Author Archives: Anaheim Insider

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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Moreno Changes His Tune On Police Staffing Levels

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Anaheim Insider here. What a difference drawing the short straw can make. When he was running for council last year, Dr. Jose F. Moreno didn’t know that if he won he’d be running for re-election two years later, in the 2018 off-year election. He barely beat Jordan Brandman in 2016 with high turnout by Democratic and Latino voters. He can’t ...

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More Wrinkles From Barnes’ FPPC Fine

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Anaheim Insider here. published a follow-up story to news about Councilmember Denise Barnes being fined by the FPPC. The article lists dozens of council votes Barnes participated in when some are saying she should have recused herself due to her husband’s work for Disney: Anaheim city council member Denise Barnes, a key member of the Tom Tait city council ...

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First Fruits of Tait Majority: Hellishly Long Council Meetings

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Anaheim Insider here. There are no discussion items on tomorrow’s city council agenda, holding out hope the public may be spared the needless agony of another of the marathon meetings that have become a hallmark of the Tait Majority. Since the Tait Majority took over, council meetings average seven hours in length. The shortest council lasted almost five hours. The ...

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District 1 Councilmember Denise Barnes Priority Number 1: Massive Compensation Hike For Mayor’s Assistant

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Anaheim Insider here. To paraphrase Winston Churchill, rarely have so many work so hard to increase the pay of so few. Actually, just one person: Mishal Montgomery, Mayor Tait’s chief policy whisperer and hatchetman. $87,000. All in with benefits and such, the cost of taxpayers of the newly-created “Chief Policy Advisor to the Mayor”?: a whopping $158,000.  That is almost ...

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