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Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring

Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring

This came over the transom today from Councilwoman Lucille Kring:

To My Dear Friends,

 

A great big thank you for all your support for my campaign for Mayor. We all knew it would be a huge mountain to climb but we gave it all we could. The results were disappointing, but I’m still on council and we still have the majority.

 

I believe Measure L to support single member district elections and had $400,000 from around the country funding it had a great deal to do with the outcome.  The Mayor and I were on opposite sides of this issue.  And it won overwhelmingly.

 

I will never forget all the wonderful Anaheim residents I met during the 5 1/2 months I walked precincts. They were warm, caring and loved the city.  Many offered me water, soda or just come in and cool off.  Some weekends the temperature was over 100 degrees.

 

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Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring

Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring

This came over the transom from the Lucille Kring for mayor campaign:

Anaheim Doesn’t Need A Conflicted Mayor

Dear Matthew,  

Yesterday’s Orange County Register made the following comment about Mayor Tom Tait: 

“If a bully pulpit never transforms or shapes law, it’s merely an impotent podium.”

I couldn’t agree more. 

Sadly, that is exactly what Anaheim has in Tom Tait. As mayor, when he does cast a vote, he is often a lone vote against public policy decisions affecting our city without reason or sound alternatives. No for the sake of no will not move Anaheim forward. We have challenges and opportunity but it will take vision to get us there – I believe I have that vision. 

That’s why I’m proud to have the support of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and Anaheim’s law enforcement community, who all agree: Anaheim needs a new mayor. As a councilwoman, I’ve fought to aide struggling neighborhoods and create economic development. I’ve also been a strong advocate for public safety. Each one a critical issue facing Anaheim’s next mayor. 

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Anaheim Buzz and the Anaheim Hills Community Council (AHCC) sponsored a mayoral and council candidates forum on October 9 at the Influence Center. The forum was recorded on video and the initial segments are being uploaded to the AHCC YouTube channel. Here are self-introductions by Mayor Tom Tait, Councilwoman Lucille Kring and former Councilwoman Lorri Galloway.

Mayor Tom Tait:

 

Councilwoman Lucille Kring:

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This came over the transom yesterday from Councilwoman Lucille Kring, responding to Mayor Tom Tait’s October 2 op-ed in the OC Register:

It’s About Leadership

By Councilwoman Lucille Kring

City of Anaheim

Leadership – that is what you expect from a mayor of a major city. But Tom Tait, in his opinion column of Oct. 2, 2014, “We need to keep Angels, but deal shouldn’t ding taxpayers” shows that he is not capable of anything but rhetoric meant to shift blame and obscure the facts.

Read again Tait’s words from his own opinion column. You will see some odd things:

• He takes no responsibility for the Angels looking to relocate outside of Anaheim, he blames others;
• He never outlines a plan to keep the Angels in Anaheim, but instead implies that he is the only one on the City Council looking out for the taxpayers’ interests;
• He never suggests that he will build consensus with his colleagues, rather he suggests that the council majority should have done a deal with the Angels without him; and
• He uses this op-ed as a way to insulate himself from criticism that will come in the election.

These are not words from a leader, but words from a politician looking to avoid blame.

Here are some REAL facts:

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This mailer from the Lucille Kring for Mayor campaign began landing in voters mailboxes yesterday: 

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This came over the transom for the Lucille Kring for Mayor campaign:

Former Mayor Curt Pringle Endorses Lucille Kring for Anaheim Mayor

Anaheim, CA – Two-term Anaheim Mayor and former Assembly Speaker Curt Pringle today announced his endorsement of City Council Member Lucille Kring in her campaign for Mayor of Anaheim.

“Lucille’s dedication to the City of Anaheim, her record of service on behalf of Anaheim residents and her commitment to the policies, programs and priorities that are critical to Anaheim’s future are just three of the many reasons why I believe she is the best candidate to serve as our next Mayor,” Pringle said.

