OCEA Hits Harry Sidhu Again

The Orange County Employees Association (OCEA) has paid for another negative mailer attacking former Anaheim City Councilman Harry Sidhu, a Republican businessman and mayoral front-runner.

In August, the powerful public employee union dumped $100,000 into an independent expenditure committee called the California Taxpayer Protection Committee. It has been using that committee as a vehicle to attack pro-business candidates in Anaheim in hopes of boosting its endorsed candidates – progressive Democrats Ashleigh Aitken for mayor and Councilman Jose F. Moreno in District 3.  The OCEA-funded mailers attack Sidhu and District 3 candidate Mitch Caldwell and promote Cynthia Ward for mayor and Robert Nelson in District 3. The latter two are essentially spoilers, and the OCEA’s intent appears to be knocking votes loose from Sidhu and Caldwell in order to benefit Aitken and Moreno.

This latest IE spent $10,570 on a mailer opposing Sidhu.

As noted in previous posts, the effectiveness of the OCEA effort is open to question. The union spent a combined $600,000 in 2010 and 2012 on a failed effort to elect John Leos to the Anaheim City Council, and the OCEA’s track record in Orange County races is not a very good one.

34 comments

  1. Thank you, OCEA. There are a lot of unions that love Harry (fire, police, building trades.) I’m glad OCEA is not one of them.

  2. Why not mention OCEA previously paid to support Harry Sidhu?

    Typical Matt Cunningham selective story telling.

  3. What do the mailers say? Do you have a picture of the mailer? I didn’t receive one.

    • Really, why can’t you show us what you’re talking about? Are you afraid too many of us will be swayed?

      • Vern, why don’t you tell us who is REALLY paying for those anti-Brandman signs appearing in District 2, that say “paid for by Orange Juice Blog”?

        • Well it’s likely his abused wife.

          Yesinna admitted this week that Vern “popped Donna in the eye”.

          If this is untrue, look for Vern Pat Nelson to exclaim: ” I have never rasied my hand to a woman. I NEVER punched Donna in the eye, I have NEVER become physically aggressive with her. Yessina is a LIAR.”

          While at it why don’t you issue a denial that you were three times the legal limit, when ypu were last arrested at Disneyland.

          Finally why can you not UNEQUIVICALLY call Lorri Gallaway a LIAR. That you NEVER sexually assaulted her.

          Come on Mr. Transparancy: Wife Beater, Attempted Rapist and FELON.

        • ICYMI: I paid for those signs and much more (despite what anonymous commenters say, I have lots of work.) Galloway is an unequivocal liar as I have said many times. And Yesenia never said that either, so the anonymous commenters here are also unequivocal liars.

          Now, I think I was just asking to see these mailers Matt keeps writing about. All of us are curious because we haven’t seen them. What’s all the slander got to do with that?

  4. People have become desensitized to all the smear mailers. Vote Sidhu he is the best candidate for mayor. I did not get a Sidhu mailer either. I did get one about Ashliegh Aitken, not impressed as it looked to tug on our heartstrings and vote for her. Pictures of her childhood? She discussed her plan – address homelessness. That is no plan, just a topic. What is you plan. Is that who I am supposed to give my vote to?

    VOTE HARRY SIDHU – He is the best candidate.

  5. What is your plan Ashleigh

    • VOTE FOR HARRY SIDHU

      Ashleigh’s plan is to allow homeless to stay in the parks and supply addicts with needles. #Ashleigh4Needles.

  6. Proof these people are a group campaigning to get elected in Anaheim. We do not want more of the same.
    We need new elected officials that are not within this group so we can change Anaheim

    after we canvass and share with the community we they need to re-elect Annemarie Randle-Trejo and Al Jabbar as Trustees to AUHSD; Dr. Jose F. Moreno as City Councilman; and myself as Trustee to AESD, Area 5. We also need to make sure the community knows that Juan G. Álvarez is the person we need to elect as Trustee to AESD, Area 2, and Ashleigh E Aitken as our next Mayor here in Anaheim.

