Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and Dr. Jose F. Moreno (leftist academic and would-be Anaheim councilmember) will be the featured members on a panel tomorrow night sponsored by the Arab-American Civic Council to discuss the impact of the recently adopted council districts map and sequencing. Joining them on the panel will be Mirvette Judeh.
The panel is entitled “We The People’s Map: the New Voting Districts Map and Moving Forward with Strength in Diversity and Equal Representation in Anaheim.” and is described as a discussion of what the map and sequencing “means for the city and how it could shape the future of Anaheim.” This sounds like progressive-speak for “planning the next phase in the progressive Democratic plan to win control of the Anaheim City Council.”
All three panelists were active collaborators in the left-wing coalition that has been pushing by-district elections in Anaheim since 2012. Tait has been the leading council cheerleader for the efforts by UNITE-HERE, OCCORD, Moreno and other left-wing political interests groups and activists to make race the central organizing principle of elected representation and re-jigger Anaheim election rules to make more likely the election of councilmembers of a leftish persuasion. Moreno was a leader of that coalition: suing the city to force the imposition of by-district council elections without a city-wide vote, articulating a racialist view of representative government (and running for city council in 2014 with the mayor’s tacit support).
Mirvette Judeh was a regular pro-districting speaker at council meetings; recently, she compared this political campaign for by-district elections to Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott. A number of other pro-district speakers also made this ludicrous comparison, which is typical of the Left’s tendency to trivialize the heroic civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 1960s to casting new progressive political objectives as “the civil rights issue of our time/generation.”
In short, this panel looks more like a planning and recruitment rally than a candid panel discussion of the pros and cons. Will there be any discussion of what it means for Anaheim to elevate the race and ethnicity of winning and losing candidates as a criteria for judging the “legitimacy” of an election? Will they talk about how the lack of a run-off system could very well result in Anaheim having councilmembers for whom a majority of their constituents did not vote? Perhaps a discussion of exactly how by-districts elections will now produce the acceleration of city services these very people promised to voters in exchange for their support for Measures L and M?
Radical Union Celebrates Council Districts Win
In the meantime, UNITE-HERE organizers have been passing this out in Anaheim hotels where they represent staff – a flyer celebrating their win with a photo of Tait and Moreno beaming after the January 12 vote approving UNITE-HERE’s preferred map and election sequencing :
We appreciate UNITE-HERE quoting directly from Anaheim Blog’s post about the January 12 vote, and the de facto admission the coalition it led is left-wing. It’s not as though you’ll read that in local media coverage.
One cannot fault leaders of this radical union for taking some victory laps: they spent a lot of money, time and energy during the last several years to fashion council election rules more favorable to their political priorities. The capstone would be electing a council majority that makes UNITE-HERE representation a condition for approving new or expanded hotel projects, and forces the Honda Center to re-incorporate its food service workers into the militant union’s ranks.
The “next action” referred to in the flyer is tonight’s council vote on the Reyes map and putting Districts 1,3,4 and 5 on the 2016 ballot. Despite the crocodile tears shed over lack of council representation for West Anaheim residents, their interests have been kicked to the curb in favor of advancing the racialist politics of the the left-wing districting coalition.
The Moreno v. City of Anaheim settlement agreement requires three council votes to finalize the map and sequencing, meaning this vote is a formality. The UNITE-HERE-OCCORD coalition is encouraging the usual suspects to show up and celebrate, which presumably means they won’t feel the need to shut down the city council again or close of the intersection of Harbor and Katella during a key trade show. Which begs the question: will the mob-ification of city council operations be one of the impacts discussed at tomorrow night’s panel?