Anaheim Insider here.

In a condescending, inaccurate mailer funded by the Tait Family Trust, Mayor Tait accuses council women Gail Eastman and Kris Murray of giving a “sweetheart” deal to the city’s public employee unions. The mailer is covered with feminine touches such as hearts, lipstick marks and pink-colored lettering. The Tait family’s mail consultant must have been in a hurry because the tea doilies and aprons were left out.

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The Tait camp might want to consider that more than a few women voters are more likely to be offended by the mailer’s chauvinistic tone, which is quite out of place considering the reason Tait’s hand-picked candidate Doug Pettibone dropped out of the race (or rather, was thrown under the bus by the Mayor).

If Murray and Eastman were men, does anyone think the mailer would have looked like this?

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This came over the transom from the Anaheim Firefighters Association:

AFA press release Tait photo

The press release is referring to this mailer from the Tait campaign:

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Measure L amends the Anaheim City Charter to require the City Council to establish voter districts. A candidate seeking a seat on the city council must live within a given district, and only voters residing within that district may vote for that candidate.

L PICCurrently, members of the City Council may live anywhere in Anaheim, and voters may vote for any candidate. What is the need to change the current process: to establish voter districts and to limit an individual’s vote to one candidate?

The “impartial analysis” of Measure L by the Anaheim City Attorney is, indeed, impartial (Houston, 2014). He explains the differences between voting for council members “at large” from voting for a single candidate. Absolutely nothing in his analysis provides any need or basis for changing the current election process. The entire text of proposed amendments to Anaheim’s City Charter can be read online (City of Anaheim, 2014).

The argument supporting Measure L by Mayor Tait and Council Member Brandman (2014) consists of banality (e.g., Anaheim is a great place to live; Council members will become more effective) and nonsense (e.g., Anaheim will become less wonderful [if Measure L fails]). But again, nothing in their non-argument establishes any need to change the current process for electing city officials.

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The Anaheim Police Association PAC has paid for a TV ad featuring APA President Kerry Condon chastizing Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait on public safety, particularly his long fight to establish a police oversight commission of the kind being pushed by anti-police activists (for example, the ACLU and the Freedom Socialist Party).

Entitled “Split Second,” the ad apparently began running this morning:

Here’s the ad script:

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Lincoln_Club_OC_LogoThe Lincoln Club of Orange County has voted to oppose Measure L and urges Anaheim residents to vote “no” on the union/progressive political project.  According to the Lincoln Club voter guide:

Anaheim – Vote NO on Measure L. Measure L is a union ploy to turn Anaheim into the next Los Angeles with higher taxes and a unionized work force. Breaking the city into districts will not give residents more democratic power; it will reduce representation from 5 council members elected by all voters to 1 council member representing only his/her district.”

Well put. The Lincoln Club is a conservative, rather than partisan, organization of successful business leaders “who share a common belief in the virtue of a government which is limited.” As such, they recognize what Measure L, if adopted, portends for Anaheim: the ascendancy of politicians and political forces who, at their core, apprehend no intrinsic limits on governmental power.  In Anaheim’s case, this would manifest itself in the kinds of municipal policies characterizing cities such as Los Angeles and Oakland. 

The political Left recognizes this as well, which is why they have been pushing this project for the last two years. It’s a shame Mayor Tom Tait disregard blind to the political and policy consequences and is serving as chief Republican spokesman for what the Lincoln Club sees to be a “union ploy.”

romero-colorFormer state Senator Gloria Romero, founded of the California Center for Parent Empowerment, published an op-ed in Monday’s OC Register taking aim attempts by the Anaheim Elementary Education Association to muzzle members who are walking for Robert Baeza, the popular former principal of Benito Juarez Elementary and Palm Lane Elementary schools.  Baeza is running for the Anaheim Union High School District Board of Education.

Romero writes:

Larry Sand, a former classroom teacher and president of California Teachers Empowerment Network, summarized it succinctly: “Ah, the commissar has spoken from on high!”

