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futureA friend alerted me that missing from yesterday’s post on implementing Measure L was a discussion of how many council seats will be on the ballot in 2016.

The answer is: four. Councilmembers Lucille Kring and Jordan Brandman will be running for re-election in yet-to-be drawn council districts, and two new, open seats will be on the ballot.

According to the text of the Measure L charter amendment, once the four winners are sworn, they will cast lots to decide which serves only a two-year term and runs again in 2018:

Notwithstanding the term of office specified in the first paragraph of this Section 500, at the City Council meeting where these four members are sworn in, the City Council shall select by casting of lots one member elected at the November 2016 general election to hold office for a term of two years and until his or her successor qualifies; the remaining three members shall serve for a term of four years and until their successors qualify.

This is done so that going forward, there will always be three council seats on the ballot every two years. So, it is possible that either Councilmember Brandman or Kring will have to run a third time in 2018 (but for another two-year term). It begs the question of why the amendment didn’t limit the lot casting to the winners of the two newly-created council district seats.

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Former state Sen. Gloria Romero devotes herself to championing charter schools and helping parents utilize the Parent Trigger Law (which she authored) to create better educational opportunities for their children. She has lately been helping parents at Palm Lane Elementary School, in the Anaheim City School District, who want to use the Parent Trigger Law to convert Palm Lane to charter status.

ACSD Trustee Jose Moreno is an avowed opponent of charter schools: shortly after declaring his council candidacy this summer, he wrote to members of the Democratic Party of Orange County to assure them he not opposed the formation of charter schools (other than the one sponsored by a friend of Mayor Tait’s), but he wishes the state legislature had never allowed charter schools in the first place.

This Sunday, a robocall recorded by Sen. Romero went out, asking voters not to cast their ballots for either Moreno or his ACSD Board colleagues and council running mate, James Vanderbilt:

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We’re near the finish line for the Anaheim elections. On the council side of things, the real choice before Anaheim voters is between re-electing Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray and Councilwoman Gail Eastman, or replacing them with two members of Anaheim City School District Board of Education: James Vanderbilt and Jose F. Moreno. Vanderbilt is a Republican and Moreno is a left-wing Democrat, and together they constitute the Tait Slate.

True, Mayor Tait hasn’t formally endorsed Moreno as he has Vanderbilt, but that is a mere pretense at this point. Tait has told Republican leaders he is supporting Moreno. It’s apparent from Tait campaign Facebook page posts feature Tait with Moreno and speak of “James Vanderbilt, Jose F. Moreno and myself” that no effort is really being made to keep support for the left-wing Moreno on the down-low anymore:

Tait me and jose FB post 11-2-14

Tait promoting Moreno on campaign FB

 

In a joint mailer from the jointly-run Tait and Vanderbilt campaigns, the mayor says to voters:

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When he decided to run for Anaheim City Council at the beginning of the year, James Vanderbilt told both Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray and Councilwoman Gail Eastman that he was mainly running to build up name ID, that he thought they’d done a good job and he wasn’t going to attack them.

So much for promises.

Yesterday, this mailer from Vanderbilt landed in voter mail boxes and in truth, Vanderbilt broke that promise “no attacks” pledge early in his campaign):


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In the mailer, Vanderbilt tries to contrast himself with Kris Murray on Measure N by claiming she “Placed Measure N on the November 4 ballot to transfer  utility fee surplus to the general fund by describing it as a “language update.”

There’s no other way to say it: Vanderbilt is lying. I very clearly remember watching that vote: both Kris Murray and Tom Tait voted against placing Measure N on the ballot. I even checked the minutes of the July 22 meeting where the vote took place, just the be certain I wasn’t mistaken.

As Anaheim Insider pointed out yesterday, the Tait campaign posted on Facebook that Anaheim voters need to replace Kris Murray and Gail Eastman with “a new, honest council.” That’s typical of the kind of rhetoric wafting out from Team Tait. How does the mayor square that with this falsehood being promoted by Vanderbilt? Either Vanderbilt didn’t bother verifying his claim (something easily done) or he knew it wasn’t true and made the false claim anyway.

