• Cynthia Ward

    What is truly terrifying is they are now interviewing NEW City Attorneys. This has been on Closed Session agendas for WEEKS, waiting for the announcement of yet another of their crony capitalist buddies to be paid public dollars for their privately benefitting special interest work. They sacked Talley, someone I didn’t always agree with but appeared to be a good lawyer, someone other lawyers would sit through classes for. Within one Council meeting they had brought in Michael Houston, by way of Pringle’s assembly campaign counsel. His Cummins and White gig included being Counsel for the ATN Anaheim transportation Network (where Pringle’s retainer is $120K a year and the lawyers only make $100K) Houston left that nice set up to become Anaheim’s City Attorney while his law partner Fred Whitaker stepped into the spot (yes THAT Fred Whitaker) i believe he still has the job. Houston lasted just long enough to royally screw up nearly every thing he touched at Anaheim City Hall and then bailed back to the private sector. God knows who is next onto the gravy train.

  • Cynthia Ward

    Interesting timing regarding Brandman’s involvement here. Jordan Brandman was elected November 2012, and sworn in December 11, 2012 with Lucille Kring. He and Lucille serve for only TWO Council meetings, December 18 and January 15, when at the end of the January 15, 2013 meeting it is the NEWBIE Jordan Brandman who tells staff to put their performance evaluations on the Closed Session agenda for the next meeting, January 29th. The guy with the least experience working with staff wants an evaluation of them right after he is elected and has no baseline from which to determine their performance against agreed upon performance measures decided in the August 2, 2012 review that had just been conducted. Nope, no set up to get rid of the honest City Attorney. Nothing to see here, folks.

    Jan 29th, according to these legal docs, Brandman the newbie is speaking for the Council majority in telling Talley she is fired!

    Watch the video of the Jan 29, 2013 meeting. Council comes out of Closed Session and reconvene the City Council meeting, 3:31:44 into video, report on Closed Session; the City Attorney does not return to the meeting, and Bob Wingenroth is left to report “no action taken” since the council left it with Talley to decide if she would take their “offer” to resign, I guess that is “no action.”

    …the Mayor is clearly subdued. The Council majority is completely nonchalant. They just ripped the heart out of a human being, told a woman whose husband is fighting cancer that she is out of a job (and the benefits of medical coverage to now be covered out of pocket without a paycheck) and they continue on as though nothing out of the ordinary has happened. In the end the Mayor offers no council communication, but the other 4 natter on…is there a conscience in any of those 4?

    • RyanCantor

      No, there’s no conscience in any of those 4.

      If there were, they would be paying their own legal bills instead of demanding the Anaheim tax payer to fork over $2,000,000 to pay for their bad behavior.


    • David Zenger

      Soooo…someone over the Christmas holiday someone let Brandman know what his first loyalty test was to be. And there have been lots ever since.

      Now who could that Special PersonCorp® be?

  • RyanCantor

    “As confident as we are in our position, the reality of our legal system is that it is more cost effective to settle than to seek our day in court.”

    Wow. It’s more “cost effective” to spend $2,000,000 to settle a case concerning Kris Murray’s bad behavior than to defend or excuse it.

    Other cost effective solutions to Kris Murray’s bad behavior.

    $4,000,000 a year to keep ARTIC open.
    $2,000,000 to delay district based elections
    $1,000,000 to conform with the Brown Act (GardenWalk I)
    $2,000,000 for a demanded delay in the Convention Center Expansion
    $1,000,000 for Brown Act violations alleged with the Angels MOU

    That’s $12,000,000. Off the top of my head.

    Why do you people in Anaheim continue to vote for this woman and people like her?

    TWELVE MILLION DOLLARS! How many boneheaded decisions does she have to make?

    • LFOldTimer

      Don’t forget about Anaheim turning over something like $7 million dollars to the county for a share of the construction costs of the animal shelter in Tustin in which the City of Anaheim has absolutely no equity. As far as I can tell this is unprecedented in the State of California.

      When counties build county animal shelters the construction costs are financed with county dollars – not city dollars. After all, it’s a county-owned facility. The cities within the county can choose to join the county animal control system and pay fees (rent) to use the shelter and for services. But I could not find cities in other California counties that made huge payments for the animal shelter construction costs. Then to add insult to injury – the OC cities have no ownership rights (equity) in the building. Plus, the OC cities must pay steep rent fees for the use of the shelter and for services. Both San Diego and L.A. counties funded their own animal shelters with county dollars then invited the cities to use their shelters for agreed upon fees. L.A. has 7. SD has 3. OC has 1. Go figure.

      So to those of you who live in Anaheim I would suggest in your leisure time ask Murray and the rest of them why they trapped you into a 10 year contract with the county for animal services under such absurd financial contract provisions that hung the Anaheim taxpayers out to dry.

  • David Zenger

    “‘…it seemed “like she wouldn’t give them the answers they wanted to hear.’”

    “’I felt she was being punished essentially for being my friend, or something to that effect,’ Tait said in the deposition.”

    And there you have it. Petty vindictiveness on the part of Murray,Inc.® and KringCo® costs us $1.5MM.

    Worse, Talley was replaced by a little punk hack who did tell them what they wanted to hear. And we’ll all be paying untold millions for that for a long time to come.

    • Rivett

      You have to savor the irony/hypocrisy of Murray complaining about a city attorney acting like someone’s lackey and being unresponsive to certain members of the council.

      • David Zenger

        The irony/hypocrisy is quite sapid. The funny thing is doubt that she could even see it.