Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

NAMM Volunteers Bring A Day of Music Instruction To Loara Elementary

NAMM Foundation volunteers converged on Loara Elementary School this Tuesday as part of its Day of Service – spending the day teaching students to play the guitar and ukelele, and donating $10,000 for music education. It’s traditional community service performed when the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) comes to Anaheim each year. NAMM is the Anaheim Convention Center’s largest ...

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How UNITE-HERE Stages Choreographed “Arrests” – Explained

UNITE-HERE Local 11 is organizing a protest this evening with the intent of disrupting the opening day of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show. This carefully scripted protest will climax with the staged arrest of dozen or so people, including left-wing Councilman Jose F. Moreno. “Staged” does not mean fake: the arrests will be real but they will ...

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UPDATED: UNITE-HERE, Moreno Choreographing Staged Mass Arrest In Front Of NAMM Show

UNITE-HERE Local 11 is choreographing a stage-managed mass arrest during its planned disruption of the NAMM Show’s opening day tomorrow evening. The leading man in this “civil disobedience” production? District 3 Councilman Jose F. Moreno. News began leaking out earlier today that UNITE-HERE Local 11 had informed the Anaheim Police Department of its plans to break the law tomorrow evening ...

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Commission Appointment Reform: Common Sense or “Tyranny”?

Last week, the City Council voted 4-3  to approve a proposal by Mayor Harry Sidh requiring confirmation of commission appointments by a majority vote of the council. Sidhu, Mayor Pro Tem Lucille Kring and Councilmembers Steve Faessel and Trevor O’Neil voted “yes” while Councilmembers Denise Barnes, Jordan Brandman and Jose F. Moreno were opposed. Two years ago, the Tait-Moreno council ...

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UNITE-HERE Local 11: Anaheim’s Economic Wrecking Ball

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show is the single biggest show that comes to the Anaheim Convention Center. This year, 115,000 people will attend the show next week (January 24-27), which has a hugely positive economic impact on Anaheim’s economy – estimated at $100 million for this year’s show. NAMM has held in Anaheim for decades, and is ...

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Proposal Would Require Majority Vote Of Council To Confirm Commission Appointees

Another item on this evening’s council agenda is a reform of how the council makes appointments to city commissions. When the Tait-Moreno majority took control of the council following the November 2016 election, it undertook a radical restructuring of city commissions: forcing a mass resignation of all commissioners and changing the appointment process to reflect district-based council elections. Commissioners would ...

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Changes Proposed To Streamline Council Meetings, Foster Wider Public Participation

One of Mayor Harry Sidhu’s priorities has been making council meetings operate in a more efficient, productive manner that is respectful of the people’s time, not to mention staff time and resources. During the Tait-Moreno majority era, council meetings turned into fatiguing marathons. At a previous council meeting, Sidhu tasked staff with developing recommendations to streamline council meetings. Those recommendations ...

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Hysteria Over Angels Negotiations Begins

As predictably as night follows day, an outbreak of hysteria has followed news of a proposed 1-year extension of the Angels’ stadium lease to facilitate negotiations to keep them in Anaheim (which is something even critics claim to want). The common thread is a freak-out over a “deal” that doesn’t exist. Giving a north county report to his Chicano Latino ...

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City Council Poised To Press Re-Set Button in Angels Negotiations

The City of Anaheim and the Angels are hitting the re-set button in an effort to forge a mutually-beneficial agreement to keep the baseball team in Anaheim. As a first-step toward re-starting negotiations with the Angels, newly-elected Mayor Harry Sidhu is asking the city council on January 15 to extend the team’s stadium lease from October 2019 to the end ...

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