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PASS ELECTIONS: Nestande Disputes Orozco in Assembly District 42 Race

The incumbent assemblyman takes issue with a blog post from the challenger's campaign headlined 'Assemblyman Brian Nestande Shuns Voters!'

Incumbent State Assemblyman Brian Nestande, R-Palm Desert, responded Wednesday to a Banning-Beaumont Patch blog post from his opponent's campaign during a visit to Banning.

Nestande took issue with the Sept. 28 post headlined "Assemblyman Brian Nestande Shuns Voters!" composed and published by the campaign for Mark Orozco, D-Beaumont.

"When he told me of the forum, it was . . . a few days prior to, well I already had my schedule booked for that week," Nestande said. "He had known of it for a couple weeks. If I had that kind of lead time I certainly could have made it.

"So my staff called the sponsor of the forum, a particular class at Mt. San Jacinto College and asked them for the details, because that was the first I'd heard of it," Nestande said. "They said they had sent over an email, and we had never received it. It was once again unbeknownst to us that there was an event until a few days beforehand."

Nestande and Orozco did get to appear together before the editorial board of the Desert Sun recently, and they will appear before the editorial board of the Press-Enterprise tomorrow in Riverside, Nestande said.

"I'm happy we debated out in the desert, and we're debating tomorrow at the Press-Enterprise," Nestande said. "The editorial board is having us come in to see who they're going to endorse."

Nestande said he's in his second term as an assemblyman, he's had more than 20 town meetings with constituents during his time in office, and it's misleading to characterize a scheduling conflict as anyone shunning voters.

"It is misleading and it does a disservice to people in the area," Nestande said. "Since I've been in office I've been very accessible. In four years I've had over 20 town hall meetings in my district. I've tried to be as accessible as I can. It cheapens the process when someone uses the term 'shunning voters' when I didn't have advance notice of the debate."

To read the Orozco campaign's blog post click here.

Nestande has represented the 64th Assembly District and he is running for re-election in the redrawn 42nd District.

The new District 42 includes the communities of Banning, Beaumont, Cherry Valley, Calimesa, Cabazon, Whitewater, San Jacinto, Hemet, Palm Springs and Palm Desert in Riverside County, and Yucaipa, Oak Glen, Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley and Twentynine Palms in San Bernardino County.

A pdf map of District 42 is attached to this report.

For more info about Nestande's campaign visit www.briannestande.com.

For more info about Orozco's campaign visit www.markorozco.com.

