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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 city’s proposed streetcar project stays on track. The light-rail system would deposit riders at the park’s front gate.

Lewis isn’t an unbiased source, and Elmahrek shows no skepticism toward his claim about Disney’s “keen interest.” On the flipside, streetcar supporters express frustration at Disney’s neutrality on the issue.  

Elmharek writes about ARC “deposit[ing] riders at the parks’ front gate” as if that is insidious. Where does he suggest riders be deposited? At the Katella/Harbor intersection? That’s like complaining that Measure M funding to improve the I-5 “deposits more motorists at Disney’s doorstep.”

Lewis also contends that the Disney spending is done in coordination with unions, major hoteliers and other big businesses in the city in a bid to control the city council. He questioned whether any business in the country has spent as much as Disney has on a city council race.

A strange complaint when you consider that Team Tait has been coordinating with unions, rich Bay Area progressives and OC lefties in their allied bid to control Anaheim city government.

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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 colleagues and replace them with James Vanderbilt and leftist Jose F. Moreno (since Doug Pettibone dropped out).

This very dishonest hit piece (even by the standards of this campaign), paid for by the Tait Family Trust, arrived in the mail yesterday: 

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Has anyone else noticed how the Tait campaign and Tait supporters in general react to any criticism of their man they way Scientologists do toward critics of L. Ron Hubbard? They come unglued at the suggestion the Mayor is wrong on something, being unkind to his colleagues or distorting facts.

At the same time, they either enthusiastically echo any attack by the Tait campaign (and let’s be honest, the Tait Family Trust IEs are part of the larger Tait re-election campaign), or are silent about them. 

I noticed an example of this this morning after reading the post about the Tait campaign crying foul over its media ally Brian Calle being accurately if unhelpfully quoted calling the Mayor an “advocate for the people who were rioting and their issues.” Tait opponents are ‘despicable” for accurately quoting what Calle really said.

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In a condescending, inaccurate mailer funded by the Tait Family Trust, Mayor Tait accuses council women Gail Eastman and Kris Murray of giving a “sweetheart” deal to the city’s public employee unions. The mailer is covered with feminine touches such as hearts, lipstick marks and pink-colored lettering. The Tait family’s mail consultant must have been in a hurry because the tea doilies and aprons were left out.

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The Tait camp might want to consider that more than a few women voters are more likely to be offended by the mailer’s chauvinistic tone, which is quite out of place considering the reason Tait’s hand-picked candidate Doug Pettibone dropped out of the race (or rather, was thrown under the bus by the Mayor).

If Murray and Eastman were men, does anyone think the mailer would have looked like this?

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If you could spend $49,750 on anything in your community, what would you spend it on? Just to make it a little easier, here are a few options of what that kind of money buys you in Anaheim:

A. Annual tuition for 199 low income kids to attend the Anaheim Boys and Girls Clubs after school programs.

B. One week of tuition for 239 toddlers to attend preschool at the Anaheim YMCA.

C. Underwrite 497 Anaheim kids living in violent families to attend Youth Violence Prevention Programs at the Orange County Family Justice Center.

D. Pay for 829 Anaheim at-risk youth to attend the 24-week Cops 4 Kids Junior Cadet Program.

E. Fund a malicious mail campaign against your (conservative Republican) council colleagues.

It appears Mayor Tom Tait, who has spent his entire first term of office espousing a platform of “kindness,” prefers option E. 

As this FPPC filing shows, the Tait Family Trust is funding $49,750 in campaign attack mail aimed at Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray and Councilwoman Gail Eastman, his two Republican colleagues. And the hits are just getting started with a hit piece dredging up their votes on GardenWalk from nearly two years ago.

