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|FEBRUARY 2010 ELECTION RESULTS
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%
Lake Elsinore Recall Election (February 23)
Recall of Councilmember Thomas Buckley did not pass - 56.09%
APRIL 13, 2010 ELECTIONS
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.
JUNE 8, 2010 BALLOT MEASURES
|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%
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
by a majority of the vote of the electorate of the City of Mission
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.
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY
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.
|2010 ELECTION CALENDAR
April 13, 2010:
information on this year's Iger & Associates Election Luncheons coming
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 ElectionJune 8, 2010:
Iger & Associates Primary Election Day Luncheon at Hilton Hotel, Costa Mesa
July 12, 2010:
First Day to File for November 2010 ElectionJuly 12, 2010:
Iger & Associates Election Luncheon in San Bernardino County
August 6, 2010:
Last Day to File for November 2010 ElectionAugust 6, 2010:
Iger & Associates Election Luncheon in Riverside County
November 2, 2010:
General ElectionNovember 2, 2010:
Iger & Associates Election Day Luncheon at Hilton Hotel, Costa Mesa
|LOCAL OFFICIALS ON THE MOVE
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.
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 CountyFontana:
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 PositionsHuntington Beach:
Shari Freidenrich (City Treasurer) appointed Treasurer of the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada.
|LOCAL OFFICIALS RUNNING FOR HIGHER OFFICE IN 2010
|Many local officials have
decided to run for higher office, we've highlighted many of the June 8, 2010
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
Running for United States Congress - 47th District
Running for United States Congress - 48th District
Anaheim Union High School District Trustee Katherine Smith
California State Assemblyman Van Tran
Incumbent is Loretta Sanchez
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
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY
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
Redlands Mayor Pat Gilbreath
Rancho Cucamonga Mayor Don Kurth
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
RIVERSIDE COUNTY MAYORS ROUNDTABLE
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
|WOMEN IN OFFICE TALK ABOUT LEADERSHIP
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).
OFFICIALS STEP-UP TOURISM BUSINESS
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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