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By Anh Do | October 8, 2013
The men had just finished their thick steaks and were starting to smoke cigars while artichoke hearts warmed on the grill. A plate of mooncakes awaited them nearby. On a sunny afternoon in the backyard of his home in the hills of Orange, Van Tran plots his political comeback. Once California's highest-ranking Vietnamese American politician, riding a wave of activism in the immigrant community where he came of age, Tran was bounced to the sidelines in 2010 when a veteran congresswoman,  Loretta Sanchez  (D-Santa Ana)
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By Anh Do | April 7, 2014
Of all the places in the world, why did Larry Agran have to choose Vietnam? That's what local Vietnamese Americans wondered after learning that the longtime Irvine councilman hoped to forge a relationship between the master-planned community and Nha Trang, a southern coastal city in Vietnam known for its beaches and scuba diving. To many who fled the country after it fell to communist forces, Agran's proposal seemed designed to cause hurt, and hundreds indicated they planned to confront Agran on Tuesday, when he was expected to propose that Irvine and Nha Trang form a "friendship city" relationship.
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May 1, 2005
VAN TRAN Age: 40 Lives in: Garden Grove Bills introduced this session: 19 Bills pronounced dead: One, a resolution that would have urged Congress to permanently ax the estate tax -- it was spiked in April by a committee. Questionable success: He got unanimous committee approval of a bill making Anaheim the southernmost stop on a high-speed rail line beginning in San Francisco, but whether the $9.95-billion project will be built ... How he's different from his colleagues: While some legislators keep their home and family in their district and rent an apartment in Sacramento, Tran does the opposite.
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June 26, 2003
Paul Clinton Rep. Dana Rohrabacher says a bill he introduced would make health care "more affordable, increase the privacy surrounding health care records and speed up the availability of crucial medical treatments." He dropped the health care reform bill -- known as the Medical Independence, Privacy and Innovation Act -- on Friday. The bill would implement a number of changes, including creating tax-exempt medical checking accounts, making insurance payments tax deductible, requiring patient consent to release records and modifying drug-approval procedures.
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By Alicia Robinson | March 1, 2006
Costa Mesa Assemblyman Van Tran has dropped out of a potentially brutal race for the 34th District California Senate seat and instead will run for reelection, a path of somewhat less resistance. Tran, 41, announced in January that he'd run for the seat being vacated by termed-out Democratic Sen. Joe Dunn. He had even taken out candidacy papers from the Orange County Registrar of Voters. But he might have faced a June 6 primary battle with two fellow Republicans, anti-illegal-immigration activist Lupe Moreno and Assemblywoman Lynn Daucher.
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By By Alicia Robinson | December 1, 2005
Engineers and surveyors group praises Van Tran; another endorsement made in yet-to-begin race; JWA fee passes muster with taxpayers group.As the year ends, groups that watch lawmakers are totting up lists of who's been naughty and who's been nice -- or at least who's promoted their interests through legislation. It's a mixed bag in most cases, with Newport-Mesa's legislators generally being proclaimed business-friendly but not always advocates of environmental and social spending programs.
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By By Alicia Robinson | December 22, 2005
Assemblyman considers run for state Senate seat held by Democrat since 1998.After a year in the state legislature, Costa Mesa Republican Assemblyman Van Tran has announced he's considering a 2006 run for the open seat in the 34th state Senate District. Democratic Sen. Joe Dunn has held the seat since 1998 but is termed out next year. The Senate district is larger than Tran's Assembly district -- nearly 280,000 voters compared with 205,000 voters -- but it includes parts of Garden Grove, Westminster and Anaheim, cities he represents now. Tran was elected to the 68th Assembly District seat in 2004.
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By Alicia Robinson | November 3, 2006
As the 68th District assemblyman, Van Tran's legislative career has been partly a campaign against the excesses of Sacramento Democrats. Now Paul Lucas, Tran's Democratic opponent on the November ballot, is running a campaign charging that Tran is part of what's wrong with state government. Tran was first elected in 2004 to represent the 68th District, which includes Costa Mesa and parts of six other cities. In the past two years, he had eight of his 30 bills signed into law. He said he's most proud of one that allows courts to consider grandparents' petitions for visitation and adoption of their grandchildren, and one that cut some of the red tape associated with state transportation projects.
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By Brianna Bailey | February 19, 2008
Republican Assembly lawmakers including Assemblymen Chuck DeVore, and Van Tran moved to block a senate bill Tuesday that would close a tax loophole that allows yacht owners to avoid taxes by stowing their boats out of the state for 90 days. The yacht tax issue is likely to come up again and Republican leaders may even use it as a bargaining chip in budget talks this summer, Tran said. Many Democratic lawmakers view it as a tax break for the wealthy while the state slashes social programs for the poor.
