Much has been written about the killing of Kelly Thomas in the two and a half years since his death. We focus today on D. A. Tony Rackauckas, who decided, given the high profile of the case, that it was necessary for him to step back into the courtroom, after a 23 years, and personally prosecute the case.
The Anaheim City Council voted unanimously last night to settle the California Voting Rights Act lawsuit challenging the legality of the at-large voting process used to elect the city council. The settlement requires that the city council place a charter amendment before the voters in November 2014 to establish by-district voting for city council elections beginning in 2016.
Media reports indicate that the Anaheim City Council will consider the approval of a settlement agreement with the plaintiffs in the ACLU suit to force the city to adopt district level elections for council members in compliance with the California Voting Rights Act. The potential for agreement has been on the horizon for the past few months.
The long-awaited audit of the Enterprise Zone Voucher management contract awarded to the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce in 2012 was released just before the end of the year. The report demonstrates that when conservatives rush to outsource services to their campaign contributors, the result is invariably a waste of public funds and absolutely zero accountability.
On Wednesday, the publishers of the Register doubled down on their coverage by providing Mr. Moorlach with unprecedented space on their editorial pages to make his case. Moorlach’s guest editorial amounted to more than 800 words of free advertising for his campaign, in addition to the more than 400 words worth of “earned media” coverage Wisckol provided in his coverage of Moorlach’s announcement.
The ruling, dated last week, from Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark V. Mooney which orders new district based elections for the City of Palmdale. The ruling illustrates what the City of Anaheim may be looking at as an outcome of a similar suit filed alleging violations of the California Voting Rights Act caused by the at-large election of city council members.