Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

City Council Puts Moreno’s Mobile Home Park Rent Freeze On Ice

Last week, the Anaheim City Council effectively squashed an attempt by Councilman Jose F. Moreno to impose a 6-month rent freeze on every Anaheim mobile home park.  The council had already voted on April 4 to table Moreno’s rent freeze, but the District 3 councilman re-agendized it for consideration on April 16. The pretext for Moreno’s proposal came from the ...

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Council Supports Mayor Sidhu’s $250 Million Neighborhood Revitalization Program & Anaheim First Partnership

Last night, the Anaheim City Council voted unanimously to endorse Mayor Harry Sidhu’s 2030 Neighborhood Revitalization Program – an ambitious initiative to invest $250 million over 10 years into Anaheim’s neighborhoods. Sidhu unveiled his proposal earlier this year at his inaugural State of the City address. The council also approved a $250,000 matching contribution toward a $500,000 Anaheim Community Assessment.  The ...

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Council To Vote On $250 Million Neighborhood Revitalization Program, Partnership With Anaheim First

Tomorrow night the Anaheim City Council will vote on a resolution supporting Mayor Harry Sidhu’s $250 million 2030 Neighborhood Revitalization Program, and cement a partnership with community organization Anaheim First to implement the initiative. Sidhu proposed the ambitious neighborhood investment program during his inaugural State of the City speech in February – beginning with a $20 million investment in the ...

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Hotel Tax Revenues Continue Exceeding Projections While Sales Tax Lags

Anaheim’s Transient Occupancy Tax revenues continue to outstrip projections, while sales tax lagged, according to a recent budget workshop presented to the Anaheim City Council. The continued over-performance of TOT revenues confirms the wisdom of Anaheim’s tradition of fostering hotel development – resulting in not only greater economic activity but rising city tax revenues without the need for general tax ...

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JW Marriott Hotel At GardenWalk Celebrates “Topping Off” Construction Milestone

The JW Marriott Anaheim hotel project at the GardenWalk celebrated a significant construction milestone last week with a “topping off” party for the project’s construction workers and general contracting team. “Topping Off” is what it sounds like: the point at which the general contractor is done going vertical. The 12-story luxury hotel hit that mark last week, and the project ...

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Matsuda Wrote Recommendation AUHSD Principal, Despite Knowing He Failed To Report Teacher’s Sexual Harassment Of Student

Anaheim Union High School District Superintendent Michael Matsuda wrote a letter of recommendation for a principal whom Matsuda knew had failed to report sexual abuse allegations to law enforcement, despite being legally required to do so, the OC Register reported last week. The revelation regarding Matsuda’s recommendation of former John F. Kennedy High School principal Russell Earnest emanates from a ...

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Moreno’s Mobile Home Park Rent Freeze Is Misguided, Unnecessary

This evening Anaheim City Council takes up Councilman Jose F. Moreno’s request for an emergency freeze on mobile home park rents. Moreno’s request was made at the previous council meeting, ostensibly in response to a large rent increase facing Rancho La Paz mobile home park residents stemming from a change of ownership. The city council ought to reject the rent ...

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Moreno, Briceno & Other Illegal Protest Defendants Share Attorney, Glorify Arrests

Councilman Jose F. Moreno, OC Democratic Party Chair Ada Briceno and the other 20 defendants being prosecuted for illegally shutting down the busy Harbor Boulevard/Katella Avenue intersection are all being represented by the same lawyer: criminal defense attorney: Fred Thiagarajah, a former deputy district attorney. Thiagarajah’s criminal defense practice includes theft, fraud, DUI, violent offenses, drug crimes, domestic violence and sex crimes. ...

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Anaheim Mobile Home Park Owner Rescinds Rent Increases, Will Work With Residents on Solution

The owner of the Rancho La Paz Mobile Home Park in north Anaheim will rescind a recently announced rent increase that would have significantly raised the below-market rents paid by the 400 or so residents of the venerable mobile home park. Owner John Saunders made his decision following a meeting yesterday evening with park residents organized by Anaheim Mayor Harry ...

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