Expanded Anaheim Council Sworn In; Moreno Pulls the Short Straw for 2 Year Term

Dr. Jose F. Moreno, (c) 2014, TheLiberalOC.com (Photo: Dan Chmielewski)

OK, so it wasn’t a straw, it was a wooden chip with the Number 3 on it drawn by newly sworn in council member Jose F. Moreno who experienced the Ecstasy of being sworn in to the Anaheim City Council and the agony of an “unlucky” draw of a two year term.

It’s ironic that Moreno, who led the lawsuit for district-based elections and was involved in determining that one of the districts in the 2016 election would be for a two year term, would draw the “short straw.”

The Voice of OC documents the extraordinary steps taken to ensure the randomness of the draw.  From the story:

After the swearing-in, City Clerk Linda Andal determined who would serve the short term by drawing numbers out of a hat.

Guess who’s number came up?

If you guessed the Latino guy, who had to sue the city for equal representation on the council, you are correct.

Andal took pains to avoid the appearance of favoritism, carefully showing the crowd four blank wood chips before numbering them for the district of each of the new council members.

Before depositing the chips in a black cloth bag, Andal turned the bag inside out to show it was empty – prompting one member of the audience to mutter “we know what magic tricks look like.”

She shook the bag in front of a microphone so members of the audience could hear the chips jangling inside.

The half of the auditorium that had cheered and clapped for Moreno throughout the ceremony groaned in unison when Andal pulled the number three from the bag. After the draw, a reporter inspected the wood chips and found each to be smooth, without a noticeable difference in feeling.

Now there’s is some actual justice in this draw that might be hard to see.  Moreno’s 72-vote margin was the tightest of the four council races, so on that basis alone it’s fair that District 3 is the short straw district for election in 2018.  It’s worth noting Moreno agreed to this provision in the settlement for District elections.

I’ve had several conversations with Dr. Moreno over the past few years about the difficulty in getting Latino voters to the polls in midterm elections (and for special elections).  He, correctly, states that this isn’t a problem just for Latino voters but one for Democrats in general.  Perhaps Moreno on the ballot for 2018 will be the catalyst that draws Latino voters to the polls in Anaheim for 2018.  There’s still considerable confusion among voters about districts, so other district elections could get a spillover effect.  But being on the ballot in 2018 means Moreno needs to start working on turnout now.

There is also a Mayoral election in Anaheim in 2018 and some have speculated Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait was grooming Moreno to be his replacement.  If true, Moreno will need to decide whether to run for re-election for District 3 or make a try at the Mayor’s seat.


  10 comments for “Expanded Anaheim Council Sworn In; Moreno Pulls the Short Straw for 2 Year Term

  1. OCDEM
    December 14, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Don’t worry about turnout.

    Crazy Greg is running for DPOC chair and is going to host calkwalks and piano concerts to draw voters out.

  2. PianoKeys
    December 14, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Diamond for DPOC chair? Not happening. Diamond can count on a handful of votes and he is greatly disliked in the party

  3. Dan Chmielewski
    December 14, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Greg is the wrong guy to lead the party; he’s an idiot.

  4. December 14, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    What would you clowns ever comment about if it weren’t for Greg?

    • Dan Chmielewski
      December 14, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      For a musician, you can’t carry a tune in a bucket. Why don’t you join the Republican Party? Tait brown noser that you are

    • Embarassing
      December 15, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      Are you kidding me????

      Have you looked at the video of yourself singing a song at the recent Anaheim council meeting?

      You look like a CRAZY degenerate. Unable to string a sentence together. I would have never thought “the peoples” spokesmen would be an incoherrent, disheveled fool, in a Santas cap along side a cowering, shaking scary skinny white guy in a Target suit and hankerchief!

      Mr. Nelson. You and your wife have much more to offer than fart jokes, pee in your pants commentary and sophmoric comments.

      Grow up.

    • Kigfd
      December 19, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      To your point, Mr. Nelson, Crazy Greg has gone totally “Kanye West” regarding recent events.

      Your crazy ass sing along, makes believe (us normal child rearing human beings) that you guys belong along the river bed, with the other degenerates.

      Unless of course you live in the middle class suburbs of Brea, Buena Park and Anaheim Hills, but PRETEND to be “in it”. At least you put your money where your mouth is, or your Meth dealer……

  5. PianoKeys
    December 15, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Everything Tait put on the agenda wasn’t about kindness. Jose and Denise are asskissers

  6. Anaheim
    December 16, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Empowering the people is really an irritant to some. Anaheim needs real change and this is a start. Too bad kring did not get the chip. She needs to go.

  7. PianoKeys
    December 16, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Tait needs to go: Barnes and Moreno are his bootlickers

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