We Haz OC’s Puny Election Results! (Updated 11/12)


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11/12: It looks like Phil Bacerra has won by a margin of 150 over Manny Escamilla — does anyone want to argue that the DPOC endorsement of Beatriz Mendoza wasn’t worth even that much? — with today being the last day for challenging ballot rejections being Wednesday 11/13, and inside sources saying that there aren’t enough ballots rejected on signatures to make a difference.  (Of course, ballots rejected on residence, given how much people move these days, are also of interest.)  Bacerra has apparently lawyered up (or made arrangements to do so if need be) with conservative leaning Mark Rosen, in case there’s any litigation.  The Registrar’s decision not to release information to candidates about who has rejected ballots strikes me as a poor one, even if it’s a precedent from last cycle, but in a race with a three-figure margin I doubt that it will be pursued.

Meanwhile, eyes look to 2020, where the Voice is reporting that Pulido’s spiritual son Jose Solorio will be running against Republican Ceci Iglesias and former Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez.  That lineup leaves a lot of space on the Left, which will likely be energized; with no lefty candidate coming forward so far, maybe Manny could have a shot.  (And if this comment smokes one out, that’s fine too!)

Original introduction follows:

Yes, for some people, the story of the night will be the Democrats taking over both legislative houses in Virginia — giving them a trifecta and the ability to draw lines that aren’t intended to disenfranchise minorities, as well as to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (subject to a few technicalities that the Supreme Court may decide).  But in some of Orange County’s “S” cities — Santa Ana, San Clemente, and Stanton — voters had some smaller fish to fry!  To the results page!

Torres, Bacerra, James. Surprise of the night: we have a photo of James.

First Gleaning: the VBMs!

Today’s first installment of OC’s Election Results is brought to you by the number “0” — the number of “completed precincts” in each race.  That “0” means that what you’re seeing here are the vote-by-mail ballots, which tend to skew more conservative.

Registration and Turnout
Completed Precincts: 0 of 84
Reg/Turnout Percentage
Total Registered Voters 170,783
Precinct Registration 170,783
Precinct Ballots Cast 0 0.0%
Early Ballots Cast 0 0.0%
Vote-by-Mail Ballots Cast 21,273 12.5%
Total Ballots Cast 21,273 12.5%

Yep!  We have confirmation that these are the VBM ballots!

 

SANTA ANA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Short Term
Completed Precincts: 0 of 30
Vote Count Percentage
CAROLYN TORRES 2,553 44.2%
DAVID BENAVIDES 1,920 33.2%
GISELA CONTRERAS 751 13.0%
CECILIA AGUINAGA 555 9.6%

So: Torres and Benavides doing ell in the VBMs.  The others are out.

CITY OF SAN CLEMENTE Member, City Council
Completed Precincts: 0 of 28
Vote Count Percentage
GENE JAMES 6,164 56.9%
JACKSON HINKLE 3,236 29.9%
DEE COLEMAN 569 5.3%
CHRISTINA SELTER 449 4.1%
MICHAEL (MICKEY) MCLANE 416 3.8%

Gene James looking good, but we’ll see how Hinkle does in the day-ofs.  That’s a lot of ground to make up, though.

CITY OF SANTA ANA Member, City Council, Ward 4, Short Term
Completed Precincts: 0 of 26
Vote Count Percentage
PHIL BACERRA 2,203 27.2%
BEATRIZ MENDOZA 2,139 26.4%
MANNY ESCAMILLA 1,715 21.1%
GALE OLIVER JR 932 11.5%
JENNIFER OLIVA 707 8.7%
BRANDON SISCO 418 5.2%

Hey, I could be wrong, but I would think that Bacerra would do best among the VBM voters and that both Mendoza and Escamilla would do comparatively better on the day-ofs.  This is where DPOC and its allies could make a difference if they could turn out volunteers — but did they, really? Escamilla’s money would tend to give him a better ground game.

A-City of Stanton, Potential Tax on Future Cannabis Businesses
Completed Precincts: 0 of 15
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 1,323 68.7%
No 604 31.3%

Sure, why not?

