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Mission of Group Leading Council District Push In Anaheim: Roll Back Conservatism In OC

Posted by Matt Cunningham on April 30, 2013

The bland-sounding Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD) is an off-shoot of the left-wing union UNITE-HERE, and has been the lead organizer of the left-wing coalition pushing to carve Anaheim into 8 single-member council districts, drawn according to ethno-racial criteria.

This week, OCCORD is busily preparing for tomorrow’s May Day union rally, next week it’s focus will be on the final meeting of the Anaheim Citizens Advisory Committee meeting.

I’d wager few Orange County Republicans and conservatives have heard of OCCORD, so here’s a primer.

OCCORD recieves north of half-a-million in funding annually from a variety of non-profits, including the is The New World Foundation, a radical, New York City-based non-profit that funds left-wing organization in the United States and around the world.

OCCORD’s grants came from the NWF’s “New Majority Fund” – which is its largest funding vehicle. The ambitious agenda of the New Majority Fund is  “building electoral majorities that can reverse the rightward trend across America” and helping groups like OCCORD to “grow in scope and scale to influence the broader political climate and reshape government at the municipal, county and state levels.”

Indeed, OCCORD’s mission fits perfectly into The New World Foundation’s larger goals, self-consciously casting itself as an agent for rolling back conservative politics and governance in Orange County.

In April of 2012, Norma Rodriguez, an organizer for the San Diego-based Center on Policy Initiatives (another recipient of financial support from the New World Foundation’s New Majority Fund) posted this OCCORD job opportunity:

“OCCORD- Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development is  a sister organization of CPI’s in Orange County, they are hiring a Researcher and Policy Analyst, please forward on to colleagues in OC or colleagues interested in moving there!!”

In the job posting, OCCORD Executive Director Eric Altman told potential applicants [emphasis added]::

“OCCORD is hiring a campaign-oriented Researcher/Policy Analyst.  We’re looking for a good strategic thinker who will keep digging until they find the information they need and who can communicate the relevance of their findings to multiple audiences ranging from policymakers to grassroots leaders.”

Altman concludes with this revealing caution [emphasis added]:

“Oh, and since this is Orange County, the epicenter of the modern American conservative movement, we need someone who doesn’t mind fighting  an uphill battle…”

According to another OCCORD job posting for the same position:

“The Researcher/Policy Analyst utilizes research and data analysis to reframe the debate about our regional economy and the role of government in our society, and integrates the research component into OCCORD’s comprehensive campaigns.”

That call to oppose the conservative movement and persuade Orange Countians to accept a larger government role in their lives is echoed in an August 2012 job posting by OCCORD for a Community Organizer:

“OCCORD is a leader in the emerging movement to reclaim Orange County, California, from the extreme laissez-faire policies and entrenched anti-immigrant sentiment that have long dominated our region.”

OCCORD paints a pretty clear picture of how it sees its mission: overturning the philosophical political underpinnings of Orange County and shifting our politics left-ward toward an increased role for government in the regulation of our lives.

Furthermore, it’s clear OCCORD views dividing Anaheim into eight single-member council districts as critical to its goal of “reclaiming” Orange County from the influence of free market and limited government ideas and “re-framing” the debate about the role of government in the lives of Orange Countians. That would tend to argue that single-member council districts will move Anaheim governance to the Left.

OCCORD’s present political focus is on re-structuring the governance of Orange County’s largest city to make it easier to elect liberals to the Anaheim City Council. The person ultimately hired for the Researcher/Policy Analyst position, Clara Turner, is a fixture at Anaheim Citizen Advisory Committee meetings, continually supplying CAC members with charts, graphs and arguments for dividing the city into eight single-member districts.

However, it is worth noting that OCCORD’s ambitions for its agenda — in its own words — is not limited to Anaheim but is county-wide in scope. And that ought to concern supporters of limited government who are either indifferent to what is happening in Anaheim, or have convinced themselves it is nothing to worry about.

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Taking A Break

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on April 29, 2013

As readers may have noticed I have not posted anything in a week. Since I work in the private sector, I get really busy at times with work. I am especially busy when I take on research projects such as the one that I am currently undertaking (campaign finance research). So, for the next couple of weeks I am taking a break from blogging and sending out a request to our other bloggers to try to post one item over the next couple of weeks.

Once I am back I have a great plan on a couple of debates that we plan to have on Anaheim Council districts and on Slate Mailers. I will still be around over the next couple of weeks for those of you that need to get a hold of me.

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Anaheim Is Beachhead In Union Campaign to Control OC Cities Via CVRA Lawsuits

Posted by Matt Cunningham on April 26, 2013

For the last several months, I have chronicled the ongoing controversy in Anaheim over single-member council districts over at Anaheim Blog.

