Anaheim resident Lisa Lewis showed up at last night’s Anaheim City Council meeting last night to ask Mayor Tom Tait — to his face — why he failed to do his homework when Tait asked his neighbor Doug Pettibone to run for Anaheim City Council.
You can watch the video of last night’s council meeting here. Simply go to the 1:23 mark of the video when Lisa Lewis comes to the microphone.
Lewis reviews her letter to Tait that outed the charges against Pettibone in 1998. She also read the Mayor’s terse and short reply that Pettibone’s letter “speaks for itself.” For Lewis, no it didn’t. “How did you know know?” Lewis — a victim of domestic abuse herself — demanded of Tait and she referenced a comment made by Pastor Stephanie Steiler on this blog that the Tait campaign knew about the charges for it least two weeks before Pettibone dropped out.
When her time was done, Lewis thanked the council and Tait did something unusual. He stopped Lewis and asked her a few questions. Now when Council member Jordan Brandman was called a “sick faggot” and the three women on the council were called “Disney whores” by Denis Fitzgerald, the Mayor might have a brief expression of distaste. When the F-bomb meeting happened and speakers shouted “f&ck the police” over and over, Tait just held the gavel. But Tait remarkably came to life in defense of his neighbor and friend and went into great detail about Pettibone’s life — being a hospice pastor, a good father and someone Tait went surfing with. Tait went on to say “this is why people don’t get into politics” is if to defend his choice in Pettibone.
- Lewis wasn’t asking about Pettibone; she was asking Tait what he knew and when he knew it and Lewis questioned Tait’s honesty and integrity in doing so. Tait never answered that question. His answers were all about Pettibone.
- Tait didn’t know that Pastor Stieler was a member of his campaign team; he went as far to say there was no pastor on his team. Perhaps his campaign manager Tim Whitacre can give the Mayor a copy of the nice letter sent to Stieler when she left.
- OJ blogger and Tait’s unofficial photographer Greg Diamond continues to insist that Pettibone has a clean record. Form the OJ blog: Forces associated with the Pringle Ring obtained an erroneous history of his arrest (NOT a conviction, people!) for — I am not kidding — yelling at his then-wife during his custody dispute. No guilty plea ever went into effect, and the whole unfortunate matter had been purged from public view after spurious battery charges had been dropped and he completed counseling — which was ordered not by a criminal court but by the family law judge handling the custody dispute. The records were destroyed and not available online, until some anonymous person with big contacts and influence managed to get an erroneous (and possibly forged) version of the report reinstated — at which point they pretended that it had always been there. (They weren’t. Pettibone had others had looked for them.) Pettibone’s bottom-feeding critics then used the fact of his arrest (not conviction) for a crime not involving a physical attack to literally link him in the public mind to wife-beating NFL player Ray Rice. Pettibone decided, to protect his current wife and son (and ex-wife too), that he had had enough of this $%^& — and given that there were already two other candidates in the Council race who would support Tait’s positions (those being Vanderbilt and Dr. Moreno), he didn’t have to take it — so he dropped out.
PC 240 means: 240. An assault is an unlawful attempt, coupled with a present ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another.
- PC415(2) means: Any person who maliciously and willfully disturbs another person by loud and unreasonable noise.
- This was years ago say Pettibone defenders Cynthia Ward and Greg Diamond; and Lorri Galloway’s husband was sued in 1984 as Ward continues to remind everyone and every opportunity; so what’s the statute of limitations on that one? Here’s Cynthia defending Pettibone and called Lewis a BITCH in a comment on OJ: The former Mrs. Pettibone clearly had a bad time of it during the divorce, I won’t diminish what Mr. Pettibone may or may not have done, because Doug himself is clearly remorseful for having done or said something 16 years ago that is not indicative of the man many of us know him to be today, and I needn’t know the details to respect his stand on this subject.But despite the ready acknowledgement that the former Mrs. Pettibone had a frightening time in the past, it is clear that she is not now cowering in fear of her ex-husband finding and harming her, indeed she put her home address on the Nomination Papers she signed to enable her ex-husband to run for Anaheim City Council. The former Mrs. Pettibone has not only forgiven the transgressions of the past, she has requested as an Anaheim voter that her former husband represent her at City Hall! There is NO JUSTIFIABLE COMPARISON of this current relationship in the Pettibone family with the genuine evil that engulfs too many women in today’s society, and it is exploitative, and-I will say it-indicative of the lowest form of BITCH for Lewis and/or her favored candidates to use the fear that our battered sisters endure as a prop for their own political gain!\
- In reviewing Diamond’s and Ward’s attack on Lewis, I can’t help but to think of the Right Wing’s attacks on Anita Hill, a reluctant witness against Clarence Thomas who was savaged for telling the truth. I’m still waiting for proof from Diamond that Pettibone’s records were somehow altered. Like I have said before, some people are better at finding things on the Internet than others.
So all this said, Tait still hasn’t answered the question. What did he know and when did he know it? Why is a long time transgression from his hand picked slate mate to be forgiven, but ancient transgressions by his political opponents remain fair game? And more curious, why did Tait choose Lewis comments to actually address a citizen’s concerns when he’s allowed so much to slip by in public comments while he wields the gavel?
Happy Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Anaheim; we’re learning more things all the time.