Do represents the First District, which includes most of Santa Ana and the West O.C. area known as Little Saigon. Steel represents the 2nd District, a gerrymandered district that stretches form Buena Park in the north to Newport Beach. Continue reading
Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido and Mayor Pro Tem Vincent Sarmiento as well as Santa Ana Council Members Michele Martinez, Sal Tinajero and Angie Amezcua are hosting a campaign fundraiser for Lou Correa, the only Democrat running for the First District of the Orange County Board of Supervisors in a Special Election.
Andrew Do appears to be the first candidate running for Orange County’s First Supervisorial District to get a campaign mailer out. The mailer is nothing special but it serves to establish that Do is backed by a bunch of mostly white Republican elected officials – and his former boss, Janet Nguyen. Notably he does not appear to be backed by any Latinos.
I checked Do’s campaign website and there also he does not list any Latino supporters. And his campaign Facebook page only has six supporters – which is probably why he needed to get the campaign mailer out right away. Do has been out of office for awhile, having resigned from the Garden Grove City Council a few years ago. I am not sure the voters know who he is. Continue reading
PRESS RELEASE, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 19, 2014
Contact: Connie Hamilton, Connect-to-Council, 714-745-1692, firstname.lastname@example.org
Santa Ana, CA, – Connect-to-Council, along with promotional support from the Santa Ana Chamber of Commerce, Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce and Westminster Chamber of Commerce, is presenting a Candidates Forum for the voters of Santa Ana, Garden Grove, Fountain Valley and Westminster. This forum will feature candidates that are running for the First District of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. This will be a special election taking place on January 27.
This forum will take place on Tuesday, January 6, 2014, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santiago Community College District Board Room, located at 2323 N Broadway, in Santa Ana. Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jeff Corless (714) 676-8878 or Megan Dutra (714) 676-8028
Bartlett Highlights Walters’ 30 years of law enforcement and local government leadership experience for 5th District Transition
DANA POINT, CA-Today, Supervisor-Elect Lisa Bartlett, recently elected Orange County Supervisor of the 5th District, tapped highly respected former Police Chief and City Manager Paul Walters to serve as Interim Deputy Chief of Staff as she prepares to take office at the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
“I am proud to announce Paul Walters as Interim Deputy Chief of Staff as we prepare to transition into the 5th District Office at the Board of Supervisors. Paul’s thirty plus years of experience in law enforcement, in local government as a city manager and his public service on many local and regional policy making bodies give him the perspective needed as we build a team of professionals to serve the 5th District on a myriad of significant policy issues,” said Supervisor Elect Lisa Bartlett. Continue reading
Pictured: Andrew Do and Janet Nguyen
There might be a half dozen candidates interested in replacing Supervisor Janet Nguyen in the First Supervisorial District – but make no mistake about it, this race will come to two candidates – Andrew Do (Nguyen’s former Chief of Staff) and Lou Correa.
Do has already lined up the support of Supervisor Nguyen, along with Supervisor Pat Bates, Senator and Congresswoman-Elect Mimi Walters and Congressman Ed Royce. This means the OC GOP establishment is firmly lining up behind Do – not Garden Grove Councilman Chris Phan.
Correa already had about $600K in his campaign war chest – but now he also has the support of the Orange County Employees Association (the OCEA) and he has the backing of two high profile Republicans – OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and OCDA Tony Rackauckas. Continue reading
For Immediate Release: November 20, 2014
Contact: Dave Gilliard, 916-626-6804
Andrew Do to Run for Supervisor in First District Special Election
Nguyen, Bates,Walters and Royce to serve as Campaign Co-Chairs
Westminster, CA – – Today, Andrew Do announced his candidacy for Orange County Supervisor in the First District, where a special election will be called soon to replace Senator-elect Janet Nguyen.
Supervisor Nguyen, along with Supervisor Pat Bates, Senator and Congresswoman-Elect Mimi Walters and Congressman Ed Royce will serve as honorary co-chairs of Do’s campaign.
“I am honored that so many community leaders have encouraged me to run for Supervisor to follow in the footsteps of Janet Nguyen, who has done such a tremendous job for our communities,” said Do. Continue reading
Photo by: Andrew Galvin
The Orange County Board of Supervisors is apparently going to ignore the Santa Ana City Council’s attempt to place a moratorium on the building of a homeless shelter in the middle of a poor Latino neighborhood on the East side, on Normandy Place.
The agenda for the Board of Supervisors meeting on Nov. 18, 2014, includes this item:
Direct staff to move forward with 1217 E. Normandy Place, Santa Ana, CA project; accept grant deed document to transfer fee title to County of Orange; and authorize Chief Real Estate Officer or designee to sign related documents, make minor modifications under certain conditions and perform related actions – District 1.
“Claudia Alvarez, a trustee with the Rancho Santiago Community College District, says she is “strongly considering” a run,” according to the O.C. Register.
Alvarez, a Deputy District Attorney, spent several years on the Santa Ana City Council. When she termed out she won a seat on the Rancho Santiago Community College District’s Board of Education.
