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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

MayorCity of IrvineNovember 8, 2016California General Election

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November 8, 2016California General Election

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Donald P. Wagner

California Legislator
30,002 votes (37.7%)Winning
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Email donwagner.ca68@gmail.com
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Mary Ann Gaido

Irvine Planning Commissioner
26,278 votes (33%)
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  • I am running for Mayor to put Irvine residents back in control of our city's planning process instead of developers.
  • Future development in Irvine must be strictly controlled to prevent traffic congestion and to uphold our excellent classroom standards in the Irvine schools.
  • I will put public safety as a first budget priority while maintaining an ample "rainy day" reserve to prevent layoffs and cuts in services during recessions.
Profession:Irvine Planning Commissioner
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Architect/Author/Businessman
11,816 votes (14.8%)
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  • To alleviate the traffic congestion
  • To control and manage growth and make our development more sustainable
  • To make Irvine’s education even better
Profession:Architect/Author/Businessman
Director of Architectural Service, ArchiteG, Inc. (2009current)
University of Southern California (USC) Master of Landscape Architecture , Landscape Architecture (1990)
Candidate for Irvine Mayor, Gang Chen for Mayor 2016 (2015current)

My name is Gang (pronounced "Gong") Chen. I have been a resident of Irvine for 18 years. I am a Christian, a USC alumnus, a licensed architect in California, and an expert in LEED, green buildings and sustainable development. I care more about getting the job done. I am more a middle of the road guy, or a centrist.

I am a licensed architect in California, and a LEED AP BD+C. I have extensive training and experience and made substantial contributions in Urban and Regional Planning, Master Planning, LEED, Green Building and sustainable development, Architecture, and Landscape Architecture.  Many of the projects I was in charge of, or participated in, have been published extensively in Architecture, Architectural Record, The Los Angeles Times, The Orange County Register, etc. I played a leading role in many unusual projects, including a number of regional and neighborhood shopping centers in Southern California. My books on green buildings and LEED have been consistently ranked as the bestsellers in the world on the subject.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Samuel Kang, Mayor Pro Tem, Alcalde Interino, City of Duarte
  • PAUL Merritt [charter LAGUNA NIGUEL CITY COUNCILMEMBER]
  • Thomas E. Palzer
  • Mark A. Rafter, Ph.D.

Gang Chen for Mayor 2016

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Gang Chen for Mayor 2016, Candidate Statement of Qualifications

 

Irvine is a good city, however, there is definitely room for improvement. For example, Irvine's ranking on Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live" list dropped from No. 6 in 2012 to No. 14 in 2014. The main reasons for this are the traffic problems and housing prices.

 

 

 

I have been a resident of Irvine for 18 years. I am a Christian, a USC alumnus, a licensed architect in California, and an expert in LEED, green buildings and sustainable development.

 

 

 

I would be honored to have your vote. I am running for the Mayor of Irvine to make our city better.  My campaign platform is one vision with three focuses.  The vision I have for Irvine is to become a real first class city while still maintaining its unique features of having many parks and green spaces, nice architecture, and a relaxing family ranch feeling as well as being the safest city in the nation. My focuses are traffic, managed growth, and education.

 

 

 

Irvine does not belong to just Republicans or Democrats, but belongs to all of us. Let us work together to make Irvine better. See GangChenUSA.com for more information. Please send us your ideas via our website.

 

 

 

— September 20, 2016 Gang Chen for Mayor 2016 (GangChenUSA.com)
Irvine is a good city; however, there is definitely room for improvement.

 

I am running for the mayor of Irvine to make Irvine better.  I would be honored to have your vote. In one sentence, my campaign platform is one vision with three focuses.  My vision for Irvine is for Irvine to really become a first-class city while still maintaining its unique features, such as being the safest city in the nation and having many parks and green spaces, nice architecture, a family ranch feeling, etc. My focuses are managed growth, traffic, and education.

