The liquidity of the Orange County Treasurer’s Investment Pool was hammered last week as the City of Tustin withdrew $40 million and the State of California announced its intentions to soon pull out another $90 million. It was also reported that no other member of the Auditor-Controller bureaucracy is willing to accept the head job, following the resignations of County Treasury Oversight Chairman George Jefferies and the exit of the Auditor-Controller David Sundstrom and Assistant Auditor-Controller Shaun Skelly. In a move reminiscent of the listing Titanic telling passengers after hitting the iceberg that the band will continue to play on deck for their enjoyment, the office of the Orange County Treasurer that manages local schools payroll and savings accounts sought to reassure a Friday meeting of school Superintendents that there was a “70% chance they would be able to get their money and only a 30% they would not.” Continue reading
Robert Hammond got 34.5% of the vote in 2010, when he ran for the 69th Assembly District as the Republican nominee. Incumbent Jose Solorio blew him out with 65.5% of the vote, according to Smart Voter. Undeterred, Hammond is at it again this year. This time he is running for the Orange County Board of Education, Area One, after he quit the race for the 69th Assembly District. I believe he is also running for the 69th Assembly District OC GOP Central Committee.
As reported in an earlier post today, Republican Robert Hammond has withdrawn from the race for the 69th Assembly District, according to the OC Political Blog. He is running instead for the Orange County Board of Education, in the First Area, which is being vacated by the incumbent, Long Pham.
Hammond is an extremist social conservative. He is anti-immigrant and anti-gay. He would be very much like former O.C. BOE Trustee Alexandria Coronado, who got the boot the last time she ran, after she made anti-gay comments. Continue reading
I wrote a post recently bemoaning the lack of Latino candidates for the Orange County’s Board of Education, in the Latino-dominated First District, which is currently represented by Republican Long Pham. Now there are two other candidates in the race – Santa Ana Parks and Recreation Board Member Ken Nguyen, and an unknown candidate named Anita Mathur. To understand these political issues you can take an online political science classes from a college.
Nguyen has reportedly been making the rounds to get support for his campaign. I hear that he has met in recent weeks with State Senator Lou Correa and Assemblyman Jose Solorio. I thought Solorio might be interested in running for the First District, but perhaps not? Continue reading
O.C. Board of Education Trustee Long Pham is known for his GOP politics
Orange County Board of Education Trustee Long Pham is apparently going to run for reelection while also running for the 72nd Assembly District. That latter campaign is still in question, but Pham has poured a lot of money into that race and as recently as last week he was telling his associates the he is staying in. But he might be making a big mistake.
Pham represents Area One on the O.C. Board of Education. A close look at the redistricted map of the Board’s Area’s shows that he could easily lose to a Latino challenger as there are over 96,000 Latino voters in Area One, versus 64,367 Asian voters. The key for any Latino challengers would of course be to get Latino voters to the polls. There are also over 89,000 white voters in the district – and if no white candidate emerges, their votes could be the key to victory in Area One. There are no Latino Trustees currently serving on the O.C. Board of Education. Continue reading
Orange County’s Third Supervisorial District candidates Todd Spitzer and Deborah Pauly will be facing off on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at a debate sponsored by the Orange Republican Women Federated meeting at 6:30 pm, at the Foxfire Restaurant. It’s a reception event and the cost is $15 per person. The Foxfire Restaurant (off 91) is located at 5715 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road, in Anaheim Hills. Reservations required – contact 714-998-9065 or email@example.com.