Tait: Voted No on Taxpayer Funded Computer Training for Latino Families


Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait (Photo: Chris Prevatt)

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait (Photo: Chris Prevatt)

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait is a man in demand by Anaheim’s Latino community.  He attended a Posada on Anna Drive just before Christmas in moves designed to heal the rift with the city’s elected officials and the Latino community in the wake of the July 2012 violence in the city after controversial shootings by Anaheim Police.

Last week, we detailed how Tait & Associates received hundreds of thousands of dollars in state grants for employee computer training from 2004 to 2010. But when it came time to authorize $40,000 for computer training and education programs at the Ponderosa Library, a program designed to help Anaheim’s poor and working class families gain new skills for better jobs, Tait was the only member of the city council to vote no (slide to the 3:12 mark of the June 19, 2012 meeting and watch the vote). Democratic candidate for Mayor, Lorri Galloway, voted yes for this program.

Taxpayer funded computer training is OK for me but not for thee.

The Ponderosa Library reports that the computer training classes surpass capacity every week,  It can easily be considered among the Library’s best attended and most successful programs provided by all of Anaheim’s libraries with a direct benefit to the predominantly Latino families in one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods.

For those keeping score at home, Tait & Associates got $320,000 in taxpayer funds to train employees at a private company.  The Ponderosa Library computer training grant he voted against in 2012 was $40,000 a year and is designed for people seeking to improve their skills.

The question for Tait’s supporters is easy: are we going to argue dollar amounts or principle?


  37 comments for “Tait: Voted No on Taxpayer Funded Computer Training for Latino Families

  1. Jason Young
    January 28, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Did you reach out to Tait to find out why he voted no?

    • January 28, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      The video spells it out. Go to the 3:12 mark of the meeting. Its item #30. The council approved a move to make every council member have the same budget for paid staff. Tait had a part time employee making $100K with a pension. Since it’s a weak mayor system of government, there’s no reason for Tait to have a bigger budget than everyone else on the council. The council took that $40K and applied it to the computer training classes in the Ponderosa Library. I would have thought Galloway made the motion but it was actually Kris Murray to my surprise. Voting against a training program that benefits Latino families while accepting taxpayer funded grants to train employees at a private company…sure sounds like a boy scout to me.

  2. Jason Young
    January 28, 2014 at 11:16 am

    Also, I couldn’t find the segment of the council meeting you reference. There doesn’t seem to be anything on the agenda pertaining to this. Can you check your link and verify?

    • Publius
      January 28, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      Dan’s source, Matt C., is at lunch with Curt at the Catch right now. They’ll provide the answer for Dan to publish later this afternoon.

      • January 28, 2014 at 12:48 pm

        I haven’t spoken with Matt in a couple of weeks. Nice try. Quite a quandary for Mayor Tait huh? His vote is on video for all to see.

  3. Jason Young
    January 28, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    He voted against cutting his staff’s budget not against computer training. What a way to spin this Dan. The Mayor’s staff was cut as retribution for his votes against the majority. I’d also remind you that his staff’s budget was the same as when Curt was in office. The Mayor clearly does more public engagements etc. . . and needs a full-time staff member.

    • Ryan Cantor
      January 28, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      Oh. My. God.

      The Chmielewski line strikes again. Someone please explain to me how Dan’d latest foray into the world below the line of relevant facts has somehow connected a dot between whatever two topics Dan’s complaining about today.

      What out for those black helicopters, Dan. They’re real . . .

      • January 28, 2014 at 2:13 pm

        I’m make it simple for you Ryan. And I’ll type slow since you can’t read very fast. Tait took taxpayer money from the state to train the employees of his private business on computers. But when it came time for Anaheim to help fund a program for helping Latino families be better trained on computers, Tait voted no.

        • Ryan Cantor
          January 28, 2014 at 2:27 pm

          OK, Dan. I’ll make it simple for you. That only happened in your mind.

          ‘Tis the stars and the moon I say!

