2014 Election

OC Register’s Shallow Editorials

My morning cup of Newman’s Special Blend (extra bold) suddenly tasted bitter after reading the editorial on the front page of the Opinion section of Sunday’s Orange County Register (OCR). The meaning of biased and sometimes unwarranted criticism was clear: kudos to Tom Tait, Anaheim’s mayor; boos to Curt Pringle, the city’s former mayor.  The editorial began, “Election season often brings ...

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Re-Elect Tom Tait Mayor: Why?

This week, the Orange County Register (OCR, 2014) endorsed the re-election of Tom Tait as Anaheim’s mayor, calling him the “best [candidate] to lead the city.” Examining the rationale presented in its endorsement, however, I found little to justify the paper’s support. The OCR cited Tait’s quelling anger and potential violence following riots during 2012 and supporting citizens’ oversight of ...

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Jose Moreno: Noting Undocumented Status On Drivers Licenses for Illegal Immigrants Is “Road to Nazi Germany”

Here’s another gem from The Moreno Files: This comment is intellectually incoherent and historically ignorant. How many readers out there think that when issuing a drivers license to someone living in the US illegally, it would be Nazi-like if that DL notes the holder is here illegally? OK, this is the same guy who has compared Anaheim to a fascist ...

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Jose Moreno Wants Create A New Entitlement Program: City-Subsidized Child-Care

On his campaign website, Jose F. Moreno says he will protect the city’s “fiscal stability.”  Creating a new city-funded entitlement program isn’t how one normally goes about doing that. Yesterday, the Voice of OC published an article in which Moreno calls for city government to provide subsidized child-care to Anaheim residents – or at least  assume he would limit it ...

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Double-Standards and Myths from Team Tait on Campaign Spending, Measure L

Anaheim Insider here. Voice of OC’s Adam Elmahrek published an article yesterday on Disney campaign spending, accompanied by indignation and astonishment from Team Tait, their stocks in trade. Elmahrek also managed to ignore the topic of the Tait/Ahmanson negative campaign blitz altogether. Tait advisor John Lewis told the Orange County Register that Disneyland is keenly interested in making sure the ...

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Sources: Tait Supporting Left-Winger Jose Moreno for City Council

The Tait for Mayor campaign posted this photo on its Facebook page this week: Why take a photo of Mayor Tom Tait with council candidate Jose Moreno thanking him “for his leadership” and post it on the Tait campaign Facebook page for the benefit of Tait campaign supporters – rather than on his non-campaign mayoral Facebook page? The Tait campaign ...

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Anaheim Elections Advisory Committee Member Gloria Ma’ae: “Measure L is Not the Answer for Anaheim”

Gloria Ma’ae is a long-time resident of Anaheim’s flatlands who is active in the civic affairs of the city. When the City Council appointed the Anahem Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) on Elections and Public Participation in 2012 following the ACLU-Jose F. Moreno lawsuit seeking the imposition of by-district council elections without a vote of the people, Gloria applied and was ...

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Tait Family Trust Sinks to New Low With Another Smear Against Kris Murray

Anaheim Insider here. The Tait Family Trust and Home Savings of America heir Howard Ahmanson have spent this month stretching the truth in their campaign mail attacks (done through the California Homeowners Association IE committee) against Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray and Councilwoman Gail Eastman. The IE campaign is part of Mayor Tom Tait’s attempt to defeat his two GOP ...

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Anaheim Mailbox: Vanderbilt Lies About Murray Vote On Measure N

When he decided to run for Anaheim City Council at the beginning of the year, James Vanderbilt told both Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray and Councilwoman Gail Eastman that he was mainly running to build up name ID, that he thought they’d done a good job and he wasn’t going to attack them. So much for promises. Yesterday, this mailer ...

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Life-Long Anaheim Resident Ron Bengochea: “No On Measure L”

Ron Bengochea is a life-long resident of Anaheim and a committed (although I believe now retired) union member and activist. I add the latter for those tempted to dismiss him as “Tea Partier.”  He was one of the few Anaheim residents to faithfully attend meetings of the Anaheim Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections, at which he always took the opportunity ...

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