District 3 Councilman Jose F. Moreno is the political heartthrob of the Left in central OC, who have great hopes he will be their progressive paladin fighting against reactionary local government. One of those areas is repeal of Anaheim’s hated (by the Left) anti-camping ordinance, enacted by the city council in 2015 in response to city parks turning into homeless encampments – and thus preventing families from using them for their intended purpose. In the view of local progressives, this ordinance “criminalizes” homelessness.
In the space of a few weeks, Moreno has gone from fire-breathing support of repealing the anti-camping ordinance to “let’s study the data” temporizing:
As you can see in the video, Moreno brought the crowd of progressive activists to their feet with his fiery speechifying on the question of repealing the anti-camping ordinance (posed in the context of the belief the anti-camping ordinance is a human rights violation). Compare that with the last month’s reassurances that he didn’t intend to repeal the ordinance even though he had agendized possible repeal of the ordinance in order to have a “discussion” of the ordinance (which could have been accomplished by agendizing a discussion of the ordinance).
Cynics might say the difference is the Moreno if October 2017 was running for a four-year seat, while the Moreno of January 2017 is facing re-election in two years during a low-turnout election with a more conservative electorate.