General Election, November, 2014:
Fullerton City Council
Other candidates: Rick Alvarez (D), Larry Bennett, Bill Chaffee, Doug Chaffee (D), Jane Rands (G)
Note: Paden looks like a great fiscal conservative! He has been endorsed by the CRA and the OC Register. Sebourn has been fairly consistent as a Councilman although he disappointed some of his supporters by not supporting efforts to outsource the Fullerton Police Department. He is still preferable to the other candidates. Rick Alvarez has refused to say whether or not he will ally with his fellow Democrat, Councilwoman Jan Flory, if he is elected. That is very disconcerting!
Fullerton Union High School District
Other Candidates: Bob Hathaway, Bob Singer, Ho Jeong Lim, Marilyn Buchi, Joanne Fawley (D)
Local Ballot Measures:
Measure I – Fullerton High School Bond Measure – No
Measure J – North Orange County Community College District Bond Measure – No
Our Endorsement: Ron Gold
Other candidate: Kamala Harris
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. Gold is also for ending the drug war. That sounds good to us!
Our Endorsement: Ted Gaines
Other candidate: Dave Jones
Note: All you need to know about Ted Gaines is that he is opposed to ObamaCare. Dave Jones, the incumbent Democrat, loves ObamaCare.
Our Endorsement: None
Candidates: Gavin Newsom and Ron Nehring
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.
Our Endorsement: Neel Kashkari
Other candidate: Jerry Brown
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:
Our Endorsement: Pete Peterson
Other candidate: Alex Padilla
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
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
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
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:
39th Congressional District:
Our Endorsement: None
Candidates: Ed Royce, Peter O. Anderson
Note: Royce has consistently supported liberal Republican candidates for local offices. It is time to stop voting for him!
46th Congressional District:
Our Endorsement: None
Note: There is no way we can support the Lake Forest carpetbagger, Adam Nick. But we are not fans of the incumbent, Loretta Sanchez, either. Pass.
55th Assembly District:
Our Endorsement: Ling Ling Chang
Other candidate: Gregg Fritchle
65th Assembly District:
Our Endorsement: Young Kim
Candidates: Sharon Quirk-Silva
Note: Quirk-Silva had a chance to be a moderate when she got to Sacramento. Instead she has consistently voted like a liberal. Is it any wonder that Kim is now in the lead?
34th State Senate District:
Our Endorsement: Jose Solorio
Other candidate: Janet Nguyen
Editor’s Note: We had every intention of staying neutral in this race but changed our minds after one of Janet Nguyen’s consultants, Peter DeMarco, launched a very person attack against us and our blog. He was upset apparently about an online survey we ran awhile ago where our readers decided that Nguyen was the most corrupt OC Supervisor. Well Peter congratulations we already thought Nguyen was hopelessly corrupt now we are endorsing Solorio. He is a moderate Democrat and has at times voted for bills we didn’t like but he is honest and ethical while the record shows that Nguyen has earned her status as the Queen of OC political corruption.
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.