Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

GardenWalk: OC Register v. OC Register

One mantra of opponents of the GardenWalk agreement is that there was no way they could have known the Anaheim City Council might actually vote on the agreement back at its January 24, 2012 meeting, and that’s why none of them showed up to speak. I’ll present the language of that agenda item and the reader can decide for his ...

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Maybe The Packing District Should Be Put On The Ballot?

It doesn’t get the headlines  but one of the most anticipated additions to the Anaheim scene is the opening of the Anaheim Packing District in downtown Anaheim this spring, as the OC Register writes about today. It’s a public-private partnership between The Lab Holding LLC and the City of Anaheim that promises a true revitalization of downtown. The old downtown Anaheim ...

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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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