Government & Politics

Is Tennis Now A Racial Issue, Too?

Is there anything that the “two Anaheims” crowd will not transmogrify into a racial issue? After reading yesterday’s Voice of OC story on the budgeted funds to renovate the Anaheim Tennis Center, it would seem the answer is “No.” According to the Voice of OC, there is “outrage” in Anaheim that the proposed city budget includes $6.4 million for improvements ...

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“Let The People Vote”…Unless The Mayor Opposes It

Watching the Tuesday’s Anaheim council meeting from the comfort of my home, I noticed how Mayor Tom Tait repeatedly invoked the phrase “Let the people vote” like a magical incantation. That was pretty much the sum and substance of his argument (aside from practically saying the city should do the ACLU’s job for it and capitulate to the litigation it ...

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City Council Votes To Establish Residency-Based Districts, Expand Council to Six members

After a long and tumultuous meeting last night (and there’s much more to share from the night’s events in other posts), the Anaheim City Council voted 4-1 (Mayor Tom Tait dissenting) to approve Councilwoman Kris Murray’s motion to move immediately to residency-based districts while retaining the at-large voting system, and in favor of asking the voters to weigh in on ...

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UNITE-HERE/OCCORD Thuggishness On Full Display At Council Meeting

I’m at the Anaheim City Council meeting, where they are considering various proposed ballot measure regarding the size of the council and the method of electing it. The most striking thing about tonight is the sheer thuggishness of the crowd assembled by OCCORD and UNITE-HERE. I’ve been around politics a long time, and I have rarely seen not only such ...

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Assemblyman Don Wagner Urges Anaheim To Reject Council Districts

Assemblyman Don Wagner sent this letter, suffused with common sense and clear thinking,  to Mayor Tom Tait and the Anaheim City Council, urging them to reject single-member council districts: June 11, 2013 Dear Mayor Tait and Council Members, I write to express my reservations about the plan before you tonight with respect to district voting. My principal concern is that district rather ...

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Anaheim City Council Should Reject Anti-“Citizens United” Resolution

Overlooked in all the hubbub over ballot initiatives and council districts at tonight’s Anaheim City Council meeting is a proposed resolution on the consent calendar which, if approved, would put the city council on record as opposing the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 decision in the Citizens United case. Citizens United struck down federal campaign finance law prohibiting independent expenditure campaigns ...

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Kring E-Mail To Anaheim Voters On Council Districts

Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring sent out this e-mail yesterday evening to her list of Anaheim voters and residents: To Anaheim Residents and Voters: I want to talk about the issue of districts which will be discussed at tomorrow night’s council meeting.  For 156 years Anaheim has been effectively governed by a five member council elected- at-large. It was only as ...

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Freedom Socialist Party Joins Call for Civilian Police Oversight Board

I spotted this ringing endorsement for adding a fifth layer of Anaheim Police Department oversight in the form of a civilian police oversight board: the Freedom Socialist Party! The Freedom Socialist Party presidential ticket of Stephen Durham and Christina Lopez seized on the issue last year: The weekend of July 21 saw another chapter in the long history of racist police ...

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Single-Member Council Districts Not A Panacea

On Tuesday, the Anaheim City Council will vote on, among other things, whether the place a ballot question before the voters asking if they want to elect the City Council from single-member districts. [This weekend, I noted how the draft resolutions omit one of the Anaheim Citizen Advisory Committee’s unanimous recommendations regarding at-large elections]. As readers of this blog know, ...

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