Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

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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Anaheim Utility Employees Helping With Post-Sandy Power Restoration

The City of Anaheim has partnered with Burbank, Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Riverside to send 89 linemen and utility crew members to Long Island, New York, to help with power restoration efforts in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.  The Anaheim Public Utility (APU) team includes Supervisor Pat Jelensky, and crew members Nick Heidel, Emi Villalpando, Dave Bogdan, and Frank Gehr. ...

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Brandman Takes Lead As Top Vote-Getter

Every day, the OC Registrar counts outstanding late vote-by-mail (VBM) and provisional ballots. And at the end of each day, Jordan Brandman has gained ground on heretofore top-vote-getter Lucille Kring. At the end of today’s counting, Brandman passed Kring and into first place, by 57 votes.   It should be noted that the ballots being counted since Election Day are ...

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Election Results Take Some Wind Out Of Council District Sails

While litigating and agitating for replacing the at-large council election system with a district-based system, litigators and agitators liked to point to the fact that four of the five councilmembers live in Anaheim Hills as evidence of how “unrepresentative” the current system is. It is an intrinsically weak argument, in part because it is anomalous to have 4/5 of the ...

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Maybe Jose Moreno Should Sue His Own School District

There are three plaintiffs to the ACLU’s lawsuit against the City of Anaheim, seeking to force the replacement of the current at-large council election system with election by districts. One of them is Dr. Jose Moreno, a member of the Anaheim City School District Board of Trustees. The basis of the lawsuit is that Anaheim’s current system violates the California ...

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Citizens Advisory Committee On Elections Meets Tonight

The election is over, but the issue of how the governance of Anaheim will be structured still rolls along. The Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections and Community Involvement holds its second meeting this evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Crown Royal Theater at Katella High School, 2200 E. Wagner Avenue. Here’s the agenda and agenda packet. The committee will elected ...

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