Remember the date — March 18, 2014 — the day Orange County Register sold out and abandoned its LONG-held Libertarian traditions established by its founder Raymond C. Hoiles generations ago. The Hoiles family sold Freedom Communications and the Register to two journalism novices in 2012.
Financial advisers, even the bad ones, will warn investors that “past performance is no guarantee of future results” — that might apply to stocks, but it always works in partisan politics.
In 2011, one of the most entertaining races in Orange County was the 72nd Assembly District which saw Los Alamitos Councilman and recently failed Clerk-Recorder candidate Troy Edgar running against Travis Allen, an underfunded but charismatic political newcomer. Allen had never run for office (he owned a small wealth management firm), but he had two big advantages over Edgar — he wasn’t a lying hypocrite and he didn’t have a parasite for a campaign manager. Allen ended up winning in an 11-point landslide, costing Edgar about one-half million dollars in his failed effort. Numerous posts here exposed Edgar for his phoniness in raising taxes in his own city and canoodling with its trash hauler while he portrayed himself as a “tax fighter” — in fact, the OC GOP even awarded him for being a schnook.
Everyone in Orange County’s political circles is having a hearty laugh at the expense of Los Alamitos Councilman Troy Edgar and his trusted sidekick Brett Barbre, who showed up at the offices of the Orange County Registrar of Voters last Friday and kept on collecting nomination signatures, for the OC Clerk-Recorder election, after 5 pm.
Of course you are not allowed to collect nomination signatures after the doors of the Registrar of Voters are closed at the 5 pm deadline. But that is what Barbre did and he got caught on video doing it. So Neal Kelley, the Registrar of Voters, invalidated Edgar’s nomination paperwork. Continue reading
UPDATE: We are hearing that Troy Edgar may file an appeal on Monday to reverse the OC Registrar of Voter’s decision to not count his nomination signatures as valid after Edgar got caught collecting signatures in the Registrar’s office after the 5 pm deadline. Reportedly up to five witnesses are ready to testify that Edgar’s pal Brett Barbre was the one collecting the signatures after the deadline. We hope Edgar won’t waste taxpayer resources on such a silly appeal.
We didn’t hang around for the vote last night as it was evident how it would go, so here’s confirmation from the Fountain Valley Patch that 18 OCSD Directors didn’t believe that 61% in fee increases since 2005 wasn’t enough. Seven Board members voted against the increase. John Crandall reports:
Despite opposition from a number of residents, Orange County Sanitation District Board of Directors approved a sewer rate hike for northwest and central Orange County to be phased in over the next several years. The board voted 18-7 to increase sewer service charges by 4.8 percent this year and 2.4 percent each of the next four years. On July 1, the annual fee for the average single family home will become $14 in 2013 and about $8 each of the next four years. The 2013 fee of $294 will be $339 by 2017-18.