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Karina Onofre State Assembly Candidate writes Open Letter to her Voters

June 1, 2014

Karina Onofre State Assembly Candidate 74th District

Karina Onofre State Assembly Candidate 74th District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Assembly Candidate writes Open Letter to her Voters
State Assembly candidate Karina Onofre asks Orange County’s 74th Assembly voters for their vote

Irvine, California Sunday June 1, 2014

State Assembly candidate Karina Onofre has publically asked voters in the 74th District to vote for her. “This has been an exciting, unique, productive, and clean campaign” said Onofre. “Only seven months ago, I never guessed I’d meet thousands of voters in Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods and Newport Beach, and thousands more throughout Orange County. But the Clippers saga, which has now reached a new phase, exposed me to the heart, mind, and soul of Orange County residents.”

“I’m the same candidate when I began my campaign: socially traditional, fiscally conservative, a John F. Kennedy Democrat.” continued Onofre. “But what’s changed is how I perceive the relationship between electors and the elected. My opponents in this race have each waged typical campaigns, held fundraisers, planted lawn signs and gave ten-word answers to the State’s most pressing problems. But few new ideas were raised.”

“I believe what voters want in their new State Representative is leadership, someone who can demonstrate vision, show backbone, and who is linked in a real way to their day-to-day lives. Instead of being a candidate who just says he has the most experience, I’ve shown I have better ideas.”

“But now is time for you to choose. When asked why the U.S. should land a man on the Moon, JFK said, “We choose to go to the Moon…and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.”

Said Onofre, “Like JFK, as your next elected Assemblywoman, I’ll fight for issues, not because they are easy, but because they are hard. This 74th Assembly District, Orange County and California have the very best people, who simply want an opportunity to organize their energies, talents, and skills, and meet the challenges in their communities, up and down our golden State. I want you to elect me, not because it is easy, but because it is hard.”

“Together, we can deal with whatever issues we find, and achieve amazing things we haven’t even imagined today… I want to Thank all of you who have already casted a vote for me, and I want to Thank each and every one of you who is going to take a chance, and vote for me, Karina Onofre for California State Assembly 74th District. Thank you!”

Vote KARINA ONOFRE For State Assembly 74th District!

I Need Your Vote!

May 31, 2014

Hi, I’m Karina Onofre, candidate for State Assembly in the 74th District.

KARINA ONOFRE Candidate for California State Assembly 74th District

KARINA ONOFRE Candidate for California State Assembly 74th District

Serving Costa Mesa, Irvine, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach!

I am a very Proud and Patriotic American, I LOVE MY COUNTRY

I was Born and raised here in Orange County

I’m a local Small Business Owner with an H&R Block Franchise and Commercial Property Management company

I went to school in the east coast, have two bachelor degrees and several state licenses Real Estate, Insurance, and Taxes

And more importantly, I AM ONE OF YOU!

I’m not a career politician like my opponents

If you want same ole’ same ole’ Vote for them!

If you want NEW BLOOD, YOUTH, UNCORRUPTED IDEAS

A representative that’s for JOB CREATION, EDUCATION, & EMPOWERING THE BUSINESS OWNERS!

Vote for me! Karina Onofre!!!

I’m a Traditional, Christian, Conservative

I’m the first on the ballot for State Assembly 74th District

And I NEED YOUR VOTE!!! Please vote for me

Karina Onofre and let’s K.O. Knock Out Politics as Usual

A vote for me, is like a Vote for YOU! because I will serve to Represent YOU!

Vote Karina Onofre

Thank you!

God Bless You! And GOD BLESS THE United States of America.

This is Karina Onofre.

State Assembly Candidate writes open letter to Henry Samueli

May 30, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Assembly Candidate writes open letter to Henry SamueliIn light of $2 Billion winning Clipper bid, State Assembly candidate Karina Onofre asks Orange County resident Henry Samueli to consider partnership with Steve Ballmer
Irvine, California Wednesday May 30, 2014

Karina Onofre Candidate for State Assembly Wants to Bring the Clippers to Orange County!

Karina Onofre Candidate for State Assembly Wants to Bring the Clippers to Orange County!

74th State Assembly candidate Karina Onofre announced she has written an open letter to OC resident and Ducks owner Henry Samueli. “Orange County is still the right location for the Clippers”, said Onofre. “Members of OC Clippers Task Force have been hard at work. We hope Mr. Samueli, an Orange County resident, respected local business leader and successful professional sports owner, can help with a proposal to bring the Clippers to Orange County”, continued Onofre.

