Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

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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Anaheim Flag Day Parade Is This Sunday, June 9

The 24th Annual Anaheim Flag Day Celebration takes place this Sunday, June 9 in Pearson Parr (401 N. Lemon Street). Admission is free and the tribute to Old Glory runs from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Festivities include a patriotic parade and performances, a barbecue, and cake and ice cream. This year’s parade Grand Marshal is retired US Army Command ...

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UPDATE: Moreno & Rest of “Anaheim 21” Enter Not Guilty Pleas On Two Misdemeanor Counts

On May 20, District 3 Councilman Jose F. Moreno and other members of the so-called “Anaheim 21” collectively entered “not guilty” pleas on two misdemeanor counts stemming from a union “action” that brought traffic to a standstill and required a massive deployment of police resources. All 21 defendants are represented by the same lawyer, criminal defense attorney Fred Thiagarajah. This ...

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Star Wars:Galaxy’s Edge: Biggest Event In Disneyland History Since Park’s 1955 Opening

It’s fair to say the Friday opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be the single biggest event in Disneyland history since Walt Disney opened the park on July 17, 1955. Disney has invested $1 billion in the 14-acre expansion land – the largest single park expansion in Disneyland’s history. “Galaxy’s Edge” has been lovingly and intensely crafted by Imagineers ...

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Disneyland Resort Announces $10 Million Child Care Program For Cast Members

Yesterday, the Disneyland Resort announced is it committing $10 million annually child care program for qualifying full- and part-time cast members with children 12 and under. “Making quality childcare more accessible and affordable is the latest addition to a growing package of innovative programs that reflect our ongoing commitment to expand opportunities and improve the lives of our Cast Members,” ...

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UPDATED: OCCORD’s Angel Stadium “Forum” Tainted By Politics, Deceptive Rhetoric

UPDATED with response from the AUHSD. The May 15 “educational event” organized by OCCORD, UNITE-HERE Local 11 and SEIU at Katella High School was hyper-political, one-sided and deceptive – punctuated by episodes of surreality. Political Campaign Rally, Not A Residents Forum It was readily apparent audience members were not ordinary, unaffiliated residents there under the assumption they were attending an ...

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Remembering The Meaning of Memorial Day

More than 651,000 Americans have died in battle defending the United States, our freedom and our way of life (1.2 million have died during wartime service). Memorial Day is when we honor and reflect upon their supreme sacrifice for our Republic. More than any other public pronouncements, I think President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address – written before there was a ...

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Anaheim Jumps Up 11 Spots In Annual ParkScore Rankings

  Anaheim jumped up 11 places from last year in the annual ParkScore Index released by the Trust for Public Lands (TPL).  The index ranks park systems in the 100 largest U.S. cities, and Anaheim moved up to 57th place. TPL’s ParkScore Index ranks city parks based on four factors: Park access: the percentage of residents living within a 10-minute ...

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