Orange County Board of Supervisors

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Map of Orange County's Supervisorial Districts

The Orange County Board of Supervisors is the five-member governing body of Orange County, California.

Membership[edit]

The Board consists of five Supervisors elected by districts to four-year terms by the citizens of Orange County. The Supervisors represent districts of approximately 600,000 people.

Supervisorial elections take place in June, with run-off elections (if necessary) in November. Supervisorial terms begin the first Monday after January 1 after the election. Vacancies on the Board are filled via special election since Orange County voters adopted a county charter in March 2002. Prior to the adoption of the charter, vacancies on the Board were filled by appointment by the Governor of California. The December 1996 appointment of Laguna Niguel City Councilman Thomas W. Wilson by Governor Pete Wilson (no relation) was the last time that a gubernatorial appointment was used to fill a supervisorial vacancy (Supervisor Marian Bergeson had resigned to become the California Secretary of Education). The January 2003 special election of former State Assemblyman Bill Campbell was the first time that a special election was used to fill a supervisorial vacancy (Supervisor Todd Spitzer had resigned after he was elected to the State Assembly to replace the term-limited Campbell).

The current members of the board of supervisors are:

Functions[edit]

The board makes decisions relating to land use, public utilities, and transportation, both directly and indirectly through its power over budgets and appointments to boards, committees, and commissions. Services that are ultimately managed by the board include regional parks, water, sewers, animal control, buses, freeways, and commuter rail.

History and issues[edit]

In the conservative political climate of Orange County, a number of the problems and controversies encountered by the board in its history have been related to questions of the proper size and role of government.

Until the 1970s, there was no countywide bus service. At the urging of supervisor Ralph B. Clark, city buses were bought, and the city bus system later became the Orange County Transportation Authority. In 2009, supervisor John Moorlach questioned whether OCTA should continue to exist.[1]

In 1994, Orange County declared Chapter 9 bankruptcy due to a high-flying investment scheme created by treasurer Robert Citron, a Democrat.

In the 2010 supervisorial race, one of the main issues was county relations with unions.[2]

Supervisorial Districts[edit]

2012–present[edit]

The First Supervisorial District consists of the cities of Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and Westminster, the unincorporated community of Midway City, and the northernmost three square miles of the city of Fountain Valley north of Warner Avenue, including Mile Square Regional Park.

The Second Supervisorial District consists of the cities of Costa Mesa, Cypress, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, and Stanton, along with two-thirds of the city of Fountain Valley that are south of Warner Avenue and southwestern portions of the City of Buena Park. It also includes the unincorporated area of Rossmoor.

The Third Supervisorial District consists of the cities of Orange, Tustin, Villa Park, and Yorba Linda, most of the City of Irvine, as well as the Anaheim Hills area in the city of Anaheim. It also includes the unincorporated areas of El Modena, MCAS El Toro, Modjeska Canyon, Olive, Orange Park Acres, Santiago Canyon, Silverado, Trabuco Canyon, and Tustin Foothills.

The Fourth Supervisorial District consists of the cities of Brea, Fullerton, La Habra, Placentia, the portions of the city of Anaheim outside of Anaheim Hills, and most of Buena Park.

The Fifth Supervisorial District consists of the cities of Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano, along with small southwestern portions of the City of Irvine, as well as the unincorporated areas of Coto de Caza, Ladera Ranch, and Las Flores.

2002–2012[edit]

The First Supervisorial District consisted of the cities of Santa Ana and Westminster, as well as the eastern half of the city of Garden Grove.

The Second Supervisorial District consisted of the cities of Costa Mesa, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, and Stanton, as well as the western half of the city of Garden Grove. It also includes the unincorporated areas of Rossmoor, Sunset Beach, and Surfside.

The Third Supervisorial District consisted of the cities of Brea, Irvine, Orange, Tustin, Villa Park, and Yorba Linda, as well as the Anaheim Hills area in the city of Anaheim. It also includes the unincorporated areas of El Modena, MCAS El Toro, Modjeska Canyon, Olive, Orange Park Acres, Santiago Canyon, Silverado, Trabuco Canyon, and Tustin Foothills.

