Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

Bernie Sanders’ Disney-Bashing Misses The Mark

Disney is a favorite pinata for leftist politicians – be they local or national. Last week, Bernie Sanders was once again whacking Disney – although he’s not really at it “again” since attacking successful companies that create opportunity and wealth for millions of Americans is his life mission. Last week, Sanders tweeted this:   What would be truly heroic is ...

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Cinco De Mayo Festival This Weekend At La Palma Park

The annual Cinco de Mayo fiesta in La Palma Park continues through this weekend. The celebration, which Fiesta United has been putting on in the park since 1971, offers live music, dance performances, carnival rides, games and food, a folklorico competition –  basically lots of ways for the entire family to have fun. Last year, the festival drew an estimated ...

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Council Aides: Moreno Hires Radicals, Barnes Hires Cynthia Ward

There have been recent changes in the ranks of aides to Anaheim City Councilmembers, as two councilmembers have added two political activists to their ranks. As readers may (or may not) know, the mayor and councilmembers are each allotted a budget to hire council aides to assist them in their duties. Technically, they work for the city manager’s office. At ...

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Denise Barnes and Jose F. Moreno Play The Race Card

Indiscriminately accusing political opponents of being racists – especially as a substitute for argument – has become a hallmark of the contemporary progressive Left. Last week, District 1 Councilmember Denise Barnes decided it was her turn to play the race card by accusing members of the council majority – Mayor Harry Sidhu, Mayor Pro Tem Lucille Kring and Councilmembers Jordan ...

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City Council Puts Moreno’s Mobile Home Park Rent Freeze On Ice

Last week, the Anaheim City Council effectively squashed an attempt by Councilman Jose F. Moreno to impose a 6-month rent freeze on every Anaheim mobile home park.  The council had already voted on April 4 to table Moreno’s rent freeze, but the District 3 councilman re-agendized it for consideration on April 16. The pretext for Moreno’s proposal came from the ...

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Council Supports Mayor Sidhu’s $250 Million Neighborhood Revitalization Program & Anaheim First Partnership

Last night, the Anaheim City Council voted unanimously to endorse Mayor Harry Sidhu’s 2030 Neighborhood Revitalization Program – an ambitious initiative to invest $250 million over 10 years into Anaheim’s neighborhoods. Sidhu unveiled his proposal earlier this year at his inaugural State of the City address. The council also approved a $250,000 matching contribution toward a $500,000 Anaheim Community Assessment.  The ...

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Council To Vote On $250 Million Neighborhood Revitalization Program, Partnership With Anaheim First

Tomorrow night the Anaheim City Council will vote on a resolution supporting Mayor Harry Sidhu’s $250 million 2030 Neighborhood Revitalization Program, and cement a partnership with community organization Anaheim First to implement the initiative. Sidhu proposed the ambitious neighborhood investment program during his inaugural State of the City speech in February – beginning with a $20 million investment in the ...

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Hotel Tax Revenues Continue Exceeding Projections While Sales Tax Lags

Anaheim’s Transient Occupancy Tax revenues continue to outstrip projections, while sales tax lagged, according to a recent budget workshop presented to the Anaheim City Council. The continued over-performance of TOT revenues confirms the wisdom of Anaheim’s tradition of fostering hotel development – resulting in not only greater economic activity but rising city tax revenues without the need for general tax ...

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JW Marriott Hotel At GardenWalk Celebrates “Topping Off” Construction Milestone

The JW Marriott Anaheim hotel project at the GardenWalk celebrated a significant construction milestone last week with a “topping off” party for the project’s construction workers and general contracting team. “Topping Off” is what it sounds like: the point at which the general contractor is done going vertical. The 12-story luxury hotel hit that mark last week, and the project ...

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