          No, ’tis the sun I tell you.

          ‘Tis the moon!

          ‘Tis the sun.

          Dwell beneath the Chmielewski line all you like, Dan. Distorting the facts with irrelevant half truths does not a good story make. The fact is, that’s not what the mayor voted for– complain as loudly and as often as you like.

          • January 28, 2014 at 3:01 pm

            please point out anything I wrote that isn’t factual in this post?

            Tait & Associates got more than $300K in state grants for computer training.

            He voted against a computer training program for the Ponderosa Library that today benefits Latino families in Anaheim’s poorest neighborhood.

            Nothing is a half truth and nothing id distorted. But your panties are in a bunch, aren’t they?

    • January 28, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      No, there was a 3-2 vote against making all the council member’s staff budgets the same. The second item was moving that $40,000 to the computer training program at Ponderosa. 4-1 with Tait the only “no” vote taken after his firm had received more than $300K in state grants from taxpayers to train employees at his private business. There were two items voted on Jason and it is on video

    • January 28, 2014 at 2:15 pm

      His admin makes $60 a year for 30 hours a week and pays 1% towards her pension after Tait demanded higher pension increases for other city hall employees and public safety employees. Pringle’s budget should have been the same as every other council member. Are you defending Pringle’s higher budget for staff when he was one vote in 5?

    • January 28, 2014 at 3:04 pm

      There were two votes; one on staff cuts and one on the computer training program. Tait lost the first 3-2 and the second 4-1. In a weak mayor system of government, every council member should have the same budget for staff.

  4. Bwahaha
    January 28, 2014 at 2:46 pm

    Just like Jason Young always checks with the people he craps on before he craps on them.

  5. Ryan Cantor
    January 28, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    “He voted against a computer training program for the Ponderosa Library that today benefits Latino families in Anaheim’s poorest neighborhood.”

    That, in fact, would not be true . . . unless you live below the Chmielewski line.

  6. January 28, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    The vote against the program is on video; 4-1 with Tait against. 6/19/2012 at the 3:12 mark of the city council meeting. Watch it yourself.

    The computer program at Ponderosa does exist AND does benefit Latino families in the Ponderosa neighborhood.

    The Ponderosa neighborhood is one of the poorest in Anaheim if not THE poorest.

    • Ryan Cantor
      January 28, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      Alright Dan, here’s a rope back up to reality. Please join us this side of the Chmielewski line.

      I go to your house, I steal all your furniture.

      I ask you to vote on if I should give it to Goodwill to help starving children eat.

      You say, no, give it back.

      I then write a blog post that says Dan Chmielewski votes to not feed starving children– 450 kids die of starvation because of Dan’s hateful vote. I then show the world video of you protesting the gift of furniture to Goodwill.

      What you’re doing in this post is distorting reality to give the appearance of something that didn’t actually happen. It will always be the moon and the stars no matter how loudly or how often you proclaim that it is actually the sun.

  7. January 28, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Your analogy makes no sense because I’d have you arrested by the Irvine cops. The dining room set alone could feed more than 450 kids.

    There were two votes; one to make all the council members and the mayors staff compensation budget the same at $60K. And another to take the $40K and use it to fund the computer training program.

    I’m sorry, are their dents in Tait’s armor you can’t resolve. How unfortunate for you.

    • Ryan Cantor
      January 28, 2014 at 3:51 pm

      Dan Chmielewski vindictively has head of charity arrested on trumped up charges; causes the death of 450 children by refusing to fund emergency aid programs.

      Video at 11.

      “I will not let you feed those kids by selling this table. It alone could feed 450 kids!”

      Come back to reality, Dan. Water is just fine.

      • January 28, 2014 at 5:53 pm

        “more than 450 kids…” Happy to compare my charitable contributions versus yours any day of the week.

  8. Mack the Slice
    January 28, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Ryan. Tait voted against $40,000 for computer literacy training at Ponderosa. It was a separate item from the budget for Mishal Montgomery’s compensation. Galloway voted against cutting Tait’s budget for Montgomery, but after it was a done deal she was smart enough to vote for the computer training. Tait voted with his anger instead of with his brain.

