2020 Elections

PYLUSD Area 2: Marilyn Anderson Defeats LaShe Rodriguez

Marilyn Anderson, a long-time Placentia resident, community and school volunteer, defeated political professional LaShe Rodriguez for the open Trustee Area 2 seat on the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District Board of Education.  Joshua Correa, a local artist and preservationist activist, finished third. Anderson is a life-long resident of Placentia, where she has raised her family and sent them to the ...

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Pro-Growth, Pro-Law Enforcement Candidates Sweep Anaheim City Council Elections

The Anaheim City Council elections were swept by candidates supportive of economic development, law enforcement, neighborhood investment and re-opening the local economy. Council seats in Districts 1, 4 and 5 were on the ballot. In Districts 1 and 5, incumbents Denise Barnes and Steve Faessel, respectively, were seeking re-election to a second four-year term.  District 4 was open, as term ...

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Shrillness From Moreno & Comrades As Election Day Arrives

Election Day is here at last. While most eyes are focused on the presidential election, there’s a lot at stake in Anaheim, with elections in three council districts that will decide whether the current council majority retains control or if District 3 Councilman Jose F. Moreno controls the dais for the last two years of his term. One measure of ...

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Placentia-Yorba Linda USD Board: Community Volunteers v. Carpetbagger

There are three candidates running this November to represent Trustee Area 2 of the Placentia Yorba-Linda Unified School District. Two of them are long-time residents with histories of community involvement.  The third is a political operative with no ties to the community who only moved into Orange County at the beginning of 2019. Area 2 includes parts of Placentia, Fullerton ...

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District 5: Ken Batiste Repeatedly Violating Campaign Donor Disclosure Law

Anaheim Independent reported last week how District 4 council candidate Annemarie Randle-Trejo has been blowing off laws governing disclosure of her campaign donors. She isn’t the only one. Over in District 5, Ken Batiste has been having trouble complying with campaign finance disclosure law. The period during which candidates are required to disclose contributions of more than $1,000 within 24 ...

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Why Is Anaheim Republican Assembly President Supporting Democrat Politicians?

The California Repulican Assembly has long branded itself as the keeper of the conservative flame – or as the CRA likes to put it, “the conscience of the Republican Party.” However, the president of the Anaheim Republican Assembly (ARA), George Grachen, has been most prominent for his support of Democrat politicians in Anaheim. Here’s Grachen appearing in a campaign video ...

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Randle-Trejo Fails To File Required Disclosure of Donors To Her City Council Campaign

This morning, the Voice of OC published a story by Brandon Pho bemoaning the volume of ballots already cast before more voters have had  a chance to read the latest round of candidate campaign finance disclosures. The article’s premise illustrates the VOC’s view that these reports are Rosetta Stones for deciphering candidates, while simultaneously overlooking the reality that – outside ...

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Petty Hypocrisy From Magcalas & Moreno Crew

Anaheim Elementary School District Trustee J. Paolo Magcalas is running for a second term. And for the first time, he has an actual opponent: Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring. Magcalas is having conniption that Kring is on a number of slate mailers: the campaign mailers sent to voters urging them to vote for certain candidates for Congress, legislature, city council, school ...

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Batiste Campaign: Food For Votes

They’re at it again. In August, it came out the Kenneth Batiste campaign was in disadvantaged neighborhoods in District 5, handing out food boxes topped with Batiste for City Council campaign flyers. Using food to appeal for votes was the brainchild of local blogger and Democrat activist Vern Nelson. A backlash prompted him to admit having the campaign use food ...

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