City Attorney Cristina Talley On Her Way Out The Door?

City Attorney Cristina Talley

City Attorney Cristina Talley

The Voice of OC reported last night on rumors that a majority of the city council has asked Talley to quit:

Rumors have been swirling since Tuesday night’s City Council meeting that the council majority has asked Talley to resign by 5 p.m. Thursday. 

After the council held a closed-door meeting and returned to open session Tuesday night, Talley had left and wasn’t present to give her usual closed session report.

Instead, City Manager Bob Wingenroth said there was nothing to report from the closed session.

Council members did not return phone calls or declined comment.

Talley reportedly delivered a letter to City Hall late Thursday afternoon.

Talley has been Anaheim City Attorney since April of 2009.

The VOC cited failure to properly notice — in the eyes of the court, that is — the GardenWalk agreement agenda in January of 2012 as a possible reason:

Wingenroth had said at a cancelled council meeting turned town hall last year that he wrote the agenda item for the subsidy. The city attorney, however, is ultimately responsible for assuring that meeting agendas don’t violate the Brown Act.

VOC also pointedf to Talley’s opinion that the city’s current at-large council system is in violation of the California Voting Rights Act, as another possible reason — although I don’t quite understand how Talley could make that finding absent the statistical analysis necessary to determine if there has been “polarized voting.”

The comments have quickly piled up on the VOC post. Here’s Cynthia Ward, true to form:

I won’t even pretend I know what happened in that room Tuesday night. All I can say is Christina Talley is an honest public servant, who calls it like she sees it even when it is not what Council wants to hear. I see Anaheim’s leadership majority just riding roughshod over anyone who gets in their way, or even gives the appearance of standing up to them. The sad thing is they will get rid of her, and bring in a “yes man” like Jack White, who will get us sued even more when they let those people have their beloved status quo.

I hope Christina Talley has kept every email, every meeting note, every record of the profanity laced rants on the 7th floor, and I never thought I would say this about my beloved home town, but I hope she sues the socks off of the City of Anaheim. I hate to say that, but it is the only way the arrogant behavior is going to be exposed.

If it turns out that Council is firing the only Latina executive at City Hall because she stood up to the majority in pointing out that the current system they defend might be disenfranchising Latinos, methinks there is a campaign mailer in there somewhere. What a bunch of tools.

Ah, the essence of clarity and rational thinking, as ever. And playing the race card to boot!

Another commented pointed out the obvious to her:

Cynthia, first you admit you have no idea what happened here regarding Talley, and then you go off on a rant, lobbing accusations against the council majority you revile so, and then urge Talley to file lawsuit over a termination that is unconfirmed, and about which you admit knowing nothing!

As of 7:20 a.m. this morning, the prolific Beelzebub – amazingly — still had not weighed in.

Stay tuned. We’ll doubtless know the disposition of Ms. Talley soon enough.


  1. Hold the phone! A few days ago, Cynthia was denouncing this blog for posting “rumors.” But it is OK with her if the Voice of OC publishes a story based on rumors?

    So rumors are bad if they’re about people Cynthia supports, and good if they are about people on her naughty list. Nice to know. Another Cynthia Ward double standard.

  2. I would have to care what you think in order for the insults to hurt. Help yourselves, my energy is spent on more meaningful pursuits. But your fear is showing.

    • Cindy, come on….it’s not about hurting your feelings. It’s about showing you, with your own words, that you will say or blog just about anything as long as it supports your political allies.

      You have no core values.

      The Anaheim City Attorney was a horrible public servant. All one had to do, including you, was attend or watch a Council meeting on cable.

      She allowed the Mayor to bully her into giving him the answer he wanted.

      She wasn’t being paid by the taxpayers of Anaheim to tell Mayor Tait what he wanted. She was being paid by the taxpayers of Anaheim to provide legal advise to the ENTIRE City Council. In the end, her malpractice caught up with her.

      As a self-proclaimed good government advocate, you should have been first in-line demanding she resigned and stop taking a taxpayer funded salary and benefit package. Her malpractice and games caught up with her.

      A victory for taxpayers!

  3. Those are strong allegations ReasonableGuy2. Better hope she doesn’t come after you for slander. She is a lawyer after all.

    • Saying you think a public official is incompetent is hardly grounds for slander, you idiot. If it were, you would be getting sued left and right.

      So, tell us more about your conviction for credit card fraud and identity theft, Jason.

    • Given the legal advice she has given the City, I am not too worried.

  4. I’m holding judgement and waiting for the truth to come out. These pathetic allegations based on race and rumor don’t hold water – the city has a well established track record of electing, hiring, appointing, and promoting Latinos and other ethnic minorities. It is ridiculous that Mayor Tait would speak publicly against respectable public employees based on innuendo. If VOC had the email, they would have printed it. Tait is unraveling and a major sign of his demise is this band of blogger thugs he has brought into his camp to do his dirty work. Seriously, Mayor Tait, its time to lead and stop these unfounded attacks on your colleagues, business community and now your employees – this is not why Anaheim elected you!

  5. AnaheimFirst – I love how you try and spin this story by attacking Mayor Tait. I’m sure once the truth come out you will spin the story to make Meeks look like she didn’t do anything wrong. Tait isn’t involved in my blog or Cynthia’s. I’d also like to remind you that the OC Register and OC Weekly are also consistently attacking your pals.

    • One Who Knows Anaheim

      You’ve said before you don’t coordinate your political activity with Tait. Then how come your mother gave money to the Taxpayers for Safer Neighborhoods the day after Mayor Tait’s parents did, to pay for hit mail against Jordan Brandman? Mail done by Chris Jones, who does mail for John Lewis, who runs Tait’s campaigns? It’s all in the campaign reports.

      Are we supposed to believe it’s all just coincidence?

  6. Give back to the people!!!!

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