What You Need to Know About Orange County’s Primary Elections on June 5th

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June is just around the corner. Whether you’ve been itching to get politically involved or simply want to be informed about the politics of Orange County, here is what you need to know about the Orange County Municipal Primary Elections.

What are primaries?

Primaries are elections held to narrow the field of candidates for a given elective office or to determine the nominees for political parties in advance of a general election. Primaries occur on a national level but also take place locally in smaller counties, cities and states.

When will the primaries take place?

The Orange County primary elections will be held on June 5, 2018.

What positions are being voted on?

Orange County will be conducting primary elections for the board of supervisors, county assessor, district attorney-public administrator, county sheriff-coroner, county treasurer-tax collector, county superintendent of schools, county clerk-recorder and superior court judges. On a larger scale, there will be a primary for California’s governor, treasurer, lieutenant governor, Orange County’s representative for Congress and state Senate.

What do each of those positions entail?

Feeling lost? Don’t worry, here is a short breakdown of responsibilities for each role:

Orange County’s board of supervisors bear the largest authoritative role in the county’s government. This board is responsible for keeping tabs on the local government and the county’s special districts such as Orange County Fire Authority, Orange County Transportation Authority, and the Orange County Sanitation District. These districts determine the circulation, cleanliness, and safety of Orange County.
The county assessor is a local government official responsible for checking property values within county lines. This value is converted into an assessment, one component in the computation of real property tax bills. The county assessor is vital to Chapman students who are looking for affordable property as well as addressing the never-ending property value concerns that Orange County residents face.
The district attorney-public administrator oversees law enforcement, ensuring that the law is conducted and enforced in a moral and just manner.
Candidates for county sheriff-coroner will be found on the ballot as well. The coroner determines the cause, time, and place of deaths, and the job is much like what is seen on TV or in movies.
Money, and the management of money, must be in the hands of a trustworthy individual, hence the importance of a county treasurer-tax collector. The county treasurer-tax collector is responsible for financial management and tax collection in the county. A vital task of a tax collector is to manage, as well as provide funding for, schools, parks and roads.
Regarding education, the election of Orange County’s next county superintendent of schools is not to be overlooked by any means. A superintendent makes daily decisions about staff, student life and educational programs. A superintendent also holds a substantial role in the communication between the parents and staff of a given educational system, providing accommodations whilst keeping the system fair and balanced.
For long-term residents of Orange County, the preservation of privacy for records from real estate transactions is critical. The person in charge of a role like this must be responsible and extremely meticulous in order to ensure a feeling of security amongst the county’s residents. This responsibility lies within the hands of the county clerk-recorder.
Lastly, the superior court judges, members of the superior court who hold jurisdiction over the county’s cases. Whether it be a parking ticket or a criminal case, the people who make day-changing or life-changing decisions must represent the people and be just with verdicts.
While Orange County has not yet released its full list of candidates for the local primary election, many positions have already been endorsed and have gained traction. For example, candidates for governor have begun hostin campaign events and various fundraisers to promote their platforms. It is important for students to remain aware of the upcoming primary election, and stay tuned for more updates about candidates. The following candidates are the frontrunners for their respective party’s primary, and should be further researched by all voters.

National level representatives to be aware of:

Top Candidates for Orange County’s District State Senator

Photo courtesy of Katelyn Antilla and Ela Suvak.

Photo courtesy of @Jestin4CASenate.

Top Candidates for Orange’s Congress Representatives

Photo courtesy of Katelyn Antilla and Ela Suvak.

Photo courtesy of By Russell Rene Lambert II.

Main Candidates for Governor:
Antonio Villaraigosa, former Mayor of Los Angeles
Gavin Newsom, Lieutenant Governor of California
Amanda Renteria, national political director for Clinton’s 2016 campaign
John Chiang, California State Treasurer

Let your voice be heard! Register to vote in future elections online by following this link: https://registertovote.ca.gov/

For additional information on the categories and what they mean in Orange County, check out these links:

General Information:

Board of Supervisors:
Orange County, California – Board of Supervisors

District Attorney:

Special Districts:
http://www.ocsd.org/divisions/fieldops/emb/special

Coroner:
Orange County, California – Coroner

Tax Collector:
Tax Collector Duties & Responsibilities

Superintendent & Orange County’s Department of Education:
OCDE.us – County Superintendent of Schools
OCDE.us – About OCDE

Clerk Recorder:
Orange County, California – Clerk-Recorder – Hugh Nguyen

Superior Court Judges:
The Superior Court of California – County of Orange

Evaluating the costs and benefits of memberships

With all that Southern California has to offer, Chapman students are just minutes from some major entertainment hotspots. For students who frequent these five locations, purchasing a membership will save money in the long run.

