Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

OC Register Editorial Needs A Dose of Reality

The OC Register published an editorial on Sunday abut the court decision on the Garden Walk project, and impending city council re-vote on the agreement. Like other recent OCR editorials about Anaheim, this is a puzzling one. It’s not surprising the libertarian OC Register is opposing the agreement, but there are some claims made that aren’t staked to reality – regardless of one’s position on the agreement. Take, ...

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Anaheim’s New Concierge Program Example of Right Approach

The City of Anaheim has launched a “concierge program” aimed at heling business get through the city regulatory process in a even speedier, more streamlined manner. The new intiative is an outgrowth of the Regulatory Relief Task Force that was launched in early 2011 by Mayor Tom Tait — and is itself is the philosophical offspring of the freedom-friendly revolution ...

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OC GOP Path To Latino Outreach Is Not Through Los Amigos

A few days ago, the OC Register published a story about Republican Party of Orange County Chairman Scott Baugh speaking to Los Amigos of Orange County, which meets weekly at the JaegerHaus in Anaheim.The surrounding context is the urgent need for the Republican Party to increase its share of the Latino vote, which went overwhelmingly Democratic this year (and as it ...

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What The Judge’s Decision on GardenWalk Is…And Is Not.

Opponents of the GardenWalk agreement — the 15-year, 80-20 Transient Occupancy Tax revenue split with the project’s developers — are doing a victory dance over yesterday’s Superior Court decision. And that’s to be expected. But it’s important to be clear about what this decision is, and what it isn’t. Let’s take the latter, first. The court was not making a judgment ...

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BREAKING: GardenWalk Project Coming Back to the City Council for a Vote

A tentative Superior Court ruling handed down today means the controversial TOT-split agreement with the GardenWalk project is going to be coming back to the Anaheim City Council for what is essentially a re-vote. Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD) had been suing the project in court on various grounds, and it’s my understanding the court had been ruling against OCCORD…until ...

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Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections Meets Again on December 13

The Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections and Community Involvement holds its third meeting next Thursday, December 13 at 6:30 p.m. The location is the Trident Education Center at Gilbert High School, 18000 W. Ball Road (the intersection of Ball/Euclid). No agenda as of yet. You can click here to see video of the first two meetings. It’s interesting to note that most ...

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OCEA Spent $18.37 Per Vote For John Leos To Lose

As this blog as documented pretty thoroughly, the Orange County Employees Association spent a staggering amount of its members’ dues money in an effort to elect one of its members, John Leos, to the Anaheim City Council. How much did that failed effort cost on a per-vote basis? OCEA directly put into $350,000 into independent expenditures for Leos (this doesn’t ...

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Garage Sale Ordinance: A Bit Draconian

OK, vacation is over and blogging will resume. On November 13, the city council voted unanimously to enact a garage sale ordinance, where none previously existed. Henceforth, it will only be legal to hold garage sales on the first full weekend of March, June, September and December from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The ordinance will be enforced with an ...

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Getting The City Out Of The Way

I recommend today’s Frank Mickadeit column on the private, faith-based community center started earlier this year in a gang-infested Santa Ana neighborhood, because it contains lessons not just for Anaheim, but for every community in this nation. “The center is a kind of rogue facility that opened up when a cop-turned-pastor named Kevin Brown and a university professor named Cristina Jose Kampfner rented a ...

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