    PLEASE

    DO NOT VOTE FOR JOSE MORENO
    DO NOT VOTE FOR RYAN RUELAS
    DO NOT VOTE FOR JUAN G. ALVAREZ
    DO NOT VOTE FOR AL JABBAR
    DO NOT VOTE FOR ANNEMARE RANDLE-TREJO
    DO NOT VOTE FOR ASHLEIGH AITKEN

    • PLEASE
      I second:

      DO NOT VOTE FOR JOSE MORENO
      DO NOT VOTE FOR RYAN RUELAS
      DO NOT VOTE FOR JUAN G. ALVAREZ
      DO NOT VOTE FOR AL JABBAR
      DO NOT VOTE FOR ANNEMARE RANDLE-TREJO
      DO NOT VOTE FOR ASHLEIGH AITKEN

  7. VOTE YES ON PROP 6 REPEAL THE GAS TAX – Al Jabbar wants us to vote no because it will lose road projects = what he doesn’t tell you is they have taken money from the roads projects funds and diverted it to other areas NOW they want to tax us and use the new tax fund on non specified road projects, really to waste on their cockamamie schemes that are way over budget and make no fiscal sense.

    YES ON PROP 6 WILL REPEAL THE GAS TAX AND WILL MAKE IT THAT WE DO NOT HAVE TO BE TOLD WE ARE BEING TAXED RATHER WE WILL ALL HAVE A VOTE ON TAXATION.

    Look at the pump when buying gas, most will show how much of what we are paying goes to taxes. We have one of the highest gas prices in the country, if not the highest but our roads are still a problem? We cannot let California continue this way, and not stand up for ourselves. These issues should be voted on and then let the people speak. Fairly meaning when the citizens fight for the right to vote on an issue do not allow our “leaders” to word the ballot so confusingly that people mistakenly vote for something they do not want i.e this case.

    To be sure we have funding to fix our roads without keeping this taxation in place.

    VOTE YES ON 6 TO REPEAL THE GAX TAX LAW.
    DO NOT VOTE FOR ANYONE WHO TELLS YOU TO VOTE YES BECAUSE THIS SHOWS THEY ARE NOT ACTING IN OUR BEST INTEREST.

    Who doesn’t need more money in their pocket?
    Why fight so hard to raise minimum wage to be higher but fight to keep this heavy tax?

    Vote YES on 6 to repeal the gas tax and this will put any issue like this to a citizen vote in the future.

  8. BIG CORRECTION – DO NOT VOTE FOR ANYONE WHO TELLS YOU TO VOTE NO BECAUSE THIS SHOWS THEY ARE NOT ACTING IN OUR BEST INTEREST.

  9. type in vote yes on six and then click on the site and it will explain it clearly

  10. Key vote :
    The most vurnerable of the Matsuda puppets is Annemarie Randle Trejo. She is a carpetbagger that has no roots in the community. Also she is melting down emotionally as the focus is all on Jose Moreno, Al Jabbar and Ryan Rueles and she feels left out. Make sure to vote for your neighbor of nearly 40 years- retired police officer Harold Martin.

    Even Matsuda is preparing for the Martin victory as the two met privately recently… of course Matsuda doesn’t want Harold to win because he is completely independent and will not be a puppet – but, just in case… Mike was in full butt kissing mode!!!

  11. JOSE MORENO stands for everything bad/wrong with Anaheim. He does not stand with his District 3 (only when it is election time and he panders for votes. I have seen him speak many times and he is a smug, self promoting, arrogant snake oil salesman. He is only interested in what you say when it will benefit Jose Moreno. I will say it, – he is ethnically biased. He does not help our District 3. He helps himself and those that can further his agenda.

    Please do not waste you vote on someone that to date has let his district and his city down. Vote for anyone but him because he is a person we do not need representing us.

    • Wow, you have described the “brown” hope of Anaheim to a T. He and his hand picked superintendent lost a school to the charter movement because he is a vindictive and vile individual. Moreno, who has gained much from the lawsuits he and his siblings have filed to take what others work for, and henchmen (Ruelas, Quirk-Silva, Randle-Trejo, Jabbar, Alvarez) are only out to for themselves. Throw the bums out.

  12. After we get Jose Moreno out then get Matsuda out.

  13. mhha: Didn’t Jose Moreno stand up for a relative who was abusive?
    “In light of various serious and disturbing domestic violence allegations against one candidate in Santa Ana City Council Ward 4 race, Latinx Young Democrats of Orange County finds one of the candidates wholly unfit for office. Domestic violence or abuse of any kind cannot be tolerated. Public officials and candidates should be held accountable for their actions. In light of this situation, Latinx Young Democrats of Orange County supports Roman Reyna for Santa Ana City Council Ward 4. To any victims of domestic, physical, verbal, sexual or anytime type of abuse and violence; we hear you, we see you, we believe you and we are with you.”

