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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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stephanie-stielerAnaheim Insider here.

According to TheLiberalOC.com, a member of Tom Tait’s re-election campaign staff has quit his campaign and endorsed rival mayoral candidate Lorri Galloway, who was termed off the City Council in 2012:

TheLiberalOC has learned that Pastor Stephanie Stieler, who served as a field operations manager for Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait’s re-election effort, has resigned from the Tait team and has joined the campaign for Lorri Galloway for Mayor.

Lorri Galloway sent us this statement this morning:

“She (Pastor Stieler) has offered her total support, but most of all her prayers for our success.  The reason that I share this is not to boast but to share a window into my world and the reality of our campaign’s purpose.  For me, politics have never been about power and influence, but it is what I know to be God’s will for my life of service. 

Before I ever announced my intention to run for Mayor of Anaheim, amazing people of faith have come to me, not by my asking, but by their own will and they have surrounded me and covered me as powerful prayer warriors.   They pray for my family, my home, my business – The Eli Home for Abused Children, and anything that may come under attack because of my calling. 

Along with my wonderful prayer warriors, people of all ages, color, nationality and belief, have joined with us in knowing that our great city of Anaheim, after 157 years, is on the cusp of change in many more ways than one.  Many people ask me how and why I have the will and energy to take on this battle.  The peace in my heart tells me that the battle is already won, and my most important task is to walk humbly with our God.”

Lorri Galloway

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Whatever happened at the Tait campaign to cause Pastor Stieler (who runs the First Light International Foundation in Anaheim) to jump ship must have been pretty significant, since less that two weeks before she at the council meeting publicly praising the Mayor and his chosen council candidates, Doug Pettibone and James Vanderbilt:

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Lorri Galloway was interviewed on September 5 on Fox News LA by anchor Tony McEwing and OC Register editorialists Brian Calle and Joseph Perkins, as part of a series of “You Decide 2014” interviews with local candidates.

I found it well worth watching. Not so much because one learns anything new about Lorri Galloway, but because one gets a better sense of how the OC Register editorial page will approach the Anaheim’s municipal elections.

In 2012, the libertarian conservative newspaper’s endorsed Anaheim council candidate John Leos — the anti-paycheck protection union activist on whose behalf the Orange County Employees Association spent north of $600,000 in two cycles, but whom Mayor Tom Tait endorsed after dropping Steve Chavez Lodge a few months before election.  

If body language is any indication, it seems OC Register is pre-disposed to endorse a “yes” vote on Measure L – even though shifting Anaheim city council elections from an at-large to by-district basis will lead to kind of municipal government policies the OC Register editorial page opines against.

At the 4:27 mark in the video, McEwing brings up by-district elections, and framing of the issue in a way that is informed by the liberal premises that authentic representation is a function of race and ethnicity, and at-large elections disenfranchise Latino voters. Calle nods vigorously throughout McEwing’s framing of the issue :

“Let me bring up another issue that is huge in Anaheim, and it’s the way the city elections are held, the electoral process, it is probably one of the major issues, and you have the ACLU, which certainly believes that the way elections are held, the at-large elections as opposed to district elections, has resulted in an under-representation of particularly minorities, Latinos in particular. Are you in favor of district-wide elections as opposed to at-large elections, the way their held now.”

I hope the OC Register does not endorse Measure L. The editorial board’s traditional fealty to limited government is not served by a left-wing political initiative intended to breakdown limitations on the scope of Anaheim city government. The editorial page’s long-time support for color-blind government stands in opposition to Measure L, which is fueled by a belief in color-conscious government. 

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Time for an update on who has pulled papers to run for mayor or city council.

On Friday (I think), Lorri Galloway pulled her nomination papers. The former councilwoman formed a committee and filed her intention to run last November, and has “Galloway for Mayor” yard signs popping up around Anaheim, so no surprise here.

That leaves Mayor Tom Tait as the only announced candidate who has not yet pulled nomination papers.

On the council side, it is still status quo. Incumbents Kris Murray and Gail Eastman have pulled papers, as have retired Anaheim policeman Jerry O’Keefe and attorney Doug Pettibone (a neighbor of the mayor’s and member of his council candidate slate). The other half of the Tait Slate, James Vanderbilt, has not yet pulled papers.

UPDATED (1:02 p.m. on July 22): Mayor Tom Tait has pulled his nomination papers.

This came over the transom yesterday from the Lorri Galloway for Mayor campaign:

Lorri Galloway 60s fundraiser'

Like her or lump her, agree or disagree with her, Lorri Galloway is nothing if not an energetic candidate.

Next week, she is holding a “show up rally” for her mayoral campaign:

galloway 4-24 rally

 

The special guest speaker will be Jose Solorio, Rancho Santiago Community College District trustee and candidate for the 34th Senate District (which includes much of west Anaheim).

Galloway for mayor logoThe OC Register reports that KFI-AM morning talk show host Bill Handel will headline the kick-off fundraiser for former Councilwoman Lorri Galloway’s mayoral campaign:

Bill Handel, a popular drive-time talk-show host on KFI-AM, has a best friend whose girlfriend grew up with mayoral candidate Lorri Galloway’s daughter.

Because of that connection, Handel will help boost Galloway’s campaign by appearing at a campaign fundraiser next week.

“I get involved in politics on a personal basis,” Handel said.

Galloway is a former Anaheim councilwoman who served for eight years. In the race for Anaheim mayor, she is expected to face incumbent Mayor Tom Tait and Councilwoman Lucille Kring and perhaps others. The campaign filing period has not opened for the November election.

