Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

Arrest of Jose F. Moreno “Still Under Review” By OC District Attorney

This January, Councilman Jose F. Moreno joined UNITE-HERE Local 11 leaders in an expensive (for Anaheim taxpayers) bit of political theater: shutting down the busy intersection Katella and Harbor on the opening day of Anaheim’s biggest trade show. Moreno, a progressive Democrat, and 20 others – mainly union staffers – were arrested for blocking the intersection (loitering), a misdemeanor offense. ...

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Mayor Sidhu Pledges $250 Million In Resident-Driven Neighborhood Investment That Puts “Anaheim First”

  In his inaugural State of the City address yesterday, Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu laid out an ambitious, upbeat vision of resident-driven investment in neighborhoods and economic development with a purpose – the underpinnings of what he termed a “new Golden Age for Anaheim.” [Click here to read the speech.] $250 Million In Resident-Driven Neighborhood Investment Over 10 Years “Over ...

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Anaheim Hilton, UNITE-HERE Reach Agreement; Falls Short Of Union’s $25 Hourly Wage Goal

The Anaheim Hilton last week settled with UNITE-HERE Local 11, which had been picketing the hotel off and on for weeks as part of its regional action against dozens of LA and OC hotels demanding a minimum wage of $25. The militantly left-wing union represents housekeepers, front desk clerks, cooks, and dishwashers. The agreement falls short of Local 11’s goal and ...

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Moreno’s Mounting Criticism Of Correa Underscores Primary Challenge Speculation

There’s mounting chatter in political circles about Councilman Jose F. Moreno mounting a left-wing primary challenge to Rep. Lou Correa, a fellow Democrat, in the 46th Congressional District in 2020. For years, Moreno has criticized Correa as a “corporatist” – a progressive term of derision for Democrats who are not relentlessly hostile to free enterprise and profit.  If anything, he ...

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Ad Hoc Council Committee To Explore Revamping City Boards and Commissions

After a long and jumbled discussion of city boards and commissions primarily focused on the Youth Commission, the Anaheim City Council last week formed an ad hoc committee to address attendance problems that prevent some commissions from functioning. The ad hoc committee of Mayor Pro Tem Lucille Kring and Councilmembers Jose Moreno and Jordan Brandman will report back in 60 ...

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Echoes Of Anaheim In Amazon’s Escape From New York

Last week, Amazon walked away from a nearly $3 billion package in state and local tax incentives to build a sought after HQ2 in New York City – in the Queens neighborhood of Long Island City. The agreement, announced last Fall, would have brought 25,000 good paying jobs to the area and generated an estimated $27 billion in tax revenues. ...

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AUSHD Hires Radical Political Activist As “Social Media Consultant”

At its December 2018 meeting, the Anaheim Union High School District Board of Trustees approved a $20,000 contract to hire a progressive political activist as a “social media consultant” for the district. The contract is with K-12 News Network, which is owned and operated by Cynthia Liu. According to the AUSHD, the K-12 News Network is “a grassroots education news ...

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