How Measure L (By-District Council Elections) Will Be Implemented

Daniel Sterling Lamb:

Corruption renewed… For the second time in two election cycles, the rules of the game will be known by the city’s elites (those who will control the districting process) long before it is known by the general public. In 2016, Anaheim will, again, face mass disenfranchisement.

“The deadline for adopting the six council districts’ names and boundaries is on or by July 8, 2016.”

Originally posted on Anaheim Blog:

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Welcome to SimAnaheim – it’s six cities in one!

Now that Measure L has been approved by Anaheim voters, how will it be implemented?The settlement agreementbetween the city and the ACLU spells out the steps that have to take place:

First, the city council must adopt a resolution establishing the process for drawing “councilmanic” districts. [NOTE: council districts would have been drawn regardless of the Measure L outcome, since the city council voted last year to move to from-district council elections beginning in 2016.]

The next step is the appointment of an advisory committee to “assist in the development of district maps to recommend foradoption.” The advisory committee is to consist of three retired judges who live and are registered to vote in Anaheim. If the city is unable to find three such judges willing to serve, then the council will appoint an advisory…

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Myth Surrounding the 1960 Kennedy-Nixon Debate

Originally posted on You're Entitled To Be Wrong:

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If you are a connoisseur of media politics the 1960 presidential debates between John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Richard Milhous Nixon brought attention to the power of television and the declining importance of radio. The groupthink about the debates is that Kennedy won over the television debate audience while Nixon reigned over those who heard it on the radio. Was there such a disparate reaction to the candidates? Would Kennedy have lost to Nixon if the debates were not televised?

In looking at the Boston Globe’s coverage of the debates and the election, the supposed dichotomous television and radio public reactions to the Kennedy-Nixon debates and the assumptions surrounding its impact on Kennedy and Nixon are simply myths quoted as facts. Most importantly, the so-called facts supporting this myth are based on Kennedy and Nixon’s presidencies and not the debates themselves.

Unfortunately, it is a foregone conclusion to many historians, political…

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Mother of 8 Fatally Struck by Hit-and-Run Driver in Anaheim

Originally posted on KTLA:

A mother of eight who was known for her generosity and friendship with the local homeless community was fatally struck by a hit-and-run driver while riding a bicycle on an Anaheim street, police and relatives said Sunday.


Daniella Palacios, 45, was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Anaheim on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. (Family photo)

The collision was reported at 9:10 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of North Magnolia Street and La Palma Avenue (map), where the victim was hit by a white pickup truck, said Lt. Bob Dunn of the Anaheim Police Department. The driver, who did not stop after the crash, fled north on Magnolia, Dunn said.

The woman was transported to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead about 1 a.m., authorities said.

She was later identified by family members as 44-year-old Daniella Palacios.

Palacios’ niece, Ana Pacheco, described her aunt as a “happy-go-lucky”…

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Anaheim Police Arrest Two Suspects In Murder of Ximena Meza

Daniel Sterling Lamb:

Promising News

Originally posted on Anaheim Blog:

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9-year old Ximena Meza, murdered in a gang shoot-out crossfire on Thursday evening.

Welcome news. The Anaheim Police Department issued this press release today:

Anaheim Police Arrest Two Suspects in Murder of Ximena Meza – Press Conference Scheduled to Discuss the Investigation Incident Overview

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014 around 7:15 P.M. Anaheim Police Officers were called to the 2300 block of W. Greenacre Ave. to investigate the shooting of 9 year-old Anaheim resident Ximena Meza. Meza had been to the front of her apartment complex playing with her sisters when gunshots rang out. Meza was struck once in her chest by an assailant’s bullet. She was rushed to a local hospital and succumbed to her injuries around 8:00 P.M.

In the short time since the shooting, Anaheim Police Department Homicide Detectives have been tirelessly working to find the person(s) responsible for the murder of Meza. The investigation included…

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Anaheim in Wonderland: $100,000 For Team Tait War On Kris Murray and Gail Eastman

Daniel Sterling Lamb:

Candidate for Council James Vanderbilt (depicted above)  is a blank slate. He has no opinions on the record. The guy really feels like an inanimate rod. I think we can assume that he will be in the pocket of Mayor Tait… or… Tait co-conspirator Jose F. Moreno… I tend to think the latter because while Tait is not actually interested in governing Anaheim, Moreno has quite the agenda.


In endorsing the candidate, Mayor Tait merely points to Vanderbilt’s military service. Fair enough, but I wonder if Tait encouraged either of his boys to enter the service. Doubt it, just more disingenuous from Tait. He would only encourage the children of others to fight overseas.


Originally posted on Anaheim Blog:


It’s October, so there are quite a few independent expenditures being conducted to influence the outcome of the mayoral and council races, as well as the balloting on Measure L (which would replace the current at-large council election system with by-district elections. A bad idea).

One IE campaign in particular bears particular attention, and that is the mail campaign being waged against Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray and Councilwoman Gail Eastman. The vehicle being used is a campaign committee called the California Homeowners Association (CHA), and the funding for the hits is coming from the Tait Family Trust (Tom Tait’s parents) and Fieldstead & Company (quirky Home Savings heir Howard Ahmanson).

On October 10, both entities deposited identical amounts into CHA: $49,750. That’s $99,500 altogether.

So far, CHA has spent $50,103 so far on three hit pieces against Murray and Eastman. They’re entirely predictable and closely hew to the line…

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Anaheim and the ACLU: Playing Politics with Advocacy

The American Civil Liberties Union made waves when it led a lawsuit in Anaheim challenging the city’s at-large election system. Fair enough, the struggle between at-large and by-district voting does, at some point in a growing city, implicate voting rights. A non-profit organization that protects civil liberties in the courts is certainly appropriate in a democracy. Unfortunately, the ACLU’s role in Anaheim has been more about activism (or money laundering) than advocacy. As such, Americans of all political persuasions have reason to doubt whether the organization is a trustworthy guardian of the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and civil liberties generally.

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