Handel’s morning show consistently gets ratings that put it in the top three morning shows in Southern California.

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lorri galloway at rallyThis came over the transom earlier today from the Lorri Galloway for Mayor campaign:

Lorri Galloway Rally Day
Campaign Kickoff Fundraiser
Anaheim Mayor 2014

Join us for an exciting evening as the Anaheim community comes together to rally and show their support for Lorri Galloway as she kicks off her campaign to become the next Mayor of Anaheim.
Be sure to save the date, March 20th, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

Stay tuned for more information on how to register for the event, as well as, the exciting reveal of where we will be hosting Lorri Galloway Rally Day.

In the meantime, be sure to follow Lorri Galloway on Facebook, Twitter, and Google +.

We look forward to seeing you on March 20th.

The Galloway for Mayor 2014 Campaign Team

Anaheim Insider here.

TheLiberalOC.com’s Dan Chmielweski published a follow-up to his earlier post about Mayor Tom Tait’s engineering company taking hundreds of thousands in taxpayer subsidies to give  his employees computer training. Dan contrasts that with Tait’s vote in 2012 against $40,000 to fund a computer literacy program at the Ponderosa Library in a heavily Latino neighborhood:

Ponderosa computer classesLast week, we detailed how Tait & Associates received hundreds of thousands of dollars in state grants for employee computer training from 2004 to 2010. But when it came time to authorize $40,000 for computer training and education programs at the Ponderosa Library, a program designed to help Anaheim’s poor and working class families gain new skills for better jobs, Tait was the only member of the city council to vote no (slide to the 3:12 mark of the June 19, 2012 meeting and watch the vote). Democratic candidate for Mayor, Lorri Galloway, voted yes for this program.

Taxpayer funded computer training is OK for me but not for thee.

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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:

Kring mayoral fundraiser

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.

lorri galloway at rallyFormer councilmember and current mayoral aspirant Lorri Galloway sent this e-mail to her supporters:

Dear Friends and Family:

My campaign for Anaheim Mayor 2014 has been in the news lately. After a PBS story aired last night, I am heartsick because I have allowed negativity to be the focus, which is something that I abhor, and I have often been on the receiving end of it Truthfully, I am honored to be in a country where someone like me has the opportunity and freedom to run for such an office. My faith in God tells me that the blessing will be in the journey, not in the victory or defeat. I just sent this apology to the Mayor of Anaheim, Tom Tait.

Dear Tom:

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Some interesting reactions to Lorri Galloway’s announcement she’ll run against incumbent Tom Tait for Mayor of Anaheim. Such as this post from the ordinarily execrable SaveAnaheim:

I admit I don’t have a clue what Lorri Galloway accomplished during her last stint on the Anaheim City Council. So I can’t speak to her record. I’ve heard her impassioned pleas before the crony capitalist majority and have recorded many of her rally’s. I love her passion for the issues I believe in.

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lorri galloway at rally

Lorri Galloway

She’s been telling people for months, and we’ve been posting about it here for months (and before anyone else). Now she’s making it official via a Frank Mickadeit column: former Councilwoman Lorri Galloway is running for Mayor of Anaheim against incumbent Tom Tait.

Frank writes:

Galloway’s [candidacy] is a shock, however, given their political relationship. Even though she is a Democrat and he is a Republican, they found a lot of common ground.

He may be shocked, but a lot of other people aren’t – for the reasons outlined in his column and this post over at TheLiberalOC.com.

Councilwoman Lucille Kring is likely to enter the mayoral race soon, setting up the three-way contest (four-way, if you count Rudy Gaona) Galloway is banking on as her pathway to becoming mayor.

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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.

Wondering what kind of anti-business policies single-member council districts would make more likely in Anaheim? Look no further than UNITE-HERE Local 11’s lobbying of the City of Anaheim to adopt a “retention” policy a la that paragon of mismanagement and ill-governance, Los Angeles.

To illustrate how “retention” works, I’ll excerpt from Los Angeles International Airport’s retention policy, which imposes these requirements on LAX contractors:

  • Contractor agrees to offer to employ and retain for a 90-day period the employees who worked for at least 12 months for the terminated contractor/subcontractors earning less than $15.00 per hour.
  • Contractor agrees to not discharge without cause the employees retained during the 90-day period.
  • Contractor agrees to perform a written performance evaluation of each employee retained at the end of the 90-day period.

[LAX packages their retention policy with a “Living Wage” ordinance: in LAX’s case, contractors were required, as of July 1, 20102, to pay their employees at least $10.70 an hour, along with a minimum health benefit hourly rate of $4.67 per hour (up from $1.70 per hour when the mandate was imposed in 2010).  Plus, the “Living Wage” has to be increased every year. If the contractor doesn’t provide health benefits, then the minimum health benefit hourly rate must be added to their pay – spiking the “Living Wage (in this case) to $15.37 per hour.]

UNITE-HERE is meeting with Anaheim city officials to press their case for imposing a retention policy on Anaheim contractors.

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Mere minutes before the start of last night’s Anaheim City Council meeting, Councilwoman Lorri Galloway’s colleagues learned she would pull her proposed ordinance to ban circus animals from city soil. Her target was Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, which has the temerity to entertain children and their parents with exotic animals like elephants and tigers, all while making…wait for it…a profit!

Councilwoman Galloway explained that those who had urged her to introduce the ordinance – animal rights organization like PETA – had asked her to pull it. While there’s no reason to doubt that is true, it doesn’t answer the question of why PETA would want it pulled.

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