The surviving official member of Team Team is James Vanderbilt, Jose Moreno’s colleague on the Anaheim City School District Board of Education

Vanderbilt has also been on the receiving end of at least three hit pieces in the last week, all from the OCTax PAC. Two of them have focused on Vanderbilt’s use of “educator” in his ballot title, even though his primary occupation is an administrator with the California Department of Veterans Affairs. This mailer hit mailboxes at the end of last week:

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This one landed a day or two ago:

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Team Tait (at least as it was constituted until last week) began hitting Anahem voters’ mailboxes last week. As is customary with initial mailers, these were positives: Tait’s highlighting accomplishments, while Pettibone’s and Vanderbilt’s were introductory in nature.

The Tait piece:

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The Vanderbilt piece:

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Anaheim Insider here.

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).

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Anaheim Insider here.

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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Anaheim Insider here.

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?

Typically, candidates craft ballot titles that communicate what they do for a living in such a way that voters are more likely to votes for them. At the same time, the state Election Code places limitations on what they can choose.

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Jose F. Moreno (1) initially chose the ballot designation “Professor/Trustee, Anaheim City School District.” This almost certainly violates the state Election Code section limiting ballot designations to three words, and so Moreno (1) has changed his designation to “Professor/School Boardmember.”

That would solve the three word limit problem…if “boardmember” was actually a word! Unfortunately for Moreno (1), “boardmember” is not a real word. Search for it on any number of online dictionaries: Dictionary.com asks, “Did you mean cardmember“? Merriam-Webster says “the word you entered isn’t in the dictionary” and gave me a spelling suggestion: barking deer. Cambridge Dictionaries does not have an entry for “boardmember” and The Free Dictionary reports it cannot be found in either the dictionary or the encyclopedia. 

So we find ourselves with an interesting situation: a candidate pointing to his school district record as a qualification for city council, using a made-up word to describe himself to voters.

What Is An Educator?

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According to this campaign HQ grand opening invite on the Tom Tait campaign website, he personally recruited James Vanderbilt and Doug Pettibone, and their campaigns will share a campaign headquarters. In other words, this is the official “Tait Slate.”

ANAHEIM MAYOR TOM TAIT

Anaheim City Council Candidate DOUG PETTIBONE

Anaheim City Council Candidate JAMES VANDERBILT

Cordially invite you to attend their

CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS

GRAND OPENING

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Jose Moreno, ACSD Board of Education trustee and left-wing activist

Anaheim City School District Trustee James Vanderbilt

Anaheim City School District Trustee James Vanderbilt

UPDATE (4:20 p.m.): I’m hearing now that Moreno is definitely running and will announce at a press conference on Friday.

Anaheim City Hall watchers I’ve spoken to believe Jose Moreno pulling papers for re-election to the Anaheim City School Board is a political head fake, and that he will actually file to run for Anaheim City Council by the end of the week (the deadline is 5:00 p.m. on August) – most likely with a press conference in front of City Hall.

The speculation had about who would be on the Tait Slate of candidates recruited by the mayor in an attempt to take out his Republican council colleagues: James Vanderbilt, Doug Pettibone or Jose Moreno. The feedback I’m getting is a de facto “all of the above” – the strategy being to stuff the ballot with Republican candidates and to the benefit of Democratic council candidates.

At this point, there are five (possibly six) Republicans on the ballot and only one Democrat: council gadfly Donna Acevedo. That changed with Moreno’s high-profile announcement last week that he had re-registered from No Party Preference to Democrat – a distinction without a difference given his ideology, but with political impact. 

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moreno becomes democratThe period for Anaheim council and mayoral candidates to pull nomination papers opened on July 14, and closes at 5:00 p.m. on August 8.

Thus far, presumed Tait Slate member James Vanderbilt is the only candidate for either mayor or city council who has not pulled papers. I reached out to Vanderbilt via e-mail to ask if he still plans to pull papers for council this November.

On Friday, I posted about growing speculation that Vanderbilt would not pull the trigger and that his fellow ACSD Board of Education member (and ACLU lead plaintiff against the city) Jose Moreno would throw his hat in the ring instead, as either an open or sub rosa member of the Tait Slate.

