WHAT IS DIFFERENT IS THAT ANAHEIM ACTIVISTS HAVE FORCED THE POWERS TO MAKE CHANGES THAT ADDRESS THE INEQUITY. THERE IS A FIRST STEP BEING TAKEN. DISNEYLAND IN ANAHEIM IS JUST LIKE JOHNS HOPKINS IN BALTIMORE IN THAT IT CONTROLS THE POLITICS OF THE CITY. THE CITIZENS COMPLAINTS MIRROR OUR COMPLAINTS IN BALTIMORE.......BUSINESS TAX CREDIT ABUSE, POOR COMMUNITIES RECEIVING FEW CITY FUNDS AND SEEING ASSETS DISAPPEAR, AND NO COMMUNITY INPUT ON DEVELOPMENT.
IT ALL HAS TO DO WITH WHO YOU ELECT!!!!!!! IF YOU SELECT AND GET BEHIND A CANDIDATE FROM YOUR OWN COMMUNITY GROUPS......LIKE THE TEA PARTY......SOMEONE WHO WILL NOT SELL OUT TO THE RICH...... YOU WILL WIN ELECTIONS!!!!
VOTE YOURE INCUMBENT OUT!!!!
YOU WILL ALSO SEE A CITY COUNCILMAN HENRY PROPOSE WHAT MIGHT LOOK LIKE GOVERNMENT REFORM. WHAT HIS BILL DOES IS CONSOLIDATE THE POWER BY LOWERING THE NUMBER OF COUNCIL MEMBERS. THIS MAKES IT HARDER FOR YOU AND I TO ELECT OUR OWN CANDIDATES. THE BIGGER THE DISTRICTS THE MORE MONEY AND VOTERS YOU MUST PLACE IN ACTION.....TO THINGS THAT LIMIT WORKING CLASS AND POOR COMMUNITIES. SO DON'T BE FOOLED BY THIS 'REFORM'. IT IS MEANT TO WORK AGAINST YOU, NOT FOR YOU.
Published: Aug. 7, 2012 Updated: 4:48 p.m.
Anaheim council to weigh 2 ballot measures Special council meeting will consider use of tax subsidies as well as district elections.
By ERIC CARPENTER / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
ANAHEIM – The City Council will hold a special meeting Wednesday afternoon to hear from the public about recent police shootings and the protests that followed – and to discuss two potential ballot measures on issues that many say are at the root of the unrest.
The council will gather at 4 p.m. at Anaheim High School's Cook Auditorium, a venue that holds 1,300 people to ensure there's room for all who want to attend.
Demonstrators gathered on the steps of Anaheim City Hall on July 24. STUART PALLEY, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER ADVERTISEMENT The council is set to consider two issues that it was unable to discuss when the last meeting was abruptly canceled because of escalating violence outside:
• A potential ballot measure calling for six council members instead of four and for them to be elected by districts within the city rather than at-large.
•A potential ballot measure calling for a public vote on the use of any tax subsidy for private development.
Mayor Tom Tait called the special Wednesday meeting to give the city time to place measures onto the Nov. 6 ballot; the deadline is Aug. 10.
A council majority has consistently voted in favor of tax incentives and against a ballot measure limiting their use. Earlier this year, some residents expressed outrage over the approval of a tax subsidy worth up to $158 million to build two luxury hotels near Disneyland. The money would come from a citywide hotel tax, with the subsidy coming specifically from the two hotels.
But some residents, particularly in the Latino community, saw it as taking money away from their neighborhoods sorely in need of resources.
The issue divided the council, with a majority – council members Gail Eastman, Kris Murray and Harry Sidhu – voting in favor of it, saying the incentive is necessary to spur development in tough economic times.
Joanne Sosa, a leader of Take Back Anaheim – which collected more than 15,000 signatures but fell short of the number needed to qualify a ballot measure on the use of city tax money for private development – said she's pleased the council will discuss the issue.
"It's unfortunate that it took this long to get an honest ear of the council, for them to hear what we've been saying all along," she said. "But I'm thankful to Mayor Tait and (Councilwoman) Lorri Galloway for letting these issues be discussed and hopefully the people will get a chance to vote."
