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What does Jose Moreno, the left-wing Democrat candidate for Anaheim City Council, think of the Democrats who represent Anaheim in the state legislature and Congress?

Shortly after jumping into the council race, Moreno announced his endorsement by Sen. Lou Correa, who represents a portion of Anaheim in the 34th Senate District:

“I am humbled by the Senator’s gracious words,” Dr. Moreno said today. “Like him, I am committed to a balanced approach to governing with a focus on neighborhoods, families, and fairness. I’m proud to live in Anaheim and as a father have always advocated for sensible approaches to support our children and families. I’m running because I want to build a greater, better Anaheim not just today, but for the future. I am proud to stand with Senator Correa today, and honored by his support.”

But is that how Moreno really feels, or is it polite candidate palaver? This unfiltered Facebook post by Moreno should give us an idea of what the correct answer is:

bashing Dem legislators from OC

Lou Correa has been one of Anaheim’s local legislators since 1998 (except for two years on the Board of Supervisors, 2004-2006). That would make him one of those whom Moreno, with true left-wing sincerity, was denouncing only two years ago as a corporate toady. 

I do not agree with this characterization of Lou Correa, with whom I have had my differences (but if there were siginificantly more Democrats like him in Sacramento the state would be in better shape). It’s pretty clear the unfiltered Jose Moreno of this FB comment, with all its hostility toward the free market, is the real Jose Moreno.

moreno becoming a democratThe LiberalOC.com reports that Sen. Lou Correa has endorsed Jose F. Moreno (1) for Anaheim City Council. Correa is the termed-out Democrat representing the 34th Senate District, which includes a large chunk of Anaheim; the leftist Moreno registered as a Democrat nearly two weeks ago.

From the LOC:

Thursday, State Senator Lou Correa announced his endorsement of Dr. Jose F. Moreno for the Anaheim City Council seat. Sen. Correa is currently serving his second term in the Senate, where he represents the 34th District – encompassing Anaheim, Buena Park, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, Stanton, and Westminster. Prior to his time in the Senate, Mr. Correa also served on the Orange County Board of Supervisors – becoming the first Democrat to be elected to the Board since 1987.

You can read the entire post here.

Correa_portraitAs I posted last week, tomorrow is when Southern California Edison is supposed to select from the power generation proposals it received to its recent Request for Offers (RFO). Among those is Competitive Power Ventures’ proposal for a 400 megawatt power plant on the Ball Road Basin next to Ball Road and the 57 freeway in Anaheim.

Senator Lou Correa sent this letter to SCE President Ronald Litzinger urging Edison to reject CPV’s proposal:

Dear President Litzinger:

I write to express my strong opposition to the proposed construction of a power plant on the Orange County Water District property known as the Ball Road Basin in the City of Anaheim. As a state legislator that has represented the City of Anaheim for the past 16 years, the Ball Road Basin is not an appropriate site for a power plant.

The Ball Road Basin property is currently owned by the Orange County Water District and is zoned for open space by the City of Anaheim. The proposed 300-600 megawatt power plant would negatively affect nearby entertainment and commercial businesses, as well as residents that are in proximity to the proposed site. The City of Anaheim owns its own electric utility and would not benefit from this proposed plant. The City recently opened a power plant a few miles away in an appropriately zoned area. Your agency has already identified this site as a low priority space for generating new electricity.

I have received many phone calls and emails from my constituents regarding their strong opposition to the proposed power plant. As a native of Anaheim, I too stand in opposition to the proposed project. Currently, the Ball Road Basin area is zoned as open space and should be kept as such. The City has expressed interest in building much needed recreation space for its residents. As a teenager that was active in sports and fitness, I saw the need for Anaheim residents to have a space to exercise in an urban area.

 

I ask that you consider opposing the proposed power plant on the Ball Road Basin. Please contact my District Office at (714) 558-4400 if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

LOU CORREA

California State Senator, 34th Senate District

Kudos to Sen. Correa for stepping up to the plate on this issue. If Edison doesn’t select the CPV proposal, that should end the matter and hopefully open a pathway to a better use of the Ball Road Basin that is compatible with the surrounding area.

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.

Anaheim Insider here.

The buzz around insider circles is the possibility that state Sen. Lou Correa might run for Mayor of Anaheim next year, when current Mayor Tom Tait seeks a second four-year term.

Correa is forced out of the state Senate by term limits in 2014. What are his plans? He has a Lou Correa for Attorney General 2018 office holder account. It has about $140K in it but isn’t very active (I believe this is the account at was looted by Kinde Durkee). Correa also has a Board of Equalization account into which he has raised $55,000 so far this year, bringing that up to $133K.

The conventional wisdom is Correa would term out and then run for Board of Supervisors in 2016 when Janet Ngyuen terms out of this seat; or he could run in 2015 if Nguyen beats former Assemblyman Jose Solorio for Correa’s Senate seat and there’s a special election for the 1st Supervisor District.

Correa has been heard to talk about returning to the private sector, as well running for Mayor of Anaheim. There would be a historic dimension to it: Anaheim’s first Latino Mayor.

There are some obstacles to a Correa mayoral run. He would have to move, which is a pretty big one. Moving to run for Anaheim Mayor would take him out of 1st Supervisor District contention, since Anaheim isn’t in the 1st.

Correa’s isn’t the only name being heard. Councilwoman Lucille Kring has been encouraged to run for Mayor, and the buzz is that she’s seriously considering doing it, if she hasn’t made up her mind already.  That would be a battle royale, with Kring attracting/inheriting most of the support base that got behind Tait in 2010, plus her own formidable base of supporters.

Then there’s Lorri Galloway. Anaheim watchers take it for granted she’s going to run for Council as part of a Tait Ticket, but there are persistent reports she’s thinking about throwing her hat in the ring. Word was she called Tait over the weekend in mid-June to let him know.  All those OCCORD, UNITE-HERE and Hispanic activists who’ve been singing the Mayor’s praises would desert him for Galloway, their true heroine and a real leftist like them.

Tait won’t be a push-over. Taking out and incumbent mayor is very difficult. Most Anaheim voters like the mayor and aren’t tuned in to the drama and the infighting like insiders are.

But the Mayor is vulnerable; if he weren’t, he wouldn’t have a state Senator and a Council colleague looking at challenging him. He’s never been a very good fundraiser, which showed in the most recent campaign reports; although, if push came to shove, it wouldn’t be surprising to see a couple hundred grand from the family fortune make its way into the campaign.  But alienating your donor base (many, if not most of them, long-time supporters) is about more than campaign donations; it’s a loss of energy and momentum.

Tait v. Correa? Tait v. Kring? Tait v. Galloway v. Kring? Tait v. Kring v. Correa (v. Galloway)? A brawl is almost guaranteed, no matter who the participants end up being.

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