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  • Thursday, July 31, 2014

     

    Candidates UPDATE 7/31/14

    eLECTION Watch 2014
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    Candidate UPDATE for July 31,2014

    Orange Mayor's Race
    Tita Smith- Pulled Papers

    Orange City Council Seats (2)
    Jon Dumitru -Pulled Papers
    Ray Grangoff- Pulled Papers
    Kimberlee "Kim"Nichols -Filed Papers
    Fred Whitaker-Pulled Papers
    Gayle Merino-Pulling Papers

    Villa Park City Council Seats (3)
    Diana Fascenelli-Pulled Papers
    Sanjay Khetani- Pulled Papers
    Stephen Miller- Pulled Papers
    Karl Kreutziger-Pulled Papers
    Robert "Bob" Collacott- Pulled Papers

    Orange Unified School District
    Diane Singer- Pulled Papers
    Zachary Collins-Pulled Papers

    Kathy Moffat- Pulled Papers
    Timothy Surridge- Filed Papers
    Rick Ledesma -Filed Papers
    Steve Rocco- Filed Papers

    Rancho Santiago College District Seat 4
    Robert Douglas - Filed Papers
    Lawrence R "Larry" Labrado- Filed Papers
    Trung Quang Nguyen- Pulled Papers


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    Wednesday, July 30, 2014

     

    Nichols makes it official

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    Nichols first to make her run official and another potential Villa Park candidate pulls papers

    Former Orange Unified Trustee Kimberlee "Kim" Nichols has filed her paper work to run for Orange City Council.  Nichols was the first of five potential candidates who have pulled papers to officially file.

    In Villa Park, another potential candidate has pulled papers. Robert "Bob" Collacott has pulled papers -making five potential candidates for the three seats up for election. Collacott is the Manager of Water Quality and Permitting for URS, a San Francisco based construction and engineering firm. 

    Orange Mayor's Race
    Tita Smith- Pulled Papers

    Orange City Council Seats (2)
    Jon Dumitru -Pulled Papers
    Ray Grangoff- Pulled Papers
    Kimberlee "Kim"Nichols -Filed Papers
    Fred Whitaker-Pulled Papers
    Gayle Merino-Pulling Papers
    Robert "Bob" Collacott- Pulled Papers

    Villa Park City Council Seats (3)
    Diana Fascenelli-Pulled Papers
    Sanjay Khetani- Pulled Papers
    Stephen Miller- Pulled Papers
    Karl Kreutziger-Pulled Papers
    Robert "Bob" Collacott- Pulled Papers

    Orange Unified School District
    Diane Singer- Pulled Papers
    Zachary Collins-Pulled Papers

    Kathy Moffat- Pulled Papers
    Timothy Surridge- Filed Papers
    Rick Ledesma -Filed Papers
    Steve Rocco- Filed Papers

    Rancho Santiago College District Seat 4
    Robert Douglas - Filed Papers
    Lawrence R "Larry" Labrado- Filed Papers
    Trung Quang Nguyen- Pulled Papers


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    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

     

    Two more potential candidates

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    Two more pull papers for Orange and Villa Park councils
    Gayle Merino has pulled papers for the Orange City Council. Merino works as the office manager for her husband Michael's Orange architecture firm.  Gayle Merino has been active in numerous community organizations.  Merino and her husband were honored on Veteran's Day in 2005 for donating time, energy and services for the installation of  a Veterans Memorial Flag Pole at the Depot Park Orange Veteran Memorial site. 

    In Villa Park, Karl Kreutziger pulled papers for that city's City Council. This year, Kreutziger was named President of Anaheim based construction firm Driver SPG a subsidiary of California's CW Driver construction company. In March, Kreutziger won the CREW-OC SPIRE Award for Superior Performance in Philanthropy. The award recognizes a person in commercial real estate in Orange County.

    eLECTION Watch 2014
    Today's summary
    Orange Mayor's Race
    Tita Smith- Pulled Papers

    Orange City Council Seats (2)
    Jon Dumitru -Pulled Papers
    Ray Grangoff- Pulled Papers
    Kimberlee "Kim"Nichols -Pulled Papers
    Fred Whitaker-Pulled Papers
    Gayle Merino-Pulling Papers

