Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

UPDATED: Irvine Mayor Don Wagner The Apparent Winner In 3rd Supervisor District Election

UPDATED with number of ballots left to count. It appears the Republican Mayor of Irvine, Don Wagner has overcome a fractured Republican candidate field to defeat former Rep. Loretta Sanchez, the lone Democrat in the 7 candidate field, in the special election for the 3rd Supervisor District vacancy. Wagner led throughout the evening, his lead widening from 1,554 votes in ...

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Anaheim Councilman Jose F. Moreno Wants Correa To Support Medicare-For-All…For Santa Ana Residents

Adding more fuel to speculation he will mount a left-wing primary challenge to Democratic Rep. Lou Correa, Anaheim Councilman Jose F. Moreno continues baiting Correa on supporting Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare-for-All” legislation: Medicare-for-all gets rid of all private health insurance and Medicare, and replaces them with a government-run health system into which we would all be forced. Note that Anaheim Councilman Moreno ...

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Big Stakes In Tomorrow’s 3rd Supervisor District Special Election

Tomorrow is the special election to fill the 3rd District Supervisor vacancy created by Todd Spitzer’s election as District Attorney – although voting has been going on for more than three weeks. The result will either preserve long-running Republican dominance of the OC Board of Supervisors or position the Democrats to possibly seize the majority in 2020. According to the ...

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Disneyland Resort Contributes $5 Million To Local Affordable Housing Fund

A planned 102-unit affordable housing apartment complex in near the Anaheim Resort will be the beneficiary of a $5 million contribution by the Disneyland Resort to the Orange County Housing Trust. The donation was announced last week and is the down payment on an effort to revitalize the OC Housing Trust as a catalyst for affordable housing construction, guided by ...

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La Mesa, Salvation Army Homeless Shelters Open; State College Temporary Shelter Closes Down Early

Anaheim has met its obligation under a federal court settlement to provide a minimum of 325 permanent homeless shelter beds, staff informed the city council at its March 5 meeting.  Under the terms of the settlement, the city was not free to enforce laws against camping and storing property in public parks and other city-owned spaces until it could meet that ...

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Moorlach Bill Would Empower Cities To Block Needle Exchange Programs; O’Neil Seeks City Council Support

Last week, Senator John Moorlach held a press conference with elected officials from Anaheim, Orange and Costa Mesa, as well as OC District Attorney Todd Spitzer, to announce he is introducing legislation to bar needle exchanges from operating in a city without permission from that city. The legislation, Senate Bill 689, is in response to a controversy that erupted last ...

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Arrest of Jose F. Moreno “Still Under Review” By OC District Attorney

This January, Councilman Jose F. Moreno joined UNITE-HERE Local 11 leaders in an expensive (for Anaheim taxpayers) bit of political theater: shutting down the busy intersection Katella and Harbor on the opening day of Anaheim’s biggest trade show. Moreno, a progressive Democrat, and 20 others – mainly union staffers – were arrested for blocking the intersection (loitering), a misdemeanor offense. ...

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Mayor Sidhu Pledges $250 Million In Resident-Driven Neighborhood Investment That Puts “Anaheim First”

  In his inaugural State of the City address yesterday, Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu laid out an ambitious, upbeat vision of resident-driven investment in neighborhoods and economic development with a purpose – the underpinnings of what he termed a “new Golden Age for Anaheim.” [Click here to read the speech.] $250 Million In Resident-Driven Neighborhood Investment Over 10 Years “Over ...

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Anaheim Hilton, UNITE-HERE Reach Agreement; Falls Short Of Union’s $25 Hourly Wage Goal

The Anaheim Hilton last week settled with UNITE-HERE Local 11, which had been picketing the hotel off and on for weeks as part of its regional action against dozens of LA and OC hotels demanding a minimum wage of $25. The militantly left-wing union represents housekeepers, front desk clerks, cooks, and dishwashers. The agreement falls short of Local 11’s goal and ...

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