ximena mezaAs readers are no doubt aware, 9-year old Ximena Meza was senselessly, awfully murdered in a gang crossfire yesterday evening as she played with friends in front of her apartment in west Anaheim:

A white, stuffed cat and plush bunny animal sat Thursday morning in the spot near where Ximena was shot. A flickering religious candle honored her.

William Meza said his family moved into the Anaheim apartment three months ago.

“We had a very big loss,” he said.

Jennifer Smith, who has lived in the apartment next to the Meza’s for five years, said she heard three consecutive shots Wednesday night and immediately called 911.

Smith said she went outside and saw William Meza holding Ximena in his arms, begging for someone to help him. But she never saw the shooter.

“They’re cowards,” she said. “Cowards. If you’re going to kill a little girl, why don’t you stay until the cops show up?”

A online fund has been set up to accept donations to defray the costs to the Meza family of Ximena’s funeral. Click on this link to the “Ximena’s Funeral Fund” page on GoFundMe.com. lease give generously, and more importantly, keep her family and friends in your prayers.

Anaheim_Police_Department_badgeThe Anaheim Police Association aren’t the biggest fans of Mayor Tom Tait, and earlier this week the APA issued a letter calling on his campaign to “cease and desist” using, in their campaign materials, photographs of the mayor with APD Chief Raul Quezada and with uniformed Anaheim police officers. The APA also claimed that the use of these photos violates California Government Code Section 3206.

The story was a topic earlier today on the Bill Carroll Show on KFI-AM. Click here for a link to the segment to hear Carroll and KFI reporter Steve Gregory discuss the issue.

Later in the segment, Carroll has APA President Kerry Condon on the program to discuss the senseless, heartbreaking murder of innocent 9-year Ximena Meza in a gang crossfire.  The APA is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the Ximena’s murderer.

 

This mailer hitting Mayor Tom Tait on crime and public safety started landing in voter mailboxes yesterday:

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The surviving official member of Team Team is James Vanderbilt, Jose Moreno’s colleague on the Anaheim City School District Board of Education

Vanderbilt has also been on the receiving end of at least three hit pieces in the last week, all from the OCTax PAC. Two of them have focused on Vanderbilt’s use of “educator” in his ballot title, even though his primary occupation is an administrator with the California Department of Veterans Affairs. This mailer hit mailboxes at the end of last week:

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This one landed a day or two ago:

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For more the last week a series if independent expenditures have been hitting the two official and one unofficial member of Team Tait with a series of negative mailers. Most have been hit against James Vanderbilt and Jose Moreno from the OCTax PAC.

The mailers targeting Moreno have focused on his “openness” to a variety of new and increased taxes such as a “gate” tax, for which his support goes back at least two years. This was the first to land, hitting mail boxes last week:

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A second mailer landed over the weekend (which I don’t have at hand) and the third one landed today:

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One of the questions put to the candidates at the Anaheim Buzz/Anaheim Hills Community Council forum was a speed-round on taxes. They were asked for a yes-or-no response to whether they supported or opposed:

  • Imposing a “gate” tax on entry to Disneyland Resort, Angel Stadium, the Honda Center and other sports and entertainment venues”
  • A utility tax
  • Raising the sales tax for Anaheim
  • A “split-roll” property tax system, i.e. removing Prop. 13 protections from commercial property 

All candidates responded with a quick “non” to each tax…except Jose Moreno. As Anaheim Blog reported earlier this month, the left-wing Democrat responded to each question about imposing a new tax or hiking an existing one with “Open to the idea.”

Here’s the video:


Given Moreno’s clearly stated political philosophy, it’s reasonable to assume that translates as, “I’ll vote for that tax increase if it comes before me.”

Anaheim Buzz and the Anaheim Hills Community Council (AHCC) sponsored a mayoral and council candidates forum on October 9 at the Influence Center. The forum was recorded on video and the initial segments are being uploaded to the AHCC YouTube channel. Here are self-introductions by Mayor Tom Tait, Councilwoman Lucille Kring and former Councilwoman Lorri Galloway.

Mayor Tom Tait:

 

Councilwoman Lucille Kring:

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pollster graphicA friend of mine was called for a tracking poll less than an hour ago (about 5:30 p.m.):

1. Will you be voting in the November 4 election?

 

2. Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of Lorri Galloway?

Lucille Kring?

And Tom Tait?

 

3. For the election of mayor, which of the following would you pick:

Denis Fitzgerald

Lucille Kring

Tom Tait

or Lorri Galloway?

 

4. For Anaheim City Council, of the following what two will you pick?

Doug Pettibone, Jerry O’Keefe, James D. Vanderbilt

Donna Michelle Acevedo

Jose F. Moreno

Jose Moreno

Kris Murray

or Gail Eastman

 

5. For statistical purposes, which of the following describes your ethnic heritage? Will you say white/Caucasian, African-American, Hispanic, Asian, native American or something else? 

 

6. Can I have your age please?

powerpac friendsJudging by the campaign reports, the left-wing community in San Francisco feels very strongly about the importance of electing Jose F. Moreno to the Anaheim City Council, 600 miles away.

PowerPAC.org Voter Fund, a left-wing political committee based in San Francisco, has so far spent almost $54,000 in independent expenditures for Moreno’s council candidacy. 