The chances of that happening took a nose dive yesterday when Moreno pulled papers to run for re-election to the ACSD Board:

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Is that the end of the story? Not quite.  Filing doesn’t close for 11 days (counting today). I’m still inclined to think Vanderbilt goes for council while Moreno sticks to running for re-election to the ACSD Board (having cleverly side-stepped in ACSD the by-district elections he’s demanding for the City of Anaheim) and running for council in 2016 if the voters adopt by-district council elections.

Also, yesterday Moreno switched his registration from NPP to Democrat (yes, I realize most readers assumed he already was one). Moreno cited the Democratic Party’s strong support for by-district council elections in Anaheim. I think that’s makes it even less likely he will run for council this year. I don’t believe he would run for council against the Pettibone/Vanderbilt ticket, and his new status as a Democrat would prevent him from being an open member of the Tait Sate because that would almost certainly doom what is otherwise a likely OC GOP endorsement of the mayor’s re-election. 

Still, Vanderbilt’s name won’t be on the ballot unless he returns valid nomination papers (which he hasn’t even pulled yet), and 11 days is plenty of time for a switcharoo to happen.

pettibone questionvanderbilt questionWhen people decide to run for city council (or are simply thinking about it), it’s common for them to attend council meetings and speak on agenda items. It’s way of learning more about how the council operates and the issues before the city, to gain exposure for themselves via council meeting broadcasts – and to put themselves on record on major issues.

The 200,000 square-foot Anaheim Convention Center expansion, financed by a $300 million in revenue bonds, is one of the most consequential items the council has dealt with in recent years. Both supporters and opponents agree it will have a lasting impact on Anaheim.

So where were the two members of the Tait Slate, James Vanderbilt and Doug Pettibone, last night? They didn’t take advantage of public comments to let voters know where they stand on the convention center expansion. As far as I’ve been able to determine, they weren’t even at the council meeting.

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moreno no endorsement from unionThe unions representing teachers in the Anaheim City School District (ACSD) and the Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) have a joint political action committee – the Anaheim Educators PAC – which several days ago made its endorsements for this November school board elections. Three ACSD Board of Education seats are up for re-election. One incumbent, Sandy Blumberg is retiring and another, Jeff Cole, is seeking re-election. The third incumbent, Jose Moreno, is presumably seeking re-election, although rumors have swirled for months about him being the second council candidate on the Tait Slate.

Not surprisingly, the Anaheim Educators PAC endorsed Cole, as well as AUHSD history and psychology teacher Ryan Ruelas, creator of the BROS program, a past high school teacher of the year and the Anaheim Secondary Teachers Association representative on the CTA State Council. Given the sound and fury blasting out of the CTA over the Vergara decision, I’d be curious to know his opinion of it.

The most interesting thing is who the AEPAC did not endorse: Jose Moreno.

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Anaheim City School District Trustee James Vanderbilt

Anaheim City School District Trustee James Vanderbilt

UPDATED at the end of the post with additional information from another source.

One of the questions about this November’s election is who Mayor Tom Tait will recruit to run for city council in an attempt to build a majority and end what will be three years of isolation from his council colleagues. A telephone survey of Anaheim voters conducted this morning gives some indication of who those candidates might be.

I was briefed on the questions asked by a source who was surveyed this morning, and judging by the nature of the questions it seems very likely it was commissioned either by Tait’s mayoral campaign or by a person or organization interested in supporting his re-election.

The survey ran through a predictable array of issues, followed by asking respondents if Tait’s stance on the issue made them more or less likely to vote for him. For example, respondents were told Tait was the only vote against the GardenWalk deal or the Angels negotiation framework, and then asked if that made the respondent more or less likely to support Tait. Other issues used in this way were Tait’s support for requiring a city-wide vote on using TOT-rebate programs to encourage luxury hotel development or for single-member council districts.

The survey also tested messages against Lucille Kring and Lorri Galloway; for example, saying Kring reneged on a promise to oppose the GardenWalk deal and then asking if that made the responded more or less likely to support her.

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