The “commissar” is none other than the president of the Anaheim Elementary Education Association, Kristen Fisher, who dispatched an email to dues-paying union members on Oct. 6.

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Leftist Jose Moreno (L) and conservative Jose Moreno (R)

Leftist Jose Moreno (L) and conservative Jose Moreno (R)

Left-wing academic Jose F. Moreno 1 must be worried about conservative GOPer Jose Moreno 2 taking away votes. His physical and online campaign materials emphasis his middle initial “F” in order to differentiate the two candidates in voters mind.  

Now, there is a phone-banking operation calling voters, identifying itself as supporting Jose F. Moreno 1 and telling them that Jose Moreno 2 is only on the ballot to throw off voters. Phone-banks cost money. If significant resources are being diverted towards combating voter confusion rather than into voter persuasion, then threat posed by conservative Jose Moreno to left-wing Jose Moreno must be fairly serious.

8ball_YouMayRelyThere is an Anaheim City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 21. It is the last city council meeting before the election.  

Mayor Tom Tait has said repeatedly that public comments are “sacred” and we can say anything we like. He’s also said many times that more transparency is always a good thing in government and civic affairs.

During next week’s public comments, what if someone asks the mayor who he is voting for city council? We know he’s voting for James Vanderbilt, who is running on a platform of being Tait’s ally on the city council. But for whom is Tom Tait voting for the other council seat?

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medical marijuanaThe City of Anaheim, which operates its own public utility, is cutting off power and water to pot stores operating illegally in Anaheim.

From the Orange County Register:

ANAHEIM – The city is turning the lights off at medical-marijuana dispensaries that illegally opened across the city in a move to get them to leave.

The strategy has worked.

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CHA Hit paid by Tait Family TrustAnaheim Insider here.

If you could spend $49,750 on anything in your community, what would you spend it on? Just to make it a little easier, here are a few options of what that kind of money buys you in Anaheim:

A. Annual tuition for 199 low income kids to attend the Anaheim Boys and Girls Clubs after school programs.

B. One week of tuition for 239 toddlers to attend preschool at the Anaheim YMCA.

C. Underwrite 497 Anaheim kids living in violent families to attend Youth Violence Prevention Programs at the Orange County Family Justice Center.

D. Pay for 829 Anaheim at-risk youth to attend the 24-week Cops 4 Kids Junior Cadet Program.

E. Fund a malicious mail campaign against your (conservative Republican) council colleagues.

It appears Mayor Tom Tait, who has spent his entire first term of office espousing a platform of “kindness,” prefers option E. 

As this FPPC filing shows, the Tait Family Trust is funding $49,750 in campaign attack mail aimed at Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray and Councilwoman Gail Eastman, his two Republican colleagues. And the hits are just getting started with a hit piece dredging up their votes on GardenWalk from nearly two years ago.

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Last week, PowerPAC.org Voter Fund did an independent expenditure for Jose Moreno, the left-wing, uber race-conscious academic running for Anaheim City Council. The funding come from the United Food and Commercial Workers union, at the behest – according to Democratic sources – of Tefere Gebre, the left-firebrand who is the Number 2 man in the AFL-CIO hierarchy.

This is easily the worst mailer of the season so far in Anaheim. Let’s start with the front:

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Cheesy. Syrupy. Off-the-mark. Take your pick. Are there any Anaheim voters out there thinking to themselves, “Man, what this city really needs on the city council is a hero!“? Not safer streets and neighborhoods, civic improvements, keeping the Angels, economic growth.

As if that wasn’t enough of an indicator that this out-of-town committee and it’s consultant don’t understand Anaheim, there’s the mailer’s headline: “Anaheim City Needs a Hero…Not A Politician.”

Anaheim City? Really?

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How important to Mayor Tait is re-signing the Anaheim Angels for 20+ years? For members of the Anaheim City Council and the Angels, negotiations to achieve a new lease agreement have not been a surprise. Let’s review Tait’s substantive comments about the lease in his State of the City addresses since 2011.

