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December 16, 2005
Vote to replace John Campbell will be June 6, governor says. Open primary set for April 11.The special election to fill the 35th District state Senate seat will be held in conjunction with the June 6 statewide primary, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced Thursday. The news pleased Orange County election officials, who will save money and work by holding the two elections together. A primary is scheduled April 11 for the state Senate seat, which was left open after Republican Sen. John Campbell was elected Dec. 6 to an open seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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October 28, 2002
You can always tell when it's election season in a newsroom. Reporters phones ring off the hook with story tips and rumors turned to supposed facts. The letters to the editors increase in frequency so much we kind of feel like Santa does on Christmas Eve. There are stories of stolen signs, stolen endorsements and, now, even stolen internet access. We'll even get some outlandish allegations that accuse some of criminal behavior from time to time. Friends turn on friends and enemies unite, all in the name of either getting themselves or their friends elected to office.
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By Alicia Robinson | April 24, 2006
Election workers may finish recounting ballots in the 35th District state Senate race later this week, but it will likely take much longer to sort out what the election's outcome means for Orange County Republicans. Huntington Beach Assemblyman Tom Harman won the Republican nomination on April 11, beating Dana Point City Councilwoman Diane Harkey by 236 votes. A recount requested by Harkey began Wednesday but by the end of the week had not moved her any closer to a win. If nothing changes, Harman will run against Democratic candidate Larry Caballero on June 6. Harkey had superior finances and the backing of nearly every major GOP figure in the county, and she didn't win. If it's a sign that the GOP establishment is out of step with party voters, it's not a very clear one. "I'm not sure I want to go out and say this was a message to the leadership," Harman said.
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By Brittany Woolsey | August 13, 2012
The Newport Beach City Council election appears to be decided — in August. For the first time in city history, three candidates are running unopposed for as many open seats in the November election. Businessman Tony Petros is running for District 2, which covers West Newport. Councilman Ed Selich is seeking reelection for District 5, which includes Balboa Island. Mayor Pro Tem Keith Curry is running to keep his District 7 seat, which covers Newport Coast and Newport Ridge.
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By Laura Boss | March 14, 2014
Following a public interview process on March 4, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District selected Vicki Snell to replace David Brooks as the representative for Trustee Area 1. The board of education had previously announced the resignation of Brooks from the board of education, effective March 11. This deferred resignation was filed with the county superintendent of schools on Jan. 17. Snell was seated at the March 11 board meeting and administered...
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Joseph N. Bell | May 27, 2010
J ohn Dean called the other day to share a memory. He's an old friend who retired nine years ago as superintendent of Orange County schools. He now holds the title of emeritus, from which he draws on his long experience to serve as a consultant. As evidenced by his phone call, it is clear he reads the Pilot. He was reacting to an exchange of views between Pilot columnist James Gray and reader David Pearse. It started with Gray's editorial page piece in which the retired judge wrote, "I am deeply proud to say that I have voted in every election since I became eligible," and Pearse countered that "I'm proud to say I've never voted in my life."
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By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | November 10, 2010
COSTA MESA — The post-election discussion regarding whether to recall newly reelected Councilwoman Wendy Leece appears to be losing steam. Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach, who first floated the idea as something that should at least be discussed, said he doesn't have the time or the desire to mount a recall against Leece. He did, however, say he would support such a move. No one else has stepped forward publicly asking to recall Leece, who was the second-highest vote-getter after Planning Commissioner Jim Righeimer in the Nov. 2 election, but the idea has been discussed in Republican leadership circles.
NEWS
April 5, 2003
Since the city election was only a few months ago, I think the vacancy on the City Council should be filled by the runner-up with the largest number of votes, who in this case would be Linda Dixon. The mayor should be appointed in the usual manner. What surprises me is that there are not already guidelines in place in case the city council member has to leave before their term is completed. BILL THOMSON Costa Mesa Why not just name the person that got the next most votes [in the last election]
NEWS
July 11, 2004
If one were into conspiracy theories, you'd have to think that Newport Beach City Councilman Gary Adams wants to see an election in his neighborhood this fall. Last week, Adams -- who's in his second term on the council after serving on the city's Planning Commission -- announced that, because of a job promotion, he'll be moving to Washington, D.C., in the fall and will have to resign his post. It's a helpful, early heads-up to the city and his colleagues, especially since November hosts three council elections, not to mention a few high-level state and U.S. votes.
NEWS
October 5, 2003
It is every photojournalist's dream to have the opportunity to cover such an event like the historic recall election. When asked if I wanted to cover it, I jumped on it eagerly, knowing what a great experience it would be. When I arrived at the rally at the Orange County Fairgrounds, I was overwhelmed with how big it was -- and the media coverage was insane. After fighting my way to the front and getting a spot, it was just a matter of waiting for candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger to show up. He made his brief appearance -- I snapped some shots -- he smashed a car -- I got some more shots -- and then off he went in his bus. I was hoping his appearance would last longer but when you're trying to tour the state in the few days left before the election, time is not expendable.
