John Moorlach was officially sworn in Sunday as state senator for the 37th District after receiving more than 50% of the vote in last week's special election and thereby avoiding a run-off in May.
Former county Supervisor John Moorlach appeared to have won Tuesday's special election for the 37th state Senate district, defeating three challengers, including his closest rival, state Assemblyman Don Wagner (R-Irvine).
The head seat in the Sacramento office for the 37th state Senate district might be empty now, but at least four candidates are vying for the spot to represent a swath of Orange County ranging from artsy Laguna Beach, eclectic Costa Mesa and surfer-vibe Huntington Beach to master-planned Irvine and the equestrian estates of Orange Park Acres.
A Laguna Niguel woman has entered the race for the state Senate seat representing the 37th District, according to county registrar data.
Former Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach announced Wednesday that he intends to run for the state Senate.
After eight years on the Orange County Board of Supervisors, and more than a decade before that as the county treasurer, John Moorlach now finds himself in the midst of emptying out his office.
Costa Mesa council candidate Jay Humphrey conceded the race Friday afternoon in an announcement that declared he will not be seeking a recount of the Nov. 4 election results.
Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer maintained a small but potentially decisive lead over challenger Jay Humphrey on Saturday night in the ongoing ballot counting in the race for City Council.
When Newport Beach Mayor Rush Hill reflects on his last four years on the City Council, he remembers a group of people who worked cohesively to develop a financial master plan that built upon the coastal city's exceptional quality of life.
Irvine Mayor Steven Choi won his bid for reelection and the Republican majority of the City Council gained strength as longtime Democratic council member Larry Agran was ousted from public office, according to the unofficial results of Tuesday's election.
On a sunny Thursday morning, after two anxious days of awaiting election results for his Costa Mesa City Council bid, Jay Humphrey stood at the front counter of the county registrar office in Santa Ana.
Two incumbents and five newcomers battled Tuesday for three open spots on the Newport-Mesa Unified School District board of education.
Newport Beach voters shook up the City Council during Tuesday’s election, tossing out Mayor Rush Hill and giving a slate of candidates known as “Team Newport” a sweep of the four available seats.
Costa Mesa's second attempt in two years to establish home rule appeared to be on the brink of failure Tuesday night, with early returns on the city charter proposal indicating a strong lack of voter approval.
Michelle Steel cruised to victory Tuesday in her race against Assemblyman Allan Mansoor for the District 2 seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
Huntington Beach Mayor Matthew Harper scored an easy win Tuesday over Newport Beach Councilman Keith Curry in the race for the 74th Assembly District seat.
Newport Beach's Measure Y, which aimed to update the city's general plan to allow more development in the main business district and limit it along the more residential coast, was defeated in Tuesday's election, collecting just 30.5% of the vote.
School board trustee Katrina Foley held a commanding lead in the race for two seats on the Costa Mesa City Council on Tuesday night, with incumbent Mayor Jim Righeimer narrowly taking the second spot.
Save for the faint whir of Fairview Road traffic, the scene was quiet and serene inside the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant on Monday afternoon.
Mayor Jim Righeimer continues to lead the pack of Costa Mesa City Council candidates this fall in terms of fundraising, with the conservative politician gathering about $150,000 so far.
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Costa Mesa voters saw an odd pairing of political candidates in their mailboxes this week when they received a flier promoting conservative Mayor Jim Righeimer with a slate of heavy-hitting Democrats up for election.
Costa Mesa City Council candidate Christopher Bunyan announced three new endorsements from Orange County-based mixed martial arts fighters: Justin McCully, Nick Moghaddam and Jason Drexel.
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One incumbent and six challengers are running for three spots on the seven-member Newport-Mesa Unified School District board. The Daily Pilot asked each candidate the same three questions:
A former city employee walked into the Costa Mesa City Council chambers Tuesday night armed with irony.
Armed with a basic knowledge of the English language and few expectations, school board candidate Fidel Mora moved to the United States from Mexico more than two decades ago to build a better life.
As the November election draws near, the race for three open seats on Newport-Mesa Unified's seven-member school board is intensifying in public and online forums.
This Nov. 4, two seats are open on Costa Mesa's five-member City Council, and of the men and women vying for the coveted spots, two are already well-known, though politically opposite: Mayor Jim Righeimer, who is up for reelection, and school board Trustee Katrina Foley, a former councilwoman.