January 2011: Zilch.

ttJanuary 2012: The Angels signed two new players–Albert Pujols and pitcher C. J. Wilson. I know I’m not the only one in the room who is excited for spring training.

February 2013: I’d like to join Angels Baseball in welcoming Josh Hamilton to Anaheim. . . . He joins a stellar line up, including the American League Rookie of the Year, Mike Trout, and Albert Pujols.

January 2014: Even though we didn’t make the playoffs, the team drew more than 3 million fans and provided plenty of excitement. One highlight . . . was Mike Trout hitting for the cycle.

No doubt about it: Mayor Tait’s highest priority has been effecting a new lease agreement between the city and the Angels—and the reason he pitches this topic during each annual State of the City speech.

—Hugh Glenn

moneyriveIt’s been a week or so since we’ve checked in on the outside special interest money rolling in for Measure L, which would replace the current at-large election system with by-district elections. If Measure L passes, Anaheim voters would go from having four representatives on the city council to only one.

On October 1, the Orange County Employees Association (OCEA) chipped in with $5,000 – not large by OCEA standards. The Anaheim Municipal Employees Association is an affiliate of the OCEA.

I noted already how another local left-wing non-profit, the Orange County Congregation Community Organization served as a vehicle for funneling $20,000 from The Tides Center, an ultra-left outfit in San Francisco that is tied to George Soros and the Occupy movement. 

Also, $20,000 from the Korean Resources Center of Los Angeles.

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Atlas PAC e-mailed out its November Voter Guide on Friday afternoon listing its endorsements up-and-down the ballot:

Atlas PAC

 

Apparently, Atlas PAC missed the news that Pettibone has dropped out.

On the campaign trail, left-wing academic Jose Moreno talks a lot about “protecting taxpayers.” As noted in an earlier, it’s an open question how much of taxpayers would be left to protect given the range of new and increased taxes Moreno would support if given the chance.

But for those still in denial of how radical Moreno’s politics are, here’s another example from an October 25, 2013 post on his Facebook page: 

russell brand rant a MUST SEE

Moreno call this interview with British actor Russell brand a “must see” followed by his “It is time Anaheim” slogan, which is how Moreno and others of Anaheim’s radical set indicate their approval for a policy or governmental action.

What does Brand say that Moreno considers to be “must see”? Brand rattles off a diagnosis of what he considers wrong with modern capitalist society – a diagnosis that mirrors Moreno’s public statements. When interviewer Jeremy Paxman asks Brand what his solution is (at about the 4:35 mark in the video), Brand gives this impassioned tirade:

“I think a socialist egalitarian system based on the massive re-distribution of wealth, heavy taxation of corporations, and massive responsibility for energy companies exploiting the environment. The very concept of profit should be hugely reduced. [British Prime Minister] David Cameron says profit isn’t a filthy word – I say profit is a filthy word because wherever there is profit there is deficit.”

“Socialist egalitarian system”?

“Massive re-distribution of wealth”?

“Heavy taxation of corporations”?

“Profit is a filthy word”?

Other than a radical left-winger (and the folks who populate the anti-cop marches in Anaheim each summer), who gets jazzed up by that kind of rhetoric and urges others to bring that kind of “revolution” to Anaheim?  Who other than a left-winger from academia doesn’t understand that such economics punishes initiative, retards liberty and only leads to scarcity and greater poverty?

And this is the ideology to which – unbelievably — Tom Tait is trying to give a seat on the Anaheim City Council dais. 

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This came over the transom yesterday from Councilwoman Lucille Kring, responding to Mayor Tom Tait’s October 2 op-ed in the OC Register:

It’s About Leadership

By Councilwoman Lucille Kring

City of Anaheim

Leadership – that is what you expect from a mayor of a major city. But Tom Tait, in his opinion column of Oct. 2, 2014, “We need to keep Angels, but deal shouldn’t ding taxpayers” shows that he is not capable of anything but rhetoric meant to shift blame and obscure the facts.

