Who’s Running the “SaveAnaheim” Blog?

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“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.

  12 comments for “Who’s Running the “SaveAnaheim” Blog?

  1. Jason Young
    March 24, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    You left out the tally from Tait’s first fundraiser Dan. The December event was a smaller affair.

    Lorri was at Mayor Tait’s re-election kick-off event, maybe she would know the final numbers. God, come to think of it, Lorri even spoke at the event praising Mayor Tait and supporting his re-election. Wonder why she decided to turn on her “friend” and run against him? Ego possibly or maybe she is no under the control of Curt Pringle. Did you ask her why she was dining with him last week?

    • March 25, 2014 at 7:31 am

      You left out the answer to the question: who is running the Save Anaheim blog?

  2. Dan Chmielewski
    March 25, 2014 at 5:08 am

    she wasn’t dining with him Jason. She was having breakfast with her daughter and campaign manager and Pringle came over to say hello. You need better spies.

  3. March 25, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Oh Jason, how about a post on Mayor Tait being a no-show at last Saturday’s rally? His well-paid council assistant Mishal Montgomery spoke for him instead

  4. Jason Young
    March 25, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Dan – This was the rescheduled date for the rally as the first one was rained out. Mayor Tait already had plans to visit his son at college out of state this past weekend. As for Lorri, my source is more credible then Lorri who has every reason to lie about her meeting with Pringle.

  5. March 25, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    The rescheduled event promoted Tate’s appearance; nice try.

    Lorri says hello to someone while she’s having a meal with her campaign people and her daughter and she’s lying? It wasn’t a meeting and it wasn’t a meal. It was a “hello.” Jason, seriously, there’s something truly wrong with you. You stalk candidate events, you make stuff up, and never believe a direct answer. I question your mental health.

    And you are still avoiding the question; if you don’t control content at SaveAnaheim, who does?

  6. Jason Young
    March 25, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    My source, who has no reason to make this up, saw her sitting with Curt Pringle and his Republican pollster friend. It wasn’t a “hello” in passing it was a meeting. Lorri has every reason to lie about this as it raises some serious questions about her campaign.

    In regards to the promotional materials for the event, perhaps the events organizers assumed he would be available for the rescheduled date. I was told he had plane tickets in hand weeks before the original date.

    We didn’t stalk her event we simply observed to see how well attended it was. In fact, next time we will just come inside. Lorri, if you didn’t know, made me a part of her outreach to gang members. Used to call me frequently with insider info. I was invited to her home when she announced he intentions to run. I’ve even filmed many of her rallys for her. So, go ask her if she thinks I’m mentally incompetent.

  7. Jose Mario
    March 25, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Kris Murray runs the Save Anaheim blog! She is hot, amazing and can do all things!

  8. March 25, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Then you are just stupid. I will ask again Jason. Who is running “SaveAnaheim” if it’s not you?

    Stop dodging the question. Actually the more you dodge the question, the more I believe Tait has bought and paid for you.

  9. Jason Young
    March 25, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Please file an FPPC complaint and watch me get cleared Dan.

    Do you really think Mayor Tait would hire an uneducated, unprofessional, average Joe Anaheim to run a blog for him?

    As of said many many times, I started Save Anaheim out of my frustrations with the crony capitalist ways of our city council. I didn’t even meet Mayor Tait until many many months after I started. And then it was only to pick his brain on the inner workings of city hall not to strategize on how I could help him fight back against his enemies.

    Mayor Tait is a good man and yes he surrounds himself with less then perfect people. But who’s perfect anyway. I’d certainly rather keep the company of folks like Cynthia, Vern, Ryan Cantor, Greg Diamond, etc. . then the likes of Murray, Eastman, Kring, and Brandman. Those folks are just out to take advantage of Anaheim taxpayers at every turn.

    Why don’t we fight against those folks instead of infighting over Galloway/Tait. I personally think they are both great choices for Anaheim. I just don’t like what Galloway has done to her “friend” Mayor Tait in the process.

    • March 26, 2014 at 8:16 am

      I’ll note I continue to ask who is running your blog and you continue to avoid answering a direct question. Please abandon any demand you make for transparency Jason when you refuse to be transparent yourself.

  10. Greg Diamond
    March 26, 2014 at 12:36 am

    Jason, you have to come home now! And wash your hands!

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