Single Member Council Districts Coalition

OCCORD Hires Veteran Union Organizer/Left-Wing Activist Ann Werboff As New Executive Director

Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD) has announced the hiring of a new executive director to take the place of founding ED Eric Altman. Altman left OCCORD to lead the campaign to create a structural Democratic majority on the Anaheim City Council via by-district elections (in which endeavor he is inexplicably being aided by Mayor Tom Tait). The new ...

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Rebuttal Arguments on By-District Elections Initiative Now Online

The Anaheim City Clerk has published the rebuttals to the arguments for and against the November initiative that could bring by-district elections to Anaheim. Let’s start with the rebuttal signed by Mayor Tom Tait and Councilman Jordan Brandman: Measure does not take away your voting rights or carve up Anaheim. Opponents are trying to confuse and mislead you. What voting for ...

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Pro-Districts Committee Failed To Report $3,500 Contribution to City Clerk

On Monday, I reported the inaugural contribution to the pro-council districts campaign committee was $3,500 donation on May 9, 2014 from one of the lead attorneys suing Anaheim on behalf of Anaheim City School District (ACSD) Board of Education member Jose Moreno (who has successfully avoided running for re-election this November under a by-district system because he slow-walked their introduction ...

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And the 1st Donor To Districts Campaign Is…Liberal Oakland Laywer Who Sued Anaheim!

For anyone still suffering from the delusion that the campaign for by-district council elections in Anaheim is some home-grown, kitchen-table, grass-roots effort, may I present the inaugural contribution to the Committee for District Elections – sponsored by One Anaheim: a check for $3,500 from one Morris Baller, a liberal litigator from Oakland. And who is Morris Baller? He’s an $805-an-hour ...

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UPDATED: Eric Altman Leaving OCCORD to Run Campaign For Single-Member Council Districts

  For those still under the false impression that the push for single-member council districts (aka by-district elections) in Anaheim is not a political project of the Left, here’s some news: Eric Altman, founding executive director of left-wing advocacy group OCCORD, is leaving that post to run the campaign for the by-district initiative on the November ballot. A message from ...

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OCCORD Gives Birth To Committee for Council Districts Campaign

In my earlier post ruminating on the possibility of the OCEA playing sugar-daddy to the single-member council districts ballot initiative campaign, I mentioned OCCORD (Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development) as a leader of the left-wing coalition in that side of the issue. And it appears OCCORD will indeed be taking a leading role in the campaign. On March ...

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Who Will Fund The Single-Member Districts Campaign?

On March 22, the left-wing coalition backing single-member council districts in Anaheim kicked off its campaign to win their approval by Anaheim voters this November. 501(c)(3) groups like OCCORD can actively advocate for a ballot measure within limits on “lobbying” activity. Per the BolderAdvocacy website (published by the left-wing Alliance for Justice): Under Section 501(h), the overall limit on lobbying starts as ...

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City To Pay $1.22 Million for ACLU/Moreno Plaintiffs Legal Tab As Part of Council Districts Settlement

Part of the settlement reached in January between the City of Anaheim and the ACLU (representing ACSD Trustee Jose Moreno and two other plaintiffs), the city agreed to pay ACLU’s legal fees in an amount negotiated between the two parties. Tuesday night, the Anaheim City Council approved paying the negotiated amount $1.22 million. You can read the staff report here; ...

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Preaching to the Single-Member Districts Choir

Judging from the OC Register coverage and Facebook photos, the single-member council districts rally organized by the left-wing non-profits OCCORD and OCCCO, it was a case of the choir preaching to the rest of the choir. The Register pegged attendance, which seems a tad generous judging from photos posted by organizers, but OK. If the point of the rally was ...

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