The union representing firefighters in Newport Beach announced two endorsements Thursday for the Newport Beach City Council election.
Newport Beach City Council candidates faced off one more time Wednesday evening at a Corona del Mar Residents Assn. forum, where they told voters how they would tackle issues such as traffic — and more traffic.
Howard and Rosemary McVicker have been reading their Costa Mesa voter pamphlets but are befuddled by Measure P.
After serving nearly 11 years on the Newport Beach planning commission, resident Mike Toerge had helped to write and rewrite three of the city's guiding documents.
Just a short walk from her home in Westside Costa Mesa is Vista Park, where Lisa Manfredi said she met the families that stoked her desire to run for a spot on the Newport-Mesa Unified School District board.
The Newport Beach Police Management Assn., the union representing sergeants and lieutenants, has announced a slate of City Council endorsements in an open letter to the community.
The Corona del Mar Residents Assn. will host a forum for Newport Beach City Council candidates Wednesday evening at the OASIS Senior Center.
The latest candidate for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District board plans to focus his campaign on reducing bureaucracy in the district and improving struggling schools on Costa Mesa's Westside.
Newport-Mesa Unified School District board member Vicki Snell says she doesn't like politics.
Newport Beach Planning Commissioner Tim Brown announced this week that he will seek the seat held by termed-out Councilwoman Leslie Daigle in 2014.
Roy Englebrecht is spoiling for a fight — this time in the political arena.
A longtime Southern California businesswoman is weighing a run for a Newport Beach City Council seat, according to a document filed with the city Thursday.
A longtime Costa Mesa resident and relative newcomer to the city's political scene announced Tuesday his candidacy for City Council.
Mesa Verde Community Inc. is hosting its first-ever Newport-Mesa Unified School District trustee candidate forum Wednesday night.
It was a packed house at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center on Thursday night for the third and final forum for the City Council candidates, who answered questions on issues including the proposed city charter, development and Fairview Park's future.
Newport Beach City Council candidates fielded questions on a range of issues, from the budget to Measure Y, at the ninth Feet to the Fire Forum Wednesday night.
Costa Mesa City Council candidate Lee Ramos is suing a city construction contractor, alleging that the company's negligent work in front of his Eastside home caused him to fall and sustain permanent injury.
Former Newport-Mesa Unified trustee Michael Collier has been away from the school board for four years, but he's eager to reclaim his previous spot in the November election.
Last week we taped the eighth edition of the Feet to the Fire Forum at Orange Coast College with Costa Mesa City Council candidates Lee Ramos, Chris Bunyan, Rita Simpson, Al Melone, Tony Capitelli, Jay Humphrey and Mayor Jim Righeimer.
Newport Beach Mayor Rush Hill intends to stop pursuing the idea of trying floating docks instead of moorings in the harbor, he said during a City Council candidates forum Monday night.
Orange County Assessor Webster Guillory denied charges Monday that he lied when he signed off on documents nominating him for the March 2014 primary as he pursued reelection.
Newport Beach City Council member Leslie Daigle has announced new endorsements in her campaign for the Orange County Water District board of directors.
Two of Costa Mesa's fiercest political opponents could join forces in paying to broadcast a City Council candidates' debate after the city of Costa Mesa declined to televise the event in an attempt to remain politically neutral.
It was another night of Costa Mesa politics: booing, hissing, jeering, cheering, clapping and yelling on topics ranging from development and a city charter to Police Department staffing, 60th-anniversary overspending and an extortion lawsuit.
Another turn in the increasingly testy race to represent the state's 74th Assembly District is forcing local politicians to grapple with a bigger question: What makes an endorsement?
Senior citizens headed for the gym and a shuttle stopped to pick up passengers Friday morning at the Oasis Senior Center, where Newport Beach City Council candidates gathered for their second major campaign forum.
Costa Mesa City Councilwoman Sandy Genis offered additional clarification this week regarding remarks she made to a community group about a former council candidate's electability.
The Republican Party will mark the opening of its election headquarters next week with a reception featuring Neel Kashkari, the party's gubernatorial nominee, Newport Harbor Republican Women announced in a news release.
