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Quite the Propositions
This November, California voters will decide the fate of 17 ballot initiatives, including whether to legalize marijuana, repeal the death penalty and enact gun control measures regarding ammunition and magazine size. Here, you’ll find a basic rundown of what each proposition is asking of voters.
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62 Prop. 62 repeals the death penalty in California, which has been in effect since 1978. Including California, 30 states allow the death penalty. If passed, Prop. 62 would make life in prison without possibility of parole the harshest punishment available. For: Former President Jimmy Carter, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, California Democratic Party, California NAACP, several ACLU groups, select religious and humanist organizations Against: California Republican Party, dozens of law enforcement advocacy groups, and dozens of district attorneys and sheriffs throughout California. PROPOSITION 51 Prop. 51 authorizes the issuance and sale of $9 billion in bonds for education and schools across the state. If approved, the state would control allocation of those funds to districts across California with the directive to repair schools, improve safety measures and expand classroom offerings. PROPOSITION 52 To fund its Medi-Cal program for children, low income and senior people, California hospitals pay a combined fee of about $3 billion every year in order to receive matching funds from the federal government. However, the state has previously diverted some of that money to its general fund. Prop. 52 ensures funds in this program are used only for the Medi-Cal program PROPOSITION 53 This proposition requires voter approval for projects that cost more than $2 billion in revenue bonds—essentially bonds that are repaid by the users of the project (e.g. a toll booth to pay for a highway). PROPOSITION 54 Prop. 54 would prohibit the state legislature from passing any bill until it had been published in print and online for 72 hours prior to the vote. PROPOSITION 55 This initiative extends temporary personal income tax increases on incomes over $250,000. The increases were approved in 2012 under Prop. 30, and has raised about $6 billion per year since. About 89 percent of the funds go to K-12 schools in the state. If Prop. 55 is not approved, the tax increases approved in 2012 will be phased out.
PROPOSITION 56 California currently assesses a .87-cent per pack excise tax on cigarettes. Prop. 56 would increase the tax by $2 per pack to $2.87. That tax would be levied on e-cigarettes and other tobacco products as well. Revenue from the tax would be used to enforce tobacco laws, train physicians and prevent dental diseases. PROPOSITION 57 If passed, Prop. 57 would give people convicted of nonviolent crimes more chances for parole. This is in response to a 2011 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that determined the state’s prisons were over-crowded, and piggybacks on Prop. 47, which reduced non-violent felonies to misdemeanors. It could affect up to 25,000 current inmates. PROPOSITION 58 State rules passed in 1998 required those teaching in English-only classrooms to take one year of intensive English classes. Prop. 58 would lift that requirement, and for instance, allow bilingual instruction in a variety of classes. Parents would still have input over which non-English languages would be part of their schools’ programs. PROPOSITION 59 Citizens United v. Federal Election Committee ruled that political contributions are free speech, and so companies and organizations couldn’t be restrained from donating large amounts of money to political efforts. Prop. 59 would pressure California’s elected officials to work to overturn the ruling through proposing and ratifying amendments to the U.S. Constitution. PROPOSITION 60 Prop. 60 would require actors in pornographic films shot in California to wear condoms. Condoms would not need to be visible in the films, but producers will have to prove they were used.
This initiative would require people wishing to buy ammunition to obtain a permit from the state, and would effectively prohibit possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines. The permit would require a background check by the Department of Justice. For: California Democratic Party, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, the cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Oakland, and several law enforcement officials. Against: California Republican Party, National Rifle Association, California Police Chiefs Association.
64 If passed, Prop. 64 would allow adults 21 and older to possess and use marijuana for recreational (that is, non-medical) purposes. Smoking marijuana in public and while driving would be illegal, as would possession in school zones. Californians would be able to possess up to 28.5 grams at a time, and could cultivate six plants at home. Taxes would be levied on cultivation and retail sales of marijuana. Revenue would be used to fund drug research, youth programs and an initiative to help police determine whether or not a driver is high. Municipalities would be able to ban the sale of recreational marijuana, but they won’t receive a share of the tax revenue. For: California Democratic Party, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, ACLU of California, California NAACP, California Nurses Association Against: California Republican Party, Rep. Bill Brough and many sheriffs, district attorneys and police organizations
PROPOSITION 61 The state of California spent close to $4 billion last year in prescription drug costs for its Medi-Cal program, which serves senior, children and low-income residents. Prop. 61 would prohibit the state from paying any more for prescription drugs than the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays for the same drug. PROPOSITIONS 65 AND 67 Propositions 65 and 67 both would ratify a previous state senate bill to ban grocery stores and pharmacies from providing single-use plastic bags to its customers. Stores would be able to charge .10 cents per reusable, compostable bag. If Prop. 67 passes, revenue from the .10-cent sales would go back to the store. If Prop. 65 passes, the money would go to a dedicated environmental fund. Environmental groups, however, claim Prop. 65’s supposed environmental fund is an effort to delay the ultimate phase-out of plastic bags. If they both pass, the proposition with the greater number of votes would take effect. If they both fail, the ban on plastic bags would not go into effect. PROPOSITION 66 If passed, Prop. 66 would continue the death penalty (competing against Prop. 62), but speed up the appeals process and require inmates on death to work in order to pay their alleged victims’ families restitutions. If both 62 and 66 pass, the measure with more votes will prevail.
