Anaheim Mailbox: James Vanderbilt of Team Tait Hit For “Educator” Claim

The surviving official member of Team Team is James Vanderbilt, Jose Moreno’s colleague on the Anaheim City School District Board of Education

Vanderbilt has also been on the receiving end of at least three hit pieces in the last week, all from the OCTax PAC. Two of them have focused on Vanderbilt’s use of “educator” in his ballot title, even though his primary occupation is an administrator with the California Department of Veterans Affairs. This mailer hit mailboxes at the end of last week:

OC Tax hit on Vanderbilt no educator 10-21-14_Page_1


This one landed a day or two ago:

2nd OC Tax IE against Vanderbilt 10-22-14_Page_1



And in between was this comparison mailer – contrasting incumbents Kris Murray and Gail Eastman with Vanderbilt on fiscal issues:

OC Tax comparison Murray Eastman vanderbilt 10-21-14_Page_1


  1. I consider this candidate to be a teacher. He has taught me that titles can be deceitful!

  2. Dude is a credentialed as an educator by the state.

    Misleader, know thy self.

    • What school does he teach at?

    • Matthew Cunningham

      Ballot titles are supposed to identify the candidate’s current principal profession, vocation or occupation. Candidates complete a ballot title worksheet in which they justify their ballot title. This is how Vanderbilt justified his:

      “Educator – conduct military seminars and required training as a drilling an Army Captain in an active Troop Program Unit.”

      No mention of a teaching credential. Why?

      The average voter thinks an “educator” is a teacher. According to Vanderbilt’s definition, anyone who trains anyone to do anything, or who conducts a seminar, can claim to be an educator. It stretches the definition to the point of being meaningless, and is clearly not what the average voter thinks “educator” means.

      • It got through the frivolous court challenge the cabal through at him, but that’s not good enough for Matt Cunningham.

        He’s a certified California educator. The courts approved his designation . . . But you folks still want to call him a liar.


        Oh, you know, he had the audacity to challenge one of our candidates.

        I’d say you should be embarrassed, but that’s not strong enough.

  3. Oh c’mon, this is the best they can do? With all the issues facing Anaheim, they’re spending thousands to attack a TITLE??? What’s next? Claiming Vanderbilt is unqualified to run for City Council because he wears brown shoes with blue suits? That’s just embarrassing.

  4. Stand for Anaheim

    What a liar! This guy is so milk toast. Not a leader and will be terrible on council.

  5. I am going to make a point not to vote for anybody who is making big efforts to make their opposition look bad.

    • Matthew Cunningham

      Since Team Tait is going well on the way to spending $100,000 on efforts to make Kris Murray and Gail Eastman look bad, then you won’t be voting for Tom Tait, Jose Moreno and James Vanderbilt.

  6. Vanderbilt has been attacking Kris Murray and Gail Eastman from the get go with outright lies. Save your pity for this pathetic weasel. It’s disgusting he’s been able to get away with running ACSD schools into the ground for so many years. His commanding officer should also weigh in on the use of his uniform for political mail – that’s just plain dishonorable. I thought he was a nice, soft spoken guy – not the brightest light bulb – but a nice guy. This campaign has exposed him for what he is – an opportunist.

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