District 4

On Mandates And Phony “People v. Special Interests” Narratives

The ballot counting is virtually done. Let’s take another look at the Anaheim city council results and consider what they mean. The most obvious consequence, of course, is that Mayor Tom Tait has, on his third try, secured an ostensible majority on the city council – due to narrow wins by two of his four candidates: Denise Barnes in District ...

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Anaheim: Tait/Progressive-Left Slate Losing in Council Races

[Cross-posted from OC Daily] November 2016 was another election showdown between the traditional “Anaheim Way” coalition and the strange alliance of Mayor Tom Tait and progressive interest groups. And it was another defeat for the Tait/Progressive-Left efforts to take control of the city council. This election is the culmination of a multi-year effort by a coalition of progressive political interests ...

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Kring: What Voters Should Know About My Record In Anaheim

[Originally published in the Orange County Register on November 3, 2016] Since 2012, I have been honored to represent Anaheim on the City Council, including for the past two years as mayor pro tem. In that time, I joined with my council colleagues to support key initiatives benefiting all Anaheim residents. We are in our third year of restoring the ...

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Council Races: So Much For “Neighbors Representing Neighbors”

A principal mantra of by-district council election supporters – repeated ad nauseum – is they would lead to neighbors electing neighbors: people who knew each other getting together to elect someone they knew to the city council. It was touted as an antidote to the at-large system, which district proponents denounced as producing councilmembers who were supported by a handful of outside ...

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Anaheim in Wonderland: Tait Maxing Out To Moreno In Every Way

Flashback to 2012: the Republican Party of Orange County names Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait as its “Local Elected Official of the Year” – an honor bestowed to recognize noteworthiness in advancing the Republican cause: Fast forward to the present day: the same Tom Tait is working hard to elect two hard-left Democrats – Jose F. Moreno and Arturo Ferreras – ...

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District 4: Fr. Ferreras Would Have City Divert Transportation Funding To School Construction

Fr. Arturo Ferreras was a very last minute no-show at the September 15 District 4 candidate forum organized by the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce. He e-mailed the Chamber two hours before the forum’s start time, citing “two unforseen conflict in my schedule today that could not be avoided.” It would appear those conflicts were not shared by Ferreras campaign factotum ...

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UPDATED: District 4 Candidate Forum Tonight; Ferreras Bails Out At Last Minute

UPDATE:  Fr. Arturo Ferreras, the liberal Democrat candidate supported by Mayor Tom Tait, dropped out of the candidate forum around 5:00 p.m. today, citing two unspecified “unforeseen conflicts” on his schedule. The Anaheim Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the second in a series of candidate forums in the four council districts holding elections this year. This evening’s forum is for ...

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Anaheim Council Races: Candidate Fundraising Update

Two months until Election Day. Let’s see where the key council candidates are in their fundraising; the figures are their reported totals from the June 30 campaign reports plus reported contributions  since then of more than $1,000. District 1 The three main contenders here are Steve Chavez Lodge, Denise Barnes and Leonard Lahtinen. Republican Steve Chavez Lodge, who ran a ...

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