 

 
Small Business Owner
8,299 votes (10.4%)
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  • Ensure that the safety and character of our communities are preserved.
  • There is simply not enough safety personnel and with the difficulties with moving in or around the City and the lack of Safety Officials (Police Officers) to manage such a large area.
  • We live in Southern California with active faults, wildfires, and expanding burgeoning population. If any one of these natural disasters occurs the populace and its safety personnel would not be able to secure safe passage in or out of the City
Profession:Legal Consultant Business Owner
President, KND LegalConsulting LLC (2010current)
DIRECTOR, WOODBRIDGE VILLAGE — Elected position (2012current)
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX MBA, BUSINESS (2004)
Columnist-Volunteer Writer, Politichicks.com (2015current)
Appointed on planning and policy-making committees, Facility-Finance, Woodbridge Village (2012current)

1990-2010 Contracts & Administration, Vice President- Corporate legal executive, strong negotiator, 15 years experience managing a high volume of contracts and general  corporate governance.

Risk compliance advised and drafted company’s policy and procedures, statutory and regulatory requirements.  Advanced knowledge of organizational management principles, fiscal policy, and financial acumen..

• Strong negotiator, managed and executed contract negotiations.

• Managed bid packages, pricing and labor & pricing schedules.

• Worked closely with counsel to ensure compliancy with company policy. 

• Monitored contract closeouts.

• Managed and prepared, negotiated and executed EHD & Pharmaceutical contracts, clinical trial agreements, statements of work, health care provider consulting agreements, vendor and service contracts, master service agreements, supply agreements, NDA's. 

• Performed complex and detailed analyses, with budget and organizational procedures, compiled, analyze and interpreted data including complex statistical reports.

Irvine is one of the most energetic metropolitan cities in Southern California. We have a strong diverse population with extraordinary schools with great potential. I am committed to engage the whole community in order to lead the future growth of this city with an intelligent and fiscal approach, improving every person’s quality of life. My husband Phil and I have raised our family in this great city and I look forward to leading our City into the future, IRVINE FIRST!

I am not defined by my party, although my beliefs as an Independent  haven’t changed. I am not defined as a politician, although I am asking for your vote, I am Katherine Daigle and I am running for the Mayor of Irvine and I am here to help the people of Irvine define our future.

Sharing The Fruits of Our Labor

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American model of the capitalist labor market is that it never took into account a little thing called 'globalization'

Economics can get pretty complicated, but the basic theory underlying the labor market isn't too hard: businesses need labor to function and prosper, and individuals volunteer to provide that labor in exchange for monetary compensation. For obvious reasons, owners would like to pay as little as possible for this labor, but they cannot be too stingy; if they refuse to offer enough money for the services they need done, they will not find anyone willing to take the jobs they need filled, and their business will fail. Thusly “forced” to pay reasonable wages, businesses make it possible for working people to live and support their families, while the businesses themselves can hope to turn a profit, expand, and create even more jobs. It's all pretty straightforward, really, enough to be called common sense. What could possibly go wrong?

 

Unfortunately, something did. Since the end of the 1970s, average wages (adjusted for inflation) for college graduates and post-grads have climbed considerably, while those for everyone else have stagnated or even fallen – people without a high school diploma, for instance, are earning nearly 20% less today than they did in 1979. Working people in the United States, especially the less educated, are being squeezed ever harder by employers willing to pay less and less.

 

Why are employers able to get away with this? Well, because they've founded people willing to do the work for less, often even less than they pay the high school dropouts. No, really.

 

The problem with the American model of the capitalist labor market is that it never took into account a little thing called 'globalization'. As we've outlined, workers can be reasonably confident in their ability to get a job as long as what they ask for it is about the same or slightly less than what everyone else is asking – so what happens when those workers suddenly have to compete with non-Americans, people in other countries with different economies and different standards of living? People in China and India and the Philippines (to name but three) are willing to work for far, far less than Americans would demand for the same job. And it's not because American workers are greedy – it's because the basics of life cost so much less in those developing economies, that workers there are able to survive on a fraction of what it takes to get by in the United States. No American can live in downtown New York earning $3 per hour, but a Chinese man who lives in a rural part of his country can make it just fine at that pay.

 

It gets even worse when you bring in the complicating factor of foreign governments who openly subsidize their favorite industries, allowing those companies to export goods to the United States and sell them for a pittance compared to what domestic firms must charge. It all comes together to decimate the American working class, chasing jobs and the businesses that create them out of the country to cheaper, foreign shores.

