A number of active long-time West Anaheim residents are upset at the political ambush executed led by young Connor Traut at the West Anaheim Neighborhood Council meeting two weeks ago. Billed by the Orange County Young Democrats as part of the campaign “to take back Anaheim from the Republican Party,” Traut and Leonard Lahtinen, a member of the North Orange County Community College Board of Trustees who ran unsuccessfully for Anaheim City Council in 1998, ran for the positions of chair and vice-chair, respectively. Traut prevailed by a single vote (cast by a friend’s girlfriend) over the sitting chair, Amanda Edinger, a long-time West Anaheim resident and young mother who dedicates a great deal of her personal time to neighborhood improvement issues.
Traut’s surprise maneuver has roiled the ranks for area activists. According to the notice sent out for the November 4 meeting of civic improvement group West Anaheim Neighborhood Development Council (WAND), it will be on the meeting agenda:
The next WAND meeting will be this Wednesday, November 4, at the West Anaheim Youth Center from 7 PM to 9 PM,
Police Chief Raul Quezada will be our speaker.
There will be a report from the West Anaheim Police concerning activity in West Anaheim.
We will also discuss the election of our new West Anaheim Neighborhood District Chairman and Vice Chairman last Wednesday at Brookhurst Center. The District, run by Community Services, is part of the city’s effort to keep the community informed of activities of the different city departments. Politics however entered the picture and has created some controversy over the election of Connor Traut, Chairman and Leonard Lahtinen, Vice Chairman.
See you Wednesday, November 4, at the Youth Center at 7 PM.