If there's been an upset in this year's Huntington Beach City Council race, historically speaking, it's incumbent Devin Dwyer's fifth-place finish.
Only one of three school bond measures on this year's ballot that would raise property taxes for Huntington Beach residents is set to pass, with the Coast Community College District's Measure M holding 56.4% of the vote as of Tuesday afternoon.
The Coast Community College District initially appears to have won a $698-million bond measure for facilities rehabilitation and construction, but opponents weren't ready Friday to concede with votes still uncounted.
As the very young and the very old began to head for the exits of Orange County's biggest election night party, Republican political donors, strategists and candidates headed to the elevators.
Local Republicans celebrated the electoral victories of state Assemblyman Allan Mansoor and other area GOP candidates Tuesday night in a packed hotel ballroom across from South Coast Plaza. U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher also nabbed another win.
Former Mayor Jill Hardy led all candidates for Huntington Beach City Council as of Wednesday morning, with Jim Katapodis and former Mayor Dave Sullivan close behind and incumbent Devin Dwyer a distant fifth.
Experience carried the day in the race for Fountain Valley City Council, with incumbent Steve Nagel and former Councilwoman Cheryl Brothers holding a substantial lead Wednesday morning.
Travis Allen, a Huntington Beach resident running for the 72nd Assembly district, has denounced a complaint filed against him with the Fair Political Practices Commission.
The League of Women Voters of Orange Coast feels compelled to respond to Rep. Dana Rohrabacher's statement as quoted in your article ("Candidate a no-show at forum," Oct. 25): "Years ago, I participated in several forums by the League of Women Voters and found them to be dishonest and biased, and I decided I would not ever be involved in the League of Women Voters again."
Proponents of Measure Z say the opposition is misleading the public with the "no new taxes" message on campaign signs citywide.
Two former mayors from Huntington Beach and Fountain Valley have filed complaints with the state against Newport Beach-based Atlas PAC — the committee responsible for sending three mailers that attack former Huntington Beach Mayor and council candidate Jill Hardy.
The persistent and pervasive attempt by shadowy conservative outside special interests to meddle with Huntington Beach politics and civic affairs reared its ugly head again recently with a scurrilous hit piece put out by reactionary Atlas PAC targeting former Mayor Jill Hardy ("Hardy calls mailers untrue," Oct. 25). The Atlas PAC board includes local resident and one-time candidate for public office Ben Pugh.
While Measure Z clearly removes a tax, the issue is indeed far from simple. But first, the easier part to understand: Currently residents and businesses alike subsidize the employee portion of our public employee pensions though an assessment included as a part of our property tax bill. This means the city pays their agreed-upon contribution and the employee pays their agreed-upon contribution minus that which we supply through our property tax bill.
Steve Nagel knows all about making tough decisions.
He says he knows what it is like to deal with difficult situations, to balance budgets and to instill hope in those who have given up on themselves.
For years in the last decade, it was a common line in Huntington Beach City Council stories:
Amid the bluster and noise of election season, and with Nov. 6 approaching like a bullet train, Newport Beach businessman Bob Rush managed to find some quiet.
While many of the candidates for the Huntington Beach City Council speak of reforming pension, Erik Peterson says he's studied the issue inside and out and knows how to fix it.
Former Huntington Beach Mayor Jill Hardy has decried what she calls inaccuracies in campaign mailers seeking to derail her run for City Council.
If Patrick Tucker gets elected to the Fountain Valley City Council this year, he'll have an anonymous janitor somewhere to thank.
The Fountain Valley School District is asking its community to support Measure N, the Fountain Valley School District Technology Endowment Initiative on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Duy Nguyen considers himself a black sheep.
Bruce Brandt spends a lot of time around horses. And like some iconic horsemen — say, Clint Eastwood as the Man With No Name — he's on the quiet side.
School districts throughout the state of California continue to feel the impact of millions of dollars in funding cuts over the past five years, and additional cuts are expected for the next two years.
Please enlighten me on the arguments I have continually heard both from the for and against Measure Z camps. Let me preface by saying I am sure I will get an earful from the folks who do not like my stance on this and various matters, but what the heck, that's what freedom of speech is for and this is food for thought.
Attendees may have been puzzled as to why Friday's congressional candidates' forum, hosted by the League of Women's Voters in Laguna Beach, wasn't attended by both candidates.
He'd rather be playing senior softball.
A Huntington Beach City Council candidate's campaign team has decried a city official's decision to superimpose a written message on a video that features the candidate discussing his campaign.
When Bryan Tice isn't studying in school, he's studying Fountain Valley's culture and politics.
Bob Wentzel has two formidable, influential women backing his campaign for Huntington Beach City Council — and neither one comes attached to a union or major political party.
By now, many people have seen the orange posters around town that say "No on Z." But what exactly is Measure Z? Measure Z proposes the elimination of a property tax that helps to fund the pensions of public employees.
Local state assembly candidates kept it polite Wednesday night at a reception hosted by the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce.
It's a testy night for the Huntington Beach City Council. Two members with a history of bad blood have started to raise their voices over an agenda item. As the argument escalates, the woman who already exceeded the time limit during public comments returns to the microphone and adds her voice to the fray.