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in San Clemente BY ERIC HEINZ
Anyone elected to City Council can expect to be tasked with answering at least a significant amount of questions regarding parking. Downtown is a patchwork of allday, three-hour or 20-minute public parking, and a long-term solution has been on the minds of residents for years. Meanwhile, traffic alleviation has been explored since Southern California’s rapid expansion became obvious and the need for a wider interstate highway and alternate routes became imminent. Recently, the Transportation Corridor Agencies hosted public input meetings to gauge what routes, if any, San Clemente and neighboring communities would accept, as plans to extend the 241 Toll Road from the end of Ortega and beyond were blocked in the past. San Clemente Times asked the candidates questions about their visions for parking and traffic in the next decade. The candidates’ answers to the following question are in the order their names will appear on the November ballot.
Question: What should the city do to address parking and local traffic issues? Steve Swartz
“I think one thing they should have done two years ago was a parking solution for the Pier Bowl area in downtown by using the difference in grade between the streets leading to Del Mar,” Swartz said. “They could have stacked it right next to the community center with very little cost and expense, and that would have tripled the parking right there and eliminated most of your Pier Bowl and downtown parking right there. You can coordinate with the local merchants to create spots that are easy to get in and out of; you can do validation situations, so people who are parking there are actually going to the stores. You can get to those situations
to get that accomplished. In addition to that, we have a huge parking structure at the Outlets.” Swartz said connecting parking areas like the Outlets to high traffic areas can be done via kiosks and advertising promoting downtown, the Pier Bowl and the trolley system. He added, though, that he’s been pushing for this initiative a long time, saying that “if you go back to 2002 or ’04, we (the Beaches, Parks & Recreation Commission) submitted to the City Council a suggestion to put in a trolley or bussing to tie in our different venues, such as recreational parks and beaches.” Swartz said utilizing the existing parking around town is a large part of the solution to figuring out parking issues. He emphasized utilizing the trolley for issues that will help fund the operations of the trolley. “If the trolley is set up right and promoted right, it will be a great success,” Swartz said. “I think promoting San Clemente as a destination place, a place where people should go, eat dinner here, shop here at our boutique shops, that’s a good idea.”
“The (outcome of the) Beach Parking Impact Fund … was one of the reasons why I voted to appeal the initial ruling. We polled 100 people on the street … and all of them said we need beach parking, and the biggest reason as to why I appealed those things was because we do need it. We’ve tripled our numbers in the last 15 years, and we haven’t done anything for beach parking. Here we had this fund that we’re trying to spend money on it, and we couldn’t do it. We definitely need more.” Hamm said he doesn’t think La Pata will have an immediately visible effect on alleviating traffic in the area. “La Pata isn’t going to help us with our traffic concerns, that’s for sure,” Hamm said. “So all the studies that came out for La Pata shows that we’re going to go to an F rating after that whole thing is built out with Rancho Mission Viejo, so there’s going to be significant traffic impacts with the extension of La Pata being completed. There will be a slight reduction on Calle Del Rio because there will be more people going to Calle De Los Mares than Avenida Vista Hermosa and Pico, but it’s still going to be a net-negative impact.” Hamm said there are many complexities related to traffic in San Clemente. He said the two people in charge of heading the city’s staff regarding traffic and parking, public works director Tom Bonigut and traffic engineer Tom Frank, have helped guide the City Council through the intricacies of the thoroughfares and making them more accessible. “Those guys are on the cutting edge of what makes sense,” Hamm said, adding
some of the concepts presented to the city may seem questionable, but they’ve helped reduce speeds in residential neighborhoods. Making it easier for bicycling is also one of his priorities.
Pamela Joy Glass
“Just make people read the signs,” Glass said. “If you don’t read the signs and you think you’re above the law, you’re going to get a ticket. And don’t think if you don’t pay that ticket that a warrant won’t be put out for your arrest.” Glass said people may have to park farther away from the locations they’re trying to visit. “We have the La Pata connection. It’s beautiful here,” Glass said. “I spin 360 degrees in all directions, and there is not one ounce of turf that’s not filled with peace and comfort and beauty from Las Palmas Elementary to this corner to Max Berg Plaza to the bike trail to the La Pata connection. If someone is handicapped, then call upon the Lord’s prayers. People here are really kind and all kind to one another. That’s why we have such a great village here. As Hillary Clinton said, ‘It takes a village,’ and this village is filling the gaps that only kindness fills.”
