Government & Politics

Setting the Record Straight On The Mayor’s Staff Budget Tempest

Regarding Item 15 on last night’s city council agenda, to increase his personal aide’s budget, Mayor Tom Tait made some serious allegations. He accused the council majority of maliciously reducing his assistant’s budget and concluded his closing comments by actually saying his entire council was mean because they didn’t vote to give his assistant a 50 percent increase. The mayor’s ...

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Is CAC Chair Vivian Pham Watching the Same Meetings I Am?

The Voice of OC posted this story today on the Anaheim Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections and Community participation. I was struck by this passage about CAC Chair Vivian Pham: Chairwoman Vivian Pham said city staff has refused to provide information relevant to forming council districts by ignoring her requests for specific speakers to present information. Latino activists and an American ...

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Large California Cities With Council Districts Are Basket Cases

Proponents of council districts like to say “Anaheim is the largest city in California without council districts” as if that isolated fact were an argument in and of itself. Anaheim is also the largest city in the California with a major Disney theme park. So what? In my experience, denizens of the Left think that sort of rhetoric is extremely compelling. How many ...

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Volunteers Install New Playground At Schweitzer Park

  Courtesy of the Orange County Register  Volunteers mixed concrete, shoveled wood chips, and assembled swings and slides Monday as they built a new playground in Schweitzer Park. The playground is Anaheim’s third from Kaboom, a nonprofit group that promotes and builds playgrounds across North America. Its Anaheim playgrounds are also supported by community members, the city, the YMCA and ...

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OC Weekly Does Hatchet Job On Kris Murray. What A Shock.

OC Weekly Editor-in-Chief Gustavo Arellano published a post today about Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray that was a real hatchet job. What a shock. And he gets it wrong. Again, what a shock. Let’s review Arellano’s parade of errors: “Take a recent move by Murray that switched out her delegates on an Anaheim advisory committee to determine whether the city should have district ...

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The Great Jason Young Temper Tantrum

The “controversy” over the OC Register modifying its advertising policy is one of the most over-hyped trivialities I have read in a long, long time. It was started by the Voice of OC putting itself in the position of being publicist for a temper tantrum thrown by a noisome gadfly named Jason Young, a blogger and long-time Anaheim resident who ...

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Anaheim Police Assoc. Keeps Blasting Away At Proposed Citizens Review Body

Yesterday, the Anaheim Police Association sent another e-mail blast urging recipients to contact councilmembers in opposition to a proposed citizens review commission: Stand with your police department and against ineffective Civilian Review Boards. Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and his supporters are attempting to weaken our police force by implementing policies and police review procedures that could jeopardize the safety of Anaheim’s ...

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Kris Murray Names Two New Members To Citizens Advisory Committee

This came over the transom from the City of Anaheim earlier this evening: CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON ELECTIONS REPLACES MEMBERS Councilmember Kris Murray Adds New Voices to Advisory Committee ANAHEIM, CA – (February 28, 2013) Anaheim Councilmember Kris Murray has made two appointments to the Anaheim Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections and Community Involvement (CAC). Sandy Day and Keith Olesen, ...

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Should Anaheim Council Meetings Start Later?

One topic being brought up at the Anaheim Citizens Advisory Committee meetings has been pushing the start time of Anaheim City Council meetings from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Left-wing activist Duane Roberts, in particular, has been riding this hobby horse at the CAC meetings. CAC member and two-time former council candidate Bill Dalati has responded by having the topic placed on the ...

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