open Primary, when she came in almost last in her campaign for the 69th Assembly District, she better be worried about this. She blew some $200K on that race. Who will donate money to her now? Continue reading
From the New Anaheim blog
Orange County’s Democratic State Assembly Representatives, Tom Daly and Sharon Quirk-Silva, did not vote for the “Trust Act,” which made its way once more through the California Assembly this week by a final vote of 44-22, according to Gabriel San Roman over at the OC Weekly.
San Roman reported that “The legislation was vetoed late last year when it reached the desk of Democratic Governor Jerry Brown. Supporters say the bill authored by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano will limit deportations fueled by the fingerprint-sharing federal Secure Communities program while restoring confidence between law enforcement and largely immigrant, Latino communities. It heads to the Senate next.” Continue reading