 

Disneyland

Freshman communication studies major Flissy Ford holds her Disney Annual Passport. Photo by Katelyn Antilla

Located just 10 minutes away from campus, it’s not surprising that many Chapman students choose to buy an annual passport to Disneyland. Flissy Ford, a freshman communication studies major, loves visiting the park with her annual pass. Ford said has the Disney Signature Passport and although it has blackout days where the pass is void, she said she always finds time to go.

“I try to go at least once a week, and sometimes I don’t have time to go, but I definitely think it was worth the money,” Ford said..

If you are a local Disney lover and are considering buying the pass, here are the various options for Disneyland passports.

 

Pros of Disney Pass: Getting to visit Disneyland, great place to destress, first to visit new lands and rides

Cons of Disney Pass: Expensive, waiting in lines, crowded area

Is an Annual Passport worth it?

It depends! How many times would you need to go to Disneyland to make up the cost? A one-day park-hopper ticket is about $125, taking into account a price rise on peak days, which can cause tickets to cost up $167.

  • To make up the price for the Disney Southern California Select Passport, you would need to go to Disney three times a year.
  • To make up the price for the Disney Deluxe Passport, you would need to go to Disney about six times.
  • To make up the price for the Disney Signature Passport, you would need to go to Disney about eight times.
  • To make up the price for the Disney Signature Plus Passport, you would need to go to Disney about 10 times per year.

 

MoviePass              

Molly Weitzman, a freshman peace studies major, holding her MoviePass. Photo by Katelyn Antilla

Over the past decade, movie tickets have steadily risen in price and a student ticket at the local Century Stadium Cinemark is about $9. The MoviePass is an annual pass that allows subscribers to view one movie per day at participating theaters. Subscribers are billed $105.35 for a twelve month period, which is a total of $7.95 per month. Watching one movie per month essentially covers the cost, and some students are noticing the price difference.

First year peace studies major Molly Weitzman said she bought her MoviePass in February. She has seen over five movies since then, she said, and thinks the pass is an easy, inexpensive way to stay caught up on films.

“I’m able to see more films now, for a cheaper price, just because I bought this pass, “ Weitzman said.  “The best part is it works in my hometown too so I will be able to use it over summer and breaks as well.”

To find out if the MoviePass works at a local theater in your hometown, visit https://www.moviepass.com/ and enter your zipcode to see results. There is a good chance theaters around you will accept the pass, as over 91% of theaters are accessible with the pass.

 

Pros of MoviePass: Cheaper movies, accessible locations, one film a day

Cons of MoviePass: Company is unsure if it will survive the year, so buy pass cautiously

A typical MoviePass card. Photo by Katelyn Antilla

Is a MoviePass worth it?

Yes! If you go to just 13 movies in a year, you will makeup the cost of the pass.

 

Costco

Costco Wholesale in Garden Grove. Photo by Justin Skoda

While not unique to Southern California, a Costco card offers deals that can benefit Chapman students. Freshman  Taylor Collins, a strategic and corporate communication major, raved about the Costco food and deals. “Honestly, it’s such a good deal because I love the bargains and deals I can get there,” Collins said.

To get into a Costco, however, one must bring their membership card with them. Along with their card, members can bring up to two non-members into the store with them. The traditional annual membership, referred to as the Costco Gold Star Membership is a one time payment of $60. This membership is valid at all Costcos worldwide.

The closest location is a little over twenty minutes away from campus in Garden Grove. There are also Costcos based in Fullerton and Tustin, which both take less than 30 minutes to reach.

 

Pros of Costco membership: Free food tastings, Costco pizza, bulk shopping

Cons of Costco membership: A bit of a drive, yearly membership

A Costco Executive Membership Card. Photo by Katelyn Antilla

Is a Costco Pass worth it?

It depends! If you are a bulk shopper and like to buy up a lot of food at once then Costco’s membership is well worth the price. It can also be helpful for roommates who want to go in together to buy in bulk for their house, apartment, or dorm. However, if you buy food in small quantities, then any local grocery store would suffice.

