Let’s Embarrass Anaheim’s Mark Daniels With Our Pre-Surgery Well-Wishes!


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Activist and former Anaheim City Council candidate Mark Daniels at a City Hall Event Supporting the Homeless

That Mark Daniels guy sure is willing to embarrass people.  He plants their photos on Facebook without warning to celebrate something that they’ve done.  He’s embarrassingly better at Photoshop than I am.  Well, turnabout is fair play, Mark Daniels, and right now it’s payback time!

In one minute as this is published, at the stroke of midnight Mark will no longer be allowed to eat solid food for a while.  (He promised to spend at least part of Tuesday loading up on greasy quesadillas.  May not have been the best idea under the circumstances, Mark!)  Liquid diet all day Wednesday, then zero diet — solid or liquid — on Thursday until he reports to the hospital for abdominal surgery.

We all know that Mark Daniels has guts.  Well, he’s going to have a bit less of them by Thursday night.  He’s going in to have some malignancies on his colon removed.  (He has been so open about announcing this to people — including at the last Anaheim Democratic Club meeting — that I have no hesitation in announcing it here.  Dude has no privacy left to protect in this area.)  The prognosis, as I understand it, is pretty good, so I’m not worrying about that.

I’m worrying — as a fellow gentleman of girth — how the hell Mark Daniels is going to get through all of Wednesday and half of Thursday without eating any solid food as he awaits his surgery.  I have a feeling that it might make him a little grumpy.

I’ve been wondering what to do — and I’ve decided that the best thing to do is to distract him.  And we can do so by commenting on this story, right here.  None of this boo-hoo-hoo Mark we’re gonna miss you stuff because we’re probably not going to miss him for too long, just until he recovers enough to get around.  In theory, we’ll miss the part of him that has cancer, but frankly I don’t think most of us have even seen it and fewer have wanted to.

We’ll miss him being at meetings and events for a while, just as the homelessness issue seems like it may be kicking into a higher gear.  But that just puts more responsibility on the rest of us to fill in for him while he’s on the Disabled List.

Anyway, aside from best wishes and offers to help him while he convalesces (if he’ll even accept those), I thought of a nice thing to do for Mark to keep him busy and distracted while he’s getting hungry and wondering why he had those quesadillas earlier today.

Seven months and a week or so ago, 1900 people other than Mark himself (presuming that he was eligible and did vote) voted for Mark for Anaheim City Council District 1 in what you may not realize was Anaheim’s first-ever district election.  I have gotten the distinct impression that he is proud of that.

So — and if this doesn’t work, it will only be because OJB’s current ability to galvanize the publicly immediately is less than has been hoped, rather than any reflection on Mark — if we can convince people who voted for Mark to come onto this very blog and let him know that they voted for him, I think that that might keep him distracted enough to get him to the time when he leaves for the hospital.

So go, hurry and spread the word within Anaheim’s District 1, everyone — and the rest of you well-wishers are welcome to wish him well too.


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose worker's rights and government accountability attorney, residing in northwest Brea. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Occasionally runs for office to challenge some nasty incumbent who would otherwise run unopposed. (Someday he might pick a fight with the intent to win rather than just dent someone. You'll know it when you see it.) He got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012 and in 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. A family member co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)