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My friend Dan Chmielewski penned a post on the “outrage” over the shooting of a violent criminal gang member named Robert Moreno Jr. who shot at police nearly weeks ago and was shot and killed in response. it’s a long post, but well worth reading as an expose of the stunted moral thinking of those who are twisting themselves into pretzels to avert their eyes and mental faculties from the central fact of that shooting, choosing instead to rend their garments over a rash comment by Councilwoman Lucille Kring.

You can read the post here.

We’ve posted the Argument in favor of Measure D, which would amend the City Charter to limit the mayor to four consecutive two-year terms, instead of the current limit of two consecutive four-year terms. Here is the Argument Against Measure D that will be in the sample ballot:

ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE D

Opposition to Charter Amendment to Section 504

We urge you to vote “NO” on Measure D. Under Anaheim’s Charter, the mayor and city council members are all elected to four-year terms. Measure D proposes to change the Charter to require the city’s mayor to run for office every two years, while council candidates continue to be elected every four years.

There is simply no good reason to support this proposed change in the law.

The vast majority of American large-city mayors serve four-year terms. A four-year term gives the city’s chief elected official time to set goals and plan for the city’s needs, and it provides continuity of leadership to keep city government both stable and responsive to the voters.
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The most contentious local measure on the June ballot will be Measure D – a measure to change the mayor’s term from four to two years, based on the recommendation of the Charter Review Committee.

Following is the Argument in Favor that voters will receive in the sample ballots. I’ll be posting the Argument Against and the rebuttals against both arguments. Let the debate begin!

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE D

If there’s one thing voters want from their elected leaders, it’s greater accountability. Measure D does that for Anaheim’s most important elected position – our Mayor. Please vote YES.

Unlike many initiatives, Measure D is simple and straightforward. It changes the term of office for Mayor from 4 years to 2 years, and applies the city’s term limits fairly to the Mayor.

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diamond me tooTheLiberalOC.com reports that CATER (Concerned Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility) yesterday sent a letter to the City of Anaheim regarding left-wing San Diego attorney Cory Briggs threat to sue the city if issues bonds to finance the Anaheim Convention Center expansion. 

The letter says that if Brigg’s actually does sue, then CATER will, too.

Greg Diamond – Brea resident and lately a fixture during the Anaheim council public comment period — is CATER’s lawyer and author of the letter – which means it takes two pages to state what could have been said in two paragraphs.

You can read the letter here.

In light of the parade of speakers who denounced the Anaheim police last night at last night’s City Council — as if it is the police who are the threat to the safety of residents — I thought it would be useful to re-post this account from the APD blog of how Robert “Lil Clumsy” Moreno, Jr. met his end last week:

Police identified the man who shot the dog as Robert Andrew Moreno, 21, an Orange gang member who was released from prison 10 days ago.

His rap sheet includes auto theft, narcotics violations and assault on a custodial officer, officials said.

He was killed Thursday when officers returned fire.

The action began to unfold about 2 p.m. near the intersection of La Palma Avenue and Citron Street when two probation officers approached three men.

Two fled.

At least one of them fired at the probation officer who chased him – and then the other who had detained the suspect who didn’t flee, police said.

Deputy Chief Julian Harvey said the probation officers were shaken up but otherwise okay.

As one of the suspects fled, he confronted a woman who was unloading groceries with her children, ages eight and 10.

The suspect brandished the gun at the children and threatened to kill them if they called police, Hittesdorf said.

About 3:15 p.m., Bruno joined SWAT officers in searching for the suspect. His handler had him on a roughly 20-foot leash when he gave the signal that the suspect was either inside or behind a black trashcan with a lid.

The suspect opened fire.

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The internationally-famous Anaheim police K9 Bruno continues his recovery from being shot by documented gang member Robert “Lil Clumsy” Moreno, Jr., as Moreno fled from, and fired his pistol at, pursuing officers. According to the Anaheim PD Twitter feed, the German shepherd is walking on his own for the first time today:

Bruno walking

 

Bruno’s handler, Officer RJ Young pointed out (on the Anaheim PD’s blog) something to seems to escape a number of people:

Bruno, the police dog who made international news this week, “took a bullet that was meant for one of us” when he signaled that an armed gang member was hiding in a trashcan, his handler said Tuesday.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that either me or somebody else would’ve gotten hurt,” said Anaheim Police Officer R.J. Young, 36, Bruno’s partner. “Bruno did exactly what he’s trained to do.”

The gang member opened fire on Thursday afternoon, hitting Bruno in the face. Returning fire, officers killed the suspect.

Not only that, but Bruno also took a bullet that could well have hit an innocent bystander, such as a child or an expectant mother.

Robert “Lil Clumsy” Moreno, Jr. fired his gun at the police. There is no reason to believe that he wasn’t trying to shoot and kill them. In fact, given the circumstances of the incident and Moreno’s history, that is, by far, the most plausible and reasonable explanation.

