Galloway Mayoral HQ Launch is a Huge Success


I knew I was in trouble when I was 15 minutes late to the Lorri Galloway’s Mayoral headquarters launch party and I couldn’t find a place to park.  Ten minutes after I arrived, I had to dodge about 50 people in the street who rocked out to an amazing band because the room inside the Old Anaheim Chamber of Commerce headquarters was wall to wall people and Galloway was chatting up everyone.

The energy and enthusiasm at the party was a reflection of Galloway’s candidacy.


The Lucille Kring events are loaded with Anaheim’s political establishment and Tom Tait’s fundraisers, usually attended by his family and staff, are smaller affairs.  The difference in Galloway’s event was a sea of Anaheim residents — young people, older residents, many Latino families.  It was a terrific event that had significant energy and lots of smiles.  Kring is going to be the beneficiary of big money and Tait has a personal fortune.  Galloway is rich in people who live in Anaheim who know her and have been helped by her.  Being the only Democrat in the race should also play to her advantage.


Galloway is aiming to be Anaheim’s next Democratic mayor and the first woman mayor in the city’s history.  Many of those attending the party had stories of how Galloway personally helped them either through her role as an Anaheim council member or through the Eli Home, Galloway’s charity that aides abused children and families.  I had to leave well before the party ended but had to dodge more people streaming into the event and noticed the telltale signs of cars driving around the block looking for parking.  I estimated the crowd at between 150 to 200 people.

  12 comments for “Galloway Mayoral HQ Launch is a Huge Success

  1. Jason Young
    March 21, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Dan you have an active imagination. Cynthia and I were both there watching the event unfold from the start at 6 p.m. till an hour later. There was never a crowd gathered outside above maybe 25 people and estimates form reliable sources within the Galloway camp clocked attendance at about 100. 200 is a bit of a stretch my friend.

    You might wanna ask Galloway why she was having a bite to eat with Curt Pringle a few days ago at Zov’s in Tustin? From what she has told me, they are sworn enemies. Especially considering her stance on every Pringle giveaway that came across the dais when she was on council.

    • March 24, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      Oh Jason, I did ask Galloway about this; she was having breakfast with her daughter. Pringle happened to be there and came over to say hello. They didn’t not break bread. They said hello. You need better spies.

  2. Dan Chmielewski
    March 21, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Jason, journalism 101 count the crowd. Easily 50 outside. I counted 100 inside. People upstairs and downstairs. Ask Joe Shaw about the crowd. He’ll back me up. 200 was the total attendance. Bill Handel had a family emergency and couldn’t make it. He sent his regrets.

    So you spied on the event and didn’t actually attend it like I did. And you are going to question the crowd at the event most of which were inside? You are a coward and a fraud Jason. Lorri had more people outside the building than Tait gets inside.

    Mr. Pringle has a candidate in mind for mayor and it is Lucille Kring. Have you considered the notion perhaps, if they did have lunch at Zovs, that it might be about Eli Home? And are you going to refute the personal stories people told about how Lorri has helped them.

    Tell me Jason, how does Tait’s daughter pay the property taxes on that office building her dad transferred in her name because it’s so close to Angels Stadium that he asked the FPPC about it?

  3. Dan Chmielewski
    March 21, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    Jason, how about approving my comments on your blog?

  4. March 22, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Jason’s blog is back? Oh glory! Thanks for the good news Dan, I’ll go fetch his RSS feed…

  5. Dan Chmielewski
    March 22, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I’m surprised you weren’t at the Galloway event Vern; they had a bar…..

  6. Joe Shaw
    March 22, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I’m not going to argue numbers – I just know that the people that were there were the real people of Anaheim – they love Lorri and they will be out in force supporting her campaign for mayor!

  7. March 22, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    She does have herself a good campaign manager! 🙂

    • March 23, 2014 at 10:37 am

      I’m still laughing over the notion that Jason Young and Cynthia Ward stalked the event; were telephoto lenses and facial recognition software involved?

      As far as the obsession at OJ for parking, my truck has a raised support bar and accessories for my kayak so parking in a garage is usually a bad idea; not enough clearance. I avoid garages in general and always look for street level parking. And there was no close street level parking for the event. And yes, there were 50 people outside before I walked in and it was hard to walk around inside. People were still streaming into the event as I was leaving. There was considerable energy and enthusiasm.

  8. Dan Chmielewski
    March 22, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    Jason, please don’t ever cry about censorship again. I left a comment on your blog more than 24 hours ago and you have either deleted it or refused to publish it.

  9. Jason Young
    March 23, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Dan – I don’t control the content of Save Anaheim nor the approval of comments. You seem to have a lot of knowledge regarding Tait’s fundraisers for someone who has never attended one. I’m anxious to see how much Lorri raised, that will be the real measurement of her success.

  10. March 24, 2014 at 5:05 am

    Fascinating; then who does?

    It’s your blog. If you don’t control is, who. does.???? That said, why won’t they approve my comments? I’m not violating terms of service, simply disagreeing.

    Like you, Jason, I have trusted sources. And you’re wrong. It’s not fundraising that will determine Lorri’s success. It’s votes. Like Joe said above, those who attended represent “the real Anaheim.”

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