March  2010  

Pauly's Union-Manufactured Tsunami

Posted By CotoBlogzz 02-11-2010 | 09:00 AM

Villa Park, CA - Our quest to find out  whether Orange County City Hall supports the Baugh Initiative has started to yield good fruit.  The Baugh Initiative advanced by Orange County GOP’s Chairman Scott Baugh requires politicians to choose between the GOP or the  the union.

 

We asked all council members of the 12 cities in Orange County outsourcing its  public safety to the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD), what their priorities were,  what they thought of the Baugh Initiative and what they were doing to make sure that the money paid by their respective cities to the county for OCSD services were in fact being delivered and consistent with what the taxpayers wanted.

 

Villa Park's councilwoman  Deborah Pauly was blunt: " I'd characterize it more like the “Baugh Ultimatum.”   As an elected member of the Central Committee of the Republican Party of Orange County, who has missed only one meeting in three years, I heard Chairman Baugh’s speech first-hand in January and thought, “Well, it is about time.” It left no doubt as to the standard for the future.", she said in a virtual interview.

Councilwoman Pauly adds " The OC GOP -- and really the Republican Party, in general -- has been doing some serious soul-searching this past year, trying to figure out exactly when, where and how we got off the right path. More importantly, many of us are interested in how we can return the party to the conservative principles that make Republican ideas the RIGHT solutions for our cities, state and nation. The years of trying to "out-Democrat the Democrats" have proved fatal. Cozying up to the unions is part of the Democrat modus operandi."

 

 

Deborah Pauly, Villa Park Councilwoman Wyane Quint - OC Sheriff's Union president Scott R. Baugh
Chairman - Republican Party of Orange Count


As to Villa Park's top three priorities, Councilwoman Pauly would like to :

  

1) further position our municipality, through sound budgetary practices and amassing a higher than average reserve fund, to weather the coming financial tsunami
2) Maintain property values and the high quality of life provided by a safe, well-maintained city, low crime rates, and small, flexible and responsive municipal government that pretty much just stays out of everyone’s hair
3) continue facilitating upgrades to our Towne Centre


Councilwoman Pauly's view of the union simulate an echo chamber in a Tea Party convention and similar to the ones  expressed by high-ranking OCSD officials: "

 

"It’s the AOCDS' leadership that is the problem. The rank and file are hard working public servants who are not always well versed in the complexities of many political issues and therefore place trust in their leadership, leadership which has more interest in their own personal self preservation."  

 

 

 

In councilwoman Pauly's view, 

 

"Union pressure throughout the political process -- at all levels of government -- are what’s created the “coming fiscal tsunami” that all municipalities, school boards, counties and the state had better brace themselves to survive. At the state-level, union operatives are absolutely responsible for killing practically every money-saving initiative put forth. It all comes down to union leadership’s concerns about losing control and Democrats willingness to follow union “marching orders” regardless the long-term consequences. Rational thought rarely enters the equation and the idea of the “greater good” is not even a consideration."

 

 

Councilwoman  Pauly then goes on to state what we we have found to be generally accepted:

 

1) In my mind, there is a big difference between the self-serving union leadership and the rank & file union membership (ie. classroom teachers, firefighters and law enforcement). The union leaders seem almost as out-of-touch as our congressional representatives in marbled halls of Washington D.C. They have misused their union dues to effect political outcomes that their members may not really appreciate.


2) Just because a candidate accepts campaign donations from a union, doesn’t mean they will always side with the union position. (I am a case in point.) However, it is the rare elected who can stand up to that pressure. At this point, we are in dire straights because the pendulum has swung too far to the left in representing union interests in our political process. It is time to play hard-ball, sever ties and negate any perception of partiality or the temptation to set aside basic conservative principles.


3) Just because a candidate does NOT accept union campaign donations, does not mean they are shutting the door to unions – their leaders or their members. Elected officials really should have their doors open to everyone they represent, because we need to hear all perspectives to form an intelligent decisions on policy matters. I certainly have had many emails, phone calls and face-to-face conversations with constituents who never donated to my campaign, or even supported me. Is their input any less valuable or important? Not in my book.

 




Councilwoman Pauly's bottom line?  I am always concerned when too much political power is concentrated in any one entity, as is currently the case with public employee unions. I support any effort to put more power back into the hands of “The People.”

 

We still do not know whether councilwoman Pauly has a handle on whether the OSCS is delivering the services Joe the Taxpayer in Villa Park is paying for.