Last week Onofre submitted names of a blue-ribbon committee she created, to move LA Clippers to Orange County.
Members of Orange County Clippers Task Force are: Donald Craig, attorney and President of Orange County NAACP; Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait; Joyce Hall, Orange County Food Bank community philanthropist; Lou Rossetti, Executive Director of Apartment Association of Orange County and former District Director for Congressman John Campbell; Jeff Shanton, Orange County business owner and Lakers fan; Katherine Daigle, community activist and candidate for Irvine Mayor; Jeff Belle, Senior Advisor, Public Policy; S. Deacon Alexander, President of L.A. Black Panther Association and former Green Party candidate for Governor; Max Trueblood, airline analyst and twenty-two year Clippers fan; Mirna Burciaga, community leader, activist and restaurant small business owner; Efrain Nuno, business owner and founding member of ADELSA (Asociacion de Empresarios Latinos de Santa Ana); Edgar Sebastian Vasquez, Telemundo reporter, founder of InterAmericana sports league and small business restaurant owner.

Text of Orange County Clippers Task Force letter to Henry Samueli:
Dear Mr. Samueli,
I want first to congratulate you on another great Anaheim Ducks season, with the best record in the NHL before bowing out in the 2nd round of the playoffs to the Kings; the Ducks are among professional hockey’s best.
I’m a member of Orange County Clippers Task Force, to move Los Angeles Clippers to Orange County. Our leader Karina Onofre is also a candidate for State Assembly 74th District in Orange County. I want to reach out to you, so together, we may join a broad cross-section of OC community leaders, elected officials, business owners and Clippers fans to present a boni-fide proposal, to bring the Clippers to Orange County, and to Anaheim, the most likely location.
I note yesterday’s news of a $2 billion winning offer for the Clippers by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. I hope your valuable franchise location and extensive sports management experience will help you to pursue a partnership position with a new Orange County Clippers organization.
I took great interest in your enterprise and initiative to bring Sacramento Kings to Anaheim in 2011. Your willingness to assist the Maloof organization with a loan demonstrates how much you would sacrifice to bring an NBA franchise to Anaheim. Had Sacramento’s civic officials not shown such great leadership, we’d most assuredly have watched the Anaheim Royals prepare for the 2014 NBA draft.
That said, I want to present a brief summary of the Clippers in Orange County, to flesh out pertinent details which pertain to the team’s future relocation to Anaheim.
When Honda Center was built and the Ducks were acquired by Disney as an NHL expansion team, there was lots of hope about the Clippers as a star attraction to this new venue. Regrettably, Donald Sterling had little interest to sell, but “The Anaheim Pond” officials still offered room to the Clippers as a tenant. Sterling refused their offer, as he wanted to mingle with Hollywood glitterati, but was willing to call the OC a “home away from home”, and agreed to play 6 games a year in Anaheim.
During ’95-’96 season. The Clippers sold out all games in Anaheim, while their crowds were sparse in LA. The NBA was so impressed with these turnouts, a possibility to relocate to Anaheim became lead topic for Board of Governors annual meeting. Pond officials set-up a champagne-on-ice meeting with Sterling to sign all necessary documents. Legend has it, before getting started, Sterling mentioned he needed to use the men’s room, and would be “right back”. He never returned from his restroom visit, and the Clippers continued to play in LA with abysmally low attendance.
In 1999, the Lakers and Kings each signed 25 year leases to play in Staples Center. Surprisingly, the NBA allowed the Clippers to join them when AEG was willing to sign only a 6 year deal. Disparity between “real” teams and Sterling’s forlorn franchise clearly showed where the Clippers stood in LA’s sports pecking order.
In 2004, with a year left on their lease, negotiations hit a snag; AEG Chairman Tim Leiweke said Staples Center might be better off with five concerts instead of hosting the Clippers for an entire season, due to a lease he considered too favorable to the Clippers. Southern California media buzzed with the inextinguishable hope the Clippers might finally move to Anaheim. As it turned out, the squabble was simply a negotiating ploy for the Clippers to sign a new Staples lease.
This brings us to the present. As OC Clippers Task Force enthusiasts, committed to bring the Clippers to Anaheim, we present the following hurdles which must be addressed:
THE LEASE The Clippers’ Staples Center lease has nine years remaining on it. Previous Clippers lease saw the team pay only $1.5 million annually in rent. Assuming similar current lease rates, a lease buyout at Staples Center isn’t out of the question. As a bottom-line business, if AEG is offered a buyout which makes financial sense, Staples Center may be better off with the Clippers as ex-tenants.
LAKERS TV CONTRACT During Kings-to-Anaheim relocation campaign, a high-ranking Lakers official mentioned their TV royalty payment contract with Time Warner Cable could be reduced by 10% if another LA team were to relocate to Orange County. This might have to be factored into a financial strategy, if a similar relocation-penalty applied to the Clippers.
