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Yorba Linda Police and Politics: A commentary

Posted by Brenda McCune on July 22, 2012

Disclaimer, I was a candidate for Yorba Linda City Council in 2010. I ran against John Anderson, Tom Lindsey and Jan Horton. I was endorsed by Councilman Jim Winder. I have many personal friends who are employed by the Brea Police Department, by virtue of my residency in Yorba Linda for more than 36 years. I have many professional relationships with employees of the Orange County Sheriff Department by virtue of my job as an attorney who spends a great deal of time in Orange County Superior Court. I supported Sheriff Sandra Hutchens in her bid for reelection. I am a recently elected member of the OC Republican Central Committee, representing the 55th district. I am not a candidate for any public office at this time. I feel compelled to make this exhaustive disclosure because of the ubiquitous misinformation and spin that has characterized the recent police contract controversy.

My recent blog post on OCPolitical, in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, July 18, 2012, was following the vote of the Majority 3 of the Yorba Linda City Council to award the contract to the OSCD for the next five years, to begin in May 2013. I have written about a dozen blogs on this subject, posted here on OC Political. I attended five candidate forums during the 2010 election in which this subject was discussed. I have reviewed the recent Ralph Anderson Reports, the “matrix”that compared the bids, the bids themselves and watched or attended the meetings in November, April and July in which the police contract issue was “on the agenda”. This is in quotes because the issue of actual notice of the ramifications of the discussion in November remains an open issue.

If you came to this blog to find ratification of your position, whatever that is, you look in vain. I have said before I am an equal opportunity offender. I am appalled by the behavior of almost everyone who has been outspoken on this issue. The advocates on every side have been disrespectful to each other, to the agencies, to the process of government and to the agencies involved and the men and women in uniform who serve us. Shame on all of us for allowing decorum and civility in our town to suffer this final and undignified death in our midst.

Sheriff Hutchens and The OCSD

There has been propaganda and commentary insinuating unethical behavior on the part of the Sheriff and/or the Sheriffs union. I have no empirical information to substantiate any of the allegations and have seen none provided by the opponents of the contract with the Sheriff. The scare tactics are prolific and these boogy-man type allegations and sound bytes presume the ignorance of our citizenry. There is no reason to resort to fabrication and embellishment, and this seems to be standard procedure in this fight. There is no evidence to support the allegations of any wrong doing on the part of the Sheriff. I am in possession of no information, nor have I met any actual witnesses to the alleged canvassing and campaigning allegedly done by the Sheriff and their union.

There was, at the meeting on Tuesday, an Officer Dominguez, who apparently is a representative of the Sheriff Union. He spoke and gave John Anderson the “thumbs up” and said that anyone who “puts bad guys behind bars is all aces in my book”, presumably referring to Mr. Anderson’s job as a Deputy Prosecutor. If Officer Dominguez was there to address any issues of the alleged conflict of interest, he accomplished nothing except to shoot himself in the proverbial foot. His adoration for Mr. Anderson being right out front, his lack of residency in Yorba Linda also fairly apparent in that he did not state his name and length of residency as speakers traditionally do. Whether or not there has been active canvassing and campaigning, my question is what is his “dog in this fight”. If the process is to be fair and objective, there should be no outside participation. All of this is also very curious in the face of John Anderson’s MEASURE Y, the ethics ordinance that was passed in 2010. The guts of that measure, as promoted by John Anderson were to stop special, and outside interests, or an AGENCY THAT HAD A CONTRACT with the city, from financially supporting a candidate. Well maybe not direct cash contributions from the union itself, but the presence of its members, leaders, and any number of personal and $99 checks to Mr. Anderson’s campaign or those of his two flunkies, would be appropriate under the provisions of Measure Y.

So, maybe being an effective lawyer and prosecutor is not only about putting bad guys behind bars, but crafting laws that appear to accomplish transparency and due process, while preserving access to your friends. If so, Mr. Anderson certainly is “all aces”.

