Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

4th Supervisor District: Union Candidate Joe Kerr’s Residency Questioned

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[Cross-posted from OC Daily] On Monday, former county firefighters union president Joe Kerr announced he would run for the 4th Supervisor District seat. However, according to publicly-available evidence, Kerr doesn’t live in the 4th District in north-central Orange County, but is a resident Coto De Caza in the 5th Supervisor District. Search engines turn up the same address for Kerr: ...

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ACLU-Led Demands For Restructuring Public Safety Board Should Be Rejected

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Among the items on this evening’s Anaheim City Council is possibly expanding the scope and authority of the city’s Public Safety Board, established by the city council back in 2014. Anti-police activists have long pushed for increasing the powers of the PSB, and for  greater influence over how the PSB operates. Last week, Jennifer Rojas, a progressive community organizer for the ACLU, sent ...

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UPDATED: Anaheim Among Cities Listed In ICE’s First “Declined Detainers” Report

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The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has issued its first Weekly Declined Detainer Report listing local jurisdictions that release undocumented aliens in their custody “notwithstanding that such aliens are subject to a detainer or similar request for custody issued by ICE to that jurisdiction.” Section II of the report lists recorded instances of jurisdictions declining ICE detainers, broken down by ...

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Former OC Firefighters Union President Joe Kerr A Potential 4th Supervisor District Candidate

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Another name surfacing as a candidate for the 4th Supervisor District is Fullerton resident Joe Kerr, an ardent Democrat and retired Orange County firefighter who for many years was the pugnacious president of the Orange County Professional Firefighters Association, which represents Orange County Fire Authority firefighters. According to this Bloomberg profile, he is currently chairman and president of Superior Traffic ...

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La Habra Councilman Tim Shaw Enters 4th Supervisor District Race


La Habra Councilman Tim Shaw has officially entered the race to succeed Shawn Nelson as OC Supervisor from the 4th District, sending out this press release today: Dear Friends, I have decided to run for the Fourth District seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors. Shawn Nelson has served our district with class and integrity, but he will be ...

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Moreno’s Proposed Charter Amendment Could Allow Illegal Immigrants To Serve On City Commissions

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[Cross-posted from OC] The latest chapter of Anaheim Councilman Jose F. Moreno’s progressive agenda unfolded this week when he proposed an amendment to the Anaheim City Charter that would allow for illegal immigrants to be appointed to city commissions such as the Planning Commission. Moreno said he had planned to bring this up at the next meeting of his and ...

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Moreno for Mayor?

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The speculation that District 3 Councilman Jose F. Moreno might run for mayor next year won’t go away – in part because Moreno himself feeds it. Mayor Tom Tait is termed out in 2018, and Moreno is also up for re-election to a full term. He drew the figurative short straw to determine which of the four councilmembers elected in ...

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Funding For Anaheim Community Fireworks Show On The Line At Tonight’s Council Meeting

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Last week, the Anaheim City Council deadlocked 3-3 on whether to upend the citywide fireworks sales program and give control of it to the Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD)Foundation per a request by District 3 Councilman Jose F. Moreno. Handing the program over to the AUHSD Foundation would jeopardize funding for the annual Anaheim Fourth of July community fireworks ...

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