That said, with Clippers as the 3rd rank LA team, it would make sense that TWC would reduce the 10% amount, as less viewers would obviously mean less lost advertising revenue. If the Clippers were to relocate to Anaheim, TWC and the area wouldn’t lose a team, but rather move from one local venue to another. A Laker-TWC penalty might not affect the Clippers in the event of an OC move.
As you’ve successfully negotiated network deals for the Ducks, what do you know about the Laker deal? Is it possible a Kings-to-Anaheim scenario applied only to the 2nd team in the region, and not to a Clipper relocation?
PRACTICE FACILITY Donald Sterling built a $50 million Playa Vista practice facility seven years ago. This facility has become a barrier to any hopes he himself would entertain the possibility to come to Anaheim. The practice facility plays a big factor in any negotiations to sell the team.
It’s rumored this practice facility won’t come with the team purchase. Rather, Sterling may lease it to anyone else willing, including the new Clippers organization, to pay whatever high rate he charges.
During Kings-Honda Center negotiations, City of Anaheim was reputed to offer a new practice facility, if the team relocated to Anaheim. It’s possible a similar deal could be structured to attract the Clippers. Certainly positive negotiations to include this deal point, in addition for City of Anaheim to upgrade Honda Center to NBA standards, might also bring a more reasonable Donald Sterling to the negotiating table, to offer market-rate lease rates for his practice facility.
WHAT DEAL MAKES THE MOST SENSE FOR YOU? It is important to build a relocation proposal which works for you, for City of Anaheim, and obviously for the current Clippers owners. What financial package, either in conjunction with a syndicate or by yourself, would you want to offer?
With your Ducks franchise, a controlling stake in Honda Center and possible ownership of the Clippers, is it possible that a new owner syndicate would be willing to share all three entities–the Ducks, Honda Center, and the Clippers? It’s been suggested on several occasions your affinity for the game of basketball exceeds your love for hockey, and that you even play basketball on a regular basis. Would a tradeoff, as you could own a portion of the Clippers in return for another new owner to own a piece of the Honda Center and/or a share in the Ducks, be a workable bidding plan for you?
SUMMARY As you know from your long-time residency, the Clippers will find a new home in Orange County where they can play–and win!–in an atmosphere of dignity and racial harmony. Anaheim’s new ARTIC hub across from Honda Center will offer increased LA-Anaheim rapid transit. Currently, the Angels have a $7 roundtrip “Angels Express” Metrolink deal for LA fans. A similar Orange County Clippers transit incentive could be easily fashioned.
I don’t see LA going to the mat to keep the Clippers in town. LA will always be a Laker town. The only reason why the Clippers still exist in LA is due to Donald Sterling’s intransigence to move; with a change in the offing, I hope you see huge opportunities to empower the Clippers to move to Orange County.
The NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball have a total of 90 teams. Lakers and Clippers are the only NBA teams which share facilities; including the NFL, only the Jets and Giants share, and even the Jets made the effort to secure their own facility but lost out when NYC lost an Olympic bid.
Rather than paint an OC Clippers move as LA’s loss, it should be promoted as a popular cross-town regional rivalry, which has always been great for all professional sports teams. NYC has the subway series (Mets vs. Yankees) plus the battle of the boroughs (Nets & Knicks). Chicago has the north side/south side (Cubs vs. Sox); Bay Area has the Bay Bridge series (Giants vs. A’s). And of course, the Southland has dual freeway series here (Angels vs. Dodgers, Kings vs. Ducks)!
Sports writers and fans alike talk about how often the Clippers games sell out now, but I must remind them of over two decades of low attendance. For the Clippers, Staples Center has never had a home court feel to it. Clipper fans still have to get off at Chick Hearne station if they take the train to the game. They have to cross Chick Hearne Court to the arena; when they do, they walk past statues of Kareem, Magic, Jerry West, and…you guessed it…Chick Hearne. I say we turn the tables in Anaheim. Right in front of Honda Center, in addition to a statue to Ducks all-star Teemu Selanne, let’s memorialize the long-time voice of the Clippers, Ralph Lawler, when he retires!
NOW is the time to act. As crucial as your active participation is to this transaction, one person can’t do it alone. As the voice of OC, Orange County Clippers Task Force stands ready to help in any way we can. While a LA resident, my heart belongs in Orange County, where I graduated from college, and have faithfully supported the Angels and the Ducks for the last two decades, along with the Clippers.
Funds must be committed, packages need to be delivered, meetings set up, deals negotiated and papers signed! Let’s get to work!
Thank you for taking the time to consider our proposal. Let’s hope at the end of the day, we can all come to a great solution for all involved, so the Clippers can rightfully call Orange County their new home. -Max Trueblood, member of Karina Onofre’s Orange County Clippers Task Force
Karina Onofre http://www.karinaonofre.com (714) 360-2011
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Karina Onofre a JFK Democrat

