Government & Politics

Anaheim City Government Needs Some COIN

Anaheim council candidate John Leos touts his “transparency ordinance” as a cure for much of what he thinks ails Anaheim city government. Now, it’s not a transparency ordinance so much as an anti-outsourcing ordinance, and it’s really an OCEA-spawned policy that was attached to Leos last year, when the government union spent in the neighborhood of $100,000 promoting it and ...

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The OC Register’s Schizophrenic Endorsement of John Leos, Part 1

“Unexpected” would be an understatement to describe the OC Register editorial board’s decision to endorse government union activist John Leos for the Anaheim City Council. The endorsement editorial admits as much when it acknowledges Leos’ “affiliations with Orange County Employees Association and Orange County Labor Federation. That’s one way to soft soap his deep commitment to government unionism, which the ...

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Anemic Leos Fundraising = Dependence On OCEA

The OCEA’s chosen candidate for the Anaheim City Council, John Leos, posted truly anemic fundraising numbers for the July 1 through September 30 fundraising period. Leos received $4,700 in contributions, spent $4,842.55, and has $5,009.21 cash-on-hand. If the Leos campaign were a human being, it would need massive blood transfusions. Since he ran for council in 2010, you’d think Leos’s ...

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Campaign Mailbox: Brandman First Out of Box With Mail

Anaheim Union High School Trustee Jordan Brandman is the first city council out of the box with a mail piece that began landing in Anaheim voter mailboxes last Friday. The OC Registrar of Voters will start mailing vote-by-mail ballots tomorrow, so mailers will now start landing heavily. Generally speaking, a candidate’s first few mailers are positive pieces intended to introduce voters to the candidate and ...

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What Do John Leos, OCEA and the Occupy Movement Have In Common?

What do Anaheim City Council candidate John Leos, the Orange County Employees Association and the left-wing Occupy movement have in common? Javier Gonzalez. Gonzalez owns Tell That Story, an L.A.-based political consultancy with a decidedly left-wing client base: SEIU, Utility Workers Union of America, the OC Labor Federation’s IE campaign for lefty John Perez in the 699th Assembly District race. This ...

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Sidhu Makes Appointments To Elections Advisory Commission

Mayor Pro Tem Harry Sidhu has named his appointees to the Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections and Community Involvement: Peter Agarwal and Vic Real. No biographical information to offer at the  moment, but in terms of geographical distribution of commissioners’ residences, Agarwal lives further east than any commissioner, and Real lives further west than any other member of the commission. ...

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Lucille Kring Raises $13,000; Has $70K On Hand

For the July 1 through September 30  reporting period, former councilwoman-times-two Lucille Kring raised $13,524 dollars, bringing her year to date total to $33,574 — according to her campaign report filed today. She also paid back the $50,000 she loaned herself in June, and then loaned her campaign another $50,000 on September 28. This looks like a classic example of pumping up ...

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Video Of WAND Candidate Forum

Here’s video of last week’s Anaheim City Council candidates forum, sponsored by WAND: [vimeo 50788963 w=500 h=281] WAND Anaheim City Council Forum from Save Anaheim on Vimeo. It was filmed and produced by SaveAnaheim.com’s Jason Sumague-Young/Jason Young/Jason Garner Young.

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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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