Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

Deceptive Union Campaign Garners 51.9% for $18 Minimum Wage Initiative

Backed by more than $1 million in Resort union funding and a deceptive campaign message, union-sponsored Measure L squeaked to a win with 51.9% of the vote. If Measure L survives virtually certain litigation, it would mandate that certain Anaheim Resort businesses raises their minimum hourly wage to $15 in January 2019, escalating each year to $18 in January 2020. ...

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EXHIBITOR Magazine Names Anaheim One Of America’s Top 10 Trade Show Destinations

Anaheim was named one of the nation’s most popular trade show destinations, according to EXHIBITOR Magazine’s 2018 Travel and Accommodations Survey. The survey queried 200 exhibit and event professionals, who spend an average of nearly two months traveling to trade show and corporate events in cities around the world. The survey’s aim was determining which cities those marketers are frequenting, ...

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Tait Appoints Jose F. Moreno to OCTA Board of Directors

The City Selection Committee met this evening, as they do every November, to make appointments to certain regional bodies such as the Orange County Transportation Authority. Mayor Tom Tait is in the middle of a two-year term. Since he is leaving office on December 4, it’s necessary to appointment a replacement. Some background: The OCTA Board of Director is comprised ...

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District 2: Jordan Brandman Defeats Incumbent James Vanderbilt

Former Councilman Jordan Brandman pulled off a political comeback, defeating Councilman James Vanderbilt to return to the Anaheim City Council representing District 2: Brandman, a Democrat, was first elected to the city council in 2012, when the elections were still at-large. He ran for re-election in 2016 from newly-created District 3, but was narrowly defeated by left-wing academic Jose F. ...

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Trevor O’Neil Elected to Anaheim City Council From District 6

Businessman Trevor O’Neil has been elected as the first directly elected Anaheim City Council member from District 6, by a decisive margin: O’Neil is a businessman and conservative Republican who threw his hat into the ring more than a year ago. He was recruited by no one, and by dint of hard work, a fully-formed political philosophy, the ability to ...

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UPDATED: Harry Sidhu Elected Mayor of Anaheim

Former Councilman Harry Sidhu’s quest to become the next mayor of Anaheim is on track to succeed. Sidhu has held a significant lead over principal rival Ashleigh Aitken since the first results were released. With mire than half the precincts reporting, Sidhu now holds a 10-point lead. It’s safe to say he is Anaheim’s next mayor: The race for mayor ...

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Progressive Hypocrisy On Display In Anaheim

Outrage seems to the stock in trade of Councilman Jose F. Moreno and his band of progressive followers in central Orange County. Last month, the campaign of one of his opponents, Mitch Caldwell, posted a digital ad telling voters that in 2016, Moreno wrote a letter to a Superior Court judge asking him not to give any jail time to ...

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Democrats Attacking Democrats In Anaheim Races

Overlooked in the typically one-dimensional media coverage of Anaheim campaigns is the dynamic of Democratic interest groups spending tens of thousands of dollars harshly attacking Democrat candidates for Anaheim mayor and city council. The Democratic Party of Orange County has endorsed Ashleigh Aitken for mayor and Councilman Jose F. Moreno for re-election. The Orange County Employees Association – a de ...

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District 6: How Is Patty Gaby “Undecided” On Measure L, The $18 Minimum Wage?

Anaheim voters are being asked to make a decision on Measure L, a union-sponsored initiative targeting certain unionization-resistant Anaheim Resort businesses with a minimum wage hike starting at $15 an hour in January 2019 and escalating to $18 in January 2022. It is opposed by the Republican Party of Orange County, among other organizations. “Republicans know a union power grab ...

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