Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

BREAKING: Palm Lane Parents Prevail Over Anaheim Elementary School District In Charter School Battle

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The California Court of Appeals issued a ruling today upholding a trial court ruling in favor of  group of poor and working class parents using the state Parent Trigger Law to convert Palm Lane Elementary School in Anaheim into an independent public charter school. The ruling presumably ends a three-year battle the parents had waged in the teeth of intense ...

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Summer 2017 Ground-Breaking Set For 600-Room, 4-Diamond Hotel On Site of Anabella Hotel

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Developer Wincome Group will break ground this summer for a new $225 million, 4-Diamond Hotel immediately adjacent to the almost-completed, expanding Anaheim Convention Center. The luxury destination will be built at 1030 West Katella Avenue – the current site of the 348-room Anabella Hotel, which will close in mid-August. Construction of the new property to begin soon afterward, and the ...

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Councilwoman Kris Murray’s Transparency Measures for Boards and Commissions Approved

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This came over the transom from Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray: In a big win for residents and open government, the Anaheim City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to enhance transparency and expand public access for all city council-authorized boards, commissions and task forces. I called for this important change in our transparency measures when the mayor’s Welcoming Anaheim Task Force ...

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April 25 Council Agenda Preview

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In addition to Councilman Jose Moreno’s resolution opposing the Trump Administration’s 90-day suspension of travel and immigration from six Middle Eastern countries, here are some additional items the Anaheim City Council will consider: Re-Populating City Commissions and Boards All members of city boards and commissions were asked to resign as part of the Tait Majority’s determination to vertically realign all ...

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Recall Brewing Against Sen. Josh Newman Over Gas Tax Hike Vote

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A recall is brewing against freshman state Senator Josh Newman over his vote in favor of a massive tax increase pushed by Governor Jerry Brown and the liberal Democratic leadership of the state legislature.  The package of gas tax and vehicle license tax increase – which have no expiration date – are projected to cost taxpayers more than $50 billion ...

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Barnes, Vanderbilt To Speak, Take Questions At WAND Meeting Tonight

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The West Anaheim Neighborhood Development Council – commonly know as WAND – meets tonight, April 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the West Anaheim Youth Center at 320 S. Beach Boulevard.  WAND is a long-established West Anaheim civic activism group whose area of focus has been what is now Council Districts 1 and 2. District 1 Councilmember Denise ...

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What To Do About The “Service Resistant” Homeless?

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A portion of the marathon 11-hour Anaheim City Council meeting on March 21 was devoted to a presentation by CityNet of the Anaheim Homeless Census conducted in November of last year (Councilman Jose F. Moreno is requiring staff to provide some sort of homelessness update every other city council meeting). The Power Point presentation can be found here. It’s contains ...

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Kring Calls For Up-or-Down Vote On Sanctuary City Status

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At last night’s Anaheim City Council meeting, veteran Councilmember Lucille Kring – who represents District 4 – called for an up-or-down vote on sanctuary city status for Anaheim at the next council meeting, scheduled for April 25. The question of Anaheim becoming a sanctuary city has been bubbling up since the 2016 council campaign. Kring, an opponent of sanctuary cities, ...

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