Gustavo's Latest "Orange County Line" Commentary for KCRW: On Anaheim's Unlikeliest Radical, Mayor Tom Tait!

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Last summer, as Anaheim burned, I praised mayor Tom Tait for a job well-done despite his troglodytic party (can you imagine if Deborah Pauly was Anaheim's alcalde? Shudder). In the year since, Tait has shocked everyone by forcefully standing on the side of those who want to make Anaheim elections a district thing, despite the GOP's aversion to the idea. Why is Tait doing this? That was the subject of my latest "Orange County Line" commentary for KCRW-FM 89.9.


Host Steve Chiotakis asked why I think Tait is doing what he's doing, and I told him I really do believe that it comes from him feeling that district elections are the right thing to do. The other possibility that I didn't mention was that this is part of Tait's bigger war against Anaheim's Sith Lord, former mayor Curt Pringle--why did the two split up? Here's to hoping Tait did it for the right reasons--I would love to ask Hizzoner, but Tait is scared of me and won't talk. Anyhoo, enjoy!

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BillyCrystal
BillyCrystal

Is it just me or is Gustav morphing into a Billy Crystal look-a-like in his old age?

gregdiamond
gregdiamond

I'd also have to take issue with the headline, but the way.  "Radical"?  Nothing that Tait is doing here is radical in the least.  What the other members of the council are doing -- demanding that Anaheim Hills (advised by Pringle and abetting by Disney middle-managers) maintain a stranglehold on the city's politics no matter what is "radical."  It's also, as we'll soon find, illegal.

gregdiamond
gregdiamond

Good commentary by Gustavo.  It's a different tune than he was singing about this lawsuit a year ago, but to his credit he seems to have started paying closer attention and giving it more thought since then.  (Note: at one point he says that Latinos are aligned with the "Republican Party"; I'm sure that he meant to say "Democratic.")

As for "the right kind of Latino" being elected -- I have my ideological preferences, sure, but so far as I'm concerned the "right kind of Latino" being elected by districts is one that an informed (and not bamboozled) electorate would choose.  That's all I want, not a guarantee of some ideological result.  Give us a fair playing field and I'll take my chances with it -- and if it means that they choose the sort of so-called "business friendly" Latino Democrat that I generally oppose in primaries, or even a Latino Republican so be it.   I think that liberal Latinos will better connect with the electorate on policy grounds -- but results are secondary to process.

cynthia241
cynthia241

I must argue with you dear boy, the GOP is NOT against Districts! The former head of the Lincoln Club, (it doesn't get any more conservative than that) cheered on District Elections as the epitome of smaller, more responsive government, which is what true Conservatives are supposed to represent. It is only those in the GOP who are stubbornly clinging to their control base, knowing if people have a genuine voice in our own governance, they will find themselves not only unemployed, but no longer able to peddle their influence for Pringle and the trough feeders connected to OCTax, OCBC etc. It is very small minority of the GOP who back these self-dealers, and I hear rumblings EVERYWHERE I go, the little people of Anaheim have had enough. This is not a partisan movement in any way, this is across the board, Anaheim residents of all backgrounds and beliefs are seriously sick of the "let them eat cake" arrogance. Really, I am getting calls from people from hard core Republicans to the Liberals with a capital L who would have nothing to do with me before, because we had nothing in common, who are suddenly asking what they can do to help. Incredible. Watch this one, the story of a lifetime is going to be coming out of Anaheim! 

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@gregdiamond The Bloviator doesn't understand sarcasm—go back to lifting comments from our pages to construct creepy posts...

BillyCrystal
BillyCrystal

Is it just me or is gustav morphing into Billy Crystal look-a-like?

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@gregdiamond Bloviator: From the beginning, I've been against the lawsuit, not the idea of districts—you can look it up.

spencerj05
spencerj05

@cynthia241 "It is only those in the GOP who are stubbornly clinging to their control base" But the thing is that's a solid 85% of them, and DEFINITELY a majority.

You can't claim it's not the GOP when the vast majority of the GOP is against it.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@cynthia241 Cynthia: AKA the Orange County GOP. Sorry to say, but the good conservatives are in the definite minority here, and you know this!

gregdiamond
gregdiamond

I think that the problem here is that I *do* understand sarcasm.  Next time, try some scare quotes.

OC Weekly is,, at this point, as close as OC has to a publicly available "newspaper of record."  My following comments here is a compliment.  Lots of people don't read your comments, though, because they are largely stomach-churning, but in this case I think that they should see what's going on in other people's minds.  If you don't think that I'm within a fair-use exception re people's comments, you have my address.  (I'd advise against sending a cease-and-desist, given the state of the law, but of course I'm biased.)

I was going to end by saying that  I'm sorry that you found my post creepy, but actually what you think doesn't much matter to me.  (So long as your columnist "Tasha the Porn Star" doesn't find it creepy.....)

gregdiamond
gregdiamond

Sounded to me, as I listened to your commentary, that you were now being more positive towards the lawsuit (which precipitated whatever good is likely to come out of it) than you had been back when you were arguing that it should have (requirements of the law notwithstanding) been based on class rather than ethnicity.  If you're not now positive towards the lawsuit, then I do apologize for misconstruing the interview.  Maybe you can clarify your position next time.

Of course, favoring "the idea of" districts, without favoring a concrete and viable plan to obtain that result, is weak .  I'm glad that the ACLU and the plaintiffs decided to be more proactive.

chezvern
chezvern

@spencerj05 @cynthia241 spencer - 85% of Anaheim Republicans are against districts?  Please tell, where did you get that?


Cynthia was as well, until she thought about it a little more...

gregdiamond
gregdiamond

So now you're using the royal "we"?

It's sort of sad.  You want the benefits of celebrity, but are too thin-skinned to be able to stand being the story (at least if it's not on terms that you can dictate.)

Sometimes, though, you are part of the story.  (In this case, though, it was your commenters.)  You just don't want people analyzing what you do, which is why you dismiss it as bloviation.

But all it is is reporting -- warts and boils and all.  Man up and accept the price of influence.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@gregdiamond We care about your "compliments" about as much as we do a boil on the tucchus. And your obsession over what we do is nearly as creepy as Mitchie Young's obsession...

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