B-City of Stanton, Hotel/Motel Visitor (Transient Occupancy) Tax Increase
Completed Precincts: 0 of 15
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 1,266 65.6%
No 665 34.4%

What stays in Stanton happens in Stanton.

SECOND GLEANING, 9:30

The first 835 votes cast today are in!

Registration and Turnout
Completed Precincts: 74 of 84
Reg/Turnout Percentage
Total Registered Voters 170,783
Precinct Registration 170,783
Precinct Ballots Cast 835 0.5%
Early Ballots Cast 0 0.0%
Vote-by-Mail Ballots Cast 24,664 14.4%
Total Ballots Cast 25,499 14.9%

 

SANTA ANA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Short Term
Completed Precincts: 24 of 30
Vote Count Percentage
CAROLYN TORRES 3,269 45.4%
DAVID BENAVIDES 2,342 32.5%
GISELA CONTRERAS 929 12.9%
CECILIA AGUINAGA 668 9.3%

Torres is pulling away a little — from an 11% to a 13% lead — but of course how significant that is depends on where the votes came from, something I could look up but won’t.  Still, going from a margin of 613 to one of 927 in just 835 votes is a good sign for her. A better sign is that almost all of the precincts are done.  This is SO unlike Sidhu vs. Aitken!

CITY OF SAN CLEMENTE Member, City Council
Completed Precincts: 28 of 28
Vote Count Percentage
GENE JAMES 7,147 55.8%
JACKSON HINKLE 3,897 30.4%
DEE COLEMAN 679 5.3%
CHRISTINA SELTER 553 4.3%
MICHAEL (MICKEY) MCLANE 533 4.2%

Sure enough, James faded a bit — but with all the precincts complete he looks like he won, even if the straggler ballots have three days to show up.

CITY OF SANTA ANA Member, City Council, Ward 4, Short Term
Completed Precincts: 19 of 26
Vote Count Percentage
PHIL BACERRA 2,806 28.1%
BEATRIZ MENDOZA 2,524 25.3%
MANNY ESCAMILLA 2,266 22.7%
GALE OLIVER JR 1,092 10.9%
JENNIFER OLIVA 831 8.3%
BRANDON SISCO 468 4.7%

Bacerra adds 603, Mendoza adds 385, Escamilla adds 551.  Only 7 precincts left, though this is a race where one might actually see some movement through Friday.  What it looks like to me is that if DPOC didn’t endorse Mendoza, Escamilla wins.  For those DPOC members who wanted Bacerra to win, mission accomplished — you’ll likely have your conservadem rep who will have received less than 30% of the vote while about 50% will have gone progressive.  Golf clap to the anti-progressives.

A-City of Stanton, Potential Tax on Future Cannabis Businesses
Completed Precincts: 12 of 15
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 1,520 68.7%
No 694 31.3%

I think that we can call both of the Stanton issue contests.

B-City of Stanton, Hotel/Motel Visitor (Transient Occupancy) Tax Increase
Completed Precincts: 12 of 15
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 1,441 65.0%
No 777 35.0%

THIRD AND 10 P.M.

Another 755 votes in — and it’s not over yet!

Registration and Turnout
Completed Precincts: 82 of 84
Reg/Turnout Percentage
Total Registered Voters 170,783
Precinct Registration 170,783
Precinct Ballots Cast 1,590 0.9%
Early Ballots Cast 0 0.0%
Vote-by-Mail Ballots Cast 24,664 14.4%
Total Ballots Cast 26,254 15.4%

 

SANTA ANA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Short Term
Completed Precincts: 29 of 30
Vote Count Percentage
CAROLYN TORRES 3,482 45.4%
DAVID BENAVIDES 2,455 32.0%
GISELA CONTRERAS 1,029 13.4%
CECILIA AGUINAGA 710 9.2%

Vern is going to be insufferable about this, but: good call!

CITY OF SAN CLEMENTE Member, City Council
Completed Precincts: 28 of 28
Vote Count Percentage
GENE JAMES 7,147 55.8%
JACKSON HINKLE 3,897 30.4%
DEE COLEMAN 679 5.3%
CHRISTINA SELTER 553 4.3%
MICHAEL (MICKEY) MCLANE 533 4.2%

Finished-for-the-night race is finished for the night.