 

Most of Orange County City Hall does the mumbaugh  - Dubbed the mumbaugh (rhymes with Mambo), like the Irish Riverdance, it consists of rapid leg movement, but in this case,  at times covering ears, mouth and or eyes, most popular with the politicians throughout Orange County, triggered by what we have called the Baugh Initiative.

We asked (phone, fax, e-mai) all council members of the 12 cities in Orange County outsourcing its  public safety to the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD), what their priorities were,  what they thought of the Baugh Initiative and what they were doing to make sure that the money paid by their respective cities to the county for OCSD services were in fact being delivered and consistent with what the taxpayers wanted.

 

Name City MumBaugh? Comments
Neil Blais RSM Yes Incumbent
James M. Thor RSM Yes Incumbent
Gary Thompson RSM Yes Incumbent
Jesse Petrilla RSM No  
       
       
Frank Ury Mission Viejo No Frank sent us references to published material - we have not studied yet
Lance MacLean Mission Viejo Yes Incumbent
Cathy Schlicht Mission Viejo Yes Incumbent
John Paul Ledesma Mission Viejo Yes Incumbent
Patricia Kelley Mission Viejo Yes Incumbent
       
Peter Herzog Lake Forest Yes Incumbent
Richard T. Dixon Lake Forest Yes Incumbent
Kathryn Mc Cullough Lake Forest Yes Incumbent
Marcia Rudolph Lake Forest Yes Incumbent
Mark Tettemer Lake Forest Yes Incumbent
       
Dr. Londres Uso San Juan Capistrano Yes Incumbent
Laura Freese San Juan Capistrano Yes Incumbent
Sam Allevato San Juan Capistrano Yes Incumbent
Thomas Hribar San Juan Capistrano Yes Incumbent
Mark Nielsen San Juan Capistrano Yes Incumbent
       
Lori Donchak San Clemente Yes Incumbent
Joe Anderson San Clemente Yes Incumbent
Jim Dahl San Clemente Yes Incumbent
G. Wayne Eggleston San Clemente Yes Incumbent
Bob Baker San Clemente Yes Incumbent
       
       
Phillip B. Tsunoda Aliso Viejo Yes Incumbent
Carmen Cave Aliso Viejo Yes Incumbent
Greg Ficke Aliso Viejo Yes Incumbent
Donald A. Garcia Aliso Viejo Yes Incumbent
William “Bill” Phillips Aliso Viejo Yes Incumbent
       
Randal Bressette Laguna Hills Yes Incumbent
R. Craig Scott Laguna Hills Yes Incumbent
Melody Carruth Laguna Hills Yes Incumbent
L. Allan Songstad, Jr. Laguna Hills Yes Incumbent
Joel Lautenschleger Laguna Hills Yes Incumbent
       
Robert Ming Laguna Nigel Yes Incumbent
Paul Glaab Laguna Nigel Yes Incumbent
Joe Brown Laguna Nigel Yes Incumbent
Gary Capata Laguna Nigel Yes Incumbent
Linda Lindholm Laguna Nigel Yes Incumbent
       
       
Steven H. Weinberg Dana Point Yes Incumbent
Scott Schoeffel Dana Point Yes Incumbent
Lara Anderson Dana Point Yes Incumbent
Lisa A. Bartlett Dana Point Yes Incumbent
Joel Bishop Dana Point Yes Incumbent
       
Phillip B. Tsunoda Aliso Viejo Yes Incumbent
Carmen Cave Aliso Viejo Yes Incumbent
Greg Ficke Aliso Viejo Yes Incumbent
Donald A. Garcia Aliso Viejo Yes Incumbent
William “Bill” Phillips Aliso Viejo Yes Incumbent
       
Cynthia Conners Laguna Woods Yes Incumbent
Bob Ring Laguna Woods Yes Incumbent
Marty Rhodes Laguna Woods Yes Incumbent
Bert Hack Laguna Woods Yes Incumbent
Milton Milt Robbins Laguna Woods Yes Incumbent
       
Alexander A. Ethans Stanton ??? Incumbent
Carol Warren Stanton ??? Incumbent
Edward D. Royce Stanton ??? Incumbent
Brian Donahue Stanton ??? Incumbent
David J. Shawver Stanton ??? Incumbent
       
       
Bill Mac Aloney Villa Park ??? Incumbent
W. Richard Ulmer Villa Park ??? Incumbent
Deborah Pauly Villa Park NO Does not do mumbaugh
Brad Reese Villa Park ??? Incumbent
James Rheins Villa Park ??? Incumbent

 

 

 

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