Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

Do Mayoral and Council Candidates Support or Oppose Allowing Needle Exchange Program In Anaheim?

Last month, the Anaheim City Council voted in closed session to join the County of Orange lawsuit to prevent the OC Needle Exchange Program (OCNEP) from operating a free syringe program for drug addicts in Anaheim, Orange, Santa Ana and Costa Mesa.  The County filed suit after the state Department of Public Health approved OCNEP’s plan to operate a mobile ...

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Disney, UNITE-HERE Local 11 Reach Agreement On Minimum Wage Hikes As High As $15.85

The Disneyland Resort and UNITE-HERE Local 11 – the militant union that represents primarily hotel workers – have reached tentative agreement on a contract that will boost the minimum wage for nearly all Local 11 members to at least $15 an hour, with housekeepers getting an immediate bump to $15.85.  Employees would also receive the $1,000 bonus payment provided as ...

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UNITE-HERE’s Desperate Claim That Disney Still Subject To “Living Wage” Initiative Doesn’t Add Up

Disney’s recent decision to terminate its tax incentive agreements with the City of Anaheim threw UNITE-Here Local 11 and the Resort union coalition it leads for a loop, upending the strategy for their so-called Anaheim Living Wage Initiative (ALWI). While gathering signatures to qualify the initiative, union walkers told voters its aim was to force Disney to raise wages for ...

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UPDATED: AUHSD Board Poised To Hire Left-Wing Political Activist As “Social Media Consultant”

UPDATE – September 14, 2018: District staff pulled the item pertaining to contracting with Cynthia Liu and the K-12 News Network from the agenda before AUSHD Board meeting began. The politicization of the Anaheim Union High School District continues apace, as the AUSHD Board tonight will consider using public funds to contracts with a stridently progressive “student news” outfit as ...

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What, Us Worry?

Last month, the Anaheim City Council majority made clear it would rather kill the TOT rebate agreement for Disney’s 4-Diamond hotel than accommodate a minor siting change. Consequently, Disney put the $700-million, 700-room project on indefinite hold. This prompted Fred Brown, chairman of the Anaheim/Orange County Hotel and Lodging Association, sent the following e-mail on August 21 to Mayor Tom ...

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Intra-GOP Campaign Against Sidhu, O’Neil More About Politics Than Principle

The Orange County Young Republicans have endorsed Harry Sidhu for Mayor of Anaheim, and Trevor O’Neil in District 6. Its members understand the choice for Anaheim mayor is a binary one – either conservative Republican Harry Sidhu or progressive Democrat Ashleigh Aitken will win. All other outcomes range from unlikely to fantasy. They also understand that O’Neil is an articulate ...

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District 6: Judge Orders Patty Gaby To Remove Illegal Ballot Title

Orange County Superior Court Judge Robert Moss has ordered “City of Anaheim Commissioner” to be removed as Council District 6 candidate Patty Gaby’s ballot designation and candidate statement. Judge Moss ruled Gaby’s use of that title violated California election law. Her ballot title will be simply “Teacher” rather than “Teacher/City of Anaheim Commissioner.” The judge also ordered that Gaby’s candidate ...

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New AUHSD Assistant Principal: No Ethnic Studies In School Equals “Structural Racism”

Jose Lara, the new Assistant Principal of Dale Junior High School in Anaheim, thinks public schools that don’t offer “ethnic studies” classes are guilty of “structural racism” and has praised violent communist leaders Che Guevara and Ho Chi Minh as role models for our youth. Jose Lara has a long-track as a radical leftist activist and leader of the Ethnic ...

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Consequences of Ending Disney Tax Incentive Agreements

Last week, Disneyland Resort President Josh D’Amaro informed the City of Anaheim the company wished to dissolve its tax incentive agreements with the city, specifically the 30-year gate tax moratorium that was part of its agreement to invest up to $2 billion in the Disneyland Resort (including Star Wars Land) and 2) and the TOT rebate agreement for the 4-Diamond hotel ...

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Union Leadership Fails UNITE-HERE Local 11 Members…Again

Hotel workers union UNITE-HERE Local 11 – went all in with the “Anaheim Living Wage Initiative” – apparently never expecting to be draw a losing hand that calls into serious question the political judgment and acumen of the local’s leadership. On February 28 of this year, hundreds of Disneyland Resort cast members belonging to Coalition of Resort Labor Unions (CRLU) ...

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