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Nothing Expected to Change at Tonight’s Anaheim Council Meeting


Tuesday night’s Anaheim City Council meeting will offer another reading of the District votes indicating which of Anaheim’s newly-formed districts will be up for election in 2016 and which will be up in 2018.  I don’t expect anything to change.

There will no doubt be a long line of speakers demanding that District 3, the most Latino district, be added for 2016 — a presidential year when Latino voters typically come out in force only in the November election.  The June 2012 primary is direct evidence of this as Tom Daly’s vote total surpassed all Latino Democratic opponents for AD-69 combined.  If the council majority sticks to its earlier vote, and I’ve seen no indication that this will change, a lawsuit is possible from MALDEF and the California League of United Latin American Citizens using the argument that delaying the election in the only district designed to provide a voting rights remedy to Latino voters puts the city at risk for liability under the federal Voting Rights Act and the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Our understanding is that neither state of federal law allows race to be the sole reason for selecting districts for which one gets to vote first.

During a chat with Dr. Jose Moreno at the DPOC meeting last week, I asked why don’t Latino voters come out for primary elections or special elections because the Democratic Party needs these votes in every election.  His explanation is that those who don’t vote are typically younger people, renters and voters who are poor.  Candidates target highly-probability voters and don’t do enough to get eligible non-voters to the polls.  And he correctly pointed out, Democrats as a whole need to be better about voting in off year elections and special elections.  We agreed this needs to change.  It’s not like Anaheim makes it hard to vote; early voting stations are up at city hall well before election day.  But how to do it? No one has an easy answer.

For the coming elections, it is completely possible that Anaheim voters can send not one but three Latinos to the city council by 2018.  If Anaheim Latino voters are so outraged by Council member Jordan Brandman’s deciding vote against District 3, they have an opportunity to make their voices heard in the June 2016 primary for Congress.  But this will require them voting in June.

If District 3 has to wait until 2018, isn’t the goal of electing a Latino council member enough of a trigger to get Latino voters to the Polls in an off-year election?  A Democratic Congressional representative elected in CD-46 in 2016 clearly needs these to ward off a serious Republican challenge.

Regardless of race, age, or political party, voters who don’t take the time to vote get the government they deserve.



  28 comments for “Nothing Expected to Change at Tonight’s Anaheim Council Meeting

  1. Randy Roddy
    December 8, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    Wow, so you’re in favor of disenfranchising Latinos.

    Good to know. At first I thought this post was written by Cunningham.

  2. December 8, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    And the useful Dan is now officially at odds with the entire Central Committee of his supposed Party, and at the service of the more corrupt and racist Republicans of this county. All in his love for Jordan.

    • December 8, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      You have serious reading comprehension problems. The post predicts nothing is going to change. The post says the party needs Latinos to vote and to vote in more than a November presidential election. The best way to get Latinos to vote in off-year of special elections appears to be some sort of trigger like Prop 187. And if Latino voters want to take it out on Jordan, they’ll vote for someone else in June 2016. So tell me Vern, when will Jeff Letourneau apologize to Henry for falsely claiming the chair would block his measure to condemn the council majority?

      • December 8, 2015 at 4:34 pm

        No, your meaning is clear. I comprehend your writing better than you do, Mr. PR. You are continuing to make halfassed excuses for Jordan’s expected disfranchisement of Anaheim’s Latinos.

        And you’re so dumb, you don’t even know, or wonder, why he’s really doing it. I don’t know exactly either, but at least I’m smart enough to know that his stated readons don’t make sense.

        • December 8, 2015 at 7:04 pm

          I have made no such excuse. But let’s talk about disenfranchisement for a moment Vern, which is the word you meant to use. The Vietnamese in Little Saigon vote in force. Irvine’s Korean-American and Jewish populations vote in force. Latino voters generally don’t vote. Democrats have a hard time voting in off year elections. Republicans vote in every election. People are only disenfranchised if they don’t vote. So how do we fix this Vern? You need to give voters a reason to show up and do their duty as citizens. Every election. By the way, thank you for re-registering as a Democrat using your rented room address in HB. But when you step up to the Mike in Anaheim to say you’re from Anna Drive, the council and the audience need to know you’re lying El Mosquito.

  3. David Vasquez
    December 8, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    Would EVERYBODY please calm down, Cynthia Ward is bringing snacks!

    Hopefully, there will be a “meatless” option for her lawyer!

  4. Reader
    December 8, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Wow. Way off, time to get new city hall sources Dan.

    • December 9, 2015 at 8:32 am

      That option was always on the table; I’m surprised he went in this direction. I’m sure Greg Diamond is secretly thrilled because he gets to dust off his 11 maps again.

