California Republican Assembly holds ‘Endorsing Convention’


The California Republican Assembly recently held its 2016 Annual Presidential Endorsing Convention at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel, 7675 Crescent Ave., in Buena Park, attended by more than 250 CRA members from California.

The highlight of the convention was the  presence of well-liked political powerhouse California Republican Party Chairman former Senator Jim Brulte. As usual he inspired everyone with his powerful talk sharing his knowledge of election strategies and wins.

Despite his busy schedule, Brulte takes time to answer e-mails.

Welcoming those in attendance were CRA President Tom Hudson, O.C. Supervisor Michelle Steel and OCGOP Chair Fred Whitaker.

Featured speakers included Shawn Steel, Mat Staver and Rebecca Friedrichs.

Dignitaries in attendance included U.S. Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Committee and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Chairman of the House of Subcommittee on Eurasian and emerging Threats.

Royce and Rohrabacher covered topics on National Security, terrorism and the Middle East, giving encouraging talks and sharing their knowledge and expertise in their specialty areas.
CRA endorsed Ted Cruz for president for he alone believes in the power of millions of courageous conservatives rising up to reignite the promise of America.

An afterhours private Ted Cruz party was hosted at the hotel by Dana Rohrabacher and attended by supporters of Cruz, where an impromptu guitar selection and vocal was performed by the host.

Asian women who have been elected to political office include Young Kim, Ling Ling Chang and Janet Nguyen. Also elected from Orange County are Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel and Assemblyman Bill Brough, who said he credits CRA support for his difficult election victory in 2014.

Another shoo-in for Senate is former Buena Park resident John Moorlach, who has been a popular and well-liked Orange County Supervisor. Moorlach offered a prayer for California during the Sunday Breakfast.

As one of  two Orange County Filipino CRA members, you can find me during an election year, writing and mailing thousands of fliers and leaflets to thousands of people I know and personally walking  to  businesses handing  out fliers.

CRA members, along with many other hardworking people helped tipped the scale in 2014, when the  Republicans became the majority in Sacramento.
CRA members share conservative values, of which the country needs.

CRA was chartered in 1934 and is the oldest grassroots organization in California Republican Politics, long  being considered the “Gold Standard” for Republican Bonafide.

CRA  currently has 50 chapters in California and was referred to as, “The conscience of the Republican Party,” by President Ronald Reagan in 1976.
CRA is credited with helping Ronald Reagan win his landslide victory in California because of the energetic work of CRA members, as members tirelessly walked precincts and  called upon people; they are still doing that today.

The CRA host committee consisted of  Convention Chairman Pat Garcia and staff, with Vice President Craig Alexander being the candidate coordinator.

Amazing to me was that every meeting and meal were accompanied with prayer for our country, with grateful prayers to God.

I was so inspired by the prayerful ambience of the convention, that it brought tears to my eyes. I’m grateful that my late husband Bill Stoddard registered our whole family, including our four children as Republicans.

Bill reiterated the love of  God and country. I feel so blessed knowing I belong to the Republican party. This was one of the most elegant and knowledgeable conventions I have ever attended.

The political “Stars” were so down to earth and approachable, and the ladies were gorgeous in their attire and everyone had such gratitude that we are all gathered together under God’s guidance.

I’m hopeful all of my people, the Filipinos, will see that CRA  is what we need today to stir our voting conscience.

I invite everyone to study what CRA stands for and then vote for the right candidate to represent our values of PRO-Life, no same sex marriage, Love of God , Love of Country and Love of family, and in doing so, we might get back the Reagan Era when things were not as chaotic.