The Fourth Supervisorial District consisted of the cities of Buena Park, Fullerton, La Habra, Placentia, as well as the portions of the city of Anaheim outside of Anaheim Hills.

The Fifth Supervisorial District consisted of the cities of Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, as well as the unincorporated areas of Coto de Caza, Ladera Ranch, and Las Flores.

Special elections[edit]

Since voters adopted Measure V, the creation of the county charter, in March 2002, vacancies on the Board of Supervisors have been filled by special election.

January 28, 2003 Third District special election[edit]

The first special election used to fill a vacancy on the Orange County Board of Supervisors was held on January 28, 2003. Third District Supervisor Todd Spitzer had resigned on November 19, 2002 in preparation for taking office as a member of the California State Assembly on December 2 to replace the term-limited Bill Campbell. Campbell, in turn, easily won the special election to fill the remaining two years of Spitzer's term.

Candidate Votes Percent
Bill Campbell 26,206 74.6%
Jim Potts 4,692 13.4%
Douglas Boeckler 2,085 5.9%
William A. Wetzel 1,548 4.4%
Robert Louis Douglas 585 1.7%

February 6, 2007 First District special election[edit]

The second special election used to fill a vacancy on the Orange County Board of Supervisors was held on February 6, 2007. First District Supervisor Lou Correa had resigned when he took office as a member of the California State Senate on December 4 to replace the term-limited Joe Dunn. Garden Grove City Councilwoman Janet Nguyen won the special election to fill the remaining two years of the term by seven votes over Garden Grove Unified School District Boardmember Trung Nguyen (no relation) after a protracted recount battle (ironically, Correa had defeated Assemblywoman Lynn Daucher for the Senate seat after a protracted recount battle, as well). Both Nguyens had unexpectedly finished ahead of the front-runners, recently retired State Assemblyman Tom Umberg and Santa Ana City Councilman Carlos Bustamante.

Candidate Votes Percent
Janet Nguyen 10,919 24.1%
Trung Nguyen 10,912 24.1%
Tom Umberg 9,725 21.4%
Carlos Bustamante 7,460 16.5%
Mark Rosen 2,181 4.8%
Brett Elliott Franklin 1,739 3.8%
Kermit Marsh 1,335 2.9%
Larry Phan 417 0.9%
Lupe Moreno 383 0.8%
Benny Diaz 273 0.6%

June 8, 2010 Fourth District special election[edit]

The third special election used to fill a vacancy on the Orange County Board of Supervisors was held on June 8, 2010, and was consolidated with the regular primary election for the next term for the seat. Fourth District Supervisor Chris Norby had resigned when he took office as a member of the California State Assembly on January 29 to replace Mike Duvall, who had resigned from the Assembly in the wake of a lobbyist sex scandal. Fullerton City Councilman Shawn Nelson won the seat by 22% over Anaheim City Councilman Harry Sidhu.

While Nelson won the special election to fill the remaining seven months of Norby's term, the special election was consolidated with the regular primary election, so Nelson and Sidhu advanced to a November run-off election to win the four-year term due to begin in January 2011. Nelson won the election for the 2011-2015 term by a 63%-37% margin.

Candidate Votes Percent
Shawn Nelson 18,739 30.4%
Harry Sidhu 11,421 18.5%
Lorri Galloway 10,035 16.3%
Art Brown 9,986 16.2%
Rose Marie Espinoza 7,616 12.3%
Richard Faher 3,873 6.3%

Special districts[edit]

Following are the special districts managed by the Orange County Board of Supervisors

  • Flood control
  • Development agency
  • Lighting
  • County Service Area
  • Sewer Maintenance

Chairs and Vice Chairs[edit]

Harriett Wieder became the first woman to serve as Vice Chair in 1980 and as Chair in 1984. Patricia C. Bates and Janet Nguyen became the first pair of women to serve as Chair and Vice Chair concurrently in 2009.

