Friday, January 30, 2015

Andrew Do Wins by 43 Votes

It is finally over.  All the votes have been counted and the former Garden Grove City Councilmember and deputy DA won by 43 votes over the former State Senator Lou Correa.

What is next?   A recount will unlike change the result and it just drags the process another 2  weeks.  Correa still has a lot of money left in the campaign fund so he can afford the $2,400 per day cost.

Or he can save the money and effort to run against Do in 2016.

County Supervisor First District, Short Term
Completed Precincts: 101 of 101
Vote Count Percentage
ANDREW DO 18,905 39.1%
LOU CORREA 18,862 39.0%
CHRIS PHAN 7,857 16.3%
* Indicates Incumbent Candidate, if any

Thursday, January 29, 2015

The Lotus and The Storm

Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez

Cordially Invite You to Meet Vietnamese American Guest Author Lan Cao

Author of
"The Lotus and The Storm”

The event will feature a raffle for the first 50 guests, musical performance, and a question and answer session.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Program 2 – 3 PM

Reception 3 - 4 PM

At Le Petit Trianon Theatre

72 N. 5th Street, San Jose, CA 95112



To RSVP, please access

For questions or to co-sponsor, please contact Vân Lan Trương, (408) 299-5025, Betty Dương, (408) 299-5026,

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

San Jose D8 City Council 2016 Race Already?

About  two weeks ago,  Santa Clara County Supervisor Dave Cortese and his wife, Pattie, came to the swearing-in ceremony for Cam Van Le to be the new board president of  East Side Union High School District.   Afterward, he asked her to go out for coffee at a later date to catch up.

Of course, the news  quickly went viral in the Viet community that Pattie Cortese is planning her bid for city council.  The community always has a soft spot for Dave and his wife for all their supports of the community during the last 8 years.  So it was a welcoming rumor. 

And soon enough,  Pattie is appointed as the new school board trustee to fill the seat vacated by now City Councilmember Magdalena Carrasco. 

The conventional wisdom of this new appointment is that both Lan Nguyen and Cam Van Le will not be running for city council in 2016.  They would not vote for Pattie if they decided to have a run at the council seat. 

Cam Van is still smarting over the council race lost to Attorney Tam Nguyen.  And she still is bitter about her hard fight against Anthony Phan to prevent him taking her school board seat.  And it would be too much for her to move to D8 after transplanted herself to D7 for the council race last year.

Meanwhile, Lan Nguyen has been a person non-grata in the community for the last 6 years after his weak city council election result in 2008.

LSI does not know for sure if Pattie will run  for city council or not but whatever she does, the Viet community will show strong support for her. 


Androw Do's Lead Widens

    With only 1264 provisional ballots left, Andrew Do has widened his lead over Lou Correa since yesterday.  He is leading by 239 votes now instead of 2 votes.    The trend is not looking good for Lou Correa.   The provisional ballot is set for counting tomorrow morning.  

Will there be a recount? 

County Supervisor First District, Short Term
Completed Precincts: 101 of 101

Vote CountPercentage
ANDREW DO18,23039.3%
LOU CORREA17,99138.8%
CHRIS PHAN7,59216.4%
* Indicates Incumbent Candidate, if any 

The Election Breakdown for OC Supervisor D1 Race

The race will not be decided until later this week or beyond depending if there is a recount request or not.   However, the preliminary numbers give an insight into why Lou Correa is behind Andrew Do for now.

LSI will try to dissect the voting demographics as being reported  -

Vietnamese-American - 46%
Hispanic - 17%
Republican - 41%
Democrat - 37%
Independent - 22%

The interesting number is that even though Viet-American registered voters only constitute about 25% of the total registered voters, in this special election, they made up close to half of the total vote casted.

Andrew Do would have trounced Lou Correa if the Viet-American votes were not split between the three Viet-American candidates.   

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Andrew Do Ahead By 2 Votes (For Now)

What an amazing result for the OC supervisorial race to replace State Senator Janet Nguyen.  The special election was expected to be a close one but who could have imagined this razor thin margin of victory.

County Supervisor First District, Short Term
Completed Precincts: 101 of 101
Vote Count Percentage
ANDREW DO 16,202 39.0%
LOU CORREA 16,200 39.0%
CHRIS PHAN 6,765 16.3%
* Indicates Incumbent Candidate, if any

The former Garden Grove City Councilmember and deputy DA Andrew Do (R) was trailing former State Senator Lou Correa (D) all night long, at one point by 320 votes. But in the end, the voters pulled through for him.

He would have won this election outright if it was not for the other two Vietnamese-American candidates divided the Vietnamese-American votes.  The Democratic Party with their bogus candidate Chuyen Nguyen almost executed their plan of divide and conquer perfectly.

State Senator Janet Nguyen was at Andrew's election night party and this election night really brought back memory and a sense of deja vu.  She won her first supervisorial election by 3 votes.

Recount lawyers will be flying in all over from both parties by tomorrow morning.  Andrew Do is already calling for reinforcement and preparing his supporters ready for the recount.  The night actually will be longer for both candidates.  And this election might not be over until a judge says so.

Update: There are 6,105 ballots left to count.  These are provisional ballots and vote-by-mail returned at the polls.  So the numbers will change.  Historically, the last minute ballots have been in favor of Vietnamese-American candidates.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Tet Flower Festival - Feb 7-8

There are 3 Tet festivals in San Jose this year to celebrate the Lunar  New Year.   They are spread out in three different weekends in Feb.  The first one is the Tet Flower Festival on Feb. 7 - 8 at Yerba Buena High School.  The other Tet Festival is the weekend after at the Santa Clara County Fairground.  And the last one is on Feb. 28 at Kelly Park.


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