Bill Lockyer, former State Treasurer, Attorney General, Senate Leader and Michael Capaldi Chairman Emeritus of the Lincoln Club, discuss the race for Barbara Boxer’s open U.S. Senate seat on “Inside OC with Rick Reiff” airing on PBS SoCal and Cox.
When Garden Grove Mayor Bao Nguyen is sworn in today, he will become the youngest person and first person of color to occupy the city’s top elected office. It’s not just Vietnamese Americans, an immigrant community that has recently enjoyed electoral success in County politics, who are celebrating. Democrats and local progressives are hailing Nguyen as the face of a changing Orange County: increasingly young, multi-lingual and liberal. The 34-year-old school board trustee defeated six-term Mayor Bruce Broadwater in a drawn-out upset, winning by 15 votes despite endorsements from several top Democratic officials and Vietnamese officials for his opponent. Amidst an uproar over the hiring of Broadwater’s son Jeremy as a firefighter and allegations of mismanagement in the fire department, Nguyen’s campaign has focused on transparency and attracting more young people to live and work in the city of over 175,000.
Since 2012, nearly $34,000 in contributions to Nguyen’s supervisor and state Senate campaigns have come from five unrelated individuals who list an upscale home in Placentia as their primary residence.
Questions are being raised about the department’s decision to allow officers who are under federal investigation for their actions during Arzate’s June arrest to stay on patrol rather than be reassigned.
After a year of political tumult, Matthew Fertal abruptly announced his retirement Tuesday. Meanwhile, residents showed up in force to the City Council meeting in protest of a deal for the departed fire chief.