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March 2010    
Welcome to another edition of allPOLITICSisLOCAL, a non-partisan selection of local political news from Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties.
In This Issue
February 2010 Election Results
April 13, 2010 Elections
June 8, 2010 Ballot Measures
2010 Election Calendar
Local Officials on the Move
Local Officials Running for Higher Office in 2010
Riverside County Mayors Roundtable
Women in Office Talk About Leadership
Officials Step-Up Tourism Business

Orange County

Mission Viejo Recall Election (February 2)

Recall of Mayor Lance MacLean passed - 50.1%

Dave Leckness elected to replace MacLean on the City Council - 54.6%

Riverside County

Lake Elsinore Recall Election (February 23)

Recall of Councilmember Thomas Buckley did not pass - 56.09%


Riverside County

Rancho Mirage City Council Election (3 seats available):

Bill Bramer, Retired Businessman
Mark J. Carpenter, Small Business Owner

Kenneth C. Gregory, Attorney

Scott Hines, Public Policy Consultant

Dana Hobart, Incumbent, Attorney

Ira Laufer, Planning Commissioner

Ron Meepos, Incumbent, Retired CPA

37th Senatorial District Special Election:

Justin Blake (D), School Board Member

Russ Bogh (R), Businessman

Bill Emmerson (R), California Assembly Member, Educator

Arthur Guerrero (D), Educator, Businessman

Matt Monica (AI), School Board Member

Anna Nevenic (D), Registered Nurse, Author

David Peters (R)

*Special election to replace former Senator John Benoit, who resigned to become a Riverside County Supervisor.

Many local ballot measures are on the June 8, 2010 ballot, several are highlighted below:


Buena Park: Residents will vote on a proposed 3.75 cents per square foot tax, which will apply to real estate located within the Buena Park School District.  The tax would last four years and generate about $1 million a year.  It requires a 2/3 vote to pass.

Costa Mesa: Voters will decide whether to approve the city's general plan amendment language that designates allowed uses for the 150-acre fairgrounds. Under the city's plan, an owner of the property would be able to use the property for equestrian, concert and live entertainment event, but would not be allowed to use the property to house a casino, a shopping center or a residential community, among other prohibited uses.

Garden Grove: Residents of the Garden Grove Unified School District will vote on a bond measure  that would authorize the school district to issue and sell bonds of up to $250 million to provide finance to repair, renovate, acquire, construct and equip classrooms, sites, school facilities, make earthquake safety improvements, repair/replace aging roofs, plumbing, heating/ventilation systems, and upgrade electrical wiring, fire, security equipment.  The measure requires a 55% vote.

Mission Viejo: Residents will decide on the Right-to-Vote amendment initiative, which would allow residents to vote on future development in the city.  The measure, if approved, states that no major amendment of any of the planning policy documents shall be effective unless and until it is approved by a majority of the vote of the electorate of the City of Mission Viejo.


Cathedral City: After declaring a state of fiscal emergency the council has approved a ballot measure that, if passed, would mean a 1 percent sales tax increase.  The sales tax would generate about $3 million annually until it expires in five years.

Coachella: To help address a budget shortfall, the council placed a 5 percent utility users tax on the June 2010 ballot.  If approved, the tax could generate more than $1 million a year.

Desert Hot Springs: Residents will vote on extending an existing parcel tax that raises money that helps pay for the city's public safety services.  If the measure passes, it would extend the parcel tax, which expires June 30, until 2020.

Eastvale: Residents will determine if Eastvale will become the newest city in Riverside County, if councilmembers will be elected at-large or by district, and for 5 new councilmembers should the cityhood measure pass.  If passed, the City of Eastvale will be established on October 1, 2010.


Redlands: Measure O, if passed, will prohibit the approval of 'Mega-Retail' development in the city.  The City Council opposes the measure.

Rialto: The City Council has put an advisory measure on the ballot to gauge public interest in reinstating a property tax of roughly 15 cents per $100 of assessed valuation on properties in order to pay into the Public Employee Retirement System.


More information on this year's Iger & Associates Election Luncheons coming soon...

April 13, 2010: 37th Senatorial District Special Election (special election to replace former Senator John Benoit, who resigned to become a Riverside County Supervisor)
April 13, 2010: City of Rancho Mirage Election

June 8, 2010: Primary Election
June 8, 2010: Iger & Associates Primary Election Day Luncheon at Hilton Hotel, Costa Mesa

July 12, 2010: First Day to File for November 2010 Election
July 12, 2010: Iger & Associates Election Luncheon in San Bernardino County

August 6, 2010: Last Day to File for November 2010 Election
August 6, 2010: Iger & Associates Election Luncheon in Riverside County

November 2, 2010: General Election
November 2, 2010: Iger & Associates Election Day Luncheon at Hilton Hotel, Costa Mesa

Orange County

Newport Beach: Assistant City Manager Sharon Wood retired in January, but is under contract with the City to continue working on special projects.

OCTA: Deputy CEO Darrell Johnson (previously OCTA Executive Director of Rail Programs), promoted to replace Jim Kenan, who is retiring from his position, but will continue to assist with special projects for OCTA through 2010.

Riverside County

Desert Hot Springs: Planning Commissioner Steve Sobotta appointed to replace Gabriel King, who resigned.

Hemet: Deanna Elliano appointed to be Community Development Director (previously interim planning manager).

Indio: Assistant City Manager Tara Adams will become Interim City Manager when Glenn Southard retires from City Manager post on April 1st.

