General Election, November, 2014:
Irvine City Council
Endorsed Candidate: Steven Choi
Note: Choi has done a fantastic job leading the Irvine City Council majority. The OC Register endorsed Choi again this year, writing that “Under Mr. Choi’s leadership, the council has done much to further long-awaited progress in the city. He has been a responsible steward of the city’s finances and he has begun to fulfill a longstanding promise past mayors and councils have not lived up to: building the Great Park.” Click here to see Choi’s other endorsements, which are significant.
Note: The OC Register endorsed Lalloway and Schott, writing about Lalloway that he has been “a consistent voice for fiscal constraint and good governance at City Hall. He told us that he plans to stay the course if re-elected and continue work yet unfinished. A focus for him was the completion of the forensic audit into how $200 million was spent at the Great Park, which he worried would be halted if control of the council shifts hands.” The OC Register also wrote that Schott “a 29-year resident of the city, displayed an impressive level of city knowledge and a commendable goal-oriented approach during her meeting with the Register’s Editorial Board.”
Fox is part of the Agranista slate. She has always been in favor of raising taxes and increased government growth. And if elected you can bet that she will join with Agran and Beth Krom to stop the ongoing investigation into how the Agranistas blew millions of dollars on the Great Park fiasco.
Hopefully Irvine’s voters will finally fire Agran, whose gross corruption is readily apparent on the new Agran Audit website.
Irvine Unified School District’s Board of Education
Other Candidate: Bob Vu
Note: Vu is all in with the Agranistas. Wallin is okay for a Democrat particularly since she stood up to the Agranistas with regard to the site (A) of the new Irvine High School, but we definitely prefer Glasky.
Measure V – Irvine – Fiscal Transparency and Reform: Great Park – Yes. Note – This measure is supported by the entire Irvine City Council and the OC GOP.
Measure W – Irvine – Lifetime Term Limits – Yes. Note – This measure closes the term limit loophole that has allowed Larry Agran to stay in office in perpetuity by hopping back and forth between the Mayor’s office and the City Council, by banning “office hopping” and instituting a PERMANENT LIFETIME TERM BAN after term limits have been reached.
Endorsement: Ron Gold
Other candidate: Kamala Harris
Editor’s Note: There is no way anyone should vote to re-elect Kamala Harris, the Democratic incumbent. She is far too cozy with the police unions. Ron Gold is a Republican former Deputy Attorney General who says he will fight corruption. That sounds good to us!
Endorsement: Ted Gaines
Other candidate: Dave Jones
Editor’s Note: All you need to know about Ted Gaines is that he is opposed to ObamaCare. Dave Jones, the incumbent Democrat, loves ObamaCare.
Candidates: Gavin Newsom and Ron Nehring
Editor’s Note: We can’t stomach the Democratic incumbent, Gavin Newsom but the Republican alternative, Ron Nehring, has doubled down on the drug war. We are sitting this one out.
Endorsement: Neel Kashkari
Other candidate: Jerry Brown Editor’s Note: Jerry Brown has done a good job in some respects but we cannot support his crazy High Speed Rail plan. Neel Kashkari is a reasonable alternative.
Secretary of State:
Endorsement: Pete Peterson
Other candidate: Alex Padilla
Editor’s Note: Padilla can be expected to answer to the unions. Pete Peterson became the first Executive Director of Common Sense California, a bipartisan, nonprofit “think-and-do tank” devoted to improving civic participation throughout the state. In 2010 Common Sense California joined with the Davenport Institute at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University to become the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership, where Peterson serves as Executive Director.
Superintendent of Public Instruction:
Endorsement: Marshall Tuck
Other candidate: Tom Torlakson
Editor’s Note: Torlakson is the teacher’s union candidate. That alone is reason enough to vote for Tuck instead!
State Board of Equalization, District 4:
Endorsement: Nader Shahatit
Candidates: Diane Harkey
Editor’s Note: There is NO WAY we can get behind Diane Harkey. In fact we really want to see her lose so we are endorsing her opponent, Shahatit.
Endorsement: Betty Yee
Other candidate: Ashley Swearengin
Editor’s Note: Swearingin is a High Speed Rail supporter and she has tried to raise taxes in Fresno, where she is the Mayor. No bueno!
Endorsement: Greg Conlon
Other candidate: John Chiang
Orange County Legislative Races:
45th Congressional District:
OC Politics Blog Endorsement: Mimi Walters
Other candidate: Drew Leavens
Editor’s Note: Mimi Walters is very fortunate that she won’t be facing off against the better candidate, Greg Raths, in November. Instead she is running against liberal Democrat Drew Leavens, a fellow who proudly features a picture of himself with the disgusting Sandra Fluke on his website. No thanks! We’ll go with the carpetbagger Walters instead.
68th Assembly District:
OC Politics Blog Endorsement: None
Editor’s Note: Don Wagner decided to endorse the horrid Lucille Kring for Mayor of Anaheim. Therefore we cannot endorse him. We are loathe to endorse his Democratic opponent so we are not endorsing in this race.
73rd Assembly District:
OC Politics Blog Endorsements: Wendy Gabriella
Other candidate: Bill Brough
74th Assembly District:
OC Politics Blog Endorsements: Matt Harper
Other candidate: Keith Curry
Editor’s Note: We have never been big fans of Harper but Curry is a deplorable RINO and he tried to shut down the beach fire pits. Suddenly Harper is much more appealing…
36th State Senate District:
OC Politics Blog Endorsements: None
Editor’s Note: We were not impressed by Bates’ tenure on the OC Board of Supervisors but see no reason to support her Democratic Party opponent, Gary Kephart. Pass.
Orange County Races:
Orange County Assessor Election:
OC Politics Blog Endorsement: Claude Parrish
Other Candidate: Webster Guillory
Editor’s Note: The OCDA has charged Guillory with turning in fraudulent nomination papers.