Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

Tait Tabling Council Discussion and Votes To Protect Council Allies

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Three times during the past two council meetings, Mayor Tom Tait has used on obscure parliamentary tactic to shut down debate and safeguard his council allies from having to cast politically damaging votes. Councilwoman Lucille Kring had placed on the July 25 city council agenda a request to re-affirm the city’s anti-camping ordinance, adopted in 2013 as a tool to ...

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Moreno To Ask Council To Consider Installing Porta-Potties In Santa Ana River Homeless Encampment

Aly's porta-potties on city-owned property on May 16. Note to single post at the entry to the river trail.

At the end of this week’s council meeting, Councilman Jose F. Moreno requested the city council consider allowing a vocal homeless activist to install porta-potties on city property to service the sprawling homeless encampment along the Santa Ana River. Back in May, progressive homeless activist Mohammed Aly illegally installed three porta-potties in The Big A section of the homeless tent ...

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More Candidates Enter the 2018 Mayoral, Council Races

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Three more candidates entered the lists during the last week, hoping to be elected mayor or win a seat on the city council. Mayor John Machiaverna, the executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Anaheim and owner of J. Mac Jewelers, today filed his candidate intention statement to run for mayor. The other announced candidates are former Anaheim ...

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Pioneer Park Renovations Completed

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The OC Register reported last week on the completion of renovations to Pioneer Park: High ceilings, stainless steel fixtures, painted walls and washable flooring, Pioneer Park’s bathroom has been completely renovated. The upgrades at the park, at 2565 E. Underhill Ave., were part of $1.2 million earmarked in 2014 for park renovations. Construction was approved in 2016. The park features ...

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Chief Quezada Responds To Police Union Vote of “No Confidence”

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Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada has released this response to the “no confidence” vote by the Anaheim Police Association: Statement from Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada Unfortunately, Anaheim PD has not been immune to the issues facing police departments across the nation during these turbulent times. In 2012, following days of unrest, we embarked on an ambitious-but-necessary journey to rebuild ...

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UPDATED: Anaheim Police Association Overwhelmingly Votes “No Confidence” In Chief Raul Quezada

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Members of the union representing Anaheim police officers have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution of “no confidence” in Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada’s “leadership, management and actions.” Quezada, in a prepared statement, dismissed the vote as a “strong arm tactic” police unions are using against “reform-minded police chiefs who have yet to hit retirement age.” Quezada has also ...

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Visitors Spend $710 Million in Anaheim in May 2017

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2.4 million people visited Anaheim in May and spent $710 million in Orange County, according to Visit Anaheim, which markets the city as a destination for business and leisure travel.  That’s a 19% increase over the number of visitors in May 2016, and in-OC spending grew by 9.5% over the same period last year. All told, 10 million visitors have ...

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Fact Checking The Mayor’s Distortions About The Resort District

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Mayor Tom Tait penned an op-ed with the high-minded title of “Change for the Good Of All in Anaheim,” which ran in the OC Register yesterday. It was in response to an earlier op-ed by OCBC President Lucy Dunn criticizing the Tait majority’s defenestration of City Manager Paul Emery in particular, and its general approach to governing Anaheim. The mayor ...

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Young Kim Leads Fundraising in 4th Supervisor District Race

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Former Assemblywoman Young Kim leads fundraising among the announced candidates for the 4th Supervisor District seat of termed-out county Supervisor Shawn Nelson, according to campaign fundraising reports for the period January through June 30 of this year. Kim, a Republican, reported raising $238,979 and spending $37,663. Her cash-on-hand balance totaled $207,070. La Habra Mayor Pro Tem Tim Shaw, also a Republican, raised $53,513 and spent $10,724, and ...

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