Robert “Bob” Baker
“Sometimes it is difficult to find a parking spot; however, it’s like building a church so that everybody gets a seat on Easter Sunday,” Baker said. “I don’t think most churches do that. Parking downtown, … most of the time you’re able to find a parking spot. You can’t find a space in front of the business or place you’re trying to go, but there are parking spaces in the area. So, you just drive down Del Mar, turn right or left on the next street … I mean, I’ve always found a parking space. We’ve heard concerns about parking since I was elected to City Council eight years ago, and we’ve done parking studies down there. The first thing any parking consultant will tell you is that we need parking meters. As a City Council, we’ve said, ‘no, we don’t.’ So we’ve accepted the fact that parking is difficult because we haven’t put in meters. If you put in meters, you force people to mind how long they stay, but then people say, ‘I got a parking ticket in San Clemente, and I’m never coming to our downtown again.’” Baker said he doesn’t like the prospect of a parking structure downtown. “If you do that, you increase traffic and bring more people and make the traffic worse and you exacerbate all the problems
that you thought you were solving,” Baker said. Baker said he is adamantly against any toll roads coming through San Clemente. On City Council, he has held his constituents to their opinion on any development of the tolls roads, whether connecting the 241 extension somewhere in town or other prospects.
“In the last (City Council) debate, we got into it about the shared parking program in San Clemente,” Bane said. “There is one for the town center district, but that needs to be a citywide program. Shared parking permit programs could work with North Beach with the businesses there or in Rancho San Clemente, it could work all over town. A lot of cities have done that, ours is a volunteer program because you can’t really make property owners and businesses share their property, but I do think you can make other incentives for public benefit. We should, if not require, strongly encourage businesses in the area to participate.” Bane said there should be an in-lieu parking fee program. “A lot of cities around Orange County and L.A. have done this with town-center parking districts where there’s an in-lieu fee that’s paid by a developer or property owners or business owners who want to put in a restaurant (a very high-intensive parking property), and you pay into a fund that will pay for additional parking. We need a more robust program citywide. “I would like to see a parking structure— behind the San Clemente Senior Center would be a good location. It wouldn’t bother residential areas, and you could do the alleyways and make a nice paseo for people to come down.” Bane said the new trolley program will help with traffic issues, and he said there needs to be more opportunities for people who live inland to enjoy the public transportation that is planned. “It needs to be multifaceted and work with all the tools the city has at its disposal,” Bane said, adding he’s not a fan of parking waivers, but would allow for them in certain circumstances. “Waivers feel good and they do help in some circumstances,” he said. “I’m very leery of that parking solution. It doesn’t maximize the spaces that we have. “We do need to look at La Pata, especially when Rancho Mission Viejo is built out. Once it’s done, I think the study showed that a lot of the signals are going to be at an F rating.” ••• Visit www.sanclementetimes.com to read the candidates’ answers to questions about the hospital, sober living facilities and more.
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South OC Community College District
ONE FINAL PITCH
The South OC Community College District encompasses Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, Irvine Valley College in Irvine and the Advanced Technology and Education Park in Tustin. The board is comprised of seven members, who are voted in at-large. This year, Trustee Areas 3, 4 and 6 are up for election (two areas are unopposed), and the candidates for those Trustee Areas must live within its boundaries. One seat is available in each area.
Trustee Area 3 Includes Laguna Beach, Aliso Viejo, Dana Point and parts of Laguna Hills, Newport Beach, San Clemente and unincorporated areas
Clockwise from top left: Steve Swartz, Chris Hamm, Dan Bane, Robert “Bob” Baker, Pamela Joy Glass.
What is one thing you’d like to accomplish on City Council, or what do you think will be the biggest issue in San Clemente in the next four years? Steve Swartz
“Number one is to realign where we’re spending our money and to increase our public safety and take a hard look at how we can get more patrollers out there,” Swartz said. “I’m seeing nothing but escalating issues. God help us if Prop. 57 passes. The decriminalization is just putting people on the streets. We need the broken-window concept as far as our (law enforcement).” Swartz said he would also like to focus on helping the city grow its sales tax.
“Public safety,” Hamm said, adding although that’s at the top, he doesn’t want to be a one-priority candidate. “I just want to make sure San Clemente can continue to be the best city it can be. San Clemente needs more police officers, and the last three budget cycles I’ve said we shouldn’t cut the sheriff’s budget, but in my mind there are things that matter—public safety—and anything after that is ancillary.” Hamm has also been a major proponent of bringing back a hospital in San Clemente.