I am in possession of no evidence that there is a personal relationship or professional advantage existing between the Majority 3 and Sheriff Hutchens. The rhetoric hurled at her seems to be just that. My knowledge of her is this. She was comfortably retired from a long term career in law enforcement in Los Angeles County. Her husband was also retired from law enforcement, they resided in LA County. After the melt down and criminal investigation that tarnished the OCSD, Sandra Hutchens, through a long and arduous process, was granted the job. Why she chose to take on this mammoth undertaking, and interrupt an otherwise peaceful and earned retirement, does not make much sense to ordinary people. Leaders who have the call of leadership, Public servants who have the call to public service, answer it. Perhaps there is no other explanation. She has undertaken a job that not many people would have wanted. My impression is that she has cleaned house, implemented new programs and procedures to make sure that the utmost in ethics and accountability occur in her department, and restored public faith in an agency that had lost it.

I get that people in Yorba Linda do not like outsiders. It is interesting that this is the platform and ideal that got the Majority 3 elected, but to disparage the personal and public reputation of the Sheriff agency or it’s leader without substantiation is uncalled for. The union is a different story, but still without substantiation, smoke and not fire, the rhetoric and scare tactics ought to be toned down significantly.

Brea Police and Actual Notice

Tom Lindsey articulately, and with pained honesty, set forth his concerns on Tuesday night about the manner in which this has proceeded. There has been very little due process in the process. I do know that the city staff has been tormented with this struggle and the veritable race to complete these reports, in the face of enormous emotion from the electeds and the citizens.

There was no actual notice to Brea PD or the citizens of Yorba Linda that there would be a vote in November 2011 to terminate the policing contract. There was no actual notice to the bidding agencies or to the citizens that there would be a vote to accept the Sheriff’s bid at the April 2012 meeting. That is the vote that was taken close to 3 am. “Actual” notice, as opposed to the proverbial writing on the wall. Feel free to peruse my previous blogs on this issue prior to the April vote, to some of us, it was NO surprise.

John Anderson was elected in 2006, six years ago. Since that time, he has consistently maintained that he was in favor of replacing Brea PD with OCSD. This was no hidden agenda, it has always appeared to me, to be a primary and fundamental goal of his candidacy. He has never at anytime that I have observed him in public, hidden his disdain for Brea PD and their contract with the city of Yorba Linda. Many residents and officers of Brea PD expressed to me during the 2010 campaign, their awareness of this.

My question then is, what have the city managers, electeds, and higher ups in the Police Department in Brea done to prepare for this? I was disappointed to say the least to see the presentation at the April meeting. It was lack luster in the kindest analysis. The proposed contract price was millions more than the others. There was an eleventh hour attempt to decrease the price, that was disregarded by the Majority 3 as too little too late. There was a flyer distributed in the city of Brea to residents when the offer to further reduce the price was sent, to express displeasure that Brea should subsidize Yorba Linda law enforcement. That was precisely the argument for replacing Brea PD in Yorba Linda that we were subsidizing them. It’s like fighting over space in the life boats while leaving the Titanic. Everybody can row together or we can all sink. The lack of coordination, the lack of cohesiveness, the lack of team effort, after a 42 year contract is astonishing. Everyone should have seen this coming like a train, and EARLY efforts to strengthen the relationship and spirit of working together should have been undertaken. The impression that came from Brea’s presentation in April was that they had already lost.

There is no way to quantify institutional knowledge. Starting over with new staff is a concept that is repeatedly and utterly lost on this Majority 3 council. They have consistently replaced each and every city official and contracted provider that they desired to do away with, and have replaced them with individuals or entities that appear to be beholden to them or at least Mr. Anderson, from lower level officials to the stated hit list positions from Anderson’s campaigns, included but not limited to the City Manager, (replaced 3 times during his tenure), the City Attorney and firm, and now the policing agency.

