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City Clerk Linda Andal conducted the casting of lots following tonight’s swearing in of new council members in order to determine who serves a two-year term.

She took four blank wooden chips, wrote 1 on one chip, 3 on the next chip, etc., and placed them in a black bag. She then drew out a chip: it was District 3.

That means Moreno’s first term ends in 2018, at which time he can run for a second, four-year term.

[Cross-posted from OC Daily]

The Republican Party of Orange County is suspending aid to Mark Lopez, who is running for Anaheim City Council in District 5, over his comments regarding making Anaheim a sanctuary city for illegal immigrants. Lopez is part of the slate of candidates endorsed by Mayor Tom Tait in the four council districts on the November 8 ballot; the others are leftist Democrats Jose F. Moreno (District 3) and Arturo Ferreras (District 4), and Republican Denise Barnes in District 1.

Candidates at the October 24 candidate forum, which was organized by a coalition of progressive political groups. The audience was packed with progressive activists who cheered loudly when candidates struck the left-most position.
Candidates were asked if they supported declaring Anaheim a “sanctuary city for undocumented residents.” Moreno and Ferreras each said they did. Lopez didn’t use the phrase “sanctuary city” but his answer supported the elements of sanctuary city status – prohibiting the police to from involvement with federal immigration matters.
Republican Outcry Over Lopez Stance

Lopez’ answer sparked an outcry among OC GOP activists and calls for the county party to rescind its endorsement of Lopez. Adding fuel to the fire were Lopez’s politically correct answers to questions about the city’s anti-camping ordinance to prevent parks from turning into homeless encampments, and Anaheim’s participation in a Homeland Security Department anti-terrorism program.

Lopez pledged to support repeal of the anti-camping ordinance and oppose city participation in the anti-terrorism program – criticizing it was “discriminatory.”
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Darrell Huff wrote a classic book in 1954: How to Lie With Statistics. Heather MacDonald’s argumentative column in the Wall Street Journal (May 29, 2015) predicting a new crime wave in our country would have been prime fodder for a chapter in Huff’s book.

Huff’s chapters offered object lessons in ways that journalists use statistics to confuse and deceive readers. MacDonald overstated the strength of the evidence she cited to support the purported crime wave. Worse, however, was her deliberate and systematic withholding of data, the erroneous conclusions based upon them, and the failure to note that researchers have not yet validated the effectiveness of the broken window theory (Kelling & Wilson, 1982).

Broken window theory assumes that crime and disorder, like ham and eggs, are inextricably linked. If a window in a house is broken and not fixed, it is assumed that more windows will be broken, whether the house is located in Watts or in West Palm Beach. The broken window represents a lack of caring, an invitation to break more windows. Thus, the failure of the police to arrest lawbreakers, regardless of the crime, invites committing more crimes. The strict enforcement of the law, however, subsequently results in fewer crimes. Similarly, the “Ferguson effect” refers to police officers “disengaging from discretionary law enforcement.”

For the same reason that a family of four does not need four washing machines or four swimming pools, each police officer in the nation does not need a body camera, an assault weapon, a motorcycle, and a police car. The White House believes otherwise. This week, President Obama proposed new initiatives, potentially costing taxpayers’ $263,000,000—including the purchase of 50,000 body cameras for police officers. The Anaheim City Council recently approved spending $1,150,000 on body cameras for its officers, despite lacking any substantive evidence of their effectiveness to achieve the Council’s stated purpose: increasing trust and transparency (White, 2014).

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The given reason for needing 50,000 body cameras? To improve community relations between citizens and law enforcement. These initiatives, however, as anyone knows who has watched television or read a newspaper on any day during the past few weeks, are principally the residue of protests and riots that ignited in Ferguson, Missouri. Squandering taxpayers’ dollars on 50,000 body cameras hoping to stop such events, however, ignores the genesis of the mayhem: long-term, complex socioeconomic and cultural factors and the nation’s racial divide.