Pamela Joy Glass
“Closing down every one of those cults that don’t honor independence but a lifestyle that gets them hooked and dependent on the government instead of on their own initiative
and employment,” Glass said. “(Making sure) the children are safe, and that their mommies and daddies love them, and that would be an avenue that is important to me.”
Robert “Bob” Baker
“The number one priority is to get a hospital and emergency room back up and operating in San Clemente,” Baker said. “The hospital and emergency room are such an important part of this community, I think we should do all we can to try and get that hospital and emergency room back.” Baker was mayor during the closure of the hospital and spoke at gatherings protesting the closure of Saddleback Memorial Medical Center, which shuttered operations in May.
“The top priority is going to be public safety, and I know that cutting sheriff’s deputies has been a big concern, and part of that is going to be looking at our budget and getting that under control,” Bane said. “We’ve been spending a lot of money on various things, one of which is litigation. Also, a more strategic approach to manage our budget and get ourselves out of potentially devastating lawsuits. I hope (the MemorialCare lawsuit) won’t cost us $42.5 million. That’s about $2,500 per every family of four in San Clemente.”
Trustee Area 4 Includes San Clemente, Ladera Ranch, San Juan Capistrano, Coto de Caza, parts of Rancho Santa Margarita, Las Flores and unincorporated areas
TERRI WHITT, INCUMBENT Whitt touts analyzing budgets and carrying out “due processes” in all matters during her time on the board. Her priorities include the Emeritus Program for seniors, supporting K-12 partnerships; expanding veterans’ curricula and supporting the transition program with California’s state universities. Whitt has spent 40 years at Saddleback College as a nursing professor.
BARBARA “BOBBIE” JAY, INCUMBENT Jay was appointed to the board two years ago to fill a vacancy. She has worked as a teacher and business owner for 42 years, and has volunteered with Saddleback College and Irvine Valley College. Her priorities include fiscal responsibility with no new taxes, lifelong learning for seniors, job training, expanding K-12 and community partnerships and improving student access.
JOHN ALPAY, BOARD MEMBER, CAPISTRANO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT Alpay touts business experience at Oakley and Samsung, as well as a board position with the South Orange County Economic Coalition. His priorities include increasing public-private partnerships between community colleges and businesses. As a CUSD board member, Alpay says he advocated for reducing property taxes, saving residents $61.1 million in Mello-Roos payments. He says he also helped refinance bond obligations in South Orange County.
PETER J. ESPINOSA, COLLEGE PROFESSOR Espinosa touts 41 years of experience in the field of higher education as a professor, counselor and administrator at the college and university level. He served two terms as a school board trustee for Capistrano Unified School District. His goals include cutting the cost of administrators, streamlining financial aid, improving technical and career training and more.
JIM LEACH, DIRECTOR COMMUNITY OUTREACH Leach served two terms as president of the Saddleback College Foundation Board. During his tenure, he claims growing the Foundation endowment from $500,000 to $5 million, increasing scholarship funding by 157 percent, and increasing the number of students receiving support. One of his foci is on using tax dollars on student achievement, instead of getting caught up in bureaucracy.
KIMBERLY CLARK, NON-PROFIT DIRECTOR/ EDUCATOR Clark has 22 years of experience in areas of management, collaboration, staffing and facilitation of programs. She’s served as school-site administrator and counselor, coordinated programs and volunteered as a court-appointed CASA advocate. She has a doctoral degree in education and runs an education non-profit organization. Her priorities include fiscal responsibility, improving educational quality and hiring a new chancellor and president for the district. GARY V. MILLER, RETIRED TEACHER Miller’s focus is on providing students more opportunities. This includes offering meaningful internships by partnering with businesses; offering college courses to high school students; and ensuring the district remains committed to returning students, especially veterans—Miller himself is a veteran. Miller previously served eight years on the Mt. San Antonio Community College board of trustees.
Trustee Area 6 Includes Lake Forest, parts of Irvine and unincorporated areas
JAMES “JIM” R. WRIGHT, INCUMBENT Wright is a current trustee and a former college administrator and chemistry professor. He also served as the Math/Science Dean at Saddleback College. His priorities include ensuring tax dollars enhance student success, maximizing programs for transfer, vocational and life-long students and keeping in line with his “values as a fiscal conservative.” MIKE DALATI, EDUCATOR Dalati is a professor at ORT Jewish College and co-founder of the OC Latino Outreach nonprofit organization. His two kids attend Irvine Valley College. His focus is not on politics, but on “leveraging and maximizing our resources” to meet future educational needs. He says the time is now for an overhaul of leadership on the board.