Elementary students ‘Let Their Imagination Fly’ with PTA ‘Reflections’ program

Visitors to the Walter Knott Education Center on Tuesday afternoon might have thought they had stepped into a portal to an alternate universe filled with everything from space aliens to mega-sharks. On closer observation, however, one would discover that they were actually witnessing the imagination of elementary students coming alive at an art workshop sponsored by the Buena Park Council of PTAs.
Part of National PTA’s annual Reflections art program, the workshop brought together more than 30 students and their parents from the Centralia and Buena Park school districts to create works of visual art inspired by this year’s theme, “Let Your Imagination Fly.”
The workshop enjoyed significant community support—it was facilitated by local high school students from Oxford Academy PTSA’s Student Involvement Committee, and supplies were donated by PTA Council vice president Peggy Kruse and Centralia School District trustee Steve Harris.
Sarah Hultman, a junior at Oxford Academy who chairs the school’s PTSA Student Involvement Committee, is an aspiring fashion designer and engineer who has been active in the visual arts from a young age. “Giving back to my community is one of the most important things I can do, and I want to be able to do so in a way that I can share the joy of creativity with others,” said Hultman.
Partnering with local school districts, PTA aims to emphasize the importance of arts in a 21st century curriculum. “Having art curriculum for elementary school students in their classrooms provides them with the ability to demonstrate their knowledge in a variety of creative, problem solving, and innovative manners,” said Harris.
Each student who completed an art project at the workshop is eligible to turn in their piece to the Reflections coordinator at their school’s PTA. Winning entries at the schools will then go on to compete at the PTA Council. Winning entries at the Council level will be featured in a county-wide exhibition at the Orange County Department of Education on January 30, 2016, with opportunities to move on to the state and national level.
Centralia School District superintendent Norma Martinez, who helped coordinate Tuesday’s workshop, recognized the importance of Reflections in supporting the district’s mission of student learning and achievement. “Centralia School District proudly supports and encourages its students to participate in the annual PTA Art Reflections contest,” said Martinez. “This year’s theme, ‘Let Your Imagination Fly’, supports our ongoing efforts to innovate our practices and foster student success.”
Martinez further noted the importance of community partnerships in the district’s efforts to promote arts education. “Programs like this reinforce our community efforts to engage with students through the arts,” she said. “I wish to especially commend our Buena Park Council for letting their own imagination fly and hosting a Reflections workshop to further engage with and support arts education with our students!”
The National PTA Reflections program encourages students of all ages and abilities to explore and be involved in the arts. Through the program, National PTA, the Buena Park Council of PTAs and PTAs across the country urge students in preschool through grade 12 to create and submit original works of art in the medium of their choice—dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts—reflecting on a specific theme. There also is a special artist division option for students with disabilities to ensure that all students have the opportunity to participate in the program. Students are recognized each year for their artistic ingenuity to bring the theme to life in a way that is personal and meaningful.

Founded in 1969, the National PTA Reflections engages nearly 300,000 students and their families in arts education activities each year—encouraging students to explore the arts for fun and recognition. For more information about the program, visit
Buena Park Council of PTA soversees the operations of all elementary school PTA units in the Centralia School District and Buena Park School District.PTA® comprises of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools.
PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.


Where there’s a will, there’s a way

weightIt’s no secret that many Americans are affected by obesity and its related conditions. For most, losing weight is no easy task, and some resort to fad diets and other methods to drop dress sizes as quickly as possible.
However, Buena Park resident Barbara Treece lost 200 pounds over the course of three years not with ‘magic’ pills or miracle diets but with the help of Buena Park’s chapter of Take Off Pounds Sensibly (TOPS), a nonprofit that offers tools and programs for healthy living and weight management, with exceptional group fellowship and recognition.
“I think I was so obese I felt like I was in a hole and I couldn’t pull myself out,” Treece said. “I wanted to lose the weight that I had gained in those years in one night and be done with it but it’s not a diet or a one day thing; it’s a way of life forever.”
When she was laid off from her job of 25 years in 2010, Treece became depressed and began to gain weight. At the time, Treece weighed approximately 346 pounds, and with her diabetes, depression, and difficulty moving becoming a lot to bear, she sought out help from her local TOPS chapter.
“The support of others in my chapter kept me motivated to keep losing the weight until I reached my goal,” Treece said. “I think without that, it would’ve been a really bigger challenge for me than was at hand.”
During their weekly meetings at the Buena Park Senior Activity Center, TOPS not only kept its members accountable for the weight they gained or loss but also provided them with workshops and resources to help them live healthier lives. However, the main component of the TOPS program was support and maintaining motivation. In addition to taking on a more healthy diet, Treece went on daily walks with Sue Whited, the chapter leader.
Whited, along with the other members, saw Treece’s transformation with their own eyes and even saw her get crowned TOPS’ California State Queen.
“I absolutely had joy in my heart seeing [Treece] become the shining star that she is,” Whited said. “She glows now and when I went to Modesto to see her get crowned California State Queen, I was bawling. I get choked up thinking about it now.”
Treece will also be attending the TOPS International Recognition Days in Reno, Nevada as California State Queen. She had the opportunity to share her success story at other TOPS chapters, and her new lifestyle has given her a new world view.
“It’s just like a new person has emerged from a cocoon,” Treece said. “It can be done and now I can just live a normal life.”
TOPS meets every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Buena Park Senior Activity Center, 8150 Knott Ave.