CITY OF SANTA ANA Member, City Council, Ward 4, Short Term
Completed Precincts: 24 of 26
Vote Count Percentage
PHIL BACERRA 2,945 28.2%
BEATRIZ MENDOZA 2,596 24.8%
MANNY ESCAMILLA 2,440 23.3%
GALE OLIVER JR 1,134 10.8%
JENNIFER OLIVA 873 8.3%
BRANDON SISCO 473 4.5%

From whom did those bottom three names take votes?

A-City of Stanton, Potential Tax on Future Cannabis Businesses
Completed Precincts: 15 of 15
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 1,666 67.0%
No 822 33.0%

Wow!

B-City of Stanton, Hotel/Motel Visitor (Transient Occupancy) Tax Increase
Completed Precincts: 15 of 15
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 1,585 63.5%
No 910 36.5%

FIRST NIGHT, LAST CALL!

Registration and Turnout
Completed Precincts: 84 of 84
Reg/Turnout Percentage
Total Registered Voters 170,783
Precinct Registration 170,783
Precinct Ballots Cast 1,736 1.0%
Early Ballots Cast 0 0.0%
Vote-by-Mail Ballots Cast 24,664 14.4%
Total Ballots Cast 26,400 15.5%

146 more in-person votes to end off the night.  Now it’s going to be up to damaged ballots, late-arriving ballots, and maybe some provisional ballots that need to be checked out.  Results will be final by Friday evening, but we’ll probably know what they are before then.  The Registrar never put up a “What’s Left to Count?” link for this election — for what are probably obvious reasons, but I have to admit that I miss it.

SANTA ANA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Short Term
Completed Precincts: 30 of 30
Vote Count Percentage
CAROLYN TORRES 3,539 45.4%
DAVID BENAVIDES 2,483 31.9%
GISELA CONTRERAS 1,054 13.5%
CECILIA AGUINAGA 716 9.2%

See what happens when you get Vern to post an ad favoring you in the Juice!  This year, it has not failed!

CITY OF SAN CLEMENTE Member, City Council
Completed Precincts: 28 of 28
Vote Count Percentage
GENE JAMES 7,147 55.8%
JACKSON HINKLE 3,897 30.4%
DEE COLEMAN 679 5.3%
CHRISTINA SELTER 553 4.3%
MICHAEL (MICKEY) MCLANE 533 4.2%

Is over.  We should do some research on those top two, I guess.

CITY OF SANTA ANA Member, City Council, Ward 4, Short Term
Completed Precincts: 26 of 26
Vote Count Percentage
PHIL BACERRA 2,991 28.2%
BEATRIZ MENDOZA 2,622 24.7%
MANNY ESCAMILLA 2,487 23.5%
GALE OLIVER JR 1,147 10.8%
JENNIFER OLIVA 883 8.3%
BRANDON SISCO 475 4.5%

The night’s biggest disappointment. This is the only race where there’s even a minuscule possibility of a change in the outcome — it would depend on there having been a lot of ballot challenges affecting provisional voters — but don’t expect one.  (Our reporting of future nights’ results will probably be well after they’be been announced at 5 p.m., so drop anything really startling into the comments.)

Look, fellow progressives — this is what you get when you don’t coordinate between potential candidates.  The Establishment usually has its sole favored candidate, more often while progressives split the vote.  This is why we need a single transferable vote — and it’s also why we’ll probably never get one.

A-City of Stanton, Potential Tax on Future Cannabis Businesses
Completed Precincts: 15 of 15
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 1,666 67.0%
No 822 33.0%

Cannabis tax gets a vote equal to the Great Fire of London.  Even without the Satanic implications, that’s a wry coincidence.

B-City of Stanton, Hotel/Motel Visitor (Transient Occupancy) Tax Increase
Completed Precincts: 15 of 15
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 1,585 63.5%
No 910 36.5%

I don’t recall Stanton hotels/motels as being among the priciest, so this is probably a good move.  It’s also as close as the city will get to taxing prostitution.

