Next Meeting: February 11 at 6:30. Dan Kalmick will ask our input for ideas for 2021.
There will be a special election for Orange County Supervisor District 2 on March 9. The cities in District 2 include Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, Seal Beach, Fountain Valley (portions of), Buena Park (portions of), Cypress, La Palma, Los Alamitos and Stanton. As you may know, the reason for the Special election is that current Dist. 2 supervisor is Michelle Steel, who will be replacing Harley Rouda as our congressperson for the 48th. (Harley will be back in 2024!)
Ballots will start to drop by February 8. Select Vote Centers will open on February 27. All Vote Centers will be open on March 6. Vote early by mail or at your nearest Drop Box–probably at the same locations as last Fall.
Katrina Foley is a community leader, successful businesswoman, mother, and attorney who became Costa Mesa’s first directly elected Mayor in November 2018. Foley also served as Mayor in 2016-2017, and has served Costa Mesa as a City Councilmember or Mayor for 14 years. Previously, she served on the Newport Mesa Unified School District Board of Trustees for 4 years.
As Mayor of Costa Mesa, Foley fought for and secured emergency financial assistance and loans for local small businesses struggling to keep their doors open during the COVID-19 pandemic. Her leadership helped many businesses, including South Coast Plaza, find creative ways to safely reopen.
Foley is President of The Foley Group, PLC, which is located in Costa Mesa after 20 years in Newport Beach. In 2001 and 2004, she was honored by Women in Leadership and the National Association of Women Business Owners at the annual Remarkable Women Awards event.
Foley is a Head Start graduate who obtained her BA in English at UCLA and law degree on a scholarship to Seattle University School of Law, where she was the Chair of the Women’s Law Caucus.
For more information on Katrina go to her website at: https://www.katrinafoley.com/ There soon will be opportunities to volunteer.
OC BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
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/
THE NOVEMBER 3 ELECTION
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.
Postcards for Katrina are THE work at hand. Go to sign up to volunteer. https://tinyurl.com/Flip2BluePostcards More later.
- Inform, organize, and mobilize Huddle members and the community to support progressive candidates, initiatives and ideals.
- Educate the public about the voting records of elected officials and the positions of candidates in meeting progressive ideals.
- 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.
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.