This probably won’t be the end of the world as the Brea PD supporters make it out to be. It will most certainly not be the extensive cost savings that the Majority 3 and the Sheriff advocates make it out to be. It was not in anyway properly noticed. It was not communicated to the citizens in a manner calculated to provide notice of the issue and right to participate, but it was, to those who know or should have known what’s going on at City Hall……100% predictable.

Recall of John Anderson

Really?!? Really. Of all the dumb things that the hyper-energetic politicos in Yorba Linda have come up with, this is the dumbest.

John Anderson, the “all aces” prosecutor who spends all day putting bad guys behind bars, then takes off his cape and trapses over to City Council Chambers to make the “hard call” on things like immigration and fiscal responsibility. To the uninformed voter, he’s the guy they pick off the list to vote for first. No one is against prosecuting bad guys and putting them behind bars. Even when the uninformed voter looks a little farther, they find he’s married for 30-something years to the same lovely wife, successful kids, church attender and Republican. Recall this guy? It will require a LOT of education on subtle issues that are not only hard to explain but hard to sell. He voted to reduce the city’s police contract expenditure by several million dollars. How do you sell “recall” on those factors. He was the top vote getter in 2010, this was his second term.

He is rude, condescending, manipulative and underhanded. There is no evidence he acted illegally, unethically, immorally in moving toward awarding the police contract to OCSD. A lot of people don’t like it, but a lot of people do. He disregarded appropriate public discourse and due process that should be part of an open and transparent government, but it does not appear he broke any rule or law or acted unethically. He was not nice, and probably over agressive in pursuing his agenda.

This is the type of rhetoric that backfires on his critics. They grab at thin allegations, and it works to discredit them and not him. For example, there have been allegation that he is biased against women. That may be true, but his personal behavior toward me has always been professional. We oppose each other and disagree on almost every issue facing the city, but he greets me with a hello and shakes my hand every time. My impression is that he may not like women being present in his forum, but if so that’s a personal feeling, not substantiated by his behavior. He directed biting comments my way during the candidate forum, as he did toward Jan Horton. Is that because we are women or because we were opposing candidates? We were the only ones directly opposing him and his positions. To extrapolate that into prejudice or bias against women is simply silly and insulting to the process of vetting viable candidates. It is not a supportable allegation and makes those propounding it lack credibility. Those who oppose Anderson repeatedly fall into this trap. They read into his behavior, he baits them, they fall for it, crying foul, and upon further examination, there are no facts only subtle inferences. They wind up looking like histrionic sore losers. These feelings and intuitions, the between the lines interpretations, lack real substance and do not a successful recall make.

There is a simple, cost effective way to eliminate the influential stranglehold that Anderson has over the council. STOP the re-election of his cohorts, Schwing and Rikel, and prevent any additional crony of his to obtain Jim Winders’(termed-out) seat. Without his yes-men of the Majority 3 behind him, he would be reduced to the one vote he is accorded as an elected councilmember, and would be forced to be persuasive and compromise like the rest of them.

The effort, resources and funds currently behind the recall, if redirected and put behind viable candidates, would accomplish the same goal of disarming him. The effect of the recall is to take resources, money and manpower away from creating an effective campaign against Rikel and Schwing. It again, appears to me, that the opposition has been “played” by Anderson. He’s got them angered and running in multiple directions, the recall against him is destined to fail, and without strong opposition, Rikel and Schwing sail quietly back into their seats. The classic bait and switch. Watch closely, Anderson and Schwing do it at EVERY meeting. Wake up, you’ve been played again.

I am an idealist. I think the process works, and good people do the right thing….once they find the courage and motivation to do it. In the current city council, all activities are driven by the Majority 3, and their opponents. In my opinion, even the opponents of the Majority 3 are firmly in their pocket as they are skillfully played and their misguided anger continues to get the best of them. This ridiculous status quo exists because we, the citizens allow it. The lack of citizen involvement because of the high conflict and animosity, is precisely the reason it rages on. If you are not willing to put a candidates sign in your yard, or write a check or voice your thoughts, or attend a meeting or become informed and form an opinion, because you fear retribution of one side or the other, then you can point fingers at the small percentage of involved parties mentioned here, but the bottom line is, you are the problem. Citizens sit home quietly while these personal agendas are carried out. So long as that continues, so will the status quo. It is currently John Anderson’s city, we just live here.