May 30, 2014

What Kind of Democrat Am I?

Karina Onofre a JFK Democrat

Karina Onofre a JFK Democrat


I’m candidate for California State Assembly 74th District. I run to represent all the residents of Irvine, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, Huntington Beach and Costa Mesa in Sacramento. A question I’ve heard is why I became a Democrat. People ask if I’m a “real” Democrat, or simply a woman who left the Republican Party. I want you to know–here and now–I’m a true Democrat, and represent Democrat Party ideas. If I were to pick the Democrat who best embodies my ideas, it is President John F. Kennedy. Last year marked 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination; many people stopped to remember much about his life, and asked who he really was.

Like the real JFK, I’m a fiscal conservative. As an elected State Assembly Member, I’ll work to restrain State spending. Unlike my big-government spending Democrat opponent, I plan to emphasize tax cuts for businesses, which can become California’s engines for job growth. I believe these tax cuts can pay for themselves by increasing government revenue, generated from new jobs, new companies, and new prosperity for California. Like the real JFK, I’m a Christian, and devout Catholic. My faith is very important to me and my family, who came to this country from Mexico. Asked if religion would compromise his responsibilities, Kennedy addressed this issue openly and directly, so no voters would have concerns about his faith. I too, will answer any questions from any voter about me or my background, and promise to tell the truth. Another question asked me is about my youth. I admit, of five Assembly District 74 candidates, I’m the youngest.

Like the real JFK, who was youngest President ever elected, I’ll bring my enthusiasm, energy, hard work and inspiration to this job. Sacramento needs my youthful enthusiasm! Sacramento needs my youthful energy! Sacramento needs my youthful hard work! Sacramento needs my youthful inspiration! And I promise to work for you! President Kennedy promised America he would “get the country moving again.” This is my promise: I’ll get Sacramento moving! Kennedy said America stood, “on the edge of a New Frontier of unknown opportunities and perils—a frontier of unfilled hopes and threats.”

Like Kennedy, I believe we must make the most of our unanswered future, so California can be the best State in the U.S. Like President Kennedy, I have Big Dreams. JFK wanted the United States to be first country to land a man on the moon. He did this not to spend money on wasteful government programs, but believed it was important to show everyone who was first. I want a California where we will again be first! First in job growth! First in education! First in equality and opportunity for all! So, when people ask if I’m a “real” Democrat, I tell them, “I’m a JFK Democrat!” And you should be one, too!

Vote Karina Onofre for California State Assembly 74th District!

74th State Assembly candidate Karina Onofre asks Shelly Sterling to consider Orange County offer for Clippers

May 28, 2014

Karina Onofre Candidate for State Assembly Wants to Bring the Clippers to Orange County!

Karina Onofre Candidate for State Assembly Wants to Bring the Clippers to Orange County!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEState Assembly Candidate writes open letter to Shelly Sterling

74th State Assembly candidate Karina Onofre asks Shelly Sterling to consider Orange County offer for Clippers
Irvine, California Wednesday May 28, 2014
State Assembly candidate Karina Onofre announced she has written an open letter to Los Angeles Clipper co-owner Shelly Sterling, and asked her to make Orange County a new home for the Clippers franchise. “For the Clippers, to be in Orange County would be like having your cake and eating it, too”, said Onofre.

