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TEA Party 1

Richard Nixon’s birthplace, Yorba Linda, has long been a very red city. It’s home to a  bunch of crazy conservatives who try to be relevant as the city gets bluer and it’s the perfect recipe for political dysfunction.    In particular, Nancy Rikel, and her number one henchmen, Ed Rakochy have been trying to seize political influence for years.

Two years ago, the election was about density with a dog whistle about brown people moving into Yorba Linda. A half a million dollars later, their recall attempt — one month before the general election trying to get Rikel lifetime benefits — was an epic fail and the Yorba Linda Residents for Responsible Representation or YLRRR was shamed into hiding.

Until today. YLRRR (aka Rikel, Rakochy, Recalls) are at it again.

They now call themselves the Yorba Linda Taxpayers Association and they are flying the Tea Party Banner. With Rikel’s 2014 running mate, Jeff Decker leading the charge, the YLTA is going after the Yorba Linda Water District for what they call “an excessive rate increase” during the drought.  The “excessive rate” is only $16 a month, which isn’t unreasonable considering California is still in the midst of the worst drought in a century.

So, with Rikel pulling the strings in the background, Decker and Jon Hansen, (a guy who made a millions selling his family property to developers for high density housing) got residents to sign petitions to try to recall two board members, again this November, all over a $16 water bill increase that the Board later reduced after the State loosened watering restrictions.  

They also sued the District and lost after circulating a referendum to try to force the District to roll back rates and put another measure on the ballot. The cost for taxpyaers is actuially much higher than $16 a month – the “conservatives” trying to fight for tax dollars has cost Yorba Linda taxpayers more than a million dollars in two years on failed recalls and lost lawsuits.

The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) is investigating the YLTA for a litany of discrepancies in their finances.   Do Yorba Linda voters really want these guys running the Water District?  The FPPC investigation made Decker blink, causing both him and Hansen to drop bids for office.  With those two not on the ballot, which virtuous conservatives that YLTA is putting up to run for office?

Benjamin Franklin Parker and John Wayne Miller are running for the Yorba Linda Water District’s four year seats. Miller, a lifelong Democrat, became a Republican last month.  Parker, a Democrat since 2008, also switched to Republican. And it appears that both have embraced Tea Party values.

YLTA has Al Nederhood running for one two-year seat. Nederhood is a registered Republican.  He was the former President of the bankrupted Corinthian College after a judge issued a $1.2 Billion judgment for false advertising and unlawful debt collection.  Brooke Jones is running for the other two year seat.

For Voters in Yorba Linda, beware of former Democrats counting on you not to know their party allegiance has switched in what looks to be a year OC gets bluer.



  1. KL
    September 30, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Dan Chmielewski is a libtard.

  2. YorbaLinda TaxpayersAssociation
    September 30, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Ah yes, Mrs. Horton is up to her dirty politics. Let’s look at who was fined $3000 for a conflict of interest by the FPPC. This is a case of the big Horton kettle calling the pot black.


  3. Craig Yollum
    October 1, 2016 at 7:50 am

    I learned everything there is to know about spreading falsehoods from Mrs. Horton. Thanks to her, I got elected to Yorba Linda City Council. One of her best efforts was this: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/jail-357470-sheriff-city.html

  4. Shelley Holbrook
    October 1, 2016 at 7:50 am

    It’s not just a $16 dollar increase. The meter fee will be increase each year for the next 5 year until the fee for just the meter , no water usage is almost $100 a month. This is a major rip off to the citizens of YL. In addition the WLWD has squandered a lot of our money. They never built the reservoir that was so badly needed during the Freeway complex fire. Instead they built themselves a fancy office building. Time to hold these people accountable for there outrages actions

    • Charlie
      October 3, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Stop drinking the kool-aid Shelly. The 5 year increase was not set in stone. And your numbers and facts are straight out of Decker’s BS playbook. The Water Company lowered meter fees. The reservoir was built in 2010.

      And shame on anyone for believing people that have enough time on their hands to hang out in front of Stater Bros serving up lies to the community.

      Rikel is a known liar and corrupt politician. Rakochy is worse. I don’t even think he lives in Yorba Linda anymore. Decker and Hansen take the cake though…

      “That’s Dr. Decker, when I speak, write it down!”

      Hansen always looks like he’s just lost in his 30 day chip from anger management.

      I have no idea who any of these candidates are… Republican, Democrat doesn’t matter. If they are endorsed by YLTA they aren’t getting my vote.

  5. CKAB
    October 1, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Did this political hack just portray budgetary incompetence as reasonable? When a board is responsible for projecting a budget and setting water rates, it is not reasonable to arbitrarily decide to penalize residents to the tune of millions of dollars with no justifiable explanation. Using the CA drought as an excuse after the fact and saying oops we collected millions over budget is a collossal budgetary failure for a city of this size.

  6. Jim
    October 2, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    Anyone who still believes anything that comes from Rikel, Rakochy and their stooges Decker and Hansen should have their rights to vote revoked!

    These people have lied to Yorba Linda for 20+ years!

    The public is wise to these folks… they knew they would lose… and it would be political suicide… so they recruited these nobodies to run…

    Parker’s wife is running for council!!! How desperate are they? Although she is the brains behind ol’ BFP…. That guy couldn’t string a sentence together if his life depended on it.

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