F the policeThroughout the controversies surrounding William Fitzgerald’s various rants, we have heard over and over that nothing can be done, and anyone is free to say absolutely anything they want during public comments.

A few minutes ago, we found out just how true that is. A gentleman named Damian Ramirez came to the microphone in the wake of one of gadfly James Robert Reade’s diatribe about gang members and their attitudes toward the Robert “Lil Clumsy” Moreno, Jr. in particular and law and order in general. I didn’t catch his name, but he’s was there to speak against the Anaheim Police Department, specifically about the fatal shooting of Martin “Angel” Hernandez.

Following a lengthy exposition by Mayor Tait that speakers are free to say anything they want, regardless of how profane, Mr. Ramirez took him at his word by yelling “F–k the police!!” and launching into an anti-police rant that left virtually no obscenity unsaid – to the cheers of quite a few people in the crowd.

Now that Mr. Ramirez has broken the F-word barrier, to the huzzahs of the crowd, there’s really nothing left of structure of civility in the Anaheim council chambers. What resident in their right mind, after watching that episode, will want to come and voice thoughts that run contrary to the collective opinion of the mob? Welcome to Anaheim, the City of Kindness.

 

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Back in the realm of issues that really matter to the great majority of Anaheim voters, Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray and Councilman Jordan Brandman have called for restoring public safety staffing levels to pre-recession levels. From the OC Register:

City Council members Kris Murray and Jordan Brandman called for restoring public safety staffing to levels not seen since the start of the recession – an undertaking that could cost up to $11million by the middle of 2017.

The effort calls for hiring 49 recruits to bring the Anaheim Police Department back to 403 officers, its highest staffing level since 2008. The Fire Department wants to add 23 hires, allowing it to reach its high of 229 firefighters in 2008.

“I think it’s important that now we’re in a period of recovery that we work as hard as possible to bring our core services back to pre-recession levels, and that starts with public safety,” Brandman said about the proposed staffing levels.

Murray and Brandman said they wouldn’t call for any new assessments to fund the endeavor, relying instead on Anaheim’s recovering hotel, property and sales tax bases. Some hiring has already happened.

 

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Judging from the OC Register coverage and Facebook photos, the single-member council districts rally organized by the left-wing non-profits OCCORD and OCCCO, it was a case of the choir preaching to the rest of the choir. The Register pegged attendance, which seems a tad generous judging from photos posted by organizers, but OK.

If the point of the rally was to enlarge the circle of citizens who support carving Anaheim into single-member districts, then it’s hard to judge the rally a success. I doubt there was a single attendee who was not already fully-committed to the single-member district cause.

If the point was the gin up the troops – well, it can be difficult to gauge enthusiasm from photos.

Mayor Tom Tait was billed in the pre-rally hype as the guest speaker, but must have been unable to attend since his council assistant Mishal Montgomery spoke in his stead:

mishal montgomery

Mishal Montgomery, council assistant to Mayor Tom Tait; (Jose Moreno to the right)

Jose Moreno – who sued the city with the ACLU demanding single-member districts NOW even as he slow walks them in his own school districts – tried to cast the campaign in David v. Goliath terms (per the OC Register):

 

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PNGI think we can all agree that beer, that ancient concoction of man, is a good thing.

And tomorrow in Anaheim there will be the opportunity to appreciate beer at the FirkFest. The details:

  • Saturday, March 22, 2014 from Noon to 4pm
  • Farmers Park, Anaheim CA 400 S. Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim CA 92805
  • Unlimited cask pours from 30 Socal craft breweries
  • Take home 10oz British pub nonic glass!
  • Food Vendors from Anaheim Packing District (not included in price)
  • Benefits Inspire Artistic Minds.

 

Notice anything missing from this poster, which hangs in the window of Lorri Galloway for Mayor campaign headquarters (photo courtesy of theLiberalOC.com)?:

galloway 2014 poster

It doesn’t say for what office Lorri Galloway is running. It could be a spartan design aesthetic at work. Or it could be a manifestation of bet-hedging in case she ultimately decides to drop out of the mayor’s race and run for city council instead – the poster works for either race.

Or I could be over-thinking this. Time will tell.

Readers know Anaheim City School District Trustee Dr. Jose Moreno as the lead plaintiff in the ACLU lawsuit against the City of Anaheim demanding the city shift straightaway to electing the city council from single-member districts. Not in the near future after careful study and analysis of past elections, demographics and other deliberations – but right now. In Moreno v. Anaheim, Moreno asked the court to force the city to impose single-member districts immediately — no studies, no “letting the people vote” (that would be discriminatory against Latinos).

Contrast that tempis fugit mentality with Moreno’s approach at the Anaheim City School District, where the conditions that Moreno et al claim necessitate single-member districts in council elections are even more emphatically present in the ACSD.

