Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

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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OCEA’s Next Target: Tom Daly?

“To the last I grapple with thee; from  hell’s heart I stab at thee!” — Captain Ahab in Moby Dick I’ve heard from multiple reliable sources that the Orange County Employees Association has fixed on its next target: Assemblyman-elect (and former Anaheim mayor and councilman) Tom Daly. The goal: find and fund a candidate to challenge Daly for re-election in 2014. ...

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ACLU Plaintiffs Concerned About Their Lawsuit’s Cost To Anaheim? LOL

During public comments at Tuesday night’s Anaheim City Council meeting, former Los Amigos President Amin David asked how much the city had spent defending itself against the ACLU lawsuit seeking to force a switch to a district-based system of council elections. He neglected to mention he is one of the plaintiffs in that lawsuit. The answer to Amin David’s question ...

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Prop. 32 Impacted Down-Ballot Races In Anaheim

Watching the changes in the vote totals since Election Day as the late vote-by-mail and provisional ballots are counted, I am struck by how they have propelled Democratic candidates for state and local office. It’s a demonstration of the how much more motivated labor and Democratic voters were, in large part due to the presence of Prop. 32 on the ballot. Rep. ...

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