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Thursday, May 12, 2016

That Time Jeff Lalloway Brought A Gerbil(aka Matthew Cunningham) Into Irvine

Jeff Lalloway says he is not bully or a dictator. I will let all the readers of this blog be the judge of that in a series of posts I am now planning to do. So let me set the scene up here for everyone. It's the middle of May 2013. Irvine Republicans had just retaken the majority on the council a few months prior. The Finance Commission of the city of which I am a Member was going through the annual budget process. Jeff wanted to cut the funding of the Irvine Barclay Theater that the city provides. Christina Shea did not want to cut the funding. That's the set up. Here's the email string....

Jeff: You are going to vote to restore funds? Really? Do you know how hard we fought to cut it from the budget?

Me: It's not my idea. It's Christina's idea. She's insisting on it. Talk to her.

Jeff: Are you just a mouthpiece for Shea or do you have the ability to vote your mind? If I was asked to do something against my conscience, I would resign. Keep in mind Allan, you will be voting with Agran and Krom and against me.

Me: I have a lot of latitude to do what I feel is best on the commission. We don't always get our way all the time even when we are in the majority.

Guess who shows up next in the email string? Our good friend the Gerb(aka Matt Cunningham)

Gerb: Classic! So much for Mr. Speak Truth To Power! If he were as principled as he claims, he would resign rather than vote to increase this subsidy!

Just a reminder for those who don't know Matt Cunningham. He outed sex abuse victims

Me: Really, you are bringing Matt Cunningham into this? LOL. With your sorted recent history Matt, you have a lot of nerve to weigh on what's happening in Irvine.

Gerb: On his Facebook page, he boasts about his 1% across the board cut recommendation. Note a word about shoveling another $500K into the Barclay.

Me: BTW, I am proposing that we cut 1% across the board tonight. That's almost $1.5 million dollars which more than offsets restoring the Barclay funding.

Jeff: So cut funding for police services, a vital part of city services, and give it to the Barclay? Ron Paul is rolling in his grave.

Gerb: Allan, the chuztpah is all on you. Why not post on your Facebook about recommending a half-a-million increase in Barclay funding, and explain that you are just following orders?

Me: Hey Matt, How much are you billing the taxpayers for this email exchange? The going rate still $200/hour? Here's a primer on how Cunningham scams taxpayers

Gerb: Translation from Bartlettspeak: "I have no defense, so I will try to change the subject with a cheap shot." Allan, you have hoisted yourself onto your own petard. Your "I'm casting a vote I don't believe in because she's making me do it" rationalization is pathetic because you have spend so much time and energy claiming other people as unprincipled schemers and holding yourself up as some unblemished, unbending voice of principle.

Gerb: Why not post on your Facebook that you're recommending more than doubling the Irvine taxpayers' funding of the Barclay Theatre, to almost $1 million? After all, you post every other move you make as an Irvine Finance Commissioner.

Christina: Matt no one is adding a half a million to the budget for the Barclay theater This funding, is the amount I desire to maintain for the Barclay theater to operate, yet $100,000 appx less than the past few years This theater is an institution and a City facility we own as partners with UCI. Cutting their budget without notice and when they plan their budget a year ahead, would force closing their doors I am troubled Jeff can't speak to me of his concerns but goes to the press to get his way

We don't need to cut this funding to balance our budget. We have a 10 million dollar carryover at the end of this year and are fully funding our reserves I asked the City Manager to be sure this year we use no reserves to balance the budget and so that is what we have, a lean but balanced budget

I additionally, just recently proposed a "pension liability reduction strategic plan" to address our unfunded liability problem No one has ever brought this up as a directive to staff to begin to address this serious fiscal concern

I brought forward this idea over several months ago.

And at our recent budget workshop, I stated I didn't want our public safety department bringing in any more laterals for hiring and only hire new recruits so we can start to lower this liability.

That is being addressed presently.

The strategic plan for pension reduction, will be coming forward soon for our Council's review and adoption. No one else brought this idea forward, I did.

I appreciate your thoughtful review of our plans for Irvine but it is best not to go to one source For information, as apparently all the facts are being brought forward to you.

Thanks so much and if you desire to talk further with me about City issues I am always available

Gerb: Christina, I am not leveling any criticism at you or making a judgment about your position regarding the level of city funding for the Barclay. My point is Allan delights in passing judgment on others for sins of impurity, real or imagined. He made it clear at the beginning of this e-mail chain that he doesn't personally believe in the recommendation he is making. If that had come from someone on Allan's naughty list, instead of Allan himself, he'd be blasting that person as a hypocrite.

Christina: Thanks for the response. I made it clear to Allan this am he can vote as he chooses. I trust his judgment though I may not always agree with him or others for that matter.

