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From staff reports | August 31, 2010
Residents in the Halecrest-Hall of Fame area of Costa Mesa sponsored a chili cookoff over the weekend that attracted several politicians. Mayor Allan Mansoor and his challenger in the November race for Assembly, Phu Nguyen, a businessman, each prepared dishes for the cook-off. Neither man won the contest. Also in attendance were Councilwomen Wendy Leece and Katrina Foley. Leece is running for reelection. Foley is running for school board. Planning Commissioner Jim Righeimer, who is running for council, also attended the event.
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By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | October 26, 2010
COSTA MESA — Chad Petschl made up his mind to run for City Council two days before the deadline for filing the paperwork. He said that his chances of winning are slim, but he believes that he brings a fresh face to the community and is someone who is willing to listen. Petschl doesn't like seeing all of the empty buildings and storefronts around Costa Mesa and wants to find a way to fill them with businesses that bring revenue to the city. "We have to market the city to get businesses to come to the city," he said.
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By Bradley Zint | February 2, 2013
Fifth in a series of profiles about those in the trenches of Costa Mesa's political battles. * Gary Monahan can't escape politics - not even during his morning commute. As the Costa Mesa councilman walks from his Eastside home to the restaurant he owns off nearby Newport Boulevard, folks have been known to flag him down and talk the issues. "I can't hide," he says with a laugh. "I can lock myself up at home, but I can't hide. " Monahan, 53, is certainly no stranger to many residents.
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September 3, 2013
Re. " Mailbag: Rohrabacher is right - earth is cooling," (Aug. 26): Letter writer Jason Pitkin seems to have mistaken science for politics, in the same way that Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) has. My original letter made no mention of political "sides," and neither will this one, except when quoting Pitkin, because "sides" are not relevant in the realm of scientific debate. And in response to Pitkin's letter, I too have read many rebuttals of global warming, but I've read those rebuttals in "letters to the editor" sections of newspapers, rather than in scientific literature.
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By Brianna Bailey | December 29, 2008
Jack Croul, a former paint industry magnate, has added splashes of color to election year politics in Newport Beach. The longtime Newport Beach resident pumped nearly $1 million of his own money into two separate political campaigns in 2008. “I’d like to see the city run well,” Croul told the Daily Pilot earlier this year. Croul bankrolled the successful Measure B earlier this year. He poured about $680,000 into the Measure B campaign, outspending the opposition several times over with polling and direct mail.
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July 8, 2004
Alicia Robinson The most important political issues for women are safe streets, quality education and jobs, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Bill Jones said this week. Jones gave the briefest of stump speeches tailored to a mostly female audience at Costa Mesa's Shark Club on Tuesday at an event launching Women-Count, a new state GOP outreach program to get women more involved in party politics. "Women have been the backbone of the Republican Party in California as long as I can remember," Jones said before giving his talk.
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By Alan Blank, Daniel Tedford and Paul Anderson | July 16, 2008
When a group of Iranian Americans met with Barack Obama this week at the Balboa Bay Club, Melahat Rafiei, the executive director of the Orange County Democrats, took a particular interest in the conversation. Rafiei, who was born in Iran and moved to California when she was 5, thinks it’s time for Iranian Americans to assert themselves politically. “This community has been taken for granted,” she said. “And they’re partly to blame. They haven’t stepped up and voted.
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October 29, 2004
Tom Titus If, like many of us, you're fed up to here with all the mud-slinging of the presidential campaign and are looking for two hours' worth of escape from politics, then "View of the Dome" at Orange Coast College probably isn't for you. The OCC production of Theresa Rebeck's comedy of sex and politics in our nation's capital obviously is scheduled to be as timely as possible, opening as it does this close to...
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December 7, 1999
It's every journalist's biggest fear: You put your heart and soul (not to mention overtime) into a story, and no one reads it. For journalists covering politics, it's a problem faced now, still more than a year away from elections. The "horse race" coverage has begun, along with the quests to determine whether George W. Bush broke drug laws in his youth and just how bad a temper John McCain has. And the bulk of readers don't care. A recent Pew Research Center study found that in September, only 46% of Americans were paying any substantial attention to the presidential race.
