Thursday last, the OCTA City Selection Committee (comprised of all 34 OC elected and appointed Mayors) was gathered by the UNelected Association of California Cities – Orange County (who’s membership do not include every city in the OC) to rule on the selection of new OCTA Board Directors, one for each Supervisorial District. Continue reading
A coalition led by San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed filed an initiative with the AG yesterday to reform public pensions, according to Scott Lay, the publisher of the Nooner, a California Political Newsletter. The initiative is called the “Pension Reform Act of 2014.”
Democrats dominate the list of supporters of this statewide pension initiative – including Chuck Reed of San Jose, Pat Morris of San Bernardino, Miguel Pulido of Santa Ana and Bill Kampe of Pacific Grove. Anaheim’s Republican Mayor Tom Tait joins the list. Three of those cities have been Ground Zero in the pension-reform battle, according to Steven Greenhut at U-T San Diego.
I got a call the other day, out of the blue, from a former elected official I had not heard from in quite awhile. She was upset about a post that fingered public affairs consultant Roger Faubel. But we eventually got to talking about Curt Pringle and she was amazed to find out that a lot of conservatives don’t like him. Why wouldn’t they like him, she wondered. Why indeed.
I explained to her that Pringle and his henchmen have become experts at using the system to benefit themselves. She countered that when these people advocate for toll roads, for example, they are just trying to make sure that all of the voters don’t get stuck paying for the new roads we need in order to service Orange County’s new developments. Continue reading
Many of Orange County’s longtime Mayors have termed out in recent years – particularly some of those who also were lobbyists or political consulants, or who otherwise appeared to be self-serving, such as Curt Pringle, in Anaheim, Larry Agran, in Irvine, and Jerry Amante, in Tustin. The newer crop of Mayors who have been elected in the last few years include a few that are turning out to be fantastic Mayors.
I would include in the top tier of today’s Mayors Bruce Whitaker, in Fullerton; Tom Tait, in Anaheim; and Steven Choi, in Irvine. All three of them are reliably conservative but they are also compassionate and are leading by example. They are all Republicans as well – and Whitaker leans Libertarian. Continue reading
Last week’s big story in Orange County politics was the meltdown at Anaheim’s City Council meeting — normally taciturn Mayor Tom Tait waited until the end of the meeting to clean Councilwoman Kris Murray’s clock. The You Tube video is here.
Tait’s specific target was Murray’s OC Register guest column from 24 April: Let process play out on Anaheim’s elections (outside Paywall here). On apparently bad legal advice (sources she won’t reveal), or with deliberate intent to deceive (surprising few), Murray misstated a number of facts regarding the noticing of a future election to decide on District-based versus City-wide (at large) Council representation for the city. She accused Tait of violating “state law”. Per the union-funded Voice of OC, Continue reading
After getting thoroughly beat up (quite undeservedly in our opinion) by his City Council over the last few months, Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait is beginning his re-election campaign a bit early it seems with a significant Fundraiser this week. It was also a surprise to see Lucille Kring‘s name on the Host Committee given the hand grenade she left in his lunchbox last week when she stiffed his Assistant out of a