Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

Anaheim City Employee Union Backing Moreno, Henninger for Council

The Anaheim Municipal Employees Association – the union that represents about 700 Anaheim city workers – is backing incumbent Councilman Jose F. Moreno in District 3 and Grant Henninger in District 6. Both men are Democrats, with Moreno occupying the far-left Berniecrat section of the spectrum. The AMEA – which is an affiliate of the powerful Orange County Employees Association ...

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UNITE-HERE Directed Lawsuit’s To Cost Anaheim: Over $33 Million In Tax Revenue

Anaheim will lose out on more than $33 million in net tax revenue due to a doomed lawsuit by a UNITE-HERE Local 11-controlled political pressure group that delayed the opening of the 4-Diamond GardenWalk hotels for 6-8 years beyond their planned 2014 completion date. That is millions in critical revenues unavailable for park improvements, improving police response times, paying down ...

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Will Council Give Voters More Or Less Information On Union Minimum Wage Measure?

That is the essential question the Anaheim City Council will ask itself tonight when it considers Councilwoman Kris Murray’s amended ballot question language for the $18 minimum wage initiative on the November ballot. The city has 75 words to communicate the most important information about the so-called “Living Wage” initiative in the ballot question. Given the outsize influence that ballot ...

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Patty Gaby Fundraising Shows Reliance On Tait Support

The semi-annual campaign fundraising report filed by Patty Gaby, the District 6 candidate recruited by Mayor Tom Tait, shows a heavy reliance on the financial support from the mayor and his allies. Between January 1 and June 30, 2018, the novice candidate reported raising $17,459 – approximately half of which came from members of the Tait family and Tait ally ...

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Disneyland Resort Secures Agreement With 9,700 Employees For One Of Highest Minimum Wages In U.S.

The Disneyland Resort and the Master Services Council – the union representing approximately one-third of Disneyland Resort employees – announced union members have voted to approve a contract that will boost members’ minimum wage to $15 per hour by January 1, 2019. Under the terms of the agreement, Master Services Council members – 9,700 cast members employed in eateries and retail ...

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Moreno: Anaheim Police “Shouldn’t Collaborate” With Federal Immigration Authorities

In an interview with a local progressive Internet program, District 3 Councilman Jose F. Moreno said the Anaheim Police Department should “work for the people” and therefore “it shouldn’t collaborate with immigration” and “federal agencies that really don’t seek to sustain people’s ways of lives.” Appearing on ITZ Happening on July 9, an Internet program hosted by two local left-wing ...

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District 3: Moreno Resorts To Dog Whistle Politics – Leftist Style

Councilman Jose F. Moreno, the left-wing Democrat running for re-election in District 3, described his Democrat opponent’s platform of re-focusing city government on “serving our neighborhoods, not grandstanding at City Hall” as Trumpism, while alleging the Anaheim Police Association stokes bigotry. Moreno made the charges while appearing July 9 as a guest on ITZ Happening, a local progressive Internet program: After ...

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Sounds Like Moreno Is Supporting Aitken for Mayor

Speaking at his backyard campaign kick-off on Sunday, District 3 Councilman Jose F. Moreno gave what sounded like an all-but-official endorsement of fellow progressive Democrat Ashleigh Aitken’s bid to become Mayor of Anaheim. While introducing local elected officials and candidates, Moreno acknowledged first-time candidate Aitken as the person “who will be our next mayor for the city of Anaheim. Ashleigh ...

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Disneyland Reaches Tentative Agreement With 9,700 Employees

The Los Angeles Times is reporting the Disneyland Resort has reached a tentative agreement with the Master Services Council: Although details of the settlement were not disclosed, the agreement appears to end a heated, months-long contract dispute with about 9,700 employees who work in the eateries and retail shops, operate the attractions and provide maintenance at the two Anaheim theme ...

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Cynthia Ward, Union Republican

There are several union-friendly candidates in the race for Anaheim mayor.  Attorney and progressive Democrat Ashleigh Aitken is solidly in the union camp, particularly with UNITE-HERE Local 11 – the militant hotel workers union spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to impose the nation’s highest minimum wage on Resort district businesses.  Former Councilwoman and Democrat Lorri Galloway also has a ...

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