A Jordan Brandman Recall Resource.

Three of the friendly Recall Team who might come to your District 2 door – Fred, Vern & Matt!

[Regular readers of this blog will already know most of the following information; but this post is a resource for Anaheim District 2 residents who may not have paid much attention to Anaheim politics till now.]

Who should want to recall Anaheim Councilman Jordan Brandman?

Any Anaheim resident who cares about honest government and basic decency.

Who CAN sign for the Recall, and later vote on it?

Only registered voters from District 2.  Basically, District 2 is Anaheim from Magnolia to Euclid, with 3 exceptions:

  • If you’re north of Crescent, it’s only BROOKHURST to Euclid.
  • There’s a chunk west of Magnolia that’s included, down between Winston and Cerritos.
  • Those unincorporated areas are out of luck.

Put another way, District 2 is the PINK in this map:

Put another way, you can look up whether or not you’re in District 2 by inputting your address HERE.  And if you’re NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE, it’s easy as pie to register (or let them know your new address) – just CLICK HERE and it takes about 5 minutes!

How do we sign?  We can hardly wait.

Denise is starting to be the most prolific signature gatherer!

Teams of Brandman Recallers are knocking on the doors of all the registered voters of the district, between now and Oct 5 (by which time we’ll need 6000 signatures to get the recall on the ballot later this year – we’ll be needing to get 500 a week.)  If you, and two or more other people, want to sign NOW, give one of us a call and we’ll come to you:

  • Vern 714-235-8376
  • Denise 714-686-8724
  • Fred 626-391-6878.

Yes, but WHY recall Jordan Brandman?

Ah, that’s the best part.  Have a seat.

Most press attention so far has been on the vicious, misogynistic texts he wrote about his Council colleague Denise Barnes, which most folks feel are disqualifying for an office of public trust.  [OC Register, Voice of OC, Orange Juice Blog.] 

But there are SO MANY MORE reasons that made us start this Recall before we even knew about the texts:

Number one, because we told him last fall that if he voted to give away our Anaheim Stadium to billionaire Arte Moreno for a fraction of its worth, while letting him call his team the Los Angeles Angels, we would recall him. He laughed and voted to give away the Stadium anyway, for $150 million in small payments over the years, so now we must keep our word. (And no, the team was never leaving Anaheim, they had nowhere to go – and we have still not seen a cent of that money, even as Anaheim’s post-Covid debt reaches $800,000.)

Throughout his years on council, as a loyal part of the Disney-funded (bipartisan) majority, he passed billions of dollars in subsidies to resort interests, including a promise to Disney of no Gate Tax for 45 years!

A month before the pandemic hit, he drove our City into over $500 million of debt by granting exorbitant raises to police and fire, whose unions help fund his campaigns.

In March 2020 after the pandemic hit, he voted to divert $6.5 million of Federal Covid aid to “Visit Anaheim” to advertise Disney and the resorts, which couldn’t even open for over another year. Later he refused to re-direct that money to laid-off Disney and resort workers.

As a loyal part of Mayor Sidhu’s majority, he has always sided with deep-pocketed out-of-town developers over Anaheim’s neighborhoods and small businesses, for example:

  • Approving 39 three-story townhomes overlooking Pauline Street backyards;
  • Approving the carwash development at Sunkist & Ball, against the unanimous objections of the neighborhood to the noise and traffic, while destroying eight locally-owned small businesses;
  • Tried to replace a popular Anaheim Hills commercial center on Serrano St with a residential development to be built by his funder John Saunders.

He does NOT represent District 2 or West Anaheim, and is never seen in public here. He moved here, late at night, on the last day he could in 2018, to run against Honest James Vanderbilt because Jose Moreno beat him in District 3; then he refused to debate Vanderbilt, but lied and said it was Vanderbilt who wouldn’t debate him. Every unpopular vote Jordan takes, he says, “I am going to follow the judgment of Mayor Sidhu, because he was elected at large and I wasn’t” – thus depriving District 2 and West Anaheim of a voice.

He has refused, since 2018, to protect senior mobile-home owners, or long-term apartment renters, from rent-gouging and no-cause evictions – by his contributors such as John Saunders.

He tried to bring EIGHT MORE CANNABIS DISPENSARIES into West Anaheim but was outvoted. Agree with cannabis or not, he was doing the work of his campaign contributors in that industry, who gave him hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Whether you support designating “Little Arabia” or not, that is something he promised to do during the election, to get votes from District 2’s Arab-American community, and now he refuses to even discuss that – another broken campaign promise.

He has consistently refused even to allow discussion on such important issues as campaign finance reform, and affordable housing.

As Anaheim’s OC Water District representative, he pushes the $1.5 billion Poseidon desalination boondoggle, after having received contributions from that company for a decade. This will raise all our water rates unnecessarily, while damaging the ocean and polluting the air.

Tried to derail and postpone District elections in late 2015 so as not to face Jose Moreno in the 2016 election, leading to a censure from his own Party. ALL OF THIS IS ONLY A VERY PARTIAL LIST!

Anaheim, and District 2, can not afford another five and a half years of this corrupt and wasteful Councilman. WE CAN DO MUCH BETTER. Find “Recall Jordan Brandman 2021” on Facebook, or call one of us if you’d like to sign and/or volunteer!

  • Vern 714-235-8376
  • Denise 714-686-8724
  • Fred 626-391-6878.

“Democrat” Brandman at the Sidhu’s mansion, celebrating “Republican” Harry’s razor-thin victory over Democrat Ashleigh AItken.


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.