This week, David Brooks (2014) addressed class prejudice and race in a New York Times editorial: “There has been a migration away from prejudice based on genetics to prejudice based on class. . . . We once again have a sharp social divide between people who live in the ‘respectable’ meritocracy and those who live beyond it. In one world almost everybody you meet has at least been to college, and people have very little contact with features that are sometimes a part of the other world: prison, meth, payday loans, a flowering of nonmarriage family forms.” Brooks contends that Americans “need to improve our capacity for sympathetic understanding, our capacity to imaginatively place ourselves in the minds of other people with experiences different from our own.” He cites the need for a common project, suggesting a national collaboration “to improve social mobility for the poor of all races,” which he concludes will decrease classism, social distance, and racial prejudice. This recommendation will never see the light of day in Washington because our leaders believe that spending money is always the best problem solver.

How many hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent since 1960 hoping to improve student achievement in U.S. public schools? Despite the staggering amounts, as I pointed in a previous post, student test scores in reading and mathematics have remained flat for decades (National Center for Education Statistics, 2013). But just as the Anaheim City Council approved the purchase of police body cameras, not yet a validated technology, Congress will undoubtedly approve spending millions of dollars to buy 50,000 body cameras.

In the meantime, the substantive problems will remain unaddressed—including the disproportionate number of Black inmates in U.S. federal and state prisons (Bureau of Prisons, 2014). Among the 1,517,000 adult inmates during 2013, 549,100 (38%) were Black, although they constituted only 13% of the nation’s population. Body cameras and money, although visible, will remain worthless tools for preventing future disorders and addressing class prejudice, socioeconomic and cultural factors, the racial divide, and the nation’s prison population.

References

Brooks, D. (2014, December 1). Class prejudice resurgent. New York Times. Retrieved from http://nyti.ms/11LEbZW

Bureau of Prisons. (2014). Inmate race. Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from http://tinyurl.com/pgmqqg7

National Center for Education Statistics. (2013). The nation’s report card: Trends in academic progress. Washington, DC: Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved from http://tinyurl.com/oczx9p2

White, M. (2014). Police officer body-worn cameras: Assessing the evidence. Washington, DC: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services. Retrieved from http://tinyurl.com/3p2jfv8

—Hugh Glenn

ximena mezaAs readers are no doubt aware, 9-year old Ximena Meza was senselessly, awfully murdered in a gang crossfire yesterday evening as she played with friends in front of her apartment in west Anaheim:

A white, stuffed cat and plush bunny animal sat Thursday morning in the spot near where Ximena was shot. A flickering religious candle honored her.

William Meza said his family moved into the Anaheim apartment three months ago.

“We had a very big loss,” he said.

Jennifer Smith, who has lived in the apartment next to the Meza’s for five years, said she heard three consecutive shots Wednesday night and immediately called 911.

Smith said she went outside and saw William Meza holding Ximena in his arms, begging for someone to help him. But she never saw the shooter.

“They’re cowards,” she said. “Cowards. If you’re going to kill a little girl, why don’t you stay until the cops show up?”

A online fund has been set up to accept donations to defray the costs to the Meza family of Ximena’s funeral. Click on this link to the “Ximena’s Funeral Fund” page on GoFundMe.com. lease give generously, and more importantly, keep her family and friends in your prayers.

Measure L amends the Anaheim City Charter to require the City Council to establish voter districts. A candidate seeking a seat on the city council must live within a given district, and only voters residing within that district may vote for that candidate.

L PICCurrently, members of the City Council may live anywhere in Anaheim, and voters may vote for any candidate. What is the need to change the current process: to establish voter districts and to limit an individual’s vote to one candidate?

The “impartial analysis” of Measure L by the Anaheim City Attorney is, indeed, impartial (Houston, 2014). He explains the differences between voting for council members “at large” from voting for a single candidate. Absolutely nothing in his analysis provides any need or basis for changing the current election process. The entire text of proposed amendments to Anaheim’s City Charter can be read online (City of Anaheim, 2014).

The argument supporting Measure L by Mayor Tait and Council Member Brandman (2014) consists of banality (e.g., Anaheim is a great place to live; Council members will become more effective) and nonsense (e.g., Anaheim will become less wonderful [if Measure L fails]). But again, nothing in their non-argument establishes any need to change the current process for electing city officials.

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CHA Hit paid by Tait Family TrustAnaheim Insider here.

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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The 9th Annual Anaheim Mariachi Festival is this Saturday evening, October 11 at Pearson Park Amphitheatre. Tickets are $25 and up, and there is a great line-up of mariachi acts.

