Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

Aitken Signed Petition Supporting OC Needle Exchange Program

Anaheim mayoral candidate Ashleigh Aitken signed an online petition in December 2017 to support the operation of the OC Needle Exchange Program in Orange County, which distributes free hypodermic needles to drug addicts – giving a clean syringe for every dirty one, plus 20 more syringes. The petition was sponsored by the militant homeless advocate Mohammed Aly following Santa Ana’s ...

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UNITE-HERE Ratifies $15 Minimum Wage Pact; Disneyland Rolling Out Affordable Health Care Options

This weekend, UNITE-HERE Local 11 members voted to ratify a five year agreement with the Disneyland Resort that will increase their starting wage to $15 beginning January of 2019 – three years prior to state law mandating such an increase. The agreement provides a 40% minimum wage increase over two years, and housekeepers will have their minimum wage rise to ...

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Moreno, Ward Want to Selectively Silence Political Foes

Should elected officials decide who can participate in the democratic political process and who cannot? When politicians support using the machinery of government to dictate how individuals act and businesses operate, is it right or fair for those politicians to also demand the targets of government action surrender their right to advocate for themselves? Is that consistent with free and ...

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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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