A good chunk of that money comes from wealthy liberal heiress Susan Sandler of San Francisco, whose parents founded Golden West Savings. Sandler gave $65,000 to PowerPAC.org Voter Fund in May of this year. $45,000 of that was then donated to the Yes on Measure L (by-district council elections) campaign. Election wins for Moreno and Measure L are top priorities for Sandler, who has also made the maximum $1,900 individual contribution to Moreno’s campaign.

Another San Francisco left-winger lending a hand is Steve Phillips – progressive activist, attorney and husband of Susan Sandler.  On October 1, Phillips gave $60,000 to the PowerPAC.org Voter Fund, helping fuel the committee’s IE campaign to elect fellow leftist Jose Moreno to the Anaheim City Council (and most likely to help boost the Yes on L and M campaign). 

Sandler and Phillips are all about leveraging their wealth to “build progressive infrastructure” – sort of like mini versions of George Soros:

“[Sandler] has long been focused on strengthening progressive infrastructure. She is president of the donor collaborative Progressive Era Project that builds infrastructure in California to move forward a bold, social justice policy agenda. Sandler is also chairperson of the Board for the Campaign for Community Change and sits on the board of directors for the Center for American Progress.

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This came over the transom this morning from the Anaheim Police Association, in response to recent mailers from the Tat for Mayor campaign. The APA says the mailers use “photographs of Tom Tait with Anaheim Police Officers and Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada…without consent from these officers and violate California Government Code Section 3206” and criticizes the Tait campaign for “suggest[ing] that Mayor Tait has Anaheim Public Safety support” when the “Anaheim Police Association has strongly endorsed Lucille Kring against Mayor Tom Tait in the 2014 election.“:

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A great Anaheim tradition continues this Saturday, October 25: the Anaheim Halloween Parade.

The parade starts at 6:00 p.m. on W. Broadway near the intersection with S. Walnut Street, continues along Broadway and ends at Farmers Park on Anaheim Boulevard. Dedicated volunteers have invested a great deal of time, energy and civic pride in recent years into reviving the parade and returning it to its former glory. 

The parade is the culmination of the Anaheim Fall Festival, which runs from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m in downtown Anaheim:

Visit craft booths, play games, savor a variety of foods, shop for trinkets and treasures!

Enjoy time honored favorites such as the

Children’s Costume Contest ~ Doggy Costume Contest

Story Time ~ Pumpkin Patch ~ Pot Bellied Pigs

Participate in these three amazing neighborhood treasures!

Anaheim Halloween Parade ~ 

MOTEL 6 feet under 

Miss Anaheim Fall Festival ~

Visit the parade Facebook page for more information, updates and great photos of the imaginative floats in the process of becoming. 

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (1965) signed by President Lyndon Johnson was revised seven times, most recently by President George Bush when he approved No Child Left Behind (NCLB, 2002). The effect on student performance of NCLB was near zero, so the Obama administration created a new program, Race to the Top, excusing states from fulfilling the goals of NCLB if they agreed to adopt Common Core: assumed educational standards or instructional goals in English and mathematics for all students in all grades. Nevertheless, it is asserted that Common Core is not a national curriculum (Common Core State Standards, 2014a).

StairsTo date, 43 states, including California, have adopted Common Core for use in public schools. It is just as likely, however, that its effect will the same as previously adopted educational programs supported by the federal government to increase student achievement: zero effect.

Despite the spending of billions of dollars by the federal and state governments, reading and math scores of students aged 9, 13, and 17 years on measures such as the National Assessment of Education Progress (2013) have remained almost unchanged for more than 40 years. This figure shows reading scores (1971-2012)—although math scores during the same period are almost a mirror image:

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It’s October, so there are quite a few independent expenditures being conducted to influence the outcome of the mayoral and council races, as well as the balloting on Measure L (which would replace the current at-large council election system with by-district elections. A bad idea).

One IE campaign in particular bears particular attention, and that is the mail campaign being waged against Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray and Councilwoman Gail Eastman. The vehicle being used is a campaign committee called the California Homeowners Association (CHA), and the funding for the hits is coming from the Tait Family Trust (Tom Tait’s parents) and Fieldstead & Company (quirky Home Savings heir Howard Ahmanson).

On October 10, both entities deposited identical amounts into CHA: $49,750. That’s $99,500 altogether.

So far, CHA has spent $50,103 so far on three hit pieces against Murray and Eastman. They’re entirely predictable and closely hew to the line of attack Tom Tait has pursued for the last two years: the GardenWalk agreement (“$158 million giveaway“), on a 2012 MOU with city employees (which Anaheim Insider posted about yesterday) and falsely accusing them of eminent domain abuse regarding the Anaheim Rapid Connection streetcar.  [Note: even though the three mailers attack both councilwoman equally, only $16,024 of the $50K is attributed to hits on Murray, rather than split evenly.]

That leaves just under $50,000 in the CHA till for Anaheim purposes. Whether that will be used to continue hitting Murray and Eastman, promote Tait and/or Vanderbilt, or hit Lucille Kring remains to be seen.

What is beyond dispute is that Team Tait is pulling out the stops to take out the mayor’s council colleagues. There’s something surreal about the OC Republican Party’s Local Elected Official of the Year waging a very expensive war to take out his two Republican council colleagues – especially when one considers that if Tait is successful, the most likely result is the election of the most left-wing Democrat anywhere in Orange County local government.

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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.

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