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February 23, 2004
Alicia Robinson After a 10-year career in law, Van Tran wants to take his experience from the courtroom to the Assembly floor. Tran and fellow Republican Mark Leyes will face off March 2 for the 68th Assembly District seat. Born in Saigon, Tran said his family came to America seeking job opportunities and found them. That might be why his favorite kind of legal work is with businesses, advising them on legal requirements, reviewing contracts and helping to get them started.
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.
By Jennifer Bauman, | 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.
November 14, 2004
Alicia Robinson For freshman state Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, starting his first term has been a flashback to starting college. But for his colleague Van Tran, the first week has been a commuter's nightmare. After winning election Nov. 2, Republicans DeVore and Tran have flown to Sacramento for a week of orientation and they've requested the committees they'd like to serve on. "It's almost like putting together a class schedule," DeVore said.
March 23, 2004
Alicia Robinson Since winning the March 2 primary, Republican 68th Assembly District candidate Van Tran has found himself in the midst of a media frenzy, but he said it hasn't turned his head. Though he's not taking anything for granted, Tran is considered a shoo-in against perennial Democratic candidate Al Snook in November. As potentially the highest-ranking Vietnamese American elected official in the country, Tran has been sought by the media, giving interviews to the BBC, Radio Free Asia, the Voice of America and other international media outlets.
April 28, 2005
Alicia Robinson EDITOR'S NOTE: This week, Daily Pilot government and politics reporter Alicia Robinson is in Sacramento to provide a firsthand look at Newport-Mesa's elected representatives. She will be checking in on freshmen Assemblymen Chuck DeVore and Van Tran and seeing how state Sen. John Campbell is adjusting to life in the Senate. Pilot photographer Kent Treptow is also on the assignment in the state capital. SACRAMENTO -- It's just before 8 a.m., and Chuck DeVore is on his way to the Capitol building to read the Bible.
By Chris Caesar | February 3, 2008
Assemblyman Van Tran said he stands behind his endorsement of Sen. John McCain, despite the Arizona senator’s repeated use of a racial slur for Asians during the 2000 election. Tran, the highest elected Vietnamese-American in the United States, said he believes the veteran senator was referring to his Vietcong captors when he used the term — not the Vietnamese or Asian community as a whole. “I hated the [ethnic slur],” McCain said of his captors during a 2000 campaign stop.
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.
By Chris Caesar | February 20, 2008
Assemblyman Van Tran has introduced a bill that would require the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations to verify the immigration status of any new prisoner taken into state custody. The bill, which would require correctional officers to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and federal law, is aimed at reducing the state costs Tran sees related to the state’s influx of illegal immigration. A Vietnamese immigrant himself, Tran says prison costs could be cut tremendously by deporting, instead of detaining, such criminals.
By Brianna Bailey | December 4, 2007
Assemblyman Chuck DeVore says he won’t turn down a pay hike despite state budget problems some say could lead to service cuts. Four state senators and nine assemblymen have officially turned down a roughly $3,000 pay raise amid concerns over a tight budget. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has warned of a $10 billion budget deficit next year. But legislators are long overdue for a raise, DeVore said. “I work very hard as a state assemblyman,” DeVore said.
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