“Take Back Anaheim” wheels in their signatures, demands Council consideration!


Larsen wheels 'em in.

I’d meant to break this news right after last Tuesday’s packed Anaheim City Council meeting, but I was waiting for a better picture of Take Back Anaheim’s Larry Larsen wheeling in 15,000 signatures on a dolly, putting the lie to Disney/hotel hacks’ contention that the movement for democracy in that town enjoys no support.  But none were available so I have to go with this quick blurry photo I made from a distance on my stupid smart phone.

After all, getting 15,000 signatures for a measure that will “Let The People Vote” before giving away any more precious millions of dollars of tax money was child’s play.  Folks of all political stripes like the idea of making these decisions themselves, once they realize how bought-and-paid-for their elected officials are.

In fact, a recent poll, commissioned by the Mayor, Republican Tom Tait, showed an amazing 85% support for the measure.  It’s hard to see such a popular measure being defeated at the polls, so its terrified opponents – Disney, the big hotels, the developers, and their three RINO servants on council – have been doing their best to nip it in the bud.

Most recently, they made an obvious deal with the local unions to withdraw their financial support.  But that was nothing compared to the sudden revelation by the City Clerk a couple months ago that the petition would need not 15,000 but 22,000 signatures to qualify.  Ostensibly an honest mistake on the Clerk’s part, but it was a body blow that there was no time to get over, and it did play into the hands of the anti-reformers.

And SO, since this WAS a mistake, honest or not, on the part of the City, that stymied the petitioners’ efforts, it was reasonable to ask for redress from the Council, who is perfectly able to put it on November’s ballot themselves with a majority vote.  And that was the reason activist Larry Larsen wheeled in the thousands of signatures on Tuesday, to ask the Council to honor the wishes of these thousands of citizens, atone for the City’s mistake, and place the measure on the ballot themselves.

And Mayor Tait (one of the Council’s two sympathizers to the movement) did agendize that motion, which will be heard at the next Council meeting.

Realistically, nobody really expects any of the “three clogged sinks” – Harry Sidhu, Gail Eastman, Kris Murray – to do the right thing.  They will sit on their hands and continue to hide behind the cloak of “representative democracy” while they give away the store to their big donors and don’t even ask for anything in return for the city.

Realistically, this movement, helmed by progressive firebrand Lorri Galloway and Tea Party activist Tim Whitacre, will be picking up where it left off next year, with an aim toward a mid-year special election. (An expensive one which the council could still avoid if they make the right call.)

There’ll be a LOT of change coming to Anaheim in the coming year or so, between the coming Ward elections (forced by ACLU suit) and the resurgence of this democratic movement.  And you KNOW that the Orange Juice Blog will be there when that happens!  We will…

“be all around in the dark.  We’ll be everywhere. Wherever you can look, wherever there’s a fight, so hungry people can eat, we’ll be there. Wherever there’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, we’ll be there.  We’ll be in the way guys yell when they’re mad.  We’ll be in the way kids laugh when they’re hungry and they know supper’s ready, and when the people are eatin’ the stuff they raise and livin’ in the houses they build, we’ll be there, too.”


About Vern Nelson

Greatest pianist/composer in Orange County, and official troubador of both Anaheim and Huntington Beach (the two ends of the Santa Ana Aquifer.) Performs regularly both solo, and with his savage-jazz quintet The Vern Nelson Problem. Reach at vernpnelson@gmail.com, or 714-235-VERN.