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Matthew Leslie

The North Orange County League of Women Voters will host a candidate forum in Fullerton’s City Council Chambers for City Council Candidates on Tuesday, October 9, 6:00 p.m. All candidates from the 5th and 3rd Districts have been invited. Questions form audience members will be collected and possibly asked of each candidate.

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.

DougCoyoteHillsMagnify

Matthew Leslie

4th District Supervisor candidate Doug Chaffee has inappropriately included a photograph of a Friends of Coyote Hills billboard in a campaign mailer sent to households last week. The image was included in a montage of photographs meant to illustrate the Fullerton mayor’s argument that North Orange County has not received its “fair share of park and recreation funding.”

While the observation about unequal distribution of county funding for parks may be accurate, the combination of images used on the page is misleading. An image of the candidate gazing out across the hills, assembled together with no fewer than four signs for city parks or trails, and a photo of the Friends of Coyote Hills billboard, all set against the backdrop of undeveloped land, is obviously meant to imply that the candidate shares FCH’s vision of preserving all 510 acres of the property as a park. Doug Chaffee’s actions in recent years, however, tell a different story.

While Doug Chaffee did vote against the original development as a Planning Commissioner in 2011, and was later seen as the only voice on the Fullerton City Council to save the area for a park, in 2015 Doug Chaffee joined other members of the Fullerton City Council to approve Chevron-Pacific Coast Homes’ Vesting Tentative Tract Map (VTTM), a modified development plan that could potentially result in the same number of homes in the area. The Friends of Coyote Hills opposed the 2015 VTTM plan because of the inadequate timeline allowed for fundraising efforts to acquire neighborhoods slated for development, and for the use of a VTTM itself, seen by many as an end-run around legal requirements that should have required Chevron to submit an entirely new application for development following the 2012 referendum that saw over 60% of Fullerton voters opposing the original plan.

Doug Chaffee also joined other members of the council in objecting to State Senator Josh Newman’s legislation that would establish a path for state funding to purchase the land.

DougCoyoteHillsMailer

The inclusion of the billboard, prominently featuring the group’s website, prompted a response in the form of a statement to the Friends of Coyote Hills Facebook page and Twitter account:

“It has come to our attention that a candidate in the OC Supervisor 4th District election used a photo of our Save Coyote Hills billboard in his campaign mailer. Just want to remind everyone that we are unable to endorse any political candidate due to our 501c3 nonprofit status. In addition, we are definitely not affiliated with said candidate.
Hope everyone votes with saving Coyote Hills in mind. Good elected leaders make a huge difference!”

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