Barbara Delgleize is full of ideas.
Fountain Valley's slogan is "A Nice Place to Live," and Cheryl Brothers agrees. After living here for 37 years, though, she can tell when it's in need of improvement.
Eleven of the 12 candidates for Huntington Beach City Council offered their divergent views Thursday at a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Orange Coast and the American Assn. University of Women.
The Coast Community College District has put a $698-million bond measure on the November ballot to support facility rehabilitation and construction.
Tim Ryan counts himself a friend of development.
Jim Katapodis will be ready to run with the big dogs if he's elected to the Huntington Beach City Council this year.
Ron Varasteh will pull an all-nighter to uphold his political beliefs, even with a tent over his head.
I am a resident who has lived in Huntington Beach for 45 years, and I will be voting no on Measure Z ("Pro tax group gets signs up," Sept. 20).
He is the only incumbent running in a crowded field of 12 candidates on the Huntington Beach City Council ticket, and while he likes to please the Orange County GOP, Councilman Devin Dwyer says he votes for city first and party second.
Tony James Carter, a first-time candidate for Huntington Beach City Council, has articulated clear views on the senior center, downtown policing and other issues.
If the head negotiators from the Huntington Beach police and fire associations had had a podium of their own during Monday's night's Surf City Tea Party candidate forum, it might have turned into the free-for-all of the year.
Save Our HB members walked en masse at midnight Monday to make known their opposition to a ballot initiative that would repeal a special property tax.
The live-in boyfriend of Huntington Beach City Attorney Jennifer McGrath has withdrawn his initial plans to run for city clerk and instead is seeking a seat on the Huntington Beach Union High School District's board.
Huntington Beach's police and fire associations have endorsed the same three candidates for City Council this year, each backing Jill Hardy, Jim Katapodis and Billy O'Connell out of the field of 12 contenders.
There's a hilarious song by the Orange County folk singer Michael Ubaldini called "World Peace in 10 Easy Lessons," in which the narrator journeys from one potential guru to another in hopes of discovering the secret to a strife-free world.
Huntington Beach Planning Commissioner Tim Ryan leads all City Council candidates in campaign fundraising for the first half of the year, according to the city clerk's office.
The field of candidates for Fountain Valley City Council has been finalized, with five contenders running for two open seats.
All precincts reporting
HUNTINGTON BEACH CITY COUNCIL
Top (3) will be elected
Jill Hardy ... 14.2%
Jim Katapodis ... 12.9%
Dave Sullivan ... 12.5%
Barbara Delgleize ... 12.4%
Devin Dwyer ... 9.9%
Erik Peterson ... 9.2%
William Billy O'Connell ... 8.9%
Tim Ryan ... 7.4%
Alexander S. Polsky ... 4.1%
Bruce J. Brandt ... 3.6%
Tony James Carter ... 2.9%
Bob Wentzel ... 1.9%
FOUNTAIN VALLEY CITY COUNCIL
Top (2) will be elected
Steve A. Nagel ... 35.9%
Cheryl Brothers ... 25.7%
Patrick Tucker ... 16.9%
Duy T. Nguyen ... 11.2%
Bryan J. Tice ... 10.3%
HUNTINGTON BEACH UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
Four-year term; top (2) will be elected
Susan Henry ... 29.9%
Michael H. Simons ... 27.1%
John Briscoe ... 17.3%
Edward C. Pinchiff ... 16.1%
Tom Dern ... 9.6%
Two-year term; (1) will be elected
Duane Dishno ... 52.7%
Cathey Ryder ... 47.3%
FOUNTAIN VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Top (2) will be elected
Jeanne Galindo ... 30.8%
Ian Collins ... 30.4%
Jim Cunneen ... 21.6%
Thomas Hobbs ... 17.3%
HUNTINGTON BEACH CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Top (2) will be elected
Brian Rechsteiner ... 39.7%
Bridget Kaub ... 37.8%
Rob Fishel ... 22.5%
OCEAN VIEW SCHOOL DISTRICT
Top (2) will be elected
Debbie Cotton ... 37.3%
Gina Clayton-Tarvin... 35.1%
Norm Westwell ... 27.6%
WESTMINSTER SCHOOL DISTRICT
Top (2) will be elected
Amy Walsh ... 36.2%
Jamison Power ... 33.1%
Jo-Ann W. Purcell ... 30.7%
STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 72
Travis Allen (R) ... 55.4%
Troy Edgar (R) ... 44.6%
STATE ASSEMBLY DISTRICT 74
Allan R. Mansoor (R) ... 56.9%
Robert Rush (D) ... 43.1%
UNITED STATES REPRESENTATIVE; DISTRICT 48
Dana Rohrabacher (R) ... 61%
Ron Varasteh (D) ... 39%
Yes ... 57.1%
No ... 42.9%
Yes ... 51.2%
No ... 48.8%
Yes ... 53.8%
No ... 46.2%
Yes ... 49.5%
No ... 50.5%
Yes ... 84.2%
No ... 15.8%
Source: OC Registrar of Voters