Said Onofre, “I understand the unfair deadline pressures which have been placed upon you, but for the good of your family, for Southern California, for the NBA, and for millions of basketball fans across our great nation, I ask you to take the time to consider an Orange County proposal, which will soon be forthcoming”, continued Onofre. Last week Onofre submitted names of a blue-ribbon committee to move LA Clippers to Orange County.

Said Onofre, “I’m proud to field an All-Star Orange County team, who like me, see the unfortunate mess created in L.A. by Clippers owner Donald Sterling as a once-in-a-lifetime moment for the Clippers to finally move to Orange County.”

Onofre stated a member of her team met last week with Leigh Steinberg’s organization, and hoped the Newport Beach super-sports agent would lend a helping hand to the OC Clippers Task Force.

Members of Orange County Clippers Task Force are: Donald Craig, attorney and President of Orange County NAACP; Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait; Joyce Hall, Orange County Food Bank community philanthropist; Lou Rossetti, Executive Director of Apartment Association of Orange County and former District Director for Congressman John Campbell; Jeff Shanton, Orange County business owner and Lakers fan; Katherine Daigle, community activist and candidate for Irvine Mayor; Jeff Belle, Senior Advisor, Public Policy; S. Deacon Alexander, President of L.A. Black Panther Association and former Green Party candidate for Governor; Max Trueblood, airline analyst and twenty-two year Clippers fan; Mirna Burciaga, community leader, activist and restaurant small business owner; Efrain Nuno, business owner and founding member of ADELSA (Asociacion de Empresarios Latinos de Santa Ana); Edgar Sebastian Vasquez, Telemundo reporter, founder of InterAmericana sports league and small business restaurant owner.

Text of Karina Onofre’s letter to Shelly Sterling follows:

Dear Shelly Sterling,
I’m a lifelong Orange County resident. During my State Assembly campaign, I came across many Clippers fans, both in Los Angeles and Orange County, who urged me to speak out, and implore the Clippers organization to move to a new home in Orange County.
For the Clippers, to be in Orange County would be like having your cake and eating it, too. With the short high-speed rail between the Staples Center in L.A. and the Honda Center in Anaheim–the most likely spot for the Clippers in Orange County—this will link the two markets and your fans can continue to support and grow their love for the Clippers!
Blessed with over 3 million residents from every color, creed and religion, the O.C. has thousands of basketball fans, and can host the Clippers in an atmosphere of dignity, respect, and racial harmony. Orange County also has business leaders, including Henry Samueli and sports legend Leigh Steinberg, who I’m sure would like a serious conversation with you.
I understand the unfair deadline pressures which have been placed upon you, but for the good of your family, for Southern California, for the NBA, and for the millions of basketball fans across this nation, I ask you to take the time to consider an Orange County proposal, which will soon be forthcoming.
I hope to hear from you shortly.

Respectfully Submitted,
Karina Onofre Candidate for State Assembly 74th District
karina@karinaonofre.com 714-360-2011

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Memorial Day Address by Karina Onofre

May 25, 2014

Memorial Day Address
by Karina Onofre
Candidate for California State Assembly 74th Disrict
Serving the communities of Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Irvine,
Laguna Beach, Laguna Woods, and Newport Beach.

Thanking our heroes!

Memorial Day is a special time to give thanks; for our health, our families and friends; for our communities, our County and State; for our great nation, which protects and empowers all citizens.

I want to salute a special Orange County citizen, who has made this an extra-special Memorial Day: Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, who represents Buena Park, Cypress, Fullerton, Hawaiian Gardens, La Palma, Stanton and West Anaheim in Sacramento.
Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva has authored a special law, Assembly Bill 1453, to create an Orange County veterans’ cemetery. AB 1453 will enable California Department of Veterans Affairs, in cooperation with local Orange County government, to build a state-owned and run veterans’ cemetery. AB 1453 is co-authored by State Senator Lou Correa, Orange County Assembly members Tom Daly, Don Wagner and Allan Mansoor, who I hope to succeed in 74th Assembly District, when he leaves Sacramento after his current term ends.

An Orange County veterans’ cemetery would not only be a final resting place, but also a perpetual hallowed home for memorial activities to honor veterans, and for all the men and women who bravely serve their nation, in wartime and in peace.The nearest veterans’ cemetery is in Riverside County, but denies Orange County veterans the right to be buried in their home communities, and makes it troublesome for families and friends to visit their loved ones. These great Americans are a source of great community pride, deserve our great thanks, and need our great support.

