Bui is the second Vietnamese challenger to Do to pull papers. The other candidate is an unknown fellow by the name of Robert Bao Nguyen.
“Irvine City Hall is absolutely packed with pissed off Vietnamese citizens,” according to Irvine Finance Commissioner Allan Bartlett, as posted on his Facebook page.
What happened? To make a long story short, Irvine Councilman Larry Agran completely stepped in it – he angered the entire Vietnamese community in Orange County. “More than 1,000 signatures were gathered by Vietnamese on-line petition against Agran adding Nha Trang a Vietnam city to Irvine’s friendship city plan,” according to Irvine Councilwoman Christina Shea’s blog. Continue reading
Has Irvine Councilman Larry Agran lost his mojo? You have to wonder about that as it has been nothing but bad news for the OC Democratic Party’s Irvine powerbroker since his coalition lost control of the Irvine City Council in 2012.
Agran’s latest gaffe is mind-blowing. Here is how the Los Angeles Times explained his gigantic faux pas:
Of all the places in the world, why did Larry Agran have to choose Vietnam?
That’s what local Vietnamese Americans wondered after learning the longtime Irvine councilman hoped to forge a relationship between the master-planned community and Nha Trang, a south coastal city in Vietnam known for its beaches and scuba diving. Continue reading
Van Tran termed out in the State Assembly a few years ago and got his butt kicked by U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez in 2010, but now he is back and this time he is taking aim at termed-out Assemblywoman Diane Harkey, the leading candidate for the State Board of Equalization, in the 4th District.
Harkey has the support of the OC GOP and the CRA but she also dealing with the ongoing fallout of her husband’s nasty business dealings.
Harkey’s husband, Dan “and his Orange County real estate lending company were found liable for $10 million in damages after a jury found they acted with “malice, oppression or fraud” in breaching their fiduciary duties to investors, according to the L.A. Times. Continue reading
Former Assemblyman Brings Strong Record of Fighting for Taxpayers
Republican Janet Nguyen won’t be picking up any more financial support from Sacramento’s “Third House” — those lobbyists and campaign funders who were interested in this Orange County race that was considered easier to win than others which the GOP will be fighting for.
Information shared with us this a.m. puts the bundlers and power brokers in a position to have a greater interest in the re-election of Republican Anthony Cannella (SD12, Modesto) and the Andy Vidak Senate race for the new 14th District (Hanford). These are their choices now, and apparently no others are worthwhile or affordable to contest. Nguyen’s campaign is clued into the resistance and recently attacked the OC Employees Association and the union-funded Voice of OC for reporting on her receipt of union money for what’s to become a tough campaign in 2014.