Orange County Register Endorsement: Kring & Leos for Anaheim City Council
Posted by Lassie on November 6, 2012
In case you missed it, the Orange County Register endorsed Lucille Kring and John Leos for Anaheim City Council. The full editorial is at http://www.ocregister.com/articles/city-374061-council-county.html but here’s some key excerpts:
Editorial: Time for Anaheim residents to get stronger voices…Two seats are up for election this year and Anaheim voters have a slew of candidates to choose from. We believe it is critically important that voters in the city elect former Councilwoman Lucille Kring and John Leos.Ms. Kring stands out among the crowd of nine candidates. Having served on the city council previously, she acutely understands the issues facing Anaheim and has a much-needed independent streak on a council in which, we believe, former Mayor Curt Pringle, and other special interests, have far too much influence.
Ms. Kring has a firm grasp on the budgetary challenges of the city and has the right ideas as to how to fix them, including serious pension reform. She also has in-depth knowledge of public safety, and she opposes crony capitalism, sweetheart deals handed out to those with political connections or representation. Our second pick, John Leos, is not necessarily a natural fit for the Register’s Editorial Board because of his affiliations with Orange County Employees Association and Orange County Labor Federation.
But given recent crony capitalism in the city – namely the hotel subsidy – the council needs a stronger voice for the average city resident.
Mr. Leos impressed us in his candidate interview where he was brimming with ideas on gang violence, pension reform, education and bolstering the local economy. He also noted that the city’s former mayor, still has “too much control in the city” leaving the current elected mayor, Tom Tait, “without a gavel.”
For these reasons, we respectfully urge Anaheim voters to elect Lucille Kring and John Leos to lead such an important city.