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Matthew Leslie

With 100% of precincts reporting and late and provisional ballots still to be counted, Jesus Silva has defeated Greg Sebourn in the 3rd District and Ahmad Zahra has defeated four others in the 5th District. Greg Sebourn, who has served on the council since 2012, has become a victim of the awful district elections map he supported.. Unless he changes his residence, he cannot run again until 2022.

In order to take office representing the 3rd District, Jesus Silva will need to resign from the at-large seat to which he was elected two years ago. The new council will have the option of appointing a temporary replacement before calling a special election to fill the remaining two years of the at-large seat, which will expire in 2020.

On the county level, it appears that Tim Shaw has narrowly defeated Doug Chaffee for Orange County Board of Supervisors, although late results could possibly affect this close race. One can’t help but imagine that his wife’s apparent sign stealing stunt may indeed have cost him the election. (Paulette Marshall Chaffee finished fourth in the 5th District race for City Council).
Also, Sup. Todd Spitzer has beaten long time District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, whose scandal ridden department has evidently finally caught up with him. Good riddance to a corrupt do-nothing dynasty who couldn’t get convictions for the officers who killed Kelly Thomas, and who brought international shame to O.C., not to mention doing nothing about carpetbagging and sign stealing in multiple elections.
Sharon Quirk-Silva has been re-elected to the State Assembly by over five percentage points over her opponent, Dr. Alexandria Coronado, quite the change from four years ago when Democrats instead lost the seat in an off year election.
Young Kim has defeated Gil Cisneros for U.S. House of Representatives by a significant margin (UPDATE: Young Kim’s lead has narrowed to just two percentage points with late ballot counting. She could lose the race to her opponent because early voting tends to favor Republicans, while ballots turned in on Election Day tend to lean Democrat.)
Stay up to date on the ballot count on the links below:
O.C. Registrar if Voters (will only show OC votes in multi-county offices, like U.S. Congress): https://www.ocvote.com/fileadmin/live/gen2018/results.htm
California Secretary of State:
https://vote.sos.ca.gov/returns/us-rep/district/39

Matthew Leslie

For years running up to her current run for City Council, Fullerton Mayor Doug Chaffee’s wife Paulette Marshall Chaffee has been turning up at every sort of public meeting and reception imaginable, but it’s a rare occasion when she takes to the mic to say anything. During an August 8 meeting of the Fullerton City Council she actually spoke about Pathways of Hope‘s contentious plan to build permanent supportive housing for single homeless people at 1600 W. Commonwealth Ave., on land currently owned by the city itself, next to a compressed natural gas fueling facility near the City Yard at Commonwealth and Basque.

Over a dozen and a half people, mostly residents who live near the proposed development, spoke out in opposition to it during the meeting’s public comment period (the project wasn’t on the council agenda that night). They were concerned about possible dangers associated with living near a complex meant to house people they perceived to be ill-behaved or even potentially violent. At least one resident was worried that his property value would drop. Other speakers tried to ameliorate the residents’ concerns, explaining that calling it a “homeless shelter” was inaccurate and that the whole purpose of the enterprise was to take people off the streets and get them housed. There was even an offer by an entrepreneur to purchase the property and build some sort of biotech company on the land instead. He promised the business would employ Fullerton residents. And then, nearly* at the end of the long line, came Paulette Marshall Chaffee, who recently moved into the 5th District to run for Fullerton City Council in November.

Referencing a similar development proposal from recent past, Ms. Marshall Chaffee explained that over three years ago the Community of Friends held a series of public meetings where residents and a developer could share ideas, and decided not to build a supportive housing complex on their original preferred site at 1501 W. Commonwealth (not far, across the street, from the proposed Pathways project), and eventually decided to locate it on West Orangethorpe. Referring to Fullerton Heights, now located just east of Raymond, she said it took quite a bit of time to work out the complex layers of financing to finally build what she called a “beautiful building next to the ARCO on Orangethorpe Ave.” that will open in October. She said she thought “all of us were really happy at the way this progressed,” referring to the multi-storey structure, which is now located next to a gas station instead of near residential neighborhoods. Rag readers will recall that the site had to have its zoning changed by the City Council from “industrial” to accommodate the project.