Thank you so much....

Orange County Board of Supervisors and more than 15 local cities have endorsed AB 1453, including City of Irvine, which may offer a portion of the Great Park fora veterans’ cemetery. Thousands of veterans support this location, given its use as Marine Corps El Toro Air Station. Started in the 1940s to fight aggression in the Pacific theatre, El Toro continued as an active military installation until quite recently.
There is no place more fitting for an Orange County veterans’ cemetery than Irvine’s Great Park. That said, other suitable Orange County locations may be found to build a veterans’ cemetery.

Assemblywoman Quirk-Silva has demonstrated deep commitment and is apowerful advocate in Sacramento to bring this veterans’ cemetery to reality. I fullysupport Assemblywoman Quirk- Silva in all she does for an Orange County veterans’ cemetery, and as your next State Representative, will work hard to bringit to 74th Assembly District. This would be something truly Great about the Great Park, a great place for all to share in Orange County, and a great resource for all of Southern California.

As we celebrate Memorial Day with family and friends, let us pause to honor the many contributions of those who’ve come before us. Soldiers who gave their lives, immigrant mothers and fathers who fought to give their children a better life, teachers who sacrificed so each student could learn critical skills to advance in ourgreat country.

Let us take no short-cuts to success or easy profit these individuals have forgone. Let us not sacrifice this worthy project due an intangible idea like “feng shui.” Letus honor every man and woman who stands up to help others, before they help themselves. Let us honor their sacrifice, and remember them all with an Orange County veterans’ cemetery. Thank you.

Karina Onofre
Candidate for California State Assembly 74th District
May 26, 2014

Today, in 1961, JFK says U.S. Should be First to go to the Moon!

May 25, 2014

Irvine, California Friday May 25, 2014

Hello friends, Clippers fans, and supporters of Karina Onofre to be your next State Assembly 74th District Representative!!!

I want to share a very special moment in history with you: Today, May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced an amazing plan to be the first nation to land a man on the Moon, and safely return to Earth. He asked Congress for more than Half a Billion dollars, so the U.S. could take a lead role in outer space. He asked his citizens to support him, “Not because it is easy, but because it is hard”. JFK said it wasn’t just one man’s work to land on the Moon, but that it would take an entire nation to accomplish this goal.

JFK We Choose to go to the Moon

JFK We Choose to go to the Moon

Like JFK, I have Big Dreams. He wanted our country to be First to land a man on the Moon, not to spend money on wasteful government programs, but to show everyone Who was First. I want a California where We will be First! First in Job Growth! First in Education! First in Equality, Prosperity and Opportunity for all!!!

JFK is a man of Strong Faith

JFK is a man of Strong Faith

Another Big Dream of mine is to bring the Clippers to Orange County!!! Orange County has the necessary resources to accomplish this ambitious goal; what it lacks is the leadership and commitment, by each and every Orange County sports fan, to make this a reality!

My 74th Assembly opponent, Anila Ali, believes this Big Dream for the Clippers to come to Orange County is a “distraction”, and said, “Karina Onofre wanted to get into this opportunity instead of to talk about something relevant to our district.” Well, as a native of Orange County, I speak on behalf of thousands who share this dream and who want it to come true.

Yesterday I published a list of the Orange County Clippers Task Force members to come together to make this happen. But I need your support!!! If you think Karina Onofre is right to ask Orange County to bring the Clippers to Anaheim, let me know!!! If you think the Clippers will inspire Orange County youth, let me know!!! If you think the Clippers will bring new jobs to Orange County, let me know!!! If you think the Clippers will stimulate our local economy and enhance our quality of life, let me know. Please pass this to your friends and family, post it on your peers’ Facebook walls, email it, and share it with anyone you think cares a lot about Orange County!

Please Vote Karina Onofre for California State Assembly! Thank you!

JFK Says the US Should be First to go to the Moon!

JFK Says the US Should be First to go to the Moon!

Names of the Orange County Clippers Task Force

May 23, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

State Assembly Candidate names Orange County Clippers Task Force members

Karina Onofre Candidate for State Assembly Wants to Bring the Clippers to Orange County!

Karina Onofre Candidate for State Assembly Wants to Bring the Clippers to Orange County!