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Last night, Mayor Tom Tait held up the latest of the ads that the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce-led “Keep the Angels” coalition has been running. He complained these ads are causing Anaheim voters to blame him for the distinct possibility the Angels will leave Anaheim:

Incredible. Month after month, since the City Council approved the Angels MOU in September of last year, at any forum or gathering that would have him, Mayor Tait has assailed his colleagues for “giving away” the land around the stadium, and attacked the Angels for trying to take advantage of Anaheim taxpayers. His allies among the gadflies and at the Voice of OC echoed and amplified his attacks. Tait and his surrogates have spent the better part of year giving Anaheim residents the impression that the council majority is hell-bent on “giving away” the stadium district to Art Moreno with his connivance. The fruit of Tait’s PR offensive is the Angels have one foot out the door. Voters are making the connection and now Tait is blaming that on a few newspaper ads instead of his own words and actions for the past year.

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In explaining its reasoning for endorsing Keith Curry in the 74th Assembly District, the OC Register made this case:

“The beginning of politics is disagreement. The promises made by lawmakers, the votes submitted by citizens and the deals hammered out behind closed doors – we do these things as a civil way of dealing with disagreement.

At the heart of it all is compromise. Instead of taking every disagreement to arms, it is the ability to compromise that lets us solve problems and make progress on major issues.

That is also why, when considering a candidate for office, it is important not only to consider their positions on major issues, but also their ability to get things done.”

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When Anaheim resident Lisa Lewis e-mailed Mayor Tom Tait last week (September 23) regarding Doug Pettibone, the candidate he recruited for Anaheim City Council. In June 1998, Pettibone was charged with four misdemeanor counts of battery, battery against a spouse, assault and harassment. According to court records, he later pled guilty to assault and “maliciously and willfully disturb[ing] another person by loud and unreasonable noise,” and found not guilty on the battery charges.

Ms. Lewis asked the Mayor,

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Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring

Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring

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The gloves are really off now.

Lucille Kring unleashed a broadside on Friday against Tom Tait after the Angels informed the City they were terminating negotiations on the MOU. She told the LA Times:

“Mayor Tait seems bent on driving the Angels out in order to demolish the stadium and make a quick buck on more generic development. I wonder if the residents of Brooklyn are glad that they have high-density apartments instead of Ebbets Field and the Dodgers.”

She followed up by blasting out an e-mail blasting Tait for alienating the Angels:

Enough is Enough!

A Failure of Leadership

Dear ___,

Yesterday the City of Anaheim received a letter from the American League Division Champion Angels Baseball organization saying that they were electing to terminate the Stadium Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as well as negotiations with the City of Anaheim. (View Letter)
l am at a loss to express my disappointment other than to say that this represents a total lack of leadership on the part of our current Mayor, Tom Tait.

As the Angels’ letter points out, the MOU was meant to be a starting point in the negotiations process. And yet, time and time again I have listened to the Mayor tell the media and our residents misleading information.

Mayor Tait has characterized the MOU as everything from a nefarious plot to bilk the City out of money to a sneaky attempt to giveaway the City’s biggest asset. Is it any wonder the Angels no longer want to continue this process?

For shame Mr. Mayor, for shame.

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Doug Pettibone has dropped out of the race for Anaheim City Council, although his name will still be  on the ballot. After initial stunned silence, Tom Tait’s minions are now trying to paint Pettibone as some kind of hero and attack the woman who had the nerve to ask Tait about Pettibone’s arrest.

Time for a reality check.

– Doug Pettibone was charged with four misdemeanor counts of battery, battery against a spouse, assault, and harassment in June 1998. Pettibone has not disputed this.

Doug Pettibone pled guilty to assault. He also pled guilty to “excessive noise.” Again, Pettibone has not disputed this. What he said in a comment on this blog is “the ‘assault’ case you claim I plead guilty to was actually dismissed by the district attorney “in the interests of justice.” After speaking with criminal defense lawyers, what this really means is the charge was subsequently dismissed in the interest of justice after successful completion of the sentence, paying the fees and the terms and conditions of a probationary period. Anyone can do that if the penal code permits it for that offense, complete the terms, have a minimal record, did not have any issues on probation and until their court date behaved themselves.