Some background: Last summer, the ACLU, representing three radical activists, filed suit against the City of Anaheim under the California Voting Rights Act, alleging the current system of electing city councilmembers at-large dsicriminates against Latinos and demanding the council instead be elected form single-member districts.

In the wake this lawsuit, the council create a Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) to conduct a series of public hearings and make recommendations on how to increase public participation (this could include, or not, switching to single-member council districts). Mayor Tom Tait and the councilmembers each appointed two members to the CAC.

What has ensured is a carefully-orchestrated effort by a left-wing coalition of labor unions, “community organizations” and the Democratic Party to game the process so the council will place on the ballot a measure calling to doubing the council to 8 members, elected from single-member districts instead of stabding before all Anaheim voters.

I have written extensively on who these organizations are, where they recieve their funding and their strategy.

The stakes in Anaheim are huge. If this left-wing coalition prevails, Anaheim will almost certainly go from being one of the largest cities in the state and the nation with a GOP majority to becoming a mini-Los Angeles.

In Anaheim, the political Left gets it. Unions like the OC Labor Federation and UNITE-HERE, union spin-offs like Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD), the Democratic Party of Orange County, the ACLU — they all get it and ar actively engaged in trying to impose single-member council districts on Anaheim. In contracts, Republicans in Orange County have been either oblivious or impotent, and in some instances actively working to achieve the Left’s goal.

What is going on in Anaheim isn’t isolated, but the opening of a campaign to turn Orange County blue in terms of control of city councils. Writing in UniionWatch.com on April 2, Kevin Dayton goes into detail on how the unions and their left-wing allies are using the California Voting Rights Act to litigate their way into greater political control of local governments.

Unions Will Control Mid-Sized Cities with California Voting Rights Act

by Kevin Dayton

Unions firmly control the political agenda in California’s largest cities, but civic leaders and citizens in some of the state’s smaller cities are still resisting the union political machine.

Some of these cities, with populations from 100,000 to 250,000, include Escondido, Oceanside, Murrieta, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Anaheim, Santa Clarita, Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley, Clovis, Elk Grove, and Roseville. These are cities where a dominant faction of elected and appointed officials generally puts a priority on efficiently providing basic services at a reasonable cost to their citizens.

Not surprisingly, city councils in some of these cities have attempted to enact home-rule charters or have exercised rights under their home-rule charters to free themselves from costly state mandates. This greatly agitates unions, which have long worked to attain their unchecked control of the agenda at the capitol.

Union officials want California’s cities to submit fully to state laws regarding collective bargaining for public employees and government-mandated wage rates (“prevailing wages”) for construction contractors. As reported in www.UnionWatch.org throughout 2012, public employee unions and construction trade unions spent huge amounts of money to convince voters in some of these cities to reject proposed charters.

Obviously unions don’t want to spend $1 million in dozens of cities every two years to defeat proposed charters, as they did in Costa Mesa before the November 2012 election. And soon they won’t have to spend any more money.

Unions are now implementing a tactic to alter political control of these smaller cities. It is likely to succeed in turning almost every California city with a population of 100,000 or more from fiscal responsibility to “progressive” governance based on theories of social justice.

Unions and their attorneys are masters at exploiting the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to attain unrelated economic objectives that benefit unions. And now unions are using the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 (Election Code Section 14025 et seq.) as a tool to ensure the adoption of union-backed public policies at local governments.

You can read the rest of the article by clicking here.

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Assemblyman Travis Allen – Bonfire Rally in Support of Our Fire Rings

Posted by OC Insider on April 25, 2013

 Link to Facebook Event: Click Here

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Posted in 72nd Assembly District, Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Orange County, San Clemente, Seal Beach, Sunset Beach Sanitary District, Surfside Colony Community Services District | Tagged: , | 4 Comments »

Rep. Campbell Questions Treasury Secretary on New Entitlement Spending, IMF Funding

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on April 19, 2013

This came across the wire a couple of days ago from the office of Congressman John Campbell:

For Immediate Release: April 17, 2013

Rep. Campbell Questions Treasury Secretary on New Entitlement Spending, IMF Funding

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“In the president’s budget, it shows that this new entitlement, at the end of the 10 year budget window, has a deficit of $5 billion. And, over time, the entitlement will increase while the revenue source will decrease. Isn’t this exactly what got us into the deficit problem we’re in? Aren’t you just replicating it with a new program?”

Washington, DC – At a House Budget Committee hearing on the presidents FY 2014 Budget proposal, Rep. John Campbell (R-CA), a senior Member of the House Budget Committee, questions Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew on how the president expects to use a new cigarette tax that he hopes will discourage smoking to perpetually pay for a new, permanent government program.  Moving to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Campbell asks Secretary Lew if President Obama thinks it is wise to send $63 billion in taxpayer dollars to the IMF when so many domestic programs are currently under pressure due to Sequestration.

