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All Politics is Local


August 2009


Welcome to another edition of All Politics is Local, a non-partisan selection of local political news from Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Imperial counties.


In This Issue

November 2009 Election - Local Candidates

Public Officials on the Move

Local Officials Running for Higher Office in 2010

Builder & Developer Magazine - Survive & Thrive in the New Economy




Riverside County




City Council (3 Seats):
Robert Crain, Incumbent
Beverly Mays, Incumbent
Joey DeConinck, Incumbent
Oscar Galvan, Community Activist
Quenton Hanson, Palo Verde College Small Business Development Director
Michael McAndrew, Real Estate Broker
Sam Patel, Motel Owner
William Smith, Palo Verde College Vice-president of Instructional Services



Desert Hot Springs:
Yvonne Parks, Incumbent
Russell Betts, City Councilmember
City Council (2 seats):
Scott Matas, Incumbent
Jan Pye, Incumbent
Terry Scheurer, Small Business Owner
Robert Bentley, Business Auditor
Russ Martin, retired police sergeant




City Council (2 seats):

Frank Hall, Incumbent

Richard MacGregor, Incumbent

Kevin Bash, Historic Preservation Activist

Harvey Sullivan, Former Councilmember


Palm Springs:
City Council (2 seats):
Chris Mills, Incumbent
Ginny Foat, Incumbent
Mark Walthour, former city building permit technician
David Carden, Baristo Neighborhood Organization chairman
Drew Sweatte, BodyFactory digital and online marketing coordinator
Barbara Beaty, Arbonne International businesswoman
John Tymon, Singer/songwriter
James Osterberger, Spurline bar owner
Michael Gallardo, Talk Magazine publisher
Alexander Dobrecevic, Student and intern
Eloise Garcia- Mohsin, Artist



City of Riverside:



Ron Loveridge, Incumbent

Art Gage, Former Councilmember


San Bernardino County


City of San Bernardino:

Pat Morris, Incumbent
Rick Avila, Contractor
James F. Penman, San Bernardino City Attorney

City Council (First Ward):
Esther Estrada, Incumbent
Virginia Marquez, Part-time staffer for Rep. Joe Baca

City Council (Second Ward):
Dennis Baxter, Incumbent
Jason Desjardins, Big Z Towing Owner

City Council (Fourth Ward):
Fred Shorett, Incumbent
Joe Arnett, Loma Linda University IT Manager 



Imperial County




City Council (2 seats):

Toni Carrillo, Former Councilmember

Miguel Miranda, Former Councilmember

Sam Couchman, Brawley Economic Development Commission Past President

*Incumbents John Benson and Steve Vasquez did not file for re-election





City Council (3 seats):

Fred Beltran, Incumbent

Peter Fuentes, Incumbent

Kay Ours, Incumbent
Trevor Green

Patricia Nelson


El Centro:


City Council (2 seats):

Ben Solomon, Incumbent

Cheryl Walker, Incumbent

Jason Jackson, Runs Desert Security Services




Orange County


County of Orange: Interim Public Works Director Jess Carbajal (previously Public Works Chief Deputy Director) appointed to replace Bryan Speegle, who is retiring


OCTA: CEO Will Kempton (previously California Department of Transportation Director) appointed to replace Art Leahy, who left to become Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority CEO


OCTA: Kristine Leathers Murrary (previously OCBC Vice President of Government Affairs) appointed Executive Director of Government Relations

Anaheim: City Manager Tom Wood (previously Anaheim Assistant City Manager) appointed to replace Dave Morgan, who is retiring


Newport Beach: City Manager Dave Kiff (previously Newport Beach Assistant City Manager) appointed to replace Homer Bludau, who is retiring


Municipal Water District of Orange County: Board Member Jeff Thomas (former Tusin mayor) apppointed to replace Ergun Bakall, who resigned


Riverside County


Banning: Interim City Manager Sam Racadio (retired Highland City Manager) appointed to replace Brian Nakamura, who left to become Hemet City Manager


Coachella: Co-Interim City Managers Steve Brown (previously Coachella Assistant City Manager) and John Gerardi (previously Coachella Finance Director) appointed to replace Tim Brown, who retired 


