Local Elections

We are happy but most of HB voted for the recall! Go to https://www.latimes.com/projects/newsom-recall-election-results-southern-california-analysis/?fbclid=IwAR0-bG0oUMQFDFb3gozdXrLS6Bw1rcA2qf_om-Nyu1apdtmFIe1MVjn4OHk to find out how your neighborhood did. We have lots of work to do.


Some very angry people are unhappy with our City Council and are threatening to recall up to five members. This is sheer madness. Email or write your council members expressing their support. Just go the the HB City web site https://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/government/elected_officials/city_council/ to find the email address of all the City Council members.

On Monday, July 26 the HB City Council voted 4-2 to select Rhonda Bolton to replace the vacancy left when Tito Ortiz resigned. She was sworn in that evening. Bolton is an attorney who has served on the HB Human Relations Task Force. She will serve out Ortiz’ three year term.


Keep up with local city news by going to the Huntington Beach City Manager’s newsletter at: https://www.huntingtonbeachca.gov/announcements/announcement.cfm?id=1579 and clicking on the PDF file.

Our OC District 2 Supervisor Katrina Foley has a newsletter which you can find at http://bos.ocgov.com/legacy2kf/newsletters/vol1issue2.html


Elections have consequences. On April 5, the council reaffirmed the city’s dedication to non-violence and against giving voice to white supremacists. It adopted Resolution 21-289 that “denounces all hate crimes and reaffirms its commitment to safety and inclusivity for all.” It also adopted 21-292 that “denounces any movements promoting White Supremacy within its community.” Councilmembers Kalmick, Moser and Mayor Carr were instrumental in the adoption of these resolutions

Katrina’s win made her the First Woman Democrat Ever elected to the OC Board of Supervisors, District #2.
Way to Go Katrina!
Thank you for a robust campaign even in Covid times.
From the Daily Pilot, March 10, 2021

HB City council member replacement



Back in 2017 Attorney Brendon Love shared an in depth presentation on the scope and importance of the Board of Supervisors. Please see link for the presentation: https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/analysis-of-orange-county-government/

we need a new sheriff and district attorney

Get rid for a new team. Spitzer and Barnes need to fade away into the sunset. Read a sad story about Spitzer: https://voiceofoc.org/2021/03/four-prosecutors-allege-sexual-harassment-was-enabled-by-da-spitzer-promoting-his-friends-over-the-objections-of-aides/?utm_source=Voice%20of%20OC%20Email%20Newsletters&utm_campaign=720bbf442e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_04_30_03_19_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6100b0e74b-720bbf442e-279678050


Other than White House tantrums the election is over.

On November 21st Huddle Zoom meeting we heard from Kim Carr and OC Democratic Party Chair Ada Briceño. Kim will be HB Mayor next year and is energized by having Dan and Natalie on the City Council. We also heard from Karl Seckel who is now on the Municipal Water District # 4. Both of these superb individuals exemplify Ada’s goal for the county. We have to win national elections but MUST concentrate on local elections to build a strong bench of candidates that can step up and make a difference in our immediate lives.

The focus locally is to select one very strong Democrat as a candidate for the now vacant seat on the Board of Supervisors. The Democratic party is going through a selection process to be ready for a special election in February or March.


Local governance is more immediate and often just as if not more important than what goes on in the Federal and/or state government. Republicans use “lower” elected office as a stepping stools to higher office. In Orange County and many parts of the country we have not been effective in finding good candidates for these offices. Now this has to be our priority not only to have responsive and accountable elected officials but to build up “a bench” for possible office holders in the future. Follow the political career of Katrina Foley for a model to follow.

One of our problems is that it’s been a while since High School civics classes where local governance was hopefully covered. Our busy lives don’t leave much time to learn how the local water board makes a difference in our lives. It does. Witness the Poseidon disaster where conservative officials with ties to commercial interests and no accountability to voters passed a destructive and hugely expensive measure.

Please join our Local Elections team and review these pages for information on local offices and officials.


Local Elections Reflections on 2020


  1. Inform, organize, and mobilize Huddle members and the community to support progressive candidates, initiatives and ideals.
  2. Educate the public about the voting records of elected officials and the positions of candidates in meeting progressive ideals.
  3. Integrate with groups that support our purpose in order to maximize impact, influence, and action toward achieving progressive goals.


Please feel free to distribute and share the following resources as you see fit.

OFFICE HOLDERS – pdf   (2016 document )

A comprehensive guide to all elected offices in Orange County presented as a spreadsheet. Page 1 is shown below; click above for remaining pages.


County government affects our daily lives in multiple ways: the courts, education, voter registration and such.  This is an important review of an almost “hidden” jurisdiction.  HB Huddle area is represented by Districts 1 and 2. 



This thought provoking presentation invites you to learn how the “other side” thinks.  You have to have a sense of people’s patterns of developing values in order to have a chance at change.

US CONSTITUTION  — a great read.  Good to review from time to time.