Disney and Pringle Apparently (For Now) Place Their Chips on Harry Sidhu for Mayor

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Is Anaheim ready for more Sidhu-masochism? Harry Sidhu (at left) with his former Anaheim Council partners-in-crime Gail Eastman and Kris Murray.

Here’s the content of a press release that came with our order of fire-grilled chicken and soda water:

Businessman and Former Anaheim City Council Member Harry Sidhu
 Announces Campaign for Mayor
“Together We Can Make Anaheim Shine”

July 12, 2017 (714) 390-5505

Anaheim, CA – Today, longtime Orange County business owner and former Anaheim City Council Member Harry Sidhu formally announced that he will be a candidate for Anaheim Mayor in the November 6, 2018 General Municipal Election. “We need innovative problem-solving and experienced, common sense leadership to meet the needs of our community and keep our great City of Anaheim moving forward in a positive direction,” said Sidhu. “That’s why I’m running for Mayor – Together We Can Make Anaheim Shine.”

Harry Sidhu served for eight years on the Anaheim City Council, and as Mayor Pro Tem in 2012 and from December 2009 through December 2011. During his tenure on the City Council, Sidhu established a strong reputation and proven track record for protecting the taxpayers, promoting public safety, expanding city services to improve neighborhood quality of life, being a champion of small businesses, streamlining regulations, and encouraging a thriving business culture and economic development for local job growth. Sidhu also introduced forward-thinking initiatives to benefit the community, including an annual Anaheim/OC Job Fair and Expo – helping over 1,700 people get back to work during the recession, and a “free” annual Anaheim Health Fair – providing much needed medical, dental, and vision care services to tens of thousands of men, women, and children. Private property owner rights were strengthened through his support of a City Charter Amendment prohibiting eminent domain abuse. And, as an Orange County Water District Board Member and Alternate Commissioner for the Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority, Sidhu advocated for sensible water policies to protect and ensure the future sustainability of our vital local groundwater supplies.

A Licensed California Professional Engineer, General Contractor and Real Estate Broker, Sidhu has owned and operated numerous local businesses employing thousands. He is involved in many philanthropic efforts and a supporter of children’s sports, the arts and education, and many civic activities.
As Sidhu prepares to assemble his campaign team, his candidacy has garnered broad support from longtime Anaheim residents, community leaders, business organizations, public safety officers, and elected officials.

More information will soon be available on his campaign website: www.harrysidhu.com.

Notwithstanding last year’s Assembly Candidate Harry Sidhu’s relentless and overweening ambitions, at last (and that’s recent) report his fellow Republican Paul Kott is still interested in running for Mayor if he can get certain buy-ins — ones that Sidhu’s entry into the race are more likely to stoke than to chill.  On the Democratic side, Ashleigh Aitken — an attorney of no lesser reputation than Kott’s as a Realtor and Sidhu’s as a fast-food chicken magnate — has already announced for Anaheim Mayor as well.  Notably absent so far is any candidate who is on the record as sharing term-limited Mayor Tom Tait’s views on resisting the blandishments and inducements of Disney, the Angels, the Ducks, the Building Trades, OCTA, and other “Masters of the Universe” (or at least of our corner of it.)  I think that Aitken has potential, but she’s reportedly very close friends with Disney’s Carrie Nocella, which is cause for caution.  I’ll reserve my speculation for now.

But let’s presume that Kott doesn’t run and no Tait-endorsed candidate does either.  Who would win in a Sidhu-Aitken face-off?  (Or a Sidhu-Aitken-William Denis Fitzgerald one, if he files again?)  I have my own thoughts, but at this point I’m just here to listen and learn.  Readers, how would you handicap it?

(Send us your sightings of Slavering Harry on the campaign trail, 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.)