74th State Assembly candidate Karina Onofre presents Task Force to move Clippers to Orange County
Irvine, California Friday May 23, 2014 State Assembly candidate Karina Onofre announced names of the blue-ribbon committee to move LA Clippers to Orange County.

Said Karina Onofre, “I’m proud to field an All-Star Orange County team, who like me, see the terrible mess created in L.A. by Clippers owner Donald Sterling as a once-in-a-lifetime moment for the Clippers to finally move to Orange County.”
Continued Onofre, “We’ve met with his organization, and hope Orange County resident Leigh Steinberg will come on board! Due to the upcoming NBA Draft, at this point, he could not commit to lead the OC Clippers Task Force, but I’m sure will want to participate.”
Leigh Steinberg, 65, is an attorney who has represented hundreds of athletes. In 1994, Steinberg Co-Chaired the “Save the Rams” committee to keep the franchise from leaving Orange County, and has been agent for over 60 first-round and 8 Number 1 overall NFL draft picks, a record never again equaled in professional sports.
Super-agent Steinberg has directed more than $700 million to charities all over the world, and was recognized by four different Presidents for community service and contribution to sports. Steinberg was also inspiration for “Jerry Maguire”, a 1996 romantic comedy-sports drama starring Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding and Renée Zellweger.
Said Onofre, “OC Clippers Task Force has just started, but with today’s news that Donald Sterling wants to sell the Clippers, we don’t want to be late to the party!!! Individuals have placed their obligation as Orange County citizens first, before any personal interest!”
Members of Orange County Clippers Task Force are: Donald Craig, attorney and President of Orange County NAACP; Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait; Joyce Hall, Orange County Food Bank community activist; Lou Rossetti, Executive Director of Apartment Association of Orange County and former District Director for Congressman John Campbell; Jeff Shanton, Orange County business owner and Lakers fan; Katherine Daigle, community activist and candidate for Irvine Mayor; Jeff Belle, Senior Advisor, Public Policy; S. Deacon Alexander, President of L.A. Black Panther Association and former Green Party candidate for Governor; Max Trueblood, airline analyst and twenty-two year Clippers fan; Mirna Burciaga, community leader, activist and restaurant small business owner; Efrain Nuno, business owner and founding member of ADELSA (Asociacion de Empresarios Latinos de Santa Ana); Edgar Sebastian Vasquez, Telemundo reporter, founder of InterAmericana sports league and small business restaurant owner.
Onofre said, “We hope to include more members from Orange County’s business community.” When asked to address concerns Onofre’s involvement was a ploy to publicize her State Assembly bid, she replied, “Being a candidate helps magnify the fact that we in Orange County are on-fire-serious about bringing the Clippers to Orange County. I’ve invited my leading State Assembly opponent, Newport Beach Republican Keith Curry to join the Task Force! I hope he accepts.”
Also asked if she would step aside once Orange County Clippers Task Force is up and running, Onofre replied, “As my campaign gets closer to June 3rd Primary Election, this has really taken attention from me! But I will continue to balance my passion to be your State Assembly representative and my lifelong passion to have an NBA team in our hometown and bring the Clippers to Orange County! Contact me at karina@karinaonofre.com or 714-360-2011.”
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State Assembly Candidate Karina Onofre continues to Press Clippers to Come to Orange County!

May 13, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

State Assembly Candidate continues to press Clippers to come to Orange County

74th State Assembly candidate Karina Onofre readies Task Force to pitch NBA and Clippers to move to Orange County

Irvine, California Tuesday May 13, 2014 California State Assembly candidate Karina Onofre announced she will soon release names of her blue-ribbon committee to lure Clippers franchise from Los Angeles to Orange County.

Said Onofre, “I’ve received solid support, from Orange and L.A. Counties, business leaders and community activists, men and women, from Blacks, Whites, Latinos, Asians, and Arab Americans. This Task Force can convince the NBA and Clippers organization, the time has come to seriously entertain an offer for the Clippers to move to Orange County.”

Continued Onofre, “Anyone who has heard or read about the hurtful, racial remarks that now dominate discussion about the Clippers, major sports figures, and their L.A. fans must realize it’s time to act!”

Onofre addressed comments she said she received, that her drive to bring the Clippers to Orange County was only a ploy to promote her State Assembly bid. “It’s true my being a Democrat candidate for State Assembly in Irvine, Costa Mesa, Laguna Woods, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach and Huntington Beach has brought publicity to this compelling idea, to bring the Clippers to Orange County. If I were just Karina Onofre, small business owner, no one would have listened to me. But my State Assembly campaign is a unique opportunity to generate awareness and present a dynamic plan, in concert with many Orange County leaders.”

