“According to copies of emails the Anaheim Investigator obtained last year from the City of Anaheim under provisions of the California Public Records Act, OC Human Relations, a county-sanctioned non-profit agency involved in issues ranging from dispute mediation to combating hate crimes, quickly dispatched a team of two persons to canvass the working-class Mexican neighborhood of Anna Drive in the aftermath of “Operation Halo,” a law enforcement operation which reportedly targeted a local “street gang” whose members were alleged to be engaged in drug trafficking, murder, and other offenses. Although on the surface, the canvassers’ activities appear to be relatively harmless, most of the information they gleaned from Anna Drive residents–some of it apparently quite sensitive–was immediately relayed to Anaheim Police Chief John Welter by Rusty Kennedy, Executive Director of OC Human Relations,” according to former Anaheim City Council candidate Duane Roberts, over at his new Anaheim Investigator blog. Continue reading
Local Green and recent candidate for Fullerton City Council, Jane Rands, along with recent candidate for Anaheim City Council Duane Roberts, will discuss current plans for civilian police oversight in Fullerton and in Anaheim. Continue reading
The Democratic Party of Orange County and the Orange County Young Democrats are hosting an Election Night watch party, on Tuesday night, Nov. 6, starting at 8 pm. The party will be held at Original Mike’s, in Santa Ana, at 100 South Main St.
RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org of (714)835-5158. Suggested Donation of $5.00. Light appetizers will be served. Continue reading
Anaheim City Council Candidates Forum set for Monday, October 22, 2012, from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm.
This may be the last chance to watch the Anaheim City Council candidates debate, before the Nov. 6 general election. Continue reading
Less than 24-hours after more than 1,000 working-class Mexican residents took to the streets outside Anaheim City Hall to protest police brutality and misconduct, Faubel Public Affairs, one of the most politically-connected public relations firms in Orange County, quickly approached city officials with a “crisis management proposal” to pacify the “Latino community.”
According to an email dated Wednesday, July 25, 2012 that was obtained under a California Public Records Act request, Jonathan Volzke, a Senior Account Manager for Faubel, contacted Mayor Tom Tait and City Manager Bob Wingenroth to offer his firm’s services “in developing a strategy that will not only address the immediate crisis, but move the city and its residents toward a trusting relationship.” Continue reading
“With officer-involved shootings and angry protests in Anaheim exposing its race and class divisions across national and international headlines, Duane Roberts feels that the timing is right to make a bid for city council. In taking the first step, the local activist pulled papers yesterday and has until the end of the week to gather all the necessary signatures from registered voters,” according to the OC Weekly.
This is great news for the people of Anaheim, even if Roberts does not win. As a candidate he will get the issues out and that alone is a huge victory.
Roberts is a member of the Green Party and he blogs at the Orange Juice blog. I recruited him as a blogger when I was the publisher at the OJ blog. Here is a message Roberts posted on his Facebook page, about his campaign: