City Council

The Chief Simulates Trust and Transparency

[Using StingRays, the Anaheim Police Department] can locate, interfere with, and even intercept communications from cell phones and other wireless devices. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has used such cell site simulator technology to track and locate phones and users since at least 1995” (Electronic Privacy Information Center, 2015). Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada released a statement yesterday “to provide ...

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Kring’s Resolution: An Object Lesson in Half-Truths

Mayor Pro Tem Lucille Kring reportedly prepared the resolution to support parents of children attending Palm Lane Elementary School in their effort to create a charter school (AnaheimBlog, Nov. 12, 2015). The resolution, scheduled for a vote by the City Council on February 24, is an object lesson in an anachronistic ritual, a message drowning in an ocean of WHEREASes. The ...

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Whatever Happened to AT&T in the APD?

Last year, the Anaheim City Council voted to spend $1,150,000 to purchase body cameras for uniformed officers in the Anaheim Police Department (APD)—despite the absence of any substantive evidence to support their effectiveness. “Little is known . . . whether the technology increases trust, legitimacy, and transparency of the police” (White, 2014, p. 35). Mayor Tait endorsed their use as ...

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Ending Insults from the Oracle of Obscenities

The decorum statement read before public comments begin at meetings of the Anaheim City Council serves only as an ineffective speed bump for the spiels of William Fitzpatrick, the perennial gadfly on the rump of Council members. It is important for the Council to maintain a commitment to freedom of speech, but it is as wrong to yell fire in ...

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Why I Don’t Run for City Council

  I’ve decided not to run for city council when the next election rolls along (not that anyone has asked me to). There are several reasons. First, I hate campaigning. It involves meeting strangers and public speaking which, as you know, studies show most students would gladly take an “F” rather than speak in front of the class. Show me ...

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Squandering Dollars for Police Body Cameras

For the same reason that a family of four does not need four washing machines or four swimming pools, each police officer in the nation does not need a body camera, an assault weapon, a motorcycle, and a police car. The White House believes otherwise. This week, President Obama proposed new initiatives, potentially costing taxpayers’ $263,000,000—including the purchase of 50,000 ...

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Tait Tramples Truth and Integrity

“Election season often brings out the ugliest in people. Negative attack ads and misrepresentations have become commonplace” (Orange County Register, 2014). No greater misrepresentations have been made toward opponents during this election than ones by Tom Tait, Anaheim’s mayor. Tait has indirectly accused two council members running for re-election, Gail Eastman and Kris Murray, of (a) betraying the public trust, ...

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OC Register’s Shallow Editorials

My morning cup of Newman’s Special Blend (extra bold) suddenly tasted bitter after reading the editorial on the front page of the Opinion section of Sunday’s Orange County Register (OCR). The meaning of biased and sometimes unwarranted criticism was clear: kudos to Tom Tait, Anaheim’s mayor; boos to Curt Pringle, the city’s former mayor.  The editorial began, “Election season often brings ...

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Re-Elect Tom Tait Mayor: Why?

This week, the Orange County Register (OCR, 2014) endorsed the re-election of Tom Tait as Anaheim’s mayor, calling him the “best [candidate] to lead the city.” Examining the rationale presented in its endorsement, however, I found little to justify the paper’s support. The OCR cited Tait’s quelling anger and potential violence following riots during 2012 and supporting citizens’ oversight of ...

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Measure L Is Entirely a Ruse for Power and Control

Measure L amends the Anaheim City Charter to require the City Council to establish voter districts. A candidate seeking a seat on the city council must live within a given district, and only voters residing within that district may vote for that candidate. Currently, members of the City Council may live anywhere in Anaheim, and voters may vote for any ...

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