Asked if she would step aside, once a Clippers Task Force is up and running, Onofre replied, “I’ve wanted an Orange County NBA team ever since I was in high school. This is a big dream for me, for many basketball fans, for Orange County’s business community, and for thousands of Southern Californians. I continue to divert attention from my State Assembly campaign, to bring the Clippers to Orange County.”

Last week, Onofre outlined a plan to assemble a Clippers Task Force. Said Onofre, “I want a team of talented business and community leaders, public officials, fans and NBA representatives to prepare a boni-fide proposal to invite the Clippers to come to Orange County. I know what a great place we have; beautiful neighborhoods and beaches, strong business environment, wonderful schools and established Major League teams. In my city of Irvine, international cultures, ethnic groups and diverse religions live, work and play together, in perfect harmony. We must show the Clippers the power of second chances, the power of a new Orange County home, and the power to become another basketball powerhouse for all of Southern California!”

“I passionately believe Orange County can be the right new home for this team. We have so much to offer the Clippers, and they can become a great business resource for all of our communities.”

“I continue to ask your help, to bring together Orange County’s very best leaders, to form a proposal to invite the Clippers to join our Orange County family. Please join me to cheer on the Clippers tonight against Oklahoma City, 6:30PM!!! Contact me at Karina@karinaonofre.com or 714-360-2011.”

Karina Onofre Candidate for State Assembly Wants to Bring the Clippers to Orange County!

Karina Onofre Candidate for State Assembly Wants to Bring the Clippers to Orange County!

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Karina Onofre: My Voice is Heard, Just Because I’m A Candidate for State Assembly

May 12, 2014

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I just wanted to share a few answers to questions I’ve received recently regarding all of the attention that has been bestowed upon me after making my press release on behalf of the People of Orange County, to move the Los Angeles Clippers to Orange County…
Paraphrase of Question 1)
“Aren’t we losing enough businesses, in need of more jobs? The politicians aren’t saying/doing anything, so why focus on the Clippers?”
There are a lot of great politicians in the State Assembly and in the Senate that are advocating about the thousands of jobs lost because of companies that continue to close their doors and move out of state because of our high taxation and ridiculous regulations. In fact, as a candidate, my platform is to Increase Jobs and to Eliminate Corporate Taxes for the next 11 years (with the possibility of renewal) for new businesses opening up in California in order to stimulate and grow our economy! The corporate taxes lost will be compensated for by the sales revenue generated from the businesses, and from the economic stimulation of their employees paying back into the economy.
Question 2)
“Why focus on the Clippers, and why now?”

Why the Clippers, and why now? My answer is, Why not?! Los Angeles has two NBA teams, Orange County has none. We wanted them ten years ago, and we still want them now. Bringing them now would be a way to release the heat from the offense to the black community in Los Angeles, and what better relief than to move them out, also as a form of objection. Furthermore, bringing them would Create hundreds of new jobs in Orange County, Stimulate the local economy, and enhance our Quality of Life -as we will now have an NBA team in our very own county for families and friends to build memories on! Plus, the train between L.A. and Anaheim (if they are to move into the ready to go Honda Center) would be the link that connects the two markets!
Suggestion 3)
“It seems like a great political platform of opportunity if you ask me.”

A great political platform opportunity you asked? Think about this, if I was Karina Onofre, the small business owner, private citizen, do you think my voice would’ve been echoed throughout the state and the country? The answer is no, I would have been ignored… I am getting attention because I am Karina Onofre the Candidate for State Assembly in Orange County. It’s quite unfortunate that the media only pays attention to the voice of politicians and political candidates and not so much to the people. That said, I love the Clippers -I’ve always loved how the “underdogs” can come out victorious, and I’m speaking on behalf of millions of people who also want to have the Clippers to move to Orange County and make Orange County their new home. I am THE PEOPLE’S VOICE IN ORANGE COUNTY -and I’m not going to stay silent when I have the floor to express the wishes of The People and because I’m a candidate, I’m being heard. Vote for me, Karina Onofre, on June 3, 2014 and like I am doing now, I will Speak Up and Stand Up to Be the VOICE of all of those private citizens who are left unheard.

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