But Pettibone did commit an act that resulted in his being charged with assault, and to which he pled guilty.

Read Doug Pettibone’s withdrawal statement. He provides no explanation, detail or meaningful information of why he was charged with the above offenses. He only says:

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The council candidate slate of James Vanderbilt and Doug Pettibone are being promoted as “Team Tait.” A more accurate label would be Team Tait Version 3.0, because this is the third iteration in four years.

Team Tait 1.0The first Team Tait was the slate of Tom Tait, Gail Eastman and Kris Murray in 2010. While that wasn’t its formal name, Tait was seen as the leader of the pack, with Eastman and Murray as the council votes who would work in harmony with him to continue the pro-business, pro-job creation, “freedom friendly” spirit of the Curt Pringle era. That lasted for a little over a year, until Eastman and Murray disagreed with Tait over the GardenWalk project. Rather than move on and continue working with Murray and Eastman on the many issues and policies where the three of them agreed, Tait instead threw them overboard and lent his support to the OCEA-funded “Take Back Anaheim” campaign to paint them as toadies of special interests.

Team Tait 2.0Team Tait 2.0 was already in place in 2012. Mayor Tait had given a very strong endorsement to Steve Chavez Lodge, headlining his first fundraiser. Tait had also promised Jordan Brandman support numerous times that he would endorse Brandman’s council candidacy, even during the months after the GardenWalk vote.  By summertime, however, the Team Tait 2.0 had a launch failure. Mayor Tait decided to make obedience to his GardenWalk stance the litmus test, pulling his endorsement of Lodge and reneging on his promised support for Brandman when both refused to reverse themselves on GardenWalk.

Team Tait 3.0That led to the hasty launch of Team Tait 3.0: former Councilwoman Lucille Kring and OCEA-backed candidate John Leos. Leos lost, and Tait soured on Kring when she backed a revised version of the GardenWalk. Both Tait and Kring had previously supported economic assistance agreements to encourage the development of luxury hotels in the Resort. Kring still does. Tait, on the other hand, has flip-flopped and now attacks such agreements as “crony capitalism.”

team tait 4.0Fast forward to this year, and Team Tait 4.0: James Vanderbilt and Doug Pettibone. In the unlikely event they defeat incumbents Gail Eastman and Kris Murray, Tait isn’t taking any chances and his hand-picked candidates have basically signed loyalty oaths pledging to vote whichever way Tait wants. In less than four years, the Mayor has gone from teaming with like-minded slate mates with minds of their own to recruiting two extensions of himself (one of whom only lived a few doors away).

stepford candidates

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In the classic 1970s novel and film The Stepford Wives, the husbands of the fictional Connecticut town of Stepford had perfected a way to create perfectly submissive, supportive wives: Stepford Wives..

Here in the non-fictional California city of Anaheim, Mayor Tom Tait has created a team of Stepford Candidates, Doug Pettibone and James Vanderbilt. As Vanderbilt and Pettibone make abundantly clear in their candidate statements and voter communications, their candidacies were created by Tait (“”I was greatly honored when Mayor Tom Tait asked me to run for Council…”) and that if elected, they will be Stepford Councilmen (“As a new councilman, I will provide support and cooperation to our mayor.”).

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According to TheLiberalOC.com, a member of Tom Tait’s re-election campaign staff has quit his campaign and endorsed rival mayoral candidate Lorri Galloway, who was termed off the City Council in 2012:

TheLiberalOC has learned that Pastor Stephanie Stieler, who served as a field operations manager for Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait’s re-election effort, has resigned from the Tait team and has joined the campaign for Lorri Galloway for Mayor.

Lorri Galloway sent us this statement this morning:

“She (Pastor Stieler) has offered her total support, but most of all her prayers for our success.  The reason that I share this is not to boast but to share a window into my world and the reality of our campaign’s purpose.  For me, politics have never been about power and influence, but it is what I know to be God’s will for my life of service. 

