Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

John Leos’ Ticket Tax Is Harmful Policy

At the Anna Drive candidate forum last week, most of the candidates in attendance endorsed the idea of imposing a tax of $1 a ticket on the Disneyland Resort, Anaheim Stadium and the Honda Center in order to fund “youth programs and neighborhood development.” Those pro-tax candidates include government union activist John Leos, Green Party activist Duane Roberts and Brian ...

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Brandman Calls On Smith To “Stop Campaign of Harassment”

This just came over the transom from the Jordan Brandman for Anaheim City Council campaign: Troubled Board Member Katherine H. Smith Continues Campaign of Harassment   (Anaheim) – Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) Trustee and small business owner Jordan Brandman today categorically denied the false accusations made by disgruntled Board Member Katherine H. Smith.  Jordan Brandman called the baseless allegations made ...

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Katherine Smith Lays the Smear On Jordan Brandman

It is an old political trick: file a complaint against Candidate X with a government agency. Then, when that agency responds as it is supposed to by saying, “Tes, we’ll look into it,” the candidate’s opponent(s) send out mail saying “Candidate X is being investigated by (fill in government agency name here)!” Usually it’s done by filing a complaint with ...

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Can You Give Up What You Don’t Need?

I was looking at council candidate John Leos’ campaign website and saw this promise: “I pledge to decline the City car allowance, medical benefits and pension.” – John Leos Except for the car allowance part (and good for John Leos on that count), that’s like a non-smoker promising to give up cigarettes, or a teetotaler promising to give up drinking. ...

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Left-Wing Blogger on Leos: “The Closest Thing We Have to a Democrat In This Race.”

From the horse’s mouth: “John’s the closest thing we have to a Democrat in this race.” That is left-wing Democratic blogger Vern Nelson, writing today on his Orange Juice Blog, describing John Leos, a government union activist making his second bid for Anaheim City Council. Vern’s statement speaks for itself. Vern is also endorsing former councilmember Lucille Kring and Green ...

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14-Year Old Fatally Shot In Gang-Related Shooting

Last night, at the political street theater known as the Anna Drive candidate forum,  Anaheim council candidates promised to sharpen the “listening” skills fashionably considered the key to ensuring public safety. Meanwhile, the same night, a couple of miles away a 14-year old boy was shot to death in what police say was a gang-related shooting. Perhaps the culprits are still working ...

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John Leos Supports Taxing Visitors To Disneyland & Angel Stadium

Six of nine Anaheim council candidates attended at last night’s street side  candidate forum on gang-infested Anna Drive. Judging from pictures on Voice of OC and the OC Register, the audience didn’t outnumber the candidates and forum organizers by very much. Nonetheless, some useful information emerged in the coverage by the VOC and OCR. John Leos, the government union activist ...

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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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