  14. Hundreds of thousands of dollars wasted today at AUHSD event at Anaheim High. Disorganized event was supposed to be professional development. The event was kicked off by Mike Matsuda butchering the key note speakers name – it was very embarrassing to those of us that are professionals. Mike is so busy trying to get his puppets elected and posting about socialist causes on social media that he is failing to run the district. Vote for Harold Martin and put an end to the puppet show!!!

  15. VoteforMartin: Thank you. Another comment illustrating why we need Matsuda OUT. We need the whole Moreno, Matsuda, Ruelas, Aitken, Randle-Trejo, Alvarez, Jabbar, Magcalas group OUT of leadership roles. They are trying to shape our youth, they are trying to shape Anaheim.

    Yes, I have said this before and why say it again? Because their deliverables are failing scores. Anaheim’s test scores are LOWER since they have been in control of Anaheim schools. Anaheim the city has never looked worse and faced such a high turnover rate in city hall.

    As a city we face more a failing school system. Why vote for anyone in this group to continue.

    As a city we face neighborhoods that have never looked worse, parks we can’t enjoy due to cleanliness and safety issues. We face a homeless issue that has been allowed to grow and continue until the public demanded action.

    As a city we face police and firemen that are unhappy with our leadership.

    As a city we face a high turnover rate in many divisions of City Hall due to its environment.

    As a city we face being labeled a hostile environment to do business by our largest employer, a situation that our current council majority has produced .

    Why would anyone want to give any of those listed in this comment above their precious vote.

    If you give anyone of the Jose Moreno/Matsuda/Jabbar group listed at the beginning of this comment then you become part of the problem, not part of the solution.

    WE NEED A SWIFT FAST CHANGE IN ANAHEIM TO TURN OURSELVES AROUND.

    WE NEED TO USE OUR VOTES TO SPARK THEN BEGINNING OF THIS CHANGE.

  16. Vote for (Harald) Martin? Are you people sure you want to embrace a white supremacist who was drummed out of politics ten years ago?

    That’d be kinda like me trying to bring back Nativo Lopez as some solution to our problems.

    But whatever.

  17. Verb: I was thanking the commenter, Vote4Martin for the illustration on waste and ineffectiveness yet again, by the Matsuda/Moreno/Jabbar/Alvarez/Ruelas/Magcalas/ and Randle-Trejo. Only that part.

    I believe we need to get this whole group out of any type on leadership role in Anaheim. They have had a chance and they failed. Their deliverable was failure at every turn.

    Yes on 6
    Yes on Harry Sidhu

    No on Moreno, Jabbar. Alvarez, Ruelas, and Randle-Trejo. We must stand up to these Socialist bullies that think we are not smart enough to realize they are frauds.

  18. Verb should be Vern

  19. Vern….Vern….Vern
    Come on – with all of the personal attacks that people post about you I am surprised how insensitive you are toward others.

    I don’t know you. You may or may not be a drunk and a wife beater and a sexual predator. I really hope not and I tend give you the benefit of the doubt.

    I do know Harold Martin and he is not what you accuse him of. He is a fearless speaker of his opinion even its not popular Or politically correct. We need people like Harold that have lived in our community for a long time, sent their kids through our schools and most importantly will act as independent trustees of our local schools.

    The Matsuda/ Moreno slate will of course make this racial. It’s what they do. But if we don’t act now, they will continue to destroy our schools. Are the scores higher ? No Are the Matsuda selected principals better than the one he ousted? No is the financial situation stronger? No are our schools safer? No!!!! Is it time to dump these chumps? Yes!!!!

    • Matsuda needed the opening among his principals to reward Mrs. Lorena Moreno (Jose’s equally power-hungry wife) with a cushy job as payback for Moreno’s support and bully tactics that benefitted him. Time to send them all packing and vote to eliminate the corruption and bullying led by Moreno, Jabbar, Ruelas, Randle-trejo, Matsuda, Alvarez, et.al.

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