17 Responses to “Yorba Linda Police and Politics: A commentary”

  1. Well said

  2. Jan said

    I can agree with much of what you have said and can enlighten the community based on my experiences with Anderson but also being very involved in the recall process.
    Since we are in full disclosure mode, I was on City Council with Anderson and actually was the top vote getter in 2006. In 2012, I was endorsed by every top level Republican serving our community including, Senator Huff, Congressman Miller, Supervisor Campbell, and Council member Winder, Past Council members Castellano, Fried, Wedaa along with many upstanding and notable citizens in Yorba Linda. I was beaten with a particularly vicious campaign launched by YLRRR, Anderson and Lindsey and was maligned in ways unimaginable. That is behind me now and my efforts have nothing to do with my pursuit of an election bid in 2012 ( I am not running) nor is it a vindictive response to past actions. If that was the case, I certainly have the information and the opportunity to file numerous complaints to various agencies regarding Anderson and Schwing and one of their Commissioners. I am still debating that possibility.

    So… the list of characters supporting Anderson.

    Officer Dominguez is not only a Yorba Linda resident but the PRESIDENT of the Sheriff Union. He and his wife April Lopez spoke highly of Anderson at the Council meeting and maybe you can see why.

    Peter Mitchell spoke in favor of the police decision and Anderson. He donated heavily to Anderson and Rikel in the past (even tho Andersons ethics policy forbid it now) and he was Schwings campaign manager. His benefit? Anderson stopped a local resident from developing his property behind Mitchells home.

    Of course there were the YLRRR speaking crew: Carbonne, Rackochy and Winter with the rest of the YLRRR members in attendance making sure their Council voted correctly. The Council chambers were also lined with Sheriff personnel, presumably members of the union. Again, all had a vested interest in the contract being signed.

    There was a constituent who spoke, works with Anderson and was forgiven thousand of dollars in fines the previous meeting. Winder was the only Council member who voted against the refund of the fines, John left the dais.But he had his votes on Council. This gentleman spoke about how ethical John was.

    And then of course, he brought in a couple of his personal friends to state what a great guy he was.

    The fault you have with your argument is that you allude that the recall is about the police issue alone. This was the tipping point. On my website: http://www.horton4yl.com you will find my posted reasons for supporting and working on the Anderson recall. You will also find Council member Winders comments as well as Former Mayor Wedaa’s comments supporting this recall. I have also posted Council member Lindsey’s comments from the past meeting which asked the majority Council to slow down and include the community in this decision more inclusively.

    There are many reasons for recalling Anderson. Although they may not reach the level of illegal activity we commonly think of, he has been a detriment to our community long enough. If a representative by his actions or deeds fail to represent needs of the constituents of the community or misuses his/ her power, he/ she is vulnerable to recall which is an action protected under the California Constitution. In fact, I believe it is listed in the beginning of of the constitution saying it is the right of citizens to to recall elected officials. It is also your right not to sign the recall if you do not agree. But to call it dumb is tantamount to calling the Constitution dumb.

    Brenda. I respect your right not to sign and to voice your opinion and opposition. But there are many who do not agree with you. And we are not dumb.

    Having had first hand knowledge and experience with Anderson’s abusive behavior I can attest his distain for women in positions of authority and his abusive behavior leading to a high financial loss to our community. I can attest to his lack of ability to reach consensus. I doubt he even understands that concept given his behavior over the last 6 years. I can attest to his demand of total control. If you do not relinquish this, he attacks. You even made mention of this during your Council run. I can attest to his actions benefitting his friends and supporters. I could attest to his attempts to his benefit his supporters but some are unspeakable due to closed session rules. I can attest to his waste of city resources leading to poor use of our tax dollars during his grandstanding efforts. This included a waste of police man hours during public demonstrations that benefitted his campaign.