My best

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Allan Bartlett's June 2016 Primary Election Recomendations

So it's getting close to election time for the June primary and I thought I would put pen to paper to make sure my friends and followers know who to vote for. Being inside the belly of the beast in local OC politics since 2004, I've gotten to meet and interact with a lot of these candidates. I'm like a football scout. I have compiled a scouting report database in my mind of the good and bad qualities that all candidates bring to a race. I base most of my recommendations on voting record(if there is one), stated political philosophy, and temperament. So here it goes. This is a Republican ballot BTW.

President....no recommendation of current candidates on ballot. I'm writing in Senator Rand Paul.

US Senate....Tom Del Becarro

House Races

38th District....Ryan Downing

39th District....Ed Royce.

45th District....Mimi Walters. (Vast improvement over John Campbell. I don't agree with all her votes and wish she'd be more libertarian, but for now she gets my support. She actually gets around the district and listens.)

46th District....no recommendation(It was a big mistake for Lynn Schott to run for this office right after she got elected to the Irvine City Council.)

47th District....Andy Whallon. Great guy! the 47th would be extremely lucky to get the caliber of an Andy Whallon.

48th District....Dana Rohrabacher. The real battle for this seat will be in 2018.

49th District....Darrell Issa

State Senate

29th District....Ling Ling Chang. Comes off as arrogant and had some bad votes, but a reluctant endorsement from me.

37th District....John Moorlach. John has been doing a great job since he got elected last year as a Senator.

State Assembly

55th District....Mike Spence. I've know Mike for years. Far and away the best choice for this open seat.

65th District....no recommendation(Assemblywoman Young Kim has had some really bad votes in her first term in Sacramento and is very arrogant. Not a good combo)

68th District....Steven Choi. Steven is frustrating at times, but he gets the nod over Harry Sidhu and Deb Pauly.

69th District....Ofelia Velarde Garcia

72nd District....no recommendation. Again Travis Allen has made some horrible votes in Sacramento and I can't recommend him in a primary. Lastly I'd ask Travis to please keep his shirt buttoned all the way up at events. Can't believe I even have to say that.

73rd District....Bill Brough. Highest recommendation. Bill earned every Republican's support with his actions the last term. So happy I was an early supporter of his.

74th District....Matthew Harper. Same for Matthew Harper. I was an early supporter of his. I thank god every day he will be our Assemblyman for the next 10 years and not Keith Curry.

Board of Supervisors

District 1....Andrew Do

District 3....no recommedation. Todd Spitzer is the incumbent, but I can't in good conscience recommend him. Numerous reasons suffice to say, but he will win re-election and then run for DA in 2018 which is a scary thought.

Board of Education

Area 1.....Robert Hammond

Area 3....Ken Williams

Area 4....Chris Norby

GOP Central Committee

55th District

Desare Ferarro

Dennis White

Gene Hernandez

65th District

Chris Norby

Shawn Nelson

Alexandria Coronado

Sean Paden

Baron Night

Zonya Townsend

68th District

Denis Bilodeau

Nick Wilson

Fred Whitaker

Jon Fleischman

Scott Voights

Ray Grangoff

Please do NOT vote for Jeff Lalloway in this district. The party does not need control freak dictators in any power positions. You could vote against him based purely on his horrible temperament alone, but he also tried to keep corrupt Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido in power at the AQMD over our great Lake Forest Mayor Dwight Robinson.

69th District

Tim Whitacre

Steven Nguyen

Thomas Gordon

Maribel Marroquin

Robert Hammond

Brett Franklin

72nd District

Kermit Marsh

John W Briscoe

Michael Gates

Dean Grose

Tyler Diep

Andrew Do

73rd District

Tony Beall

Jennifer Beall

Eric Stolaski

Greg Woodard

Mike Munzing

Ed Sachs

74th District

Peter Van Voorhis

Anthony Kuo

TJ Fuentes

Rhonda Rohrabacher

Scott Peotter

Erik Weigand

Ballot Measure E(Irvine voters only)

Please vote NO on higher taxes. Measure would tax Irvine homeowners on average another $400/year. Yeah no thanks. Our schools need to do more with less and plan way better. Very disappointed in the school board on this.

Lastly on to judges. I never endorse judges because none of them have ever supported the concept of jury nullification when asked. I believe this is absolutely key against a tyrannical government. A judge should be required to inform the jury that they are allowed to judge not only the facts of the case, but the law as well. having said that, there is one judge you should absolutely NOT vote for. Scott Steiner is running for re-election for the 48th Superior Court seat. He was censured by the state bar for having sex in his chambers. Needless to say, please do not vote for this guy.

DISCLAIMER.....These are my own opinions only and don't necessarily reflect the views and opinions of others.