Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

The Jason Young Public Record Act Request Blitz

Since the beginning of August of this year, local gadfly Jason Young has been plastering the Anaheim City Clerk’s office with public record act requests. As of December 13, 2012, Young had submitted 22 requests between August 1 and November 30. Of course, it is the public’s right to request public documents, and I’m not suggesting Mr. Young is doing ...

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Is True Representation A Function of Race?

I’d like to share this excerpt from a comment on the Orange Juice Blog (scroll down to the bottom of the post) by Anaheim activist Ricardo Toro. He writes about his experience during public comments at last week’s meeting of the Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections: “I followed stating that as a latino I feel that the city council composition does not ...

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La Palma Chicken Pie Shop In The News

I would direct your attention to this Eric Carpenter article on the La Palma Chicken Pie Shop that was posted on OCRegister.com yeserday: For the record, it’s officially called the La Palma Chicken Pie Shop, at 928 N. Euclid St. And, based on conversations over the years, it’s safe to say that people are attracted by the pie shop as much ...

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Santa Ana: Example of How Ward-System No Remedy For Ethnic “Underrepresentation”

Chris Nguyen published a new post at OC Political that contains interesting lessons for the City of Anaheim, which is being sued by the ACLU and three litigants (who simultaneously shed crocodile tears about how much their lawsuit is costing taxpayers). Nguyen asks whether Santa Ana might also be a target for a California Voting Rights Acts lawsuit. In Santa Ana, the ...

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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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