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Anaheim Youth Civic Summit Looks More Like A Campaign Volunteer Recruitment Rally

The Voice of OC published a story yesterday on an “Anaheim Youth Civic Summit” being held today and tomorrow, and sponsored by the Orange County Congregation Community Organization:  The two-day training at Anaheim High School “seeks to educate youth with an introduction to civics and how the government works…and provide opportunities for youth to become civically engaged in Anaheim through ...

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Santa Ana Provides a Glimpse of What Progressive Government in Anaheim Would Look Like

Interested in the kind of governance progressives have in mind for Anaheim? Watch Santa Ana under the Sunshine Ordinance regime. Last night, the Santa Ana City Council approved a 5-year strategic plan required by the so-called “sunshine” ordinance adopted in 2012.  Both were largely the products of lobbying by SACReD (the Santa Ana Collaborative for Responsible Development). SACReD is Santa ...

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ACLU/Jose Moreno Districting Lawsuit Hearing Continued To November 5

On October 15, the City of Anaheim filed a motion with the OC Superior Court to continuing the hearing on its various motions regarding the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) lawsuit plaintiff Jose Moreno, which seeks to force the city to adopt a single-member district system of electing the city council. Moreno and his co-plaintiffs are being represented by the ...

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Jose Moreno’s Intellectual Dishonesty on Ethnicity and Representation

A belief that genuine representation in government is a function of ethnicity and race underlies the campaign to divide Anaheim into single-member council districts. This is obvious to anyone who has observed this issue unfold over the last year. It is equally obvious that those leading this campaign are aware that the great majority of voters don’t like race-based policy-making ...

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Proposed Ballot Question on Council Districts Ignores CAC report

At the May 28 meeting, Mayor Tait asked staff to come back with resolutions putting the recommendations of the Anaheim Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) to a vote of the people. The left-wing coalition pushing for eight single-member council districts have been calling for the same thing. The draft resolutions on the June 11 City Council agenda do not reflect the ...

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Progressive Tendency to Romanticize Civil Disorder On Display in Anaheim

The weekend incident between Donna Castro and the Anaheim police is a vivid illustration at how differently political progressives view the issue of crime. This screed by Vern Nelson on Orange Juice Blog is a good example. Every death from an officer-involved shooting is termed a “murder.” The criminality of those shot by the Anaheim police is glossed over. Nelson ...

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Made-for-Media Community Forums

Last night’s ESCRI community forum on last summer’s riots — excuse me, “civil unrest” – underscores why Los Amigos’ idea for the City of Anaheim to sponsor a series of community forums on the city manager selection is a bad one. These are made-for-media forums. It’s a simple formula: reserve a hall, pick an incendiary topic sure to grab the ...

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Kris Murray: Anaheim Elections: Residents, Not Special Interests, Will Determine Anaheim’s Governance

Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray has been a voice of reason and sanity on the issue of single-member council districts — which, it should be noted, would limit the representation currently enjoyed by Anaheim voters. As it stands, every Anaheim voter gets to vote for their Mayor and for all four Councilmembers. Switching to single-member districts would limit each voter to a ...

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Another Bad Idea from Los Amigos

Los Amigos of Orange County has proposed another bad idea: a series of “community forums” for selecting Anaheim’s next city manager. Here’s the e-mail sent to the Anaheim City Council on Monday by Los Amigos President Jose F. Moreno: Good Monday Morning Mayor Tait and Councilmembers: This past week, in their search for a new City Manager, the Santa Ana ...

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Larry Larsen’s Laughable J’Accuse

Larry Larsen is a member of the Anaheim Citizen’s Advisory Committee, to which he was appointed last year by Councilwoman Lorri Galloway (not by Tom Tait, as Gabriel San Roman of the OC Weekly erroneously reported). I’ve attended most of the CAC meetings, which he usually sits through, sphinx-like, with the exception of using the beginning of the meeting to state how ...

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