Galloway Joins the Race for Anaheim Mayor

Former Anaheim City Councilwoman Lorri Galloway has thrown her hat into the race for Anaheim mayor, joining four other candidates campaigning to replace incumbent Mayor Tom Tait, who is termed out in 2018.

Galloway, a Democrat, announced her bid for mayor in a speech on Oct. 11 on the steps of City Hall, where she promised to alleviate homelessness, reduce gang violence and build more affordable housing.

“The city of Anaheim needs a mayor who takes strong actions and follows through on promises and doesn’t speak in generalities,” Galloway said in a phone interview.

The other candidates for mayor include former Republican councilman Harry Sidhu, Democratic attorney Ashleigh Aitken, Republican Boys and Girls Club director John Machiaverna, and emergency services consultant Robert Williams, a Democrat.

Galloway is the executive director of the Eli Home, a shelter for abused children and women, located in Anaheim Hills. She served two terms on the city council between 2004-2012.

Often an ally to Tait during her time on the council, Galloway joined him in opposing a $158 million subsidy deal in 2012 for two luxury hotel projects by the GardenWalk shopping center. When she was termed out, she spoke out against a one-dollar-a-year stadium lease for Angel Stadium. 

But Galloway is not without criticism of the current mayor. When she ran against Tait for mayor in 2014, Galloway criticized him for being an isolated, ineffective mayor whose unwavering stances accomplished nothing.

She seemed to echo some of that criticism in her announcement speech stating “that a successful mayor cannot operate in a silo.”

“I know how to reach out to my council colleagues to create relationships based on mutual respect, reach across the aisle and build consensus to get things done,” Galloway said.

Galloway said one of her top campaign issues would be “building an economy in Anaheim that benefits everyone.”

“I think it’s really hard to live here when it costs 28 dollars an hour to be able to afford a two-bedroom apartment,” Galloway said. “So we need to look at those disparities and we need to create and connect our working people to better training and technical education opportunities.”

Her plans include promoting small business creation and offering microloans to new start-ups.

In her speech, Galloway called for supporting the growth of the Anaheim Resort district “because that brings in thousands of new jobs for our hardworking residents.”

But she didn’t give details about what support for the Anaheim Resort should look like.

Asked about $500 million in luxury hotel subsidies approved by a previous city council, Galloway said she didn’t want to talk about the past.

She also didn’t want to discuss a theme espoused by Tait — that the Resort District has received disproportionate city resources in the past at the expense of low income neighborhoods.

“I really don’t want to talk about what the councils have done in the past,” Galloway said. “I’m not shying away from telling people what I think as an elected official — I think it’s on the record of what I supported and what I didn’t.”

A recent Los Angeles Times article about the city’s long history of financial subsidies for Disney, Galloway said, “really shows some of the disparities there.”

In terms of tackling homelessness, Galloway said the current city council is “on the right track” by voting for Councilwoman Kris Murray’s plan, Operation Home Safe, and “cleaning up the encampments so we can reclaim our parks for the community.”

“I believe I can bring business and community and government leaders together to find ways to supply emergency beds…and help get the homeless out of the riverbed into shelters,” Galloway said, without offering specifics.

Galloway also said she would support repealing the city’s anti-camping ordinance.

“The way I see it is, you ticket or you give a citation to a homeless person, and that homeless person does not have the money to pay that ticket, so what happens?” Galloway said. “They have to go to court? Or they don’t show up to court, and they get multiple citations and they’re in debt?”

“And they’re still homeless. It doesn’t make it better. It makes it worse,” Galloway added.

Galloway said she would also consider adding language to the anti-camping law “that would include some kind of assurance that would place them in some type of housing.”

Affordable housing is key to solving homelessness, Galloway said, promising to work with developers to create incentives for new affordable housing projects and streamline permits for those projects.

Galloway said the city should be “tough on gangs” while also working with at-risk youth.

“I would work to make sure law enforcement has enough resources for enforcement while at the same time to divert our young people to positive alternatives such as job and special life training,” Galloway said.

Asked whether she would support the formation of a police review commission, Galloway said “I’m not opposed to it, but these kinds of commissions have a tendency to be receive and file committees. I think the real concern is bridging the divide between the police and the community it serves.”

She said increasing community policing, hiring more officers of color, and working with local high schools to create a pipeline of new police recruits would improve the relationship between police and communities of color.

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  • astar2b

    Nope… Vote for Kris Murray…!

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  • LFOldTimer

    I don’t follow Anaheim politics that closely. But Galloway appears to be head and shoulders above Aitken. She served 2 terms on the council. Voted in opposition to the $158M corporate welfare to the hotels. Voiced opposition against the $1 a year stadium lease to the Angels. She says she’d support dumping the anti-camping ordinance. And currently she’s the director of a large shelter for abused women and children. Not a bad resume if you ask me. She seems to be a self-made woman. I don’t think she accomplished all these things riding on the coattails of a rich influential daddy.

