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Unstableheim: Asst. City Manager Kristine Ridge Leaving For Laguna Niguel City Manager Post

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Anaheim Insider here. The exodus of talent and experience from Unstableheim City Hall continues as Assistant City Manager Kristine Ridge departs to become City Manager of Laguna Niguel. Ridge will take the reins of the South County city in January 2018. Anaheim city government is a financially healthy, billion dollar enterprise in a city that is home to iconic Disneyland ...

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Unstableheim Update: The Acting City of Anaheim

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Anaheim Insider here. Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada abruptly retired last Monday following demands for his departure by both the management and rank-and-file unions. Let’s recap the status City of Unstableheim leadership: Interim City Manager Linda Andal Acting Police Chief Julian Harvey Acting City Attorney Kristin Pelletier Acting City Clerk Theresa Bass Presumably helping to fill these positions is Acting ...

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Inclusionary Zoning: Will Tait Be “A Freedom Guy” Tonight?

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Anaheim Insider here. This is a text sent to Mayor Tom Tait by his staff consigliere Mishal Montgomery on April 28 of this year, alerting him to rent control concerns expressed by Vickie Talley, who represents mobile home park owners: Given Councilman Jose F. Moreno’s political philosophy, Ms. Talley’s fear were (and are) warranted. The “Denise” to whom Montgomery refers ...

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Anaheim Has Become Unstableheim

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Anaheim Insider Here. What’s the most common word around Anaheim City Hall these days? If you guessed “homeless,” you’re probably right. But a close second is “Interim.” Anaheim has a Council-Manager form of government in which the professional City Staff receive policy direction from the elected City Council and carry out the day-to-day affairs of the City. In fact, the ...

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Will Tait Vote On Operation Home Safe Tonight?

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Anaheim Insider here. Will Mayor Tom Tait vote on Operation Home Safe, Councilmember Kris Murray’s proposal to declare a state of emergency on the Santa Ana River Trail and mobilize to move the homeless out of it? It’s not an idle question. Mayor Tait is known for recusing himself from votes even when it isn’t necessary, citing a desire to ...

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What’s Motivating Tait Council Majority Push To Oust City Manager?

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Anaheim Insider here. It’s unusual for a City Council to oust a City Manager, especially when the normal indicators of city government health are generally positive. Anaheim’s tax revenues are up, civic improvements are being funded and moving through the pipeline, the city’s convention and tourism economy continue growing, major economic investment is taking place. Other Orange County cities would ...

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Tait Council Majority Set To Terminate City Manager Paul Emery

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Anaheim Insider here. It took King Henry VIII 38 years to go through six wives. Mayor Tom Tait is working on five City Managers during just six-and-a-half years in office – and there’s still time to make to match Henry’s record. Topping the closed session agenda for Tuesday’s council meeting is “Public Employee Resignation/Release/Dismissal” and the second item is the ...

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Councilman Moreno Honored By Anaheim Police Critics

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Anaheim Insider here. I noted earlier this month that District 3 Councilman Jose F, Moreno has changed his tune, at least superficially, about the Anaheim Police Department and staffing levels. While Candidate Moreno dismissed the idea that more police led to greater public safety, Councilman Moreno is very worried that Anaheim police staffing levels aren’t high enough. This past weekend, ...

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