“No one can say that Lucille ever felt the need to divide people to achieve her goals for Anaheim. In fact, Lucille is a proven consensus builder, which this city desperately needs in the office of Mayor.”

Pringle, who served as Mayor of Anaheim from 2002-2006 and was reelected with nearly 80% of the vote to serve again from 2006-2010, said he is disappointed that his successor has on numerous occasions taken positions that are not in the best interests of the city and its residents.

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Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring

Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring

Anaheim Insider here.

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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Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring

Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring

This came over the transom yesterday from the Lucille Kring for Mayor of Anaheim campaign:

Dear Friend,

Summer is ending and Lucille Kring’s campaign for Anaheim Mayor is in HIGH GEAR! We are in position to win this November and your help is needed now.

Thursday September 18
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Hosted bar and Hors d’oeuvres

ANNABELLA HOTEL
“Tangerine Grill”
1030 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802
RSVP to: 714-530-2366

HONORARY HOSTS
Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas
Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens
Assemblyman Don Wagner
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As if things couldn’t get any crazier in Anaheim, now there is a Chavista media outlet owned by Venezeula, Cuba, Nicaragua and other left-wing regimes Latin American regimes sponsoring negative political “news” about Anaheim.

Roberto Lovato, a left-wing writer from Los Angeles who thinks America is under the thumb of a corporate dictatorship that used government and the police to oppress Latinos, produced this “news report” on Anaheim politics for TeleSUR English.

TeleSUR is based in Caracas, Venezuela. It was founded by Hugo Chavez, the socialist, virulently anti-American dictator who died in 2013. The Venezuelan government owns a majority stake in TeleSUR, with the remainder owned by Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Argentina, Ecuador, Uruguay and Venezuela. TeleSUR English was established to carry the network’s left-wing, anti-American content to American audiences. Think Pravda, in Spanish (and now English).

Lovato’s ideology bleeds through in this August 3, 2014 article about Anaheim in Colorlines:

The response to the situation by both the Anaheim police and the media has magically moved reports of violence away from the concerns of Smith and other residents and on to the “violence” of “outside protesters”—kicking police cars, burning garbage cans, vandalism.

I like how he puts “violence” and “outside protesters” in quotes, as if there was no violence and looting during the riots, and as if those riots and subsequent marches weren’t dominated by professional, out-of-town agitators. Thank you, Mr. Lovato, for demonstrating denial isn’t just a river in Egypt.

In this uncritical propaganda piece about Anaheim politics, everything is viewed through a racial lens and drips with left-wing sensibilities:

Lovato introduces his piece with hackneyed faux eloquence:

“Anaheim is contrast. Anaheim is conflict. Anaheim is inequality. Anaheim is where the past is fighting with the future to determine the present of us all.”

Maybe that kind of world-historical swill makes them swoon and nod at Occupy meetings, but it’s an unrecognizable description of their city to the majority of Anaheim resident.

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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:

Mayor

Denis Fitzgerald — Retired Corporation Executive

Lorri Galloway – Abused Children Executive

Lucille Kring – Councilwoman/Attorney/Businesswoman

Tom Tait – Mayor of Anaheim

 

Council

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. 

No real surprise here, but Councilwoman Lucille Kring has pulled her nomination papers to run for mayor. She has a free ride since this is the middle if her first term.

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Looks like she’s definitely running for mayor.

Neither of the other two candidates with active mayoral committees – Mayor Tom Tait and former Councilwoman Lorri Galloway – have pulled their nomination papers, but no one expects they won’t. There’s been persistent speculation that Galloway would switch to a council run, but the “Galloway for Mayor” signs popping up around Anaheim should put that to rest.

On the crazy front, William Denis Fitzgerald, the president and line member of Anaheim HOME, also pulled papers to run for mayor – as he did in 2010. I guess that means any candidate debates broadcast on cable will have to be delayed until after 10:00 pm due to Fitzgerald’s penchant for blue language and vulgarity.