The O.C. Register also reported that Jose Solorio, who just lost badly to Supervisor Janet Nguyen in the General Election race for the 34th State Senate District, is not going to run for Nguyen’s seat on the O.C. Board of Supervisors. Continue reading
Now that First District County Supervisor Janet Nguyen is packing her bags for Sacramento, where she will become the State Senator in the 34th District in January, it is time to select a new Supervisor to take her place. A special election will be held in February, which means there will be very little time for the candidates to make their case to the voters.
Former Supervisor Lou Correa, who is terming out in the 34th State Senate District, wants to return to the OC Board of Supervisors. He quit the First District a few years ago when he headed to Sacramento. Nguyen took his place in the First District and in a weird bit of karma is taking his place in Sacramento now.
The Orange County Employees Association has already announced that they are endorsing Correa, on the premise that he can bring back more tax revenue to the County. Continue reading
Janet Nguyen’s victory this week in the race for the 34th State Senate District means that she is going to vacate her seat in the First District of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, in January.
What this means is that there will be a Special Election, probably in February, to replace Nguyen.
I ran into Lou Correa at Sal Tinajero’s Election Night Party and he said he was definitely running. But there are going to be quite a few other candidates and as I understand it this will be a winner takes all election. Continue reading
The OC Vector Control District’s Trustees never tire of raising your property taxes!
Today, the Orange County Vector Control District’s Board of Trustees “will consider contracting with the Discovery Science Center for a decade of exhibit space costing $1 million – averaging out to $100,000 a year,” according to the O.C. Register’s Watchdog.
Naturally, the OVCD’s staff is recommending a hike of about $1 a parcel that would bring in some $500,000 annually to pay for this exhibit. They want to raise our property taxes even though the OCVCD is awash in cash – they have a cushion of almost 70 percent of what it spends in a year.
As we suggested in a recent post, this is the epitome of a bloated County agency that really should be absorbed into the OC Health Care Agency – and all of their field spraying and extermination activities should be outsourced to contractors. This agency owes millions of dollars in unfunded pension and health benefit liabilities that we could avoid further via outsourcing! Continue reading
Santa Ana is part of the First District of the Orange County Board of Supervisors and our elected representative is Janet Nguyen, who currently is preoccupied with running for the 34th State Senate District. So preoccupied apparently that she has blown off, repeatedly, the Santa Ana residents and business owners who are fighting the O.C. Supervisors’ decision to open up a huge homeless shelter at 1217 Normandy Place, in Santa Ana.
Nguyen isn’t the only local politician who has been MIA on this issue. Santa Ana Councilman Vince Sarmiento represents that area and one of the ladies who is fighting the shelter, Dora Lopez, tells me that he too has refused to meet with local residents and business owners. This is the same useless Sarmiento that pulled papers to run for Mayor but thankfully withdrew from that race.
The OC Board of Supervisors approved the $3.6-million purchase of the 23,220-square-foot industrial warehouse at 1217 Normandy Place back on July 15,2014, according to the L.A. Times. Continue reading
From the OC Politics Blog
“On a 4-1 vote after a marathon interview session the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted to appointed Hieu Nguyen to the position of Orange County Clerk-Recorder,” according to the OC Political blog.
This is such great news! For once a non-politician got the job and believe me, Nguyen is most qualified to be our Clerk-Recorder.
I texted him today after his interview and asked how it went. He said he thought he did well, but he was nervous and stumbled a bit. I bet that helped his case! Continue reading
Is Supervisor Janet Nguyen trying to get rid of Latinos in her district – before Solorio challengers her in 2012?
Supervisor Janet Nguyen’s imperious ways have finally done her in. Just like that she has lost her majority on the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
“Janet Nguyen recently informed her colleagues that in preparation for the upcoming release of new Census data, she has formed a redistricting committee that includes her and Supervisor Bill Campbell. The three other supervisors, according to Nguyen’s plans, would have staffers serve on the committee,” according to the Voice of OC blog.
As one might imagine, this did not go down well with the other Supervisors. John Moorlach and Pat Bates, in particular, were not too keen on Nguyen’s plan to essentially ride herd on the proposed Redistricting Committee.
Bates pointed out the fact that this committee, as proposed by Nguyen, could end up violating the Brown Act. Moorlach stated that Nguyen’s domination of the committee would discourage the staffers on the committee from challenging her.
Why is Nguyen doing this? Simple. Supervisor Nguyen is “running for re-election in 2012 and the idea of her manipulating this process to shed unwanted Latino votes from her district must have occurred to just about everybody,” according to the Friends for Fullerton’s Future blog.
Now we know why Nguyen directed her stooge Thomas Gordon to support Anaheim Councilman Harry Sidhu for this year’s 4th Supervisorial District race, in which Sidhu was a carpetbagger. Shawn Nelson won that race and now he has joined with Moorlach and Bates in a new Supervisorial majority.
Even worse for Nguyen, now her Latino constituents in the First Supervisorial District know that she wants to remove as many of them from the District as she can, before her reelection campaign in 2012.
Clearly Nguyen is worried that popular Assemblyman Jose Solorio, who terms out in 2012, will be running against her. Unfortunately for Nguyen she no longer rules the roost at the O.C. Board of Supervisors. It is a new day in Orange County and Nguyen and lame duck Supervisor Bill Campbell, who terms out in two years, are now seated at the little kids’ table…