James Vanderbilt

Mayor Pro Tem Appointment Saga Continues At Next Council Meeting

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The Mayor Pro Tem selection saga continues into the New Year. Mayor Tom Tait had expressed his desire to appoint left-wing District 3 Councilman Jose F. Moreno at the December 5 meeting.  Moreno drew the figurative short-straw after being sworn in as a councilmember in December 2016, and must run for re-election in November 2018. While the Mayor Pro Tem is ...

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4th Supervisor District: Tim Shaw Announces Anaheim Endorsements

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From a Tim Shaw for Supervisor press release: (Anaheim, California) – La Habra Mayor Pro Tem Tim Shaw has won the endorsement of Anaheim’s top City leaders in the campaign to succeed termed out Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson in the Fourth District. The largest city in the Fourth District, Anaheim is the only city with a directly-elected mayor. Mayor Tom Tait ...

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Moreno’s Sunshine Ordinance Drafted In The Shadows

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Tonight the Anaheim City Council will take up a proposed “Sunshine Ordinance” that has been drafted in secrecy per the instructions of its sponsor, Councilman Jose F. Moreno. While Moreno bills it as a transparency measure, its most transparent aspect is its bald attempt to force out the policy aides to councilmembers Kris Murray, Lucille Kring and Steve Faessel. It ...

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Homelessness: City Council To Vote On Re-Affirming Anti-Camping Ban

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This Tuesday, June 20, the Anaheim City Council will vote on re-affirming the anti-camping ordinance enacted in 2013 to prevent city parks from being turned into homeless encampments. The ordinance added the ability to prosecute, under appropriate circumstances, camping and storing personal property in parks as misdemeanors rather than mere infractions – giving the city stronger tools for reclaiming the ...

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Transparency Takes A Beating From Tait Council Majority


Transparency took a beating from the Tait council majority this Tuesday by voting down an attempt by Councilwoman Kris Murray to apply full public transparency to the Moreno/Tait “Welcoming Anaheim” immigration mayoral task force. Mayor Tait then took it a step further by agendizing for the next council meeting a repeal of the December 20 council resolution authorizing the Welcoming ...

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UPDATED: Councilman Vanderbilt Proposal To Reduce Council-Approval Spending Threshold Raises Questions


Last month, Councilman James Vanderbilt asked staff to bring back an agenda item “to empower council to approve all expenditures” of more than $50,000. Currently, the city manager can approve contracts for $100,000 or less; council approval is required for any expenditure of more than $100,000. All contracts valued at $20,000 or more are posted on the Transparency section of the ...

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Vanderbilt’s Election Lawyer Now Working On CATER’s Lawsuit Against Angels Negotiations

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Anaheim Insider here. Earlier this month, Superior Court Judge James Di Cesare smacked down the CATER lawsuit against September 2013 council approval of the now-defunct negotiations MOU with the Angels. His ruling dressed down CATER lawyer and blogger Greg Diamond but gave him one more chance to get it right (most likely to bullet-proof his ruling against being overturned on ...

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