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South Orange County’s CUSD Candidates Six candidates are running for three seats on the Capistrano Unified School District’s Board of Trustees in Areas 1, 2 and 3, which cover schools in South Orange County. Each area has two candidates vying for a seat, and in Area 3, both candidates are newcomers, as incumbent John Alpay is running for a seat on the South Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees. There is also a fourth seat up for election in Trustee Area 5, which covers schools in Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel. Incumbent Gary Pritchard is running against Jake Vollebregt. Introductions from candidates in Areas 1, 2 and 3 are listed below in the same order that they’ll appear on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.
Trustee Area 1
Trustee Area 2
Trustee Area 3
R.H. Dana Elementary, R.H. Dana Exceptional Needs Facility, Palisades Elementary, Las Palmas Elementary, Shorecliffs Middle School
Harold Ambuehl Elementary, Chaparral Elementary, Ladera Ranch Elementary, Las Flores Elementary, Oso Grande Elementary, Wagon Wheel Elementary, Ladera Ranch Middle School, Las Flores Middle School, San Juan Hills High School
Truman Benedict Elementary, Concordia Elementary, Marblehead Elementary, Clarence Lobo Elementary, Vista del Mar Elementary, Bernice Ayer Middle School, Vista del Mar Middle School, San Clemente High School
Wendy Shrove, Software Development Business Owner
Gould Workman, Sales Manager
Laura Ferguson, Public Information Officer
Shrove is a 20-year resident of San Clemente, whose children both attend CUSD schools. Shrove said she’s running for CUSD Trustee to provide better representation on the school board for residents. She plans to focus on helping students meet minimum standards in English and math and improve the district’s occupational training program to meet the demands of the current job market. She is against Measure M, the $889 million bond, because it would add unnecessary debt.
Workman is the father of five children in CUSD, and his wife is a district teacher. He’s worked 22 years as a project and sales manager. Workman has served on the PTA board, and wants to focus on a democratic, open approach to board discussions and decisions. Workman says the last 15 years of CUSD boards have not put residents’ interests first, claiming the current board is “dismissive” towards those in the community wishing to share input.
Ferguson has served as a San Clemente city employee for 17 years. She says she wants to raise the district’s math and English ranks from 31st and 23rd in the state, respectively. Ferguson serves on State Assemblyman Bill Brough’s Education Advisory Committee, and is an advocate for more school choice. She opposes the $889 million bond—she also led a citizen advocacy group in Talega to win a reduction of Mello-Roos taxation payments in the neighborhood.
Amy Hanacek, Incumbent, Business Owner
Jim Reardon, Incumbent, Business Owner/Engineer
Patricia Holloway, Retired Business Owner
Hanacek touts the rapid growth in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) programs during her time on the CUSD board. She says her targets on the board include practicing fiscal prudence to make sure cutting-edge resources are available to students. She serves on the College and Career Advantage Board, which provides technical education and career pathways for students. Hanacek is a Capistrano Beach resident, small business owner and is the parent of two CUSD graduates.
Reardon is the current CUSD board vice president. He supports “classroom reform, school choice, local control, program innovation and fair taxation.” Reardon opposes CUSD’s $889 million bond, which he says will burden younger families. Reardon says his focus will be on opening new schools (like in Esencia) and overseeing expansion (as at San Juan Hills High School). Reardon is a parent and business owner. He also runs a nonprofit serving sixth- to 12th-grade students with autism.
Holloway is a 30-year San Clemente resident and volunteer. She has experience with fundraising efforts for nonprofits like Casa Romantica and the Marine Monument. She says she’s running to build trust between CUSD and the community, and plans to build an economic council if elected to bridge the gap between residents, teachers and parents. She supports more school choice, language immersion programs and an increase in the technology and new education tools available to area students.
