Last night I had the pleasure of attending Ward 4 Councilman David Benavides’ re-election kick off. Needless to say, the event was a great success and I see one of our better Councilmembers heading towards a re-election. The crowd was diverse with many people from the city insiders to the neighborhood folks, people who are usually at odds coming together to support David.
The Senate Public Employment and Retirement Committee approved legislation this week that would require placement agents to register as lobbyists and would end contingency fee arrangements based on winning contracts from Californiaâ€™s public retirement systems. Co-authored by Senator Lou Correa (Santa Ana), Assembly Bill 1743 (AB 1743) would help to ensure that transactions that involve placement agents securing investment assets from the stateâ€™s pension funds remain above board.
Democratic Congressional candidate Bill Hedrick today admonished his opponent, Republican Ken Calvert, for $16,725 in campaign contributions received from the oil industry this election cycle and for a $4000 contribution received from BP apologist Joe Bartonâ€™s PAC. Hedrick called on Calvert to give $20,725 received in oil industry contributions to small businesses in gulf region.
â€œI strongly support the DISCLOSE Act, which will dramatically increase transparency and accountability in political spending. Corporations and foreign governments shouldnâ€™t be allowed to issue a blank check to influence the outcome of our elections. Itâ€™s completely inconsistent with our democratic principles.
The announcement came in this morning; Doug Chaffee, a longtime Fullerton resident and Planning Commissioner, will run for one of two open seats on the Fullerton City Council. Doug Chaffee will file papers with the Fullerton City Clerk indicating that he will seek a seat on the city council. The general election is scheduled for…
â€œI am committed to providing Orange County police officers, fire fighters, and first responders with the resources they need to keep our community safe,â€ said Rep. Sanchez. â€œBut weâ€™re currently attaching too many strings to these resources. Local law enforcement officers, not Homeland Security bureaucrats, know how to best protect our community from potential threats. We should trust them to make some important spending decisions.â€
My son Alex graduated from high school last night.Â It marked a moment of satisfaction for my wife and I that our choice to live in Irvine upon moving here 13 years ago was a good one.Â We came here simply because we believed Irvine offered the best public school system in Orange County.Â It…