Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

OC Register Editorial Board Punts On Publishing Informed Opinion

  Last week, the OC Register published an inaccurate and misleading editorial on the resignation of Chris Zapata headlined “Anaheim Punts On City Manager Exit.” The irony reality is it’s the OCR editorial board that punted…on its responsibility to publish informed editorials. There is such a thing as opinion journalism, practiced in its best form by outfits like the Wall ...

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District 1: Denise Barnes AWOL On Key West Anaheim Revitalization Vote

Why did Councilmember Denise Barnes skip a key West Anaheim revitalization vote Tuesday’s council meeting? She participated in the marathon three-hour closed session meeting to determine City Manager Chris Zapata’s fate.  When the city council re-convened for its public session, Barnes was absent. Mind you, the council meeting was being conducted via telephone – so Barnes didn’t physically go anywhere. ...

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City Manager Resigns; Greg Garcia Tapped As Interim City Manager

During a nearly three-hour closed session meeting last night, the Anaheim City Council voted to accept the resignation of City Manager Chris Zapata, and appointed Deputy City Manager Greg Garcia to serve as Interim City Manager. Mayor Harry Sidhu, Mayor Pro Tem Lucille Kring, and Councilmembers Jordan Brandman, Steve Faessel and Trevor O’Neil voted to accept Zapata’s resignation and for ...

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Anaheim Economic Recovery Plan Rolling: Visit Anaheim Books $500 Million In Convention Biz Since March

The COVID-19 Crisis is a public health crisis unlike anything we’ve experience in our lifetimes. Sheltering at home, social distancing protocols and personal protective equipment are flattening the curve. At the same time, our economy has been hammered. Cities all over the country are facing massive tax revenue hits as large swaths of the economy have simply shut down. Cities ...

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Anaheim School Trustee Juan Alvarez: People Who Didn’t Vote For Bernie Are “Greedy, Racist, Sexist”

When socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders ended his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination last week, it prompted much wailing and gnashing of teeth from his fervent base of revolutionary progressives. Many of the Bernie Bros on Orange County also hold elected offices in Anaheim, Santa Ana and Garden Grove. Juan Alvarez was especially out-out by the demise of the Sanders’ ...

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AUHSD To Teachers: You Can Drop Curriculum, Talk About Coronarivus For Rest Of Semester

The Anaheim Union High School District has extended its school closures through the May 21 – the end of the academic year. AUSHD teachers and students will try to continue education in their various subjects an requirements via remote learning. Or not. Last week, Superintendent Michael Matsuda gave AUHSD teachers permission to stop teaching from the established curriculum and instead ...

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COVID-19: Disney Furloughing Parks & Resort Employees, Slashing Executive Pay

The Walt Disney Company announced it is furloughing non-essential employees of its Disney Parks, Experiences and Products division – which includes theme parks, resorts and stores – beginning on April 19. In a letter to employees, known in Disney jargon as cast members, the company said “With the utmost care and consideration, we are instituting a temporary, short-term furlough for ...

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COVID-19 Anaheim Ducks Will Pay All Part-Time Staff Through June 30

  From Anaheim Arena Management: Anaheim Ducks and San Diego Gulls Owners Henry and Susan Samueli today informed part-time employees of their sports and event management companies that all 2,100 part-time staff members will be paid for current or future rescheduled, postponed or canceled events through June 30. This includes all programs and events at Honda Center as well as ...

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COVID-19: Disney Donates 100,000 N95 Masks; Will Pay Cast Members Thru At Least April 18

As the COVID-19 pandemic grinds on and the federal government extends shelter-in-place through April, Disney announced it will pay cast members at its currently-closed theme parks through at least April 18. Disney also announced it is donating 100,000 N95 masks and other personal protective equipment for use by front-line health care professionals in California, New York and Florida. Although there ...

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