Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

UPDATED: AESD Trustee Juan Alvarez Calls For Demolishing The Border Wall, Wants “No Borders”

[UDPATED 5:15 p.m. on November 11: shortly after this post was published, Alvarez removed the Facebook post below.] Following a visit to Tijuana and the border wall, Anaheim Elementary School District Trustee Juan Alvarez posted on Facebook that “the wall needs to be torn down,” promising to use his “privilege” to fight for “no borders.” Alvarez is a math teacher ...

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Anaheim Elementary School Board Endorses Ballot Initiative To Raise Property Taxes

At its October 23 meeting, the Anaheim Elementary School District Board of Education voted unanimously for a resolutions of support for a proposed ballot initiative that would strip Proposition 13 protections from commercial property. If the initiative qualifies for the ballot and passes, it would result in massive increases in commercial property taxes, which would be passed on to small ...

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Sanchez Dropping Out Of Race Against Supervisor Don Wagner

Former Representative Loretta Sanchez is dropping her candidacy for the 3rd Supervisor District, in which she was challenging Supervisor Don Wagner. Wagner, a former Irvine Mayor and Assemblyman, defeated Sanchez 42% to 37% in the March special election to fill the vacant 3rd Supervisor District seat.  Sanchez, a Democrat, quickly vowed to seek a re-match in the regularly scheduled March ...

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Voice of OC’s Anaheim Coverage Is Opinion Journalism

It should be clear to any fair-minded person that the Voice of OC‘s coverage of Anaheim city goverment has passed into the realm of opinion journalism. Take, for example, this morning’s Spencer Custodio article on the council’s action to amend the rules for placing items on the agenda. “Anaheim Council Majority Silences Minority” screams the tabloid-style headline. The problem is ...

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Moreno to Anaheim Residents: Parks Are For The Homeless, Too

During council discussion following a staff update in homeless issues in Anaheim, District 3 Councilman Jose F. Moreno felt it necessary to “remind” Anaheim residents that the homeless have just as much right to use the parks, and warned they shouldn’t be alarmed by homeless people loitering in city parks: So parents, next time to bring your kids to the ...

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Council Acts To Prevent Nuisance Re-Hearings Of Failed Agenda Items

The Anaheim City Council voted to amend its rules for councilmembers to place items on the council agenda for consideration, in a move prompted by Councilmember Jose F. Moreno repeatedly re-agendizing items after the council had voted them down. In order place an item on the council agenda, a councilmember needs to assent of two other councilmembers. The purpose is ...

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Council Gadfly Mike Robbins Caught Distributing Anonymous Hits Against Councilman Faessel

During the past several years, Mike and Jeannine Robbins have become fixtures at Anaheim City Council meetings – part of a group of gadflies whose lives revolve around pontificating during public comments and heckling people with different political views. The Robbins seem to view themselves as compassionate people whose activism is fueled by a concern for their fellow human beings ...

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