    The list goes on. So… if you feel abusive behavior, poor management of our community resources and personnel, favoritism and leaving the community out of the largest budget item we pay for can be excused and that he should be allowed to complete his term as a Council member, do not sign the recall petition.

    If you believe we have had enough of Mr Anderson, then sign the recall, do not vote for Rikel and Schwing and make sure your candidate of choice for Winders seat is not a YLRRR endorsed candidate.

    • I certainly would never refer to the Constitution as dumb. The strategy behind the recall is ill thought out and will be counter productive. If the goal is truly the best interests of the city and not the personal agenda and hatred for Anderson that is driving the recall, then it is dumb. It does not appear to be based upon any sound political strategy, efficiency or probability of success. It will not benefit the city. It is a wasted effort. I hope I am wrong but I think you are handing Rikel and Shwing the election. The recall effort seems to have very little in the way of credibility with many residents that have approached me to discuss it, and certainly the recall effort has not attracted any favorable press coverage.

      You are not an author on this blog so no disclaimer in necessary. Your self interest in your opinion is presumed. Much like Mr.Rakochy’s recurring commentary here, your resume was not requested or required.

      None of the issues you have raised in your comment Jan, are surprising or new. Mr. Anderson’s behavior has been consistent throughout his tenure. The people of Yorba Linda elected him. Recall should be reserved for illegal, and patently outrageous or immoral activities. What Anderson has done and how he has acted is not good, but does not appear to me to have been in violation of any law. Perhaps more information may come to light later to prove me wrong. The point you and the other recall supporters continue to miss in your activst positions, is that Anderson has succeeded in becoming and remaining, the topic of conversation. By virtue of your vitriole and agressive stance against him, he wins.

      I beleived Mr. Dominguez was the head of the union, but had not confirmed it. I have now. I also had reason to beleive that Ms. Lopez was related. I am now aware that they are married and both are residents. I would never assert something as true just because I suspected it. That practice is the underlying problem to most of this controversy. Assumption and speculation has been rampant on both sides of the issue, and just like the recall, are counter productive to the goals of developing a more functional city government.

    • ….and as long as we are talking about accuracy and full disclosure, Jan, you may want to review and reconsider that list of alleged 2010 endorsements.

    • edrakochy said

      Jan, OK, if you’re efforts aren’t about 2012, can we at least conclude that you’re not mad, but you’re getting even for 2010? Ronald Reagan said it best, “Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize it bears a very close resemblance to the first.”

      • Jan said

        Ed,
        This is not about getting even. Even you should be able to understand that we all need to hold our elected officials accountable. I know of at least one, maybe two, recall efforts you and Rikel launched and/ or participated in within our community. The most recent in 2006. I find it interesting that you condemn the current recall and support this authors alleging that it is dumb. Maybe you think that because the shoe is on the other foot. But many in the community are supporting this effort.
        Either way, the community gets to decide ultimately whether to recall Anderson and un-elect Rikel and Schwing. I certainly hope so.

        • I hate to be the buzzkill here, but I guarantee you that this recall will not qualify.

        • Ed Rakochy said

          Jan, You need to get your facts straight. I did not launch any recall. I helped participate in the recall of Councilmembers Castellano, Wilson, Winder and Ryan in 2006, which was the brainchild of your good friend former Councilman Hank Wedaa. Whew, talking about the shoe being on the other foot. You’re now good friends with two of your former arch enemies – Wedaa and Winder. Politics sure does make for strange bedfellows.

          Since you attended the same recall meeting at Wedaa’s that I did, then you know that the 2006 effort was intended to continue the community awareness of the Council’s misdeeds on the Town Center disaster. Even though we all believed we had a strong basis to recall those Councilmembers, we knew it would be a formidable and costly task to get signatures. And, as you had stated before in another blog, we had to concentrate on getting Measure B approved in the June ’06 election. So, we let it die on its own.

