With R. Scott Moxley’s surprising story just two days ago in the OC Weekly, the pieces continue moving around the local political chess board. 2nd District County Supervisor John Moorlach who is termed out in January, 2015 is now speculating he might run for Mansoor’s Assembly seat. From his email newsletter this afternoon, he writes of a “New Option”: Continue reading
Board of Equalization Member Michelle Steel, who represents the Third District, is holding an Open House on Thursday, May 2, 2013, from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm, at her office that is located at 16715 Von Karman Ave. Suite 150, in Irvine.
To RSVP call 949-724-2578 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Continue reading
California’s career politicians are already scrambling for new jobs in the upcoming 2014 elections. One office that is often overlooked is the the State Board of Equalization (BOE), a public agency charged with tax administration and fee collection in the state of California in the United States.
The areas of authority of the Board fall into four broad areas: sales and use taxes, property taxes, special taxes, and acting as an appellate body for franchise and income tax appeals (which are collected by the Franchise Tax Board). The BOE is the only publicly elected tax commission in the United States.
The BOE Directors are elected by district. There are four districts. Here in Orange County we are represented in the Third District, by Michelle Steel, a Korean-American leader in the California Republican Party. She is going to term out and will be running for the seat currently held by Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach. Continue reading
Martin Wisckol from the Register is out with a short piece this morning with additional news about State races in 2014. For the south County,
Meanwhile, in the southern coastal Senate District 36, Orange County Supervisor and former Assemblywoman Pat Bates of Laguna Niguel has opened a campaign account, as has former Assemblyman Martin Garrick of Solana Beach.
Scott Lay’s Nooner from today writes on some Orange County pols and races:
Readers wrote passionately that Assemblymember Diane Harkey “is definitely” running for SD36, while others wrote that it was “certain” that she is running for the Board of Equalization seat being vacated by Michelle Park Steel. What we know is that she is holding a fundraiser in March at which donors can choose which committee to deposit their wares.
Editor’s note: Michelle Steel has announced she’ll be running for 2nd District County Supervisor in 2014. John Moorlach is termed out.
Termed-out state senator Mark Wyland is eyeing the BOE seat and has $167,000 on hand for the race (and nowhere else to go). Harkey has $10,090 on hand. There’s likely some ballroom dancing going on to see how everything shakes out. Also actively seeking the seat is former senator Tom Harman ($76,767 on hand). Former senator Dick Ackerman and former Assemblymember Van Tran also have BOE3 committees, but have $0.00 on hand and haven’t been actively raising money (and likely aren’t running).
Editor’s note: Ackerman has also applied for the OC Clerk-Recorder’s job per a recent OC Register story.
I received an anonymous package in the mail on Friday, from someone in Sacramento. The envelope contained two articles about State Board of Equalization member Michelle Steel’s Chief of Staff, Joel Angeles. Apparently he was charged with assault back in 2009, but he ultimately was acquitted of all the charges. A candidate for the Ventura County Community College District’s Board of Trustees also charged Angeles with offering him a bribe, but that 2002 story went nowhere too.
However, the fellow who sent me the articles was trying to make the point that Steel’s campaign for Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach’s seat, when he terms out in 2014, will somehow be doomed because of Angeles’ shenanigans. I don’t buy it. Continue reading