    • RyanCantor

      I’m not hoping on the bash Galloway bus, but perhaps you ought to look at just how many other offices she’s pursued and what she pulled during those campaigns.

      Both she and Sidhu really want to be in public office. Will they do or say anything to get there?

      • LFOldTimer

        “Both she and Sidhu really want to be in public office. Will they do or say anything to get there?”

        And Aitken won’t?

        At least Galloway has a track record. Looks like she’s actually supported some anti-business proposals like the $158M corporate welfare to the hotels and the $1 a year lease for the stadium to the Angels. What’s not to like about that?

        You’re never going to find the perfect candidate. But at least Galloway climbed the political ladder on her own. Give credit where credit is due.

        • RyanCantor

          Indeed. She has a track record. She opposed those deals, then flipped on that coalition to further her own political aspirations. Sure makes those positions look like convenience, which isn’t exactly something to celebrate. People aren’t going to forget that betrayal.

          I’m happy to award credit. And demerits. In equal measure.

          In any case, like I said– I’m not jumping on the bash bus, but I’m not exactly thrilled about her candidacy either.

          • LFOldTimer

            “I’m happy to award credit. And demerits. In equal measure.”

            I guess I’ll have to wait for one of your future posts to read about the “credits”.

            “I’m not jumping on the bash bus, but I’m not exactly thrilled about her candidacy either.”

            Not jumping on the “bash bus”? Really? Then my eyes must be deceiving me.

            Did you know that Aitken thinks the public safety pensions are fine just the way they are?

            Why aren’t you bashing her?

          • RyanCantor

            Given that this is a post about Lorri Galloway, I’m not exactly keen on launching into critiques of other candidates, but whatever floats your boat.

            No, I didn’t know Aitken made that claim. I know little to nothing about her, other than 3rd hand praise for non-specific things. She is after all a Democrat. I’m sure Ms. Galloway holds a similar position on pensions. For that matter, I wouldn’t be shocked if Sidhu does, too. I don’t recall the year of the vote, but Sidhu may have been on council when Murray led the vote to lower pensions for new officers as little as possible. Everyone wants the APOA money. Even Republicans.

            Almost everyone anyway.

            Election day over a year away. I’m sure you and I will have ample opportunities to sow and reap the field.

    • David Zenger

      “She seems to be a self-made woman.”

      Yes, indeed. It takes hard work to keep the courts that busy.

      • LFOldTimer

        Appears to be a very old video. There’s no date or location. Is that the Anaheim council? I don’t recognize any of the 4 men on the dais. Who are they? Who is the investigator speaking? A private or government investigator? My guess is private. Hired by whom?

        Obviously a competitor council candidate would’ve hung Galloway out to dry in an election campaign with that information provided it was factual. So how did she end up winning 2 back-to-back terms from 2004-12?

        Not defending her. Just trying to make some sense out of the video.

        • David Zenger

          “Obviously a competitor council candidate would’ve hung Galloway out to dry in an election campaign with that information provided it was factual.”

          Galloway has been untouchable ever since she created The Eli Home and began creating tacit accomplices. In 2010 she ran for 4th District Supervisor and faked three addresses. Nobody in the MSM called her on that either.

  • loudchapina

    Lori is an opportunistic, self serving, un loyal wench. Just ask her former sidekick Joanne.

  • RyanCantor

    “Asked about $500 million in luxury hotel subsidies approved by a previous city council, Galloway said she didn’t want to talk about the past.”


    • David Zenger

      There’s no there, there. Sort of like a soap bubble.

  • David Zenger

    Oddly, the media never ask Galloway about her past:

    • Cynthia Ward

      Oh. My. God. I have some of the docs but not all. If this investigator made the public court case documents available to the City Clerk and City Attorney’s office as then-Mayor Daly requested in this hearing, WHY would the City of Anaheim have given her ANYTHING over the years? yes, I know she was elected to office but at what point does staff say, “Uh, no. Bad investment.” Those who are backing her because of her status as elected to office would be participating in conflict of interest, helping with ab abuse of power. How does this get past anyone? This looks like the City Attorney’s office HAD THESE court docs!! yet we saw the prior Council majority suck up to their pal Lorri (a bizarre twist of events as she left office after they stripped her of Mayor Pro Tem title and publicly humiliated her) they advocated for the ACT non profit to give Lorri BIG MONEY. Was it a million dollars? It was a lot, I need to go look it up. THIS is the lack of due diligence the City has become famous for so when we hear Department Heads say, “oh yes the applicant is compliant with conditions, I think we are justified in questioning how much “research” they did to confirm those claims. Thanks for posting this DZ.