Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait said Monday state law may have been broken when a resolution was drawn up to criticize Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump at this week’s city council meeting.
“We have restrictions about being political and using staff time and using taxpayer resources for political purposes,” Tait told City News Service. “I’m concerned about that.”
The council on Tuesday has a resolution on its agenda that aims to “reject and condemn the divisive rhetoric of presidential candidate Donald Trump as contrary to the fundamental principles of the state of California and U.S. Constitutions and as not being reflective of the city of Anaheim’s guiding principles of inclusiveness and kindness.”
The resolution states that “consistent with state law, no public funds shall be spent relating to the subject matter of this resolution.”
Tait wondered what staff time and resources went into writing the resolution.
At any rate, Tait said that although he does not support Trump he believes city officials should be more concerned about local issues.
“I don’t think that’s the role for our city or any city government,” Tait said of resolutions such as Tuesday’s.
Tait, who said he hasn’t made up his mind who to support for president, added that the criticism “actually probably helps him.”
City Council member Kris Murray put the resolution on the agenda. The resolution claims that Trump “has repeatedly attacked people of many races, religions and creeds, women, veterans, local, state, national and religious leaders throughout his campaign; in addition to repeated statements that undermine the basic principles of our state and federal constitutions.”
Tait said he received a message from a 102-year-old Anaheim native who complained about the resolution.
“He said why doesn’t the city council concentrate on fixing our streets and sidewalks that are desperately in need of repair rather than add this federal issue,” Tait said. “That was old wisdom.”
–City News Service