The newly-designed 65th District will include all of Fullerton, Buena Park, La Palma, Stanton and Cypress. The new district will also have portions of West Anaheim, a small slice of Garden Grove and several unincorporated neighborhoods, according to a Norby newsletter.
The bad news for Norby is that the 65th Assembly District is not a majority Republican seat – at least not by much. The new district’s voters are 36.6% Democratic and 38.48% Republican. Over 20% of the voters in this district are registered Decline to State. About 2% belong to third parties.
And Norby also has to worry about the racial demographics in the district. Only 48% of the voters are white. Almost 28% are Latino and just under 23% are Asian. Click here for more demographic data.
However, Quirk-Silva is already in hot water, literally. “Folks who drank water and took baths in the city of Fullerton over the past four decades have overpaid the city by many millions of dollars, according to a much-anticipated report — and now the city must make good,” according to the O.C. Register.
The very popular Friends for Fullerton’s Future blog ripped Quirk-Silva this week when she issued a bold press release to her pals in the liberal blogosphere stating that she was going to request that her colleagues on the city council suspend the illegal 10% water tax. She even helpfully explained why the new 6.7% number was a load of manure. But then she flip-flopped, when she refused to agendize the suspension of the illegal 10% tax on our water. Fail!
But the illegal Fullerton water tax is not the only tax problem Quirk-Silva is saddled with. She has been a public school teacher in the Fullerton School District for 24 years, according to the Daily Titan. Quirk-Silva is going to be forced to support Jerry Brown’s tax increase ballot measure. Consider that the union she belongs to, the California Teachers Association (CTA), “and hundreds of other school employees, school board members, parents and administrators rallied at the state Capitol on March 14 to urge lawmakers to support Gov. Brown’s budget proposal and to place before the voters a ballot measure to extend the state’s temporary taxes,” according to the CTA’s website.
Quirk-Silva is going to try to run a campaign based on transparency and fiscal responsibility, according to her website, but she won’t take a stand against the illegal Fullerton water tax and she is going to have to support Brown’s tax increase ballot measure. Those issues are going to wreck her campaign for the 65th Assembly District.
Now Quirk-Silva could surprise us. She could come out against the Brown tax measure and she could act to reverse the illegal Fullerton water tax, but don’t hold your breath. Her union allies won’t let her do either of those things. She might give Norby a run for the money, but he will win by standing against government waste, as he always has, and by opposing the Brown tax measure. Norby can also brag about helping to kill redevelopment.
Even better, I suspect Norby will call for alternatives, such as getting rid of the death penalty, and reforming Three Strikes to include only violent felonies. I can’t see Quirk-Silva supporting such measures. Norby is also far more likely to support the decriminalization of marijuana, so it can be sold legally and taxed – and if that happens our state budget proglems will almost certainly be over.