Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

[UPDATED] Anaheim Canyon Coalition: So Much For Open Dialogue

So earlier this week, I receive and accept an invitation to join the Anaheim Canyon Community Coalition’s Facebook group. It’s a closed FB group of about 180 people. Members post information and news about Anaheim. Posted by the page administrator was this message: “Hi all, Thanks for the feedback. This ACCC page welcomes all posts from ALL sides. Some posts are emotional, ...

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UNITE-HERE Rumbling About Change in Honda Center Food Operations

Anaheim Arena Management — which operates the Honda Center for the City of Anaheim — is taking over the food concession from Aramark. That has UNITE-HERE Local 11 worried. From the union’s website: Anaheim Arena Management, the company that owns the Honda Center and the Anaheim Ducks,  plans to take over the operation of the stadium’s food concessions from Aramark. ...

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OC Democratic Party Backs 8 Single-Member Council Districts

While the OC Republican Party slumbers, the Democratic Party of Orange County is lending its voice to the left-wing coalition pushing to abolish Anaheim’s current at-large system for electing the city council, and carve the city into eight single-member council districts. My friends at TheLiberalOC. com posted yesterday that the DPOC Central Committee approved a resolution of support for this scheme, which is being ...

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Kris Murray Proposes Return of “Home Improvement Holiday”

During councilmember comments at last night Anaheim City Council meeting, Councilwoman Kris Murray proposed the return of a most excellent policy: the Home Improvement Holiday (HIH). It’s been almost 10 years since Anaheim launch the original HIH under Mayor Curt Pringle. It was one of the emblematic policies of the “Freedom Friendly” days. HIH by-passed the top-down, bureaucratic and expensive governmental ...

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UNITE-HERE Pushing Anaheim To Adopt “Retention” Policy

Wondering what kind of anti-business policies single-member council districts would make more likely in Anaheim? Look no further than UNITE-HERE Local 11’s lobbying of the City of Anaheim to adopt a “retention” policy a la that paragon of mismanagement and ill-governance, Los Angeles. To illustrate how “retention” works, I’ll excerpt from Los Angeles International Airport’s retention policy, which imposes these requirements on LAX contractors: ...

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UNITE-HERE: A Big Cog In Single-Member Council Districts Coalition

I published a series of posts delving into the origins, funding and self-proclaimed mission of OCCORD, one fo the left-wing groups spearheading the drive for electing the Anaheim City Council from single-member districts. You can read those posts here, here, here and here. Another major cog in that coalition is Local 11 of the militant union UNITE-HERE, which represents “more than 20,000 ...

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OC Political’s New “Anaheim Campaign Database” Project

My frend Chris Emami at OC Political has posted about an Anaheim Campaign Database project he is launching. It is a worthy endeavor, and the information about council candidates is useful. I do have some suggestions for making it more complete. The profiles of the candidates’ campaign finances don’t include how much of their own mony they donated to their campaigns. Brian Chuchua, for ...

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ACLU Wants An Police Oversight Commission

The ACLU yesterday sent a letter to the City of Anaheim calling on them to establish a civilian police oversight board. The OC Register published the story yesterday afternoon. In a classic publicity maneuver, the ACLU first sent the letter to the OC Register, which began working on a story — before anyone at the City had seen the letter or was ...

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District Attorney Clears Anaheim Cop In Shooting of Gang Member

Yesterday, the OC District Attorney cleared Anaheim Police Officer Nick Bennallack of any wrong-doing in the July 2012 shooting of gang member Manuel “Stomper” Diaz. The OC Register reports: Officer Nick Bennallack was on a gang-enforcement patrol in the Anna Drive neighborhood on the afternoon of July 21 when he pulled up to a small group of men. Manuel Diaz, 25, ...

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Profile of New Prez of Anaheim/OC Visitor & Convention Bureau

The OC Register published a profile today on Jay Burress, the new president/CEO of the Anaheim/OC Visitor & Convention Bureau. Burress has been on the job for a month, now: The top of his list is getting the word out about all of Orange County’s attractions that people may not be aware of, he said. International travelers, who make up 10 ...

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