          This current recall you and your Brea PD friends have cooked up has absolutely no basis, other than you guys are mad as hell and aren’t going to take it anymore. I’m sorry, but competitive bidding and saving $2 million a year aren’t criteria to recall an elected official. Disagreeing with a councilperson’s decision is not a criteria either, nor is saying that they’re mean spirited. Every time I go to the United Citizens’ web site or read one of their flyers, there’s a new baseless reason du jour why you want to recall Anderson. My favorite new one is the $29 million for a library. Pssst. The library won’t be happening anytime soon, because the State killed redevelopment agencies. So, your library bullet point is moot. I guess after the Yorba Linda jail lie stopped working you guys needed to cook up more stuff, like beating the police response time issue to death. Perhaps it’s time you guys write a country ballad about your recall efforts. You might be more successful. You could call it I’m a Recallin’ Ya Cuz You Broke My Heart.”

          • Jan said

            Ed,

            This has been rehashed a few different times on multiple sites. Fact: there was a meeting hosted by Wedaa that the then YLRRR board members were invited to discussing recalling the Council in 2006. After that meeting, the sane members of the then YLRRR board discussed this and dismissed this as detrimental to our cause and walked away from it. You and Rikel ,along with others, disregarded the board decision and went of on your own to launch the recall. In fact, you were the perpetuator of this movement and when the board found out, you were called on the carpet and the recall died. There are emails in existence to prove this.

            There are many reasons to recall Anderson. You can dismiss the reasons if you wish but it does not change the fact that he has been a negative force in this community. He is not a fiscal conservative in actions, he is abusive consistently and berates residents, staff and contractors, he speaks of transparency and yet appears to violate the brown act with consistent 3-2 or 4-1 votes, et al. Again, go to http://www.horton4yl.com and see letters written in support of the recall and why.

            The pro-sheriff ads you and your supporters are circulating only serve to confuse the residents. Promising them a full service jail? You do not mention in the flyers, ads, etc that the community has to pay for this. The cost of the contract? That has yet to be determined. There are many “to be determined” line items including the cost of the law enforcement personnel. This is pending the County negotiations with the Sheriff union. depending on how that works out, our costs may go up or we have to settle for even less service. This Council is signing a contract that is incomplete and drops our service levels BELOW 1989 levels! No one in their right mind should sign a contract like this. But of course, you do if there is political motivation, right?

            • Ed Rakochy said

              Jan,

              You keep trying to re-write history and twisting the truth. These are your very words from an e-mail dated May 22, 2006, “It was made clear another group separate from YLRRR would take this over and sponsor it, someone not aligned with YLRRR to avoid the problem we are now faced with.”

              I responded to your bogus summary of the Wedaa meeting in an e-mail later that same day by writing, “Those who were all in attendance at Mr. Mystery’s house were all in favor of recall. I do not recall (no pun intended) hearing you object. I believe we all were in agreement that a separate organization would handle it, that it was going to be created and that YLRRR would not officially be involved. We even discussed a name for the organization, which never stuck.” There are a large number of witnesses who attended the Wedaa meeting, who will confirm my summary and can attest that you and your husband had full knowledge of the separate recall effort and supported it as long as the YLRRR name wasn’t on it. I should have know then that you’re quite the expert at creating your own version of the facts and even believing it.

              As for your cooked up criteria for recall on your Horton web site, they pale in comparison to the malfeasance of the ’06 Council, which was documented in 90-some pages of notes and e-mails from Greg Brown, one of the former Town Center developers. The Brown information is clear evidence of Brown Act violations and abuses of power by the Ryan Council. The notes and e-mails even implicated some members of City staff. Ironically, you, Hank Wedaa and Jim Winder tried to kill any hopes of an investigation to the Town Center disaster, because Wedaa’s and Winder’s names were all over the Brown notes and e-mails. Hmmm. Kind of interesting that both Wedaa and Winder are now advocating a recall of John Anderson, who was trying to bring those men to justice.

