PAC Pours $9,500 into Council Race

Development group supports incumbent Sam Allevato and Ginny Kerr with mailers.

Local candidates may have , but another agency has poured another $9,500 into the campaign recently, Patch has learned.

A political action committee known as OCTaxPAC has funded two mailers each this month for incumbent Sam Allevato and Planning Commissioner Ginny Kerr, according to the state’s Secretary of State website

The expenditures are dated Oct. 23 and Oct. 26.

OCTaxPAC is the campaigning arm of the Orange County Tax Payers Association. According to the state, among its contributors are the Irvine Co. ($31,500 this year), CJ Segerstrom and Sons ($16,000), Disney resort ($60,500), Cox Communications ($11,000) and Poseidon Resources ($30,000).

Poseidon Resources is seeking to build a desalination plant in Huntington Beach. It’s represented in those efforts by Faubel Public Affairs, which has recently hired former Capistrano Dispatch editor Jonathan Volzke. Poseidon, however, is not one of his accounts, he said. 

Other races the OCTaxPAC in which is taking an active role include:

  • Anaheim City Council
  • Santa Margarita Water District 
  • Measure Z in Huntington Beach

As previously reported, another political action committee known as Citizens for Sensible Development spent $2,514 of money it already had sitting around to put out a mailer opposing candidate Ginny Kerr and incumbent Sam Allevato.

The group was active in opposing the changes proposed for the Distrito-La Novia/Meadows project, but one of the group’s early leaders says he hasn’t been involved with the group’s new direction.

4 square November 01, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Good job, Penny, on the abridged edition. Here's the full length feature; http://thecapistranodispatch.com/view/full_story/20687344/article-Connect-the-Dots?instance=SJC-letters_to_the_editor
Penny Arévalo (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Technically, mine is six words longer (!). And it's not a letter to the editor. It's a story. ;-) You can all comment on how it's important (or not).
4 square November 02, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Actually your story contains the real gem. "It’s represented in those efforts by Faubel Public Affairs, which has recently hired former Capistrano Dispatch editor Jonathan Volzke. Poseidon, however, is not one of his accounts, he said." HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
4 square November 02, 2012 at 12:31 AM
not his account ..... riiiiiiiiiight!
Whiskey Bent November 02, 2012 at 01:06 AM
I’ve been wondering why Volzke has been so nasty. Now it’s starting to make sense.
Lon Uso November 02, 2012 at 01:12 AM
So what is the point? PACs spending money on a political campaign? Square, how shocked were you with PACs expenditure two years ago? How shocked is anyone that those loyal to Sam are going to help him and that those that oppose him are going to malign him? As to Jonathan, we had discussions about the activities of your rag pamphlet 2 years ago, he was as disgusted then as he is now with their policy and activities. This was long before Fauble!!! He is a resident and has every right to comment on the absurdity of your candidates. He apparently hasn't changed his opinion of those kooks.
Clint Worthington November 02, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Faubel represented Measure B (Volzke supported). Faubel represents SDG&E (Volzke supported). Roger Faubel is on the Board of Directors of the Santa Margarita Water District (Vozke supports the GWRP). Faubel is on the Orange County Taxpayers Association which recently mailed the Allevato/Kerr piece (Volzke supports Allevato and Kerr). Now we know why articles on SDG&E, Measure B, Allevato and Kerr, the GWRP were always glowing reports in their favor. Unfortunately, our City residents were duped by Jonathan and the Capistrano Dispatch in my opinion.
4 square November 02, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Hmmmm it seems like we are both making some assumptions here. I'll proceed at the risk of ending up with an ass and umption. You are assuming I have a rag pamphlet and candidates. I don't. As I said earlier, I read it and agree with some of Common Sense's viewpoints, not others. It is no real surprise that Volzke doesn't like Common Sense. I suspect is has more to do with money than idealogy though. It basically forced him out. But he, and his editorial policies, handed Common Sense an opportunity and they ran with it. What they print resonates with a lot of people in town. What is surprising is your indifference, no your support. I assumed that since a big part of your original campaign when you got elected was against outside developer dollars controlling San Juan,you'd have a problem with this. Apparently you are OK with that now. I am starting to see why your supporters found you to be a disappointment. If you can't beat beat 'em, join 'em, right?
Lon Uso November 02, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Square, what you are saying is either sheer ignorance or politically motivated. I f you were to research the PAC that spent tens of thousands to defeat me you will find the BIA or the Building Industry Association spent about a third of that money to defeat me. They generally give money to their supporters not crucify them. Again, I have been critical of Sam. I guarantee you that he will not be inviting me to his imminent victory party. I was only stating a fact. PACs exist, they support the people they support. If there was an idiot PAC out there they would be supporting your candidates. You can continue to attack Jonathan or me or anyone else that disagrees with you but it wont change the facts!!!!
SJCNative November 02, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Yaaaawwwnnnn, is Lon whining again?????
Lon Uso November 02, 2012 at 03:49 AM
native, you are a giant ignorant tool
Penny Arévalo (Editor) November 02, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Guys, please stop talking about each other and stick to the issues. Let's keep the conversation here elevated and be better than that. Thanks.
Lon Uso November 02, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Sorry Penny, you are right but I won't quietly endure personal attacks from anonymous individuals. I much prefer to keep the conversation on point
robert hooper November 02, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Robert Kim I agree with very little you say, however I give you props for using your own name instead of hiding behind a handle.


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