Anaheim City School District board members Dr. Jose F. Moreno and James Vanderbilt, both Latinos, are among the many candidates that are running for the Anaheim City Council in this November’s General Election. Dr. Moreno was one of those who who filed a lawsuit charging that the city’s current at-large voting method puts minority voters and candidates at a disadvantage, according to the O.C. Register. But Dr. Moreno could face an uphill battle as Anaheim resident Jose “Joe” Moreno, an Orange County Health Care Technician, has also filed to run for the City Council. The two Morenos could not be more apart on the issues. Dr. Moreno is a liberal who recently joined the Democratic Party after years of being a Decline to State voter. The other Moreno is a Republican who was his party’s nominee for the 69th Assembly District in 2012, against former Anaheim Mayor Tom Daly. He is also a contributor to our New Anaheim Blog’s Facebook page. Continue reading
Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and Anaheim City Council candidates Doug Pettibone and James Vanderbilt are hosting the grand opening of their campaign headquarters on Saturday, August 16, 2014, from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. at 50 South Anaheim Blvd., Suite 90, in Anaheim (Southeast corner of Anaheim Blvd./Lincoln Ave.).
Mayor Tait has stood up time and again in 4 to 1 votes on behalf of his fellow Anaheim residents. He has consistently voted on his principles for the people of Anaheim! It’s time to re-elect him for another term.
Mayor Tait realizes without 2 more votes on the City Council, his lone vote is of no benefit in changing the outcome of bad proposals for Anaheim communities. He has asked two principled and upstanding long-time Anaheim residents to run for election to City Council this November. Continue reading
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ANAHEIM MAYOR TOM TAIT TO JOIN LOS ANGELES MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI AT LA RIVER CLEAN UP
ANAHEIM, Calif. (August 7, 2014) – This past May, Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti agreed to a friendly wager during the National Hockey League post-season when the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings squared off against each other during the NHL playoffs. The friendly wager? An exchange of community services projects.
The Kings won the Stanley Cup, and Mayor Tait has accepted the invitation to help Mayor Garcetti at the Los Angeles River Cleanup on Saturday, August 9 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. The Mayors will been at Marsh Park (2960) Marsh St., Elysian Valley). Continue reading
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ANAHEIM AND LOS ANGELES MAYORS AGREE TO FRIENDLY WAGER AS NHL DUCKS AND KINGS GO HEAD TO HEAD IN PLAYOFFS
ANAHEIM and LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti agreed to a friendly wager — an exchange of community service projects — as the Anaheim Ducks and Los Angeles Kings begin the best of seven series in the Second Round of the NHL Western Conference Playoffs tomorrow in Anaheim. This is the first time the two teams will face each other in a playoff scenario.
If the Ducks win the series, Mayor Garcetti will join Mayor Tait in visiting Anaheim’s Guinn Elementary School and offer a lesson in music and music appreciation.
If the Kings win the series, Mayor Tait will join Mayor Garcetti for a L.A. River Clean Up day. Continue reading
Anaheim Councilwoman Lorri Galloway has invited anti-Mexican radio talk show host Bill Handel, who is featured in the morning drive-time on KFI-AM, to appear at her campaign kickoff fundraiser on March 20, 2014, from 6 pm to 8:30 pm, at the Kraemer Building, located at 201 E. Center St. in Anaheim. (Source – OC Register).
Galloway, a self-described progressive Democrat, apparently isn’t interested in the Latino vote. She is running against a Republican, Mayor Tom Tait, who is himself very popular among Anaheim Latinos. Tait supports ward-specific City Council elections and he has reached out to Anaheim’s Latino residents since he was first elected. Continue reading
Irvine Mayor Pro Tem Jeff Lalloway announced that Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait has been named one of the two 2013 OCGOP Local Elected Officials of the Year by the Republican Party of Orange County, at their Central Committee meeting tonight, according to the OC Political blog.
This is a gigantic slap to the face to former Anaheim Mayor and current lobbyist Curt Pringle and to his acolyte, Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring, who is running against Tait this year. Continue reading
Free speech is as fundamental to democracy as the right to vote because it preserves the free flow of ideas necessary for wide-spread political participation. To this end, it is not enough to reject censorship. The principles behind freedom of speech require us to support an environment that encourages all Americans to openly voice their opinions.
When A&E suspended Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson for expressing his sincere beliefs about sex and marriage, it undermined the free flow of ideas and chilled the right to free speech. Seeing someone come under attack for merely voicing an opinion puts pressure on the like-minded to stay quiet; and silencing a group of people, whatever their inclination, is never good for a democratic government. Continue reading
It’s a bad deal. Thanks to the work of the Mayor, activists and media (eventually), it has been established that the framework for the new deal between Angels owner Arte Moreno and Anaheim is an unnecessary hit to the taxpayer. But here is the problem: the new deal was approved by a 4-1 vote and support for the framework remains solid. The majority voting block on the Anaheim City Council is not known to bow to public pressure and all among them have good reasons to feel secure in their positions. Continue reading
The Stadium Land Lease
Every Anaheim resident owns an equal share in the land surrounding Angels Stadium. The 155-acre property lies in the heart of Orange County, a burgeoning metropolitan area. It is situated at the intersection of three freeways and is adjacent to the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center, known as ARTIC, a principle transportation hub opening in 2014. The surrounding area is dominated by major attractions, including: Disneyland, California Adventure, the Anaheim Convention Center and the Honda Center. Such a disposition makes the property, with or without the Stadium, prime real estate and a major potential source of revenue for the city.
Currently, the land is leased to Arte Moreno, owner of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The lease limits Moreno to the use of the stadium and parking lot until 2029, with an opt-out clause held by Moreno until 2016. Moreno must maintain the stadium in top-notch condition, an obligation amounting to an estimated $130 – $150 million over the next twenty years. Moreno has no plans to move the Angels and it is highly unlikely that he will before the opt-out option terminates in 2016. Continue reading
The Orange County City Selection Committee (who are the mayors of each Orange County city) met tonight to fill various seats on regional boards and commissions, according to the OC Political Blog.
The big headline of the night from the City Selection Committee is the decision of the 4th District mayors to unseat Anaheim Councilwoman Gail Eastman (R) from OCTA by replacing her with Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait (R). Buena Park and Placentia voted for Eastman while Anaheim, Brea, Fullerton, and La Habra voted for Tait. Continue reading