By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
FOURTH DISTRICT SUPERVISOR
Like lots of people these days, this 17-year Fullerton city councilman opposes the county's maniacal plans for an El Toro International Airport. And it's a no-brainer that the Los Angeles Times endorsed him because his competition—pro-airport incumbent Cynthia Coad—is such a dimwit. But Norby has more going for him than that. Over the past two decades, he has actually managed to do a few things for his constituents. He cast the sole council vote in 1990 supporting a pool hall for a Fullerton shopping center—something the rest of the council thought wasn't "upscale" enough. Seven years later, he voted against forcing Fullerton merchants to adopt English-only signs. He has voted to force developers—not city taxpayers—to pay for the parking structures that serve their mall and hotel projects. Norby opposes taxpayer subsidies for NFL stadiums and recently backed a council resolution opposing the renewal of the Orange County Sanitation District's Clean Water Act waiver. Of course, not everything Norby has said and done is cool, as he's opposed low-income housing projects and once described Second District Supervisor Jim Silva—whose unopposed re-election is an insult to everyone with an IQ higher than 70—as the only county supervisor who still had "credibility." Still, Norby thinks for himself. You can't have too much of that on the county Board of Supervisors.
SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE OFFICE THREE
REPUBLICAN CENTRAL COMMITTEE, 70th DISTRICT
Photo by Jack Gould
Jo Ellen Allen
If you're a moderate Republican chafing under the rule of tyrant conservatives, vote for Central Committee member Jo Ellen Allen. Other incumbent candidates are equally odd—Tom Fuentes is Machiavellian and dapper, like Dracula in daylight; Chuck Devore is so conservative that his positions scream out for psychological explanation. Allen is all this and more: her mere presence on the committee could do for the right wing of the county's Republican Party what Watergate did for the national party. Here's how: in September 2001, federal Judge Robert W. Alberts ruled that Allen's husband, Eddie, had used God, country and friendship to defraud numerous Republicans out of millions of dollars. Jo Ellen—a Southern California Edison spokesperson and conservative commentator on TV and radio—has asserted that Eddie did nothing wrong, and that if he did, she did not know about it. But several people say she directed them to invest in her husband's Ponzi scheme. Why vote for such a woman? Because Jo Ellen Allen is a political time bomb in a St. John Knit. If justice prevails and the charges against her hit the so-far invertebrate dailies, Allen's political reputation will be blown to bits. If that happens, she may take down with her a confederacy of dunces. Reason will triumph.