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CUSD’s Measure M: What You Need to Know BY ALLISON JARRELL
The Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees voted in August to call a school bond election within the newly formed School Facilities Improvement District #2, which encompasses the entire district except for Rancho Mission Viejo. On Nov. 8, district voters will have to decide whether they want to pay more taxes to help the school district leverage state funds for over $800 million in deferred facilities maintenance. Below is the district’s official summary of Measure M, which will appear on the ballot: “To upgrade neighborhood schools by repairing outdated classrooms; improving science, technology, engineering, and math labs; ensuring fire/drinking water safety; removing asbestos; replacing leaky roofs; upgrading safety/security; repairing, constructing, and equipping educational facilities to prepare students for college/ vocational/military careers, shall School Facilities Improvement District #2 of the
Capistrano Unified School District issue $889 million in bonds at legal interest rates, requiring an independent citizens’ oversight committee, annual independent audits, no funds for administrator or teacher salaries/ benefits, and all funds used locally?” Five Facts about Measure M: 1. If 55 percent of voters approve Measure M in November, the district estimates that residents living within SFID #2—which includes the entire district except for Rancho Mission Viejo—will be taxed $41.81 per $100,000 of assessed value on their homes in fiscal year 2017-18 in order to begin funding the bond. That amount will grow to $42.93 per $100,000 in 2025-26 and reach a maximum of $42.99 per $100,000 of assessed value in fiscal year 2032-33. *Bonds can only be issued if the tax rate levied does not exceed $60 per year per $100,000 of taxable property, according to the California Education Code. 2. The total debt service, including principal and interest, for the $889 million general obligation bond would be $1.8 billion. Taxpayers will pay off the bond over a 35-year period. 3. The Orange County Taxpayers Association has confirmed that Measure M meets
Race for the State Assembly Bill Brough, the Republican candidate for California’s 73rd Assembly District, served on the Dana Point City Council from 20102014. Prior to that, he served in the U.S. Army from 1986-1991, and operated a government affairs consulting firm from 20052014, according to his campaign page. Brough’s challenger is Mesbah Islam, a write-in candidate. The San Clemente Times reached out to the Democratic candidate and did get in contact with him initially. However, after weeks of continuous emails and phone calls, Islam did not respond to set up an interview. After taking down his campaign’s Facebook page for months, Islam recently reopened it. However, he still did not respond to questions, and a spokesman for the Democratic Party of Orange County said in September that they didn’t think Islam “was very serious about running anymore.”
the association’s minimum criteria for school bonds; however, the association does not endorse measures. The South Orange County Economic Coalition announced its opposition to Measure M in September because it is “too large and its impacts too broad to support.” 4. How CUSD will spend the potential new funding is a topic of contention. Measure M states that the proceeds from the sale of bonds would be used for “construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or replacement of school facilities.” The measure lists 53 school sites, including charter schools. Additional expenditures may include “student transportation, food service, maintenance and operations facilities” (excluding the district office). By law, none of the bond’s funds can be used for administrator salaries or pensions. Critics of the measure say the ballot language lacks specificity and transparency. 5. Should Measure M pass, the district will be required to establish an “independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee to ensure that bond proceeds are expended only for the school facilities projects” listed. The district will also conduct an “annual independent financial audit of the bond proceeds until all of those proceeds have been spent for the school facilities projects” listed in the measure.
As Islam has been unreachable, we will only report excerpts from our conversation with Brough. If Islam responds between now and the election, we will run his answers online.
On Prop 47 San Clemente Times asked Brough if he would do anything to alter Prop 47, which reduced punishments of certain crimes to citations in lieu of jail time. “We had a series of fixes come through because we found out that things like the date-rape drug, stealing firearms or less than $950 were things that were missed in the proposition,” Brough said. “I think there were some unintended consequences that were missed when Prop 47 was passed. We had a series of bills to try to correct those, and as things come up… we’ll certainly look at legislation to fix that.”
On Sober Living Homes Bill Brough We do know Islam is a resident of Mission Viejo, a young man and a Democrat. His write-in campaign earned him 278 votes, or about .4 percent of Brough’s 74,568 votes.
“We’ve got a big epidemic with prescription drug use,” Brough said, adding that he wants to approach sober living as a “consumer-protection issue.” He said, “I’m going to get with the insurance (companies) and see what it is they offer, and maybe there’s a way to steer people toward a licensed facility rather than an unlicensed (facility).”
Bond Measure Key Features BOND AMOUNT
$889 Million ESTIMATED MAXIMUM TAX LEVY
$43 per $100,000 of assessed value (not market value) IMPLEMENTATION TIMEFRAME
10-year plan SCHOOLS INCLUDED
Every existing school in CUSD
Wondering what specific improvements are planned for your school? For a complete list of facility projects included in the ballot measure, visit www.capousd.ca.schoolloop.com.
Brough also said it’s difficult to find space in South Orange County to establish a larger sober living facility.
On Homelessness SC Times asked Brough about what can be done to alleviate the increase in the homeless population. “We have to have a community plan,” Brough said. “There’s actually money and programs out there, and the county is sitting on a bunch of mental health money, and I know they’re moving forward on that as a county problem. We just need to get that money out, and the money needs to go to the homeless veterans and the support groups who are helping.”
On Marijuana Legalization “I don’t think (recreational marijuana legalization) is a good thing,” he said. “If a doctor thinks it will help someone, I have no problem with that. My big issue is if it’s legalized and gets into the hands of kids.” Brough said if Prop. 64 (which would legalize recreational marijuana) passes, he would like to tax both medicinal and recreational purposes as much as possible and to craft regulation around the marijuana industry that would limit negative repercussions.
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Candidates Make their Pitches Municipal Water District of Orange County, Division 7 MWDOC purchases and distributes water throughout most of Orange County. It is governed by a seven-member board. District 7 of MWDOC covers South Coast Water District, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. One will be elected.