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I can listen to mariachis all day long. Great event to support and enjoy.

It’s a bad day for the gadflies at CATER: today the City on Anaheim prevailed in court over the CATER lawsuit against the Anaheim Convention Center expansion.

Thanks to Cynthia Ward and her house legal genius Greg Diamond, CATER did succeed in torpedoing the initial expansion financing package and costing Anaheim taxpayers at least $35 million in increased project costs and lost community benefits like additional fire stations. How is that for “economic responsibility”?

UPDATE: here’s the press release from the city:

ORANGE COUNTY SUPERIOR COURT RULES IN ANAHEIM’S FAVOR
Approves City of Anaheim’s bond financing for the Anaheim Convention Center

ANAHEIM, Calif. (September 26, 2014) Today, the Orange County Superior Court gave a resounding victory to the City of Anaheim by validating the City’s approved financing of the much-needed expansion of the Anaheim Convention Center. The Court concluded that the Anaheim Public Financing Authority properly acted in approving issuance of up to $300 Million in bonds for this project, which benefits the City, the region and the community.

On May 12, 2014, local organization CATER (Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility) submitted its lawsuit in opposition to the City’s financing mechanism for the Convention Center expansion project. The lawsuit caused the cancellation of the bond sale, delayed the project, and caused the City to be liable for increased construction fees as well as legal expenses. The City now intends to proceed with the financing.

“I am thankful that the Court recognized the need to expeditiously review this matter and confirmed what the City and most people knew all along: That this case, brought by outside special interests and a handful of community members, was entirely frivolous and of great harm to the City’s economic prosperity. This meritless action by CATER and the Inland Oversight Committee unfortunately has cost the City tens of millions of dollars in increased construction and financing costs,” said City Attorney Michael R.W. Houston.

The bond approval is intended to support the Anaheim Convention Center expansion, refund debt at a lower interest rate and finance other community improvements.

Since opening in 1967, revenues generated by the Anaheim Convention Center and related activities have consistently supported overall City services, thereby improving the quality of life for Anaheim’s residents.

The proposed Anaheim Convention Center expansion project encompasses the addition of 200,000 square feet of flexible meeting space for hosting concurrent events, capturing new meeting groups and retaining the large annual events, plus the replacement of Car Park 1. The current Anaheim Convention Center has limited meeting space opportunities and limits the ability to accommodate concurrent events.

It is conservatively estimated that the City’s General Fund would be better off by $115 million over the next decade and $320 million over a 30-year period by expanding, as determined by an outside consultant (Crossroads Consulting Services).

Each year the City generates millions of dollars due to the large annual events booked at the Anaheim Convention Center. Attendance over the past five years averages nearly 1.1 million guests at Convention Center events alone. This translates to hotel room stays, dining, shopping and entertainment for those guests, many of whom use the opportunity to plan a family vacation or extend their stay to enjoy Anaheim and Orange County’s many amenities.

In 2010, the City Council, by Resolution, established the Anaheim Tourism Improvement District (ATID) for the promotion of local tourism and convention-related programs. Hoteliers in the Anaheim Resort agreed to self-assess 2% of hotel room rent within the ATID boundaries for projects in the Anaheim Resort. The creation of the ATID relieved the City’s General Fund of $6 million annually, beginning in 2010, and freed-up these dollars to pay for this Anaheim Convention Center expansion project. Assuming TOT revenues would grow at a conservative estimate of 3%, it is estimated that the value of the ATID would be approximately $450 million, and is greater than estimated lease payments on the bond issuance.

To ensure that the incremental new revenues would be available for General Fund programs, the City Council approved a financing plan that keeps the General Fund’s annual lease payment obligations for capital improvements where they are today.

For more on the Anaheim Convention Center expansion and to read the Staff Report, please click here, and forward to item 27.

911_fountain_memorialThis came over the transom yesterday from Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray (apologies for not posting it earlier so folks had more advance notice):

[Today] marks the 13th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on our nation. To honor the brave men and women who lost theirs lives and the heroic sacrifices of the first responders, Anaheim Fire and Rescue, Anaheim Police Department, and the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau invite the community, active and military personnel, visitors, and first responders to a remembrance ceremony.