Thank you for joining us for this coverage, if you did!

NOV. 6: THE DAY AFTER

Remember, for the days after the election we switch from orange to a series of other colors, to make the passage of time easier to follow.  Or just because I like it.  Today is … Green Day!

As predicted here, the only likely news was going to come in the Santa Ana Ward 4 race — and sure enough, there has been some!  But first: almost everything else!

Registration and Turnout
Completed Precincts: 84 of 84
Reg/Turnout Percentage
Total Registered Voters 170,783
Precinct Registration 170,783
Precinct Ballots Cast 1,807 1.1%
Early Ballots Cast 0 0.0%
Vote-by-Mail Ballots Cast 28,717 16.8%
Total Ballots Cast 30,524 17.9%

Only 71 new votes came in at precincts — probably verified provisional ballots and damaged ballots, though conceivably some hand-counted paper ballots as well — but 4,053 came in through the mail.  If memory serves, this is most of what you expect of the late-arriving VBMs, but I don’t recall what proportion it is of them.  I could look it up, or ask the Registrar’s office, but instead let’s just presume that it’s 2/3 of the total.  (Although honestly, how long does it take intra-city mail to arrive in Santa Ana?  Maybe it’s more like 95%.)  So let’s see what our 4,124 new voters did.

SANTA ANA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Short Term
Completed Precincts: 30 of 30
Vote Count Percentage
CAROLYN TORRES 4,472 46.5%
DAVID BENAVIDES 2,985 31.0%
GISELA CONTRERAS 1,299 13.5%
CECILIA AGUINAGA 860 8.9%

First, Carolyn Torres got another 933 votes.  Benavides got 503.  The margin grew from 13.5% to 15.5%.  She’s got almost exactly 150% of his vote total, and any further change this week will only be in her favor.  Contreras got 245 more, maintaining the same percentage; Aguinaga got 144, dropping by 0.3%.

CITY OF SAN CLEMENTE Member, City Council
Completed Precincts: 28 of 28
Vote Count Percentage
GENE JAMES 7,944 55.2%
JACKSON HINKLE 4,464 31.0%
DEE COLEMAN 747 5.2%
CHRISTINA SELTER 619 4.3%
MICHAEL (MICKEY) MCLANE 609 4.2%

James up by 797; Hinkle up 567.  The gap narrows from 25.4% to 24.2%.  So Hinkle did relatively better in the late-arriving VBMs than in the early ones, which should be some small consolation.

CITY OF SANTA ANA Member, City Council, Ward 4, Short Term
Completed Precincts: 26 of 26
Vote Count Percentage
PHIL BACERRA 3,565 27.8%
MANNY ESCAMILLA 3,260 25.4%
BEATRIZ MENDOZA 3,079 24.0%
GALE OLIVER JR 1,328 10.4%
JENNIFER OLIVA 1,076 8.4%
BRANDON SISCO 510 4.0%

No miracles here, but we did settle a dispute over the underlying dynamics of the race.  In the first batch of late arriving VBMs, Bacerra picked up 674 votes, Mendoza picked up 457, and Escamilla picked up 827, showing the he was the choice of the late-voting mostly poor and Left.  Bacerra from from 28.2% to 27.8%; Mendoza went from 24.7% to 24.0%, and Escamilla went from 23.5% to 25.4%.  (The final three went down 0.4, up 0.1, and down 0.5 respectively.)  Again, the DPOC endorsement was probably worth 400-500 votes to the underfunded Mendoza, and it’s a safe bet that Escamilla would have picked up at least a net 305 of them.  I don’t blame Mendoza for staying in the race; I do blame DPOC for picking the weaker candidate if they could just not endorse at all.

A-City of Stanton, Potential Tax on Future Cannabis Businesses
Completed Precincts: 15 of 15
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 1,860 66.8%
No 924 33.2%

This had a slightly lower percentage of the late-arriving vote.  I would have lost that bet!

