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?