Aitken calls for equity and fairness from resort district businesses

Aitken calls for equity and fairness from resort district businesses Ashleigh Aitken says resort businesses, such as Disney, luxury hotel operators, and developers, that are benefiting most from Anaheim’s growth and infrastructure improvements need to be better corporate citizens for the benefit of all of Anaheim’s neighborhoods.

Anaheim, CA—Ashleigh Aitken, candidate for Anaheim Mayor, held her opening “Community First” campaign event last night at JT Schmid’s restaurant. She discussed a wide range of issues impacting Anaheim with law enforcement, labor, education, legal, business, and other neighborhood leaders.

Below are some of her additional comments on economic equity and fairness: “We’re all happy to be able to live in Anaheim. We don’t mind contributing more to the strengthening of our neighborhoods if we know it’s going to our kids’ schools, and we know that it’s going to help our roads, and we know it’s going to make Anaheim a better place to live. But it’s a little bit harder if you talk to residents and find out that they are working really hard and they are paying their fair share. And some of the people and businesses that are doing extremely well in Anaheim—that are the economic engines in Anaheim—are not paying their fair share.

We want our Resort District to thrive. We want it to be successful. We need it to be successful, but not on the backs of residents and working families in Anaheim. We should all work together and partner to improve our neighborhoods.

I had the honor of being introduced tonight by Bruno Serato, chef and owner of the Anaheim White House restaurant. Bruno is the shining example of a business leader partnering with our communities. He is not solely focused on the financial success of his business. He is equally devoted to the lives he is changing by feeding children and arranging housing for those in need. And he does it, not because the city made him do it, but because he cares—and it’s the right thing to do.

As a former Federal Prosecutor and as a consumer attorney, you want your Mayor to: not be afraid to fight, know how to fight, and know how to win. Those are three critical skills the law has taught me. I’ll use those skills as Mayor to make sure everyone in Anaheim is really getting a fair share.”

In addition to serving as a local federal prosecutor, Ashleigh previously served Anaheim residents as Chair of the Community Services Board. As a two-term commissioner, she helped secure funding for local non-profit organizations to lift people out of poverty, prevent elder abuse, offer job training and placement, and provide additional education and arts resources to our at-risk youth.

She is also the former Chair and a current member of the Orange County Fair Board, where she is helping to lead improvements on the grounds, add recreational opportunities, offer free programming to over 100,000 schoolchildren at the Centennial Farm, and mitigate traffic on event days. They recently opened up the Heroes Hall museum and education center in honor of our military veterans.

Ashleigh also helped procure the state’s largest migrant farm worker memorial as a tribute to the people who gave their blood, sweat and tears to transform Orange County into what it is today. Ashleigh and her husband, Michael, live in Anaheim with their three daughters and an ark of animals. Ashleigh and Michael work at the family-run law firm Aitken Aitken Cohn. She continues to support and volunteer with the local Assistance League of Anaheim, Girl Scouts of Orange County, Special Olympics, Chance Theatre, Anaheim Ballet, Muzeo, and South Coast Repertory.

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  26 comments for “Aitken calls for equity and fairness from resort district businesses

  1. Karena
    October 5, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    Up yours Ashleigh. Let your Dad carry you to elective office without any record of accomplishment. When is Lori Galloway going to run?

  2. David Vasquez
    October 5, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Certainly a woman of her stature would denounce DOMESTIC ABUSE. Right………..

    Yet still…..

  3. Randy Roddy
    October 6, 2017 at 4:05 pm

    I’m posting this here since the Orange Juice and Vodka blog won’t publish it. Fuck you Ricardo Toro and Greg Diamond for your defense of a serial drunk driver. Vern needs to go to jail for a long time. You guys knew of his “illness” and did nothing. You defend his arrest. It’s within the law. You asshole apologists. Shame on both of you. Losers. Both of you. Hope Vern spend years in State prison. The OJ and Vodka Blog has surrendered its activism license for decades. Fuck you

  4. David Vasquez
    October 6, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    While I don’t feel as strongly as Dave “Randy Roddy” Zenger. I will say, that Greg’s version is different than Donna Ascevedo’s version of events.

    What is immensely clear is Greg’s attempt to somehow tie commentary on Vern’s Drunkenness, DUI’s and HORRIFFIC BEHAVIOR to the editor here. That’s HOGWASH.