The September 11th Remembrance Ceremony will take place at the Anaheim Convention Center Grand Plaza. The 30-minute ceremony will begin promptly at 8:46 a.m. – the time at which the first plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Attendees are asked to arrive at the Grand Plaza by 8:30 a.m. Complimentary parking will be available at the Anaheim Convention Center parking lot off of Katella Ave.

“Thirteen years ago, our nation’s military and emergency personnel made the ultimate sacrifice even after recognizing that they faced a seemingly insurmountable challenge,” said Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada. “This ceremony will be a tribute to all the victims as well as an opportunity to honor those who serve our community and country today.”

“We should never forget the courage demonstrated by first responders and civilians on September 11th,” said Fire Chief Randy R. Bruegman. “This remembrance ceremony allows those who live or work in Anaheim as well as those that may be visiting an opportunity to pay their respects.”

I hope you will join us as we honor those who perished and those who continue to serve our community as first responders. For more information on the ceremony, click here.

Kindest regards,

Kris Murray
Mayor Pro Tem
City of Anaheim

lorri_galloway_smallThis just came over the transom from the Lorri Galloway for Mayor campaign:

Watch “Your Vote So Cal 2014” on FOX 11 at 10:30 pm Tonight

Be sure to watch the “You Vote So Cal 2014” segment on Fox 11 News tonight at 10:30 pm to hear Lorri Galloway’s vision for Anaheim if elected Mayor.

The show is hosted and moderated by Emmy Award winning journalist, Tony McEwing, joined by Brian Calle and Joseph Perkins, editorial staff of the Orange County Register. Tune in for a great show!

colin hay serviteColin Hay, front man and lead singer of the classic 1980’s pop group Men at Work, will perform this Saturday, September 6 at the Anaheim Center for the Performing Arts at Servite High School.

The concert will raise funds for the Frank Rivera Iron Man Trust, which was established by Frank’s classmates from Servite’s Class of 1979 to Frank with his ongoing medical expenses stemming from the debilitating and degenerative effects of Lupus. Through the Trust, his classmates also provide additional support for Frank’s daughters’ educational expenses.

I don’t know Frank personally, but I vividly remember him and the other seniors of the Class of ’79. Their spirit and confidence made a deep impression on my freshman mind and really crystallized for me the realization but by enrolling me at Servite, my parents had sent me a unique and special place. The compassion and loyalty of Frank Rivera’s classmates, all these years later, is a powerful testimony about the themselves and Servite.

For more information and/or to purchase tickets for the benefit concert, click here.

Jose Moreno megaphone croppedNot ones to let mere partisan formalities separate kindred left-wing spirits, the Democratic Party of Orange County has endorsed Jose F. Moreno for Anaheim City Council — notwithstanding he has only been a Democrat since this month.

To recap: the Democratic Party of Orange County has endorsed Moreno for city council, and Measure L, which would carve Anaheim into single-member council districts.

Moreno also benefited from a $1,900 contribution on August 21 from the United Food and Commercial Workers union, Local 324. UCFW represents workers at the Disneyland Resort, Disneyland California Adventure, Downtown Disney and the Disney-owned hotel stores, among other places.

moreno charter schoolsYesterday, newly-minted Democrat Jose F. Moreno sent an e-mail to members of the Democratic Party of Orange County Central Committee seeking their endorsement for his Anaheim City Council candidacy. The most interesting part was the section devoted to charter schools, in which the Anaheim City School District Board of Education member felt it necessary to distance himself from his recent vote to support the GOALS Academy charter school application:

As a result of my focus on the needs of our children, you may have heard that I did choose to support the establishment of a local charter school. I am NOT a supporter of the overall Charter School movement which is clearly a veiled effort to undermine education as a public entity. I have always, and continue to be skeptical of corporate-based and networked charters that come into our communities under the auspices of educational equity. It is indeed unfortunate that over the past 20 years our legislature and State Board of Education has established and expanded Charter school laws.
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Jose Moreno megaphone croppedCOPE stands for Committee on Political Education. It’s the AFL-CIO’s PAC, and each affiliate of the giant union organization has its own COPE (at least, that’s how it has been explained to me).