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October 3, 2008
Several religious leaders across the country told their congregants Sunday which presidential candidate they ought to vote for. It’s an act of civil disobedience meant to force a confrontation over the IRS’ prohibition on tax-exempt organizations from participating in partisan political activities. Should religious leaders have more latitude to discuss politics from the pulpit?   Having a tax-exempt status is not an automatic right for any group that calls itself a church.
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From staff reports | May 2, 2014
A bill that would allow the establishment of a state veterans cemetery in Orange County earned unanimous support in the Assembly's Veterans Affairs Committee, the bill's author, Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva (D-Fullerton), announced. The bill is expected to be heard in the Appropriations Committee next week. Quirk-Silva, who chairs the Veterans Affairs Committee, said in a statement, "Orange County's veterans and their families deserve an accessible location to celebrate the life and contributions of the brave men and women who have courageously served our nation.
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From staff reports | April 18, 2014
Political season is in full swing, as are the endorsements. Businesswoman Diane Dixon , a candidate for the Newport Beach's 1st City Council District, has secured the backing of Newport Beach Councilman Tony Petros and city Planning Commissioner Fred Ameri . "Diane is independent, she listens and she's a problem-solver," Petros said, according to a news release. "Those are the qualities you like to see in a council member. I'm looking forward to working with her. " Dixon also has endorsements from former Sen. Marian Bergeson , former Newport Beach Mayor Evelyn Hart , former City Manager and Councilman Robert Shelton , state Sen. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine)
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By Bradley Zint | April 11, 2014
Integrity is essential to public service and is something achieved over a long period of time, a Costa Mesa City Council candidate stressed during a conservative candidates forum Thursday evening. "I believe that the old man who's running for City Council can lend his experience and work with people," said Lee Ramos, a Costa Mesa resident since 1947 who serves on the Charter and Fairview Park committees. Ramos, 70, was one of three invited candidates from Costa Mesa and Newport Beach who spoke at the Newport-Mesa Tea Party event.
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By B.W. Cook | April 3, 2014
The casual, hang-loose world in which we live may have opened some doors previously closed to many folks, but along the way, the rush to informality has had some casualties. Among them: manners. While we may no longer dress for dinner, a civilized approach to table etiquette remains pretty important. That is, unless you wish to dine with wolves. To a greater degree, the girls still have a clue about all this. Leave it to the ladies to keep the guys somewhat on track. Young men, however, over the last 50 years since the liberation generation dominated the 1960s cultural revolution, have not been educated in the art of civilized behavior.
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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 Barbara Venezia | February 27, 2014
My friendship with John Canalis, editor of the Daily Pilot, is both strange and wonderful. He's wonderful and I'm just strange! But all kidding aside, since we met more than four years ago, not only have we put our heads together creating the ground-breaking political forum series Feet to the Fire, but we also did something unprecedented. We brought together media outlets in Orange County. Moving past the pettiness of competition, the Daily Pilot, Orange County Register and the Voice of OC have continued to come together for a common goal with these forums.
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By John Canalis | February 27, 2014
By now you've probably read about the Feet to the Fire Forum lineup planned for 2014. Those are the political debates I host with my friends from the Orange County Register and Voice of O.C. We're planning to interview candidates for county supervisor, state Assembly and the Newport Beach and Costa Mesa city councils. If you don't know about this exciting series, you can read about it in my last column . As a little warmup, Daily Pilot columnist Barbara Venezia and I are going to join Lynn Selich and Tom Johnson on the radio this weekend to talk about the debates.
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By Bradley Zint | February 26, 2014
Within the past four years, 25 members of the Costa Mesa police force have said they left the department because of the city's contentious political environment, according to a recent city report. The official memo, distributed to the City Council on Friday, also stated that despite receiving thousands of applications within the past several months, only a few people were recruited for the police academy. The document, prepared by assistant city CEO Tamara Letourneau , said of the 2,782 people who applied for about 25 open Costa Mesa police positions since May 2013, some 188 were interviewed, 104 were selected for background checks, and eight have enrolled in the academy.
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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.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | January 23, 2014
A member of the Orange County Fair Board who chaired the group during a hotly contested attempt to privatize the fairgrounds has resigned. Dave Ellis, who served on the fairgrounds' governing body since 2007, said Thursday that he stepped down because eight years on the board was enough. "I'm just a firm believer in term limits," he said. Although Ellis' second term had already expired earlier this month, there was nothing preventing him from continuing. When directors' terms end, they can stay on until the governor replaces or reappoints them.
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