    Villa Park City Council Seats (3)
    Diana Fascenelli-Pulled Papers
    Sanjay Khetani- Pulled Papers
    Stephen Miller- Pulled Papers
    Karl Kreutziger-Pulled Papers

    Orange Unified School District
    Diane Singer- Pulled Papers
    Zachary Collins-Pulled Papers

    Kathy Moffat- Pulled Papers
    Timothy Surridge- Filed Papers
    Rick Ledesma -Filed Papers
    Steve Rocco- Filed Papers

    Rancho Santiago College District Seat 4
    Robert Douglas - Filed Papers
    Lawrence R "Larry" Labrado- Filed Papers
    Trung Quang Nguyen- Pulled Papers

    Friday, July 25, 2014

     

    Candidate UPDATE 7/25

    eLECTION Watch 2014
    Today's summary
    Orange Mayor's Race
    Tita Smith- Pulled Papers

    Orange City Council Seats (2)
    Jon Dumitru -Pulled Papers
    Ray Grangoff- Pulled Papers
    Kimberlee "Kim"Nichols -Pulled Papers
    Fred Whitaker-Pulled Papers

    Villa Park City Council Seats (3)
    Diana Fascenelli-Pulled Papers
    Sanjay Khetani- Pulled Papers
    Stephen Miller- Pulled Papers

    Orange Unified School District
    Diane Singer- Pulled Papers

    Zachary Collins-Pulled Papers

    Kathy Moffat- Pulled Papers

    Timothy Surridge- Filed Papers

    Rick Ledesma -Filed Papers
    Steve Rocco- Filed Papers

    Rancho Santiago College District Seat 4
    Robert Douglas - Filed Papers
    Lawrence R "Larry" Labrado- Filed Papers
    Trung Quang Nguyen- Pulled Papers



    Thursday, July 24, 2014

     

    Moffat pulls papers as potential opponent alleges sex scandal

    eLECTION Watch 2014
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    OUSD Trustee Kathy Moffat pulls papers for re-election as
    Zachary Collins explains alleged sex scandal prompted his potential OUSD campaign

    Zachary Collins 
    Orange Unified Area 4 Trustee Kathy Moffat put to rest rumors that she might not seek re-election to a fifth term when she pulled papers to run again in November.  First elected in the 2001 Orange Recall, Moffat has spent most of her current term battling Trustee Timothy Surridge and his allies on the OUSD Board over the Peralta Site surplus property.  Moffat has argued the property is an invaluable asset as a possible future school site in a community that is totally built out as Surridge and his allies have tried to first lease, then sell the property to developers.

    Moffat's move for re-election comes two days after Zachary Collins pulled papers to run for the Area 4 trustee seat.

    In his twenties, in 2010 Collins had declared in the California Lt. Governor race, but then withdrew.  In an email to Orange Net News, Collins explained what led him to declare then later withdraw from the race:

    Yes I did take a shot for the Lieutenant Governor position for our great State I did so on the basis that all parties should never let any seat go un-contested. That is my moral standpoint. If you allow an incumbent to win by default or slide back into office with such ease, there is no campaigning and certainly no light shed on key events that the public must be made aware of. Once a more qualified candidate did throw his hat in the ring, I quietly and without hesitation stood down. 

    Collins further explains  in his email that an alleged sex scandal that he  reported to someone in Orange Unified, but did not get a response to until 4 years later after hinting about an election, is what prompted his campaign for OUSD Trustee.

    The Collins' email states that the OUSD Board "did nothing about it, let alone respond, for almost 4 years"  to an alleged sex scandal involving teachers and students. He writes that " Our board has explicit knowledge and details that I (and many others) have provided to them about".  Collin's in his email states he provided "concrete evidence including photographic evidence".  His email states that:

    They only responded, within an hour I might add, when I emailed them saying "I understand 4 out of the 7 seats are up for re-election, good luck." That shows their true colors and character, which is why I am running.

