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OC Politics Blog Open Primary Election, June 3, 2014 Voter Guide

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This voter guide addresses the Orange County local and legislative races as well as the State and Local ballot measures.

Open Primary Election, June, 2014:

State Elections

Attorney General:

OC Politics Blog EndorsementDavid King

Other candidates include: Phil Wyman, Kamala Harris

Insurance Commissioner:

OC Politics Blog EndorsementTed Gaines

Other candidates include: Dave Jones Read more…

 
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Tougher penalties for Johns who solicit children approved

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2014

CONTACT: Bill Bird @ 916-651-4029

Tougher Penalties for Johns Who Solicit Children Approved

Huff Legislation to Protect Children from Sexual Exploitation Moves Forward

SACRAMENTO: The Senate Public Safety Committee has taken action to approve legislation that will result in felony prosecution and time in prison for anyone who solicits an act of prostitution from, or engages in an act of prostitution with, a person who is under the age of 18. SB 982, authored by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar), provides an important tool that county prosecutors requested to pursue felony convictions especially for those who solicit minors that are 16 or 17 years of age.

The Huff legislation is part of a bipartisan effort to end child sex trafficking in California. The effort involves legislation introduced, co-authored or supported by Sen. Ted Lieu, Sen. Holly Mitchell, Sen. Jerry Hill, Sen. Marty Block, Assemblymember Susan Talamantes Eggman and the human-rights group California Against Slavery. Read more…

 
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Senator Huff to Host Education Summit at Cypress College on May 1

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2014

CONTACT: Bill Bird @ 916-651-4029

Senator Huff to Host Education Summit at Cypress College

Summit to Focus on Linked Learning: Real-World Education

SACRAMENTO: Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) will host an Education Summit on Thursday, May 1st at the Cypress College Campus. The Summit, which will feature a number of dynamic speakers, will focus on a new and exciting approach to education in California called Linked Learning. It transforms the traditional high school experience by bringing together strong academics, a demanding technical education and real-world experience to help students gain an advantage in high school, postsecondary education and careers.

Cypress College is located at 9200 Valley View Street in Cypress. The summit will be held at the Humanities Building Lecture Hall Room (Hum-131), and will run from 4:00-6:00 PM. Members of the public are encouraged to attend. Read more…

 
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Robert Ming wins 2014 Collaborative Public Policymaker Award

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2014

Contact Robert Ming: 949-443-3626

Robert Ming Wins 2014 Collaborative Public Policymaker Award

Association of California Cities Recognizes Ming for Work on Pension Reform

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – The Association of California Cities-Orange County (ACC-OC) announced that they have chosen Robert Ming as their recipient for the 2014 Collaborative Public Policymaker Award. Ming was recognized for his work as a regional leader on innovative pension reform.

“It is an honor to be recognized by elected officials across Orange County for my collaborative efforts to advance pension reform,” Ming said. “If elected, I will bring this collaborative approach of fiscally responsible common sense leadership to the Board of Supervisors.” Read more…

 
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AD73 Update – The Anna Bryson CUSD Superintendent Bus Tour

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In the previous post we covered how the ongoing turmoil on the CUSD caused one supervisor hire to bail before starting the job. The next superintendent was not as smart as Dennis Smith. He took the job and promptly became a campaign issue.

The selection process to replace Smith quickly showed exactly the type of divisiveness that plagued the board and that drove Smith away from the job. After almost a year of searching the Board majority found interim Superintendent Woodrow A. Carter a suitable replacement and offered him the position permanently with a $975k three-year contract, which included an 11% pay raise from his interim contract. But Carter publicly rejected the contract when citizens complained about the 11% pay increase, all the while Bryson and her team abstained from voting to support Carter.

The drama that ensued next ultimately destroyed Mr. Carter. and Anna Bryson was in the middle of it. Read more…

 
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Campaign reception for 73rd A.D. candidate Anna Bryson set for April 22

April 22, 2014
6:00 pmto7:30 pm

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Clay and Debbie Wilemon are hosting a campaign reception for Anna Bryson, a Republican candidate for the 73rd Assembly District on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, from 6 to 7:30 pm, at their home, located at 29855 Hiddenwood, in Laguna Niguel.

Wine and Heavy Hors D’oeuvres will be served.   Read more…

 
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Crime Victims United endorses Phillip Chen in AD 55

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For Immediate Release: April 21, 2014
Contact: Andre Levesque, Phone: (916) 626-6804

Crime Victims United Endorses Phillip Chen in AD 55

YORBA LINDA, CA – - 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.” Read more…

 
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Larry Gilbert’s 2014 OC/CA Open Primary Voter Guide

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Larry Gilbert’s 2014 OC/CA Open Primary Voter Guide

By Larry Gilbert

Let me preface this voter recommendation guide pointing out that I am a fiscal and social conservative Republican. For those who may have forgotten, California voters approved a Constitutional Amendment based on the outcome of Prop 14 in June of 2010. This resulted in what is called an “open primary” election process, or the “top two”, regardless of party registration. This became a boost for moderate candidates. Prop 14 also eliminates write-in candidates in General elections such as 43rd CD Representative Ron Packard who won as a write-in candidate in 1983.

“Under California’s new open-primary system, all candidates for each office compete on a single ballot, and the top two vote-getters advance to the general election, regardless of party affiliation.” Read more…

 
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Dr. Pham responds to Wisckol’s blatant character assassination

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Dr. Long Pham, a Republican candidate for the 34th State Senate District, has responded to OC Register reporter Martin Wisckol’s blatant attempt at character assassination, which was published today.  Wisckol passed on a heap of garbage that many think originated from the campaign of Pham’s Republican opponent, perpetually corrupt OC Supervisor Janet Nguyen.

Here is Pham’s answer to Wisckol:

Long Pham Yes, I am the victim of “character assassination” by the friends of Janet Nguyen because my Republican opponent could not respond to her alleged corruption charges by the Grand Jury and by the CMS; and could not identify any wrong doing against my solid records in both public and private services. The following email was sent to Martin Wisckol of the OC Register at 12:04PM on Sunday 4/20/2014.

Dear Mr. Wisckol,

Thank you for your call and the question you asked regarding Supervisor Janet Nguyen’s personal attack on my doctoral degree. Since our telephone conversation may have left some questions unanswered, I like to share the following: Read more…

 
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CA Senate Committee votes against the public’s right to know

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 21, 2014

CONTACT: Bill Bird @ 916-651-4029

Senate Committee Votes Against Public’s Right to Know

Huff Legislation Promoting Open Government Derailed in PERSS

SACRAMENTO: The Senate Committee on Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security (PERSS) has taken action to defeat a measure authored by Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) that would have made state government more accountable to the people it serves. SB 1288 would have prevented the State Legislature from approving any measure that contains more than one Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

MOU’s are less formal agreements and include fewer details and complexities than found in contracts. Agreements between labor unions and the State Legislature often feature multiple MOUs bundled into a single bill, which contain last minute pay raises and pension perks that are often shielded from public view. Read more…

 
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