Government & Politics

City Council Changes Youth Commission Into Advisory Board

Responding to the high cancellation rate of Youth Commission meetings due to poor attendance by commissioners, the Anaheim City Council voted last night to change its status to an advisory board. The Youth Commission was created in 2017 at the behest of District 3 Councilman Jose F. Moreno. It was established with 21 members ranging from 14 to 26, with ...

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Why Are Moreno And His Allies Afraid Anaheim First?

A group of nearly 100 Anaheim residents of all ages, ethnicities and viewpoints, coming from every walk of life, and equally distributed among Anaheim’s six council districts – come together as Anaheim First to volunteer their time, energy, experience and ideas to develop a resident-driven plan for guiding city investment in their neighborhoods. They invest time in learning more about ...

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Nearly 100 Residents Convene At Anaheim First Community Summit

Anaheim First kicked off the historic Anaheim Community Assessment with a packed community summit on July 10 that was attended by nearly 100 Anaheim residents of all ages, from every walk of life and every part of the city. Anaheim First is a 501(c)(3) grass-roots community organization whose mission is generating resident-driven solutions that positively transform our neighborhoods — led ...

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Should Teenagers Have Power To Allocate City Funds?

In February, the city council appointed an ad hoc committee to study potential reforms for city commissions, especially the fledgling Youth Commission, which has been plagued by meeting cancellations and commissioner absenteeism since its formation in 2017. During its 2017-2018 term, 44% of Youth Commission meetings were cancelled because not enough commissioners showed up to form a quorum. The situation ...

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OC Register Editorial Page AWOL On Rent Control Push In Anaheim

An OC Register editorial from last week criticized the City of Anaheim’s recently approved contract with the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, under which the city renewed its traditional, long-standing partnership with the Chamber to promote economic development in Anaheim.  The editorial attempts to contrast it unfavorably with the city council’s mid-2000s approach – praised as a time when “Anaheim made ...

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Campaign 2020: Denise Barnes Veers Left

District 1 Councilmember Denise Barnes campaigned in 2016 as an opponent of government intervention in the marketplace. Two years later, the first-term Republican has veered sharply to the Left – most recently in joining democratic socialist Councilman Jose F. Moreno in supporting price controls on rental properties in Anaheim. Barnes Embraces Rent Control  Rent control is a top political priority ...

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Anaheim City Council Votes Down Rent Control, Saying It Will Not Solve Affordability

The Anaheim City Council last night voted 5-2 to reject a 6-month rent control ordinance proposed by District 3 Councliman Jose F. Moreno. The ordinance would have limited rent increases to 5% plus the Consumer Price Index. Mayor Harry Sidhu, Mayor Pro Tem Lucille Kring and Councilmembers Trevor O’Neill, Jordan Brandman and Steve Faessel opposed the measure, while Councilwoman Denise ...

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