2018 Election

Aitken Formally Concedes Mayoral Contest

This evening, the out-going Anaheim City Council will formally declare Harry Sidhu the winner of the mayoral election, and Jordan Brandman, Jose F. Moreno and Trevor O’Neil the victors in Districts 2, 3 and 5 respectively. The four will then be sworn in. In a Facebook post published last night, Ashleigh Aitken formally conceded her narrow loss in the mayoral ...

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UDPATED: Harry Sidhu Cements Mayoral Victory

UPDATE – November 30, 2018:  Today’s vote tally update today has Harry Sidhu leading Ashleigh Aitken by 475 votes:  26,419 to 25,944. Yesterday, Sidhu led Aitken by 484 votes: 26,389 to 25,905.  In other words, Aitken only cut Sidhu’s lead by 9 votes. Stick a fork in it – even the most die-hard Democrat activists have to acknowledge Harry Sidhu ...

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Rouda, Porter and Levin Support Pelosi for House Speaker; Cisneros Dissents

The House Democratic Caucus today voted 203-32 to nominate polarizing Rep. Nancy Pelosi to be the next Speaker of the House. Among the newly-elected Democrat House members from Orange County, only Gil Cisneros of CA-39 opposed Pelosi.  Harley Rouda (CA-48) – who during the campaign dodged the question of whether he’d support Pelosi – signed a letter of support for ...

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UNITE-HERE Fails To Kill Development Agreements On 4-Diamond Hotels

Almost forgotten in the post-election coverage was Anaheim voters affirming the the development agreements for the two 4-Diamond hotel projects planned by the Wincome Group in the Anaheim Resort. Measures J and K were referendums on the development agreements for the 4-Diamond hotel currently under construction next to the Anaheim Convention Center, and an approved luxury hotel project on the ...

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District 2: Jordan Brandman Defeats Incumbent James Vanderbilt

Former Councilman Jordan Brandman pulled off a political comeback, defeating Councilman James Vanderbilt to return to the Anaheim City Council representing District 2: Brandman, a Democrat, was first elected to the city council in 2012, when the elections were still at-large. He ran for re-election in 2016 from newly-created District 3, but was narrowly defeated by left-wing academic Jose F. ...

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Trevor O’Neil Elected to Anaheim City Council From District 6

Businessman Trevor O’Neil has been elected as the first directly elected Anaheim City Council member from District 6, by a decisive margin: O’Neil is a businessman and conservative Republican who threw his hat into the ring more than a year ago. He was recruited by no one, and by dint of hard work, a fully-formed political philosophy, the ability to ...

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Progressive Hypocrisy On Display In Anaheim

Outrage seems to the stock in trade of Councilman Jose F. Moreno and his band of progressive followers in central Orange County. Last month, the campaign of one of his opponents, Mitch Caldwell, posted a digital ad telling voters that in 2016, Moreno wrote a letter to a Superior Court judge asking him not to give any jail time to ...

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District 6: How Is Patty Gaby “Undecided” On Measure L, The $18 Minimum Wage?

Anaheim voters are being asked to make a decision on Measure L, a union-sponsored initiative targeting certain unionization-resistant Anaheim Resort businesses with a minimum wage hike starting at $15 an hour in January 2019 and escalating to $18 in January 2022. It is opposed by the Republican Party of Orange County, among other organizations. “Republicans know a union power grab ...

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