5 Sets of 2012 Orange County Election Losers

Categories: Elections

Those Who Don't Give an FF: Way back in 1973, the City of Orange designated in its general plan that 110 acres of ridgeline would be open space and low-density development. JMI Real Estate later won City Council approval to build thirtysomething residences up in what is known as Orange Park Acres, but subsequent city documents only reflected that the land had been set aside for open space. The council amended the general plan to correct the error, preservationists got a voter referendum onto the ballot to challenge the amendment, and the council went along. A trial judge, siding with JMI, rejected that election, but an appeals court later stayed that decision, allowing the vote to go on Tuesday. Well, voters rejected the amendment, 56.2 percent to 43.8 percent. Their rationale? Orange needs more open space. Low-density development? Not so much. Meanwhile, the city attorney opines none of this matters, JMI can fire up the 'dozers.

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Those Who Wanted a Lil' Sumpin-Sumpin for Their Public Service: Measure HH, also known as "The Eliminate City Council Pay and Benefits" initiative, was approved by Tustin voters 68.3 percent to 31.7 percent. It eliminates an $853 per month stipend for council members, as well as their ability to enroll in city medical, dental, retirement, life insurance and Medicare programs. It was estimated, depending on the degree of benies being sucked up by the individual member (some of whom opted out), that the goodies cost $182 to $18,634 per year. Don't sweat it, city leaders, there's always Obamacare.

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Will the next San Clemente race include a Bob Baker Marionette?
Half the Candidates Named Bob Baker: The sixth place finisher in a San Clemente City Council race for two seats was Bob Baker. So was the second-place finisher. Incumbent Councilman Bob Baker will be joined on the dais by firefighter Chris Hamm, the southernmost Orange County city's top vote-getter (and not to be confused with Mad Man Jon Hamm). The other Bob Baker is not exactly licking his wounds, as he had not campaigned due to the prospect of confusing voters. But he could not get his name removed from the ballot, so he was listed as "0 Robert 'Bob' Baker," while the incumbent was "1 Robert 'Bob' Baker." Mrs. Robert "Bob" Baker better check who's in bed with her tonight.

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