Government & Politics

City Council To Decide Appointment Process for Filling District 2 Vacancy

Tomorrow night, the Anaheim City Council will decide the process to appointing someone to complete the term of District 2 Councilman Jordan Brandman, who resigned on August 5. The city charter prescribes that council vacancies be filled by appointment within 60 days of the vacancy’s creation, but is silent on the details of the process. The council could simply make ...

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State Auditor Report Misses The Mark On Anaheim

The State Auditor recently published a report claiming 12 cities – including Anaheim – are at “high risk” in terms of their municipal finances and economic future. While the State Auditor merits respectful consideration, it’s difficult to credit the alarm vis-à-vis Anaheim. The Voice of OC presented the state’s finding uncritically, when even a cursory examination of the facts undermines ...

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Ashleigh Aitken Announces 2nd Run For Mayor

Attorney Ashleigh Aitken has announced her candidacy for mayor of Anaheim, setting up a re-match with Mayor Harry Sidhu, who defeated her in 2018. Aitken filed her initial paperwork yesterday. Aitken, a liberal Democrat and former federal prosecutor, is a member of the Orange County Fair Board, a post to which she was appointed in 2012 by Governor Jerry Brown. ...

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Two Serious Contenders Jump Into District 3 Council Race

Two serious candidates, representing different wings of the Democratic Party, have entered the lists in recent weeks to contend for District 3 in the 2022 election.  Left-wing Councilman Jose F. Moreno, who currently represents District 3, is termed out. Natalie Rubalcava and Al Jabbar both pulled papers in recent weeks. Rubalcava is a moderate, pro-business Democrat while Jabbar is a ...

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Building Trades Endorse Mayor Harry Sidhu For Re-Election

Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu picked up a major endorsement of his bid for re-election in 2022, as the LA/OC Building & Construction Trades Council announced its official support for his candidacy. “After reviewing your public experience and your commitment to working families, we think you will be a great asset when you are re-elected,” states the endorsement. “The Building Trades Craft ...

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UPDATED: Councilman Jordan Brandman Resigns From City Council

Councilman Jordan Brandman, who represents west Anaheim’s District 2, has tendered his resignation. According to sources, the resignation came as Mayor Harry Sidhu prepared to agendize for August 10 consideration a resolution censuring Brandman and calling for his resignation. Brandman’s resignation comes in the wake of controversy over vulgar remarks he made in the early morning hours of February 12, ...

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Fact Check: Council Critic Falsely Claims Councilman Faessel Sent Police To His Home

Former city commissioner and long-time political activist Larry Larsen’s claim that Councilman Steve Faessel sent the police to his house – in an attempt to silence a critic – isn’t supported by the facts. His false allegations became a banner headline in the Voice of OC: “Booted Anaheim Commissioner Claims Councilman Faessel Sent Police to His Home.” Subsequent investigation reveals ...

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Moreno Demands City Issue Statement That Is Anti-Free Speech

As we reported earlier, Councilman Jose F. Moreno was the primary mover behind the successful anti-free speech effort to force a controversial conservative political rally out of Anaheim. In an e-mail this Saturday weekend to Mayor Harry Sidhu, City Manager Jim Vanderpool and Planning Director Ted White, Moreno demanded that “at minimum,” the city must also issue a “strong and ...

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