Lake Elsinore: Carol Cowley (previously served as Interim City Clerk for Lake Elsinore) appointed to serve temporarily as City Clerk to replace Debora Thomsen, who resigned.

Riverside County: CFO Ed Corser (previously budget manager for Los Angeles County as well as finance director for Riverside County) appointed to replace Paul McDonnell, who retired.

Riverside County: Auditor-Controller Roberty Byrd is not running for reelection and will step down at the end of his term in 2010.

San Jacinto: Planning Commissioners James Ivey and Jerry Mossbarger appointed to replace Russ Utz and Andrew Kotyuk. 


San Bernardino County

Fontana: Mayor Pro Tem Frank Scialdone is not running for reelection and will step down at the end of his term in 2010.

Grand Terrace: City Councilman Jim Miller resigned.

Montclair: Deputy City Manager Ed Starr has taken over for City Manager Lee McDougal (McDougal will retire in June, but has been reassigned until his retirement).

Local Public Officials Appointed to State and Regional Positions

Huntington Beach: Shari Freidenrich (City Treasurer) appointed Treasurer of the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada.
Many local officials have decided to run for higher office, we've highlighted many of the June 8, 2010 races below:


Running for California State Senate - 34th District
Anaheim Councilmember Lucille Kring
Incumbent is Lou Correa

Running for California State Assembly - 68th District
Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor
Orange County Board of Education Trustee Long Pham
Incumbent Van Tran is termed out
Running for California State Assembly - 70th District
Irvine Councilmember Steven Choi
Orange County Community College District Trustee Don Wagner
Tustin Mayor Jerry Amante
Incumbent Chuck DeVore is termed out
Running for Orange County Supervisor - 4th District
Anaheim Councilmember Lorri Galloway
Anaheim Councilmember Harry Sidhu
Buena Park Mayor Art Brown
Fullerton Councilmember Shawn Nelson
La Habra Councilmember Rose Espinoza
Incumbent Chris Norby resigned after winning the 72nd District Assembly seat vacated by Mike Duvall

Running for United States Congress - 47th District
Anaheim Union High School District Trustee
Katherine Smith
California State Assemblyman Van Tran
Incumbent is Loretta Sanchez

Running for United States Congress - 48th District
Irvine Councilmember Beth Krom
Incumbent is John Campbell

Running for Orange County Treasurer
Huntington Beach Treasurer Shari Freidenrich
Orange County Assessor's Office Employee Patrick Desmond
Orange County Deputy Treasurer Keith Rodenhuis
South Coast Community College District Trustee David Lang
Incumbent Chriss Street is not running for re-election

Running for California State Senate - 36th District
California State Assemblyman (77th District) Joel Anderson
Riverside County Supervisor Jeff Stone
Incumbent Dennis Hollingsworth is termed out

Running for California State Assembly - 64th District
Riverside Community College District Trustee Jose Medina
Incumbent is Brian Nestande

Running for United States Congress - 44th District
Corona-Norco Board of Education President Bill Hedrick
Incumbent is Ken Calvert
Running for United States Congress - 45th District
Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet
Incumbent is Mary Bono Mack


Running for California State Assembly - 62nd District
San Bernardino County School Board Member Gil Navarro
Incumbent is Wilmer Amina Carter

Running for California State Assembly - 63rd District
Fontana Councilmember Acquanetta Warren
Rancho Cucamonga Mayor Don Kurth
Redlands Mayor Pat Gilbreath
Incumbent Bill Emmerson is termed out

Running for San Bernardino County Supervisor - 4th District
Chaffey Joint Union High School District Trustee Arthur Bustamonte
Fontana Councilmember Janice Rutherford
Incumbent is Paul Biane
The Roundtable will be on April 15th, 11:30am at the Riverside Convention Center.  The following mayors have been confirmed to date: Mayor Bob Botts (Banning), Mayor Karen Spiegel (Corona), Mayor Yvonne Parks (Desert Hot Springs), Mayor Eric McBride (Hemet), Mayor Melissa Melendez (Lake Elsinore), Mayor Kelly Bennett (Murrieta), Mayor Steve Pougnet (Palm Springs), and Mayor Bridgette Moore (Wildomar).  The program will be moderated by Christine Iger.
For more information, click here.

Eight women serving as mayor or on city councils within the Coachella Valley discuss their perspectives on women and leadership.  Former Indian Wells Mayor Mary Roche moderated a panel that included Desert Hot Springs Mayor Yvonne Parks, Palm Desert Mayor Cindy Finerty, Indio Councilmember Lupe Ramos Watson, Desert Hot Springs Councilmember Jan Pye, La Quinta Councilmember Linda Evans, La Quinta Councilmember Terry Henderson, Indio Councilmember Melanie Fesmire, and La Quinta Mayor Pro Tem Kristy Franklin.  Click here to read the article.  The article was printed in The Public Record (a business and public affairs weekly newspaper serving the Coachella Valley, www.desertpublicrecord.com).

The outlook for the Coachella Valley tourism industry is highlighed by three experts who spoke at the recent annual awards luncheon sponsored by the Palm Springs Desert Resort Communities Convention and Visitors Authority (CVA): Jeff Beckelman, President & CEO, Palm springs Desert Resort Communities CVA; Lee Morcus, Chair, Hospitality Industry and Business Council, CEO Kaiser Restaurant Group; and Dana Hobart, Chair, JPA Executive Committee, Rancho Mirage Councilmember. Click here to read the article.  The article was printed in The Public Record (a business and public affairs weekly newspaper serving the Coachella Valley, www.desertpublicrecord.com).
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