2012 Election

“Tait Slate” Funder Fined For Money Laundering By FPPC

Anaheim Insider here. Last week, the Orange County Register reported that the California Fair Political Practices Commission is fining trash hauler George Briggeman Jr. $15,000 for money laundering in connection with his 2012 contributions to the Taxpayers for Safer Neighborhoods political action committee. This PAC paid for mail supporting then-council candidates Lucille Kring and John Leos and attacking Jordan Brandman. ...

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Campaign Update: “Yes on Measure E” Ups the Ante; “No on D” Conjures the Specter of “Powerful Special Interests”

The polls open in about 12 hours, and Election Day Anaheim voters will cast their ballot on the three charter amendments on tomorrow’s ballot. TNT Fireworks put another $45,000 into the Yes on Measure E campaign, hoping to persuade Anaheim voters to repeal the charter’s prohibition against safe-and-sane fireworks and allow the City Council to legalize them for sale and ...

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Call For Prosecuting Councilmembers Puts Some OCCORD Directors In Conflicting Positions

An interesting aspect of OCCORD calling on the state Attorney General and the OC District Attorney to prosecute all four members of Anaheim City Council for imaginary violations is it puts some members of the OCCORD Board of Directors at political odds with themselves. OCCORD is the political offspring of UNITE-HERE. Unions provide OCCORD with funding, and at least 40% ...

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Jason Young’s “Save Anaheim” PAC Packs It In

Since last summer, former Anaheim resident and political irritant Jason Young has used his “Save Anaheim” political committee to buy print ads in the Anaheim Bulletin and the Anaheim Hills News leveling venomous, dishonest, truth-twisting attacks against essentially every member of the Anaheim City Council except Mayor Tom Tait. Jason Young regularly issued dark warnings of the terrifying reign of ...

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OC Democratic Party Backs 8 Single-Member Council Districts

While the OC Republican Party slumbers, the Democratic Party of Orange County is lending its voice to the left-wing coalition pushing to abolish Anaheim’s current at-large system for electing the city council, and carve the city into eight single-member council districts. My friends at TheLiberalOC. com posted yesterday that the DPOC Central Committee approved a resolution of support for this scheme, which is being ...

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OC Political’s New “Anaheim Campaign Database” Project

My frend Chris Emami at OC Political has posted about an Anaheim Campaign Database project he is launching. It is a worthy endeavor, and the information about council candidates is useful. I do have some suggestions for making it more complete. The profiles of the candidates’ campaign finances don’t include how much of their own mony they donated to their campaigns. Brian Chuchua, for ...

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Another Voice of OC Story About…Nothing

In January, I wrote of my disappointment with Voice of OC reporting on Anaheim. I had high hopes for the Voice when is started. However, I have reluctantly concluded reporter Adam Elmahrek has a definite agenda that colors his decisions about what stories to cover and how those stories are slanted. Some players in Anaheim politics are subjected to intense ...

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A Top-Line Review of The Council Incumbents Campaign Reports

Form 460s, the campaign disclosure forms, give a partial insight into the strength of candidates and campaigns. I say partial because they don’t necessarily tell the whole story in terms of other critical measures such as name ID, positive/negative public perception, track record at the ballot, etc. At the same time, they do tell a story about a candidate’s ability to organize, campaign and are ...

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Cash-Starved “Save Anaheim” PAC Fails To Meet Filing Deadline

Jason Young finally filed the Form 460 for his “Save Anaheim” PAC…eight days late! I think there’s a $10 per-day fine involved there. But I digress. It’s difficult to understand what Mr. Young so long to file his report. I mean, it’s really thin. Like, anorexic. The only activity he had to report for the mighty and fearsome Save Anaheim PAC was a ...

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