Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

Made-for-Media Community Forums

Last night’s ESCRI community forum on last summer’s riots — excuse me, “civil unrest” – underscores why Los Amigos’ idea for the City of Anaheim to sponsor a series of community forums on the city manager selection is a bad one. These are made-for-media forums. It’s a simple formula: reserve a hall, pick an incendiary topic sure to grab the ...

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ESCRI Forum: Blame The Anaheim Police

I encourage you to read today’s Voice of OC article on last night’s forum organized by the East Street Community Renewal Initiative (ESCRI), a project of former (and potentially future) Councilwoman Lorri Galloway. It contains many jewels. Let’s start with this one: “The consensus from the forum attendees was clear – the police department is still racist, and city government still can’t ...

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“Civil” Unrest?

I was looking at the flyer for tonight’s “Voice of the Community” Forum taking place this evening at St. Anthony Claret Church. It’s a project of the East Street Community Renewal Initiative, which is a project of former-Councilwoman Lorri Galloway, whom it is widely assumed will be running for Anaheim City Council next year. I was noticed the title – “The Aftermath of Anaheim’s Civil Unrest” ...

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Lucille Kring Speaks Common Sense on Single-Member Council Districts

Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring took the time to speak to next-to-last meeting of the Anaheim Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) on April 18. She gave the CAC members a brief and to-the-point tutorial on why she is opposed to single-member council districts. Kring’s appeal to common sense employed reality to illuminate the down-side of single-member council districts and illustrate why they are not the ...

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Saturday, May 11: WAND’s 17th Annual Anaheim Western BBQ

The West Anaheim Neighborhood Development Council (WAND), a long-time community action group,  is holding its 17th Annual Anaheim Western Barbecue this Saturday, May 11. WHERE: Twila Reid Park 3100 W. Orange Avenue (between Beach Blvd. and Western Ave.) TIME:      10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The WAND BBQ offers a panoply of activities and diversions for friends and family alike. Attendees can look forward ...

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Video: Tuesday’s Anaheim City Council Throw-Down

The buzz in Orange County political circles this week has been about the drama that occurred during the council comments that traditionally come at the end of the Anaheim City Council meeting. The mayor goes last, and Tom Tait took the occasion to blast Councilwoman Kris Murray over her op-ed piece on single-member council districts in last week’s Orange County ...

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Taste of Anaheim Coming Up On May 9

The 18th Annual Taste of Anaheim, organized by the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, takes place next Thursday, May 9 at the GardenWalk mall. Guests get to enjoy the food proferred by the raft of restaurants – 40 eateries and breweries — participating in the event, and live entertainment will be featured as well. Tickets are $35 pre-sale and $45 at the door. It’s ...

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Interim City Manager Won’t Seek Permanent Post

The uncertainty over exactly who was managing city government was dispelled on Tuesday when the City Council, which would be Bob Wingenroth’s last as City Manager. The council confirmed Anaheim Public Utilities General Manager Marcie Edwards would henceforth take the reins as Interim City Manager. Edwards, a veteran of Anaheim city government, will not seek the permanent city manager position. ...

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