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Good News for Orange County
by Dale Tyler

There was good news this morning among the election results for Orange County. Frank Ury, the bought and paid for candidate for 5th Supervisor's seat lost to Robert Ming and will not be on the run-off ballot in November. Also, the fake Republican and union shill Anna Bryson came in last in that same race, despite a mailing blitz.

Ury has been nothing but bad news for Mission Viejo taxpayers. Since he took office, Mission Viejo's reserves have plummeted, taxpayer money has been wasted on tennis resorts and million dollar dog parks. Ury is the best councilperson the special interests ever purchased. He will be termed out in a little more than two years and we will all celebrate that day.

While not every race in Orange County went the way each of might have hoped, overall things look fairly good going in to November. If your preferred candidate was not among the top two voter getters, please consider supporting your second choice and continue to participate in one of the most important duty of any citizen: voting.

Turnout in this election was only 16.9% in Orange County. This is kind of disappointing. I received more mail, door hangers and other candidate contact than I can recall in prior June primaries. I imagine you saw the same thing. Yet, the vast majority of us decided to stay home. I wonder if the “top two” system of voting had the effect of reducing the urgency of voting in some people's minds because they were not even sure that a candidate of their political party would even be on the ballot in Novemeber. Or perhaps, as did happen in many races, they knew that the two people running for office were certain to be the same people on the ballot in November, so “why vote?”.

In any case, we need to do better as citizens and get those less connected with politics to become interested in the process and their communities.

With each election there is good news and bad news. This morning, even though some of my preferred candidates lost, I am feeling better about our prospects to elect good leaders in Orange County than I have in some time. I hope each of you feel the same way, even if not every candidate you supported will advance to the November elections.

Non-government Events

Following is a sampling of events and activities that are not funded by taxpayers or promoted by the Nanny State. Please support private enterprise and non-profit groups.

A Hidden Vine on the Lake wine tasting on Fri., June 6 (every Friday evening), 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 27772 Vista del Lago, Suite B-15, Mission Viejo, (949) 916-4810,

WineWorks, live music every Friday, happy hour Tues.-Sat., check the website for wine tastings and other events, 26342 Oso Parkway, Suite 103, Mission Viejo, (949) 582-0026,

Mount of Olives Church SHARE Food Drive on Sun., June 1, (first Sunday of each month) helps families in crisis, . Mount of Olives Church, 24772 Chrisanta Drive, Mission Viejo, (949) 837-7467,

First Thursday Art Walk, Laguna Beach, Thurs., June 5, 6:00 p.m., member galleries throughout Laguna Beach, including the Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive at North Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, (949) 494-8971,

Laguna Playhouse presents “Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks” with Leslie Caron and David Engel, through June 8, 606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, (949) 497-2787, ext. 1,

La Vida Drum Circle, Thurs., June 13, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., group meets on the evening of every full moon (July 12, Aug. 10, Sept. 9, etc.). Drummers should bring their drums. Firewood is appreciated for the bonfire, Aliso Beach, Aliso and Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, (949) 275-7544,

Cabrillo Playhouse, Sun., June 15, 6:00 p.m., “Local Sunday Sessions,” every third Sunday, three local musical acts, 202 Avenida Cabrillo, San Clemente, (949) 492-0465,

St. Kilian’s Recycling Drive, Sat., June 21, 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, held on the third Saturday of each month. Organized by Knights of Columbus; acceptable items include aluminum, paper and plastic. No glass or cardboard. Lower parking lot, 26872 Estanciero Drive, Mission Viejo, (949) 472-1249,

Soka University concert: South Coast Singers present “In the Spotlight” on Sat., June 21, 7:00 p.m., Soka Performing Arts Center, 1 University Drive, Aliso Viejo, (949) 480-4278,

Political and Government Events Calendar

Nixon Library events: Friday, June 6 at 7 p.m., “Celebrate D-day” with Oliver North. Nixon Library, 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, (714) 364-1120,

Saddleback Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees will hold a board meeting “if necessary” on Tues., May 27, 6:30 p.m. The board meets in the district building, 25631 Peter Hartman Way, Mission Viejo, (949) 586-1234,

Capistrano Unified School District Board of Trustees will hold a special board meeting on Wed., June 4 at 2pm, 33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano. Agenda and supporting documentation are published on the website 72 hours prior to a meeting, (949) 234-9200,

Santa Margarita Water District meetings: Board of Directors on Wed., June 4, 7:00 p.m.; Engineering Committee on Fri., June 13, 7:30 a.m.; Finance Committee will meet on Fri., June 20, 7:30 a.m., 26111 Antonio Parkway, Rancho Santa Margarita, (949) 459-6420,

The Mission Viejo Chapter of ACT! for America will hold a General Meeting on Mon., June 9. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. The meeting starts promptly at 7:30 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m. The group meets at the Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo.

Orange County Board of Supervisors will hold a regular meeting on Tues., June 10, 9:30 a.m., Board Hearing Room, First Floor, 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana, (714) 834-3100,

Moulton Niguel Water District meetings: Community Relations on Wed., June 11, 9:00 a.m.; Engineering and Operations on Mon., June 16, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; Finance and Information Technology on Wed., June 18, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.; Board of Directors on Thurs., June 19, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., MNWD Main Office, 27500 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel, (949) 831-2500,

OC Veterans Advisory Council will meet on Wed., June 11, 6:00 p.m. The council meets on the second Wednesday of each month. Veterans Service Office, Conference Room A/B, 1300 S. Grand Ave., Building B, Santa Ana,

Rush Limbaugh Club of Orange County will meet on Sat., June 14. Breakfast starts at 7:30 a.m., and the program runs from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Cost is $15 for breakfast or the program only for $5.00. The club pays for first-time attendees' breakfast or attendance fee. Casta del Sol Golf Clubhouse, 27601 Casta Del Sol Road, Mission Viejo, (714) 235-1430,

SOC912 (date and program to be announced) holds monthly meetings at the Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo,

Saddleback Republican Assembly, Thurs., June 19, 7:00 p.m. SRA meets on third Thursdays (except in July, August and December) at the Norman P. Murray Community Center, 24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo. For information call (949) 769-1412.

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