It is turning out to be an awful night for the Democrats as the execrable Hillary Clinton appears to be losing to her Republican challenger, Donald Trump. Meanwhile here in Orange County the early results are in and top Democratic challengers Sharon Quirk-Silva and Josh Newman appear to be losing in their respective legislative races. Here is a rundown of the top early results thus far: Continue reading
Since he’s got virtually no chance at the Top Two in next month’s primary election for 74th District Assembly, this year’s Huntington Beach Mayor Matthew Harper is pushing a monumentally clever strategy to leverage his mayoral title into its own election as a separate office. Per the Huntington Beach Independent two days ago: Harper wants city to vote on chance to elect the mayor.
Like many Orange County cities, HB rotates their mayoral title annually amongst the sitting council members. The position is largely ceremonial, holds the council meeting gavel, but has no additional voting power or political influence in city matters (and especially in this one that’s really run by the former 12-year city manager of San Bernardino who doesn’t know why they’re going bankrupt). But the title looks good on a resume, or campaign mailer to low-information voters. And the fancy name badge really wows the Scout troops. Continue reading
Tri Ta, the 39-year old new Mayor of Westminster, was sworn in on Wednesday night, along with new council members Sergio Contreras and Diana Carey. Predictably they chose to appoint 83-year old Margie Rice as Ta’s replacement on the City Council.
Rice had previously said she was going to retire, but that obviously didn’t last long. She says the city needs her. But the City of Westminster is facing financial uncertainty and earlier this year laid off 67 employees, according to the O.C. Register. All of that happened on Rice’s watch so how exactly is it a good idea to put her back on the City Council? Continue reading
83-year-old Westminster Mayor Margie Rice finally retired this month – but she is already seeking to un-retire. When Tri Ta won this year’s Westminster mayoral race, his seat became available on the Westminster City Council. And Rice wants back in.