    The Collin's allegations of course go beyond a political attack and leave many questions unanswered. Collins' email does not indicate who in Orange Unified he reported his allegations to nor what the eventual alleged response was 4 years later. Nor does Collins indicate whether he reported his allegations to  law enforcement authorities, which of course seems like a logical step in an alleged sex scandal-complete with photographic evidence.
    Steve Rocco

    The four year grand conspiracy cryptically outlined in the email from the self- identifying Tea Party enthusiast Collins sounds akin to the many conspiracy theories professed by another potential OUSD candidate who has also pulled papers to run in November, former OUSD Trustee Steve Rocco. 

    Is this a political slate in the making?





    eLECTION Watch 2014
    Today's summary
    Orange Mayor's Race
    Tita Smith- Pulled Papers

    Orange City Council Seats (2)
    Jon Dumitru -Pulled Papers
    Ray Grangoff- Pulled Papers
    Kimberlee "Kim"Nichols -Pulled Papers
    Fred Whitaker-Pulled Papers

    Villa Park City Council Seats (3)
    Diana Fascenelli-Pulled Papers
    Sanjay Khetani- Pulled Papers
    Stephen Miller- Pulled Papers

    Orange Unified School District
    Diane Singer- Pulled Papers

    Zachary Collins-Pulled Papers

    Kathy Moffat- Pulled Papers

    Timothy Surridge- Filed

    Rick Ledesma -Filed
    Steve Rocco- Filed

    Rancho Santiago College District Seat 4
    Robert Douglas - Filed
    Lawrence R "Larry" Labrado- Pulled Papers
    Trung Quang Nguyen- Pulled Papers






    Wednesday, July 23, 2014

     

    Orange Mayor Tita Smith pulls papers for re-election

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    Orange mayor Tita Smith pulls papers for re-election

    eLECTION Watch 2014
    Today's summary
    Orange Mayor's Race
    Tita Smith- Pulled Papers

    Orange City Council Seats (2)
    Jon Dumitru -Pulled Papers
    Ray Grangoff- Pulled Papers
    Kimberlee "Kim"Nichols -Pulled Papers
    Fred Whitaker-Pulled Papers

    Villa Park City Council Seats (3)
    Diana Fascenelli-Pulled Papers
    Sanjay Khetani- Pulled Papers
    Stephen Miller- Pulled Papers

    Orange Unified School District
    Diane Singer- Pulled Papers

    Zachary Collins-Pulled Papers

    Timothy Surridge- Filed

    Rick Ledesma -Filed
    Steve Rocco- Filed

    Other Noteworthy developments:


    Robert Douglas has filed for Rancho Santiago Community College District Seat 4.

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014

     

    Three candidates have pulled for Villa Park races

    eLECTION Watch 2014
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    Two new candidates pull papers for Villa Park Council race
    As of today, three candidates have pulled papers to run for the three Villa Park City Council seats in November.  Villa Park Coucnilwomen Diana Fascenelli has pulled papers for relection. Also pulling papers are Sanjay Khetani and Stephen Miller.

    none of the three have filed their papers yet, the filing deadline is August 8th unless Frascenelli fails to file which would then extend the deadline by one week.

    Councilman Brad Reese and Coucnilwomen Deborah Pauly who's terms are ending are both termed out.

    eLECTION Watch 2014
    Today's summary

    Orange Mayor's Race
    No candidates yet
    Orange City Council Seats (2)
    Jon Dumitru -Pulled Papers
    Ray Grangoff- Pulled Papers
    Kimberlee "Kim"Nichols -Pulled Papers
    Fred Whitaker-Pulled Papers

    Villa Park City Council Seats (3)
    Diana Fascenelli-Pulled Papers
    Sanjay Khetani- Pulled Papers
    Stephen Miller- Pulled Papers

    Orange Unified School District
    Diane Singer- Pulled Papers


    Zachary Collins-Pulled Papers


    Timothy Surridge- Filed


    Rick Ledesma -Filed
    Steve Rocco- Filed


    Other Noteworthy developments:

    Monday, July 21, 2014

     

    Candidate UPDATE 7/21

    eLECTION Watch 2014
    a service of Orange Net News /O/N/N/
    Today's summary
     
    Orange Mayor's Race
    No candidates yet
    Orange City Council Seats (2)
    Jon Dumitru -Pulled Papers
    Ray Grangoff- Pulled Papers
    Kimberlee "Kim"Nichols -Pulled Papers
    Fred Whitaker-Pulled Papers

    Villa Park City Council Seats (3)
    Diana Fascenelli-Pulled Papers
    Sanjay Khetani- Pulled Papers
    Orange Unified School District
    Diane Singer- Pulled Papers
    Zachary Collins-Pulled Papers
    Timothy Surridge- Filed
    Rick Ledesma -Filed
    Steve Rocco- Filed

    Other Noteworthy developments:

    Robert Douglas has filed for Rancho Santiago Community College District Seat 4.