Tony-Rackauckas-8Anaheim Insider here.

There was a strong turnout last Thursday at Lucille Kring’s mayor campaign fundraiser at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in the Resort area, out on the patio with the results of 20 years of bond-financed investment in the Resort in full view.

Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackackaus headlined Kring’s fundraiser. He talked about the great work being done to crack down on criminal gangs in Anaheim, praising the city’s police department as “one of the best” and originators of the GRIP (Gang Reduction and Intervention Program) program that is now used county-wide. He talked to the crowd about using gang injunctions, cracking down on the worst perpetrators, and working hand-in-hand with the Anaheim Police Department to do some very hard and needed work to protect neighborhoods and families.

“I don’t like to be negative,” Rackauckus told those in attendance, “But I’m sorry to say that in this effort we have gotten no help from the office of the Mayor.”

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IMG_8079The OC Register has published a round-up article on the three local ballot measure before Anaheim voters this Tuesday: Measures C, D and E.

Measure D would change the mayoral term from four year to two years; the global limit on eight consecutive years as mayor would remain unchanged.

The article quotes the three mayoral candidates views on Measure D:

Mayor Tom Tait:

“If a two-year term makes sense for the mayor, shouldn’t it also apply to council members who serve four-year terms? A four-year term allows time for a mayor to set goals and implement a vision. If a mayor were required to run every two years, a significant amount of time would be spent on running for re-election, rather than on the job of running the city. Due to the great expense of running for office in Anaheim, passing measure D would further empower special interests.”

Councilwoman Lucille Kring:

“If you have a mayor who is out of step with the will of the electorate, and people are upset about it, then it would make sense to have a two-year mayor. Four years can be a long time for some people, and sometimes the person holding the gavel is not a leader. If they’re doing a good job, then they will be elected. If not, then the people will have an opportunity to elect someone who will move the city forward.”

Former Councilwoman Lorri Galloway:

“The mayoral race is extremely expensive, because you’re running for the highest office in a large city, so people need to start raising money a year before the election. If a mayor’s term is only two years, then they will consistently spend their time raising funds rather than concentrating on their work for the people in this city. Plus, you can’t accomplish very much in two years, because there are projects and policies that could span an entire four years.”

The arguments advanced by Tait and Galloway are, in my opinion and with all due respect, flawed and don’t match up with reality.

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On Tuesday night, the Anaheim City Council took up the Charter Review Committee’s recommendations, which staff had packaged into four proposed charter amendments for the June ballot. Anaheim voters will have the opportunity to say yes or no to changing the mayoral term from four to two years; legalizing safe and sane fireworks; and enacting a bucket of government efficiency reforms. The council unanimously rejected placing the repeal of term limits on the ballot.

july 4 fireworks patrioticLegalizing Safe and Sane Fireworks
Measure 4 would repeal the city charter’s ban on the sale and use of safe and sane fireworks, which 59% of voters approved in 1986, and the council was unanimous in its support not only for putting the measure before the voters but in hoping they would approve it.

“This is something, I think, that the people want. It’s a good thing. It brings people together on the Fourth of July, it brings neighborhoods together, and it something I wholeheartedly support,” said Mayor Tait. Well put.

As someone who strongly believes we ought to be able to celebrate our freedom and independence with safe and sane fireworks, this is a great development and continues a trend toward reversing the tsunami of fireworks bans that swept Orange County cities in the late 1980s. Fullerton voters legalized fireworks in 2012, and Westminster and Villa Park have also reversed their bans in the last few years.

Two-Year Mayoral Term
The Charter Review Committee recommended this change by a vote of 5-2, with Tom Tait and Lucille Kring’s appointees voting in opposition – and that is how their appointors voted on Tuesday night as the council voted 3-2 to place Measure 2 on the June ballot.

