Government & Politics

Palm Lane Charter Operator Approved By AESD Board of Education

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After spending three years and nearly a million dollars opposing a parent-led effort to convert Palm Lane Elementary School into an independent public charter school, the Anaheim Elementary School District Board of Education voted 5-0 to approve the parents selection of New Century Charter Schools as the charter operator. The parents group and their supporter erupted in cheers and applause ...

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Justice Demands The AESD Board Approve The Palm Lane Parents’ Charter Operator Choice

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Progressives, like those who dominate the Anaheim Elementary School District Board of Education, like to consider themselves champions of justice – especially social justice for the poor, working people and immigrants. This evening they will vote on the Palm Lane Elementary parents’ choice of charter operator for their school, and this vote will reveal whether that commitment to justice is ...

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Denise Barnes: Anaheim Police Department Lacks Kindness And Confidence of Public

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The incipient Police Review Board was on the agenda at last week’s city council meeting, and a number of anti-police activists went to the podium to condemn the Anaheim Police Department as extraordinarily violent organization badly in need of severe oversight. This is nothing new: the same activists have been leveling the same charges at city council meetings for the ...

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Anaheim Elementary School Board Has Opportunity For Redemption At Palm Lane

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[This column by former Lincoln Club President Robert Loewen originally appeared in the OC Register on December 10, 2017] On December 13, the Anaheim Elementary School District can redeem its past behavior by approving New Century as the charter school operator of Palm Lane School. In January, 2015, parents of 332 students at Palm Lane Elementary School submitted signed petitions ...

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Operation Home S.A.F.E: Report – Community Triage Day Set For December 19th

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At last night’s Anaheim City Council, Kristine Ridge, Assistant City Manager, gave the second performance report for Operation Home S.A.F.E., which provided an action plan to address the city’s growing homeless epidemic. Every performance metric is being met and exceeded to implement Operation Home S.A.F.E. and restore the health and public safety of those living in or near homeless encampments ...

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4th Supervisor District: La Habra Councilwoman Rose Espinoza Will Run

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Rose Espinoza, a Democrat and 17-year member of the La Habra City Council,  has announced her candidacy for the 4th Supervisor District. This is her second try for this seat: in 2006 she challenged then-incumbent Supervisor Chris Norby, losing 72.1% to 29.1%. In a press released sent out yesterday, Espinoza said: I’m running because our 4th district needs a community-minded ...

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Moreno: Homelessness is “Man-Made” By Powerful Men In Business, Government

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As council watchers know, Councilman Jose F. Moreno never refers to “homeless people” or “the homeless,” but always uses the phrase “people in the condition of homelessness.” In this video, Moreno explains why he employs this clumsy euphemism: “We call it the condition of homelessness because once you say ‘the homeless people’ you categorize them. You “other” them.” Moreno was speaking ...

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Anaheim Elementary Schools Superintendent To Become Vista Schools Chief

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Anaheim Elementary School District Superintendent Linda Kimble (formerly Wagner) is leaving to become superintendent of the Vista Unified School District in north San Diego County. Vista Unified announced on November 8 that Kimble “had been named superintendent” of the district, which has 29 schools serving 22,000 students. The announcement stated the VUSD Board of Education was “expected to approve the appointment ...

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Anaheim Police Association Blasts ACLU Use-Of-Force Claims

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Anaheim Police Association President Edgar Hampton took to the OC Register opinion section last week to blast a report by the ACLU on the Anaheim Police Department’s use of force as fatally flawed and politically motivated: To hear the American Civil Liberties Union portray us, the Anaheim Police Department is full of Inspector Harry Callahans dispensing Dirty Harry-style street justice without the ...

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City Council To Weigh Homeless Working Group Recommendations On December 5 (Part 1)

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On Tuesday, the Anaheim City Council will consider recommendations developed by Councilman Jose F. Moreno’s Homeless Policy Working Group – including embracing a “Housing First” policy; support for installing portable bathrooms and showers for homeless camp residents; building more year-round emergency shelters and other formalized living arrangements f0r the homeless on city-owned land; and exploring revenues streams – including taxes ...

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