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By Michael Alexander | November 5, 2008
Two incumbents held on to their seats in the Coast Community College District Board of Trustees, but one longtime member dogged by controversy over the past few years has fallen to a first-time challenger. Armando Ruiz, who has in recent years been a target of calls to resign and an unsuccessful recall petition, lost to challenger Lorraine Prinsky 36.6% to 43.8%, according to the Orange County Registrar of Voters. A third candidate, Don “Coach Doc” Apodaca, got 19.6% of the vote.
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April 8, 2005
COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT District Office: 1370 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, (714) 432-5898 Chancellor: Kenneth D. Yglesias Board: President George Brown, Vice President Walt Howald, Jerry Patterson and Armando Ruiz; student trustee Heather Larson CITY OF COSTA MESA Costa Mesa City Hall, 77 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, (714) 754-5223 Mayor: Allan Mansoor Council: Eric Bever, Linda Dixon, Katrina Foley and Gary Monahan CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH Newport Beach City Hall, 3300 Newport Blvd.
NEWS
June 7, 2005
I believe Armando Ruiz should resign. Taking advantage of a loophole to gain a larger retirement is one thing, I blame the state for that. However, he purposely retired in October to deceive the voters. I happen to know that the early retirement package at South Orange County was for people retiring in June. Ruiz expressly asked for an extension to October, claiming he didn't want to leave the Coast Community College Board with an empty seat for several months.
NEWS
November 30, 2004
CITY OF COSTA MESA Costa Mesa City Hall, 77 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, (714) 754-5223 Mayor: Gary Monahan Council: Libby Cowan, Allan Mansoor, Mike Scheafer and Chris Steel CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH Newport Beach City Hall, 3300 Newport Blvd., Newport Beach, CA 92663, (949) 644-3309 Mayor: Tod Ridgeway Council: Leslie Daigle, Steve Bromberg, John Heffernan, Dick Nichols, Steven Rosansky and Don Webb COAST COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICT District Office: 1370 Adams Ave., Costa Mesa, CA 92626, (714)
NEWS
November 4, 2004
Jeff Benson Tuesday's election didn't change anything in the Coast Community College and Newport-Mesa Unified districts, as six incumbents retained their posts. Coast Community College District trustee Armando Ruiz won his reelection bid Tuesday night, just days after retiring from the post to cash in on a loophole in state law allowing him to collect a hiked pension. With 40.8% of the vote, Ruiz fended off challengers Bonnie Castrey and Diane Lenning, who pulled in 31.6% and 27.5%, respectively.
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By Michael Alexander | November 5, 2008
Two incumbents held on to their seats in the Coast Community College District Board of Trustees, but one longtime member dogged by controversy over the past few years has fallen to a first-time challenger. Armando Ruiz, who has in recent years been a target of calls to resign and an unsuccessful recall petition, lost to challenger Lorraine Prinsky 36.6% to 43.8%, according to the Orange County Registrar of Voters. A third candidate, Don “Coach Doc” Apodaca, got 19.6% of the vote.
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By Michael Alexander | October 30, 2008
Coast Community College District board members featured in an independently funded campaign mailer that some groups are criticizing say they have nothing to do with it and shouldn’t be criticized for its content. A mailer sent out by the independent United Citizens for Better Community Colleges features a photo of incumbents Mary Hornbuckle and Armando Ruiz standing with student representative Michael Battistone, urging voters to reelect Hornbuckle and Ruiz. Trustees Jerry Patterson and Jim Moreno, as well as candidate Lorraine Prinsky, and the Coast Federation of Educators faculty union said that putting a student on a mailer like that was unethical.
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By Michael Miller | October 29, 2006
Jim Moreno, a two-time Huntington Beach City Council candidate, is leading the pack — overwhelmingly — in campaign funds this fall for the Coast Community College District board of trustees. By Thursday, the second deadline to file finance statements with the county Registrar of Voters, Moreno had declared $12,081. The candidate with the second-most funds, incumbent Mary Hornbuckle, had $600. Moreno, 61, benefited from campaign contributions from congressional candidate Steve Young, former Orange Coast College President Gene Farrell and current trustee Jerry Patterson, as well as a number of businesses.
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By By Michael Miller | November 22, 2005
Opponents of college trustee fail to gather enough signatures before deadline but vow to try again.The campaign to recall Coast Community College District trustee Armando Ruiz hit a stumbling block Monday, as the petitioners failed to gather enough signatures to force a special election. However, those in charge of the campaign said they are ready to start round two. In May, a group of 20 community members -- including fellow trustee Jerry Patterson, political consultant David Kidd and Share Our Selves founder Jean Forbath -- began circulating a petition to remove Ruiz from the board.
NEWS
By: Michael Miller | September 15, 2005
John Moorlach, the treasurer and tax collector for Orange County, has endorsed the campaign to recall Coast Community College District trustee Armando Ruiz from office. A longtime advocate for government responsibility in pension plans, Moorlach presented a short statement to the organizers of the Recall Ruiz campaign last week. The group, led by political consultant David Kidd, fellow trustee Jerry Patterson and others, is circulating a petition that seeks to place a recall vote on the November ballot.
NEWS
June 7, 2005
HUMBERTO CASPA The hit television series "Everybody Loves Raymond" is going off the air soon. CBS needs to get ideas to replace what has been a lucrative show since it began nine years ago. How about a new series with another eye-catching title: "No one Likes Armando?" It would be a reality show, starring our beleaguered Coast Community College District trustee Armando Ruiz. The set would include Jerry Patterson, Ruiz's colleague and his most fervent inside critic, playing the antagonist.
NEWS
June 7, 2005
I believe Armando Ruiz should resign. Taking advantage of a loophole to gain a larger retirement is one thing, I blame the state for that. However, he purposely retired in October to deceive the voters. I happen to know that the early retirement package at South Orange County was for people retiring in June. Ruiz expressly asked for an extension to October, claiming he didn't want to leave the Coast Community College Board with an empty seat for several months.
NEWS
June 2, 2005
Michael Miller A coalition of school officials and other citizens stood up at the Coast Community College District Board of Trustees' meeting on Wednesday to demand the resignation of board member Armando Ruiz. The trustee, whose retirement and subsequent reelection last fall led many to question his honesty, sat quietly on the panel as members of the public rose to confront him. Most of the speakers were signatories of a petition last month that sought a special election to recall Ruiz.
NEWS
May 29, 2005
The only thing surprising about the recall effort against Coast Community College District trustee Armando Ruiz is that it took so long to come together. A notable group of people -- which includes fellow trustee Jerry Patterson, former Newport Beach mayor Jean Watt and Newport-Mesa school board trustee Martha Fluor -- is behind the effort, which has already signed a notice of intention with the Registrar of Voters. To recap, Ruiz retired from his counseling job at Irvine Valley College and his position on the board on Oct. 31, three days before he was reelected to the district board.
NEWS
May 26, 2005
Michael Miller A group of Orange County residents is seeking to recall Coast Community College District trustee Armando Ruiz, whose resignation and subsequent reelection last fall upset many in the community. Twenty people, including fellow district trustee Jerry Patterson, Newport-Mesa school board member Martha Fluor and former Newport Beach mayor Jean Watt, have signed a notice of intention to be filed with the Orange County Registrar of Voters.
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