              In conclusion, your attempted recall of Anderson is nothing more than a political stunt orchestrated by Anderson haters, like yourself, and disgruntled Brea PD supporters who want Brea back. You guys don’t need a recall. You need a support group to deal with your anger.

              • Jan said

                Your memory is incorrect regarding our support of the recall. Of course some of the people there that night are huge anderson supporters and will attest to about anything to further your cause. And of course, we all knew about the recall but we also had to keep you, rikel and the lynches from continuing with the recall. But the point of this is not about that evening, it is about your brand of politics and are applying your tactics to what is going on now. This is a very real recall effort against Anderson with full intent to un-elect Schwing and Rikel at the ballot box in November. They have stopped listening to the community, not in terms of hours spent but in actions that demonstrate full involvement of the community. I am thoroughly surprised you and the YLRRR crowned this bringing the largest union into our community is a good idea. I find it amazing you guys believe signing an incomplete contract with squishy numbers is good for our community. The RFP process worked and although I did not agree with the tactics of this Council, it accomplished the goal. But they stopped short in saving the most money for our community. And they have now signed us up with a strong political agency that will influence our community for years to come.
                Given most of the time you spend in LA or in an illegal garage apartment, I am distressed you have much to say about this at all.

                • Ed Rakochy said

                  Jan, The current Brea contract has more holes than a swiss cheese factory and is the reason Brea lost the contract in the first place, because the contract clearly favored Brea with a bunch of hidden indirect costs. They denied it in November when it was terminated, but then fessed up later to overcharging Yorba Linda on April 24. On the other hand, the Sheriff’s contract has been fully vetted and customized for Yorba Linda from a template used by 13 other Orange County cities that contract with the Sheriff. The contract also received a thorough review by the County’s audit committee and passed with flying colors. Once again, you guys just keep throwing stuff up against the wall to hope it sticks.

                  You have provided no evidence to substantiate your claim that the majority Council is not listening. I think the only thing you can prove is that they don’t agree with you and the outspoken minority who favors Brea PD at all costs. I believe the majority of Yorba Linda residents support the majority Council’s decision, appreciate the $2 million in savings and are looking forward to being served by the Sheriff’s Department. How can I say that? Because your group has not collected the 8700+ required signatures to get the recall on the November ballot. People are not flocking to stores to sign the recall petition, like they did with the Referendum on the Town Center.

                  Don’t be distressed Jan. My brand of politics doesn’t include lies and half-truths. It includes exposing those like you who tell them. You can rest assured that I’ll be here for you.

  3. Ed Rakochy said

    Brenda,

    Just wanted to help you with some corrections. I’ve been attending and watching Council meetings regularly since 2000 and I have known John Anderson since August of 2006 and he has not once ever said in public that he was “in favor of replacing Brea PD with OCSD.” He has also never said that in private. It wasn’t until the Brea contract was terminated in November that Mr. Anderson had mentioned his concerns to me about the contract. Scouts honor. Could you please supply readers with the evidence to support your conclusion? I realize this is a blog and it doesn’t have to follow best practices in journalism, but if you’re going to throw that statement out there, you should back it up with evidence.

    I do appreciate, however, your conclusion that the OCSD contract “won’t be the end of the world” and the recall “is the dumbest.” The proof of the OCSD contract will be in OCSD’s actions and not its words. Only time will tell. As for the recall, I can only wish all that negative energy could be spent on doing something positive for the community.

    Regarding your conclusion about the Majority 3, isn’t that what politics and government are all about? We have majorities and minorities in the houses of government. You make it sound like a conspiracy. It’s not. It’s just a majority that doesn’t share your view, which begs my next question. With all your hefty rhetoric are your running for Yorba Linda City Council?

  4. Informed citizen said

    Read this as well as your post on jan 23 speaking of council up for re election corruption is everywhere even on my harddrive

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