Author Archives: Anaheim Insider

Bernieheim: Barnes Feelin’ The Bern

Anaheim Insider here. Socialist U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders came to Anaheim this past Saturday to plump for the unions’ $18 minimum wage initiative that’s expected to be on the November ballot. The venue was The River Church arena next to City Hall, and the arena was packed with Resort union activists and progressive Democratic activists. It was unsurprising that left-wing ...

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District 1: Denise Barnes Serves As Prop In Quirk-Silva & Josh Newman Political Production

Anaheim Insider here. This was posted on Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva’s Facebook page last week: And there, front and center, is District 1 Councilmember Denise Barnes – standing next to Sen. Josh Newman. Remember, Quirk-Silva is the Democrat incumbent in Assembly District 65, which is a swing seat. And Democrat Newman represents Senate District 29, and is the target a June ...

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Unstableheim: Community Services Director Brent Dennis Quits To Take Tucson Parks Position

Anaheim Insider here. Brent Dennis has resigned as Community Services Director for the City of Anaheim, leaving to take a similar post with the City of Tuscon, Arizona. The day after presenting the City Council with an update on the city’s strategic parks plan on February 27, Dennis submitted his resignation. In an e-mail, Dennis said he delivered the news “with ...

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Moreno’s “2017 Accomplishments” In Review

Anaheim Insider here. Councilman Jose F. Moreno’s published an end-of-the-year city newsletter telling District 3 voters he “has immersed himself in his role on the Council to best address and advocate for our neighborhoods.” The laundry list of “accomplishments” reads like an a puffed-up Linkedin profile. Some are routine boasts like “holding 32 community meetings” or “attending 93 community events.” Others tell ...

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OC Register Spotlights Unstableheim

Anaheim Insider here. The OC Register has picked up the “Unstableheim” story chronicled here for months, publishing a story about the cascade of  vacancies at the top reaches of Anaheim City Hall: For those interested in any of several top posts at Anaheim City Hall, a little wariness would be understandable. In the past five years Anaheim has had three city ...

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

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

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?

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

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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