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October 6, 2013 | By Anh Do
The men had just finished their thick steaks and were starting to smoke cigars while artichoke hearts warmed on the grill. A plate of mooncakes awaited them nearby. On a sunny afternoon in the backyard of his home in the hills of Orange, Van Tran plots his political comeback. Once California's highest-ranking Vietnamese American politician, riding a wave of activism in the immigrant community where he came of age, Tran was bounced to the sidelines in 2010 when a veteran congresswoman, Loretta Sanchez (D-Santa Ana)
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April 7, 2014 | By Anh Do
Of all the places in the world, why did Larry Agran have to choose Vietnam? That's what local Vietnamese Americans wondered after learning that the longtime Irvine councilman hoped to forge a relationship between the master-planned community and Nha Trang, a southern coastal city in Vietnam known for its beaches and scuba diving. To many who fled the country after it fell to communist forces, Agran's proposal seemed designed to cause hurt, and hundreds indicated they planned to confront Agran on Tuesday, when he was expected to propose that Irvine and Nha Trang form a "friendship city" relationship.
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June 25, 2006 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
The wife of Orange County Assemblyman Van Tran, invisible on her husband's campaign website and largely absent from his public appearances, has found herself thrust into the center of his reelection campaign because of a criminal record just now gaining attention. His wife, Cyndi Nguyen, pleaded no contest to three misdemeanors in 2004 and was sentenced to three years' probation for helping to concoct bogus medical bills at her paralegal office in Sacramento.
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October 6, 2013 | By Anh Do
The men had just finished their thick steaks and were starting to smoke cigars while artichoke hearts warmed on the grill. A plate of mooncakes awaited them nearby. On a sunny afternoon in the backyard of his home in the hills of Orange, Van Tran plots his political comeback. Once California's highest-ranking Vietnamese American politician, riding a wave of activism in the immigrant community where he came of age, Tran was bounced to the sidelines in 2010 when a veteran congresswoman, Loretta Sanchez (D-Santa Ana)
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February 16, 1989
A second suspect is now in custody in connection with the Feb. 2 slaying of Huy Tinh Le, 42, who was shot several times during a robbery at a North Park home, police said Wednesday. Tuan Van Tran, 18, who already was being held on suspicion of three counts of armed robbery, was charged with murder after he was identified Tuesday by witnesses to Le's slaying.
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November 10, 2012 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
He runs a trade magazine for the nail salon industry and lives quietly with his family in a small mobile home on the edge of town. But in a city that decades ago rose up as the new capital for Vietnamese outside Vietnam, Tri Ta is suddenly the king of Little Saigon. Since his election as Westminster's mayor Tuesday, Ta has been featured on Radio Free Asia, invited to San Jose to meet with Vietnamese leaders and watched as his name rocketed across the Internet, from Houston to Hanoi.
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November 4, 2004 | Mai Tran and Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writers
A sense of arrival rippled along the avenues of Little Saigon on Wednesday as newly elected Republican Assemblyman Van Tran placed a bouquet of pink carnations at the foot of the Vietnam War Memorial in Westminster. He lighted incense and placed it inside an urn with a statue of an American and a South Vietnamese soldier -- a symbol of lasting friendship between the countries -- rearing up behind him. "I'm a product of the Vietnam War," said Tran, 40.
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April 7, 2014 | By Anh Do
Of all the places in the world, why did Larry Agran have to choose Vietnam? That's what local Vietnamese Americans wondered after learning that the longtime Irvine councilman hoped to forge a relationship between the master-planned community and Nha Trang, a southern coastal city in Vietnam known for its beaches and scuba diving. To many who fled the country after it fell to communist forces, Agran's proposal seemed designed to cause hurt, and hundreds indicated they planned to confront Agran on Tuesday, when he was expected to propose that Irvine and Nha Trang form a "friendship city" relationship.
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November 3, 2004 | Dan Weikel, Sara Lin and Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writers
Van Tran, a Garden Grove city councilman who received political support from around the nation, held a commanding lead Tuesday night in his bid to become the nation's first Vietnamese American elected to a state legislature. In election returns for the 68th Assembly District, Tran, a Republican, was well ahead of his Democratic challenger, Al Snook, a businessman and perennial candidate who raised about $2,650 in donations.
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February 6, 2005 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
Running late, Van Tran hustled out of his office, quickly turned the corner and passed up a row of office doors before realizing he was headed the wrong way. Red floor? Wrong chamber. The red, he reminded himself, belonged to senators. Tran, the new Assembly member from Garden Grove, made his way around the Capitol until he found the green tiles, which would lead to the Assembly chamber. But familiarizing himself with his new surroundings is the least of his worries.
