Single Member Council Districts Coalition

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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Anaheim in Wonderland: Left-Wing Groups Organizing Rally for Single-Member Council Districts, Featuring Mayor Tait

One talking point made by advocates of single-member council districts for Anaheim is that is it not a political project of the Left – notwithstanding the fact that the organizational and political heft behind the push for council districts is coming from a coalition of left-wing political organizations and figures such as OCCORD, UNITE-HERE, the Democratic Party of Orange County, ...

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Single-Member Council District Myths: Reducing The Importance of Money

The drive for single-member council districts in Anaheim is fueled by racial/ethnic politics. The ACLU and Jose Moreno based their lawsuit against the city on the California Voting Rights Act, a radical 2002 law that seeks to make representation in local government by race and ethnicity an end itself. The refrain at single-member districts rallies is for an Anaheim City ...

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Single-Member Districts Movement Runs Counter To American Tradition of Equality Before the Law

There were two letters to the editor in the February 2 Orange County Register opposing single-member council districts, written in response to Martin Wisckol’s article on the subject, and I think they are worth sharing because I suspect they are much more indicative of the average voter’s opinion than the proponents purporting to speak “for the people.” The first is ...

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Councilmembers Opposed To Single-Member Districts Not Allowed To Officially Sign Ballot Arguments

UPDATED: After consulting an expert legal mind about the nuanced language of the staff report, the settlement agreement’;s restrictions on single-member district ballot arguments isn’t as draconian as I initially concluded. I’ve revised the post accordingly. Apparently, the commitment of single-member council districts to “authentic representation” doesn’t extend to free and unfettered debate with opponents. Item 18 on tomorrow night’s ...

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ACLU and Jose Moreno Cost Anaheim Taxpayers $2 Million

As part of the settlement between the city and the ACLU the left-leaning group’s lawsuit seeking single-member districts for Anaheim City Council elections, the city has to pay the ACLU’s legal costs, which are reportedly to be $1 million. Single-member council district proponents are now trying to shift blame to the councilmembers who oppose single-member districts — which utter nonsense. ...

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OCCORD/UNITE-HERE/Tait/ACLU Plaintiffs Holding Press Conference This Morning

The Coalition of the Left that has been driving the single-member council districts train is holding a press conference this morning about the city’s settlement with ACLU of the Moreno v. Anaheim lawsuit, per this UNITE-HERE news release on the website its community organizing off-shoot, Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD):   A refresher for readers: OCCORD is ...

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UPDATED: Anaheim City Council Unanimously Approves Compromise Settlement With ACLU On Single-Member Council Districts

The Anaheim City Council has voted to approve a compromise settlement with the ACLU on a lawsuit brought by local school board member and liberal activist Jose F. Moreno and two others. After listening to City Attorney Michael Houston recite the terms of the agreement, my initial impression is both sides came away with something. Here are the terms as ...

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Anaheim Council Expected To Settling ACLU’s Single-Member Council Districts Lawsuit

What’s been buzzing around Anaheim for a few weeks is bleeding into the media (OC Register and VOC): during tonight’s closed session, the Anaheim City Council is expected to settle the ACLU’s lawsuit (for which the lead plaintiff is Anaheim City School District Trustee Jose F. Moreno) to replace the city’s at-large council elections with a system of single-member council ...

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