OC Results #3: Cypress, Dana Pt, FV, Fullerton, GG, HB


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City Council (& City Exec) results for Cypress, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, HB and more!

Cypress

Tentatively OJB-endorsed Anne Hertz and Frances Marquez prevailed easily.  (Even our tentative endorsements pack a wallop!)  DPOC endorsed only Marquez.

Dana Point

District 4

Mark Frost, with 62%, beat OJB-leaning Gary Newkirk.

District 5

Michael Villar, with both the OJB and DPOC endorsements, won 82% against Benjamin Tyler Bebee.

Fountain Valley

Glenn Grandis, with 21%, and Ted Bui, with 18.6%, beat Vern-and-posthumous Gus Ayer-endorsed Cheryl Brothers (17.1%) and Greg-endorsed former CA-39 candidate Mai Khanh Tran (16.7%) and three others.  OJB is thwarted in FV!

Fullerton

District 1

OJB triple-endorsed Fred Jung leads Andrew Cho by 319 votes and 2.6%.

District 2

Ryan-endorsed Nick Dunlap leads Greg-endorsed  Faisal Qazi by 20%.  (Two stragglers combined for 22%.  Yes, you can solve this using algebra!)   I hope that Dunlap is a good as Ryan says he is!

District 4

Bruce Whitaker beat Aaruni Thakur by about 250 votes and 2.6%.  A forecasted late blue shift of late votes never arrived.  That means that Ryan sweeps Fullerton!

Garden Grove

Mayor

Only because of OJB’s (admittedly hesitant and partial — Greg hesitantly agreeing with an informed commenter while Vern almost but not quite leaning to Bui) endorsement, Steve Jones won the Mayor’s race with 61.6% — about a 33% margin over Phat Bui and two stragglers.

District 2

John O’Neill beat OJB-leaned Julie (Not the Bad) Diep by 820 votes and a bit over 7%.

District 5

Stephanie Klopfenstein beat OJB-endorsed Robert Tucker with a bit over 70%.  (Because you wondered: it means “tapping/striking stone, as with a door knocker.)

District 6

Former Supervisor candidate and enthusiastic OJB-endorsee Kim Bernice Nguyen did better than nice, winning District 6 with over 75%.

Huntington Beach

Shock and Dismay!  With three seats open, former professional wrestler UFC/Mixed Martial Arts champion and Pamela Anderson Jenna Jameson beach boy toy Tito Ortiz  (whose real first name is apparently Jacob!?) got the most votes (42,214, or 14.83%) followed by OJB-endorsed Dan Kalmick (30,294, or 10.64%) and Natalie Moser (30,167, or 10.60%).  She Who Must Not Be Endured Gracey VDMark is in fourth (23,351, 8.20%). OJB-super-endorsed Oscar Rodriguez is in fifth with (21,687, 7.62)%, and Matt Harper is in seventh (20,046, 7.1%) behind Brian Burley, leading eight other stragglers.

Oscar’s distant loss — about 8,500 votes behind Moser! — is a terrible blow with potentially lasting consequences for the city.  His betrayal by so many of his slate-mates’ voters — when he’s the one who brought the leftist votes to Kalmick and Moser — may undercut future such alliances.

This race desperately needs a good autopsy — and it will receive one here.  (It will require interviews, so this sounds like a job for Vern!)


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.)