B-City of Stanton, Hotel/Motel Visitor (Transient Occupancy) Tax Increase
Completed Precincts: 15 of 15
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 1,781 63.8%
No 1,011 36.2%

This had a slightly higher percentage of the first day of late-arrivals vote.  Quick, to the Mathmobile!  194 yes to 114 no were the new votes on the cannabis tax; 196 yes to 101 for the bed tax.  More of the late voters cared about the cannabis issue, but that is an awfully high correlation between votes.

Enough fun for the day.   Tomorrow’s section headline will be in blue.

NOV. 7: NADA

Santa Ana Post Office must be pretty good.  Nothing else came in.  Expect that Friday also.  The only thing likely to change is the provisional ballots — and that won’t change anything.  No more updates unless the Registar’s office has some news for us.  Congratulations to Carolyn Torres and Stanton.

CORRECTED: Apparently the results page didn’t refresh when I accessed in this morning, which is weird given that it had been a hard reboot. Oh well, here are the corrected figures — and a corrected storyline!  What follows is hand-corrected results taken from this page rather than a normal copy-and-paste, so there is a non-zero possibility of errors.

Registration and Turnout
Completed Precincts: 84 of 84
Reg/Turnout Percentage
Total Registered Voters 170,783
Precinct Registration 170,783
Precinct Ballots Cast 1968 1.15%
Early Ballots Cast 0 0.0%
Vote-by-Mail Ballots Cast 29,713 17.4%
Total Ballots Cast 31,681 18.55%

New precinct ballots counted: 162; total raised 0.05%.  New VBMs counted (on the second of three days for stragglers): 996; total raised 0.6%.

SANTA ANA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Short Term
Completed Precincts: 30 of 30
Vote Count Percentage
CAROLYN TORRES 4,914 46.9%
DAVID BENAVIDES 3218 30.7%
GISELA CONTRERAS 1,403 13.4%
CECILIA AGUINAGA 937 8.95%

Torres up 442 votes, total share up 0.4%.  Benavides up 233, share down 0.3.  Do the rest yourself.

CITY OF SAN CLEMENTE Member, City Council
Completed Precincts: 28 of 28
Vote Count Percentage
GENE JAMES 8,236 54.9%
JACKSON HINKLE 4,674 31.2%
DEE COLEMAN 785 5.2%
CHRISTINA SELTER 665 4.4%
MICHAEL (MICKEY) MCLANE 638 4.25%

James: 292 votes, down 0.3% share.  Hinkle: up 210, up 0.2%.

CITY OF SANTA ANA Member, City Council, Ward 4, Short Term
Completed Precincts: 26 of 26
Vote Count Percentage
PHIL BACERRA 3,812 27.4%
MANNY ESCAMILLA 3,655 26.3%
BEATRIZ MENDOZA 3,318 23.9%
GALE OLIVER JR 1,422 10.2%
JENNIFER OLIVA 1,152 8.3%
BRANDON SISCO 525 3.8%

Bacerra has 247 new votes, down 0.4% in share.  Escamilla: 395 new votes,  up 0.9% (!) share.  Mendoza: 239 new votes (almost as many as Bacerra!), down 0.1%

A-City of Stanton, Potential Tax on Future Cannabis Businesses
Completed Precincts: 15 of 15
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 1916 67.0%
No 945 33.0%

That is one solid win.

B-City of Stanton, Hotel/Motel Visitor (Transient Occupancy) Tax Increase
Completed Precincts: 15 of 15
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 1,835 64.0%
No 1,034 36.0%

Almost as solid.

NOV. 8: LAST MAIL-INS DAY!

The Registrar’s “what’s left to vote” feature has reappeared, and it says that there are only 24 ballots left to count.  But there are also rejected provisionals to get counted if they’re legitimate..

