Gloria Ma’ae is a long-time resident of Anaheim’s flatlands who is active in the civic affairs of the city. When the City Council appointed the Anahem Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) on Elections and Public Participation in 2012 following the ACLU-Jose F. Moreno lawsuit seeking the imposition of by-district council elections without a vote of the people, Gloria applied and was appointed.

The CAC’s charge was to study the city’s election system and make recommendations to the council for improving public participation and on what, if any, changes should be made to how the council is elected. [it's worth noting here that Mayor Tait's two appointees were both partisan Democrats.] By her own account, Gloria began the process with a truly open mind on the question of at-large versus district elections. After nearly 9 months of hearing from elections and other experts and (the relatively) few residents who spoke – and witnessing the active campaign by OCCORD and UNITE-HERE to manipulate the process —  Gloria concluded that by-district elections would be divisive and ill-serve good government in Anaheim.

Gloria is one of six community leaders who signed the ballot argument against Measure L. She isn’t a big donor or power player – just a resident who cares about her city and who clearly sees the destructive path down which OCCORD, UNITE-HERE, Tom Tait and an assortment of Bay Area leftists want to take Anaheim.

In this video she is speaking at the October 7 city council meeting, urging a “No” vote on Measure L:

Anaheim Insider here.

The Tait Family Trust and Home Savings of America heir Howard Ahmanson have spent this month stretching the truth in their campaign mail attacks (done through the California Homeowners Association IE committee) against Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray and Councilwoman Gail Eastman. The IE campaign is part of Mayor Tom Tait’s attempt to defeat his two GOP colleagues and replace them with James Vanderbilt and leftist Jose F. Moreno (since Doug Pettibone dropped out).

This very dishonest hit piece (even by the standards of this campaign), paid for by the Tait Family Trust, arrived in the mail yesterday: 

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Meza killers allegedly

From the Orange County Register:

Two admitted gang members accused of gunning down a 9-year-old Anaheim girl were charged Tuesday with murder, street terrorism and illegal possession of firearms.

Ricardo Cruz, 19, of Buena Park and Alfredo Miguel Aquino, 20, of Anaheim, both were on probation at the time of the slaying.

Probation officers for the two men documented a series of run-ins with authorities and had recommended in September that the pair return to custody, court records show.

Cruz and Aquino are charged with killing Ximena Meza, who was fatally wounded Oct. 22 as she played with her sisters outside the family’s Anaheim apartment.

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When he decided to run for Anaheim City Council at the beginning of the year, James Vanderbilt told both Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray and Councilwoman Gail Eastman that he was mainly running to build up name ID, that he thought they’d done a good job and he wasn’t going to attack them.

So much for promises.

Yesterday, this mailer from Vanderbilt landed in voter mail boxes and in truth, Vanderbilt broke that promise “no attacks” pledge early in his campaign):


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In the mailer, Vanderbilt tries to contrast himself with Kris Murray on Measure N by claiming she “Placed Measure N on the November 4 ballot to transfer  utility fee surplus to the general fund by describing it as a “language update.”

There’s no other way to say it: Vanderbilt is lying. I very clearly remember watching that vote: both Kris Murray and Tom Tait voted against placing Measure N on the ballot. I even checked the minutes of the July 22 meeting where the vote took place, just the be certain I wasn’t mistaken.

As Anaheim Insider pointed out yesterday, the Tait campaign posted on Facebook that Anaheim voters need to replace Kris Murray and Gail Eastman with “a new, honest council.” That’s typical of the kind of rhetoric wafting out from Team Tait. How does the mayor square that with this falsehood being promoted by Vanderbilt? Either Vanderbilt didn’t bother verifying his claim (something easily done) or he knew it wasn’t true and made the false claim anyway.

Ron Bengochea is a life-long resident of Anaheim and a committed (although I believe now retired) union member and activist. I add the latter for those tempted to dismiss him as “Tea Partier.”  He was one of the few Anaheim residents to faithfully attend meetings of the Anaheim Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections, at which he always took the opportunity to address the committee on the why by-district elections offer only the mirage of more responsive government, In his experience dealing with city councils elected on a by-district basis, he found them to be the opposite: squabbling, parochial and unresponsive, 

Here he is speaking at the Septmeber 23 meeting of the Anaheim City Council, offering wise counsel stemming from experience and common sense on why by-district elections will be bad for Anaheim and urging a “no” vote on Measure L:

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Anaheim Insider here.