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Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring has scheduled a kick-off fundraiser for her mayoral bid for Monday, December 9 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Diamond Club in Angel Stadium:

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Click here for the PDF of the fundraiser flyer.

Incumbent Mayor Tom Tait is seeking re-election to a second term, and former Councilwoman Lorri Galloway has also announced she will be a candidate for mayor.

Most of the host committee names are no surprise; for example, Mayor Pro Tem Gail Eastman, who was pushed from the OCTA Board of Directors by Tait without explanation. What is noteworthy is the name of conservative Republican Assemblyman Don Wagner.

One potential wrinkle: the Anaheim Charter Review Committee has recommended changed the mayoral term from four to two years. If approved by the City Council, this would be one of the charter amendments on the June 2014 ballot – and if the voters approve that change, then the mayoral candidate will be running for a two- rather than four-year term.

Councilwoman Lucille Kring officially filed her intention to run paperwork on November 19, the first official step in running for mayor of Anaheim, allowing her to move forward and raise money for that campaign. She made her announcement on November 13.

Lorri Galloway announced she was going to run for mayor in a Frank Mickadeit column that was published on Halloween – but unlike Kring, she has taken no official steps since then to move her campaign forward.

Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring

Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring

“We need a mayor who unites and does not divide us. I will be that mayor.”

That was the theme and cadence of Councilwoman Lucille Kring’s announcement speech for mayor, made at a kick-off event this morning in front of Angel Stadium and attended by approximately 50 supporters drawn from the grrassroots, the business community and public safety.

Kring’s speech was based on a riff of calling for Anaheim to have a mayor who would embrace certain policies and attitudes – neighborhood improvement, restoring civility to the council chamber so all feel welcome to speak, etc. – followed by the refrain, “I will be that mayor.” it was an effective speech.

Kring gave her speech from the dais on a riser under giant baseball hats, flanked by her husband Ron, Councilwoman Kris Murray, Anaheim Chamber of Commerce president Todd Ament, Tony Bruno (general manager of the Sheraton Park Anaheim, and representatives (I’m almost positive) of the Anaheim police and firefighter associations, who have endorsed Kring for mayor (the APA endorsed Tom Tait for mayor in 2010; I’m pretty sure the firefighters did, as well).

Todd Ament kicked off the event, introducing Councilwoman Kris Murray, who offered a very strong endorsement of Kring and along with some criticism of Mayor Tait. Murray introduced Kring, who launched into the aforementioned peroration, much of which is reproduced in the following press release from the Kring for Mayor campaign:

Joined by Anaheim’s finest including representatives of the 355 member Anaheim Police Association, 172 member Anaheim Fire Association, city council colleagues, residents, and business leaders, nine year Anaheim city councilwoman Lucille Kring today kicked off her campaign for Mayor.   The election will be held in a year on November 4, 2014.

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Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring will announce her entry in the mayoral race tomorrow. She’ll be challenging incumbent Mayor Tom Tait, who is seeking re-election to a second term. Former Councilwoman Lorri Galloway has also announced her candidacy for mayor.

Here’s the media advisory from the Kring for Mayor campaign:

Anaheim City Councilwoman Lucille Kring will be joined by community leaders, first responders, residents, and business leaders at a press conference tomorrow morning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The media is encouraged to attend.

Event: Lucille Kring for Mayor Press Conference
Date: Wednesday, November 13
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Stay tuned…

lorri_galloway_smallAnaheim Insider here.

Back in August, I reported that Lorri Galloway was plotting to run against Tom Tait for Mayor next year.

Last week, I blogged that at a union send-off party for OC Labor Fed firebrand Tefere Gebre, Galloway was telling others of her plans to challenge Tait.

Gabriel San Roman is following on our heels with this post on the OC Weekly about sources telling him the same thing.

Nobody should be shocked by this. Most of the lefties will probably thank Tom Tait for all his help and then support Galloway.