    • Gustavo Arellano
      December 9, 2015 at 9:18 am

      Dan’s “sources” are the most laughably placed in Orange County. I’m still waiting for Fullertonians to tell me that our “Where the Black People At?” cover from years ago was offensive to their sensibilities. But they’re as imaginary as an ethical Larry Agran.

  5. Gustavo Arellano
    December 9, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Among the many laughable pronouncements Dan makes, none is more laughable than Dan talking about Latino issues. Hey, Dan: Latinos will never wholeheartedly support Democrats as long as there are boors like you and Jordan reminding us that the party is fundamentally flawed in Orange County. With supposed allies like you and Jordan, who needs enemies?

    • December 9, 2015 at 2:04 pm

      Sure Gustavo; Latinos would prefer to side with the party calling for self-deportment and building a wall. Instead of leaving snarky blog comments, how about demonstrating some leadership? Other papers carry age 1 editorials on matters of grave importance. The OC Weekly provides Taco Truck review. Grow a pair. Do something meaningful. Make a difference. Or just continue to be the publication strip club owners promote the girl of the week, where to get legal weed, and what massage parlor to hit.

      • December 9, 2015 at 6:48 pm

        I should mention what should be painfully obvious that Norberto Santana has long surpassed you as the leading Latino journalist in OC. And you can remove the word “Latino” and it still applies. Maybe you can get some pointers from him

      • December 9, 2015 at 7:51 pm

        Such an inspiring defense of Democrats Dan: “Republicans are worse.” If that’s the best you can do, then do us all a favor and keep quiet.

        Anyway Gustavo said “wholeheartedly” which is accurate; neither can I wholeheartedly support a party with Brandmans, Chmielewskis, Dalys, Pulidos and Solorios. (Giving Lou a break today cuz at least he came out last night and TRIED to get your bff to act like a Democrat.)

  6. Jeff LeTourneau
    December 9, 2015 at 11:27 am

    One thing is abundantly clear. At the moment in time when Jordan could have salvaged at least a portion of his withering political career, he instead chose to delay the entire process by up to 6 months by suggesting the mapping process begin anew. While this may buy him and his soon to be disbanded Congressional campaign a little more time to twist in the wind, it will also, (if he gets his way with two Latino majority districts instead of two plurality and one majority district) assure that there will be only two Latino Council members instead of three. This of course will perpetuate the current disenfranchisement of the most marginal residents of the city. IT IS NOW TIME FOR ALL DEMOCRATIC OFFICE HOLDERS AND CANDIDATES TO WITHDRAW THEIR ENDORSEMENTS OF BRANDMAN IMMEDIATELY!

    • Pinky
      December 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      Where was Bao last night Jeff?

    • December 9, 2015 at 12:40 pm

      As much as Jordan deserves all our opprobrium, and is apparently simply working based on perverse pique and unafraid of continued justice-denying delay, it also has to be mentioned that representatives of LULAC and MALDEF sat there silently, probably thinking “This could be a way to get OUR preferred (2 Latino CVAC Majority) maps back into play.”

      An inconvenient truth, that I can’t help but point out. A split in our ranks.

      • December 9, 2015 at 2:07 pm

        Vern– try honesty. You don’t live on Anna Drive. You live in HB. Try not to slur your words when speaking

        • December 9, 2015 at 2:31 pm

          Anna Drive? I said that ONCE, a year ago, to get a rise out of Kris Murray. I always say Huntington Beach, or Orange Juice Blog, or, in my first speech last night, “Anaheim’s favorite interloper.”

          And you have something to teach anyone about honesty, PR dude? Your blog is an object lesson in the very opposite.

          • December 9, 2015 at 2:40 pm

            Sure because I write things like Disney ordered Brandman to vote the way he did without a shread of proof. Please, you want to preach honesty, practice it on your blog

            • December 9, 2015 at 3:00 pm

              THAT is reasonable conjecture, which is perfectly legitimate. It’s harder to believe Jordan’s story, which is that it’s just all about kicking Jose in the nuts.

    • December 9, 2015 at 2:05 pm

      Not A SINGLE endorsement has been withdrawn Jeff; perhaps you should ethically disclose your role in the Bao Nguyen campaign.

      • Jeff LeTourneau
        December 9, 2015 at 3:57 pm

        He had a Council mtg. I believe

        • December 9, 2015 at 6:43 pm

          That has nothing to do with a disclosure by you about your role with his campaign

      • Jeff LeTourneau
        December 9, 2015 at 4:01 pm

        Yes. Because you would know this and it would have all happened in a few hours. Puuhhhleeeze Miss Thing

  7. December 9, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Not hard to check. Miss Thing? Is that a slur I detect Jeff?

    • December 9, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      If I may … it was only a reference to the fact that you Miss so many Things! OOF!!! BAM!!!!!

  8. December 9, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    I wish I could miss you Vern; the next DUI perhaps

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