Showing posts from January 31, 2010

Van Tran vs. Quang Pham for US Congress

A lot of spin on the fund raising successes and failures of the two candidates.  Ultimately, the key number is cash on hand to spend.   Right  now cash on hand for Quang Pham, the ex-marine pilot, a successful author and businessman is $246,777.  For Van Tran, an incumbent assemblyman, his cash on hand  is $314,798.

The difference is only $68,021.   Last quarter, Van Tran spent $67,444 while Quang Pham spent only $26,000.

A look at Van Tran's supporter list showed that he has more Vietnamese Americans  from San Jose donated money to him than his own base  in Orange County.  

For somebody who is considered to be the "Godfather" of Vietnamese-American politics in Orange County, his hometown and base, Van Tran's situation is puzzling.  And this is a race that County Supervisor Chairwoman Janet Nguyen has not even showed her hand who she is supporting.

What is the sentiment within the Vietnamese-American community in OC?   Van Tran will need to have a strong fund raisin…

Five Candidates Vying for District 7 City Council Seat

Bryan Do, after months of indecisiveness, has now told people  that he is throwing his hat in the ring for the city council race to replace the incumbent Madison Nguyen.    There are now at least 4 challengers against Nguyen.  They  have either declared their intention or already filed their statement of intention with the city clerk. 

Michael Tran, a real estate investor from southern California, who is currently residing in the Evergreen area, publicly declared his intention since October of last year.  He is backed by Vietnamese American Community of Northern California.  VACNORCAL is the same group that is suing Madison Nguyen and the city for Brown Act violation.    A summary judgement is expected in February.  James Chadwick, one of the best lawyers in the Bay Area,  is the lead lawyer for VACNORCAL.

Phu Le, a long time community activist, a close friend and advisor of Councilman Kansen Chu, had filed his statement last week.  A resident of Milpitas and a county health commissi…