Citizens Advisory Committee

More Demolition Of Myth-Making About Talley’s Departure

Gabriel San Roman of the OC Weekly has published a story taking aim at the myth being spun by the usual suspects — Vern Nelson, the Take Back Anaheim crowd, Los Amigos — that Cristina Talley was a sort of Latina Joan of Arc pushed out by a sinister council majority in retribution for speaking out on behalf of la ...

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Recap of Anaheim State of the City 2013

I went to the Anaheim State of the City event today, and it was much like the past few. I sat next to a very nice young guy named Zachary King, who is partners in the video and film company that produced the films that bracketed Mayor Tom Tait’s speech. The quality and production of the videos were top-notch. Here’s ...

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City Attorney Cristina Talley On Her Way Out The Door?

The Voice of OC reported last night on rumors that a majority of the city council has asked Talley to quit: Rumors have been swirling since Tuesday night’s City Council meeting that the council majority has asked Talley to resign by 5 p.m. Thursday.  After the council held a closed-door meeting and returned to open session Tuesday night, Talley had ...

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Is True Representation A Function of Race?

I’d like to share this excerpt from a comment on the Orange Juice Blog (scroll down to the bottom of the post) by Anaheim activist Ricardo Toro. He writes about his experience during public comments at last week’s meeting of the Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections: “I followed stating that as a latino I feel that the city council composition does not ...

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Santa Ana: Example of How Ward-System No Remedy For Ethnic “Underrepresentation”

Chris Nguyen published a new post at OC Political that contains interesting lessons for the City of Anaheim, which is being sued by the ACLU and three litigants (who simultaneously shed crocodile tears about how much their lawsuit is costing taxpayers). Nguyen asks whether Santa Ana might also be a target for a California Voting Rights Acts lawsuit. In Santa Ana, the ...

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ACLU Plaintiffs Concerned About Their Lawsuit’s Cost To Anaheim? LOL

During public comments at Tuesday night’s Anaheim City Council meeting, former Los Amigos President Amin David asked how much the city had spent defending itself against the ACLU lawsuit seeking to force a switch to a district-based system of council elections. He neglected to mention he is one of the plaintiffs in that lawsuit. The answer to Amin David’s question ...

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Election Results Take Some Wind Out Of Council District Sails

While litigating and agitating for replacing the at-large council election system with a district-based system, litigators and agitators liked to point to the fact that four of the five councilmembers live in Anaheim Hills as evidence of how “unrepresentative” the current system is. It is an intrinsically weak argument, in part because it is anomalous to have 4/5 of the ...

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Maybe Jose Moreno Should Sue His Own School District

There are three plaintiffs to the ACLU’s lawsuit against the City of Anaheim, seeking to force the replacement of the current at-large council election system with election by districts. One of them is Dr. Jose Moreno, a member of the Anaheim City School District Board of Trustees. The basis of the lawsuit is that Anaheim’s current system violates the California ...

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Citizens Advisory Committee On Elections Meets Tonight

The election is over, but the issue of how the governance of Anaheim will be structured still rolls along. The Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections and Community Involvement holds its second meeting this evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Crown Royal Theater at Katella High School, 2200 E. Wagner Avenue. Here’s the agenda and agenda packet. The committee will elected ...

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