Megan Yoo Schneider
Water Systems Consultant
Registered Professional Engineer
Schneider has over 12 years of professional and association experience, including serving on two boards of directors, and she possesses multiple bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering. She is also a licensed professional civil engineer in the state of California. Schneider says she invests much of her time to increase public awareness and educate the younger generations about the importance of water.
Chaffee is a lifelong Orange County native and small business owner. His focus serving on MWDOC would be to provide fiscally responsible leadership by ensuring customers receive inexpensive and clean water. He also wants to incorporate emerging technology and water supply options, including desalination. Chaffee has previously served as a city planning commissioner and public policy advisor.
Gardner says by conserving water, the area has been able to meet demands of a growing population, without yet increasing water supplies. Gardner supports further water conservation and the California water fix, which he says will provide high quality water without damaging the environment or state fisheries. If it’s not approved, Gardner said he will work as a board member to secure state and federal funding to fill in the gaps.
Miller is a water manager and registered engineer in South Orange County. He was the general manager of the South Coast Water District for 25 years and also served as the vice president of the American Water Works Association, the national organization of water professionals. His focus is on ensuring water availability given California’s ongoing drought and water shortages.
Santa Margarita Water District Santa Margarita Water District is the second largest district in the county. It governs parts of San Juan Capistrano and San Clemente, notably Talega. Three will be elected.
Charles “Chuck” Gibson
Betty H. Olson
Director, Santa Margarita Water District
Director, Santa Margarita Water District
Director, Santa Margarita Water District
As president of the SMWD Board of Directors, Wilson touts “aggressive efficiency measures, visionary strategic planning and a strong focus on customer service” as saving millions in taxpayer dollars while ensuring water quality. He says his focus will be on meeting future water reliability needs and providing clean and affordable water to the district’s residents.
Chuck Gibson was elected to a four-year term on the SMWD Board of Directors in 2012 and has served as vice president. Gibson has served as the chair of the Engineering Committee of the Board and was appointed chair of the Board’s Finance and Administration Committee. His priorities include water recycling and supporting solar energy for district operations.
Olson is a UC Irvine professor of Environmental Engineering, and says her focus is on improving water quality and quantity, drought-proofing the San Juan Basin and educating future generations about water issues. As a SMWD director, she touts having increased reclaimed water use to 48 percent in the past four years, purchasing storage in the El Toro reservoir and elsewhere.
Dziecielski did not supply information to San Clemente Times for a bio in this issue.
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What is the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC)? MWDOC is a wholesale water supplier, which distributes water throughout most of Orange County. The organization is split into seven districts, and it serves a total of 28 retail water agencies—including South Coast Water District, Santa Margarita Water District, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. Though about half of Orange County’s water comes from local sources, MWDOC purchases imported water through a larger water agency (Metropolitan Water District of Southern California) from the Colorado River and Northern California, and delivers it to the retail water agencies. MWDOC is also responsible for emergency preparedness and actively supports research and investments in alternative water supply sources—like desalination, groundwater recovery, conservation and more.
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California collects water from Northern California and Colorado River
Metropolitan dispenses that water to MWDOC and others.
water agencies MWDOC distributes to including South Coast Water District, San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano
The local agencies also have their own local water sources.
Photo: Matt Cortina
Update on the Doheny Desalination Plant The South Coast Water District—with some participation from several other agencies including the Municipal Water District of Orange County, city of San Clemente and city of San Juan Capistrano—is in the process of building an ocean water desalination plant off the coast of Doheny State Beach. The plant would bring in water through slant wells that are built under the ocean floor, and cull seawater from an area removed from the coast. The wells are designed to be minimally invasive to the habitat, though a full environmental impact report still needs to be done on the project to assess potential hazards. Hazards for desalination include massive energy use,
habitat destruction and the safe disposal of the salt byproduct, called brine. The estimated completion date—pending environmental review and funding considerations—is 2018. The plant could produce up to 15 million gallons per day for residents in the area, or about 25 percent of the area’s water needs.