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November 10, 2012 | By Anh Do, Los Angeles Times
He runs a trade magazine for the nail salon industry and lives quietly with his family in a small mobile home on the edge of town. But in a city that decades ago rose up as the new capital for Vietnamese outside Vietnam, Tri Ta is suddenly the king of Little Saigon. Since his election as Westminster's mayor Tuesday, Ta has been featured on Radio Free Asia, invited to San Jose to meet with Vietnamese leaders and watched as his name rocketed across the Internet, from Houston to Hanoi.
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October 3, 2010 | By Jean Merl, Los Angeles Times
Ever since her headline-grabbing upset of conservative Republican icon Rep. Robert K. Dornan back in 1996, Rep. Loretta Sanchez has won reelection in her working-class district by wide margins. Now, however, Republicans believe they stand a fighting chance of unseating Orange County's only Democratic member of the House. Armed with years of local political experience, strong ties with the area's ascendant Vietnamese American community and the backing of Republicans in Washington and around the nation, Republican state Assemblyman Van Tran is giving Sanchez her first serious challenge in more than a decade.
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September 25, 2010 | By My-Thuan Tran, Los Angeles Times
Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez found herself in hot water this week after she said in a Spanish-language interview that "the Vietnamese" and Republicans were trying to take control of her seat. Sanchez, who is up for reelection, was put on the defensive after her main opponent, Assemblyman Van Tran (R-Garden Grove), a Vietnamese American, jumped on the issue and called her statements "offensive" and "divisive. " The tiff highlights the political dichotomy of central Orange County, where two big voting blocs are Latinos and Vietnamese.
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August 31, 2010 | By Mona Shadia, Los Angeles Times
Although there's still a chance that a bill allowing Costa Mesa to buy the Orange County Fairgrounds will be presented alongside a state budget bill, an area legislator warned Monday that the deal might not go through. Assemblyman Van Tran (R-Garden Grove) is in favor of keeping the fairgrounds in local hands. But he said that if the sale to the city and its private partner, Facilities Management West, does not guarantee accountability and transparency to the public — and ensure that the fair will remain in place indefinitely — then he will not support the agreement.
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June 25, 2006 | Garrett Therolf, Times Staff Writer
The wife of Orange County Assemblyman Van Tran, invisible on her husband's campaign website and largely absent from his public appearances, has found herself thrust into the center of his reelection campaign because of a criminal record just now gaining attention. His wife, Cyndi Nguyen, pleaded no contest to three misdemeanors in 2004 and was sentenced to three years' probation for helping to concoct bogus medical bills at her paralegal office in Sacramento.
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February 6, 2005 | Mai Tran, Times Staff Writer
Running late, Van Tran hustled out of his office, quickly turned the corner and passed up a row of office doors before realizing he was headed the wrong way. Red floor? Wrong chamber. The red, he reminded himself, belonged to senators. Tran, the new Assembly member from Garden Grove, made his way around the Capitol until he found the green tiles, which would lead to the Assembly chamber. But familiarizing himself with his new surroundings is the least of his worries.
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March 9, 1999 | HARRISON SHEPPARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Westminster merchant whose display of Communist icons sparked nearly two months of protests by Vietnamese Americans, will give up his fight to stay in business at his Little Saigon location, his attorney said Monday. Police raided Truong Van Tran's Hi Tek TV and VCR last week, confiscating more than 17,000 videotapes they said appeared to be illegal copies of Asian soap operas.
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September 25, 2010 | By My-Thuan Tran, Los Angeles Times
Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez found herself in hot water this week after she said in a Spanish-language interview that "the Vietnamese" and Republicans were trying to take control of her seat. Sanchez, who is up for reelection, was put on the defensive after her main opponent, Assemblyman Van Tran (R-Garden Grove), a Vietnamese American, jumped on the issue and called her statements "offensive" and "divisive. " The tiff highlights the political dichotomy of central Orange County, where two big voting blocs are Latinos and Vietnamese.
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November 4, 2004 | Mai Tran and Jean O. Pasco, Times Staff Writers
A sense of arrival rippled along the avenues of Little Saigon on Wednesday as newly elected Republican Assemblyman Van Tran placed a bouquet of pink carnations at the foot of the Vietnam War Memorial in Westminster. He lighted incense and placed it inside an urn with a statue of an American and a South Vietnamese soldier -- a symbol of lasting friendship between the countries -- rearing up behind him. "I'm a product of the Vietnam War," said Tran, 40.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2004 | Dan Weikel, Sara Lin and Kimi Yoshino, Times Staff Writers
Van Tran, a Garden Grove city councilman who received political support from around the nation, held a commanding lead Tuesday night in his bid to become the nation's first Vietnamese American elected to a state legislature. In election returns for the 68th Assembly District, Tran, a Republican, was well ahead of his Democratic challenger, Al Snook, a businessman and perennial candidate who raised about $2,650 in donations.
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