    Given “Crazy Gregs” penchant for deleting opposing views, this medium has been MORE THAN FAIR in deleting out of line posts (including my own), but letting the truth be told.

    Is Greg really trying to parse a FIVE time drunk driver’s arrest into a backseat/front seat thing? What a jackass.

    Read Donna Ascevedo’s version and read Gregs. HE IS DELLUSIONAL.

    DPOC, ANAHEIM PD, and others will wish they had listened when this crackpot explodes. SEE SOMETHING……SAY SOMETHING.


    • chris Epting
      October 6, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      I was just finishing up reading some social media comments from Donna–where she says about cops – “F— that – they are cowards…” before I saw the latest apologetic, conspiratorial dreck from Greg, who seems to be getting crazier by the day. Maybe it’s the fact that he, his drunk pal and his cop hating wife no longer have any political standing in OC. Whatever the reason, that feckless gasbag is still changing his stories, rambling incoherently, and making excuses for a 5-time DUI lowlife. Pack it up, Greg. It’s over.

    • October 10, 2017 at 3:27 pm

      I don’t think Greg could afford a gun, ammunition or know how to use either. He’s more Trump-like than he would care to admit. He wants attention. He wants his way. He never admits a mistake. His friends can do all manner of inappropriate things and he won’t call them out. He’s all bluster and no bark. Ignore him.

      • Chris Epting
        October 11, 2017 at 1:32 pm

        Do we know if Vern is in jail now, or just being held in rehab? Have not missed his diatribes against cops or his racist screeds against everyone else. Hopefully DUI #6 is not just around the corner, we all feel much safer when this degenerate lowlife is off the streets. I’m sure local democrats feel the same; he’s beyond just being a liability now- he’s a reckless, toxic reprobate- no wonder OVSD trustee president Gina Clayton Tarvin feels so comfortable being around him.

      • Oz
        October 11, 2017 at 1:34 pm

        Hey Vern left a comment on the Orange juice and Vodka blog.

        Let’s tell the truth Vern. You’re a drunk. You’ve driven drunk numerous times. You got caught five times.

        Your trial in January. See you back in blogosphere in July 2019 after you get out of jail. Tell the truth… you buy cheap booze. Your wife and “friends” have failed you. You are a menance to society. No one cares about your “activism” due to your alcoholism.

        Go to jail. Do not pass Go. Enjoy Chino.

      • Anon
        October 11, 2017 at 3:36 pm

        Is Victor a deadbeat Dad who hasn’t paid child support in months? Let’s not blackmail the ex-wife for doing what she had to to feed her kids and keep an apartment going while baby daddy worked protesting. Protesting what? Crappy jobs due to lack of skills and/or education? Go away Victor You are a loser

        • Fred Smith
          October 11, 2017 at 4:10 pm

          YES he is. He has money to fly to Sacramento for photo ops but not to buy his children food. Total deadbeat scumbag. Kamala Harris will no doubt rue today’s photo op when his DUIs, burglaries and drug convictions are made public. Between Victor and Vern you are talking double digit DUIs. Two rotten pendejos in a pod.

  5. Randy Roddy
    October 9, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    OhGreg has banned anyone who calls him on his bullshit. St. Vern Nelson is the. I Tim of a political witch hunt by the Anaheim city Atty and the DA’s office. Five Time DUI!!! What kind of friend are you Greg. You know he’s a drunk. You did nothing to help him.

  6. VOC watcher
    October 9, 2017 at 6:16 pm

    Imagine if Greg Diamond held Vern Bekson to the same sort of standard on drinking that he did to the editir of this blog on Voice of OC. Vern would never have been charged. Greg is a failure as a friend. Did Vern get drunk on NyQuil Greg?

  7. Fred Smith
    October 10, 2017 at 12:06 am

    Vern Nelson is a menace to society, period. Not just for all of the DUIs (how many times DIDN’T he get caught? ) but also for the abusive lying and slander he has heaped on people over the years. Greg Diamond and cop-hater Donna are enablers in my opinion; excusing the dangerous behavior of this lowlife. Pathetic scumbags one and all.