On the issue of district elections, It's unclear how many people – even among those who want elections by district – will support a November ballot measure calling for six districts. Many of those in favor of district elections say they want at least eight districts to bring better representation of minority communities, especially Latinos.
Public speakers will each have up to three minutes to address the council at Wednesday's meeting. Anaheim High is at 811 W. Lincoln Ave.
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CITIZENS OVERSIGHT IS LEADING AN EFFORT TO PLACE TERM LIMITS AND RECALL ON REFERENDUM FOR THE ELECTIONS AFTER NOVEMBER. OUR PETITION WILL CALL FOR RETROACTIVE TERM LIMITS......MEANING THAT TIME SERVED COUNTS TOWARDS THAT LIMIT. THIS WILL SEND ALL THE COUNCIL MEMBERS PACKING AS WELL AS THE MAYOR. THE ANGER IN THE CITY TOWARDS THEIR ELECTED OFFICIALS MAKE THIS REFERENDUM POPULAR.
WHAT WE SEE BELOW IS AN ATTEMPT TO COUNTER OUR PROPOSAL. COUNCILMAN HENRY MAKES SOME GOOD POINTS, BUT HE IS ALSO RECOMMENDING THE ONE THING THAT WILL WORK AGAINST THE PEOPLE........LOWERING THE NUMBER OF CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS FROM 15 TO 9 AND MAKING 3 OF THOSE MEMBERS 'AT LARGE'. READING THE ARTICLE ABOVE ON ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA YOU SEE THAT IS THE SYSTEM THEY HAVE NOW THAT IS SO REPRESSIVE AND THEY ARE MOVING TO EXPAND THE CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS FOR BETTER REPRESENTATION. HENRY ALSO ISN'T SAYING THE TERM LIMIT BE RETROACTIVE.....HE IS LEAVING THESE SAME MEMBERS IN OFFICE FOR 3 MORE TERMS........YEARS TO COME.
THIS IS A BILL MEANT TO FURTHER LIMIT THE LOWER/MIDDLE-CLASS COMMUNITIES TO THE BENEFIT OF THE UPPER CLASS WHO CAN FUND CAMPAIGNS AND BUY ELECTIONS.
City Councilman Henry looks to limit Baltimore mayor's spending power
Baltimore Business Journal by Jack Lambert, .
Henry, a Democrat who represents the 4th district, said he will introduce a bill Monday aimed at reducing the number of City Council votes needed to overturn a mayoral veto. Currently, 75 percent of the 15-member City Council are needed to overturn a veto. Henry said he wants to reduce that number to two-thirds of the City Council.
Henry also plans to introduce a bill that would allow the council to add funds to the city budget as long as it cuts other budget items. These measures, Henry said, would help the council establish a system of checks and balances on the city’s executive branch. The City Council can only currently ask the mayor to restore funding for certain budget items.
“We have to switch the power dynamic a bit so that the council has a fighting chance,” Henry said.
Ian Brennan, a spokesman for Rawlings-Blake, declined to comment “until the administration has had an opportunity to thoroughly review the charter amendments.”
In addition to the spending bills, Henry plans to introduce legislation that would establish two-term limits for the mayor and other elected officials and three-term limits for city councilmembers. There are no current term limits for the mayor or City Council in Baltimore. He also wants reduce the size of the council from 15 to nine members.
Henry’s proposal would call for six councilmembers from single districts, one at-large Council President, and two at-large members. This would “improve functionality inside the Council,” Henry said. One of the at-large members, under Henry’s plan, would also serve on the city’s planning commission. Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector, 5th district, is the current council representative on the planning board.
The point to the frustration, whether you are in a community whose assets are being closed due to development plans or like this community, having major zoning changes made without proper community approval, what we are seeing at every level is a small group of people making these decisions and private non-profits led by hand-picked directors pushing their ideas in the communities with little regard to the actual community input. Whether charter schools, closing rec centers, or copious business tax credits going to national corporate interests at the expense of small, local business owners.......it is pervasive and resented by many residents in the city.
Now, the game plan is probably to push beyond the protest as the city recruits 'the best and brightest' as is happening in urban areas across the country, but I really think that no level of police state will keep people from turning this around.