She sagely continued, “It takes give and take, it takes meetings. I was in attendance at a lot of those meetings. I’m in attendance now at the meetings of the Ad Hoc Committee as to potential uses of the Hunt Branch, and a lot of give and take, and there are nine people that are giving of their time, a lot of public comments, and they’re looking at funding sources and I think this is part of what Fullerton is all about, and I want to see this continue”

And then she gave a “shout out” for the Annual Taco Festival on August 18 and “kudos” (twice) to Parks and Rec for holding a Health and Wellness meeting at the Community Center.

Listening to the recording above, one finds that nowhere in her somewhat rambling comments does she manage to take a position on the issue of whether or not a housing complex for people in need should be built where it has been proposed to be built. Are nearby residents being callous toward those in need of housing and unduly concerned about the potential for dangerous interactions with them? Or are they just being protective of their children, and objecting to a multi-storey development near their neighborhood of single family homes? You won’t hear Paulette Marshall Chaffee offering any opinion. Candidates for City Council can “attend” as many meetings as they want to, but not taking a stand on an important issue is not a way to convince anyone that they deserve to wield executive power, and telling people that they can work out their differences is a sure sign of a politician afraid to alienate voters in election season.

*The delusional, sanctimonious leader of Fullerton’s paranoid Grand Conspiracy contingent generally tries to get in the final wacky word on any random issue before the Fullerton City Council by lurking on the sidelines (often with a camera) until everyone else has spoken, in this instance spoiling Ms. Marshall Chaffee’s efforts to sum it all up by saying nothing at all..

District 5 Roster 2018A

Left to right, John Ybarra, Paulette Marshall Chaffee, Vicki Calhoun, Ahmad Zahra, Jose Trinidad Castañeda (who is disputing a single invalidated nominating signature), and Sabrina Narain.


Matthew Leslie

**UPDATE, October 8, 2018: Paulette Marshall Chaffee has suspended her campaign, although her name will still appear on the ballot.

*UPDATE, September. 9, 2018: Jose Trinidad Castaneda has reportedly been unsuccessful in his legal effort to have a previously disqualified nominating signature declared valid. His name will not appear on the ballot, but he is reportedly planning to run as a write-in candidate.

Six candidates have filed papers to run for Fullerton City Council in the 5th District, located in the southeast region of the city, but only five have officially qualified for the ballot. One is disputing his disqualification over a lack of valid nominating signatures. Candidates are required to provide to the City Clerk twenty valid signatures of citizens registered to vote in the district in which they intend to run for office. Candidates may provide up to thirty signatures at a time in case some are invalidated, and may gather more if they are needed if some are indeed disqualified, as long as they have them filed on the final day of the nominating period (August 10).

A refreshingly diverse pool of candidates are running for Fullerton City Council in this part of the city, which figured heavily in the lawsuit alleging underrepresentation by non-whites that resulted in the city adopting a district-based system this year. The candidates are listed below in the order in which they appear on the city’s 2018 Fullerton City Council Candidate Filing Log.

John Ybarra is a longtime local realtor. His website lists a short, but impressive list of endorsements.

Mr. Ybarra’s ballot designation is “Broker / Business Owner.”

Paulette Marshall Chaffee is a lawyer and wife of current Mayor Doug Chaffee. Ms. Marshall Chaffee recently moved into the 5th District from the 2nd District to run for office there. She and her husband have law offices in Fullerton.

Ms. Marshall Chaffee’s ballot designation is “Attorney / nonprofit boardmember.”

Ahmad Zahra has been running for City Council for over a year, securing many early endorsements for his timely efforts. He has a medical degree and is a filmmaker. He has lived in the district for seventeen years.

Mr. Zahra’s ballot designation is “Educational Media Businessman.”

Dr. Vicki Calhoun has a doctorate in Education, and ran unsuccessfully for Fullerton School District Board several years ago. She previously served on the Fullerton Public Library Board of Trustees, and is also a longtime resident of the district. She does not yet have a campaign website.

Dr. Calhoun’s ballot designation is “Counselor / Educator.”

Sabrina Narain is local business attorney. She does not yet have a campaign website.

Ms. Narain’s ballot designation is “Attorney at Law.”

Jose Trinidad Castañeda currently serves on Fullerton’s Park and Recreation Commission. His nominating petition was ruled to have not included a sufficient number of valid signatures. He is reportedly disputing the invalidation of a single signature that is keeping him off the ballot. The Rag will update this post as soon as more information is available. He has also moved into the 5th District from another part of the city to run for office, but notes that he did attend elementary school there.

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