Hemet: City Manager Brian Nakamura (previously Banning City Manager) appointed to replace interim City Manager Len Wood


Murrieta: Planning Commissioners Glen Daigle (Developer) and Gregory Goodman (retired Marine officer) appointed to replace Mike Fitzpatrick and Barbara Lupro, who resigned


Palm Desert: Assistant City Manager Sheila Gilligan (Community Services) and Assistant City Manager Homer Croy (Development Services) retired, their duties are being assumed by Assistant City Manager Justin McCarthy

San Jacinto:
Planning Commissioner Russ Utz (small business owner and community activist) appointed to replace Darren Mannion, who resigned


San Bernardino County


County of San Bernardino: County Assessor Dennis Draeger (previously Assistant Assessor) appointed to replace Bill Postmus, who resigned


County of San Bernardino: Land Use Services department supervisors placed on paid administrative leave: Henry Roe (deputy director for building and safety), Randy Rogers (deputy director for code enforcement) and Ruth Rice (administrative manager)


Grand Terrace: 37 candidates applied for City Manager position to replace former Acting City Manager Steve Berry.  Finance director Bernie Simon was appointed as the new acting city manager until a permanent replacement is selected (a decision is expected in October)




These are the local elected candidates confirmed to date who are running for higher office in 2010.  We will continue to update you as new local officials enter races for higher office.




Running for California State Assembly - 68th District

Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor

Incumbent Van Tran is termed out


Running for California State Assembly - 70th District
Tustin Mayor Pro Tem
Jerry Amante

Irvine Councilmember Stephen Choi
Incumbent Chuck DeVore is termed out


Running for Orange County Supervisor - 4th District
Orange County Clerk-Recorder Tom Daly

La Habra Councilmember Rose Espinoza

Anaheim Councilmember Lorri Galloway

Fullerton Councilmember Shawn Nelson
Anaheim Councilmember Harry Sidhu

Incumbent Chris Norby is termed out


Running for Orange County Clerk-Recorder

Orange County Supervisor Chris Norby

Buena Park Mayor Pro Tem Art Brown

Incumbent Tom Daly is running for County Supervisor


Running for United States Congress - 48th District

Irvine Councilmember Beth Krom

Incumbent is John Campbell





Running for California State Senate - 36th District

Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone

Incumbent Dennis Hollingsworth is termed out


Running for United States Congress - 45th District

Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet

Incumbent is Mary Bono



Running for California State Assembly - 63rd District

Redlands Mayor Pro Tem Pat Gilbreath

Rancho Cucamonga Mayor Don Kurth

Fontana Mayor Pro Tem Acquanetta Warren

Incumbent Bill Emmerson is termed out




Survive & Thrive in the Current Economy:


Our column in Builder & Developer Magazine is featured in the PCBC "Re-Building Your Business" issue. The article is entitled Lean & Mean: Thriving in the New Economy and discusses what companies are doing to survive and thrive in the current economy.  Industry leades quoted in the article include: John Christensen, Vice President, Media Relations, Irvine Company; Robert Kim, Executive Managing Director, Hanover Pacific; Marji Knitter, President, The Moote Group; Charlie Merrick, Principal, GKK Works; John Potts, The Garrett Group; Bill Shopoff, President, The Shopoff Group; Glenn Southard, City Manager, City of Indio; Brad Wiblin, Director, Bridge Housing; and Bob Yoder, Shea Homes, President, Southern California Division. To read the article, please click the following link for the Builder & Developer Magazine website to open the June 2009 issue, then click on the 'Page' button, and go to page 22. CLICK HERE


Part 2 of the article entitled Lean & Mean: Thriving in the New Economy was printed in the July 2009 issue of Builder & Developer Magazine.  Industry leaders quoted in the article include: Adrian Foley, President Brookfield Homes; Michael D. Vairin, Managing Vice President, Fieldstone Management Services; Susan Lindquist, President, Bridge Advisory Group; and Sheri Vander Dussen, Planning Director, City of Anaheim.  To read the article, please click the following link for the Builder & Developer Magazine website to open the July 2009 issue, then click on the 'Page' button, and go to page 20. CLICK HERE



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