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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1986
It is about time that someone (e.g., Nathan Rosenberg) actually wants to represent the people of Orange County, instead of being "on vacation." What we need is a voice in Washington, not a traveling figurehead. And, maybe if Rep. Robert E. Badham's record of achievements could stand for itself, then he wouldn't need a six-figure fund-raiser to get reelected. KENNETH GONZALES Costa Mesa
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May 12, 1989 | STEVEN R. CHURM, Times Staff Writer
The final chapter in one of the most bizarre political cases in Orange County history comes to a close today as the 6-month probation of former Irvine City Councilman C. David Baker, once a shining prospect in the local Republican party, officially ends. Baker, 36, has performed in excess of 500 hours of community service for forging a $48,000 check during his failed bid for Congress last year. In September, Baker pleaded guilty to one count of felony forgery. But Orange County Superior Court Judge Myron S. Brown later reduced the charge to a misdemeanor, ordering Baker to perform an unspecified amount of community service and placing him on probation.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1986
In response to your article about Rep. Robert E. Badham (Feb. 23): As a disabled veteran of World War II, I wrote to Rep. Badham concerning the way the veterans' benefits in the Gramm-Rudman bill were getting cut. Badham wrote back to me stating that the deficit has to be lowered and no one should be immune. Now I read he has spent over $45,000 in the last 18 months on trips on taxpayers' money. What a hypocrite this man is! SIDNEY TRIGHER Costa Mesa
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1988
In his March 27 letter, Rep. Robert E. Badham (R-Newport Beach) states that there are no "GOP power brokers" in Orange County and that anyone is free to run against an incumbent. As one of the 14 candidates for the Republican nomination for Congress in the 40th District, I agree that anyone can run. I also see no real evidence that there are "power brokers" who can decide elections. The problem is that once elected, the power of the incumbency is so great that the position becomes a lifetime sinecure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 16, 1986
Re "Young Republican Challenges Badham" (March 11): The Young Republican organization's purpose is to bring youth into the party and teach them the realities of real-world politics. Nathan Rosenberg is about to learn a very valuable lesson. Despite what he thinks he reads in the papers, Rep. Robert E. Badham is secure because his constituents support the job he does for them in Congress. They know his conservative voting record saves the taxpayers millions of dollars and they couldn't care less about his committee travel or his wife's clothes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1987
I am writing regarding the Jan. 10 statements of Rep. Robert E. Badham (R-Newport Beach) regarding the crash of the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter. I am a friend and neighbor of Maj. David J. Brandenburg. He was the pilot who was killed in that crash. The Marine Corps declined to speculate regarding the cause of the crash. Badham, however, immediately assumed it was due to "pilot error." I believe his comments were premature and in bad taste. The Marine Corps is instituting an investigation into the cause of the crash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1987
The military junkets of Rep. Robert E. Badham (R-Newport Beach) are finally paying off for the military. The Times, on Jan. 13, reports that Badham disputes the Imperial County deputy coroner's comment on pilot error in the unfortunate crash of the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter and death of five Marines. The purpose of this letter is not to discuss which individual is correct but only to point out that, much premature and prior to a complete investigation of the crash, Badham, by thrusting himself as the "lead blocker" for his old friend, the military, has allowed his bias to show once again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1987
Reading about Rep. Robert E. Badham and his recent visit to Orange Coast College to talk about the evils of drugs brought back similar memories of an earlier visit when Badham was just an assemblyman. Back in 1972, Badham came to the campus to talk drugs. Then he had to face the general student body, rather than a carefully selected group of students predisposed to his views. Some students defended the use of the "drug" marijuana. Badham told about the marijuana "reefer" he kept in his school desk for two years before he bravely decided to dump it, not smoke it. Such resolve lasted him through life long enough to lambaste the students who told him he had no business running their lives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1988
In his March 27 letter, Rep. Robert E. Badham (R-Newport Beach) states that there are no "GOP power brokers" in Orange County and that anyone is free to run against an incumbent. As one of the 14 candidates for the Republican nomination for Congress in the 40th District, I agree that anyone can run. I also see no real evidence that there are "power brokers" who can decide elections. The problem is that once elected, the power of the incumbency is so great that the position becomes a lifetime sinecure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1987
Between the pious Times editorial (Oct. 25) and the petulant remarks by Councilman Ray Catalano (Oct. 23) in an article concerning the assistance rendered by Rep. Robert E. Badham in the Irvine Animal Shelter homeless controversy, I feel compelled to respond. Indeed, Badham had every right to interject himself into the issue as a guardian of the public's tax monies. His reason for doing so was his rightful concern about the many inconsistencies in the language of the federal assistance grant application filed by Irvine for almost half a million dollars.
BUSINESS
March 6, 1988
So some of the students and faculty at UC Irvine don't want a Carl's Jr. restaurant on campus because the founder of the company, Carl Karcher, is a pro-American, anti-abortion conservative Republican ("Beef with Karcher," Feb. 26). Is this the same student body and faculty that believes in free speech? (Except when they oppose what is being said.) Is this the same student body and faculty that doesn't believe in censorship? (Unless they get to be the censor.) Is this the same student body and faculty that believes a university should be a place where legitimate points of view can receive a fair hearing?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 1987
Between the pious Times editorial (Oct. 25) and the petulant remarks by Councilman Ray Catalano (Oct. 23) in an article concerning the assistance rendered by Rep. Robert E. Badham in the Irvine Animal Shelter homeless controversy, I feel compelled to respond. Indeed, Badham had every right to interject himself into the issue as a guardian of the public's tax monies. His reason for doing so was his rightful concern about the many inconsistencies in the language of the federal assistance grant application filed by Irvine for almost half a million dollars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 1987
Reading about Rep. Robert E. Badham and his recent visit to Orange Coast College to talk about the evils of drugs brought back similar memories of an earlier visit when Badham was just an assemblyman. Back in 1972, Badham came to the campus to talk drugs. Then he had to face the general student body, rather than a carefully selected group of students predisposed to his views. Some students defended the use of the "drug" marijuana. Badham told about the marijuana "reefer" he kept in his school desk for two years before he bravely decided to dump it, not smoke it. Such resolve lasted him through life long enough to lambaste the students who told him he had no business running their lives.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 1, 1987
The military junkets of Rep. Robert E. Badham (R-Newport Beach) are finally paying off for the military. The Times, on Jan. 13, reports that Badham disputes the Imperial County deputy coroner's comment on pilot error in the unfortunate crash of the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter and death of five Marines. The purpose of this letter is not to discuss which individual is correct but only to point out that, much premature and prior to a complete investigation of the crash, Badham, by thrusting himself as the "lead blocker" for his old friend, the military, has allowed his bias to show once again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1987
I am writing regarding the Jan. 10 statements of Rep. Robert E. Badham (R-Newport Beach) regarding the crash of the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter. I am a friend and neighbor of Maj. David J. Brandenburg. He was the pilot who was killed in that crash. The Marine Corps declined to speculate regarding the cause of the crash. Badham, however, immediately assumed it was due to "pilot error." I believe his comments were premature and in bad taste. The Marine Corps is instituting an investigation into the cause of the crash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 1, 1986
It is about time that someone (e.g., Nathan Rosenberg) actually wants to represent the people of Orange County, instead of being "on vacation." What we need is a voice in Washington, not a traveling figurehead. And, maybe if Rep. Robert E. Badham's record of achievements could stand for itself, then he wouldn't need a six-figure fund-raiser to get reelected. KENNETH GONZALES Costa Mesa
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