Kris Murray: Democracy Tabled In Anaheim

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From Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray:

Democracy Tabled In Anaheim

We need more transparency, not less.

At last night’s Anaheim City Council meeting, I attempted to bring debate on additional transparency measures aimed at conducting the people’s business with greater sunshine. Sadly, that debate never occurred.

I offered amendments to strengthen an open government proposal by Council Member Jose Moreno. These amendments included suggestions from OC watch-dog Shirley Grindle and were endorsed by the OC Register. The item was tabled by the Mayor and debate was silenced. Unfortunately, it appears, the Council majority prefer sunshine for some, but not for all.

As I said at last night’s council meeting, “If the essence of good government is trust, then there should be more, not less, sunshine over this program.”

Therefore, I called for staff to bring back the county’s TinCup gift ban ordinance within 90 days for council consideration. If approved, Anaheim will be the largest city in Orange County to adopt a comprehensive gift ban, joining the county and the City of Orange who originated the gift ban.

Equitable, Clear and Concise

Councilwoman Kris Murray

Councilwoman Kris Murray

My amendments were aimed at closing loopholes in the proposed measure and making sure this new ordinance was applied equitably and comprehensively to all who seek to influence policy at City Hall. As with any new government policy or program, at a minimum, there should be a level playing field in its application:

Specifically, my amendments:

  • Address conflicts of interest to prevent any member of the Anaheim City Council or their families from financially benefiting from council votes
  • Set the highest municipal “Revolving Door” limits to prevent former council members from seeking contracts with the city or regional agencies where they served during their tenure
  • Prohibit paid campaign workers from serving as paid staff to council members

Standing for residents
These amendments failed with strong opposition by Mayor Tait and Council Member Moreno. It’s unfortunate that several of my council colleagues refused to strengthen Anaheim’s new Sunshine Ordinance, going so far as to prevent debate completely by tabling the item. Why were they reticent to allow debate, or more sunshine?

The heavy-handed tactics employed by the Mayor at last night’s meeting did more than stifle debate, it also attempted to silence the residents of Anaheim who elected me to represent them. I am appalled but not dissuaded.

I pledge to continue fighting for transparency in government and to stand for all Anaheim residents who expect and deserve accountability from their elected officials.


  1. I watched much of the meeting last night and was shocked by the actions that Tom Tait took against both you and Councilmember Kring. Abusing his power of the gavel against you two when he allows so much pandemonium at the podium is just unbalanced and wrong. We have multiple crises in Anaheim stemming from the top of our elected officials. If you disagree with the Mayor, you will be silenced, fired or punished and that is not the Anaheim or American way!

  2. You expected transparency from a socialist pretending to be a Republican.

  3. Ridiculous, what a awful display, this is kindness?

  4. Reap the whirlwind.

    Maybe you and Lucille can invent a time machine, go back, and convince yourselves not to suck four years ago.

    • That’s funny!!! Sorry, but that’s funny! It’s not very often the left says anything funny. But that’s funny!

    • Matthew Cunningham

      I don’t recall that the previous council majority ever tabled Tait into silence. Items he agendized were always discussed and voted on, often ad nauseum.

      And for Tait to rationalize his action by saying Lucille’s item was “divisive” – this is coming from someone who has been an incredibly divisive force in Anaheim for the last 5 years. Tait hasn’t refrained from being divisive when it suits his political purposes.

      • No one cares, Matt.

        You and Kris aren’t just whining. This is your fault. No one feels bad for you.

        If you don’t like it, you have no one to blame but yourself for the choices you made leading to the current council division.

        You’re going to be stuck with it for a very long time, too. Better get used to it.

  5. Moreno is Tait’s stooge on this.

  6. This type of behavior on the part of certain council members must stop. I am pretty sure Mayor Tait and company would not tolerate similar treatment were it applied to them nor would they sit still to this misapplication of parliamentary procedure.

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