  8. David Vasquez
    October 11, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Sorry to comment out of place.

    I wanted to try to avoid the “controversy”, but I am told that most people could give a Sh!t about Vern Nelson, he was labeled a drunk YEARS ago by the OCWEEKLY. He has been avoided by virtually everybody, politically, but Loretta Sanchez, who considered him cheap entertainment.

    The concern that has been shared with me, is simple:

    The GOP grabbing on to these scandalous fools. We know Issa has already downloaded Victor Humberto Valladares mugshot from MUGSHOTS.COM and is openly advertising Col. Applegate’s support of Victor, financially and otherwise (VV, openly commented that Applegate is a source of his activism). I am told that camera happy victor was ignorant to GOP staffers in Sacramento this week, taping him in a “Jeff LeTourneu like moment”.


    Now does the Democratic party really need the distraction of a FIVE TIME drunk driver or an Accused wife beater/deadbeat dad/drunk?

    Moreover, I question the tactics of Greg Diamond and others who try to minimize this, who think they are smarter than the rest of us. Greg looks to be a snake and a liar, not to mention a HORRIBLE friend and selfish F%^K. Imagine comparing your colleague’s debilitating alcoholism to you needing to limit your salt intake because you are too fat. No wonder they call you “Crazy Greg”. You are a delusional MF.

    • Fred Smith
      October 11, 2017 at 8:16 pm

      David – do you have any other details about the “LeTourneau moment” video? Many in HB have seen Victor’s temper in public displays before. It would be nice to have the video.

    • MADDasHell
      October 12, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      Read the comments. These guys were vicious to Kring for “appearing to be drunk”

      Maybe Vern appeared to be drunk?

  9. October 12, 2017 at 9:27 am

    How amusing and ironic that this blog only seems to generate comments when they concern Greg Diamond or Vern Nelson.

    I think there’s a lesson in there somewhere, but I’m sure it would require someone not self-absorbed and steeped in pettiness to learn it.

    The “Liberal OC” has earned every bit of its irrelevancy.

    • Fred Smith
      October 12, 2017 at 9:30 am

      Now Greg is posting as “Anon.” Sorry, you fat POS, these comments do get read by many so climb back in bed with your drunk, violent friends.

      • October 12, 2017 at 4:09 pm

        Sorry stupid, I’m not Greg, but go ahead and believe whatever nasty ass BS you and the other ghouls on this blog conjure up.

    • October 13, 2017 at 10:00 am

      that’s actually not true and we were relevant enough for you to leave this anonymous comment

  10. Chris Epting
    October 12, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Greg Diamond’s recent comment- now making light of DUI and mocking those that have a problem with it- I am sending his comment to the state bar, MADD and SADD- this is beyond disgraceful.

    “I agree that the law is what it is. My point is, and has been, that the overwrought hand-writing from Vern’s critics about “his 5th DUI! He was endangering our children!” is hooey.

    He broke the law, seemingly without being aware that he was doing so. The law is pretty technical and a bit of an overreach, useful mostly for situations where someone HAD BEEN driving or WAS ABOUT TO BE driving, to take away the technical defense that they were not moving the car at the moment that they were discovered. The reaction you see in the lower rent comments sections around town is intentionally misleading, written by people who defend much worse.”

  11. Chris Epting
    October 12, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Greg should only see the comments in the Facebook group, Huntington Beach Political Voice, where his absurdly callous, clueless comments have been shared.

    • Chris Epting
      October 12, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      but he will NOT be allowed in that group

  12. Fred Smith
    October 12, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    WOW here is rising Dem leader Victor Valladeres, harassing his former father in law and threatening the decent old man to “put him on Facebook!” That man has helped in raising Valladeres’ sons, trying to provide SOME paternal leadership in the face of a drunk, angry, common criminal that’s never held job, namely Victor. What kind of animal posts something like this?? Pendejo, Pinche trash along with his Puta girlfriend, Katheryn Clark (who just dumped her husband and kids for this scumbag)

    • Chris Epting
      October 12, 2017 at 9:49 pm

      What on earth is Victor’s purpose in posting that video?

  13. chris Epting
    October 13, 2017 at 8:45 am

    FYI- it seems Victor’s mentor has a habit of silencing critics – she’s another fast rising OC Dem – is this what the party wants? Really? Here is my HuffPo piece today – read it and weep – and then kick out Gina Clayton Tarvin

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