City Council

Making Commission Appointments Council District-Based Is Unnecessary And Ill-Considered

Mayor Tait wants to re-structure the city’s commissions and boards so members are appointed from council districts, just as the city council is elected on a by-district basis. That way, councilmembers would control appointments from their districts to each commission and board. Those appointees would have to be residents of the district they represent (with the exception of the at-large ...

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Team Tait Strikes Back

Last week, while Anaheim residents shopped, wrapped presents and were otherwise distracted preparing for Christmas Day, Mayor Tom Tait’s the newly-ensconced council majority plowed through a long list of major policy shifts they had piled onto the agenda with a few days notice. Mayor Tait employed the symbolism of dais to emphasize the new order. Rather than seating the councilmembers ...

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Dirty Jobs OC Edition: Anaheim City Manager

This is article by Dan Chmielewski is cross-posted from TheLiberalOC.com: I’m not a fan of reality TV, but there’s a show called “Dirty Jobs” (now cancelled by The Discovery Channel) that documented truly awful jobs people do — like “Road Kill Cleaner” or “Zoo Cage Cleaner.”  Jobs that usually involve excrement, dirt, sweat, terrible heat or freezing cold; a job ...

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Mayor Tait’s Phony Objections To City Attorney Appointment

Double standards are endemic in politics, but sometimes they really stick out like a sore thumb. Today’s Voice of OC story on tomorrow’s Anaheim City Council on whether to hire Arturo Fierro as the new city attorney provides a good example. Mayor Tom Tait has already said he is going to vote against Fierro’s appointment (I have no opinion either ...

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City Council Rejects Tait Ballot Box Budgeting Charter Amendment Rejected on 4-1 Vote

Last night, the Anaheim City Council voted 4-1 to against placing Mayor Tom Tait’s “Let The People Vote” ballot box budgeting charter amendment on the November 2016 ballot. His charter amendment would have required a city-wide vote on any “waiver, exemption, or refund of the Transient Occupancy Tax…in order to provide a subsidy for a hotel development project” and any time ...

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Mayor Tait Recruiting Council Candidates Via Facebook

The council districts map sponsored by a coalition of progressive and Democratic Party interest groups has been adopted. The city council has determined the ballot order (although not the order pushed by that same coalition and Mayor Tom Tait): Districts 1 and 2 (West Anaheim); District 4 (the Latino-plurality, south Anaheim); and District 5 (Latino-plurality, central Anaheim) will on the ...

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Democratic Campaign To “Take Back Anaheim” Is Underway

Remember the promises from supporters of by-district council elections that they would lead reduce special interest influence, bring city government closer to the people, and result in “neighbors electing neighbors” and city council members who were part of the fabric of the areas of Anaheim they represented?  It was hooey, of course – but a large majority of Anaheim voters ...

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VOC’s Selective Reporting on “Scandal” Coverage in Anaheim: Any Tait Conflict Overlooked, But Every Perceived Council Majority Slight Magnified

Anaheim Insider here. Another day, another breathless blog post from the Voice of OC attacking a member of the Anaheim City Council majority for a perceived “scandal.” The M.O. has become all too familiar – tenuous, almost acrobatic leaps in logic and innuendo to create impressions of impropriety and conflict. Selected quotes from experts decrying the “appearance of conflict” then ...

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MacDonald’s “New Crime Wave” Deserves the Huff Award

Darrell Huff wrote a classic book in 1954: How to Lie With Statistics. Heather MacDonald’s argumentative column in the Wall Street Journal (May 29, 2015) predicting a new crime wave in our country would have been prime fodder for a chapter in Huff’s book. Huff’s chapters offer object lessons in ways that journalists use statistics to confuse and deceive readers. ...

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