Monday, May 17, 2010

Junk Mail and Elections

If you live in Fullerton or parts of Orange County's 4th Supervisorial District, then you are probably familiar with some of the wild political ads arriving daily. Some are ridiculous boasts of good deeds and strong support while others are just down right mean. With all of the flack flying, it can be difficult to tell who is good and who is bad. For that matter, depending on your political philosophy, all of the candidates could be great. But the uninformed voter will be lost in a tornado of mud and inflammatory allegations with some being righteous and others just rude.

So who is right? Who is the best candidate and why?

It is easy to see the many messes made by incumbents. They have had time to make decisions, the results of which are evident and measurable. We can review council and board minutes as well as video recordings of the meetings. We can look at departmental expenditures and contracts. We can take public polls to see what voters think of their elected leaders. We can look at votes of confidence to see what employees think of their employers. These are all great tools for us to use in understanding the incumbent. But what about new candidates? How can we learn about someone who has never been elected? The only way to know is to ask them, their coworkers, business partners, supervisors, employees.

In the races I am primarily concerned with this June, I think I know enough about those candidates to know who I would like to see win. Do you? Have you done your homework and understand who is running and what their motivation is? When you get a mailer that quotes a newspaper article, do you look up the actual article to see who wrote it and what the author's motivation may have been? Do you try to research other stories to understand the dynamics involved? Can you trust bloggers, like me, to provide you with accurate information?
Sometimes you just have to ask the candidates about subjects that you think are important and see what they have to say. I have done that with Bill Hunt who is an outstanding man and truly a fearless leader, the likes of which Orange County has never seen. I have asked Hieu "Hugh" Nguyen, candidate for Clerk-Recorder, what he planned to do when he wins the race. Hugh made it clear that he is a leader and a mentor. He wants to lead by example, not intimidation. I have had a few brief conversations with Shawn Nelson, who is a current Fullerton councilman and candidate for OC Supervisor. Despite being an attorney, Shawn is able to speak clearly and concisely to anyone. Ask him why he did or didn’t vote on an issue and he will likely give you a good education on the topic. And if you want to know where he stands on a given subject, just ask. I haven’t looked too deep into the other county offices and the candidates who are running for them but I will do some homework and see if I can’t find a gem in the pile.

I have tried contacting several other candidates, but none would return my emails or phone calls. Two of those were incumbents who were too busy wasting our tax-dollars to talk to me. I suppose I'm just a small fish in a big pond. But this small fish has found out some disturbing things about the current OC establishment, some of which I cannot prove without blowing the names of my multiple sources who still need their government jobs. Without getting into the name calling and HE said SHE said, I will just say that OC needs to elect some fresh blood to public offices like Bill Hunt, Shawn Nelson, and Hugh Nguyen. The others in the race, in my opinion, just aren't worth my vote. Don't take my word for it, go do your homework and learn who these people are that want your vote. Try to understand what they want. Most importantly, ask what motivates a candidate to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a job that pays $100K-$200K per year? Clearly, none of them are running for the salaries (but maybe a second pension)after spending so much of their own money (or is it their own money?). Is it ego? Is it power or prestige? Ask them and they just might tell you. They may give you the old "sense of civic duty" line or they may give you their vision for what they believe to be a better future. What exactly that better future will be will likely depend on your political philosophy.

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Greg Sebourn

Orange County Bail Bonds

The Beauty of a Storm

The Beauty of a Storm
Orange County, Ca.

My Grandma - A Eulogy

LET'S TALK ABOUT 1914 FOR A MOMENT.



FOR STARTERS, GRANDMA WAS BORN TUESDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1914 IN HER FAMILY'S ATWOOD RANCH HOUSE.



IT IS WORTH NOTING THOSE ALSO BORN IN 1914:

JACK LALANNE

JOE DIMAGGIO

DANNY THOMAS



AND WHO DIED IN 1914:

JOHN MUIR, THE FAMOUS NATURALIST FOR WHICH NUMEROUS ROADS, PARKS, HOTELS, AND NATURE RESERVES ARE NAMED.



IT IS ALSO WORTH NOTING THAT IN 1914 WOODROW WILSON SIGNS MOTHER'S DAY PROCLAMATION AND BABE RUTH MAKES HIS MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT WITH THE RED SOX. MOTHER'S DAY AND BASEBALL- TWO OF MY FAVORITES!! (PERHAPS HER NICKNAME "BABE" CAME FROM BABE RUTH???)



