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Leftist Jose Moreno (L) and conservative Jose Moreno (R)

Leftist Jose Moreno (L) and conservative Jose Moreno (R)

Left-wing academic Jose F. Moreno 1 must be worried about conservative GOPer Jose Moreno 2 taking away votes. His physical and online campaign materials emphasis his middle initial “F” in order to differentiate the two candidates in voters mind.  

Now, there is a phone-banking operation calling voters, identifying itself as supporting Jose F. Moreno 1 and telling them that Jose Moreno 2 is only on the ballot to throw off voters. Phone-banks cost money. If significant resources are being diverted towards combating voter confusion rather than into voter persuasion, then threat posed by conservative Jose Moreno to left-wing Jose Moreno must be fairly serious.

Anaheim Insider here.

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

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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When the final list of qualified mayoral and council candidates was posted on Monday, I noticed Jose F. Moreno (the left-wing Democrat one) had (1) next to his name and Jose Moreno (the conservative Republican one) had (2) next to his.

I suspected it had something to do with the instance when two Robert “Bob” Bakers ran for San Clemente City Council in 2012. They were also numbered on the ballot. However, their names on the ballot were identical, which is not the case with the two Morenos. 

I e-mailed Anaheim City Clerk Linda Andal about the matter, and received this explanation yesterday:

Effective January 1, 2014, Section 13118 of the Elections Code addresses candidates with “similar” names.  In short, the code provides that a candidate may file a statement with the elections official requesting an official number be assigned to each candidate with a similar name.  The code further provides that the first candidate to file their nomination papers shall receive the number “1” and each subsequent candidate, shall be assigned the next number in numerical value.

Jose F. Moreno was first to file his nomination papers, together with a request for an assignment of numbers.  

I’ll let readers know if there is anything else to the story.

UPDATE (12:59 p.m. on August 13): this went out a little while ago from City Clerk Linda Andal:

Please take notice that pursuant to section 13118 of the California Elections Code, the Anaheim City Clerk will conduct a random drawing of the assigned numbers 1 (Jose F. Moreno) and 2 (Jose Moreno) to determine the order in which the aforementioned same/similar candidate names will appear on the ballot.  The drawing of numbers will take place on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. in the City Clerk’s conference room, located at 200 S. Anaheim Blvd, 2nd Floor, Anaheim, CA.   The alphabet drawing conducted by the Secretary of State will determine the order of all names on the city ballot.  The City Clerk drawing only pertains to the assigned numbers 1 and 2, following the order determined by the alphabet drawing. 

Both aforementioned candidates have been notified and confirmed this date, time, and location.   All members of the public are welcome to observe.  

So, if I understand this correctly, you could have a situation where Jose Moreno (2) is first on the ballot, and Jose F. Moreno (1) is second.  That kind of sums of the state of Anaheim politics of late.

According to our sources, this morning Lucille Kring qualified as a candidate for mayor and Jose “Joe” Moreno as a candidate for city council.

Here’s the final list of candidates, along with their ballot titles:


Denis Fitzgerald — Retired Corporation Executive

Lorri Galloway – Abused Children Executive

Lucille Kring – Councilwoman/Attorney/Businesswoman

Tom Tait – Mayor of Anaheim



Donna Acevedo – Property Manager

Gail Eastman – Councilmember/Businesswoman/Author

Jose F. Moreno (1) – Professor, Trustee, Anaheim City School District

Jose Moreno (2) – County Eligibility Technician

Kris Murray – Anaheim Council Member

Jerry O’Keefe – Business Owner

Doug Pettibone – Anaheim Businessman/Attorney

James Vanderbilt – Educator/Army Captain

UPDATED: The City Clerk has posted the list online. 

These are in alphabetical order. The final ballot order will be determined after the randomized alphabet drawing is conducted on August 14 by the Secretary of State.

The public review period for candidate statements and ballot titles started on Saturday and continues through August 18. During this period:

“…any person may file a writ of mandate or an injunction to require any or all of the material in a Candidate’s Statement to be amended or deleted. For candidate names and Ballot Designations, a writ may also be filed only upon clear and convincing proof that the material in question is false, misleading, or inconsistent with requirements.”

It doesn’t appear to me that any of the candidates chose ballot titles that could be challenged, with the possible exception of Vanderbilt. Near as I can tell, Vanderbilt works for the California Department of Veterans Affairs as an “education administrator” for the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education. That doesn’t sound like a teaching position, and when voters see “educator” they think “teacher.” Furthermore, being a school board member doesn’t make one an “educator.” At best, it is a highly misleading ballot title. 


Jose “Joe” Moreno

It looks as if the City Hall watchers had it right: James Vanderbilt has finally pulled his nomination papers to run for Anaheim City Council. If he returns them by 5:00 p.m. Friday with enough valid signatures, the inaugural member of the Tait Slate will be qualified for the ballot.

The most interesting candidate news of the day is Jose Moreno pulling papers for Anaheim City Council. Not Jose F. Moreno, newly-minted Democrat and left-wing college professor who sued Anaheim seeking to impose by-district elections without a vote of the citizenry. I speak of Jose “Joe” Moreno, who was Democrat Tom Daly’s Republican opponent in the 69th Assembly District in 2012 (interestingly, Vanderbilt, a Republican, endorsed Daly over Jose “Joe” Moreno).

I don’t really know Joe Moreno personally, other than that he is a conservative Republican, active volunteer, a nice guy and family man with six children. He filed a declaration of candidacy on July 16 to run for Anaheim Union High School District in Trustee Area 2, but has apparently changed his mind.

His candidacy clearly hurts Jose F. Moreno’s putative council bid. It’s never helpful when another candidate for the same office has the same name. I’ll bet dollars-to-donuts Joe Moreno will be getting phone calls trying to talk him out of running for council race — perhaps from (among others) C GOP Central Committee activist Tim Whitacre, who is now reported to have been hired by the Tait campaign but who was instrumental in Joe Moreno running for Assembly in 2012.

Let’s see what tomorrow brings.



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