Jose F. Moreno, the vessel for progressive dreams of taking control of an Anaheim City Council that has been in GOP hands for decades, held a kick-off fundraiser at his home this afternoon. Moreno is chairman of the Chicano Studies Department at Cal State Long Beach and a leftist who practices the politics of racial identity and grievance.
The fundraiser was attended by the usual leftist suspects like close political allies like Ryan Ruelas, Al Jabbar and Julio Perez – plus non-leftist supporters like Tom Tait, the Republican Mayor of Anaheim.
Julio Perez, the executive director of the Orange County Central Labor Council; and Ryan Ruelas, teachers unions acticist and Anaheim City School District (ACSD) Board of Education trustee. Ruelas is one of the ACSD trustees fighting the Palm Lane parents attempt to convert their school to charter status.
Ruelas and fellow ACSD Board of Education member Jeff Cole. Cole is a vehement opponent of charter schools. Like Ruelas, he opposes the Palm Lane parents; they both voted to spend more than $500,000 in tax dollars to continue litigating against those parents.
Al Jabbar (on the left), Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) trustee, government union activist, and Moreno’s campaign manager. On the right is Oscar Reyes, the name author of the so-called “People’s Map” of council districts successfully pushed into adoption by the same left-wing coalition now backing Moreno for council. The man in the middle is Alfonso Rodriquez, a teacher at Anaheim High School and one of the union representatives there.
UNITE-HERE Local 11 official and District 4 candidate Martin Lopez with fellow members of the militant hotel workers union, along the former state Sen. Joe Dunn (on the right), who is running as the left-progressive favorite in the CD46 race.
Mike Matsuda, the left-wing superintendent of the Anaheim Union High School District. Moreno backed the controversial appointment of his ally to the position 2014; since then (and the appointment of Jabbar to the AUHSD Board), the district has declared war on charter schools.
On the right is Gretchen Shoemaker, owner of Georgia’s Restaurant in the Anaheim Packing House. Shoemaker has spoken at Anaheim City Council meetings against economic assistance agreements such as the Hotel Incentive Policy, but apparently has no philosophical issue with the massive city subsidies that made the possible the success of the Packing House – and therefore of her business.
Members of the leftist academic’s Republican auxiliary: Brian Chuchua and Victoria Michaels. While purporting to be the collective conservative conscience of Anaheim, these Anahem Republican Assembly members are supporting a democratic socialist for city council of Orange County’s largest, most important city.
Mark Lopez is pictured here at the Moreno campaign kick-off with Ryan Ruelas and Al Jabbar. Lopez is running for Anaheim City Council in District 5. He is a Republican and deputy chief of staff to 4th District Supervisor Shawn Nelson. The question is why is he at the campaign kick-off of arguably the most left-wing political candidate in Orange County?
UPDATED (5-2-16): I spoke with Mark Lopez a short time ago. He told me he has not endorsed Jose Moreno, and wasn’t going to endorse Moreno. He had spoken to Ryan Ruelas last week about the possibility of Ruelas running in District 5 (the answer was Ruelas wasn’t going to run), and during the conversation the ACSD trustee invited Lopez to the kick-off event. Lopez said he’s trying to spend more team meeting the public; he went by in case there were any District 5 people and was there for about 20 minutes.
Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait. The mayor has become a political ally of Moreno, Jabbar and company. He led the effort from the council dais for Jabbar’s demand that the AUHSD be given a permanent share of the city’s budget. He unofficially supported Moreno’s 2014 council candidacy and is widely expected to openly support Moreno’s candidacy.
Moreno, Jabbar, Ruelas et al are close friends and ideological allies who are part of an organized, ongoing, well-funded political project to enthrone a progressive political power structure at all levels of government in Anaheim and central OC. It’s like they make a secret of it. What’s amazing is the extent to which Orange County Republicans leaders remain oblivious or indifferent to it — or worse, are actively assisting the Left in this enterprise.