 

Universal Studios

Universal Studios is home to various rides relevant to popular culture, and there are rides for dozens of movies and shows including the Simpsons, Jurassic Park, Shrek and Transformers. Universal Studios has stood as not only an amusement park but also as a film studio since 1964. Because of its roots in film and entertainment, the theme park offers studio tours.

These studio tours take Universal’s patrons to visit iconic sets from the hit show “Desperate Housewives,” Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” and Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws”. Throughout the tour, there are 4D simulations from movies like “King Kong” and “The Fast and the Furious.” Harry Potter World is rich and fun to visit, and with butter beer and quidditch rides, it feels as if it is from the pages of the books.

Universal Studios’ annual passes come in a wide variety. The three different annual passes include the Silver Annual Pass, the Gold Annual Pass, and the Platinum Annual Pass. Each pass comes with varying degrees of perks and prices, as seen below.

For more information on the the  price for each pass and blackout dates, visit the Universal Studios website.

 

Pros of Universal Studios pass: Plenty of rollercoasters, not too expensive

Cons of Universal Studios pass: Drive to LA, crowded park

Is a Universal Studios pass worth it?

For anyone that is willing to commute to LA, it would only take two trips up to make up the cost of the Silver Annual Pass. To make up the price for the Gold Pass, it would be about three trips, and the Platinum Pass would require almost six trips to fulfill the cost of the annual membership.

 

Six Flags

Although Six Flags is the furthest location from Chapman, as it is about 65 miles away from campus, their good deals and annual passes earned them on a spot this list.

With 19 roller coasters, Six Flags entails some of the most twisty, turny, loopy, and highest coasters found in the world. It is also known for its spooky Halloween-themed “Fright Fest” and holiday-themed “Holiday in the Park”.

If water parks are up your alley, Six Flags is connected to Hurricane Harbor, which offers a lazy river, a wave pool and more water amenities to splash in on a hot day, but requires extra cost to enter.

Just like Universal, Six Flags offers its customers One Park Passes, as well as Gold and Silver Annual Passes. However, for unlimited access to the Six Flags Magic Mountain park, the best deal is the Superman: One Park Pass. At $150 total, this pass gives you unlimited access to ALL Six Flags parks, and includes admission to “Fright Fest” and “Holiday in the Park”.

 

Pros of Six Flags pass: Big roller coasters, more spread out (less crowded), annual pass allows you to bring extra friend for no cost on some days of the year!

Cons of Six Flags pass: Long travel distance

 

Is a Six Flags pass worth it?

It would only require about three trips to make up the price, and the ability to bring friends free of charge on a bimonthly basis is a nice touch that makes this pass unique. This pass is cheaper than Universal Studios and has no blackout dates, so it may be worth another look.

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8 Things To Do if You’re Not Going to Coachella

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If you didn’t get to go to Coachella the first week, and dread the second wave of Coachella, then here are eight ways to keep yourself distracted from the buzz of the festival.

Coachella Week Two: April 20-22

1. Learn about cultural appropriation

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While people might think their outfits are *super* trendy, many Coachella attendees fall into cultural appropriation. So, what is cultural appropriation?

Cultural appropriation is the act of taking aspects of a minority culture for aesthetic purposes without knowing the meaning or cultural impact. Many people ignorantly wear cultural based clothing including: bindis, headpieces, dashikis, and other styles to Coachella and engage in appropriation.

So learn about the impacts that accessories and clothing can have and urge your friends to ditch the appropriation this year and find something else to wear instead.

Other links to educate yourself and others about cultural appropriation are:

 https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/10/the-dos-and-donts-of-cultural-appropriation/411292/

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/04/magazine/is-cultural-appropriation-always-wrong.html

 

2. Scroll through Instagram

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Okay so you can’t be at the concert, but you can live through your friends and their Coachella filled feeds. Just open up the app and play all of your Instagram stories, it’s almost as good as being there, minus the body odor.

 

3. Celebrate Earth Day

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On April 22nd, take the day and celebrate Mother Earth! Use this day as an excuse to recycle, stay away from meat and dairy and water a plant! If you’re looking for hands-on activities, Orange County’s volunteer-based organization, “One OC”, offers volunteer opportunities for this day. On Earth Day, One OC offers  it’s Santa Ana volunteers a chance to “…clean and paint two classrooms within the community center”. Near the coast, at Bolsa Chica, a community involvement conservancy in Huntington Beach, volunteers can, “assist Nature Conservancy staff with watering native plants, removing non-native invasive plant species, and cleaning up our local regional park of trash and debris.”

