Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

AUHSD To Pay $7.9 million To Student Victims Of Teacher Sex Abuse

The Anaheim Union High School District will pay $7.9 million to five former Kennedy High School students who were sexually victimized by former water polo coach Joshua Owens. Two of those students were sexually abused after teachers and AUSHD leadership were made aware of the earlier abuse allegations – while failing to report them to law enforcement, as required by ...

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Angels Stadium Negotiations And Apparent News Reporting

Say you own a rental house, and one day your tenant spends his own money to put in an expensive swimming pool and jacuzzi, complete with rock slide, grotto and tropical landscaping. Would your reaction to your tenant spending an enormous sum to improve your property, “Hey! You’re only doing that for your own benefit!” That’s pretty much the gist ...

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Should Anaheim Public School Teachers Push Radical Politics On Their Students?

Should public school teachers use their jobs to indoctrinate their students, impressionable young people, in political ideology – especially ones far out of the mainstream of the taxpaying public? Should they hold up violent communist revolutionaries and domestic radicals as objects of esteem for their students? Sadly, that is a question to which citizens and taxpayers must give increasing thought ...

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Fact Check: Did Council Direct The Simultaneous Release of Stadium Appraisal To Public?

Last year, did the Anaheim City Council direct that the Angel Stadium appraisal be released simultaneously to the city council and the public? It did, according to yesterday’s Voice of OC story on Angel Stadium negotiations: “A Nov. 20 2018 vote stipulated the appraisal would be released to the public and the City Council simultaneously, with the language in the ...

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Riverside Political Operative Moves To Anaheim, Then Runs for Placentia-Yorba Linda School Board

Efforts by the progressive-Left to build their political bench of Orange County local elected officials continue apace: progressive Democrat LaShe Rodriguez is running for the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PLYUSD) Board of Education from Trustee Area 2 – less than a year after moving to Orange County from Riverside. Trustee Area 2 consists primarily of the section of Anaheim ...

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OC Democrats Stop Short Of Endorsing “Abolish ICE” Movement…For Now

Last week, a group of left-wing open borders activists mounted another attempt to have the Democratic Party of Orange County to adopt a resolution to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, commonly known as ICE: DPOC leaders, concerned about how endorsing such a radical and unpopular stance would undermine the re-election efforts of freshman Representatives Gil Cisneros, Harley Rouda ...

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OCCORD Staff Exodus Continues; Focus On Stadium Deal Among Reasons

The exodus of staff from OCCORD (Orange County Community Organized For Responsible Development) continues, as the once-muscular progressive political advocacy group shrinks to just four staffers from a high of more than a dozen several weeks ago.  Two more senior staffers are among the recent departures. According to recent media reporting based on interviews with departing staffers,  a leading factor ...

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UNITE-HERE Town Hall On Angels Draws The Usual Left Activists

UNITE-HERE Local 11 has launched a campaign it calls “Honest Anaheim” as a vehicle to push its demands vis-a-vis the city’s negotiations with the Angels. Among the militant hotel workers union’s demands: any Stadium deal must include a “labor peace” agreement, i.e. mandatory unionization. Also, if an agreement provides for the residential development on the stadium site, Local 11 wants ...

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Will OC Democratic Party Approve “Abolish ICE” Resolution Tonight?

Will the Democratic Party of Orange County head over a political cliff this evening by approving a resolution to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency charged with enforcing the nation’s immigration laws? The DPOC has twice tabled attempts to bring the resolution to a vote. According to sources, this is at least in part due to pressure from ...

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Wealthy, Anti-Charter School Politico Running For OC Board of Education

Andy Thorburn wants to be elected. To something. Last year, the rich, progressive, perennial candidate lost a nasty primary election for the 39th Congressional District to a more moderate (and equally rich) Democrat, Gil Cisneros – who went on to narrowly defeat Republican Young Kim in the general election. Earlier this year, Thorburn set his sights a little lower and ...

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