Government & Politics

Representation-by-Race At Heart Of ACLU’s Council Districts Lawsuit

When you boil it down, the ACLU’s attempt to litigate the City of Anaheim into replacing the at-large system of electing the city council with single-member council districts is really about race; specifically classifying citizens on the basis of their race and designing a system of representation that is based on race. The ACLU alleges the current system violates the California ...

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Another One Bites The Dust

A Record-Setting Term Mayor Tom Tait may be on his way to setting a record for most high-ranking city staff to quit or be fired on in a single term. Barely more than two years in office, he’s already been through two city managers, a police chief and a city attorney. He canned City Manager Tom Wood mid-way through 2011, and City ...

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BREAKING: City Manager Bob Wingenroth Resigns

Anaheim City Manager Bob Wingenroth submitted his resignation to te City Council earlier today. Here is his message to city staff: Friends, It is with great respect and humility that I have been given the opportunity to serve you and the residents of the City of Anaheim as city manager. I have worked in a very enviable position since taking ...

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OCR Article On Crime-Clearance Informative, But Hardly An Indictment

The OC Register published an interesting article on Sunday regarding a steep decline in crimes-solved statistics during the last decade (sorry, it’s behind the OCR paywall). Predictably but prematurely, the dementors of the Anaheim politics are crowing. Cynthia Ward, in typical hyperbolic fashion, headlines her post “The Register Blows The Lid Of More Dirty Secrets of the Anaheim Police.” That’s not ...

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Massive Crowd Of 6 People Protest SOAR Fundraiser

In a telling manifestation of the massive popular groundswell building against the Anaheim City Council majority and the way the city is run, a throng of six (6) people showed up outside the private residence of Mitch and Sherry Caldwell. Over at the fever swamp of the local blogosphere, Orange Juice Blog, the mini-protest was reported by “Luke Skywalker” (who, as ...

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Drawing Moral Equivalence Between Gangs And Police? Really?

I saw this posted yesterday on the Facebook page of would-be conscience of Anaheim, Cynthia Ward: “…I wish the issue could be an April Fool’s joke, but nobody is laughing, not the grieving mothers who have buried their sons, not the neighborhoods forced to watch the violence from gangs and cops alike…” [emphasis added]. “Violence from gangs and cops alike”? ...

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Pringle Records Robo-Call Against Civilian Police Commission

Former Anaheim Mayor Curt Pringle recorded a robo-call urging residents to oppose the civilian police oversight commission proposed by current Mayor Tom Tait. Here’s a transcript of the call: Hello.  This is former Mayor Curt Pringle.  When it comes to keeping Anaheim safe, the City of Anaheim is at a crossroads.  Which way will we go?  You can follow the ...

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Anaheim Police Chief John Welter Announces Retirement

This came over the transom a little while ago: ANAHEIM POLICE CHIEF JOHN WELTER ANNOUNCES HIS RETIREMENT FOLLOWING A 42-YEAR CAREER IN LAW ENFORCEMENT ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 1, 2013) Anaheim Police Chief John Welter today announced his retirement from the Anaheim Police Department effective May 16, 2013, following a 42-year career in law enforcement, including nine years as Chief of ...

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