    • Ryan Cantor
      January 28, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      I understand.

      And Dan voted against feeding 450 kids.

      I totally get it.

      Why did you want children to die of starvation, Mack? Why?

      • January 28, 2014 at 7:18 pm

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  9. Jason Young
    January 28, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    What’s fortunate Dan is that nobody reads this blog except a few insiders. If this was an article in The OC Register, OC Weekly, or the Voice of OC that’d be another story. Thankfully they specialize in real journalism and wouldn’t stoop to your level.

    It must be really frustrating for Pringle and his puppets when they keep getting slammed by the press and the only good press they get comes from you.

    • January 28, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Our numbers are just fine Jason; I think you are confusing a few insiders and blog reading with your own.

      And as far as stopping goes, you generally set a pretty low bar in your dealings with Jordan Brandman; shouldn’t you be stalking people’s Facebook pages for “likes”?

      I’m not writing for Pringle and his puppets. I am backing a Democrat for mayor. And I’m supporting the only elected Democrat on the city council.

      Tait took public money for computer training for his business and voted against public money for training for Anaheim residents.

      I’m still waiting for you to refute a single fact in my story.

  10. gabriel san roman
    January 28, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Dan C doesn’t know Ponderosa. Talk to them about the computer lab, hours and accessibility.

  11. January 28, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    There is a link in the story that takes you to the schedule. The librarian there says it is a very popular program and one that is much needed and used.

    GSR, you don’t know Irvine.

  12. gabriel san roman
    January 28, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Dan C. I don’t pretend to know Irvine unlike you pretend to know Anaheim. You trying to make a Mexi friendly critique of Tait when you were soft on Jerbal is laughable!

  13. Ryan Cantor
    January 28, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Because I said you wanted to have a pissing contest?

    WOW. A bully hiding behind his rules.

    Well, Dan. Pick up your ball and go home. That’s cool.

  14. Ryan Cantor
    January 28, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Dan, you might as well request to have a pissing contest.


    Boo to you and your Chmielewski line. Can’t wait to see what random irrelevant fact you find to distract from the subpoenas in Irvine.

  15. Greg Diamond
    January 28, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Holy moley.

    Dan, please tell me that neither Lorri nor her campaign team knew that you were going to offer this particular argument.

    I’ll rephrase that: please tell me WITHOUT LIES, DISTORTIONS, AND HALF-TRUTHS that neither Lorri nor her campaign team knew that you were going to offer this particular argument.

    I realize that that might be asking too much of you.

  16. Greg Diamond
    January 28, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Yep, Dan: if I were you — not just “in your shoes,” but actually you — I’d be skeered of Ryan too.

  17. Dan Chmielewski
    January 29, 2014 at 8:21 am

    I am not a part of Lorri’s campaign team. I don’t tell them what I write. I posted a link to a video and documented Tait’s votes against funding a computer training program in Anaheim after his own firm had received state grants for computer training for his business.

    Please point out what fact is a lie, distortion or half-truth. The video speaks for itself. The vote is documented. The grants are documented.

    Tell me Greg, how much consulting do you do for the Tait for Mayor campaign?

    And I am not scared of Ryan. But the facts are in black and white, no shade of gray, and he continues to insist it’s a lie. We do have terms of service on this blog and he crossed the line. He’s on moderated comments now.

    As far as Jason Young goes, I have to ask if he calls Jordan Brandman to explain positions on votes before he skewers him? Not likely.

  18. Bwahaha
    January 29, 2014 at 12:07 pm

    Deny, deflect, deny, deflect. The Cult of Tait can’t refute what Dan wrote. so they attack, attack, attack Dan.

  19. renee balenti
    February 5, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    is this all BULLSHIT??????

    • February 5, 2014 at 4:19 pm

      It’s on video; kinda hard to deny

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