Buena Park resident moving up on academic ladder

Honors College Graduating dinner 2015 on Saturday May 30, 2015.  LA. Photo by J. Emilio Flores/CAL STATE LA

Mary Arrastia, right, receiving this year’s Outstanding Honors College thesis award from Trinh Pham, interim director of Cal State L.A.’s Honors College.

Buena Park resident Mary Arrastia, who graduated with bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and mathematics in the Honors College at Cal State L.A., is turning her passion for science into a career in research.
She will continue her research at Caltech, where she will pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry under an Earle C. Anthony Graduate Fellowship.
The 22-year-old Arrastia came to Cal State L.A. as a math major, fueled by an interest in AP calculus and statistics during high school. But she quickly picked up a dual major in chemistry after developing a fascination with scientific research.
While at Cal State L.A., she participated in a summer research opportunity in Sao Carlos, Brazil for eight weeks. The trip was part of the International Research Experience for Students summer program offered at Cal State L.A.
Her experience there sparked an interest in health-related research.
“Hands down, my most memorable moment was the eight week summer research trip to Brazil,” said Arrastia, who plans to become a professor. “I was able to explore my horizons both intellectually and culturally, and most importantly, it allowed me to experience the research life to its fullest.”
Arrastia visited a number of laboratories during summer program, where she saw for the first time a particle accelerator and a 3D printer. She also tested methods to determine whether patients have diabetes.
After the trip, Arrastia continued her research and presented the results conducted with Cal State L.A.’s lab team during a National American Chemical Society conference. The work was published in two academic peer reviewed journals.
“As a budding scientist, excitement builds within me whenever your professor allows you to present your results at a scientific conference, or even better, when your principal investigator decides it is time to publish the findings,” she said. “These are achievements that I thought were not possible until my graduate school years, and having these accomplishments made me feel like a part of the scientific community.”
A member of Phi Kappa Phi national honor society, Arrastia also received an honorable mention in the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. She was vice president of the Chemistry and Biochemistry Club, service director, webmaster and co-president of the Golden Key International Honour Society, and vice president of external and internal affairs for the Academic Honors Association at Cal State L.A.
“The Honors College and Cal State L.A. have given me the opportunity to become a more well-rounded individual and scientist,” she said.

Buena Park takes a ‘No’ vote to ballot initiative Measure A

Alan McAuley, Chairman of “Save Buena Park, No on Measure A” campaign, issued the following statement after election results showed Measure A going down to defeat:
“For the past several months, while the sponsors of this misleading and flawed Measure vilified our city’s leaders, staff, and longtime good business owners, we have worked very hard to reach every voter in the City of Buena Park about what is right for our city.
“Our elected leadership has done a good job for this community, do what they think is best for Buena Park and have been vindicated by these election results. The voters saw through the false allegations and saw Measure A for what it was, a flawed measure that would cost the city dearly and accomplish none of its promises.
“It’s been a contentious campaign and now is the time for the community to come back together and work in concert for what is best for our neighborhoods. We’re committed to that process and hope those who supported Measure A are equally ready to lower the volume and resume the dialog.
“Along with the voters and their wisdom, we wish to thank the Mayor (Art Brown) and Mayor Pro Tem (Fred Smith), members of the City Council and elected leaders who supported us, as well as organizations who supported us, and everyone who put a sign in their yard, placed one in their storefront, and who opened their homes to us to host community meetings to talk about Measure A.
“Most importantly, we hope that those who became engaged in civic affairs for the first time through this campaign continue to be involved in shaping the future of our city.”