Meanwhile, Councilwoman Lucille Kring is gearing up for a mayoral run. It’s a safe run for her since it is the middle of her first term.

Senator Lou Correa continues to feed rumors that he’ll move to Anaheim and run for Mayor, mainly be playing coy and not denying he’ll run.

Also, the Charter Review Commission has already made a provisional recommendation to return to two-year terms for mayor. If that goes on the June 2014 ballot and is approved, the candidates will be battling over a two year, not a four year, term. Lou Correa might find that an attractive way to bridge the two year gap between the end of his Senate term and running for the Board of Supervisors.

John Leos' biggest fan.

John Leos’ biggest fan.

Anaheim Insider here.Voice of OC logo

It’s no secret the Voice of OC got its start with very generous funding from the Orange County Employees Association. What many of us didn’t know was how dependent the Voice of OC still is on OCEA funding, which is in turn funded by government employee dues automatically deducted from their paychecks.

According to this press release from Supervisor Janet Nguyen’s state Senate campaign, the Voice gets 63% of its funding from the county employees union.

Sixty. Three. Percent.

Here’s the breakdown from the press release:

TOTAL FUNDS RECEIVED (report from latest 2 year period) : $797,040

Orange County Employees Association
$499,500     63%

California Endowment                                                                          
$121,012     15%

Wylie Aitken (Former Chair Democratic Foundation of OC)    
$85,000     10%

United Food & Commercial Workers                                                
$25,000     3%

Former Democratic Senator Joe Dunn                                            
$14,635   2%

*Major Democrat Donors:                                                                  
 $30,000   4%

Unnamed small donors                                                                        
$21,956    3%

*(donors to: Act Blue, DCCC, Barbara Boxer, Beth Krom for Congress, Alan Lowenthal for Congress, Loretta Sanchez for Congress).

The Voice is totally dependent on the OCEA to meet payroll, pay its rent, fund benefits, and other expenses. When you think about that, the Voice’s outrage campaign against Freedom Communications deal with Anaheim to broker naming rights for ARTIC is comical. How does the Voice question the ability of a Freedom Communications subsidiary (the OC Register) to cover Anaheim government impartially, when it is reporting on county and city governments whose employees are represented by the funding source that keeps the Voice of OC’s lights on? We’re expected to believe Freedom’s deal comprises the OC Register’s Anaheim coverage, but the Voice’s dependence on OCEA has no effect on its coverage?

Think about it another way. At the same time that it was spending $600,000 last year trying to elect John Leos to the Anaheim City Council, we now know the OCEA was also giving hundreds of thousands to the Voice of OC; and the Voice was reporting obsessively about Disney’s spending on behalf of candidates opposed by OCEA, while giving much less attention to OCEA’s campaign activity.

All of which goes to the point of Nguyen’s press release:

Unfortunately, Janet’s efforts to reform CalOptima and outreach to the community have been mischaracterized by the Voice of OC  blog whose only interest is to further their own political agenda through an organized smear campaign.

Some have asked why this Blog has taken such an interest in a smear campaign against Janet Nguyen?

The answer should be obvious. Just follow the money. A check of the Voice of OC’s most recent IRS filings shows that nearly all of their funds come from labor unions and Democrat donors. A full 63% comes from a single public employee union – OCEA.  The remainder from Democrat/liberal donors or groups. These entities all have a huge stake in making sure State Senate Dems keep their 2/3rds super majority.

AMEA Negotiations Coming Up; Watch Voice Of OC Reporting On Anaheim
The Anaheim Municipal Employees Association is an affiliate of the OCEA. It’s contract negotiations begin later this month, and its current contract expires January 3.

The Voice has already hit Lucille Kring with a below the belt piece accusing her of trading votes for campaign contributions (without any evidence). Will we see a continuation of past pattern of targeting City Hall in hopes of freezing and demoralizing it during negotiations. I hope not. But keep an eye on the kind of stories the Voice writes about Anaheim in the coming months.

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