As expected, the Anaheim City Council cast the third and final vote on Tuesday to ratify the Reyes Map of six council districts, set the election sequencing at Districts 1, 3, 4 and 5 on the 2016 ballot. Districts 2 and 6 will be on the 2018 ballot, along with one of the four districts up this year – that will be determined by drawing straws after the November election.
As reported earlier this week, there will no longer any Latino-majority districts – simply three Latino-plurality districts. That may or may not change in the future with fluctuations in the Latino population of central Anaheim. The leftist coalition that has been orchestrating the campaign for council districts since 2012 is fine with the situation. While ethnicity has been established as the central organizing principle of election rules in the brave new Anaheim, the political goal of this coalition remains electing progressive (as in left-wing) candidates to the city council.
As Ada Briceno – second-in-command of the militant UNITE-HERE union and interim head of the union’s off-shoot OCCORD – exhorted her cadres after the council vote:
“Our hard work has just begun brothers and sisters,” said Ada Briceño, interim executive director of Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD). “In November, we’re going to turn this city council.”
That is this has been all about, all along. Not the “good government” or “neighbors electing neighbors” pablum served up council district advocates. It’s been about changing the election rules to favor the political priorities of left-wing political interests. Frankly, anyone who denies or dismisses that reality is fooling themselves.