Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

District 1: Council Candidate Ryan Balius Off To Impressive Start

Ryan Balius, who is running for Anaheim City Council from District 1, is off to an impressive start in his campaign. This is first bid for elected office by Balius, a long-time member of the Anaheim Parks and Recreation Commission who is active in the West Anaheim Neighborhood Development Council (WAND). First-time candidates without a deep background in political activism ...

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James Carville Has Some Advice For Al Jabbar

In an interview with, Veteran Democratic strategist James Carville has some advice for Al Jabbar, the Anaheim Union High School District trustee, supervisorial staffer and progressive fire-breather. OK – Carvill isn’t directing it personally at Jabbar, but it is applicable nonetheless. Earlier this week, we published video of Jabbar pumping up a group of fellow Berniecrats by talking about ...

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Requiescat In Pacem, Esther Wallace

  As many readers know, Esther Wallace, one of Anaheim’s community pillars passed away last week. Ms. Wallace’s devotion to improving West Anaheim reached down to her bones. She was the animating force behind the West Anaheim Neighborhood Development Council (WAND) and was a long-standing member of the Magnolia School District Board of Education. This past Tuesday, Mayor Pro Tem ...

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UPDATED Fact Check: Councilmember Barnes Misleads Public About Homeless Shelter Plans

[Editor’s Note: the story has been updated with reporting from Councilwoman Barnes’ community meeting.] District 1 Councilwoman Denise Barnes may or may not be running for re-election in 2020, but she is actively engaging in political mischief and gamesmanship. Last week, she used her councilmember Facebook page to feed the public very misleading information about a proposal to increase the ...

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AUHSD Cancels Visits By Students From Chinese Province With Skyrocketing Coronavirus Cases

The outbreak of novel coronavirus in China has been dominating headlines this month, as the Chinese government struggles to contain its spread and more cases of infection are confirmed around the world – including here in Orange. Last month, the Anaheim Union High School District Board of Education signed agreements with several high schools in Jinan, the largest city in ...

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OC Board of Education: Rich Anti-Charter School Candidate Pours Another $60,000 Into Campaign

Andy Thorburn, the rich, left-wing Democrat running on an anti-charter school, pro-teacher union platform to oust incumbent Dr. Ken Williams from the OC Board of Education, has written another $60,000 check to his campaign treasury. Thorburn has now poured $710,000 of his fortune into his campaign – a county record for an Orange County Board of Education seat. And vote-be-mail ...

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