New Council Majority Takes Control Of Regional Government Appointments

Elections have consequences, as they say – and that aphorism played out Tuesday night as the Anaheim City Council re-organized its representation on regional government bodies. Members of the new council majority claimed the lion share of appointments to regional bodies like the OC Sanitation District while the remnant of the Tait-Moreno majority – Councilmembers Jose F. Moreno and Denise Barnes – were generally reduced to alternate status. The council voted 6-1 to approve the nominations, with Moreno dissenting.

Rather than take the appointments one-by-one, Mayor Harry Sidhu nominated what was essentially a slate, which was voted on en banc with some minor changes.

Orange County Water District: former Councilman James Vanderbilt resigned his appointment prior to the council meeting, and was replaced by District 2 Councilman Jordan Brandman.

Orange County Sanitation District: District 1 Councilmember Denise Barnes was replaced by District 4 Councilmember Lucille Kring.  Barnes  replaced Kring on the OCSD Board of Directors two years ago when the Tait-Moreno majority took control of the council. While Sidhu had nominated District 6 Councilman Trevor O’Neil as alternate, Barnes asked to be the alternate, to which O’Neil acceded.

Metropolitan Water District: District 5 Councilman Steve Faessel was re-appointed to the MWD Board of Directors.

Transportation Corridor Agencies: Kring was appointed to the TCA Board, replacing District 3 Councilman Jose F. Moreno – who had replaced Kring two years earlier. Faessel was appointed as alternate.

Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and the Orange County Council of Governments (OCCOG): Termed-out Councilwoman Kris Murray had been Anaheim’s representative. O’Neil was appointed to fill that vacancy.

Santa Ana River Flood Protection Agency (SARFPA): The council ratified Sidhu’s nomination of Faessel, replacing Moreno on that board.

HAZMAT Authority: Sidhu nominated Barnes for re-appointment, which was approved by the council.

Four Corners Transportation Coalition: Sidhu nominated Moreno, who declined. The spot will be filled at a future council meeting.

Fire Training Joint Powers Authority: Faessel replaced Moreno as the city’s representative; Brandman was appointed as alternate.

AUHSD Foundation: The council re-appointed Tom Morton, the city’s executive director for Convention, Sports & Entertainment. The city’s other two appointees had been Vanderbilt and former Mayor Tom Tait. The council re-appointed Morton. Sidhu nominated himself and Barnes – who declined the nomination citing scheduling reasons. The council then appointed Sidhu, and the remaining vacancy will be filled at a future meeting.

“If you just want to entirely wipe me out from agencies leave me on I’ve already served on,” said Moreno. “And I would love to hear your rationale as to all these appointments and the qualifications of the folks you’ve nominated before I can vote.”

It was a curious demand: when the Tait-Moreno majority unceremoniously replaced members of the old majority as the city’s regional government representatives, Moreno offered no qualifications-based explanation, nor did he demand one. He offered no explanation as to why he was more qualified for the TCA Board than Kring, who had served on it for seven years. Nor did he opine as to how Barnes was more qualified for the OCSD Board than Kring – who had served on that board for four years and was in line to be the next Chair.

Kring interjected to remind him of that, and asked not so rhetorically what qualified Moreno for his recent appointment to the OCTA Board of Directors (The answer to that, of course, is political).

As noted, the council then voted 6-1 to approve Sidhu’s nominations, with Moreno voting “No.”

Lucille Kring Appointed Mayor Pro Tem
Next, Mayor Sidhu nominated Councilwoman Lucille Kring, and O’Neil seconded it.

Barnes nominated Faessel, who declined.

Kring’s appointment was approved 7-0.

23 comments

  1. David Michael Klawe

    So who will be Mayor Pro Tem in 2020?

    Stephen Faessel will be running for re-election that year. A nice title would help his campaign.

    Just saying.

    But he has been doing a great job for District 5, so he should get a lot of votes without the title.

  2. Haha Moreno is throwing a tantrum.

    Get him OUT!!!!!!!!!

  3. I agree that two years ago, the Tait/Moreno majority’s takeover of appointments was pretty abrupt and high-handed (although they were reacting to four years of abuse from Murray and Brandman.) That night Donna whispered to me, “The tables are gonna be turned again some day.” And here we are…

    I hate to see Brandman on the OCWD, as last time he was an unquestioning supporter of Poseidon. Supposedly he’s changed a lot these two years – I hope he’s spent some of that time learning what an unconscionable swindle that project is. (That’d be the first sign that I was wrong about him this year!)