Gaddi Vasquez became the first Latino to serve as Vice Chair in 1990 and as Chair in 1991.

Janet Nguyen became the first Asian American to serve as Vice Chair in 2009 and Chair in 2010.

Year Chair Vice Chair
1889 William H. Spurgeon
1890
1891 Joseph Yoch
1892
1893
1894
1895 Franklin P. Nickey
1896
1897
1898
1899
1900
1901
1902
1903 David MacMullan
1904
1905
1906
1907
1908
1909
1910 George W. Angle
1911 Thomas B. Talbert
1912
1913
1914
1915
1916
1917
1918
1919
1920
1921
1922
1923
1924
1925
1926
1927 William Schumacher
1928
1929 Willard Smith
1930
1931 John C. Mitchell
1932
1933 Willard Smith
1934
1935 John C. Mitchell
1936
1937 Willard Smith
1938
1939
1940
1941 Willis H. Warner
1942
1943
1944
1945
1946
1947 Willard Smith
1948
1949 Willis H. Warner
1950
1951
1952
1953
1954
1955
1956
1957
1958
1959
1960 Cecil M. Featherly
1961 William H. Hirstein
1962 William J. Phillips
1963 Cecil M. Featherly
1964 William J. Phillips
1965 William H. Hirstein
1966 Alton Allen
1967 David L. Baker
1968 Cecil M. Featherly
1969 William H. Hirstein
1970 Alton Allen
1971 Robert Battin
1972 Ronald Caspers
1973
1974 Ralph B. Clark
1975 Ralph Diedrich
1976
1977 Thomas F. Riley
1978
1979 Philip Anthony
1980 Ralph B. Clark Harriett Wieder
1981 Bruce Nestande
1982 Bruce Nestande Roger R. Stanton
1983 Roger R. Stanton Harriett Wieder
1984 Harriett Wieder Thomas F. Riley
1985 Thomas F. Riley Ralph B. Clark
1986 Ralph B. Clark Bruce Nestande
1987 Roger R. Stanton Harriett Wieder
1988 Harriett Wieder Thomas F. Riley
1989 Thomas F. Riley Don Roth
1990 Don Roth Gaddi Vasquez
1991 Gaddi Vasquez Roger R. Stanton
1992 Roger R. Stanton Harriett Wieder
1993 Harriett Wieder Thomas F. Riley
1994 Thomas F. Riley Gaddi Vasquez
1995 Gaddi Vasquez Roger R. Stanton
1996 Roger R. Stanton William G. Steiner
1997 William G. Steiner Jim Silva
1998 Jim Silva Thomas W. Wilson
1999 Charles V. Smith
2000 Jim Silva
2001 Cynthia Coad
2002 Thomas W. Wilson
2003 Thomas W. Wilson Jim Silva
2004
2005 Bill Campbell Thomas W. Wilson
2006 Chris Norby
2007 Chris Norby John Moorlach
2008 John Moorlach Patricia C. Bates
2009 Patricia C. Bates Janet Nguyen
2010 Janet Nguyen Bill Campbell
2011 Bill Campbell John Moorlach
2012 John Moorlach Shawn Nelson
2013 Shawn Nelson Patricia C. Bates

Supervisors[edit]