Has anyone else noticed how the Tait campaign and Tait supporters in general react to any criticism of their man they way Scientologists do toward critics of L. Ron Hubbard? They come unglued at the suggestion the Mayor is wrong on something, being unkind to his colleagues or distorting facts.

At the same time, they either enthusiastically echo any attack by the Tait campaign (and let’s be honest, the Tait Family Trust IEs are part of the larger Tait re-election campaign), or are silent about them. 

I noticed an example of this this morning after reading the post about the Tait campaign crying foul over its media ally Brian Calle being accurately if unhelpfully quoted calling the Mayor an “advocate for the people who were rioting and their issues.” Tait opponents are ‘despicable” for accurately quoting what Calle really said.

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The Tom Tait for Mayor Facebook page posted this yesterday:

TT FB on Calle 10-27-14

 

It’s a link to Brian Calle, the editorial page director of the OC Register, on Fox News 11 taking issue with an independent expenditure against Mayor Tom Tait that landed in mail boxes last week:

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The latest example of the topsy-turvy nature of Anaheim politics is a Tait Family Trust-funded attack falsely claiming Councilwoman Gail Eastman is not a good Republican and too close to public employees unions, while simultaneously urging support for Measure L – an  initiative to pave the way for a Democratic take-over of the Anaheim City Council that is sponsored by militant unions, rich left-wing dilettantes from San Francisco…and Tom Tait.

But first, a quick political trivia quiz. What is the difference between these two logos?

both gop logos 

The one with three stars is a trademarked logo of the Republican National Committee. The logo with two stars is not, and can be used by anyone. The “Continuing the Republican Revolution” political slate mailer, for example, incorporates the two-star elephant into its logo. Whether it has three or two stars — or one or four, for that matter, the average voter sees a red-white-and-blue elephant and thinks “Republican.”

In mid-October the Eastman campaign sent out this mailer:

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ximena meza

9-year old Ximena Meza, murdered in a gang shoot-out crossfire on Thursday evening.

 

Welcome news. The Anaheim Police Department issued this press release today:

Anaheim Police Arrest Two Suspects in Murder of Ximena Meza – Press Conference Scheduled to Discuss the Investigation Incident Overview

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014 around 7:15 P.M. Anaheim Police Officers were called to the 2300 block of W. Greenacre Ave. to investigate the shooting of 9 year-old Anaheim resident Ximena Meza. Meza had been to the front of her apartment complex playing with her sisters when gunshots rang out. Meza was struck once in her chest by an assailant’s bullet. She was rushed to a local hospital and succumbed to her injuries around 8:00 P.M.

Investigation
In the short time since the shooting, Anaheim Police Department Homicide Detectives have been tirelessly working to find the person(s) responsible for the murder of Meza. The investigation included a community meeting at Brookhurst Park, the interview of numerous witnesses, and the processing / collection of evidence. Preliminarily the investigation suggests two or more suspects drove down Greenacre Ave. from Crescent Ave. in a white vehicle. Near where Meza and her sisters played, a male suspect exited the white car and opened fire with a handgun. His intended targets were a group of men who were congregated just west of where Meza played. Meza and her sisters were caught in the line of fire. The group of men fled the scene on foot while the white car, containing the suspect, sped away. It is believed the shooting was gang motivated. To date, no additional victims have been located.

On October 24, 2014 shortly after 11:00 P.M. two suspects were arrested at the Anaheim Police Department for the shooting death of Ximena Meza. Ricardo Cruz, 19, of Buena Park and Alfredo Miguel Aquino, 20, of Anaheim were arrested and booked for Murder.  They are currently being held, on 1 million dollars bail, at the Anaheim Police Department Temporary Detention Facility. At the time of this writing, booking photographs of the suspects are not available. However, they will be available at the press conference.

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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:

OC Tax hit on Vanderbilt no educator 10-21-14_Page_1

 

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:

OC Tax hit on Moreno 10-18-14_Page_1

 

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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anaheim halloween parade graphic

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. 

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