( Do you remember the Judge Wapner?)
Have you been following the race for Judge? In Simi Valley it seems Jeff Bennett is running with Rep. Gallegly as I see their two signs together. How are you going to make up your mind? Both candidates are Republicans and both have strong backgrounds.
Both of them have endorsements from a wide group of community members. Bennett has the support of previous Democratic congressional candidate Michael Case and Rep. Elton Gallegly. That was surprising to me as Bennett seems to be tied into the local Republican Party fairly well. Roberto Orellana earned the endorsement of The Star due in part because of his willingness to have his confidential referrals be open to the public.
Both candidates attended the recent debate in Simi Valley put on by CPAC.
One of Orellana's supporters, attorney Brian Vogel, sent me this email to post explaining why he supports his candidate. If you click on continue reading you can see Orellana's background.
The following few paragraphs are from Brian Vogel:
I am a lifelong liberal democrat who graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut , went to law school, became a public defender, and recently opened my own practice. My wife works at County Counsel with Roberto Orellana who is running against DA Jeff Bennett for Superior Court Judge here in Ventura . Many of us in the legal community encouraged Roberto to run because he is qualified, intelligent, fair-minded (even though he is a Republican) - and every other qualified lawyer was too chicken to run against the DA machine on short notice.
To give you a little background, Judge Bruce Clark retired a few days before the deadline to submit papers for the June election giving no advance notice to the legal community and prospective judicial candidates. The DA's handpicked candidate, Jeff Bennett, submitted papers immediately and held a press conference, probably expecting that noone would run against him on such short notice. Roberto had the courage to stand up and run on very short notice. Please help us support his candidacy and feel free to forward his qualifications to prospective voters and anyone who you think can help out financially. His list of endorsements and qualifications are available at www.Roberto4judge.com and donations can be made via Paypal. He still needs money for automatic phone calls and possibly radio air time.
We have enough white, DA Republicans with no civil experience on the bench already. His opponent was a cop who went to a local law school and then got hired by the DA where he has been ever since. Roberto has vast civil experience and impeccable academic qualifications. He graduated cum laude from Notre Dame Law School , wrote on the Law Review and clerked for a Ninth Circuit Judge. He will also be only the second Hispanic on the bench along with Judge Covarrubius now that Judge Gutierrez retired. A simple comparison of their credentials makes the better choice obvious, yet the political machine in this county makes the overwhelmingly more qualified Hispanic candidate an underdog in this election. If the voters are educated as to the credentials of the two candidates and vote wisely, Roberto should win handily. Thank you for your consideration.
ROBERTO R. ORELLANA
Admitted to California Bar, December 1986; Admitted to Practice before the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit and the United States District Court, Central District, California
J.D., Cum Laude, University of Notre Dame, Indiana (1986)
Judge Roger Kiley Fellow (Three Year Academic Scholarship)
American Jurisprudence Awards: Torts II, Evidence
Other Top Papers: Federal Courts, Commercial Transactions
Moot Court: First Speaker (in group); Best Brief Finalist Recipient,
William H. Rehnquist Award for Academic Excellence
Law Review: Notre Dame Law Review, 1984-86
Articles Editor (1985-86)
Book Review Editor (1985-86)
Staff Member (1984-85)
Case Comment, 60 NOTRE DAME LAW REVIEW 191, 202-215(1984)
B.A. (Liberal Arts), Thomas Aquinas College, CA (1978-1982), GPA: 3.90/4.00 (1st in Class 7 of 8 Semesters)
Major Legal Employment/Honors:
Assistant County Counsel, County of Ventura, CA (2005 - Present)
Clients/Practice Areas: Agriculture, Building & Safety, Civil Service
Commission, District Attorney, Farm Advisor, Harbor Department,
Litigation, Mobilehome Rent Review Board, Planning, Transportation
Assistant County Counsel, County of Ventura, CA (1990 - 2003)
Practice Areas: Appeals, Courts, Elections, Planning, Litigation
Special Deputy District Attorney: Code Enforcement (1990 - 1995)
Service Award Recipient, California County Counsels' Association
"In Recognition of Your Outstanding Service to the County
Counsels' Association of California: 1998 -1999"
Law Clerk, (1986 - 1987)
Honorable Cynthia Holcomb Hall, Judge, United States Court of Appeal
for the Ninth Circuit
ROBERTO R. ORELLANA
Other Legal Employment:
Associate, Sinsheimer, Schiebelhut & Baggett (San Luis Obispo, CA) (1989-1990) Associate, Latham & Watkins (Costa Mesa, CA) (1987-1989)
Summer Associate, Latham & Watkins (Los Angeles, CA) (1985)
Assistant, Prof. Edward Murphy, Notre Dame Law School (1984-1985)
Summer Associate, Marton, Meyer, Hendricks & Victor (Phoenix, AZ) (1984)
Study Program, Kairos Institute, El Escorial, Spain (Summer 1978) (Non Credit) Junior College, Pierce College, CA (1974-1976) (Electronic Engineering)
Junior College, Santa Monica College, CA (1974) (General Courses)
Billings & Collections Representative, GTE, Santa Monica, CA (1982-1983) Work Assistant, Thomas Aquinas College (Summer 1981)
Professional Musician, Tattoo Records (1977); Various Musical Groups (1968-76)
Corporate Secretary, Saint Augustine Academy, Ventura, CA (2000-present) Executive Director, Saint Augustine Academy (1999-2000)
Member, Board of Directors, Saint Augustine Academy (1996-present)
President, Thomas Aquinas College Alumni Association (1994-98) Vice-President, Thomas Aquinas College Alumni Association (1992-94)
Member, Sacred Heart Church, Saticoy (1992-2000)
Member, St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Santa Paula (2000-present)
Family, Politics, Music, Comedy, Running, Bicycling, and Computers
References: See my Home Page at Roberto4Judge.com