Read again Tait’s words from his own opinion column. You will see some odd things:

• He takes no responsibility for the Angels looking to relocate outside of Anaheim, he blames others;
• He never outlines a plan to keep the Angels in Anaheim, but instead implies that he is the only one on the City Council looking out for the taxpayers’ interests;
• He never suggests that he will build consensus with his colleagues, rather he suggests that the council majority should have done a deal with the Angels without him; and
• He uses this op-ed as a way to insulate himself from criticism that will come in the election.

These are not words from a leader, but words from a politician looking to avoid blame.

Here are some REAL facts:

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moreno open to taxesLast night’s candidate forum sponsored by the Anaheim Buzz and the Anaheim Hills Community Council was by and large a civil event, with a few flashpoints during the evening.

One of the most illuminating was at the beginning of the council candidates segment. The first question was on taxes and kicked off with a “speed round” in which the candidates were asked to give a yes or no response to whether they supported a range of new or increased taxes. 

Left-wing academic Jose Moreno, who seemed to have a bit of a chip on his shoulder throughout the forum, was the only candidate who did not provide a yes or no answer.  

The other candidates on the podium – Mayor Pro em Kris Murray, Councilwoman Gail Eastman, Team Tait member James Vanderbilt – each responded to every tax with a crisp “no.”

Not Moreno. Each time he was asked about a tax, he leaned forward and answered “I’m open to the idea” with a sly, slight smile on his face:

Do you favor a gate tax?

“I am open to the idea.”

A utility tax? 

“Open to the idea.”

An increase in the local sales tax?

“Open to the idea.”

A split-roll tax, i.e. removing Prop. 13 protections from commercial property?

“Open to the idea.”

In the context of Moreno’s record and philosophy, “open to the idea” sounded like code for “I’ll be easy to convince.”

Juxtaposed against Moreno’s openness to increasing taxes were his regular claims that he’d protect taxpayers? At what point? After taxpayers have been picked clean by all the taxes to which Moreno is so open? 

Moreno goes on about how he’s running to help the working poor. ow does it help the working poor to support new and increased taxes that raise their cost of living and take more money out of their pockets?  How does it help the working poor to increases the cost of buying goods, paying their utility bill, increasing their rent and the cost of taking their families to a sporting event or Disneyland?

The heat in the contest for Anaheim mayor, already pretty intense, was turned up several degrees when this cable TV ad began running today. The spot from Citizens for Anaheim’s Future features OC District Attorney Tony Rackauckas criticizing Mayor Tom Tait on public safety and gangs, and ends with the DA urging voters to elect a new mayor:

The 9th Annual Anaheim Mariachi Festival is this Saturday evening, October 11 at Pearson Park Amphitheatre. Tickets are $25 and up, and there is a great line-up of mariachi acts.

anaheim mariachi festival

 

I can listen to mariachis all day long. Great event to support and enjoy.

Hutchens Rackauckas

This came over the transom a little while ago from the Kris Murray campaign:

Public Safety Endorses Kris Murray for Anaheim City Council

(Anaheim) – Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray is endorsed by a broad coalition of public safety leaders and organizations in her re-election campaign for city council.

Orange County Public Safety Officials

OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens

“Kris Murray is a leader when it comes to public safety,” said Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens. “Her record as a member of the Anaheim City Council reflects just that. She has been a strong supporter of improving public safety, pushing for the hiring of additional sworn officers. She has also been a vocal advocate for after-school programs and extracurricular activities, giving children a safe place to play and learn.”

OC District Attorney Tony Rackauckas

“Kris Murray cares about public safety,” said Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. “I’m proud that the District Attorney’s office has been a partner in Anaheim’s GRIP (Gang Reduction and Intervention Program), a model for the county. She’s a fierce advocate for protecting neighborhoods and families, and I’m pleased to support her returning to the city council for another productive term.”

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