OC Dems Condemn Anaheim Councilman for Latino District Vote

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The Orange County Democratic Party Monday night condemned Anaheim Councilman Jordan Brandman for voting to exclude a Latino majority City Council district from the city’s first districts-based election in 2016.

Brandman, also a candidate for U.S. Congress, last week joined the council majority in a split 3-2 vote choosing which council districts go up for election in 2016, and which will have to wait until the next election in 2018. Latino activists all requested that the city’s only majority Latino citizen voting age population district go up for election in 2016.

The all-white council majority rebuffed that request and instead chose to put up a district on the west end of the city, arguing that fewer council members have been elected from that area in the past. They also argued that Councilman James Vanderbilt, who was elected at-large and is half-Latino, was enough representation for the Latino district.

Anaheim’s move to district elections was the result of a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and Latino activists alleging that the city’s at-large elections prevented Latinos from electing the candidates of their choice to the council.

After the council vote, Jeff LeTourneau, a Democratic Party Central Committee member, introduced a resolution at Monday night’s party meeting condemning the council majority’s vote. According to LeTourneau, the resolution passed by acclamation, meaning none of the delegates voiced opposition.

“Justice Delayed is Justice Denied and by scheduling District 3 elections in an off- election year with historically lower Latino voter participation this action will further serve to suppress Latino political enfranchisement at a critical time in Anaheim’s move toward full equality,” the resolution reads.

The resolution also calls on Brandman to reverse his vote when it comes up for a second and final reading at the council meeting next Tuesday.

In an interview with Voice of OC, LeTourneau said Brandman was pitted between campaign money for his congressional race from political heavyweights like Disneyland and ex-Mayor Curt Pringle, who is Anaheim’s most influential lobbyist, and the democratic aspirations of working-class Latinos. Brandman chose the money, he said.

“If Jordan is smart, he’s going to support the mayor’s original motion,” LeTourneau said in a reference to Mayor Tom Tait’s proposal to put the Latino majority district up for election in 2016.

Brandman in the past had received the local party endorsement. But LeTourneau said Brandman has repeatedly voted in league with the council’s Republicans against marginalized communities in Anaheim and suggested that Brandman change party affiliations.

“I doubt he’ll ever get [a Democratic party endorsement] again,” LeTourneau said.

Brandman couldn’t be immediately reached for comment.

Please contact Adam Elmahrek directly at aelmahrek@voiceofoc.org and follow him on Twitter: @adamelmahrek

  • Nogoodhound

    In my opinion, the attention needs not to be on Brandman but on the orange county democratic party. Where have they been? You would have thought the Tom Daily Wikipedia incident would have done it. Or the fact he clearly demonstrated his loyalty to the party of Pringle and not to the citizens of Anaheim. Where has my party been . Good government I would think would be the goal of the the OC Dem party.

    EVEN NOW THEY SAY CHANGE YOUR VOTE AND WE CAN KISS AND MAKE UP. GIVE ME A BREAK

  • LFOldTimer

    I’m different from you, Paul. I don’t take sides or support either of the 2 major political parties because I realize one is just as bad as the other. Six of one, half a dozen of the other. They’re all infiltrators who collaborate together to divide and conquer the commoner. It’s pretty much evolved into a one-party system. Obama = GW Bush. Yet out of desperation the little people continue to root for the home team and look to find a reason to believe. .

  • LFOldTimer

    Gawd it’s entertaining to watch them eat their own, regardless whether it’s the democrats or the republicans. It’s almost as good as watching reality TV.

    • Paul Lucas

      We didn’t eat our own dude. We outed an infiltrator.

      • David Zenger

        Um, well, maybe. But that bozo has been approving corporate welfare in Anaheim out in the open for three years and nobody has said anything. Better late than never, I suppose.

        The Brandman Record:

        Hotel tax kickback
        Disney tax promise
        Free land to Arte Moreno
        Ignoring the Angels’ stadium maintenance obligations

        And at every step of the way supporting the utter lack of transparency and the Brown Act violations that have come to characterize Anaheim “governance.”

        And the only reason he supported districts in Anaheim was because PringleCorp already had the three votes it needed to procrastinate, stall, and litigate. And now that district elections are nigh it really DOES matter to keep the Council free from a potentially populist Latino willing pull the plug on Pringle’s High Speed Gravy Train.

        • Greg Diamond

          “Nobody has said anything”?

          Do I have to scream it into your ear?

      • RyanCantor

        Yeah, I’m with Zenger on this.

        Brand-name won’t change his vote, won’t lose any of endorsements, and will continue to vote in opposition to the Democrat platform.

        Nothing will change. This is about his ego and his money.