Royal Farms vote tomorrow: is “no” off the table? Fern Shen July 31, 2012 at 11:02 am
In June, residents gathered to protest a planned gas station and convenience store in Hamilton.
Categories Northeast Baltimore residents opposing a Royal Farms gas station and convenience store on Harford Road are up in arms about the agenda for tomorrow night’s meeting of the Glenham-Belhar Community Association.
Circulated via email, the agenda offers three possible votes on the proposal – and none of them are a vote to reject the plan. Here’s how it reads:
-Proposal (5 minutes max)
-Concerns (5 minutes max)
-Vote I: “Accept Gas Station portion of proposal” *2
-Vote 2: ”Accept Commercial building portion of proposal” *2
-Vote 3: “Accept entire Proposal” *2
“When I saw the three positions to vote for and the 5 minutes for the issue, I was disgusted,” project opponent Roopesh Vijayan wrote, in a community email. “These people make me feel ashamed to live in Baltimore.”
The proposal – to put a 5,100-square-foot building with 74 parking spaces and 14 fueling pumps at the corner of Harford Road and Glenmore Avenue – was approved by a 13-11 vote at a meeting of the association earlier this year.
But after residents who said they hadn’t heard of the plan protested and began a petition drive against it, Glenham-Belhar Community Association leaders agreed to hold a re-vote.
Reached by phone this morning, president Joe Oaks declined to say the limited choices on the agenda are a mistake but noted that those who have questions about the way the issue is being handled can come to tomorrow’s meeting and talk about it.
“I can override anything that’s not right,” Oaks said. “We can deviate from that agenda.” Because of the controversy over the proposal, Oaks said he promises open discussion.
“Anything pertaining to Royal Farms . . . I want to make sure everything is out there and nothing is under the rug,” he said
I attended the rally and watched as CD and Sharon came out of city hall in handcuffs. They went in knowing that they would likely face this scenario but as was said at the rally, we will be raising the level of activism on these issues and everyone who comes out in support of these issues will be ready to go to jail.
It is surreal to be looking at Baltimore City Hall where everyone knows fraud and corruption exists without interruption, surrounded by swat/police officers as they play a waiting game in bringing two activists out in handcuffs. The Mayor simply had to receive a petition from her constituents, rather she sent them to jail.
As I spoke with a justice organization member there to witness this event, I said 'this is definitely a second world scenario' to which he said......'no, it is third world'. We have a puppet administration sending citizens making a reasonable request to jail as political prisoners.
This movement will only grow!
Cortly Witherspoon and Sharon Black arrested at City Hall Activists sought meeting with Rawlings-Blake about police brutality Baltimore Brew Editors August 6, 2012 at 10:49 pm
Rev. Cortly “C.D.” Witherspoon, outside Central Booking, after arrest at Baltimore City Hall.
Categories Baltimore police arrested two longtime political activists today and charged them with trespassing after they tried unsuccessfully to deliver a letter – about the closing of recreation centers and fire stations and alleged police abuses – to Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
Rev. Cortly “C.D.” Witherspoon, president of the local chapter of the Southern Leadership Conference, and Sharon Black, an organizer with the Baltimore All Peoples Congress, had been leading an afternoon rally of about 75 people outside City Hall.
According to Baltimore photographer and videographer William Hughes, the two were arrested after they refused to leave City Hall:
“I was there for the whole rally, which began at 3 PM at the Shot Tower. Then, they marched to City Hall, past Police H/Q. I saw Sharon and CD, inside the City Hall. They were trying to get permission to go up the Mayor’s Office. They were allowed up to the office and met with a rep. I was back outside by then.”
Activist Sharon Black being escorted to Central Booking today after being arrested at City Hall for trespassing. (Photo by William Hughes)
The mayor declined to meet with them and they insisted, according to their phone messages to the crowd outside, on a personal meeting. When they refused to leave, they were arrested.
Organizers have been talking in recent weeks about the letter they planned to send to Rawlings-Blake demanding “an emergency meeting” to talk about police-involved shootings in Baltimore, among other issues.
Among the cases of alleged misconduct they cited today was that of David Yim, a disabled man shot by police in April, and Thomas Threatt, whose beating during an east Baltimore jobs protest was captured on video.