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OC’s Starpoint Ventures Cuts $50,000 Check to California Democratic Party

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Irvine-based Starpointe Ventures, led by CEO Patrick Strader, made a $50,000 contribution to the California Democratic Party earlier this month according to TheElectionTrack.com, which tracks political contributions according to candidates and causes.  Strader, who acts as a consultant to FivePoint Neighborhoods interests in Irvine among other things, has been closely associated with the OC GOP and…

Gaido Scores SEIU Endorsement for Irvine Mayor

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Democratic candidate for mayor of Irvine, Mary Ann Gaido, has secured the endorsement of three branches of the Service Employees International Unions.  Here’s her note to supporters below: We are proud to announce that I have been endorsed for Mayor of Irvine by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) — United Service Workers West and the…

Election Leapfrogging Puts Bao, Martinez On Top

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Votes are still being counted from last week’s election and yesterday’s fresh batch of results moved some pieces around on the election chessboard. Notably, Garden Grove mayor Bao Nguyen has moved into second place in the race for CD-46 opening up a 578 vote lead over Republican Bob Peterson.  We’ll note it still places Nguyen,…

Big Night for Democrats in OC

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For the fist time, Democrats beat Republicans in voter turnout for a primary election in Orange County and there were several surprises with last night’s primary results.  Here’s a quick snapshot below: Polls tightened in California between Secretary Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders leading up to Tuesday night’s election.  With the Associated Press calling…

Gang War Declared in Irvine; Chen Threatens Council with Recall

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Irvine mayoral candidate Gang Chen, still upset about the Irvine City Council’s refusal to vote for the Veteran’s Cemetery and Memorial landswap that would enrich FivePoint by hundreds of millions of dollars, has written every member of the Irvine City Council — except Christina Shea — threatening to recall the four who didn’t back Shea’s…

Irvine City Council Defeats Cemetery Land Swap; Shea has a Fit

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Not a single member of the Irvine City Council seconded a motion by pro-developer Council member Christina Shea to swap land designated for the Veterans Cemetery and Memorial with billionaire developer Emile Haddad and the effort failed at last night’s city council meeting.  Instead, a substitute motion by Council member Beth Krom passed on a…