Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

Office Manager for Anaheim Police Union Nabbed for Embezzlement

The OC Register reports that the office manager for the Anaheim Police Association — the union representing the city’s police officers — has been charged with embezzling more than $360,000 during a five-year period: From August 2007 to March 2012, according to the allegations, [Cindy Ann] Su’a took more than $360,000 by altering her signed paychecks, Labreche said. Su’a used ...

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Anaheim Mailbox: Brandman and Lodge Dominate During Early Vote-By-Mail

The Anaheim city council campaign began in earnest last week as 60,311 vote-by-mail ballots were mailed to Anaheim voters by the OC Registrar of Voters (1,104 have been returned thus far, and total VBMs issued is up to 61,994). Campaigns times their mail campaigns to that exercise, and the first mailer (from Anaheim school trustee Jordan Brandman) landed a few days prior to ...

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Jason Young’s Glass House

Anaheim gadfly blogger Jason Young is very perturbed about what he sees as a “pay to play” culture in Anaheim politics, anxious that elected officials and candidates will have their votes unduly influenced by campaign contributions. Is this because Mr. Young is aware that 60% of council candidate John Leos’ campaign contributions have come from government unions, and that the union representing ...

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OC Government Union Pumps In Another $12,000 to Support John Leos

The Orange County Employees Association (of which the Anaheim Municipal Employees Association is part) has spent another $12,428 in its effort to get county worker and government union activist John Leos elected to Anaheim City Council. That’s on top of the $50,000 the big government union put into a separate campaign account, “The Committee In Support of John Leos for Anaheim ...

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Anaheim City Government Needs Some COIN

Anaheim council candidate John Leos touts his “transparency ordinance” as a cure for much of what he thinks ails Anaheim city government. Now, it’s not a transparency ordinance so much as an anti-outsourcing ordinance, and it’s really an OCEA-spawned policy that was attached to Leos last year, when the government union spent in the neighborhood of $100,000 promoting it and ...

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The OC Register’s Schizophrenic Endorsement of John Leos, Part 1

“Unexpected” would be an understatement to describe the OC Register editorial board’s decision to endorse government union activist John Leos for the Anaheim City Council. The endorsement editorial admits as much when it acknowledges Leos’ “affiliations with Orange County Employees Association and Orange County Labor Federation. That’s one way to soft soap his deep commitment to government unionism, which the ...

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Anemic Leos Fundraising = Dependence On OCEA

The OCEA’s chosen candidate for the Anaheim City Council, John Leos, posted truly anemic fundraising numbers for the July 1 through September 30 fundraising period. Leos received $4,700 in contributions, spent $4,842.55, and has $5,009.21 cash-on-hand. If the Leos campaign were a human being, it would need massive blood transfusions. Since he ran for council in 2010, you’d think Leos’s ...

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Campaign Mailbox: Brandman First Out of Box With Mail

Anaheim Union High School Trustee Jordan Brandman is the first city council out of the box with a mail piece that began landing in Anaheim voter mailboxes last Friday. The OC Registrar of Voters will start mailing vote-by-mail ballots tomorrow, so mailers will now start landing heavily. Generally speaking, a candidate’s first few mailers are positive pieces intended to introduce voters to the candidate and ...

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What Do John Leos, OCEA and the Occupy Movement Have In Common?

What do Anaheim City Council candidate John Leos, the Orange County Employees Association and the left-wing Occupy movement have in common? Javier Gonzalez. Gonzalez owns Tell That Story, an L.A.-based political consultancy with a decidedly left-wing client base: SEIU, Utility Workers Union of America, the OC Labor Federation’s IE campaign for lefty John Perez in the 699th Assembly District race. This ...

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Sidhu Makes Appointments To Elections Advisory Commission

Mayor Pro Tem Harry Sidhu has named his appointees to the Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections and Community Involvement: Peter Agarwal and Vic Real. No biographical information to offer at the  moment, but in terms of geographical distribution of commissioners’ residences, Agarwal lives further east than any commissioner, and Real lives further west than any other member of the commission. ...

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