Government & Politics

Tait Tabling Council Discussion and Votes To Protect Council Allies

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Three times during the past two council meetings, Mayor Tom Tait has used on obscure parliamentary tactic to shut down debate and safeguard his council allies from having to cast politically damaging votes. Councilwoman Lucille Kring had placed on the July 25 city council agenda a request to re-affirm the city’s anti-camping ordinance, adopted in 2013 as a tool to ...

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Anaheim Police Association Calls Chief Quezada Response To No-Confidence Vote “Deceptive”

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From the Anaheim Police Association: Anaheim Police Challenge Chief’s Deceptive Remarks Vote of ‘no confidence’ update ANAHEIM, CA, August 21, 2017 – The Anaheim Police Association today responded to Chief Raul Quezada’s misstatements, further lack of leadership, and poor management. The response comes one week after the APA released the results of its poll of its membership that showed 87 percent ...

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Moreno To Ask Council To Consider Installing Porta-Potties In Santa Ana River Homeless Encampment

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At the end of this week’s council meeting, Councilman Jose F. Moreno requested the city council consider allowing a vocal homeless activist to install porta-potties on city property to service the sprawling homeless encampment along the Santa Ana River. Back in May, progressive homeless activist Mohammed Aly illegally installed three porta-potties in The Big A section of the homeless tent ...

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Kris Murray: Democracy Tabled In Anaheim

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From Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray: Democracy Tabled In Anaheim We need more transparency, not less. At last night’s Anaheim City Council meeting, I attempted to bring debate on additional transparency measures aimed at conducting the people’s business with greater sunshine. Sadly, that debate never occurred. I offered amendments to strengthen an open government proposal by Council Member Jose Moreno. These ...

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SB 54 “Sanctuary State” Bill: Political Points vs. Public Safety

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Councilwoman Lucille Kring has requested the city council vote to send a letter of opposition to SB 54, a bill by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin DeLeon that would make California a “sanctuary state” by forbidding law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities in almost every instance. The council will take up her request at the August 15 city ...

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Kris Murray: Anaheim Is Focused On Taxpayers and Neighborhoods

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This op-ed originally appeared in the OC Register on August 13, 2017: Anaheim Is Focused On Taxpayers and Neighborhoods by Kris Murray Anaheim’s City Council has a shared focus to better the lives of its residents and quality of its neighborhoods. On this, there is no disagreement. Where reasonable people do disagree, however, is on how best to address the ...

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More Candidates Enter the 2018 Mayoral, Council Races

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Three more candidates entered the lists during the last week, hoping to be elected mayor or win a seat on the city council. Mayor John Machiaverna, the executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Anaheim and owner of J. Mac Jewelers, today filed his candidate intention statement to run for mayor. The other announced candidates are former Anaheim ...

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Pioneer Park Renovations Completed

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The OC Register reported last week on the completion of renovations to Pioneer Park: High ceilings, stainless steel fixtures, painted walls and washable flooring, Pioneer Park’s bathroom has been completely renovated. The upgrades at the park, at 2565 E. Underhill Ave., were part of $1.2 million earmarked in 2014 for park renovations. Construction was approved in 2016. The park features ...

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Chief Quezada Responds To Police Union Vote of “No Confidence”

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Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada has released this response to the “no confidence” vote by the Anaheim Police Association: Statement from Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada Unfortunately, Anaheim PD has not been immune to the issues facing police departments across the nation during these turbulent times. In 2012, following days of unrest, we embarked on an ambitious-but-necessary journey to rebuild ...

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