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October 24, 2007


But where was Spitzer???

I'm so glad Van Tran and Lou Correa have been working on protecting us on fire issues but where has Todd Spitzer been? I don't see him in this photo of elected officials? Shame on you Todd!


I was at the press conference, and did not see Todd Spitzer.

Chuck DeVore

Tomahawk, re: "Surprisingly only three officials were there to represent Orange County - Senator Lou Correa, Assemblyman Van Tran and OCFA Chief Chip Prather."

I was at a press conference with the Governor in my district in Lake Forest at a relief shelter at El Toro High School at 1:30 today. Senator Ackerman, Assemblyman Spitzer, Supervisor Bates, Sheriff Carona, and four members of the Lake Forest City Council were there.

The press conference at Los Alamitos was out of the question for me, anyway, as the hand delivered notice of it was sent to my office only about half and hour before it was due to start. I could not have driven from Irvine to Los Al, one of my old National Guard drill bases, in time to make the conference. I'm sure that accounted for the sparse turnout of O.C. electeds at the first of three press conferences with the Governor today in Orange County.

BTW, at the press conference, I announced that as the Vice Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation I would be introducing property tax relief legislation for those whose homes were destroyed by the fires. Assemblyman Todd Spitzer indicated his intent to be joint author of the relief bill.

All the best,

Chuck DeVore
State Assemblyman, 70th District


Duly noted Assemblyman DeVore and thank you for clarifying that. I look forward in seeing your tax relief legislation in the next session.


Tomahawk is a just a shill for Van. In fact, I suspect he works for him and his main job is to post puff pieces on Van.


Dear Outed (Harper)

Puff pieces for who? If Hawk is puffing anyone in this post, it is Arnold.


You guys are SHAMEFUL. Starting with the Governor, and including the self-important legislators.

The back slapping and congradulatory tone was a slap in the face to the hard working people fighting the fires, losing their homes and struggling to determine their fate.

Leave it to blow hard politicians to go on the air, while the flames were still thirty feet high.

Try helping not talking. BLOWHARDS. EVERYONE OF YOU.


My generalized resentment of the RINO Gov abated a bit when I saw him stand up to ABC News. Good job!


BTW I had to drive up to LA yesterday and I saw convoys of sheriffs, 6 to 8 cars with lights and sirens, on the 10, then the 405, zooming down the fast lane, bullhorns blaring, to tell people to move over. On the way home 8 hours later, another convoy north on the 405. What gives--some big event or just the way they move a large group during a crisis?

Where was janet? I dont se her mentioned in any of the press conferences?


That's probably because she wasn't at any of the press conferences.

Ok I figured that. But why isnt she at any of the conferences and where the heck was she as OC burns? I see she has time to put out a press release for a fundraiser she has coming up NEXT MONTH!!; but she cant even show up to show support for her fellow County residents? I am not shocked to say the least.

I found out what janet has been up to instead of helping our county residenst in this disaster.


From the OC Weekly Blog Navel Gazing:

Janet Nguyen Begins Campaigning Early, Litters the 22 Freeway
Posted by Gustavo Arellano in Politics
October 24, 2007 6:27 PM
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In a couple of months, Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen will seek reelection in the First Supervisorial District. The race will be brutal, as Nguyen will have to fend off Trung "Don't Call me Tan" Nguyen (whom she beat earlier this year in a special election by a scant three votes) and whomever the Democrats trot out to the abattoir. OC Blog reports Janet will kick off her fundraising efforts on Nov. 5, but she's already scored one of the most prestigious endorsements in Orange County--the 22 Freeway.

If you drive on the 22 West before the Harbor Boulevard exit, you'll notice one of the many Adopt-A-Highway signs that dot the state's freeways. This one is different--it states "Janet Nguyen," "Orange County," and bears what looks like the county seal. There is no mention of her political seat--just the name in big, black, visible letters. A similar sign also greets commuters on the 22 East just after you enter from the Harbor entrance. I'd post pictures, but my cell phone camera is terrible--first person to send me one at GArellano@ocweekly.com gets a free autographed copy of ¬°Ask a Mexican!.

Caltrans' Adopt-a-Highway website states the program "is not a forum for advertising or public discourse," but we all know that's a crock--otherwise, auto dealerships wouldn't have a stranglehold on those signs. And Adopt-a-Highway's own rules allow political candidates and their election committees to buy signs provided they don't "reference the office held or their individual title." Regardless, it's downright Machiavellian and Ozymandian of Janet to buy a non-campaign sign campaign sign. Gracias a lot, Janet: now county commuters can expect to see more trash on our highways in the form of other candidates following your lead.

 fouse, gary c

The Fires and the Blame Game

The big story in the US at the moment is the fires that have engulfed southern California from Ventura County to the Mexican border. As I write this, we have had about 20 declared fires. Since I live in Orange County, it affects me, though, as yet, not to the extent that it has affected others who have been evacuated and/or lost their homes. Where I live, we have 2 fires burning about 3 miles away from us, but we appear to be safe. As I keep my fingers crossed and pray for my fellow Southern Californians, I would like to make a few observations for the benefit of those of you not living here.

