MOORLACH CAMPAIGN UPDATE — Second and Stanton — October 28, 2014

The OC Register provided two pieces in the last two days on the upcoming election. One on the Second District Supervisorial race and the other on Measure GG in the city of Stanton by Rick Muth. Rick’s piece is spot on and Stanton residents should vote against this measure.

You know that I’m supporting Allan Mansoor for the Second District. Two recent mailers confirm why he deserves your vote. The first is from the Association of Orange County Deputy Sheriffs (AOCDS). They have mailed a hit piece on Allan. The rules are simple for conservative voters: Vote for the candidate that the unions are opposing and not for the candidate that they are supporting. AOCDS involvement in the race should make your selection in this race a no-brainer: Allan Mansoor will be the independent Supervisor.

Allan’s opponent just sent out a piece stating that she really cares about schools. Who doesn’t? I’m not sure it was sent because many voters are gullible or for comic relief. But, stating education priorities shows how little she knows about the job of a County Supervisor. If she wants to improve schools, then she should have run for a school board. Speaking of school boards, my recommendations are provided below.

If time permits, I’ll try to get more details on these and other races out in the next few days.

My October 16 MOORLACH CAMPAIGN UPDATE did not load properly on my blog, so I’m repeating my recommendations below for the six Republican candidates running for county and countywide positions (bold is an endorsement, italics is a good alternate, regular print is the other candidate in the race):

Orange County Supervisor, Second District

ALLAN R. MANSOOR

MICHELLE STEEL

Orange County Supervisor, Second District

ROBERT MING

LISA BARTLETT

Superior Court Judge Office No. 14

KENNETH C. "KC" JONES

KEVIN HASKINS

Here are a few selected additional recommendations for Community College and School District candidates:

Coast Community College District

DAVID GRANT (DEM)

Rancho Santiago College District

TRUNG QUANG NGUYEN (REP)

South Orange County College District

QUINLAN RAKIN (REP)
NANCY PADBERG (REP AND INCUMBENT)

Centralia School District

HENRY CHAROEN (REP)

Capistrano Unified School District

CRAIG P. ALEXANDER (REP)
MARTHA MCNICHOLAS (REP)

Fountain Valley School District

SANDRA CRANDALL (REP AND INCUMBENT)

Newport-Mesa Unified School District – Trustee Area 1

STEVE SMITH (DTS)
VICKI SNELL (REP AND APPOINTED INCUMBENT)

Newport-Mesa Unified School District – Trustee Area 7

LISA MANFREDI (REP)
WALT DAVENPORT (REP AND INCUMBENT)

Ocean View School District

JOHN BRISCOE (REP AND INCUMBENT)

Supervisor contenders show their differences

Veteran politicians Allan Mansoor and Michelle Steel are competing for the county seat.

The race to replace termed-out Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach is shaping up as a slugfest over a contentious proposal to create a toll lane on a stretch of I-405.

Both candidates – Michelle Steel, who is termed out of her elected post at the state Board of Equalization, and Allan Mansoor, the state Assemblyman representing the 74th District – say they oppose a toll lane on I-405.

Steel says Mansoor voted for toll lanes in January 2009 while on the Orange County Transportation Authority board.

Mansoor, 50, said it wasn’t a vote on a specific alternative. Failing to study all alternatives, he said, would result in a lawsuit or challenge.

Meeting minutes indicate that Mansoor voted with the board to give OCTA staff “permission to explore the idea” of a future high-occupancy toll lane as part of a slate of alternatives.

Mansoor says Steel, 59, is trying to buy the election with a blitz of negative campaign mailers. Steel has raised $381,025 this year and loaned her campaign $175,000 since 2012, campaign finance records show. Mansoor has raised $117,579 this year.

“I’ve been outspent in every race I’ve ever run,” Mansoor said.

Mansoor paints himself as a homegrown, grass-roots candidate. He worked at the county Sheriff’s Department for 16 years and served as mayor and city councilman in Costa Mesa. He was elected to the state assembly in 2010 and re-elected in 2012.

He is endorsed by county Supervisor John Moorlach, Huntington Beach Mayor Matt Harper, Westminster Councilwoman Diana Carey, the state Small Business Association and others.

Mansoor said he’d increase oversight of county agencies to curb government errors, citing as an example the Orange County Fire Authority, which charged fees for inspections that never took place. He said he’d ask new hires and existing county employees to contribute more to their pensions to tackle the county’s ballooning pension liability.

“Let’s not be a Stockton or San Bernardino,” Mansoor said of the two cities that are grappling to pay their pensions and other debts after declaring bankruptcy.

Steel, a self-described taxpayer advocate, would also ask public employees to pay more, including public safety employees.

Steel is serving her second term on the state Board of Equalization, the body that handles the administration and collection of state sales taxes.

Steel said a proposal she championed while on the board led to the release of $296 million in security deposits to roughly 11,000 California merchants.

Steel said personal experience shaped her politics. As a college student, Steel said she helped her mother run a clothing store, and later helped run a friend’s liquor store.

Stanton GG: One of smallest cities wants highest sales tax

BY RICK MUTH

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Stanton and the city of Bell, in southern Los Angeles County, have a lot in common. Both encompass a modest three square miles and have unemployment rates higher than the state average. Both cities’ average percapita income is well below the state average.

Just like the city of Bell, I see Stanton’s elected city officials skirting the facts for their campaign for a sales tax increase, called Measure GG.

There is a beauty in Stanton that I see and care about. It’s where my family’s business has called home since the 1950s, predating the city’s incorporation. Recently, Orange County Supervisor John ‍Moorlach appointed me to serve on the Oversight Board of the Stanton Redevelopment Agency, and I attended the Stanton Blue Ribbon Advisory Committee meetings.

Through my involvement, I’ve grown increasingly worried about Stanton’s fiscal health. Troubling trends mirror Bell’s lack of transparency and fiscal mismanagement that are coming to a head this November.

Stanton’s City Council voted last July to place Measure GG on the ballot and, if passed, Stanton residents and shoppers will pay 12.5 percent more in sales tax in Stanton. It will be the highest sales tax of any of the county’s 34 cities, making Stanton businesses less competitive when consumers and residents can simply drive to a neighboring city. They will likely net less revenue if Stanton businesses move to neighboring cities.

The city’s trying to sell this tax as needed to maintain police and fire protection. Over 70 percent of Stanton’s budget is already dedicated to police and fire services. Consider that crime, according to a campaigning council member, is down 41 percent. It’s a sad campaign to mislead voters.

The city claims they need the extra $3 million in tax revenue that Measure GG is estimated to bring in to cover a $1.8 million structural budget deficit. They argue the state stole their money. I don’t agree; the main problem is mismanagement. While they say they cut the number of city staff positions by 30 percent, they’ve also increased the salaries of remaining staff by upwards of 30 percent (the average Stanton resident makes significantly less).

A better way of attracting businesses, thereby increasing city tax revenues, would be to lower some of Stanton’s issued fees and taxes to attract private investment.

I urge Stanton voters to support and stand by its community by saying no more to higher taxes. Taxpayers and residents in Stanton are being asked to foot the bill for the fiscal mismanagement of Stanton city council and employees. Vote No on Measure GG.

This UPDATE was e-mailed from my personal address.

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