 

 

Is it any surprise that the electorate this year is so angry? We are tired of the so-called “free trade” government deals that have shipped our jobs oversees and left Americans increasingly impoverished. That is why so many people are engaged in the new political process now and they are in support of the Republican nominee, a seasoned business man who knows how trade works – and most important how to fix it. He has promised to negotiate tougher deals with foreign countries, whom he intends to stop from exploiting Americans as they have been for decades. “Open markets” with no restrictions whatsoever are not capitalist – they are a distortion of the capitalist model that enriches business owners at the expense of everyone else. That is to say, the majority of the population suffers that the few may have more. That isn't capitalism, which promotes freedom and prosperity for all.

Traffic Jams, Rid The Taxpayer of The Political Gridlock

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They raise taxes, issue bonds, and implement new, bigger budgets, all at public expense the funds to simply build more roads. And that seems to be all that get done: more roads, more roads, and more roads.

Transportation by road is an essential part of what makes our daily lives possible. It goes far beyond a trip to the store or a family vacation to Disneyland – although those things are important, too. The supplies that keep those places running have to be transported in via roads. People get to work using roads. The businesses they work for, are in business because of roads. Even the fuel necessary to run the cars and trucks that use the roads has to be delivered to gas stations – on roads!

 

That's why it's such an enormous problem that the state of California has been locked in a traffic jam for decades. Anyone can see it during rush hour in Sacramento or Los Angeles, but by now the severe congestion has even affected smaller communities like Irvine. Our state and local governments have tried to address this issue – emphasis on “tried” - but they have failed miserably. Time and again, it seems that government's solution is to throw money at the problem. They raise taxes, issue bonds, and implement new, bigger budgets, all at public (an inoffensive word for “our”) expense, then use the funds to simply build more roads. And that seems to be all that get done: more roads, more roads, and more roads.

 

Yet in the midst of this seemingly endless road construction, of particular note is the dilapidated state of California's highways. The state has some of the worst in the country, and is on course to take the dubious honor of absolute most wretched highways in all the US from New Jersey. Governor Jerry Brown has a novel idea to fix the problem: he believes we should be spending over three times more on California roadways. How original! More money, more expenditures, more roads.

 

There's virtually no real planning behind these endless road construction projects, or if there is, it is so cleverly concealed as to be invisible. The strategy seems to be to add new lanes, without meaningful regard for how they're going to fit where they are supposed to go: to make room, we tear out sidewalks, berns, even stores and people's homes via eminent domain. And that's when the money doesn't simply disappear, embezzled into the pockets of politicians, contractors, and Lord alone knows who else. Meanwhile, this haphazard approach typically solves nothing, so traffic congestion remains as it was, costing us millions in slowed economic activity and lost business.

 

Not that any of this stops our communities from expanding. No, that goes right on apace, increasing demand on an already overburdened transportation infrastructure, while our efforts to alleviate the problem run into the familiar wall of government inefficiency.

 

We need to address this issue, and we need to do it intelligently. It's not that an expanded, more robust road infrastructure has no place in the solution, but we have to go beyond that. Personally, I think it's a fine idea to implement new technologies in the fight against traffic congestion. “Smart” roads will soon be possible, able to detect the volume of use along various routes and interface with computer onboard people's cars to plan more efficient trips. We can also incentivize the most advantageous use of roads, by employing a fluid toll system that raises and lowers the fee for driving on major roads depending on demand. This would encourage drivers who are able to go out during less active periods, evening out the load and reducing rush hour congestion.

 

 

Persistent traffic jams are a serious problem in California, and they require a serious solution. We cannot continue simply throwing money at our failing road system without an intelligent plan on how to actually fix it. Simply expanding existing transit infrastructure – often directly into people's homes and businesses without their consent – is not the answer. We can beat this crisis, but we need to remember that government is not a panacea. No, it's a tool: let's we, its owners, use it correctly!

Email katherinedaigle.ca@gmail.com
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Self-Employed/Entrepreneur
3,206 votes (4%)
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