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.