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By Anh Do | April 7, 2014
Of all the places in the world, why did Larry Agran have to choose Vietnam? That's what local Vietnamese Americans wondered after learning that the longtime Irvine councilman hoped to forge a relationship between the master-planned community and Nha Trang, a southern coastal city in Vietnam known for its beaches and scuba diving. To many who fled the country after it fell to communist forces, Agran's proposal seemed designed to cause hurt, and hundreds indicated they planned to confront Agran on Tuesday, when he was expected to propose that Irvine and Nha Trang form a "friendship city" relationship.
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By Anh Do | October 8, 2013
The men had just finished their thick steaks and were starting to smoke cigars while artichoke hearts warmed on the grill. A plate of mooncakes awaited them nearby. On a sunny afternoon in the backyard of his home in the hills of Orange, Van Tran plots his political comeback. Once California's highest-ranking Vietnamese American politician, riding a wave of activism in the immigrant community where he came of age, Tran was bounced to the sidelines in 2010 when a veteran congresswoman,  Loretta Sanchez  (D-Santa Ana)
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September 30, 2013
Former state Assemblyman Van Tran announced Monday that he will run for a seat on the California Board of Equalization. Michelle Steel, a Surfside resident who currently holds the District 4 seat that Tran seeks, will be termed-out next year. She is running for the Orange County Board of Supervisors. The five-member Board of Equalization handles tax administration and fee collections in California, including sales, use, property and special taxes, and acts as a appellate body for franchise and income tax appeals.
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By Mona Shadia, mona.shadia@latimes.com | August 30, 2010
COSTA MESA — Although there's still a chance that a bill allowing Costa Mesa to buy the Orange County Fairgrounds will be presented alongside a state budget bill, the deal might not go through after all, an area legislator said Monday. Assemblyman Van Tran (R-Westminster) said while he is in favor of keeping the fairgrounds in local hands, if the sale with the city and its private partner, Facilities Management West, does not guarantee accountability and transparency to the public — and if the sale doesn't ensure that the fair will remain in place indefinitely — then he will not support the deal.
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By Joseph Serna | June 10, 2010
With all precincts reporting, Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor won the Republican primary in the 68th Assembly District and, due to voter registration in the district, could very likely head to Sacramento after the November election. Because voter registration leans Republican in the district, Mansoor could fill Republican Van Tran's state Assembly seat in the 68th District. Tran, who won the GOP nomination in the 47th Congressional District, is aiming for Congress in November's General Election.
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By Jennifer Bauman,OCLNN.com | April 12, 2010
There’s a three-way race in the Republican primary for the 47th Congressional District to decide which candidate will face the seven-term Democratic incumbent, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Santa Ana), in the November general election. The district covers Garden Grove, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana and parts of Anaheim and Fullerton. As the only Orange County Democrat in Congress, Sanchez is being targeted by the National Republican Campaign Committee. The primary election is June 8. Here’s a look at the candidates who want to take on Sanchez in November.
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By Brianna Bailey and Alan Blank | May 13, 2009
State Assemblyman Van Tran’s decision to run for Congress, which he announced last week, is in a lot of ways the fulfillment of a prospect that has been on his radar for more than a decade. Before serving four years on the Garden Grove City Council and three terms in the state legislature, Tran started his political career as an aide to Republican Rep. Bob Dornan in the mid 1980s. Tran worked part time for the congressman while getting a political science degree from UCI. After spending 10 years as a lawyer, but before even being elected to city council, Tran says he was already being prodded in one way or another to run for Congress.
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By Alan Blank | April 15, 2009
Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor will run for a seat in the state legislature in 2010 and plans to formally announce his candidacy in the next few days, he told the Pilot on Wednesday. Rumors have been circulating that he had his eye on the assembly seat held by fellow Republican Van Tran since before November’s election, but in the past week or so he kicked his campaign into gear by hiring a treasurer and a consultant so that he can begin lining up endorsements and campaign funds.
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By Alan Blank | September 2, 2008
A few notable local Republicans have shipped out to Minnesota to attend the Republican National Convention this week to see presumptive vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin speak and participate in a variety of other functions. Even though California still doesn’t have a budget, Assemblyman Van Tran went to the Twin Cities as a delegate, while fellow state politicians Sen. Tom Harman and Assemblyman Chuck DeVore stayed home. Tran said that even though the budget is a pressing concern, he is not on the budgetary committee and therefore not intimately involved in drafting it; when one is drafted, he will return to vote.
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