Disneyland Resort Supports District Elections in Anaheim, So Long as They Have Their Say

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Ahead of today's special council meeting at Anaheim High School's Cook Auditorium, the Disneyland Resort has backed the scrapping of at-large elections in the city in favor of a new district system, but not without throwing its dos centavos in as to how that should come about. 

In a letter dated yesterday addressing Mayor Tom Tait and other city officials, George A. Kalogridis, President of the Disneyland Resort, plainly writes, "We believe that city leadership should reflect the diversity of its entire population," in echoing popular sentiment behind the call.

On behalf of the Resort, Kalogridis goes on to acknowledge that there are many means by which to make the change to district elections in Anaheim but notes a charter amendment on the ballot as the "most responsive way." A potential ballot measure calling for six council members to be elected by districts just happens to be an agenda item up for discussion in today's meeting.

The lawsuit filed in June alleging Latino voter disenfranchisement by way of the at-large system is not mentioned at all, even though a community coalition urged city officials last week for the creation of eight districts and a quick settlement.

Should the lines of Anaheim's political map literally be redrawn one way or another, the Resort wants to wield a pen in the process. "The city could begin an open and transparent, citywide dialogue," Kalogridis goes on to writes in the letter, "with an independent, unbiased and equitably distributed group of Anaheim residents and employers to determine the number of seats, district boundaries and a new governance structure for the city." [emphasis mine]

It goes without saying that employers who live and do business in Anaheim are residents, so the reference is to entrepreneurial outsiders with vested interests in the city who already wield an enormous influence on local government with copious campaign contributions.

All of this comes after Mayor Tait asked the president of Disneyland to take "a leadership role" alongside the city's two major sports teams coming out of the social unrest that exploded alongside the theme park's fireworks in Anaheim two weeks ago.

In backing district elections, the Disneyland Resort is putting on its "good corporate citizen" mouse ears, but I smell a rat!

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20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

What exactly do you not like about Disneyland?  They create a multitude of jobs at all skill levels.  Do you really want to change that?

gabrielsanroman
gabrielsanroman topcommenter

 @20ftjesus Let's just start with what they are saying on this issue. If Latino disenfranchisement occurs as a result of an at-large system and district elections are needed because of that, what logic does Disneyland Resort  (and others) subscribe to in thinking the question could be remedied by being placed on the ballot during an at-large election? "Most responsive?" The contradictions are laid bare.

Dave_Lieberman
Dave_Lieberman

 @gabrielsanroman As much as it makes me absolutely sick to my stomach to even approach what Mitch is saying, disenfranchisement is a specific term: it means the loss of a vote. Latinos are allowed to vote for the candidates who put their names up. They are not prevented from voting.

 

Now, if you're arguing that they don't have a representative vote, meaning that they don't have a Latino voice (or several) on the council, then I'm with you. Ultimately, there need to be Latinos who stand for election who can actually beat the current crop of schmendricks; I'd vote for whoever I thought would do the best job, color- and race-blind.

 

I don't see a contradiction here; either the city will vote via plebiscite to go to council districts, or they will not. If they do, they will elect their own city council members who will run from the proposed districts. What would you suggest? A vote everywhere except Anaheim Hills? Then, as stupid as it sounds, you are quite literally disenfranchising the people in Anaheim Hills.

 

It sounds like a very large effort is needed here to get out the Latino vote; the business of "más vale trabajar que votar" needs to be overcome.

 

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

 @gabrielsanroman Since the at-large system was in place long before the mass immigration of 'Latinos' into Anaheim, it isn't 'disenfranchisement'. 

 

What is 'dilution of voting power' is the past and continuing legal and illegal immigration of Latinos and others with a demographic totally unreflective of America as it is. Our immigration system is the thing disenfranchising whites.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

 @gabrielsanroman But these ACLU lawsuits aren't about population size, they are about ethnicity.

 

And yeah, I believe that you and Klavito etc would vote for a WASP "Peace and Freedom" candidate ahead of a Sanchez sister. But most people, given the choice, vote according to ethnicity.

gabrielsanroman
gabrielsanroman topcommenter

 @Mitchell_Young Pure population size in relation to at-large voting. You must have missed -- or purposefully overlooked -- the instances where I've made it clear that I'm not a 'racially polarized' voter.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

 @gabrielsanroman " Sheer demographics alone is a compelling argument. "

 

See Dave -- only the white man plays the 'ethnicity doesn't matter' game.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

 @GustavoArellano No, and no. Even from a pro-white standpoint, senseless murders like the shooting in Wisconsin only give anti-white groups like the SPLC fodder for their campaign against whites.

gabrielsanroman
gabrielsanroman topcommenter

 @Dave_Lieberman Dave, the lawsuit is specific and what it alleges isn't the same as where you're coming from.

 

It's also not about a plebiscite, but a lawsuit, one the city should settle quickly since district elections are pretty much an inevitability. Sheer demographics alone is a compelling argument. 

 

And why would I suggest a vote everywhere except Anaheim Hills? Never have, never will.

bradmcdougal836
bradmcdougal836

@Dave_Lieberman

"As the ethnic makeup of the state changes, so too will the voting." Not if they are here illegally, they have no vote. It is as if they are stealing food right off the table of tax-paying citizens.

"Only white people can make a valid, useful society" = Isn't poverty well over 50% in mexico? Yeah, that's what I thought....

 

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

 @Dave_Lieberman Our entire election law, since the so-called 'voting rights act', has been premised on ethnic block voting. And that's a correct premise. 

 

As for 'valid society'. Mexico is a perfectly valid society. It has some advantages. But I wasn't born in Mexico. I was born in a predominantly white society, one which, for whatever reason, was far more economically and politically and socially successful than Mexico. And the fact is, since the large influx of Mexicans and other 'Hispanics', the place has become more like Mexico on a variety of measures (inequality of wealth, prevalence of 'gate guarded communities, etc). Mexicans make Mexico, and that is what has happened to California. You seem to think it is good -- I think it is bad for the state as a whole and for white people in particular. 

Dave_Lieberman
Dave_Lieberman

 @Mitchell_Young That only makes sense if you believe that races vote en bloc, which they don't. Even Latinos, popularly believed to be all Loretta Sanchez bots, do not vote en bloc on pretty much any topic.

 

As for "dilution" of the vote, as the ethnic makeup of the state changes, so, too, will the voting. It isn't a bad thing, unless you're convinced (as you seem to be and I am certainly not even slightly) that only white people can make a valid, useful society.

 

The division here needs to be between moron politician and non-moron politician, not between races. Sadly, the morons are winning, and it has nothing to do with political party or skin color.

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young

 @Dave_Lieberman You are absolutely right Dave, so my second use of  'disenfranchisement' above is actually wrong.  The phrase I see bandied about in discussions of this topic is 'dillution' of the vote. Certainly that has happened to 'Anglos' in California.

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