Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

Citizens Advisory Committee Chairwoman’s Political Tie To Union Staffer Pushing for Council Districts

The Anaheim Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections and Community Involvement meets again this Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Anaheim Central Library, 500 West Broadway. On the agenda: an overview of the cost of Anaheim elections and the size of the city council, plus a staff update on the ACLU lawsuit against city. If past CAC meetings are ...

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OC Democratic Exec. Board Cites Racial Reasons for Supporting Council Districts

Over at the Orange Juice Blog, liberal Democratic activist and blogger Greg Diamond posted yesterday that the OC Democratic Party Executive Board approved a resolution calling on the Anaheim City Council to re-structure itself as eight single-member districts. You read Diamond’s full post here — assuming you have the time and patience to slog through it. But here’s some of the ...

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Kris Murray On Proposed Citizen Oversight Commmittee

This came over the transom this morning from Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray: Response to Recent Inquiries about Proposed Citizen Oversight Committee Over the past few weeks, my office has received inquiries about Mayor Tait’s proposed Citizen Oversight Committee. Let me begin by saying, Anaheim is one of the safest cities of its size in California. I believe this is due ...

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Have Coffee With Gail Eastman On March 23

Per her e-mail that came over the transom this morning, Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem Gail Eastman is having a constituent coffee the Saturday after next: Greetings! I will be at Ruby’s Diner on Saturday, March 23. Please stop by and have coffee or breakfast with me. Be sure to tell your friends and neighbors.  I’d love to meet with them ...

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Attorney Who Invoked Possiblity of “Another Riot” Also Leading $50 Million Lawsuit Against Anaheim

Remember Diana Lopez? She is the president-elect of the OC Hispanic Bar Association who stated, at a Feb. 5 rally in front of Anaheim City Hall. that the departure of City Attorney Cristina Talley was “yet another example of that alienation of the Latino community, and that basically the City Council doesn’t care. Perhaps another riot would get their attention, [but] apparently that ...

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OC Democratic Party Chair Trumpets Targeting Of Anaheim for Single-Member Districts

The Democratic Party of Orange County on Monday sent out this e-newsletter trumpeting the accomplishments of new party Chairman Henry Vandemeir. First among the “important issues” for which Vandemier is hailed for “taking a visible stand” is “Fair Elections” liberal-speak for single-member council districts: Newly Elected DPOC Chair Hits The Ground Running In just six short weeks, Henry Vandermeier, newly ...

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Is CAC Chair Vivian Pham Watching the Same Meetings I Am?

The Voice of OC posted this story today on the Anaheim Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections and Community participation. I was struck by this passage about CAC Chair Vivian Pham: Chairwoman Vivian Pham said city staff has refused to provide information relevant to forming council districts by ignoring her requests for specific speakers to present information. Latino activists and an American ...

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Large California Cities With Council Districts Are Basket Cases

Proponents of council districts like to say “Anaheim is the largest city in California without council districts” as if that isolated fact were an argument in and of itself. Anaheim is also the largest city in the California with a major Disney theme park. So what? In my experience, denizens of the Left think that sort of rhetoric is extremely compelling. How many ...

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Volunteers Install New Playground At Schweitzer Park

  Courtesy of the Orange County Register  Volunteers mixed concrete, shoveled wood chips, and assembled swings and slides Monday as they built a new playground in Schweitzer Park. The playground is Anaheim’s third from Kaboom, a nonprofit group that promotes and builds playgrounds across North America. Its Anaheim playgrounds are also supported by community members, the city, the YMCA and ...

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OC Weekly Does Hatchet Job On Kris Murray. What A Shock.

OC Weekly Editor-in-Chief Gustavo Arellano published a post today about Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray that was a real hatchet job. What a shock. And he gets it wrong. Again, what a shock. Let’s review Arellano’s parade of errors: “Take a recent move by Murray that switched out her delegates on an Anaheim advisory committee to determine whether the city should have district ...

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