[Cross-posted from OC Daily]
November 2016 was another election showdown between the traditional “Anaheim Way” coalition and the strange alliance of Mayor Tom Tait and progressive interest groups.
And it was another defeat for the Tait/Progressive-Left efforts to take control of the city council.
This election is the culmination of a multi-year effort by a coalition of progressive political interests — aided mightily by Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait — to tilt the balance of power in city government toward the Left. Tait, the left-wing hotel workers union UNITE-HERE and progressive political groups are backing the candidate slate consisting of Denise Barnes (District 1), Jose F. Moreno (District 3), Arturo Ferreras (District 4) and Mark Lopez (District 5). Barnes is a Republican, while Ferreras and Moreno are left-wing Democrats; Lopez became a Republican in January but his policy positions are continuously evolving.
Arrayed against them are a candidates supported by a coalition of businesses, trade unions and public safety: Steve Chavez Lodge (District 1); Councilman Jordan Brandman (District 3); Councilwoman Lucille Kring (District 4) and Steve Faessel (District 5). All are Republicans with the exception of Brandman.
The with all precincts reporting but with a lot of uncounted late and provisional ballots, here’s how things stand.