    Saturday, July 19, 2014

     

    KKK in City of Orange

    COMMUNITY UPDATE     
    Anti- immigrant KKK message in Orange
      
    A small number of Klu Klux Klan flyers with an anti-immigration message have begun to appear in Orange.

    While repulsive, the flyers are not illegal.

    The flyers include this message:
    "It's time to enforce immigration ... To put troops on the border with shoot-to-kill politics"

    For more information from KNBC click on: RACIST FLIERS

    The following news story appeared on KNBC.





    Friday, July 18, 2014

     

    Candidates Update

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    Zachary Collins pulls papers for OUSD Trustee Seat
    Self-identified Tea Party enthusiast Zachary Collins has pulled papers for the Orange Unified Trustee Seat 4.

    The 20 year old Collins who first ran an unsuccessful campaign to get on the 2014 Primary Ballot for California Lt. Governor has a trail of social media  that is little used and little followed.

    In his pulling papers the website listed- www. electzacharycollins.com- does not work.

    Other Zachary Collins sites include (Click on):



     Collins' official "press release" to run for Lt. Governor can be found here:

    As of Friday 7/18, after one week of filing the following is the Greater Orange 2014 candidate activity:

    eLECTION Watch 2014  
    Today's summary

    Orange Mayor's Race
    No candidates yet
    Orange City Council Seats (2)
    Jon Dumitru -Pulled Papers
    Ray Grangoff- Pulled Papers
    Kimberlee "Kim"Nichols -Pulled Papers
    Fred Whitaker-Pulled Papers

    Villa Park City Council Seats (3)
    Diana Fascenelli-Pulled Papers

    Orange Unified School District
    Diane Singer- Pulled Papers
    Zachary Collins-Pulled Papers
    Timothy Surridge- Filed
    Rick Ledesma -Filed
    Steve Rocco- Filed

    Other Noteworthy developments:

    Robert Douglas has filed for Rancho Santiago Community College District Seat 4.

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    Thursday, July 17, 2014

     

    eLECTION UPDATE 7/17/14

    eLECTION Watch 2014  
    Today's summary

    Orange Mayor's Race
    No candidates yet
    Orange City Council Seats (2)
    Jon Dumitru -Pulled Papers
    Ray Grangoff- Pulled Papers
    Kimberlee "Kim"Nichols -Pulled Papers
    Fred Whitaker-Pulled Papers

    Villa Park City Council Seats (3)
    Diana Fascenelli-Pulled Papers

    Orange Unified School District
    Diane Singer- Pulled Papers


    No candidates yet


    Timothy Surridge- Filed


    Rick Ledesma -Filed
    Steve Rocco- Filed


    Other Noteworthy developments:


    Robert Douglas has filed for Rancho Santiago Community College District Seat 4.

    Wednesday, July 16, 2014

     

    Election UPDATE July 16, 2014

    eLECTION Watch 2014  
    Today's summary
    Orange Mayor's Race
    No candidates yet
    Orange City Council Seats (2)
    Jon Dumitru -Pulled Papers
    Ray Grangoff- Pulled Papers
    Kimberlee "Kim"Nichols -Pulled Papers
    Fred Whitaker-Pulled Papers

    Villa Park City Council Seats (3)
    Diana Fascenelli-Pulled Papers

    Orange Unified School District

    Rick Ledesma -Filed
    Steve Rocco- Pulled Papers

    Other Noteworthy developments:
    Robert Douglas has filed for Rancho Santiago Community College District Trustee Seat 4.

