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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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Measure L-Created Wrinkles for the 2016 City Council Election


A friend alerted me that missing from yesterday’s post on implementing Measure L was a discussion of how many council seats will be on the ballot in 2016. The answer is: four. Councilmembers Lucille Kring and Jordan Brandman will be running for re-election in yet-to-be drawn council districts, and two new, open seats will be on the ballot. According to ...

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Some Thoughts On The Council Election Results

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What to make of Tuesday’s election? Mayor Tom Tait was elected to a second term, Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray was the top vote-getter for council, and Councilwoman Gail Eastman has apparently been narrowly edged out by James Vanderbilt, a member of the Anaheim City School District Board of Education whom Tait recruited at the beginning of the year to ...

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