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Mr C October 11, 2012 at 12:40 AM
It seems Orozco's minions are places his signs all around the area in illegal places. Attaching to others campaign posters etc. Class act.
Mary Lasorsa October 11, 2012 at 01:50 AM
Those who know Brian Nestande know that he does not "shun his voters". He is at all major, and many small events in our valley. He truly cares about the people and what happens here. He represents us well. His office staff has always been swift to respond to requests for his attendance to valley events.
Joel JAY Ortiz October 11, 2012 at 02:29 AM
One Line for me on this one what am I saying ?The words I used on the last Posts were "I am Republican because ".....TAKEN from my California Congress of Republican membership Directory 2012 .I Believe that good government is based on the individual and that each persons"s ability ,dignity,freedom and responsibility must be honored and recognized. I am a U.S A. Veteran (Navy)Oh! ad by the way I hope that California will have good Government .
Tristan October 11, 2012 at 04:59 AM
When I did get an opportunity at a forum to ask him questions, which by the way was in Palm Desert (by the way most of his forums happen to be in Palm Desert). I confronted him with a similar question about education cuts, he was the typical politician and avoided giving real answers whenever possible. I was disappointed...I am an unhappy Republican voter who has been 'shun' to many times by Brian Nestande, our so called representative from the 64th Assembly District. My advice...run! I thought I was done with him when I moved to Beaumont...he claims to be republican, but he is not! The party has dropped him like he was yesterdays lunch. He is worthless! :( http://palmdesert.patch.com/articles/protestors-rally-at-assemblyman-s-office
Tristan October 11, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Yes Mary perhaps he doesn't shun HIS voters! However, I know Brian Nestande and he does SHUN VOTERS and I can vouch for that! I used to live a few houses down from him in Palm Desert. The problem Mary is he doesn't just represent HIS voters, but the all the diverse constituents of the district no mater if they voted for him or not. As a veteran, I have had HUGE concerns and been unhappy with his representation. I got NO ANSWER! I have 4 children in public schools, on numerous occasions I have asked him several questions about K-12 education and spoken to him about the cuts he voted for. Guess what...NO ANSWER! What really concerns me...I find out his kids go to a private school "Sacred Hearts". What am I supposed to think, "no wonder"! To be continued...
Mariana Zuelsdorf October 11, 2012 at 05:48 AM
I'm a little confused by all this. What Brian Nestande did was to vote to alter the corporate tax law for out of state businesses (AB 1500). a move that is supported by California Business Roundtable. According to AB 1500 supporters, it would encourage out of state businesses to relocate in California and create a lot of money for the State. I don't see this as a bad thing. California is in trouble and needs revenue. The Palm Desert Patch article was a little misleading since the protestors were activists concerned with cuts in Social Service. I don't like Gov Brown but if his tax increase doesn't pass, there will be more than cuts to Social Services. Service to one's country should always be honored but respect must be earned and is not automatic.
James McDonald October 11, 2012 at 07:03 AM
Hey Brian Nestande! If you took issue with a blog post from the challenger's campaign headlined 'Assemblyman Brian Nestande Shuns Voters! Then check out this one!! Nestande Proposes Tax on Working Families to Close State Budget Gap http://palmdesert.patch.com/blog_posts/nestande-proposes-tax-on-working-families-to-close-state-budget-gap#photo-11558883
Tristan October 11, 2012 at 07:04 AM
I am having a hard time believing Brian Nestande...look what I found! http://www.mydesert.com/article/20121001/NEWS0301/310010007/
Damchi October 11, 2012 at 12:59 PM
I do not know Brian Nestande, but I will vote for him to keep the State dems from gaining the 2/3 majority, which will allow them to raise our taxes at will.
Russ Russell October 11, 2012 at 01:34 PM
When they finally have a forum I hope Orozco is asked why he tried to get the Beaumont School Board to boycott Arizona's 1070. As a Board member I think it was inappropriate for him to do so. Also, ask him how he feels about Illegals in general and if they should be allowed Drivers Licenses
Reuben E. Dominguez Sr. October 11, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Brian Nestande is nothing but a shelfish politician who shuns voters because it seems he can care less about regular citizens. Why should he care if he cuts education? His kids go to private schools! His kids don't lose, ours do!! We need Mark Orozco in office to fight for our childrens education!! Plain and simple. Every time I've asked Mr. Orozco a question he has given me a thorough answer, He cares about our kids, about education, and most importantly, he cares about us. Vote for Mark Orozco HE is the right choice!
Tristan October 11, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Damchi, Educate yourself Damchi...Brian Nestande proposed to raise taxes and also voted that way! http://palmdesert.patch.com/blog_posts/nestande-proposes-tax-on-working-families-to-close-state-budget-gap#photo-11558883 That is why he was kicked out of the Republican Party!!! He is irrelevant in Sacramento and with the party! That makes us irrelevant! You are voting to make yourself irrelevant!
Victor S Dominguez October 11, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Mr. Russell move off that subject. I can tell you what Mark would say. 1: As a elected official he represents a huge Hispanic population of our community, I support a suggested boycott of Az to send a clear message that this Hispanic community will not tolerate racism by law enforcement in this state or any other state! He would also condemned illegals to a Driver License end of story! Now if you have a problem with Hispanics you should move to another state, oh wait you allready did! You racists bastard!
Damchi October 11, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Tristan, you are correct. He sided with the dems to raise taxes on out of state corporations and resigned from the state Republican caucus (I personally believe he was rightfully forced out). Unfortunately, I still will vote for him because he is now the lesser of 2 evils and I don't want to give the dems the 2/3 majority credit card to raise our taxes.