Before I ever announced my intention to run for Mayor of Anaheim, amazing people of faith have come to me, not by my asking, but by their own will and they have surrounded me and covered me as powerful prayer warriors.   They pray for my family, my home, my business – The Eli Home for Abused Children, and anything that may come under attack because of my calling. 

Along with my wonderful prayer warriors, people of all ages, color, nationality and belief, have joined with us in knowing that our great city of Anaheim, after 157 years, is on the cusp of change in many more ways than one.  Many people ask me how and why I have the will and energy to take on this battle.  The peace in my heart tells me that the battle is already won, and my most important task is to walk humbly with our God.”

Lorri Galloway

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Whatever happened at the Tait campaign to cause Pastor Stieler (who runs the First Light International Foundation in Anaheim) to jump ship must have been pretty significant, since less that two weeks before she at the council meeting publicly praising the Mayor and his chosen council candidates, Doug Pettibone and James Vanderbilt:

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Julie Tait, the wife of Mayor Tom Tait, sent an e-mail to supporters yesterday with a link to an OC Weekly puff piece on the Mayor. In the e-mail, she writes:

“When the special interests groups and their lobbyist start coming after Tom, please don’t believe the nasty things you might hear or read.”

Yes, because only special interests groups and lobbyists could possibly be opposed to what Tait has said and done as mayor.

“Rather than sticking to the issues, we suspect they will attack Tom’s character.  As we all know, attacking ones character is the lowest form of argument.”

The hypocrisy here is that character attacks are the stock in trade of Mayor Tait’s most intense campaign supporters and volunteers, such as Cynthia Ward, Jason Young and others. Mrs. Ward is practically the Taits’ bodyguard these days. She can hardly write a sentence without attacking the character of an Enemy of the Tait. Has that pious criticism ever been communicated to her? Young no longer publishes his nasty pro-Tait website, but character attacks against anyone who disagrees with Mayor Tait were the only kind of argument he could manage.

You can’t give what you don’t have. If the Tait campaign truly believed “attacking ones character is the lowest form of argument,” they would put a leash on their attack dogs. Otherwise, complaints about character attacks are simple hypocrisy.

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The Tait Slate of James Vanderbilt and Doug Pettibone have the anti-cop activist vote locked up, judging by this photo posted on Doug Pettibone’s campaign Facebook page:

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Pettibone and Vanderbilt are on the left. Fifth from the left is local left-wing activist Carlos Becerra, who is a fixture among Anaheim’s “the police are murderous racist thugs” contingent. We’ve already Becerra, who would like to get rid of the free enterprise system, chumming with his other favorite candidate, Tom Tait.

In the center, holding the Vanderbilt for council sign, is another member of that contingent, Mary Daniels. What does it say about these two candidates, who are seeking the endorsement of the Republican Party of Orange County, that they attract lefties with anti-conservative politics as campaign volunteers?

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Last week the ACLU gave $10,000 to Measure L. That’s not surprising since the ACLU represented Jose F. Moreno in his CVRA lawsuit against the city. The settlement signed this January is why Measure L is on the ballot this November.

Here’s Moreno introducing Mayor Tom Tait at the January 8, 2014 press conference organized the ACLU and Moreno. After reaching out and embracing Moreno, the Mayor can barely contain his joy at what he calls a “victory” over the city by Moreno and the ACLU:

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As readers know, Mayor Tom Tait is trying to defeat his two Republican council colleagues and has recruited two candidates for that purpose: a guy who lives down the street from him, Doug Pettibone, and Anaheim City School District Trustee James Vanderbilt.

Since there are only two council seats are on the ballot, that would seem to leave Tait’s political ally Jose F. Moreno out in the cold. Two weeks ago, dyed-in-the-wool lefty Moreno changed his registration from NPP to Democrat, and then filed to run for Anaheim City Council.