Buena Park to implement district-based electoral system

The City of Buena Park has hired the professional services of National Demographics Corporation to switch from its existing at-large election system to a single-member district election system. The target implementation date for the district-based electoral system is November 2016.
Under the new system, the city council would retain its five-member council; however, four of the council members would be required to live within particular geographically-defined districts and voted upon by voters within that district. One member would be elected as an at-large mayor, voted upon by all voters within the city. The reason for changing to a district-based electoral system is to meet requirements of the California Voting Rights Act.
The California Voting Rights Act (CVRA), signed into law in 2002, prohibits the use of any election system “that impairs the ability of a protected class to elect candidates of its choice or its ability to influence the outcome of an election.” The law also makes it easier for minority groups to prove that their votes are diluted in at-large elections and to file legal challenges. The potential consequences of litigation are significant, and governments can be sued and forced to pay legal and court fees if plaintiffs prevail.
The City made its decision to consider changing to a district-based electoral system after an analysis identified that the City has protected class group residents who are sufficiently numerous and geographically concentrated to form either a majority or plurality in a single-member district.
There are advantages to the City voluntarily changing to district elections. Changing voluntarily avoids a potential lawsuit and allows the city council and the voters, rather than adverse plaintiffs or a court, to have greater influence on controlling the districting process and the considerations that will guide the districting. The districting process not only takes into consideration the geographic concentrations of minority group residents, but also communities of interest, such as school attendance zones, neighborhoods, surrounding parks, master-planned communities, neighborhoods divided by freeways, historic neighborhoods, hills/ flats, downtown or commercial zones. The City believes that being proactive in establishing single-member voting districts leads to better representation for the entire community.
NDC will partner with the City to facilitate the transition process that will include identifying “communities of interest” that could be served by single-member districts; preparing and implementing a public outreach work plan for switching to single-member district elections; creating at least three districting plans for future consideration; participating in Council and/or community meetings to review the draft plans; and implementing the final adopted plan with the County Registrar of Voters.
In November 2016, the two seats currently held by Mayor Brown and Mayor Pro Tem Smith are up for election. Because there are two seats up for election, only two of the newly-formed districts would be on the November 2016 ballot, and the other three seated council members would serve out the remainder of their four-year terms, regardless of their geographic residency. In November 2018, when three seats are up for election, the remaining two districts and the at-large mayor position would be on the ballot. The at-large mayor position would be a two-year term.


Officials line up in opposing Measure A

Citing Measure A’s assault on the good planning process that has worked well for the residents and students of Buena Park since its inception, the Buena Park School District Board of Education voted Monday night to officially oppose Measure A and urge its defeat in the Buena Park special election.
The resolution reads in part and points out that Measure A’s passage “… would not only impose a costly and unreasonable requirement(s)…but constitutes a clear infringement on the rights of private property owners. It would clearly be disruptive and detrimental to any efforts to improve Buena Park’s economy”.
“The Board of Education of the Buena Park School District hereby finds…”Measure A” to be …not in the best interests of the community and the students of the Buena Park School District”.
The growing coalition of elected officials and organizations opposing Measure A includes Buena Park Mayor Art Brown, Mayor Pro Tem Fred Smith, Councilmember Beth Swift, Councilmember Virginia Vaughn, Senator Bob Huff, Senator Tony Mendoza, Assemblymember Young Kim, Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson, Orange County Supervisor Michelle Park Steel, the West Orange County Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Orange County Taxpayers Association, and the Orange County Business Council as well as the Orange County Register.
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Duck announce an open house event

The Ducks are holding a Season Ticket Open House on Saturday, October 5 at Honda Center.
Ducks fans interested in purchasing season tickets will have a chance to meet with an Account Servicing Executive and check out available seat locations, as well as go over all of the benefits of being a Season Ticket Holder.
Among the numerous Ducks season ticket benefits are a free ticket to Face Off Fest — the exclusive Season Ticket Holder event with the entire Ducks team — held on October 14.
Also, if you are one of the first 50 people to purchase Season Tickets at the Open House, you will receive a hand-signed Teemu Selanne collector’s item

A new home for the ladies at GHH!!!

Grandma’s House has announced its third housing location (and 7th house!!) in Orange County. This new, 6 bedroom home offers 13 women the opportunity to experience love, hope and healing on their way to self-sufficiency. The property will also have its own computer lab and counseling space. The role of this home in our overall program structure is as a Pre-Graduate Home. The women that live here will have already stabilized in our transitional program and have secured jobs or are going to school full time to advance their educational goals. These women are able to live together with less supervision but will still be working the full program GHH offers, including case management, counseling, and workforce development. The ladies also volunteer out in the community as a condition of their enrollment. For more information, visit

Silverado Days is just around the corner

The 56th annual Silverado Days will be celebrating “Our Veterans…Our Heroes…” on Oct. 18,19 and 20 at William Peak Park, 7225 El Dorado Dr. Admission is free. There will be fun for the whole family with entertainment, rides, a market place, community contests and an international food court. Events include: the baby classic, international horseshoes, a pie eating contest, men’s leg contest, World Championship Arm Wrestling, Rotary Club cook-off, car show, hog calling contest, the Boys & Girls Club Pinewood Derby, a mutt show, and the championship horseshoe contest. Entertainment includes the Buena Park Youth Theater, The High Tops, Stone Soul, Joshua Tree, a tribute to U2, the Wimberly Bluegrass Band, the Civil War Band, Ohana O Ke Akua, Steel Parade and Raymond Michael’s tribute to Elvis. Silverado Days is a production of the city of Buena Park and the Buena Park Noon Lions Club. For a complete schedule of events, visit