Year 1st District 2nd District 3rd District 4th District 5th District
1889 William H. Spurgeon Jacob Ross, Jr. Sheldon Littlefield Samuel Armor A. Guy Smith
1890
1891 Joseph Yoch Joseph W. Hawkins Louis Schorn William N. Tedford
1892
1893
1894
1895 Franklin P. Nickey William G. Potter A. Guy Smith
1896
1897
1898 George McCampbell
1899 R. Edwin Larter DeWitt C. Pixley John F. Snover
1900
1901
1902
1903 Hudson E. Smith Jerome Fulsom Dallison Linebarger David MacMullan Upton C. Holderman
1904
1905
1906
1907 George W. Moore George W. Angle
1908
1909
1910 Thomas B. Talbert Fredrick W. Struck
1911 Jasper Leck
1912
1913 William Schumacher
1914
1915
1916
1917 S. Henderson Finley
1918
1919 Nelson T. Edwards Howard A. Wassum
1920
1921
1922
1923 Leon O. Whitsell George Jeffrey
1924
1925
1926 Willard Smith
1927 John C. Mitchell
1928
1929 Charles H. Chapman
1930
1931
1932
1933 William C. Jerome Leroy E. Lyon
1934
1935 N. Elliot West
1936
1937 Steele Finley Harry D. Riley
1938
1939 Willis H. Warner
1940
1941 Fred C. Rowland James A. Baker
1942
1943 Irvin George Gordon
1944
1945
1946
1947
1948
1949 Cecil M. Featherly Ralph J. McFadden
1950
1951 Heinz Kaiser
1952
1953
1954
1955 William H. Hirstein
1956
1957 William J. Phillips
1958 Benjamin O. Reddick
1959 Claire M. Nelson
1960
1961
1962
1963 David L. Baker Alton Allen
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969 Robert Battin
1970
1971 Ralph B. Clark Ronald Caspers
1972
1973 Ralph Diedrich
1974
1975 Laurence Schmit Thomas F. Riley[3]
1976
1977 Philip Anthony[4]
1978
1979 Harriett Wieder
1980 Edison Miller[5]
1981 Roger R. Stanton[6] Bruce Nestande
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987 Gaddi Vasquez[7] Don Roth
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993 William G. Steiner[8]
1994
1995 Jim Silva Marian Bergeson
1996 Donald Saltarelli[9]
1997 Charles V. Smith Todd Spitzer Thomas W. Wilson[10]
1998
1999 Cynthia Coad
2000
2001
2002
2003 Bill Campbell[11] Chris Norby
2004
2005 Lou Correa
2006
2007 Janet Nguyen[12] John Moorlach[13] Patricia C. Bates
2008
2009
2010 Shawn Nelson[14]
2011
2012
2013 Todd Spitzer

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/bus-13295-service-system.html
  2. ^ http://www.ocregister.com/opinion/union-247813-nelson-sidhu.html
  3. ^ Thomas Riley was appointed by Governor Ronald Reagan in September 1974 to replace Ronald Caspers, who had died in office when his ship disappeared in June just nine days after being reelected
  4. ^ Philip Anthony was inaugurated in November 1976 (two months early), as Robert Battin had been disqualified from office eight months before the expiration of his supervisorial term
  5. ^ Edison Miller was appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in July 1979 to replace Ralph Diedrich, who had resigned from office
  6. ^ Roger Stanton was a registered Democrat during his first term as a Supervisor but was a registered Republican for his final three terms
  7. ^ Gaddi Vasquez was appointed by Governor George Deukmejian in March 1987 to replace Bruce Nestande, who had resigned from office
  8. ^ William Steiner was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson in March 1993 to replace Don Roth, who had resigned from office
  9. ^ Donald Saltarelli was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson in October 1995 to replace Gaddi Vasquez, who had resigned from office
  10. ^ Thomas Wilson was appointed by Governor Pete Wilson in December 1996 to replace Marian Bergeson, who had resigned to become State Secretary of Education
  11. ^ Bill Campbell won a January 2003 special election to replace Todd Spitzer, who had resigned in December 2002 to take a seat in the State Assembly
  12. ^ Janet Nguyen won a February 2007 special election to replace Lou Correa, who had resigned in December 2006 to take a seat in the State Senate
  13. ^ John Moorlach was inaugurated in December 2006 (one month early), as Jim Silva had resigned one month before the expiration of his supervisorial term to take a seat in the State Assembly
  14. ^ Shawn Nelson won a June 2010 special election to replace Chris Norby, who had resigned in January 2010 to take a seat in the State Assembly

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