Drummond: Less projects suggest fewer campaign indications – OCRegister

3September 2020

While many Yorba Linda homeowners see the publishing of roadway campaign indications each election year as an example of a vibrant democracy, others decry the mess created by the placards, especially those breaching the city’s momentary indication regulation regarding size and positioning.

The latter group may have less to complain about this year, considering that marketing for several optional offices will not be needed. Three City Council and three water board positions aren’t on the Nov. 3 ballot since the contests drew only six candidates to fill the six open slots.

This is the very first of the city’s 29 council elections considering that 1967 to be canceled, with incumbents Tara Campbell, Beth Haney and Gene Hernandez selected by the council to new terms that start in December. The city will conserve about $70,000 in expenses due to the cancellation.

The high cost of current projects may be one factor the council incumbents didn’t draw opponents this year. For the 2018 contest, second-place finisher Carlos Rodriguez raised a city record $102,722 in cash, in-kind services and loans and won his seat with 16,120 votes.

Campbell, Haney and Hernandez had substantial amounts in their election accounts since June 30: $32,452, $19,365 and $22,672, respectively, after they had currently invested $4,767, $5,673 and $5,424, respectively, on campaign-related expenses considering that Jan. 1.

That cash can remain banked for future projects (Campbell and Haney can seek 3rd terms in 2024) or utilized to pay off loans to their projects (Campbell loaned herself $5,000 in 2016, and Haney loaned herself $37,670 from her Luxe Aesthetic and Wellness Center company in 2016-17).

Hernandez isn’t eligible to run for council again, due to the city’s three-term limitation law. He doesn’t have any exceptional loans, however he could run for other offices, donate to charity, donate to other projects or make refunds to his contributors.

The only candidates to declare 2 director positions at the Yorba Linda Water District were incumbent J. Wayne Miller and novice prospect Trudi DesRoches. Previously, eight of the district’s 30 scheduled elections considering that 1958 had been canceled.

Miller was very first chosen in 2016. Incumbent Andrew Hall didn’t declare a second term. DesRoches is a manager with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

No one petitioned to keep the contest on the ballot, so the pair will be selected by the Board of Supervisors to terms that start in December. Appointed to a brand-new term will be Buena Park’s Roger Yoh to represent Buena Park, La Palma, Placentia and Yorba Linda at the Orange County Water District.

Incumbent Yorba Linda director Al Nederhood is looking for the 2 years left on Brett Barbre’s term at the county Community Water District, after Barbre resigned to be basic supervisor at the Yorba Linda district.

His opponents are Buena Park Mayor Fred Smith and Brea’s S & & S House Loans owner-broker Scott Hupp.

Jim Drummond is a longtime Yorba Linda local. He offers his viewpoint on regional concerns weekly. Send out email to jimdrummond@hotmail.com.Source: ocregister.com

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