State Assemblyman Jose Solorio Endorses John Leos for Anaheim City Council

Assemblyman Jose Solorio

ANAHEIM — State Assemblyman Jose Solorio has endorsed Anaheim City Council candidate John Leos for this November’s election. Assemblyman Solorio has served the 69th Assembly District since 2006. He has previously served as a council member for the city of Santa Ana.

About John Leos, Solorio says, “John Leos is a strong pro-jobs, pro-public safety candidate. I’m proud to endorse him for the Anaheim City Council.” And he would know. His accomplishments in Sacramento include working to ensure public safety by combating gangs and also empowering employers to create jobs. Solorio applied last year to have his district recognized as an enterprise zone; Lucy Dunn of the Orange County Business Council says such zones effectively create 10,000 jobs.

John Leos

Solorio believes John Leos is cut out to to serve Anaheim well: “Having served on a City Council myself, I know that John has the leadership skills and genuine interest to serve all Anaheim neighborhoods well.”

To learn more about John Leos, please see his website:

  26 comments for “State Assemblyman Jose Solorio Endorses John Leos for Anaheim City Council

  1. September 3, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    My name is John Santoianni and I am a life-long Democrat, endorsed by the Democratic Party for Anaheim City Council.

    Since it has gone unreported here, I would like to direct your attention to the press release my campaign put out yesterday. It is located at the long, Google Docs link below:

    My endorsements include:
    The Democratic Party of Orange County
    ECCO: Elections Committee of the County of Orange
    Arthur C. Brown: Buena Park Mayor & OCTA Board Member
    Alone Larsen: Anaheim City Commissioner
    Chris Maya: Anaheim City Commissioner
    Andrew Deneau: Anaheim City Commissioner
    Kelly Castillo: Anaheim City Commissioner and Owner, Rothick Art Haus
    Laura Millard: President, Anaheim GSMOL (Golden State Manufactured Home-Owners League)
    Bill Taormina: CEO & Founder, Clean City, Inc. (Anaheim, CA)
    Joe Shaw: Huntington Beach City Commissioner
    Anne Kronenberg: San Francisco Director of Policy and Planning/Deputy Director of Health
    Raul Romero, Union Organizer and Representative

    • September 4, 2010 at 10:02 am


      Your press release came out after midnight and I had not had the opportunit to review it. Since the DPOC has endorsed a lot of candidates in multiple races, I will be posting all of their endorsements when they are released.

  2. September 3, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    I would also like to add the I currently serve as an Anaheim City Commissioner on the Community Services Board and have previously served on the Cultural & Heritage Commission. I am also Assemblyman Jose Solorio’s appointed Delegate to the Democratic Convention for the 69th Assembly District. You can visit my website at Thank You.

  3. Cynthia Ward
    September 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Y’all do know that John Leos is a registered Republican right? If so, perhaps YOU could remind him of that fact…and looking over John Santoianni’s endorsements I have to ask, is there a candidate for City Council that Bill Taormina has NOT endorsed?

    Save the angry mail, I like both Johns posted here, I just find the oddities in the posts amusing. For the record both Santoianni and Leos did very well at the Candidates Forum Wednesday night, hosted by Anaheim Chamber, Women’s Division, and SOAR. While I am happily plugging away on more conservative campaigns I can honestly say that should either of these fine gentlemen find themselves in Council seats I would be pleased to work with either of them. There goes my GOP secret decoder ring for sure now, I know…but a good man is a good man no matter what letter is behind his name. So if you are looking for a nice liberal with a voice for the unions, either John will do. (Sorry Leos)

  4. September 3, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Job creation and gangs…hmmm why not follow the slogan of Father Boyle’s Homeboy Industries “Jobs not Jails” and give ex-gang members work…kinda gets two birds with one stone. Too imaginative? Sorry I’ll just go back to painting over a wall in Anaheim that will be bombed on weeks/months later.

    Again, no analysis. Poor Santoainni has to post his own stuff in the *comments* section, geez…

  5. September 3, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    I wish it was “weeks/months later.” Where I live it would read more like “hours/days.” That is why I am working on a budget neutral solution to this problem that would bring the police, students, seniors and local businesses together.

    The idea is to create and place mosaic tile murals on bare walls where residents agree to them. We’d take broken tiles donated by local tile companies (saved from going to landfill) and incorporate them into designs created by local artists, many in the colony that I know love this idea, and have all stakeholders come together to improve blighted areas.

    I recently spoke to Police Chief Welter about this and he told me that he would like to see this happen. It would also be a way to bring a positive message about policing into areas that may be wary of them. I also brought this idea up at the recent Candidates Forum at the Anaheim Hilton. It also seemed to be greeted with a warm response since it costs almost nothing to implement since the tiles will be donated and the upkeep is minimal. Cleaning is done by pressure-washing just like a bus shelter. Graffiti also washes off these murals with just pressure washing instead of the expensive chemicals and paints that we use today.

    This is a wn-win-win for the city, residents, and businesses.

  6. September 3, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Do you know Robin Marcario, John? She does that kind of thing in Garden Grove.

    We’ll be contacting you soon for a real story, me or Gabo. We like Democrats over at our place.

  7. September 3, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Yes, I do. She was one of the people who gave me the idea to do it in Anaheim. I saw a test she did in Garden Grove a while back and thought it really proved itself to be a viable solution. I look forward to chatting with you.

