The Anaheim City Council voted 3-2 to scrap the previously selected council districts map and instead use Citizen voting Age Population census data that will be available next month to create a new map that has two Latino majority districts.
On last night’s agenda was the required second reading for the ordinance for a map of six council districts. In half of those districts, Latinos are a healthy majority of the population. In two of them (District 4 and 5) Latinos comprise a plurality of the voting age population. In District 3 (the Colony and Downtown), they form a majority.
Last month, the city council voted 3-2 to place Districts 1 and 2 (West Anaheim) and Districts 4 and 5 on the 2016 ballot. Districts 3 and 6 (Anaheim Hills) would be on the 2018 ballot, along with one of four districts on the 2016 ballot (via random selection).
The shift to by-district council elections in Anaheim is the multi-year political project a coalition of left-wing interest groups – plus a few Republican collaborators – to produce a Democratic majority on the city council. Anaheim is the largest city on California with a GOP council majority. This coalition had been demanding that all three Latino districts be on the 2016 ballot (with its higher Democratic voter turnout), but only one district in West Anaheim (which has not had a resident elected to the city council in nearly 20 years).
This coalition had a collective conniption when the council voted last month to go with a 2016 ballot of Districts 1, 2, 4 and 5, and flew into an even greater paroxysm of rage after last night’s vote to draw a new map with two, instead of just one, Latino majority districts.
Again, this coalition is concerned with one thing: gaining a council majority that will enact progressive policies of the sort supported by by UNITE-HERE, OCCORD, OCCCO, etc. For this coalition, the terms Latino voters and progressive voters are interchangeable. When they talk about Latinos electing the “candidates of their choice,” they’re talking about liberal/leftist Democrats who happen to be Latinos.
In 2013, Anaheim Arena Management, which operates the city-owned Honda Center, fired Aramark and brought food service operations in-house. Since Aramark employees are UNITE-HERE members, employees re-hired by the Honda Center would no longer pay dues to UNITE-HERE. The union wanted the city council to force AAM to hire UNITE-HERE members. The council declined.
UNITE-HERE wants a council majority that will back its demands in disputes with management. Hence its relentless campaign for racially-gerrymandered, by-district elections as the mechanism to (hopefully) produce that majority. The other left-wing constituencies involved share this goal. They want an Anaheim City Council that will create a mini-welfare state: dictate wages to Anaheim businesses, divert city revenues to fund free day care, shake down private enterprises for “community benefits” in exchange for the privilege of doing business in Anaheim, force the steady unionization of Resort District employees – the wish list of the Left is endless.
The baseless screams of “disenfranchisement” from members of this coalition and their fellow travelers obscure the real agenda, which is political control. They believe having all three Latino districts on a presidential ballot with higher Democratic turnout maximizes their chances of electing progressive candidates who will be sympathetic to their political priorities. If the most unrepresented part of the city, West Anaheim, gets screwed in the process, so be it. These lefties are happy to “disenfranchise” West Anaheim residents, even after spending the last couple of years claiming the fight for districts was the fight to channel more city resources into West Anaheim; that was just a long, Alinsky-ite con.
Kudos to the council majority – not only for calling this con, but for refusing to knuckle under to a left-wing cadre that seeks to dictate policy via mob tactics and litigation.