    Tuesday, July 15, 2014

     

    Rocco, Nichols, Dumitru try comebacks

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    He's back...Steve Rocco pulls papers for OUSD seat and...
    Jon Dumitru and Kimberlee "Kim" Nichols pull papers for 2014 Orange City Council Race
    Former Trustee Steve Rocco
    Controversial perennial candidate Steve Rocco who once won an OUSD Trustee seat by listing himself as an "educator" has pulled papers to run for OUSD Area 7 Trustee seat. The Area 7 seat is currently held by Rick Ledesma -who also pulled papers to run for re-election.

    Two days into the filing period and three people so far have pulled papers for two Orange City Council seats currently held by Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Fred Whitaker and Councilman Denis Bilodeau.
    Former Councilman Jon Dumitru

    Former Orange City Council member and unsuccessful mayoral candidate Jon Dumitru has pulled papers for a council seat in a bid for a political come back.  Dumitru , who's two mayoral campaigns were mired in controversy and scandal was soundly defeated in his last campaign by then Councilwomen and now Mayor Tita Smith. Dumitru had a fund raiser in June, but currently has no further campaign events listed on his website (Click on: DUMITRU  ).
    Former Trustee Kim Nichols

    Former Orange Unified Trustee Kimberlee "Kim " Nichols,  who has held numerous community positions including President of the Orange Library Foundation, has also pulled papers for the Orange City Council putting to rest the persistent rumor that  she might challenge the unpopular OUSD Trustee Timothy Surridge who defeated her for the seat. (Click on: NICHOLS 2010 ) .

    When Nichols was President of the OUSD Board, she was one of the community leaders who tried to collect signatures to recall then Trustee Steve Rocco.  When that effort failed, Nichols pushed through the realignment of the OUSD Trustee Areas which changed Rocco's home out of his original Trustee area forcing him to run against Rick Ledesma-but not as an incumbent.  Rocco lost.

    Roy Grangoff
    Also pulling papers for the Orange City Council race is Roy Grangoff. Grangoff announced his campaign in December of 2013 and already has a website and event planned for this week ( Click on GRANGOFF ). 

    Councilman Whitaker
    Orange Councilman Fred Whitaker has also pulled papers for his re-election campaign. ( Click on: WHITAKER)

    Meanwhile, perennial Orange City Council candidate Robert Douglas will again be on the ballot -but not for Orange City Council. Douglas has pulled papers for the Area 4 Trustee Seat for the Rancho Santiago Community College District currently held by Lawrence Labrado.  Trustee Labardo, a former educator and Outreach Director for CSU Fullerton, was first appointed to a vacancy on the RSCCD Board in 1994.

    In Villa Park, three council seats are open.  Councilwomen Diana Fascenelli has pulled papers for re-election.  Councilman Brad Reese and Councilwomen Deborah Pauly are termed out of their seats.  Pauly has recently been a regular fixture at Orange Unified School Board meetings and there is widespread speculation that she will be running for the OUSD Trustee Area 4 Seat currently held by Trustee Kathy Moffat.

    The controversial Pauly,  a self-professed proud Tea Party advocate, was removed as OC Republican Party Vice Chair in 2012 ( Republican Party ) as she unsuccessfully ran for OC Supervisor (Click On: SUPERVISOR RACE  ).  At the OUSD June 30, 2014 meeting, Pauly spoke against the 2014 Facilities Bond that was approved for the November ballot by the OUSD Board that night.  It is widely believed that Pauly will be leading the efforts against the OUSD 2014 Bond. On June 15th  Pauly posted this on her Facebook account: 

    This is JUST what I wanted to do today...write ballot arguments! ARGH!


    eLECTION Watch 2014  
    Today's summary

    Orange Mayor's Race
    No candidates yet
    Orange City Council Seats (2)
    Jon Dumitru -Pulled Papers
    Ray Grangoff- Pulled Papers
    Kimberlee "Kim"Nichols -Pulled Papers
    Fred Whitaker-Pulled Papers

    Villa Park City Council Seats (3)
    Diana Fascenelli-Pulled Papers

    Orange Unified School District
    • Trustee Area 1
    No candidates yet
    • Trustee Area 4
    No candidates yet
    • Trustee Area  5
    No candidates yet
    • Trustee Area  7
    Rick Ledesma -Pulled Papers
    Steve Rocco- Pulled Papers

    Other Noteworthy developments:
     Robert Douglas pulled papers for Rancho Santiago Community College District Seat 4 

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