  8. Kevin
    September 4, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Just as Lorri Galloway was Dan C.’s hobby horse for the last election, it looks like John Leos is Chris’ hobby horse for this election. It seems that hoping for any objective coverage of Anaheim/North County races (or in this case, coverage that actually mentions there are progressive Democrats in the race!) from The ‘Liberal’ OC is a pipe dream …

    • September 5, 2010 at 1:05 pm


      John Leos has been endorsed by the two legislative Democrats from Orange County. Publishing the release from Leos’ campaign hardly makes him my hobby horse.

      And when those progressive Democrats send me a release I will post it if appropriate.

      And before you say it, I have not posted Santioanni’s release yet. I was hoping to get something from Bill Dalati before I posted so that I could cover both of them as having received the DPOC endorsement.

      • Kevin
        September 5, 2010 at 4:41 pm

        A few points in response:

        This blog has published four posts (that I can find) on the current Anaheim City Council race. All four have been shiny happy pieces about John Leos. While you can argue about whether or not that makes Leos your hobby horse, your bias is clear.
        If it’s so important for us to know the mind and endorsements of Orange County legislative Democrat Lou Correa, how come there was no mention that his other endorsement in this race went to Gail Eastman? (I mean, hey, it’s a non-partisan race, right?)
        Why do you publish Leos’s press releases right away as standalone items, while Santoianni’s release has to wait (!) until Dalati decides to send you one of his own? Again, your bias is clear — the Republican with OCEA ties gets quick service from The ‘Liberal’ OC, while actual progressive Democrats are left to twist in the wind.

        • September 5, 2010 at 4:47 pm

          John Santoianni will go up shortly. Though personally, if I had the opportunity I would not likely vote for him.

        • September 5, 2010 at 4:53 pm

          Actually, it’s taking longer than expected because of the format he sent the release in.

          • Kevin
            September 6, 2010 at 12:23 pm

            I’m sure. Heck, I’ll bet that it took you one or two days of solid editing just to work in your petulant parenthetical asides!

            • September 6, 2010 at 12:38 pm

              Nope, that part was easy, since his press release was usleless and I had to write it from scratch. Which quite frankly, I had a few other things to do this weekend rather than rewrite his press release for him.

            • September 7, 2010 at 11:36 am

              I think it took a little longer because I sent it in pdf format. There was no re-writing done as far as I can tell (other than the asides).

            • September 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm

              John doesn’t make it easy to cover him; and his posts on OJ automatically make him suspect in my book.

  9. September 4, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Just like with that last Correa one, this appears to be a press release from Republican Leos aimed at his Republican base, explaining to them what a good guy Jose is EVEN THOUGH he’s a Democrat, and how they should vote for him. Probably a wise political move for Lou and Jose to support this popular Anaheim Republican.

    Tough deal though for the actual Democrats in the race, Dalati and Santoianni. And why this Republican-directed press release is on the Liberal OC? Seems like it would reach its intended target audience better on the Red County. Oh well, it’s probably there too.

    • September 4, 2010 at 9:59 am

      Let’s see Vern, TheLiberalOC is a pro-labor, pro-worker site. Leos is a pro-labor Republican. A city Council seat in non-partisan elected office that requires support across party lines to be successful. Maybe that is why Leos’ announcement is here.

      • Publius
        September 4, 2010 at 10:58 pm

        Strange, Chris.
        The very name of this site would suggest that this is a LIBERAL blog, more than pro-worker or pro-labor.
        Would you (or Lou or Jose, for that matter) characterize Mr. Leos as a Liberal?
        And, most importantly, would Mr. Leos openly use the word Liberal in describing himself?

        • September 5, 2010 at 1:15 pm

          True, LiberalOC is the name of this blog. Are you suggesting that since Lou Correa is not as “Liberal” as some of us, including me, would prefer, that I should not post information, releases, etc. about him?

          Are you suggesting that since Bill Dalati was a Republican when he initially ran for Anaheim City Council in 2006, that he is not “Liberal” enough to be mentioned on this blog? Are you suggesting that since Loretta Sanchez was a Republican when she ran for Anaheim City Council in 1994, or that sunce she is not as “Liberal” as some would like that she is not “Liberal” enough to be mentioned on this blog? Are you suggesting that since there are no “Liberals” running in the 4th District Supervisor’s runoff, that I not mention the race or the candidates on this blog?

          Get realistic. This is a non-partisan race.

          • Cynthia Ward
            September 6, 2010 at 9:12 am

            Trust me, Bill Dalati is plenty liberal enough for this blog. What i wonder is why the parties (and they are both doing it) are endorsing in non-partisan local races? Doesn’t it seem to make more sense to get party politics out of races that are not supposed to have them to begin with, and focus efforts on the big ticket items where party work can make a difference? Are liberals as bugged about this as conservatives?

            • September 6, 2010 at 11:14 am

              Cynthia, Dalati was pushed out by the Republicans because of his faith, not for being too liberal.

          • September 6, 2010 at 9:22 am

            Forget all of that, just include analysis. Nonpartisan races are nonpartisan in name only. If Correa isn’t Liberal enough, zing him for that! Lord knows he’s in the insurance industry’s pocket! Bill Dalati was ripped apart by the Jewish Journal and Republican Party four years ago. When people are tossed out like that, pick ’em up! Simple stuff…

            • September 6, 2010 at 11:10 am

              Dalati was 2006, and we did cover it. We have zinged Correa for not being liberal enough. Dalati has no website and has sent nothing out. Can’t cover what isn’t there

    • September 7, 2010 at 1:12 pm

      Vern — shouldn’t you be deleting negative comments over at OJ; of deleting comments that rag on your OJ faves that aren’t germaine to the post while allowing comments that aren’t germain to the OJ enemies stay up? Standards Vern…have some.

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