UPDATED: Crazy – Steve Rocco Steals A March On Deb Pauly To File Ballot Argument Against OUSD School Bond

File this under “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up.”

Since losing her bid for the 68th Assembly District, former Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly has been fashioning herself as a sort of Taxpayer Advocate At Large. Pauly had been a leading opponent of the last Orange Unified School District facilities bond, Measure K, which failed by a razor-thin margin in 2014.

She planned to file the ballot argument against the newest OUSD bond, Measure S – only to discover that an  unlikely character had beaten her to the punch: the weird and eccentric, ketchup-stealing former OUSD Trustee Steve Rocco -who had also submitted an argument as head of the “Committee Against the Orange Unified School District Bond.”.

Election law stipulates a first-come, first-serve order to ballot arguments regarding initiatives: the first qualified person to submit an argument wins (within a defined hierarchy of preference per the status of the signers).

According to state election law, if more than one argument against a school bond is submitted, the official conducting “shall give preference and priority, in the order named, to the arguments of the following”:

(a) The governing board of the district or a member or members of the board.

(b) The individual voter, or bona fide associations of citizens, or combination of voters and associations, who are the bona fide sponsors or proponents of the measure.

(c) Bona fide associations of citizens.

(d) Individual voters who are eligible to vote on the measure.

Pauly’s argument was filed Friday, August 19 while Rocco’s was filed Monday, August 22.  Both actually are filing on behalf of “bona fide associations of citizens.”  Since the law doesn’t specify what happens when two arguments of equal standing are filed, it was OC Registrar of Voters Neal Kelley’s prerogative – so he held a coin toss, which Rocco won.

OC Daily hasn’t read the argument Pauly was going to make, but when OUSD voters get their sample ballots, the anti-Measure S argument they’ll read is 250 words of crazy, courtesy of Steve Rocco.

There’s no need to recap the nuttiness of Rocco’s ravings – the lunacy speaks for itself:

Argument Against Measure S

Yet, again?

It seems to be a yearly ritual that the OUSD puts a bond on the ballot?

The dysfunctional board is in agreement, with only one thing: they want your money!

I was replaced by a real estate agent. The rest are either ORANGE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE members or taken money from them.

The district had thousands to spend to gerrymander the district, so that I couldn’t run. They have over $50,000,000 in surplus.

On 7-21-2005, Kathy Moffat and Superintendent Tom Godley visited Jim Doti to destroy Rocco. One result was the Californian’s AWare suit. Joined by the “all” Chapman U team of John Moorlach’s (Mario Mainero, Kathy Moran, Fred Smoller) a lien was put on my home and my wages garnished. The OUSD ”made” $83,000. Their allies include the OC REGISTER. Dr. Villanueva/Pathologist has said that “there is an assembly line of murder and theft coming from the political/medical infrastructure.”

Do you really want your taxes raised?

Homeowners are not safe.

Mr. Rocco’s home was invaded by an Orange city detective, a neighbor of TONY RACKAUCKAS. Then, endlessly by his wife PEGGI BUFF/Public Administrator. Rackauckas was illegally appointed Public Administrator by the Supervisors. Todd Spitzer’s neighbor is Kim Nichols. Lynn Nichols headed the failed Rocco Recall.

The deaths of Mr. Rocco’s family have been called murder by Dr. Villanueva.

You don’t want OUSD to have this “play money” that they will dole out to political cronies. In the end, you will be cheated by their “paid” strategists to impliment this.

Remember, that you are being victimized.

Students are not being cheated! YOU ARE!

s/ Steve Rocco
Former OUSD Board Trustee
Committee Against the Orange Unified School District Bond

How does one even write the “rebuttal to the opposing argument”?

Proponents of Measure S must be doing cartwheels at this incredible stroke of luck. OUSD voters have never approved a school bond. Measure K barely failed – and that was with literally every community leader, elected official, PTA mom, etc. on board. An opposing ballot argument that is certifiably insane could be the break they need to finally pass a school bond.

Word on the street is Pauly intends to sue to have her ballot argument used instead, but it’s hard to see on what grounds: she and Rocco are both private citizens, so she has no greater standing than he does.


An earlier version of this article mistakenly described what California election law prescribes in terms of choosing which anti-school bond ballot arguments are selected for the sample ballot. The article has been corrected.


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