Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

Campaign 2020: Denise Barnes Veers Left

District 1 Councilmember Denise Barnes campaigned in 2016 as an opponent of government intervention in the marketplace. Two years later, the first-term Republican has veered sharply to the Left – most recently in joining democratic socialist Councilman Jose F. Moreno in supporting price controls on rental properties in Anaheim. Barnes Embraces Rent Control  Rent control is a top political priority ...

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Anaheim City Council Votes Down Rent Control, Saying It Will Not Solve Affordability

The Anaheim City Council last night voted 5-2 to reject a 6-month rent control ordinance proposed by District 3 Councliman Jose F. Moreno. The ordinance would have limited rent increases to 5% plus the Consumer Price Index. Mayor Harry Sidhu, Mayor Pro Tem Lucille Kring and Councilmembers Trevor O’Neill, Jordan Brandman and Steve Faessel opposed the measure, while Councilwoman Denise ...

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Moreno Attacks Colleagues Integrity – Then Complains They Aren’t Cooperative

Councilman Jose F. Moreno regularly accuses or insinuates – without proof or evidence – that his council colleagues trade votes for campaign contributions. At the same time, he also regularly whinges that his council colleagues do not extend him courtesies and considerations for his requests. Here’s a thought: maybe routinely smearing one’s council colleagues isn’t the best strategy for winning ...

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Is Rent Control Advocacy Part of Good Parenting? OCCORD Thinks So

If you asked people to list the attributes of good parenting, it’s unlikely anyone cite rent control advocacy. Don’t tell that to OCCORD, the social justice advocacy and community organizing group with a $1.5 million annual budget. At the political rally it organized at Katella High School last month, the progressive lobbying group passed out this flyer: Apparently, being an ...

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Moreno Blames Capitalism For What Ails Us

District 3 Councilman Jose F. Moreno recently posted this on his Facebook page: One of the constants of human history is smart people believing foolish things. There’s a lot of it going around nowadays and Moreno’s re-post of this nonsense about capitalism is a case in point. It’s capitalism that funds our pensions. It’s capitalism that endlessly opens new opportunities ...

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Local Progressives Go Ballistic On Assemblyman Daly For Not Joining The Anti-Charter School Jihad

The fervor of the Anaheim progressive political claque’s freak-out over Assemblyman Tom Daly’s vote an a teacher union bill is testament to the almost religious intensity of their opposition to charter schools. On May 22, the state Assembly voted 44-19 to approve AB 1505, a teacher union-backed bill to squash charter schools. 17 legislators didn’t cast votes – including Democratic ...

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UPDATED – AUHSD: What Is “Released Time”?

UPDATED with new information about who is doing ASTA President Grant Schuster’s job for him. Teachers unions are the single most powerful entity in any public school district. The overwhelming majority of school board members in California owe their elections to teacher union endorsements and campaign funding.  As education reform advocates have noted for years, this enables teachers unions to, ...

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AUHSD: Matsuda Mixing Partisan Politics With Superintendent’s Office

Is it appropriate for school superintendent to publicly associate himself and the district he runs with partisan politics? It doesn’t appear that question crossed the mind of Anaheim Union High School District Superintendent Michael Matsuda, who was the headline speaker at the June 1 meeting of the Anaheim Democratic Club: School superintendents generally steer clear of partisan politics, and are ...

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