Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

More Councilmember Resolutions: Brandman and Kring

The OC Register has published New Year resolutions from the two newest members of the Anaheim City Council, Jordan Brandman and Lucille Kring: Here’s Brandman’s (who was the top vote-getter in November’s election): A time of reflection and new beginnings Each new year brings forth a time of reflection and new beginnings filled with hope and opportunity. As I begin ...

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New Year’s Resolutions From Tait, Murray

The OC Register published New Year’s resolutions from Mayor Tom Tait and Councilwoman Kris Murray the other day. Here’s Mayor Tait’s: On this issue, I tend to procrastinate a bit and often never even get around to making a New Year’s resolution until mid-January. But this year, I, like many people, hope to celebrate the gift of life by eating ...

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New President Named For Disneyland Resort

A new release from the Disneyland resort came over the transom about an hour ago, announcing some leadership changes. Key Leadership Changes Announced at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Michael Colglazier named new Disneyland Resort president   Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Tom Staggs today announced key leadership changes across one of the world’s leading providers of family travel ...

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Anaheim Officer Cleared In Shooting of Gang Member

The OC Register reports that Anaheim Police Officer Dan Hurtado has been cleared in the March 2012 shooting of a gang member: The Orange County District Attorney’s Office has cleared an Anaheim police officer who shot and killed a 21-year-old gang member after the man ignored commands to stop and pointed a shotgun at the patrolman, an investigative letter released ...

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Animal Rights Group Must Pay Ringling Bros. $9.3 Million

A few momths ago, aninal rights activists and then-Councilwoman Lorri Galloway mounted an energetic push enact an “exotic animal” ban that would have barred Ringling Bros. and any other circus from Anaheim (and as an unintended consequence, it would have banned the Angels’ “Rally Monkey,” as well). Among other rationales, circus ban supporters cited allegations of abuse of the elephants and other circus ...

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Pursue Neighborhood Improvement Without Special Funds and TOT Set-Asides

Sometime next month, the Anaheim City Council will consider setting aside a portion of the Transient Occupancy tax (TOT) to fund a neighborhood improvement fund. Mayor Tom Tait asked staff in December that this idea be part of 2013 budget discussions. Councilwoman Lucille Kring campaigned on diverting 1% of TOT revenues into neighborhood youth and social programs. Mayor Tait’s proposal ...

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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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