Dave Grant is a curious man. He’s the kind of man that loves crew, sailing, exotic journeys, and getting school buildings named after himself. It was that last, incredibly narcissistic fact made me curious about this man, and his campaign to capture a seat as a Trustee for Coast Community College District.Â In next no time at all the story of the OCC David A. Grant Collegiate Rowing Center unraveled itself on my computer screen. The building which is part of Orange Coast College’s “navel base” (and as an obelisk to this man’s self reverence) was recently renovated with tax-payer funds, ahead of a project to build a sorely needed replacement for Orange Coast College’s Math, Computing Sciences, and Business buildings. The costs on new construction had over-runs, and something had to be canceled, and the District had to nix it’s plans for the new math building. But who cares, right? After all, David Grant doesn’t teach math, he coaches crew. And he got the updates to his “Navel Base”Â to continue doing so, in style.
One peak at his financial disclosure forms, kept at the Registrar of Voters office in downtown Santa Ana, further convinced me that Dave Grant would NOT make a good public official. Who makes an appearance on his donation records? The same developers who updated the OCC Dave Grant Sailing Center (they do a quite a bit of work for the District), the super conservative law firm Rutan & Tucker, who is retained by the district as consul, and pretty much every other player with financial interests in the District. This man wants to be a Trustee. He is so bought and paid for, I shudder to think the damage he will wrought on the District, and it’s long term interests should he get elected.
His biggest opponent is Judge Lynne Riddle. She’s a retired United States Bankruptcy Judge with over a decade and a half on that bench. She has accumulated one extremely impressive academic and professional accomplishment after another, which you can check out on her site here. And, get this, the other opponent on the ballot, Bob Mosely, ceased campaigning. In his own words “thereâ€™s a much better candidate, and itâ€™s not me.Â Iâ€™m urging voters to support Judge Lynne Riddle, who has the integrity, experience, and knowledge to continue the reforms, protect taxpayers, and put students first.“.
Wow. Please check out Lynne Riddle if you live in the Coast Community College District, this is one candidate that I have no doubt will put her constituents, and the rule of law, first.