Ida MacMurray, La Habra Schools Trustee, Has Died

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Ida MacMurray, a retired schoolteacher turned La Habra City School District Trustee, died yesterday. Sources close to the Democratic Party report the cause of death as cancer.

Along with her husband John, Ida was one of the most avid and effective Democratic Party activists in northernmost Orange County. She was a major mover behind the protests of former Rep. Ed Royce’s “Women’s Conferences” over the years, and stood by me when I almost got arrested there. (She may have been chuckling at me, but she did stand by.)

Ida and John have been friends of this blog since Vern took it over. I’ll remember her both as a good source and a terrific — and demanding, which in this context is good — activist. Our condolences go out to her and John’s friends, family, colleagues, and supporters. Your thoughts are welcome below.

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.)