However, Moreno is standing by his endorsement of Tom Tait for Mayor. He told the LiberalOC.com:

I gave my endorsement to Mayor Tait back in January and I gave money to his campaign because he has been fighting for things that matter to me. Mayor Tait fought harder than anyone on the council for district elections. My endorsement of the mayor will stay with him as long as he wants it.

Say this for Moreno: he sticks by a promise. He still has a Tait yard sign in front of his house:

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A friend forward to me this e-mail from the Tom Tait campaign to OC GOP Central Committee members, who are voting tonight (possibly right now) on whether to give Tait an early endorsement:

Subject: Union Money invades Anaheim

Dear Central Committee Member,​

Tonight, our Local Elected Official of the Year, Mayor Tom Tait, will be rightfully seeking the endorsement of the Republican Party of Orange County for his reelection this November.  One or two supporters of Anaheim City Council Members Lucile Kring, Kris Murray, and Gail Eastman, may try to pull his name from the consent list for separate consideration.  

Two of these Council Member​s, Murray and Eastman, are up for reelection in November as well.  Council Member Kring, is in a safe seat yet has decided to run against Mayor Tom Tait in spite of his strong Republican credentials and stellar job performance.   Why?  

The attachment speaks volumes for itself.  Union money is pouring into the coffers of all Anaheim Elected Officials on the City Council except one – Mayor Tom Tait. 

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I was sent this photo taken at Tom Tait’s election campaign grand opening this weekend. It’s a photo of the Mayor chatting it up with a supporter named Carlos Becerra:

Tait Carlos Becerra

[Photo credit: Allen Wilson]

Background information on Mr. Becerra was also provided that makes clear he is a very radical leftist activist who is hostile to property rights, wants to get rid of the free enterprise system, and denounces Anaheim police officers as thugs and “a gang.”  This is Becerra’s view of law enforcement:

Police are murderers

Activists volunteer their time and support to candidates who share their views and whom they believe will advances the causes and issues they believe in. Becerra is very impassioned about the direction in which he wants Anaheim politics and government to move. That direction is a sharp turn to the left.

So why does someone who is fighting for leftist policies in Anaheim supporting Tom Tait’s re-election? Why does someone who thinks the police of murderers and wants society to “transition” away from private property want Tom Tait to be mayor for four more years.

Mayor Tait knows Becerra, knows what his politics and views are, and obviously is perfectly comfortable that his track record as mayor has attracted the support of a committed local leftist.

Becerra isn’t an isolated example. Mayor Tait presents himself as the conservative conscience of the City Council, yet he’s attracted significant support from the more radical elements of Anaheim politics. These activists are delusional in their political beliefs, but they aren’t stupid when it comes to identifying candidates who will advance the policies they support. Orange County conservatives should be disturbed and alarmed by the level of support Mayor Tait has from radical activists, and start re-examining their assumptions about Mayor Tait’s politics.

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Mayor Tait thinks the Convention Center expansion revenue bond should be put a city-wide vote because it’s too big. As he told the Orange County Register:

“If the people of Anaheim are going to take on that kind of debt for this expansion, they should at least be able to vote on it in November because this is an extremely expensive price to pay for the amount of square footage that we get.”

For those of us who have been involved in Anaheim politics for a long time, that’s an interesting position for him to take.

In 1996, then-Councilman Tom Tait and the rest of the City Council (Bob Zemel, Lou Lopez, Frank Feldhaus and Mayor Tom Daly) unanimously approved the largest bond in the history of Anaheim: $560,000,000 in lease revenue bonds for the Anaheim Resort Improvements.

Tait and his colleagues approved them acting at the Anaheim Public Financing Authority and did it without putting it to a vote of the people. The final issuance amounted to $510,427,465.45. Adjusted for inflation, that would be a $850,000,000 bond today.

Mayor Tait thinks a $300 million revenue bond is too big for the city to approve without going to the voters, but had no problem voting for a bond three-times larger in current dollars without giving the people of Anaheim a say in the matter.

Another repudiation by the mayor from a previous position, which are becoming so common that hardly anyone bats an eye any longer when he does it.

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