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Candidates U.S. Senate for
Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D) Sanchez was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996 and has represented California’s 46th district (temporarily rezoned as the 47th) since. The district covers Anaheim, Santa Ana, Orange and Garden Grove. As a member of the House, she has served on the Armed Services Committee and the Homeland Security Committee since 2011. She touts being a champion for women in the military, advocating for women to serve in combat roles and passing
Candidates District 49 U.S. House of Representatives
Two Democrats are vying for the seat in the U.S. Senate vacated by Sen. Barbara Boxer, who is retiring from the position. The candidates received far more votes than the nearest Republican, and California’s primary system allows the top two vote-getting candidates, regardless of party, to move on to the general election. Kamala Harris received more than double the amount of votes Loretta Sanchez earned in primary voting. Here is a primer on the two candidates, including brief biographies and select policy positions a bill to update sexual assault provisions. However, Sanchez’s attendance record in Congress has been questioned, and according to data from GovTrack, a nonprofit that measures legislative action, Sanchez has missed 8 percent of votes in her time in the House—the median lifetime attendance average is 2.3 percent for other representatives currently serving. She’s also missed about 33.5 percent of votes since mid-2015. Sanchez leans left on most social and fiscal issues. Nearly half of the legislation she has sponsored, however, focuses on armed forces and national security issues and taxation. She has received endorsements from several colleagues in the House of Representatives. Photo: www.house.gov
Kamala Harris (D) Since 2011, Kamala Harris has served as California’s Attorney General. Prior to that, she served as the District Attorney in San Francisco. As the state’s Attorney General, she touts a focus on combating international drug rings and working with Mexico to prevent gangs from bringing guns and drugs across the border. She also worked to enforce environmental protection laws and lays claim to helping create a comprehensive package of foreclosure reforms following the financial crisis.
Col. Doug Applegate (D)
Harris’ performance as Attorney General has been critiqued (by Sanchez and others), who point to the fact that violent crime has increased 10 percent in California during her term. Harris also leans left on most social and fiscal issues, and has expressed her goal to reduce mass incarceration and reform the criminal justice system and to enact stricter environmental regulations. Harris has earned the endorsement of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, Senators Barbara Boxer (whose position she would fill) and Elizabeth Warren, and a long list of organizations and local officials. Photo: www.ca.gov
Rep. Darrell Issa (R)
Colonel Doug Applegate served 32 years in the Marine Corps, and has lived in San Clemente since 1981. He is also a civil trial attorney. This is his first time seeking elected office. Applegate’s platform includes reform of mandatory sentencing laws, a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and increased regulation of the financial sector. He would also call for a second look at the Trans-Pacific Partnership, retooling Veterans’ Affairs and protecting Medicare and Social Security.
A former member of the U.S. Army and businessman, Issa has served numerous roles in his 16 years in Congress, currently serving on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The richest member of Congress, Issa lays claim to having played integral parts in several matters of national and state importance. He touts initiating a laterapproved movement to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the “root causes of the financial crises,” and launched an investigation into the attacks on U.S. offices in Libya.
On Why They’re Running
“I was concerned about the leadership in Congress because every time I hear somebody talking about the use of military force or combat operations, I’m hearing somebody talk that’s never really seen the trials and realities and the fog of war. And you just can’t send our children, our grandchildren, our blood and our treasure off to foreign lands without asking the right questions. I’ve been a trial attorney going on four decades, and you don’t get to the point of asking the right questions until you walk the ground in any subject area.”
“I didn’t plan on being here 16 years, but 9/11 happened and something else happened. And instead of going back to my business career, I’ve stayed with doing what I’m doing. Now I’m very involved in some things that I want to get done, and I’m asking the district to consider are they better off with somebody with my experience and the things that I plan to accomplish, and I’m hoping they say yes.”
On the Environment
“We should have a Manhattan-type project with renewable fuels. And guess what? This part of Southern California has all these natural synergies in research for so many things. It’s stupid that our Congressmen haven’t been pounding the table on that. I mean, I know who to drag up from the Pentagon to say, ‘Hey renewables, talk to all these idiots.’ And it’s a national security thing, so if you think this is some grand liberal conspiracy or whatever, it’s not. This is a real issue.”
“We have to essentially get off burning carbon faster than it’s produced. So the entire sustainability question of ecology is in fact the same question as the global warming crowd has. I’m not going to be an alarmist and every time it’s a little warmer or cooler say ‘My goodness. Climate change’ and the floods here are there are automatically caused because I don’t think they are. What I do know is there’s 7 billion people in the world, and we are not in a sustainable mode.”
On Sober Living Home Regulation
“You have to do something with the ADA because otherwise sober living facilities have complete leverage. … Ultimately there’s going to have to be something that you need to have real evidence on up in Congress, because I don’t think this was the real intent of the ADA, but there’s your federal issue. ... It’s paralyzing everyone, even municipalities.”
“Well I think what we do is we maintain you can’t discriminate based on somebody being handicapped, including being a recovering alcoholic or recovering drug abuser, but we recognize that cities should have the ability to take care of health and sanitation. These are commercial enterprises; these are not group homes where we all share the rent.”
THE QUOTES ABOVE WERE TAKEN FROM OUR INTERVIEWS WITH THE CANDIDATES IN SEPTEMBER. FOR THE FULL TRANSCRIPTS, VISIT WWW.SANCLEMENTETIMES.COM.
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