In fact, Moreno seems to be doing his level best to slow walk the election of the ACSD Governing Board from single-member districts. Last year,he supported punting the matter until the 2020 Census. His leadership on the issue in his own district makes Moses and the Hebrews’ wandering in the Sinai seem like a study in haste.

Anaheim Councilman Jordan Brandman finally forced the issue by invoking the state education code at the January 13 meeting of the ACSD Governing Board and requesting they agendize a vote on moving to single-member districts, which led to a February 24 vote (items 9a.2 and 9A.3) on hiring the Dolinka Group to conduct an analysis and to consider a move to single-member districts. The board deadlocked 2-2 (Moreno and Vanderbilt voting in the affirmative), and so the items were table until the March 10 meeting, when board member Sandy Blumberg would return.

This could be seen as Moreno finally putting his money where his mouth is, until one considers the proposed timeline in the Dolinka Group proposal for converting to single-member districts:

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Lorri Galloway (r) and OC Democratic Party Chairman Henry Vandemeir

Lorri Galloway (r) and OC Democratic Party Chairman Henry Vandemeir

Dan Chmielewski from the LiberalOC.com attended the grand opening of Lorri Galloway’s mayoral campaign headquarters and posted this report:

I knew I was in trouble when I was 15 minutes late to the Lorri Galloway’s Mayoral headquarters launch party and I couldn’t find a place to park. Ten minutes after I arrived, I had to dodge about 50 people in the street who rocked out to an amazing band because the room inside the Old Anaheim Chamber of Commerce headquarters was wall to wall people and Galloway was chatting up everyone.

The energy and enthusiasm at the party was a reflection of Galloway’s candidacy.

You can read the rest of Dan’s post here.

Earlier this week, Assembly Speaker John Perez pulled Senate Constitutional Amendment 5 from the Assembly at the request of its author, Sen. Ed Hernandez. SCA 5 would basically overturn Prop. 209’s ban on discrimination in public education; per the bill’s text:

The California Constitution prohibits the state from discriminating against, or granting preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting.

This measure would eliminate this prohibition on state discrimination or preference in the operation of public education.

The Left has always loathed Prop. 209’s elimination of racial preference in government, and longs for its abolition. The list of SCA 5 supporters is a roll-call of liberal interest groups.

As this Daily Kos post elucidates, this latent desire – currently expressed in SCA5 – puts California Democrats at odds with Asian-American voters because its adoption would punish their educationally over-achieving children by artificially restricting their access to top-tier UC campuses.

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Interested in the kind of governance progressives have in mind for Anaheim? Watch Santa Ana under the Sunshine Ordinance regime.

Last night, the Santa Ana City Council approved a 5-year strategic plan required by the so-called “sunshine” ordinance adopted in 2012.  Both were largely the products of lobbying by SACReD (the Santa Ana Collaborative for Responsible Development). SACReD is Santa Ana’s equivalent of the coalition of left-wing interests in Anaheim that pushes for policies like single-member council districts and retention ordinances; in fact, it includes some of the same players, like OCCORD.

Much of the strategic plan is what you would expect to see in such a document produced in any city, and replete with jargon, buzz words and catch phrases. Other parts reflect the political priorities of the progressive interests that lobbied for it under the SACReD umbrella.

This is progressive governance – as distinct from traditional representative government — in action. With the latter, candidates present their political beliefs and governing priorities to the voters, who respond by either voting for or against them. The judgment of the citizenry, rendered at the ballot box, then sets the direction of government via the electorate’s selection of who will captain the ship of state – subject to amendment or reversal in future, regular elections.

Progressive governance differs because it views government not as a mechanism, but as a living organism that should embody the passions, priorities and needs of the people at any moment not only reflects, but incorporates the people. There’s no real distinction between “the people” and the government. Since progressive see themselves as representing the legitimate aspirations of the people, then it is their political priorities constitute the legitimate objectives of government.

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Liberal San Diego litigator Cory Briggs

Liberal San Diego litigator Cory Briggs

Cory Briggs is at it again in Anaheim. The left-wing enviro-litigator from San Diego wants the Anaheim City Council to take his word that last week’s vote authorizing the expansion of the Anaheim Convention Center was illegal, per typically breathless, uncritical disclosure on the local fever swamp blog.

This is the same Cory Briggs who alleged, on behalf of the radical activist group OCCORD, that city councilmembers who voted last year to approve the GardenWalk economic assistance agreement were guilty of violating conflict-of-interest laws. Briggs called on the state Attorney General and the Orange County District Attorney to prosecute those four councilmembers. Briggs was blowing hot air back then (as was subsequently shown). It was a request for prosecution by Briggs that – per the OCCORD press release — was “a required legal step before the filing of a private lawsuit.” Despite his utter certitude that conflict-of-interest laws had been violated, Briggs never (to my knowledge) filed a lawsuit – not surprising given the flimsiness of the allegation.