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By Hannah Fry | March 31, 2014
The following is a roundup of news regarding the races for seats on the Orange County Board of Education and the Board of Supervisors, as well as for the 74th Assembly District. * Orange County Board of Education The Republican Party of Orange County and the California Republican Assembly have endorsed businessman Tom Pollitt in his run for the District 2 seat on the Orange County Board of Education, according to a news release. Pollitt is running against incumbent David Boyd.
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By Laura Boss | March 14, 2014
Following a public interview process on March 4, the Newport-Mesa Unified School District selected Vicki Snell to replace David Brooks as the representative for Trustee Area 1. The board of education had previously announced the resignation of Brooks from the board of education, effective March 11. This deferred resignation was filed with the county superintendent of schools on Jan. 17. Snell was seated at the March 11 board meeting and administered...
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By Jill Cowan | March 5, 2014
An Orange County official once convicted of election fraud has been quietly stripped of his authority over the registrar of voters. Early last month, labor leaders had expressed outrage that Chief Operating Officer Mark Denny, who pleaded guilty in 1996 to an election fraud charge, was given authority over the department tasked with running elections. Denny will keep administrative and budget oversight of the department, but Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley will report directly to county Chief Executive Officer Mike Giancola.
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By Bradley Zint | February 24, 2014
A Costa Mesa planning commissioner has sent city officials what he terms a "formal grievance" regarding Police Chief Tom Gazsi's decision to endorse Newport Beach City Councilman Keith Curry's bid for state Assembly. "I don't believe a Costa Mesa police chief should be endorsing political candidates in races," Colin McCarthy wrote in an email Friday to city CEO Tom Hatch and City Atty. Tom Duarte. "It is [prominently] listed on Mr. Curry's website. City employees using their titles should stay out of races.
NEWS
February 20, 2014
The Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council on Wednesday elected a Costa Mesa pastor to head the organization this year. The Rev. Julie Elkins of First United Methodist Church is the new president. Serving with Elkins are Vice President for Programs Greg Kelley of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Newport Beach; Treasurer Karen Stoyanoff of the Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church in Costa Mesa; the Rev. Sarah Halverson of Fairview Community Church in Costa Mesa and Felicity Figueroa of Irvine United Congregational Church as vice presidents for membership; and the Rev. Bradley Stienstra of Newport Harbor Lutheran Church and Lane Calvert of the Baha'is of Costa Mesa as the vice presidents for special events.
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By Jill Cowan | February 4, 2014
Leaders of Orange County's largest labor union are calling for the reassignment of the county's chief operating officer, who they say can't objectively oversee a department recently moved under his purview. Chief Operating Officer Mark Denny, who pleaded guilty to an election fraud charge in 1996, was recently given authority over Orange County's Registrar of Voters - the department tasked with administering elections. That, Orange County Employees Assn. General Manager Nick Berardino wrote in an email to supervisors this week, "demonstrates a clear disregard of the sanctity of the precious American privilege of the vote.
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By Hannah Fry | January 30, 2014
The Newport-Mesa Unified School District board has decided to appoint a replacement for outgoing member David Brooks. Trustees started the appointment process this week to fill the upcoming vacancy in the Estancia High School zone. Brooks, a longtime district trustee, announced earlier this month that he plans to step down March 11, citing time constraints and frequent travel with a charitable organization. The unanimous vote to begin the process came after much discussion among trustees Tuesday evening regarding the best way to handle filling the post.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | November 14, 2013
The city of Costa Mesa could soon be in the middle of a legal battle between two councilmen and the police union. For weeks, the Costa Mesa Police Officers' Assn. has requested that the city pay for its legal defense against a lawsuit filed by Costa Mesa's mayor and mayor pro tem. Now that request is on the agenda for a closed-session meeting Tuesday, raising the possibility that Costa Mesa could end up in a highly unusual legal situation of defending its employees from a lawsuit filed by two of its own elected officials.
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By Bradley Zint | November 12, 2013
A longtime Costa Mesa resident and relative newcomer to the city's political scene announced Tuesday his candidacy for City Council. Lee Ramos, 70, has lived in Costa Mesa for 67 years and witnessed the growth of the city, once known for farming and a small-town vibe. "The city has improved so much," Ramos said in an interview with the Daily Pilot at the First United Methodist Church, where he has attended service for decades. "My vision is to be part of it as we improve. I think the council is on the right track, and improvement is the key. "There was a time when our infrastructure went down.
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By Hannah Fry | August 29, 2013
A state Senate bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday delays when Costa Mesa residents will vote on the charter being drafted by the city's committee. SB 311, introduced by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), mandates that city charters be voted on in the November general election. Previously, charters could go for a public vote in June primary elections, general elections or regularly scheduled municipal elections, according to the bill. The earliest Costa Mesa voters will be able to approve or deny a charter is November 2014, said Deputy City Attorney Yolanda Summerhill.
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