Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

City Commissioner Calls for Busing Riverbed Homeless Into Anaheim Resort

Tom Houchen, the District 5 representative on the Anaheim Housing and Community Development Commission, posted this on Facebook a few hours ago: This reckless suggestion is the response of Houchen (and apparently other homeless “advocates”) to the County of Orange’s announced intention to actually require the homeless campers living on the Santa Ana River Trail to obey the law like ...

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OC Sheriff’s Department: 83% of Santa Ana River Homeless Are Refusing Services

83% of homeless living in the Santa Ana River Trail encampments are refusing offers of assistance, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD). Members of the department’s Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) have made 1,093 contacts and offered a variety of resources to the individuals encamped in the area. Deputies, in some cases, made multiple contacts with the same individual ...

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File Under: Cutting Off One’s To Spite One’s Face

Recalling Sen. Josh Newman over his vote for the SB 1 gas tax increases is a top priority for California Republicans. It would deprive the Democrats of their two-thirds majority in the state Senate and return the competitive 29th Senate District to the GOP column. California Democrats, naturally, are pulling out all the stops the defeat the recall, including the ...

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LAT Reporter’s Claim To Have Killed The Eastern Gateway Project Is Laughable

Yesterday, Los Angeles Times reporter Daniel Miller essentially took credit for Disney’s decision to cancel its Eastern Gateway Project: A month after our report on the tense Disney/Anaheim relationship, Disneyland kills plans for disputed transit hub: https://t.co/CTY3UKe6NU — Daniel Miller (@DanielNMiller) October 26, 2017 Hubris? Ignorance? Shameless self-promotion? All of the above? Miller’s implied claim betrays an embarrassing level of ...

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#MeToo: Is National AFL-CIO Takeover Of San Diego Affiliate A Portent For OC Labor Federation?

[From OC Daily] San Diego union politics are in turmoil as the national AFL-CIO has taken over the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council in the wake of sexual harassment lawsuits against its now-ousted leader, Mickey Kasparian (who is also president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 135. Several of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council ...

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Cha-Ching: Anaheim Settling Hostile Workplace Claim By Now-Retired Police Chief Raul Quezada for $750,000

Anaheim taxpayers will pay newly-retired Police Chief Raul Quezada $750,000 to settle the hostile workplace claim he filed this summer, as part of his retirement package. In August of this year, the Anaheim Police Association – which represents rank-and-file officers – overwhelmingly voted “no confidence” in Quezada. The chief subsequently filed his complaint accusing other sworn and civilian city staff ...

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Anaheim To Consider Forcing Developers To Build Affordable Housing Units

Among the affordable housing policy options the Anaheim City Council will consider tonight is a proposal to force housing developers to build a dictated number of affordable units in order to obtain permission to build any residential development – a policy known as “inclusionary housing.”  The vote will test whether the 6-to-1 Republican-to-Democrat majority is worth its nominal partisan salt. ...

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Unstableheim: Embattled Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada Retires Effective Immediately

Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada is retiring, effective today, according to a press release issued by the City of Anaheim a few minutes ago. Deputy Chief Julian Harvey will take over as Acting Chief. The city press release touted his tenure: “Quezada, Anaheim’s first Latino chief, was appointed interim chief in May 2013 and appointed chief in December 2013. He ...

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More #MeToo: Anaheim Mayoral Candidate Lorri Galloway Accuses Orange Juice Blog Publisher of Sexual Assault

#MeToo in OC has veered in a new direction as former Anaheim City Councilwoman Lorri Galloway, a Democrat running for Anaheim mayor in 2018, took to Facebook to publish an allegation she was sexually assaulted six years ago by the publisher of the Orange Juice Blog, a local progressive political site that is markedly inclined toward making politics personal. Galloway’s ...

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