Full Transcript of Line of Questioning Between Rep. Campbell and Secretary Lew:
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Senator Joel Anderson Endorses Jesse Petrilla for CA State Assembly

Posted by Newsletter Reprint on April 19, 2013

This came across the wire yesterday from the office of Jesse Petrilla:

Senator Joel Anderson Endorses Jesse Petrilla for CA State Assembly

ORANGE COUNTY, CA – Thursday, April 18, 2013 – Rancho Santa Margarita City Councilman and Army reservist Jesse Petrilla today announced that he has received the endorsement of State Senator Joel Anderson for his campaign for California State Assembly in the 73rd District. Read the rest of this entry »

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Onward To The Next Orange County Vacancy

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on April 18, 2013

I want to thank our readers for what was a very successful event yesterday on the blog. The debate set a record for most readers in a single day for one post. We will continue to do this monthly and are open to topic suggestions from our readers. Feel free to e-mail info@custom-campaigns.com with your suggestions.

Now that we have seen Hugh Nguyen get appointed as OC Clerk-Recorder and Jan Grimes appointed as Orange County Auditor-Controller, we now move on to the process of Orange County Public Administrator. I already know who three of the applicants are based on them announcing on Facebook or during the Orange County Clerk-Recorder procedure.

Here are the applicants that we are aware of:

Bruce Peotter
Steve Rosansky
Ken Lopez-Maddox

Unfortunately, I do not have a lot of information on this process at this point but stay tuned as I fill in the blanks as soon as information becomes available.

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Mark Bucher Vs. Keith Curry: Debate on OCGOP/Lincoln Club Union Pledge

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on April 17, 2013

My apologies for not including any text on this until now, it was a busy morning/afternoon. This morning I had the great pleasure of moderating a debate between OC GOP Treasurer Mark Bucher & Newport Beach Councilmember Keith Curry. The topic of the debate was the pros/cons of the union pledge that is currently required by any candidate that applies for endorsement with the OC GOP/Lincoln Club of Orange County. No matter which side of the issue that you are on, this debate was extremely thought-provoking as both speakers did an absolutely excellent job articulating their stance on the issue.

This debate was an experiment of sorts, as it is not the traditional audio interview that we post when a typical audio post goes up. Based on the great e-mails, text messages, and phone calls that I received today from readers that have my contact info, we will try to host at least one debate every month on something that is relevant to Orange County politics.

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Interview With Supervisor Shawn Nelson

Posted by Former Blogger Chris Emami on April 17, 2013

As promised yesterday, I am finally getting around to posting the interview I was lucky to get with Supervisor Shaw Nelson about the Orange County Auditor-Controller appointment. In the next hour our readers are in for another treat with a debate that was recorded earlier this morning discussing the OC GOP and Lincoln Club union money pledge with Mark Bucher of the OC GOP and Newport Beach Councilman Keith Curry.

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Senator Huff to Host Education Summit in Fullerton

Posted by Allen Wilson on April 16, 2013

Senator Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) sent over this Press Release regarding a upcoming Education Summit in Fullerton.  (Note:  An ASL Interpreter will be provided for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing participants)

How California’s Schools can Help Prepare Students for College and the Workforce


SACRAMENTO: Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) will host an Education Summit this Thursday, April 18th at the Fullerton College Campus. The Summit, which will feature a number of dynamic speakers, will focus on how California schools can help prepare students for college and the workforce.


Fullerton College is located at 321 E Chapman Avenue in Fullerton. The summit will be held at the Campus Theatre facility, and will run from 4:00-6:00 PM. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

“I believe in and promote education policies that serve the best interests and needs of California schoolchildren,” said Senator Huff. “That’s why I’ve introduced education measures this year to keep and retain the best teachers, increase school choice options for students and give parents more of a voice when it comes to the education of their children.”


The Education Summit will feature a number of guest speakers. They include Dr. Vu Pham, President and Managing Partner, Spectrum Knowledge, Marshall Tuck, CEO, Partnership for Los Angeles Schools and Dr. Rajen Vurdien, President of Fullerton College.


“This summit is open to students, parents of students and all others interested in the myriad of education issues facing California students,” said Senator Huff. “There will be a roundtable discussion of how we can ensure that every student succeeds. This will also include questions from the audience.”


To RSVP for the Education Summit, please contact Senator Huff’s District Office at (714) 671-9474.


Senator Huff serves as the Senate Republican Leader and is a member of the Senate Education Committee. He represents the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties. Follow Senator Huff on Twitter at @bobhuff99.

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