Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

Proposal Would Require Majority Vote Of Council To Confirm Commission Appointees

Another item on this evening’s council agenda is a reform of how the council makes appointments to city commissions. When the Tait-Moreno majority took control of the council following the November 2016 election, it undertook a radical restructuring of city commissions: forcing a mass resignation of all commissioners and changing the appointment process to reflect district-based council elections. Commissioners would ...

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Changes Proposed To Streamline Council Meetings, Foster Wider Public Participation

One of Mayor Harry Sidhu’s priorities has been making council meetings operate in a more efficient, productive manner that is respectful of the people’s time, not to mention staff time and resources. During the Tait-Moreno majority era, council meetings turned into fatiguing marathons. At a previous council meeting, Sidhu tasked staff with developing recommendations to streamline council meetings. Those recommendations ...

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Hysteria Over Angels Negotiations Begins

As predictably as night follows day, an outbreak of hysteria has followed news of a proposed 1-year extension of the Angels’ stadium lease to facilitate negotiations to keep them in Anaheim (which is something even critics claim to want). The common thread is a freak-out over a “deal” that doesn’t exist. Giving a north county report to his Chicano Latino ...

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City Council Poised To Press Re-Set Button in Angels Negotiations

The City of Anaheim and the Angels are hitting the re-set button in an effort to forge a mutually-beneficial agreement to keep the baseball team in Anaheim. As a first-step toward re-starting negotiations with the Angels, newly-elected Mayor Harry Sidhu is asking the city council on January 15 to extend the team’s stadium lease from October 2019 to the end ...

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Al Jabbar Joining Supervisor-Elect Doug Chaffee’s Staff As Deputy Chief

New 4th District Supervisor Doug Chaffee has hired Al Jabbar, a leading Anaheim progressive activist, as his deputy chief of staff. The 4th Supervisor District includes all of the Anaheim flatlands. Jabbar is member of the Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) Governing Board. Under the leadership of Jabbar and fellow progressive activist Superintendent Michael Matsuda, the AUHSD has become increasingly ...

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AD68: Irvine Councilwoman Melissa Fox To Challenge Incumbent Steven Choi

Irvine Councilwoman Melissa Fox, a Democrat, has announced she will challenge Republican incumbent Assemblyman Steve Choi for the 68th Assembly District in 2020. AD68 includes Anaheim Hills, Irvine, Orange and Lake Forest. In a prepared statement issued on January 2, Fox stated: “With Washington in continuous disarray, it’s more important than ever that we ensure California is a beacon of hope, ...

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Homeless Encampments Cleared From La Palma, Schweitzer, Maxwell Parks, Other Locations

[H/T to commenter David Michael Klawe for bringing this to our attention.] The City of Anaheim posted this update yesterday on Nextdoor.com: Anaheim Shelter Plan update: Park encampments cleared More than 150 people have moved to an interim emergency homeless shelter from Maxwell, La Palma and Schweitzer parks, a west Anaheim street corner, an underpass at Gene Autry Way and ...

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Council Adopts New Standard For Placing Items On Council Agenda

In an effort to streamline often clogged council agendas and long meetings, on December 18 the Anaheim City Council voted to change how councilmembers agendize items for consideration. Under the new policy, a councilmember will need the assent of at least two colleagues to agendize an item for council consideration; previously, council policy allowed for any councilmember to direct staff ...

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