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March 28, 2007 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
After a marathon election battle that required a judge to determine who won, a beaming Janet Nguyen, Orange County's first Vietnamese American supervisor, was sworn in Tuesday. Nguyen, also the youngest supervisor in county history, received a bouquet and a standing ovation from an audience dotted with supporters from Little Saigon -- Orange County's Vietnamese community.
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March 22, 2010 | By My-Thuan Tran
For more than a decade, a community group in Little Saigon has led the commemoration of the fall of Saigon, a day of reflection and unity in a place better known for its divisive politics and loud street protests. But this year, even the event marking the fall of South Vietnam to communist forces has given way to in-fighting. Members of the Vietnamese American Community of Southern California, which usually organizes the event, say the event has been stolen by an Orange County supervisor.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 8, 2007 | Dana Parsons
In the good old days (remember the 1990s?) when Bob Dornan was an Orange County congressman, it was fun to knock him in print. It was like boxing with a kangaroo -- no matter how hard or often you hit him, you could never put him down. The raspy-voiced redhead not only seemed to enjoy the combat, but he was indefatigable. And if indefatigable means colorful and sharp-witted, he was that, too. To a lesser degree, it was the same with some other public figures.
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November 25, 2008 | Paloma Esquivel
Orange County transportation officials voted Monday to increase county bus fares. The Orange County Transportation Authority board of directors voted 13 to 2 to approve the first fare increase in four years. Board members Janet Nguyen and Mark Rosen opposed the change. Under the plan, the cost of one ride would increase from $1.25 to $1.50 and a day pass from $3 to $4; monthly passes would go from $45 to $55. Other fares, such as those for seniors and people with disabilities, would also increase.
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February 27, 2007 | Mike Anton, Times Staff Writer
Janet Nguyen was certified Monday as the winner of the Feb. 6 election for Orange County supervisor after a weeklong ballot recount that will probably be challenged in court by the initial top vote-getter, fellow Republican Trung Nguyen. County Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley said Janet Nguyen's margin of victory was seven votes -- the same number she was behind when the recount began.
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February 8, 2007 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
A Vietnamese American school board member from Garden Grove who was a political unknown two months ago emerged Wednesday as the winner of an Orange County Board of Supervisors seat by just seven votes out of nearly 46,000 cast. But an expected recount means the election may not be settled for weeks.
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February 28, 2007 | Mike Anton, Times Staff Writer
Saying they preferred that a court sort out a contested ballot recount, the Orange County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to delay naming the winner of the Feb. 6 election for one week. The decision came a day after Janet Nguyen claimed victory -- an announcement made a couple of hours before Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley certified that she had bested fellow Republican Trung Nguyen by seven votes in the race for the 1st District supervisorial seat.
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February 7, 2007 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
A neophyte Vietnamese American city councilwoman took a slim lead Tuesday in the race for the Orange County Board of Supervisors with as many as 3,400 ballots remaining to be counted. Janet Nguyen, a 30-year-old serving her first term on the Garden Grove City Council, led Garden Grove school board member Trung Nguyen by 52 votes with all precincts reporting in the winner-take-all special election to fill a vacant seat on the board.
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May 4, 2007 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
Newly elected Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen solicited secret donations above the campaign contribution limit in an effort to quickly pay down her legal debts, an apparent violation of campaign finance law, according to interviews and an e-mail obtained by The Times. The solicitations came as Nguyen was seeking money to cover her legal costs defending a hair-thin victory in the Feb. 6 special supervisorial election.
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June 8, 2007 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
A developer, a lobbyist and a company that does business with the county gave undisclosed donations above the legal contribution limit to newly elected Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen earlier this year, her campaign disclosed Thursday. The developer of Rancho Mission Viejo, a planned community in southern Orange County, and lobbyist Chris Townsend, whose firm represents four county agencies, gave $5,000 each. Parking Concepts Inc.
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June 4, 2008 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen, once thought vulnerable to losing her seat because of political enemies and first-term foibles, appeared poised to win reelection Tuesday night without even having to face a runoff. The results underscored how remarkably her fortunes had improved -- and her challengers' deteriorated -- in the months since the campaign began in earnest. Her fellow Republican challenger, Dina Nguyen, failed to score any heavy blows.
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May 29, 2008 | My-Thuan Tran, Times Staff Writer
Political observers called it a "political earthquake" last year when two little-known Vietnamese candidates upstaged a field of contenders -- including a former assemblyman -- for an open supervisor's seat in central Orange County. A year later, the change in the landscape appears complete. For the first time, all candidates vying for a seat are Vietnamese.
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February 6, 2008 | David Reyes
County supervisors on Tuesday rejected the idea of creating a fair campaign practices commission and a second proposal to update existing campaign rules. Both proposals would have gone on the June countywide ballot. Supervisors John Moorlach and Bill Campbell supported the measures, but Patricia Bates, Chris Norby and Janet Nguyen did not. Activist Shirley Grindle, author of the county's first campaign law decades ago, lobbied for the proposals. "I'll just wait until this current board is termed out. I have time on my side," she said.
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January 18, 2008 | Christian Berthelsen
A state appeals court has declined to invalidate the results of a special election last year that put Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen into office, rejecting claims by her leading opponent that a recount of votes was conducted improperly. In the election, Trung Nguyen was first declared the winner by seven votes, but a recount found that Janet Nguyen won by three. The court found that Trung Nguyen did not show any evidence that a different method of recounting ballots would have made him the winner.
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December 4, 2007 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen has agreed to pay $5,000 in fines to settle state and county investigations into an illicit fundraising effort she ran earlier this year in which she collected political donations above the legal limit and tried to avoid disclosing the funds.
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August 2, 2007 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
With a reelection race less than a year away, Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen's campaign is barely in the black, with a windfall of contributions virtually wiped out by previous debts and ongoing legal bills, according to a campaign finance filing made public Wednesday. After comparing the campaign's surplus against the ongoing debts, the account was in the black by less than $5,000 as of June 30, the last day of the reporting period, the filing shows.
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August 2, 2007 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
With a reelection race less than a year away, Orange County Supervisor Janet Nguyen's campaign is barely in the black, with a windfall of contributions virtually wiped out by previous debts and ongoing legal bills, according to a campaign finance filing made public Wednesday. After comparing the campaign's surplus against the ongoing debts, the account was in the black by less than $5,000 as of June 30, the last day of the reporting period, the filing shows.
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March 27, 2007 | Mike Anton, Times Staff Writer
A judge ruled Monday that Janet Nguyen won the February election for an Orange County Board of Supervisors seat by a slim three-vote margin, rejecting arguments by her opponent that a recount wasn't completed because the paper audit of electronically cast ballots was not counted manually. "All the votes were counted," said Orange County Superior Court Judge Michael Brenner. "There was a full and legal recount."
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July 25, 2007 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
A divided Orange County Board of Supervisors approved a proposal Tuesday to create a satellite county center in Westminster over objections that it was an attempt to build political capital by the board member who represents the area. Supervisor Janet Nguyen, whose district includes Westminster, Garden Grove, Santa Ana and Midway City, requested the development of the service center during budget hearings last month.
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July 12, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Trung Nguyen, the Garden Grove schools trustee who barely lost his campaign for county supervisor in February to Janet Nguyen, announced Wednesday that he had created a campaign committee to run for the seat next year. A judge ruled in March that Janet Nguyen won the February special election by just three votes. The seat will be up for its regularly scheduled vote in 2008.
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