If you’re an animal lover, the Irvine Animal Care Center gives their Earth Day volunteers the opportunity to, “create miniature no-sew flannel blankets, toys and kerchiefs for cats and dogs who reside in this no-kill shelter until they are adopted.” If these events sound interesting to you, be sure to get there early- spaces are limited!

For more info visit: https://www.oneoc.org/volunteers/days-of-service/earth-day

4. Get your own Coachella ‘fits!

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Take this opportunity to go and grab some cute Coachella-esque clothing! Head to your local thrift store (i.e. Goodwill) and grab some cheap gems.

5. Go to the movies – see I Feel Pretty with Amy Schumer

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Amy Schumer’s new movie I Feel Pretty is coming out on April 20th, and while many Coachella attendees will be too busy to see it that weekend, you can get great seats.

The official storyline is : “A woman struggling with insecurity wakes from a fall believing she is the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. Her new confidence empowers her to live fearlessly, but what happens when she realizes her appearance never changed?”

A movie is engaging and fun, and not to mention cheaper, and remains a good option for the weekend!

6. Go see another concert

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While the most popular musicians attend Coachella, there are plenty of other artists who play at other venues. Whether its indie or heavy metal, there will be another concert for you.

Check out the House of Blues Anaheim, to see bands such as ZZ Top and the Brevet. Also nearby, the OC Observatory hosts several different artists who are cheaper to go to and closer by. Just because you’re not attending Coachella doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun going out and listening to new music.

 

7. Make a playlist with songs from artists that are performing

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There is an abundance of 2018 Coachella music playlists on Spotify and Apple Music but there is nothing sweeter than putting together your own favorite sounds. Your playlist along with those fire outfits you picked out? It’s almost like you’re there! Here’s a list of this year’s lineup: https://seatgeek.com/tba/festivals/coachella-tickets-dates-lineup/

 

8. Give thanks for good food

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Over this weekend, eat as much home-cooked food as you can because we all know everyone at Coachella is paying excessive amounts of money for food truck food.

 

 

You’ve probably never heard of these wacky March holidays

Nobody can judge you for indulging yourself on a holiday, so use these 10 days as excuses to enjoy the little things.

Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day: March 1

If you’re in the mood for peanut butter, but you only have Panther Bucks – have no fear, Jamba Juice is here! Go try the Peanut Butter Moo’d, PB and Banana Protein, PB Chocolate Love, or for the more daring the PB’N Jealous.

 

If Pets Had Thumbs Day: March 3

There are no words for this holiday. Honestly, there is nothing to add except go hug a pet and say hello to every animal you see on this fateful day.

 

National Frozen Food Day: March 6

This day is ideal for embracing your past or current dorm lifestyle. Whether you have lived in a dorm or are living in one now, treat yourself to some pizza rolls or dino nuggets.

 

National Pi Day: March 14

Hate math but love pie? Love math but hate pie? Celebrating this day covers a wide spectrum of students. Grab your wallet and get yourself a pie at The Pie Hole in the circle!

 

Ides of March: March 15

Ideas for the Ides of March are endless: read Julius Caesar, throw a toga party, and utter the phrase “Et tu, Brute” at least three times.

 

Extraterrestrial Abductions Day: March 20

Indulge in this spooky holiday by winding down after class and watching some extraterrestrial-esque movies or TV series on Netflix like Unsealed: Alien Files, Alienate or Unacknowledged: An Exposé of The World’s Greatest Secret. Don’t watch alone!

 

National Puppy Day: March 23

If this isn’t your favorite holiday of the year, you probably have no soul. Go visit an Orange County shelter then dedicate a social media post to that pup of yours awaiting you back home.

 

Waffle Day: March 25

Waffles are God-given masterpieces and therefore everyday should be Waffle Day. However, this special holiday only has one place to be properly celebrated: *drum roll please*…Bruxie. Get over to Bruxie and treat yo’self to a waffle dinner or dessert.

 

Weed Appreciation Day: March 28

Is 4/20 too far away for you? Are you looking for another reason to get high? Then March 28 is the day for you! So, unroll your troubles as you roll up that joint. After you’re done head down to à la minute or any local munchies shop.

 

Something on a Stick Day: March 28

This holiday is perhaps the one that is most open to interpretation  do your thing!