    • Shouldn’t you be in line for free Xmas toys for your grandkids? Loser

    • Vernal Equinoxious

      “I agree that two years ago, the Tait/Moreno majority’s takeover of appointments was pretty abrupt and high-handed”

      Too bad you didn’t speak out back then and use your enormous influence to stop them. Guess you weren’t allowed to, being their house blogger.

      • Hey dirtbag… I almost let this go. Matt won’t let me put up links here, but google Anaheim’s first 2017 meeting appointments… should be enough, then go to the 5th paragraph.

        And then listen to “If you don’t know me by now….”

        Nobody knows who the hell your skulking self is. But everyone knows I’m nobody’s house blogger.

  4. Wonderful work again new council led by a decisive Mayor Sidhu! Now we need to have this happen within the Anaheim School District.

    • now that’s funny…not happenin sista, sorry

      • It will happen, the Anaheim School District will be scrutinized and held accountable. All that needs to happen to avoid this is to produce deliverables other than bottom of the barrel failing scores. The youth of Anaheim deserve better.

    • Decisive indeed. How refreshing it is to see how an actual Mayor is supposed to act and not like that tool we had to deal with for 8 long years.

  5. Also, a lot of people in the South County are gonna miss Jose on the TCA – he was the only director not from San Clemente or SJC who took those residents’ concerns seriously, and started trying to slow down the toll road extension juggernaut. Recognizing the same klepto forces (Pringle, OCBC, OCTax) that we have to deal with up here, he got the board to adopt a sunshine ordinance like the one he brought to Anaheim.

    It’s hard to picture Lucille doing any of that.

    • Hard to imagine Jose doing anything that doesn’t help Jose. He gets lost in South County once he gets past the Irvine Spectrum.

      • Check the records. Ask the people from San Clemente and San Juan Capistrano. They love Jose for what he has done on TCA. The ONLY PERSON THEY COULD TRUST (from out of their immediate area.)

  6. Vernal Equinoxious

    “I agree that two years ago, the Tait/Moreno majority’s takeover of appointments was pretty abrupt and high-handed”

    Too bad you didn’t speak out back then and use your enormous influence to stop them. Guess you weren’t allowed to, being their house blogger.

    • Hey dirtbag… I almost let this go. Matt won’t let me put up links here, but google Anaheim’s first 2017 meeting appointments… should be enough, then go to the 5th paragraph.

      And then listen to “If you don’t know me by now….”

      Nobody knows who the hell your skulking self is. But everyone knows I’m nobody’s house blogger.

  7. In response to Matt above: It’s not my fault if you’ve recently changed your policy with my links, and not told me. It seems like less than a year ago I put up a link to a story refuting yours and you deleted it, scolding me publicly with the Dan C term “blog-whoring.”

    And BY THE WAY in the same comment you mistakenly accused me of refusing to link to this blog, and I showed that you were wrong, and I even think you apologized. For reporting your assumptions as fact.

    I’m glad I can now post my links here, and I’ll try not to overuse that privilege, so here goes a test – the story where I did, in real time, mildly criticize the Tait team for their rough take-over of boards and commissions and predicted they’d get payback soon enough (although granted it wasn’t one of my biggest concerns)

    http://www.orangejuiceblog.com/2017/01/anaheims-first-2017-meeting-appointments-agendizing-peoples-homeless-task-force/

    • “It’s not my fault if you’ve recently changed your policy with my links, and not told me.”

      Vern, it’s not a policy: it just the back-end settings for the site. It’s been that way for a long, long time. And I don’t why you expect I have some obligation to tell you.

      “It seems like less than a year ago I put up a link to a story refuting yours and you deleted it, scolding me publicly with the Dan C term “blog-whoring.””

      Vern – that vaguely rings a bell. If I deleted the link, most likely it was because when you write something “refuting” me, you tend to go ad hominem on me instead of just arguing the point.

      “I’m glad I can now post my links here, and I’ll try not to overuse that privilege, so here goes a test – the story where I did, in real time, mildly criticize the Tait team for their rough take-over of boards and commissions”

      I read the blog post to which you linked and it’s ironic (given your complaint) that you (derisively) refer to an article I wrote but didn’t link to it. Whatever.

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