GRANDMA WAS BORN INTO A PERIOD OF TIME FILLED WITH TURMOIL. IN JUNE OF 1914 ARCHDUKE FRANZS FERDINAND WAS ASSASSINATED. WITHIN ONE MONTH WORLD WAR I RAGED ACROSS EUROPE. TWO DAYS AFTER HER BIRTH HOWEVER, GERMAN AND BRITISH TROOPS INTERRUPTED WWI TO CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS. (PERHAPS THEY PAUSE KNOWING THAT A GREAT WOMAN WAS BORNE) WORLD WAR I CONTINUED UNTIL THE TREATY OF VERSAILLES IN 1919.



ALTHOUGH SHE WAS ONLY 5 YEARS OLD, SHE SAW THE LEAGUE OF NATIONS CREATED AND THE 19TH AMENDMENT WAS APPROVED BY THE U.S. CONGRESS GUARANTEEING THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN TO VOTE.



SHE LIVED THROUGH MANY NOTABLE EVENTS. LIKE THE 1933 LONG BEACH EARTHQUAKE OR WHEN ATWOOD FLOODED ALONG WITH MOST OF ORANGE COUNTY IN 1938 AND THE FLOOD-WATERS CLAIMED MORE THAN 50 PEOPLE, 43 OF WHICH WERE FROM ATWOOD! ALL OF THIS DURING A TIME THAT WE READ ABOUT IN SCHOOL AND KNOWN AS "THE GREAT DEPRESSION". SOMEWHERE IN ALL OF THAT SHE FOUND THE LOVE OF HER LIFE, GRANDPA LEO, GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL, GOT MARRIED, AND HAD KIDS!



THEN THERE WAS WORLD WAR II. FROM PEARL HARBOR TO HIROSHIMA, GRANDMA WAS RAISING MY UNCLE BOB AND MOM ARLINE. WITH AIR-RAID SIRENS AND BLACKOUTS SHE WAS A WIFE AND MOTHER. WHAT A TIME TO RAISE CHILDREN! I BET GRANDMA'S PARENTS WERE ABEL TO TELL HER A THING OR TWO ABOUT RAISING KIDS IN WARTIME.



GRANDMA WAS THERE WHEN THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA HELD THEIR 3RD ANNUAL NATIONAL JAMBOREE IN 1953. SHE SAW AIRBASES OPEN IN '42 AND CLOSE IN '99. SHE WATCHED WALTER KNOTT START UP HIS BERRY FARM AND WALT DISNEY TURN ORANGE GROVES AND STRAWBERRY PATCHES INTO DISNEYLAND!



SHE SAW THE HORSE AND CARRIAGE FADE AWAY INTO HISTORY AND SPACE TRAVEL EXPLODE BEFORE HER WITH THE FIRST LUNAR LANDING. JUST IMAGINE HOW MUCH TECHNOLOGY HAS CHANGED OVER THE LAST 100 YEARS. FROM TUBE RECTIFIERS TO SUPERCONDUCTORS; FROM TRANS-ATLANTIC TELEGRAPH CABLES TO SATELLITE TV.



SHE SAW MORE IN HER 93 YEARS THAN MOST OF US WILL EVER READ ABOUT, LET ALONE LIVE THROUGH!



OF THOSE 93 YEARS IT IS MY HONOR TO HAVE BEEN HER GRANDSON FOR 35 OF THEM. SHE WAS MY MOTHER WHEN MOM HAD TO WORK. SHE WIPED MY NOSE AND PUT FOOD IN MY MOUTH. SHE LET ME PLAY WITH GRANDPA EVEN THOUGH SHE NEEDED HIM TO TAKE HER TO THE STORE. SHE WAS MY GRANDMA AND I WILL MISS HER IMMENSELY.



JUST LOOK AROUND THIS ROOM; SHE DID THIS. SHE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR BRINGING SO MANY GOOD PEOPLE INTO THIS WORLD AND TOGETHER TODAY. THIS IS HER LEGACY.



A Dedication To My Loving Wife, Stacey. Thank you for all you do for me!

Brad Paisley - I Thought I Loved You Then


I remember trying not to stare the night that I first met you
You had me mesmerized
3 weeks later in the front porch light taking 45 min to kiss you goodnight
I hadn’t told you yet but I thought I loved you then

Chorus
Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Like a river meets the sea
Stronger than it’s ever been
We’ve come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then.

I remember taking you back to right where I first met you
You were so surprised
There were people around
But I didn’t care I got down on one knee right there
And once again I thought I loved you then

Chorus
Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Like a river meets the sea
Stronger than it’s ever been
We’ve come so far since that day
And I thought I loved you then.

I can just see you with a baby on the way
I can just see you when your hair is turning gray
What I can’t see is how I’m ever gonna love you more
But I’ve said that before.

Now you’re my whole life now you’re my whole world
I just can’t believe the way I feel about you girl
Well look back some day at this moment that we’re in
And I'll look at you and say I thought I loved you then
And I thought I loved you then...

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