Registration and Turnout
Completed Precincts: 84 of 84
Reg/Turnout Percentage
Total Registered Voters 170,783
Precinct Registration 170,783
Precinct Ballots Cast 2,561 1.5%
Early Ballots Cast 0 0.0%
Vote-by-Mail Ballots Cast 29,897 17.5%
Total Ballots Cast 32,458 19.0%

Precinct ballots: 593, up 0.35%.  VBMs 184, up .1%

SANTA ANA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Short Term
Completed Precincts: 30 of 30
Vote Count Percentage
CAROLYN TORRES 4,914 46.9%
DAVID BENAVIDES 3,218 30.7%
GISELA CONTRERAS 1,403 13.4%
CECILIA AGUINAGA 937 8.9%

Torres up 213, .1% share.  Benavides up 112, down .2%.

CITY OF SAN CLEMENTE Member, City Council
Completed Precincts: 28 of 28
Vote Count Percentage
GENE JAMES 8,235 54.9%
JACKSON HINKLE 4,674 31.2%
DEE COLEMAN 785 5.2%
CHRISTINA SELTER 665 4.4%
MICHAEL (MICKEY) MCLANE 638 4.3%

May get to this later.

CITY OF SANTA ANA Member, City Council, Ward 4, Short Term
Completed Precincts: 26 of 26
Vote Count Percentage
PHIL BACERRA 3,812 27.5%
MANNY ESCAMILLA 3,655 26.3%
BEATRIZ MENDOZA 3,318 23.9%
GALE OLIVER JR 1,422 10.2%
JENNIFER OLIVA 1,152 8.3%
BRANDON SISCO 525 3.8%

Bacerra up 124 votes, down .2% share.  Escamilla up 225 votes and up .8% in share.  Mendoza up 120 votes, down .1% in share.

 

A-City of Stanton, Potential Tax on Future Cannabis Businesses
Completed Precincts: 15 of 15
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 2,000 66.7%
No 999 33.3%

Now that is a beautiful vote total!

B-City of Stanton, Hotel/Motel Visitor (Transient Occupancy) Tax Increase
Completed Precincts: 15 of 15
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 1,913 63.6%
No 1,094 36.4%

Less memorable, but ok.

Nov. 12: POST-LONG WEEKEND

Registration and Turnout
Completed Precincts: 84 of 84
Reg/Turnout Percentage
Total Registered Voters 170,783
Precinct Registration 170,783
Precinct Ballots Cast 2,561 1.5%
Early Ballots Cast 0 0.0%
Vote-by-Mail Ballots Cast 29,952 17.5%
Total Ballots Cast 32,513 19.0%

 

SANTA ANA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Governing Board Member, Short Term
Completed Precincts: 30 of 30
Vote Count Percentage
CAROLYN TORRES 4,923 46.9%
DAVID BENAVIDES 3,226 30.8%
GISELA CONTRERAS 1,405 13.4%
CECILIA AGUINAGA 937 8.9%

 

CITY OF SAN CLEMENTE Member, City Council
Completed Precincts: 28 of 28
Vote Count Percentage
GENE JAMES 8,253 54.9%
JACKSON HINKLE 4,683 31.2%
DEE COLEMAN 785 5.2%
CHRISTINA SELTER 667 4.4%
MICHAEL (MICKEY) MCLANE 638 4.2%

 

CITY OF SANTA ANA Member, City Council, Ward 4, Short Term
Completed Precincts: 26 of 26
Vote Count Percentage
PHIL BACERRA 3,815 27.4%
MANNY ESCAMILLA 3,665 26.4%
BEATRIZ MENDOZA 3,323 23.9%
GALE OLIVER JR 1,423 10.2%
JENNIFER OLIVA 1,154 8.3%
BRANDON SISCO 525 3.8%

 

A-City of Stanton, Potential Tax on Future Cannabis Businesses
Completed Precincts: 15 of 15
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 2,003 66.7%
No 1,000 33.3%

* Indicates Incumbent Candidate, if any
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B-City of Stanton, Hotel/Motel Visitor (Transient Occupancy) Tax Increase
Completed Precincts: 15 of 15
Vote Count Percentage
Yes 1,916 63.6%
No 1,095 36.4%

* Indicates Incumbent Candidate, if any
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About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 (in violation of Roberts Rules) when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Expelled from DPOC in October 2018 (in violation of Roberts Rules) for having endorsed Spitzer over Rackauckas -- which needed to be done. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. One of his daughters co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)