As if to show the political world isn't completely revolving around
the Oct. 4 election to fill the 48th District congressional seat,
state Sen. John Campbell has had his fingers in several other pies
He signed on as co-author of state Sen. Tom McClintock's
constitutional amendment to blunt the effects of the recent U.S.
Supreme Court decision on eminent domain.
The ruling allows government entities to force the sale of private
property for private development that officials believe will have
"Under that decision, any local government [or] state government
could condemn your house and force you to sell it to them and replace
it with a bigger house because the bigger house would provide more
tax revenue," Campbell said.
"That, in my view, is an abuse of the power of government to use
McClintock's measure would require governments to use any property
they take for a public purpose, and they could take it only after
proving there was no feasible alternative.
An identical measure was introduced in the Assembly, with local
Assemblymen Chuck DeVore and Van Tran signing on.
Surf war underway
between two cities
Campbell also jumped into another battle that's closer to home.
He said Wednesday he'll try to talk colleagues out of supporting a
measure to settle, legislatively, the long-simmering battle between
Santa Cruz and Huntington Beach over which should be called Surf
The bill, backed by state Sen. Joe Simitian of Palo Alto, would
officially recognize Santa Cruz as Surf City. Campbell said there's
no reason for the legislature to take sides on such an issue.
"I'm not sure the state needs to involve itself in whether
Huntington Beach or Santa Cruz should really be Surf City," Campbell
said. "Huntington Beach has as much claim as anybody -- and I believe
more claim -- to the title 'Surf City.'"
in for candidates
And now, for those who don't believe there's any political action
other than the 48th District House race, more endorsements came out
Former Rep. Bob Dornan threw his support to American Independent
Party candidate Jim Gilchrist. Campbell sent out a list of 95
endorsements from elected officials -- including one from his Senate
colleague Dick Ackerman, who had announced his own candidacy but
dropped out of the race after Campbell got in.
Also endorsing Campbell are Costa Mesa City Councilman Gary
Monahan and Newport Beach City Councilman Steve Rosansky.
Candidate asks governor
to move special primary
Democratic candidate Steve Young said he's asking the Governor to
move the special primary from Oct. 4 -- the first day of Ramadan for
Muslims and the day Jews celebrate Rosh Hashanah -- to Oct. 18.
Young said he also plans to deliver absentee voter materials to
every synagogue and mosque in the 48th Congressional District.
"I really don't think it's appropriate to frankly disenfranchise
people on the basis of religion, scheduling an election on a day when
everyone knows they won't vote," he said.
Costa Mesa man
joins fair board
Costa Mesa resident David Padilla was appointed to the Orange
County Fair's board of directors, the Governor's office announced
Padilla is president of Net Media Compaq and Strategies and a
member of the Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.