Government & Politics

Government Union Already Dropping Big Money For John Leos

This morning, this blog wondered out loud how much the Orange County Employees Association would spend in a second attempt to elect John Leos to the Anaheim City Council. We already have an answer. According to the campaign reports filed today  by the OCEA-sponsored “Committee to Support John Leos for Anaheim City Council 2012” show the government employee union’s IE committee contributed $50,000 ...

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“Save Anaheim” PAC Raises A Staggering $1,534.62

“Save Anaheim,” the political action committee of wedding videographer/Murray-Eastman-Brandman-Pringle hater Jason Sumague-Young aka Jason Garner Young (or is it the other way around?), has filed its campaign disclosure for the period July 1 through September 30, 2012. The grand total raised: $1,534.62, for a year-to-date total of $1,534.62. $1,000 was donated by Mr. Sumague-Young. The remaining $534.62 was an in-kind contribution ...

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OCEA Gears Up To Underwrite Leos’ Council Effort

If there were any doubts whether the Orange County Employees Association (with which the Anaheim city employees union is affiliated) was going all in for John Leos again this year, you can put them to rest. The OCEA is sponsoring the “Committee to Support John Leos for Anaheim City Council 2012” political action committee.  You can bookmark it’s entry on the Cal-Access site to track the ...

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Who Is Running John Leos’ Campaign?

We should know the answer to that question by the end of this week: campaign reports should be available tomorrow. According to Leo’s campaign reports, the consultant for his 2010 council run was Andrew Gibson. You can read them here. Andrew is the brother of Robert Gibson, who is president of both the Orange County Employees Association Board of Directors, and president of ...

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Who Is Jason Sumague-Young?

Or Jason Garner Young, depending on the circumstance. In any case, the question isn’t easy to answer. He runs an obscure blog called SaveAnaheim.com that is mainly devoted to attacking the character and integrity of anyone who disagrees with his view of Anaheim politics — especially Councilwoman Kris Murray – and runs a few obscure Facebook pages dedicated to attacking Murray and ...

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Tom Tait Endorses Lucille Kring for Council

Mayor Tom Tait has endorsed Lucille Kring, the twice-former councilwoman who is attempting to win a third, non-sequential term (which I’d wager is probably be a first in Anaheim history). This rounds out the Tait ticket for the two open council seats on the November ballot – the other being government union activist John Leos, whom the OCEA spent more ...

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Communists Come To Anna Street?

Yeah, I did a double take, too. But according to this post on The Other Side of the Tracks blog, it is true: Revolutionary Communist Party members — and By Any Means Necessary (BAMN) activists — descended on Anna Street in the wake August shooting, trying to “radicalize local youths” and organize residents. Fortunately, they didn’t seem to have much luck, judging ...

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Coming Soon: A Police Oversight Commission?

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait has asked City Manager Bob Wingenroth to come back to the council with a draft plan for a citizens oversight board for the Anaheim Police Department. Per the OC Register: “The time has come,” Tait said. “It would be good for the city to have a trusted group of citizens look into any allegations of misconduct.”

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More Coverage of WAND Candidate Forum

The Voice of OC has coverage of last week’s council candidate forum, sponsored by the West Anaheim Neighborhood Development Council, or WAND. It’s worth reading, and is certainly more informative than the OC Weekly’s effort. I’ll tender a few observations based on the article. In response about ensuring that city street repairs won’t be impacted by funds used to purchase the ...

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