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Diane Singer

Diane Singer

Orange Unified School District Trustee Diane Quezada Singer is holding a fundraiser this Thursday, October 17 at The Catch in Anaheim. The event runs the customary 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and state Senator Lou Correa will be on hand as Diane kicks off her 2014 re-election fundraising.

Diane was elected to the seven-member OUSD Board of Trustees in 2010, representing Area 1. She also serves on the Anaheim Public Utilities Board, to which she was appointed earlier this year to fill the vacancy created by Jordan  Brandman’s election to the City Council.

For the uninitiated, members of the OUSD Board of Trustees are elected at-large from residency-based districts. And what do you know: 3 of the 7 trustees are Hispanic! Shhh! Nobody tell the ACLU that Latinos are able to get elected absent court-ordered re-structuring of local governance!

As the OUSD website states:

“Board members are elected by Trustee Area; however, they each represent 
all schools within the District.”

Diane Singer

Diane Singer

Last night, the Anaheim City Council appointed Diane Quezada-Singer to fill the Anaheim Public Utilities Board vacancy created by Jordan Brandman’s election to the Anaheim City Council.

Singer lives in Anaheim Hills and is an elected trustee of the Orange Unified School District, representing Area 1.  She briefly explored running for the Anaheim City Council in 2008 before deciding against it.

Three individuals were nominated at last night’s council meeting from a list of 10 applicants. Mayor Tom Tait nominated John Leos, Councilwoman Lucille Kring nominated AB Abdulrahman, and Councilwoman Kris Murray nominated Singer.

Leos received the vote of Tait, while the other four councilmembers abstained. Abdulrahman received the votes of Kring and another councilmember (I’m not sure who) with three abstentions.

Singer received the votes of Murray, Mayor Pro Tem Gail Eastman and Councilman Jordan Brandman, with Kring and Tait abstaining. Afterward, Singer’s appointment was made unanimous.

I have known Diane for several years. She is smart and passionate about her city and I’m certain she will make an excellent member of the Public Utilities Board.

Chuchua

Jordan Brandman’s election to the Anaheim City Council created a vacancy on the Anaheim Public Utilities Board, which is charged with “making recommendations to the City Council concerning the operation of electric, water and other public utilities under the management of the Public Utilities Department.”

On the agenda for Tuesday’s City Council meeting is filling this vacancy from a list of ten applicants. They include:

John Leos, twice unsuccessful candidate for Anaheim City Council in 2010 and 2012, despite massive outlays of campaign funds by the Orange County Employees Association.

Brian Chuchua, also a twice unsuccessful candidate for Anaheim City Council in 2010 and 2012, but with comparatively far less massive outlays of campaign funds from his own pocket.

Also applying is Jose Moreno – not Jose F. Moreno, liberal Anaheim school trustee and litigant against the City of Anaheim, but Jose L. Moreno, who was the Republican un-candidate in the 69th Assembly District race won by former Anaheim Mayor Tom Daly.

Robert Nelson, another unsuccessful 2010 council candidate, has also tossed his hat into the ring for consideration.

You can read the full list of applicants here.

This is not an inconsequential appointment — not simply because Anaheim’s is a major municipal utility, but because the bodies such as planning commission and the utility board are launching ads for future councilmembers. Kris Murray and Jordan Brandman both went from the Public Utility Board to the City Council. Tom Tait and Gail Eastman both graduated from the Planning Commission to the council.

The City of Anaheim has partnered with Burbank, Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Riverside to send 89 linemen and utility crew members to Long Island, New York, to help with power restoration efforts in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.  The Anaheim Public Utility (APU) team includes Supervisor Pat Jelensky, and crew members Nick Heidel, Emi Villalpando, Dave Bogdan, and Frank Gehr.

Their primary focus is to work in the residential neighborhoods to set new poles and replace overhead wires damaged when high winds blew tree limbs into power lines.  The APU team and their two bucket trucks were transported to New York on a C-5 military transport aircraft on November 5.  They made their way from JFK airport to the Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) staging area, and are expected to be assisting  LIPA for one more week before returning home.

Kudos to Anaheim for reaching out to help fellow citizens in need in the destructive wake of Hurricane Sandy. Here’s a picture of members of the APU on the scene:

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