Weekend Open Thread: Candidate Statements, Anaheim District 2

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Vanderbilt, Roberts, Brandman

We’re going to be talking about this critical City Council race a lot, so we might as well start this weekend.  Here are the three ballot statements filed by what I think all should agree are the three leading candidates: Jordan Brandman, Duane Roberts, and James Vanderbilt, respectively in red with a little blue in it, socialist pink, and Navy blue.   Your comments below are of course welcome; I’ll withhold mine for now so as not to dominate.

OCCUPATION: Local Businessman/Educator
The neighborhoods of Anaheim City Council District 2 have been neglected for too long. We’ve borne the brunt of years of misguided leadership from City Hall and need a fighter who will guarantee our community gets its fair share of resources. 

If elected, I will:

Honestly address homelessness by first demanding that other Orange County cities do their part.  We deserve to have access to safe, well-maintained parks and public spaces.

Hire 25 specialized community and gang intervention police officers to prevent our youth from joining gangs.

Bring back higher-quality retail, dining, and entertainment options. New developments must meet our community’s standards. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to drive down the street to a Trader Joe’s? I think so.

Fight to repeal the fee hikes the current City Council recently imposed to use parks, libraries, and community centers. As wealthy as Anaheim is, we shouldn’t have to pay more to use our taxpayer-funded facilities.

Keep Anaheim Public Utilities rates the lowest in Orange County.

Support creation of good-paying jobs.


U.S. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (ret.)
Orange County Board of Education President John W. “Jack” Bedell
California State Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva
Anaheim Firefighters Association
Anaheim Police Association
Anaheim City Councilmember Kris Murray
Anaheim City Councilmember Gail Eastman (ret.)

Let’s make Anaheim an even better place to live, work and raise a family. I ask for your vote.
(714) 287-8062

I have lived in West Anaheim for almost 50 years and am aware of the many challenges our community faces. As councilmember, my priorities will be keeping neighborhoods safe, cleaning up our parks, fixing deteriorating roads, and making this city an affordable place to live.

Furthermore, I will:

Fight corporate welfare: No more sweetheart deals or taxpayer subsidies for multi-billion dollar corporations.

Oppose regressive taxation: No new sales or utility taxes on workers, homeowners, and small businesses.

Reduce homelessness: Develop a countywide strategy to get people off the streets and into housing within 24 hours.

Expand green space: Convert the Dad Miller Golf Course into a 110-acre community park for children and families.

Support rent control: Protect thousands of tenants who live in mobile home parks and apartments from skyrocketing rents.

Keep law enforcement accountable: Maintain oversight of our police and increase officer training for defusing tense encounters.

I do not accept campaign contributions from big business interests. I remain independent from undue influence of special interests. The only people I serve are the residents of West Anaheim.

I welcome input from everyone with a perspective to share. If you have any questions, call me at (714) 273-8394.

OCCUPATION: Anaheim City Councilmember

Thank you for the opportunity to serve our West Anaheim community. As your Councilman, I’ve worked successfully to bring more city services and resources to benefit our local neighborhoods.

My accomplishments include:

1) Securing major improvements for District 2 with John Marshall, Barton and Modjeska Parks all receiving additional funding for upgraded recreational amenities and improved safety protections;

2) Significantly reducing the number of for-sale cars and increased parking on Ball Road; and

3) Strengthening code enforcement response to cut the number oversized vehicles on Medical Center Drive.

Local Roots: I attended elementary school, played little league, helped with my family’s business, and worked at my first job for the City all right here in District 2. I’ve lived nearly my entire life in Anaheim.

Dedicated Leadership: Representing District 2 residents as an Anaheim City School Boardmember 2004-2014 and as your elected Council Member since 2014. I also served as an Anaheim Planning Commissioner and Community Service Board Member.

Integrity: Honorably discharged Military Veteran who served our country overseas. I have protected taxpayers with the lowest office operating costs of any City Council Member.

Endorsed by Mayor Tom Tait, Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson, and West Anaheim Councilwoman Denise Barnes.


This is your Weekend Open Thread!  Talk about that, or whatever else you’d like to, within reasonable bounds of decency, decorum, and discretion.  (Maybe not “discretion.”)

About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 (in violation of Roberts Rules) 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. Expelled from DPOC in October 2018 (in violation of Roberts Rules) for having endorsed Spitzer over Rackauckas -- which needed to be done. 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. One of his daughters 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.)