Roger Berg October 11, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Mr Dominguez you should be ashamed of yourself using profane language to respond to Mr. Russell's comment. At no time did he make a racial statement, he merely asked a question. Your response merely shows your immaturity and lack of respect for people in general. Fortunately the good people of Beaumont seen your true behavior and decided not to elect you to the City Council since you place 2nd to last in the 2010 election after spending a considerable amount of money.
ATC October 11, 2012 at 07:59 PM
As an elected official, Mr. Orozco should be representing US citizens rather than those of Mexico, and there is nothing about enforcing Federal law and securing our borders that is racist. Nice try, though.
T.C. October 11, 2012 at 08:42 PM
I have seen his signs stapled to power poles and taped to stop signs, both against the law. But I suppose when you publicly support helping illegal aliens break the law, it's no big deal to break a few laws yourself.
TC October 11, 2012 at 08:42 PM
I have seen his signs stapled to power poles and taped to stop signs, both against the law. But I suppose when you publicly support helping illegal aliens break the law, it's no big deal to break a few laws yourself.
Janet Smith October 11, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Orozco wants a temporary increase in taxes. Sorry but there is no such thing as a temporary tax. Typical Dem wants a tax increase we have a spending problem not a rev. Problem
Reuben E. Dominguez Sr. October 12, 2012 at 02:52 AM
The budget gap and deep spending cuts? When asked for his position,Brian Nestande tried to play both sides of the issue by simultaneously saying that budget cuts were unnecessary while firmly denying the need for any new tax. When pushed by reporters about how he would solve the budget crisis without either cutting spending or raising taxes, Brian equivocated saying his objective was to replace the State’s entire tax system with a regressive sales only tax plan (which would likely take more than a year to implement even if feasible). In response to grilling from Rebecca Walsh of the Desert Sun, BRIAN ADMITTED THAT HIS PROPOSAL WOULD HIT LOW INCOME RESIDENTS HARD WHILE LEAVING WEALTHY CITIZENS FREE OF ANY SUBSTANTIVE TAX!!!. His solution to this is, “issue refund checks to anyone making less than $25,000 a year to compensate for THE FACT THAT LOW INCOME VOTERS WOULD BE PAYING THE HIGHEST TAX RATE OF ANY GROUP!!!.” In short, BRIAN IS CALLING FOR A TAX ON WORKING FAMILIES rather than buckling down to make the difficult choices required for a balanced budget today. By touting his radical partisan agenda as a solution to California's problems, Brian Nestande demonstrates just how far out of touch he is from the realities of daily life in our communities. Vote for common sense rather than ideological fantasies and let's make this election about responsible citizenship instead of stubborn partisanship. Need I say more??? Mark Orozco is the clear choice for the job..
Russ Russell October 12, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Wow Victor, sorry I upset you so much. I have family members who are Hispanic and worked with Hispanics my whole career. I lived in Beaumont/C.V. for over 50 years and you ask anyone who knows me if I'm a racist. I was simple suggesting some questions to ask Mr. Orozco. Yes, I did move to Arizona (where gas is only $3.79 a gallon) when I retired, as many others do, because its cheaper to live here, and the area I live in is well know for hunting & fishing. But, I have strong connections with the Pass area (property & family). No matter how much I disagree with people I would never call them a "bastard" and I never said a ill word about Mr Orozco (I'm sure he is a nice guy). By you statement it would appear that those who disagree with President Obama's policies are also racist because he is Black.
Washy October 12, 2012 at 01:16 PM
Let us just save this space to report who DOESN'T pick up their signs and lets them litter our community!
Damchi October 13, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Unfortunately Orozco will have to obey John Perez' demands or Perez will sit on him until he obeys. Nestande will now be in the listening audience of John n Ken (KFI 640) and will have his head on a stick if he sides with John Perez and the dems on raising taxes again!
Bob Botts October 13, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Good for you for voting for Nestande. The State Dems have been in control for years and the State is broke and near bankruptcy, are running businesses and middle income people out of the State, and the Dems along with Governor Brown eliminated local Redevelopment Agencies, continue to take money from local Education and passed and signed a bill to mandate teaching kindergarteners about gays and transvestites! Common sense needs to take control in this State!!
L R October 18, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Mary, I'm with you. Brian is the man for the job!
Nancy Gall October 18, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Mr. Berg, I seem to remember an incident during the 2008 election, in which you called high school students "dikes" and "queers" before you shoved a young girl into the street. I think you do discriminate.
Mariana Zuelsdorf October 19, 2012 at 12:39 AM
This has gone from being petty to downright ugliness. Take a deep breath, people. This type of behavior doesn't help any candidate and tend to make voters run in the opposite direction.
Debbie C. October 19, 2012 at 12:55 AM
I completely agree with you, Mariana. I have just learned that stating my opinion, or indicating who I will vote for, takes a thick skin. I can't wait for the elections to be over, so saner heads will prevail.
Mariana Zuelsdorf October 19, 2012 at 01:15 AM
And now it's the School Board, Debbie! I hope that bus, under which you were thrown, didn't do a lot of damage :) I'm not sure that there are any saner heads, but I too want the elections to be over. No substance to most of it; just vitriol.
Debbie C. October 19, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Just a few tire marks, blends in with the wrinkles I'm starting to see. Thanks for caring.

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