“SaveAnaheim,” a blog founded by Jason Young that insists on transparency from Anaheim City Government and the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, apparently can talk the talk but not walk the walk.
In a comment on our post about Lorri Galloway’s mayoral HQ opening, Young wrote: “I don’t control the content of Save Anaheim nor the approval of comments.” I had left a comment on a post regarding the absence of KFI’s Bill Handel from the Galloway event (he was unable to attend due to a family emergency). That comment, which answered the question posed by the post, still hasn’t been approved but two new posts popped up this morning.
Young also revealed that he and Cynthia Ward spied on the Galloway event from across the street but left after an hour; I was there until 7:20 PM and people were still streaming into the party.
So if Young doesn’t control the content or the ability to approve comments, who does? The GoDaddy WhoIs page for Save Anaheim shows that the ownership of the blog is masked.
For a site that insists on transparency from the Anaheim Chamber, blogger Matt Cunningham, and decries censorship form the Orange County Register, SaveAnaheim is a model of being opaque when it comes to transparency and censors comments critical of Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait.
Given a new set of FPPC rules affecting bloggers and SaveAnaheim’s unwavering support of Mayor Tait, we wonder if SaveAnaheim is in violation of new FPPC rules on disclosure of financial support from candidates and campaigns in regards to the re-elect Tait campaign. It is simply impossible to find a single line of text critical of Tom Tait on SaveAnaheim.
In the comment. Young asks how I knew so much about a Tom Tait fundraiser without having attended? There’s Tait’s Form 460 which references a December 16, 2013 fundraiser at the Anaheim White House in which 48 people showed up plus Tait’s immediate family. In this same document, Young gave $400 to Tait bringing Young’s annual contribution to the re-elect Tait movement for 2013 to $1,900. Now 48 people is considerably fewer than Galloway had at her event.
Now I’ll point out hiding the identity of the owner of SaveAnaheim and Young’s contributions to Tait are all perfectly legal. But those behind the Save Anaheim blog are patently hypocrites. To be the voice of transparency while hiding the owners of the site. Complaining about censorship while in fact denying to publish comments critical of Saint Tait. Selectively praising Tait for supporting districting when districting was long supported by Council member Jordan Brandman. Slamming Council Member Kris Murray for criminalizing the vulnerable homeless population when the entire council was unanimous in its ban of allowing overnight camping in the city’s parks simply means Tait is safe from any sort of criticism. Tait and Murray voted exactly the same on that one. Fellas, if you don’t like the ban and feel its cruel to the homeless, lay the blame on Tait too.
So it seems Anaheim H.O.M.E. and SaveAnaheim have one thing in common; anonymous and invisible members and owners all claiming a moral high ground while apply a different set of rules for Mayor Tait.