First of all, I am proud of the response we have received from our fire-fighters, National Guard and law enforcement. Their work has been nothing short of heroic. Whatever you may have heard elsewhere, coordination between the local, state and federal agencies has been great, a far cry from what happened during Hurricane Katrina, especially in New Orleans.

Governor Schwarzenegger has perfomed admirably. He is on the scene and making sure that everything that should be done is done. The responsible agencies are performing their duties in a professional manner.

The people, those who have been evacuated or lost their homes, have also acted admirably. Everyone has come together and helped each other without complaints. At this time, about 20,000 persons are being sheltered at QualCom Park in San Diego (home of the Chargers). There are no disturbances, no violence-nothing but good citizens who are grateful for the help they are receiving. Nobody has been shot-nobody has been raped. No first-responders have deserted their posts.

At this point, there has been only one report of looting-two teenagers, who were quickly arrested. Arson is now known to be the cause of the fires in Orange County.

As critical as I have been about conditions in my state, today I am proud of the manner in which the authorities and public have responded to this disaster.

Yet, regrettably, some have pounced on this disaster to make political points. One of our senators, Barbara Boxer, made a statement today criticizing President Bush for the fact that members of the California National Guard are presently serving in Iraq, thus not available to help out in California. Our Lt. Governor, John Garamendi, made a similar statement, adding that when President Bush arrives (Thursday), "we will be polite", but stating that Bush will simply "be in the way".

Today, I watched an interview with the Commander of the California National Guard, who explained that at present, about 2,000 National Guard troops are deployed with over 15,000 standing by and available. (There are about 2,000 in Iraq.) Memo to Senator Boxer of California and Lt Governor Garamendi: Why don't you do your homework? It's your state!

Then there was ABC National News reporter, Claire Shipman, who today corralled Governor Schwarzenegger with a microphone and asked him about "those who complain that not enough resources are reaching those in need quickly enough". To his credit, the Governor put her in her place, explaining that although she was looking for problems, everything was working as it should.

So what we have here is the Democratic Senator of California and a member of the good ol' mainstream news media trying to score political points against Bush and Schwarzenegger at a time when we are still trying to put the flames out. Similarly, the left-wing blogs are all over Bush. The enviromentalists, predictably, are attributing this to Global Warming and the errors of Man living so close to nature, etc. etc,... Never mind that the environmental lobby has prevented the Forest Service from clearing out old, dead trees and underbrush, which in our dry areas, has undoubtedly contributed to the rapid spread of fires in our state.

For those of you not familiar with Southern California, ours is a land with not much rainfall and much dry acreage. We also have the so-called dry Santa Ana winds, that come every year and contribute greatly to the fire hazard. Thus, we have an annual fire season. This is nothing new, just the worst.

At this point, there is absolutely no comparison to Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans. Unlike New Orleans and Louisiana, our governor and local leaders have performed in a professional manner. The Feds have learned the lessons of Katrina and are coordinating well with their state and local counterparts. The point is that it should not matter who is liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican. We are trying to save lives and property here. Those who are standing on the sidelines and trying to assess blame for political advantage should be ashamed.

gary fouse

Good lord people. Or should i say Janet haters (Trannies). I am no lover of Janet, but sheesh. Were there any fires in her district? no!! there was no reason for her to be at a press conference. Anyways...even if she did join a press conference, the trannies would just pop off and say, what the heck is she doing, the fires aren't even in her district! She is just grandstanding!

So Van Tran was at a press conference with our liberal governor and our liberal state senator? Great company there Van, way to show your true colors. He could of at least gone to the event where the republicans were at.

All i know is that all this condeming of Janet says one thing...the Trannies are worried. Trung is worried. Im happy Janet didnt buy her "Van Tran Club" membership card like Trung did.

like i said, im not a fan, but good lord, you trannies are a sad lot. Almost as bad as the liberals.

Who's worried?

To Anon @ 10:16 PM (Tom Bonikowski Nguyen?),

Janet Nguyen and her apologists on the run again.... right down to the 22 Freeway. Just don't get run over by a Hybrid Democrat vehicle. Don't go around accusing the Trannies for your stupidity and bald behavior. The clearest sign of your insecurity and inadequacy is to criticize others instead of improving and checking on yourself. Just look in the mirror and you will see stupidity well-defined.

Let Rome burn while Janet Nguyen raise money and put out campaign signs under the guise of adopting a freeway. She'll need every cent of it. What a joke! This is so transparent that it's not even funny. It just shows how scared and worried Janet is with this next election. In stead of adopting a freeway, Janet Nguyen ought to adopt some nice manners and shed her rudeness.

Janet Nguyen is a joke in the Vietnamese community and everyone knows it. When she opens her mouth to speak Vietnamese, it came out like Chinese! Good God!


I for one am looking for a Tomahawk post that does not have Van Tran lurking somewhere in the background. It does give a little credence to the idea that he works for Van but I'm not 100% sure.

Going back to Spitzer: He's been actively involved in addressing the fire situation from the very first day. I've heard him on KFWB several times with first hand accounts of what was happening at the front lines without self-promotion or anything else one would typically associate with Spitzer. Rightly so, since this a large amount of the fire area is in his district.

Ultimately, this press conference was a way for all of the periphery players not involved in the fire to get an opportunity to appear with the Gov and pretend like they are doing something.

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