School board candidate Charlene Metoyer is willing to climb onto the roof to sing the praises of Newport-Mesa Unified schools.
The next installment of the Feet to the Fire Forum, a series of political candidate debates sponsored by the Daily Pilot and Orange County Register, will take place Sept. 18 in the Robert B. Moore Theatre at Orange Coast College.
Ballot language regarding proposed land development changes in Newport Beach will remain, according to an Orange County Superior Court judge, who on Monday directed petitioners in a lawsuit to get out into the community with their opinions.
Newport Beach City Council candidate Tim Brown will be described on the Nov. 4 ballot as a planning commissioner and businessman, despite a resident's attempt to have the latter term removed.
Newport Beach City Council candidate Scott Peotter says he has returned a $1,100 campaign contribution to Woody's Wharf to avoid costly legal repercussions.
New development, a proposed city charter, traffic and the future of Fairview Park were among the topics discussed Thursday during a Costa Mesa City Council candidates' forum.
Befitting her hopes for a fiscally conservative city government, Rita Simpson doesn't plan to spend a lot money in this election.
A Newport Beach resident is challenging the description of a City Council candidate as a businessman on the Nov. 4 ballot.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) used a recent appearance at the monthly gathering of the Newport Mesa Tea Party to implore like-minded members to help "take back the Senate" from Democratic Party control.
In Costa Mesa, even what should be a kumbaya political moment has a way of becoming contentious.
Two Newport Beach residents have filed a lawsuit challenging the language of Measure Y, a proposed amendment to the general plan that would decrease development potential in some areas of the city and increase it in others.
U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa) has endorsed Costa Mesa Mayor Jim Righeimer's bid for reelection to the City Council.
When Newport Beach City Council candidates gathered for their first debate on Thursday morning at the Central Library, they could all agree on at least one thing: Newport Beach is a great place to live.
All eight candidates for the Newport Beach City Council are scheduled to appear at a free public forum Thursday morning, according to the Chamber of Commerce, which is presenting the event.
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Costa Mesa Councilwoman Wendy Leece announced this week that she is running for a seat on the Orange County Water District Board of Directors.
Harold Weitzberg announced Friday afternoon that he is dropping out of November's race for Costa Mesa City Council, leaving eight candidates.
Newport Beach City Council candidate Michael Glenn announced late Thursday that he no longer plans to run for the District 1 seat.
Newport Beach City Councilwoman Leslie Daigle is running for a position on the Orange County Water District board of directors this fall.
It was called excellent law, quite possibly the best on the subject in California, even by those who have competing proposals.
After a slow start to campaigning, Huntington Beach Mayor Matthew Harper has announced that he raised about $9,000 more than his opponent in the race for a state Assembly seat during the most recent filing period.
Costa Mesans for Responsible Government has endorsed two of its own for Costa Mesa City Council.
Al Melone, a Costa Mesa resident who unsuccessfully ran for City Council in 2012, will run again in November, this time on an anti-growth platform.
Before the Newport Beach City Council election kicks into gear, candidate Kevin Muldoon wants to clear something up.
With 101,613 vote-by-mail, provisional and other ballots left to count as of Wednesday afternoon in Orange County, the results of Tuesday's primary election won't become final for about another week.
A day after defeating his scrappy tea party rival in Tuesday's gubernatorial primary, Republican and Laguna Beach resident Neel Kashkari emerged politically scarred and drained of campaign cash for what his own supporters fear is a futile quest to bounce popular Democrat Jerry Brown from office.
I usually don't venture out on election night, but last Tuesday I did.
As poll workers Tuesday collected the last trickle of votes in a statewide primary expected to draw one of the lowest turnouts in California's history, frontrunners in several area races appeared to be headed for spots on the November general election ballot — though one contest was a bit tighter than expected.
As the June 3 primary nears, candidates for the 74th Assembly District continue to battle for votes.
A third candidate has entered the race for a seat on the Newport Beach City Council representing District 4.
Duffy Electric Boat inventor and longtime Newport Beach resident Marshall "Duffy" Duffield has filed papers to run for the City Council's District 3 seat.
Though the Newport Beach-based Orange County Bar Assn. does not formally endorse judicial candidates, it does evaluate them and issue ratings voters can use as a guide in making their choices.