Color me unimpressed by Cory Briggs’ latest allegation.

st-patricks-day-card-28To all our readers: here’s wishing you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Slainte!

And to help you enjoy the day just a little more, here’s my favorite Irish joke:

The Man Who Drinks Three Beers

An Irishman moved into a tiny hamlet in County Kerry, walked into the pub and promptly ordered three beers. The bartender raised his eyebrows, but served the man three beers, which he drank quietly at a table, alone. The next evening the man again ordered and drank three beers at a time. Soon the entire town was whispering about the Man Who Drinks Three Beers. Finally, a week later, the bartender broached the subject on behalf of the town. “I don’t mean to be prying but folks around here are wonderin’ why you’re always order three beers and drink them alone?”.

“Tis a wee bit odd I would be supposin” the man replied. “You see, I have two brothers, and one went to America and the other went to Australia. We promised each other that we would always order two extra beers, whenever we would partake, as a way of keeping up the family bond.”

The bartender and the whole town were pleased with his answer and with the reverence for family and soon the Man Who Orders Three Beers became a local celebrity and source of pride to the hamlet. Then one day the man came in and ordered only two beers. The bartender served them with a heavy heart. Word flew around the hamlet quickly. Prayers were offered for the soul of one of the brothers. The next day, the bartender said to the man, “folks around here, me first of all, want to offer our condolences to you for the death of your brother.”

The man pondered for a moment then replied, “You’ll be happy to hear that my two brothers are alive and well. It’s just that I, meself, have decided to give up drinking for Lent.”

irish american

from the Los Angeles Times

from the Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times published an article on Saturday about Anaheim’s Little Arabia, a stretch of shops and restaurants along Brookhurst between crescent and Katella:

Yet Little Arabia is largely unknown to the millions of tourists who flood into Anaheim every year — and it remains below the radar even to longtime residents in the city’s west side.

A group of ambitious activists and business owners is trying to change that by getting city and tourism officials to recognize the commercial district as a destination.

“The most important thing to us is saying, ‘We are part of Anaheim,'” said Rida Hamida, director and co-founder of the Arab American Civic Council. “You have Disney, the Honda Center, the Angels, and you also have Little Arabia.”

The push is starting to gain some momentum. Most recently, the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau agreed to put Little Arabia on its visitors guide.

Not everyone supports an official city designation of a Little Arabia district:

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One talking point made by advocates of single-member council districts for Anaheim is that is it not a political project of the Left – notwithstanding the fact that the organizational and political heft behind the push for council districts is coming from a coalition of left-wing political organizations and figures such as OCCORD, UNITE-HERE, the Democratic Party of Orange County, the Orange County Labor Federation, the ACLU, Dr. Jose Moreno, Amin David, Vivian Pham, etc. The smattering of Republican supporters serve as a tissue of bi-partisan camouflage.

Take this flyer for a “Rally for Anaheim” rally to be held March 22 at Little Peoples Park on March 22. The rally is being organized by two left-wing non-profits, OCCORD and Orange County Congregation Community Organization – with special guest Mayor Tom Tait:

occord rally for anaheim english

The Facebook page invites people to come and “Show your civic pride and join us to learn more about district elections in Anaheim.”

One of the organizers listed on the flyer is Marisol Ramirez, a director of OCCORD and an organizing intern for the militant UNITE-HERE Local 11. Here is Ms. Ramirez at last summer’s anti-police rally (organized AnswerLA.org and now-Anaheim Council candidate Donna Acevedo) waving a Party for Socialism and Liberation sign saying COPS: George Zimmermans With A Badge:

OCCORD Director Marisol Ramirez holding party for Socialism and Liberation sign saying "Police Are George Zimmermans With A  Badge."

Marisol Ramirez holding a Party for Socialism and Liberation sign saying “Police Are George Zimmermans With A Badge.”

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Galloway for mayor logoThe OC Register reports that KFI-AM morning talk show host Bill Handel will headline the kick-off fundraiser for former Councilwoman Lorri Galloway’s mayoral campaign:

Bill Handel, a popular drive-time talk-show host on KFI-AM, has a best friend whose girlfriend grew up with mayoral candidate Lorri Galloway’s daughter.

Because of that connection, Handel will help boost Galloway’s campaign by appearing at a campaign fundraiser next week.

“I get involved in politics on a personal basis,” Handel said.

Galloway is a former Anaheim councilwoman who served for eight years. In the race for Anaheim mayor, she is expected to face incumbent Mayor Tom Tait and Councilwoman Lucille Kring and perhaps others. The campaign filing period has not opened for the November election.

Handel’s morning show consistently gets ratings that put it in the top three morning shows in Southern California.

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