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The heat in the contest for Anaheim mayor, already pretty intense, was turned up several degrees when this cable TV ad began running today. The spot from Citizens for Anaheim’s Future features OC District Attorney Tony Rackauckas criticizing Mayor Tom Tait on public safety and gangs, and ends with the DA urging voters to elect a new mayor:

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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BEAT the HEATThis came over the transom from Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray, promoting the “B.E.A.T. the HEAT” concert rally against human trafficking taking place the evening of Sept. 9 at Twila Reid Park, 3100 West Orange Avenue in Anaheim. The concert rally is being organized by OC District Attorney Tony Rackauckas.

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This past November, the voters of California overwhelmingly supported Proposition 35 to ban human trafficking and escalate criminal penalties for those convicted of this crime. Proposition 35 passed with 81% approval making it the most successful ballot initiative in California’s history.

For years, Anaheim’s police department has been leading on this issue to combat prostitution and human trafficking as Anaheim is one of the Orange County cities on a circuit of trafficking affecting many communities in the western United States. Since the proposition’s passage, local law enforcement and county prosecutors have teamed up to go after those involved in this terrible exploitation of women and children – with the vast majority of children affected between the ages of 12-14. Since the passage of Prop. 35, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckus has filed charges against 9 alleged human traffickers and 402 alleged prostitutes and sex purchasers.

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