Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

Mark Lopez Running for Anaheim Elementary School Board As Ally of Pro-Union, Anti-Charter School Crowd

During the first few days of August, former city council candidate Mark Lopez – a staffer for Supervisor Shawn Nelson – snagged a job as a special education teacher at Magnolia High School, changed his party registration from Republican to No Party Preference, filed to run for the Anaheim Elementary School District Board of Education in Trustee Area 4 with ...

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Jason Young Re-Emerges

Halloween approaches, and like a bad horror franchise, Jason Young – the Tonya Harding of Anaheim politics – has re-emerged to sling mud in the Anaheim City Council races. Young is possessed of a simplistic idea: Disney is evil and any candidates it supports must be mindless puppets. The corollary is any candidate or elected official who criticizes Disney is a pure ...

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UPDATED: Anaheim High School Inviting Parents To Event With Councilman Jose Moreno – Days Before Election

Anaheim High School is inviting parents to a special event tomorrow morning with Councilman Jose F. Moreno – who is battling for a full council term in the general election only 13 days away. This invite was e-mailed out to parents of Anaheim High School students: An interesting development: using school resources to organize a coffee with District 3 constituents ...

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Cynthia Ward Campaign Raising Little Money, Dependent On Public Employee Unions

Council gadfly Cynthia Ward’s campaign reported raising only $90 between September 23 and October 10, according to her most recent periodic campaign report. According to the Ward for Mayor campaign’s Form 460 covering that critical period,  the campaign spent $3,218 – mostly on printing flyers.  Her campaign has spent a total of $17,826 to date, and reported $2,518 cash-on-hand. Yesterday, ...

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OC Democrats, Resort Unions Try Bolstering Aitken By Hitting Lorri Galloway

The Anaheim  Resort unions are joining the larger union/Democrat scramble to bolster Ashleigh Aitken’s mayoral candidacy as the election enters the home stretch. Yesterday, the Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) reported spending $17,937 on mail attacking former Anaheim City Councilwoman Lorri Galloway – also a Democrat.  The funding source: the Anaheim Resort unions that are funding the $18 minimum ...

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Howard Ahmanson’s Orwellian Campaign Against Trevor O’Neil

Savings and loan heir Howard Ahmanson is waging an Orwellian campaign of political doublespeak against Trevor O’Neil, the conservative Republican businessman running for Anaheim City Council from District 6. What might be termed the Robespierre faction of the OC GOP has targeted O’Neil, an independent conservative who has not bent the knee to Mayor Tom Tait. Ahmanson is a reclusive ...

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Anaheim Hills Community Council Endorses Harry Sidhu & Trevor O’Neil

The Anaheim Hill Communication Council announced its support for Harry Sidhu for mayor of Anaheim, and Trevor O’Neil for City Council from District 6, which represents Anaheim Hills. “In the past, AHCC hasn’t taken official political positions. However, with the recent activity at City Hall, we feel it is the Anaheim Hills Community Council’s responsibility to inform residents when issues ...

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Which Mayoral Candidate Had These Words of Praise for Disney?

Quiz time:  which current candidate for mayor of Anaheim published these fulsome words of praise for Disney – defending its contributions to Anaheim and attacking criticism of the 1996 agreement creating the Resort District: Some highlights from the now-candidate’s staunch pro-Disney advocacy: “In addition, the City staff that worked that deal, Lisa Stipkovich, Dave Morgan, Joel Ficke, and Tom Wood, ...

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