At yesterday’s meeting of the OC Labor Federation’s COPE committee, a “no endorsement” recommendation was adopted regarding Jose F. Moreno’s council candidacy (maybe being a Democrat longer than a couple of weeks is necessary).  According to sources, the building trades and police and fire unions played a key role in securing the “no endorsement” position, and the Orange County Employees Association (OCEA) – which represents the Anaheim Municipal Employees Association — abstained.

Lawn-WateringThis came over the transom from the City of Anaheim last night:

ANAHEIM CITY COUNCIL APPROVES WATER USE RESTRICTION MEASURES

ANAHEIM, Calif. (August 12, 2014) – The Anaheim City Council tonight approved a resolution to implement four mandatory water conservation measures, in compliance with the State Water Resources Control Board’s emergency drought regulations. With a focus on outdoor water conservation, the following actions are now prohibited:

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Courtesy of the OC Register

The Irvine Company is donating to the county 2,500 acres of open space in Anaheim Hills and east Orange, instead of building the up-to 5,500 homes they were entitled to develop.

From the OC Register:

The Irvine Co. will offer 2,500 acres of undeveloped land in Anaheim Hills and near East Orange that was once to hold 5,500 homes to the county today, in hopes of ensuring the massive swath remains open space forever, company officials said.

Documents of the proposal, which have been kept quiet, will be privately handed over to the Board of Supervisors concerning what likely would be the landholder’s last big gift of open space. The panel is not scheduled to discuss the proposal during today’s meeting.

“As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Irvine Co., this is the perfect opportunity to add to our open space and park lands legacy,” Irvine Co. Chairman Donald Bren said in a statement. “With this gift, we complete our open-space vision.”

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Here’s the semi-final list of mayoral and council candidates who have qualified for the November ballot (Lucille Kring and Jose “Joe” Moreno are still pending the final verification of their signatures):

Mayor

Tom Tait

Denis Fitzgerald

Lorri Galloway

 

Council

Gail Eastman

Kris Murray

James Vanderbilt

Doug Pettibone

Jerry O’Keefe

Jose F. Moreno

Donna Acevedo

Assuming Kring and Jose “Joe” Moreno do qualify (a reasonable assumption), there will be four (three Republicans and one Democrat) mayoral candidates and eight council candidates (six GOPers and two Dems) on the ballot.

2_medThe City of Anaheim’s able PIO Ruth Ruiz sent out this press release last night, providing a useful, informative run-down of what’s involved with the Anaheim Convention Center expansion, the financing for which the city council approved last night.

ANAHEIM CITY COUNCIL APPROVES BONDS FOR CONVENTION CENTER EXPANSION

ANAHEIM, Calif. (July 22, 2014) – The Anaheim City Council tonight authorized the Anaheim Housing and Public Improvements Authority to issue bonds for expanding the Anaheim Convention Center to meet current and future needs of Anaheim’s convention and tradeshow industry. Since opening in 1967, revenues generated by the Anaheim Convention Center and related activities have consistently supported overall City services, thereby improving the quality of life for Anaheim’s residents.

The proposed Anaheim Convention Center expansion project encompasses the addition of 200,000 square feet of flexible meeting space for hosting concurrent events, capturing new meeting groups and retaining the large annual events, plus the replacement of Car Park 1. The current Anaheim Convention Center has limited meeting space opportunities and limits the ability to accommodate concurrent events.

It is conservatively estimated that the City’s General Fund would be better off by $115 million over the next decade and $320 million over a 30-year period by expanding, as determined by an outside consultant (Crossroads Consulting Services).

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kris murray at OCWD 11-15Along the items on tonight’s Anaheim City Council agenda is a resolution, proposed by Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray, signifying the city’s support for preserving Proposition 13, California’s landmark initiative that rolled back property taxes and imposed strict limits on increasing them.

Liberals have hated proposition 13 since voters’ overwhelmingly approved it in 1978. It is about the only tax advantage California has vis-a-vis other states, and it is the last remaining protection we have against the rapacious appetite the liberal special interests running state government have for our money. These interests have been gearing up for to make another run at killing Proposition 13 via the “split roll” – removing Proposition 13’s protections from non-residential property.

The more cities that pas resolutions like Kris Murray’s the better; I’d be surprised if her resolution received anything less than unanimous support from her council colleagues.

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