Government & Politics

Wealthy, Anti-Charter School Politico Running For OC Board of Education

Andy Thorburn wants to be elected. To something. Last year, the rich, progressive, perennial candidate lost a nasty primary election for the 39th Congressional District to a more moderate (and equally rich) Democrat, Gil Cisneros – who went on to narrowly defeat Republican Young Kim in the general election. Earlier this year, Thorburn set his sights a little lower and ...

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Long Beach Council Also Adopts Rules To Speed Council Meetings. Will Moreno Object?

The Anaheim City Council has come in for some pretty vituperative criticism from certain quarters over procedural reforms enacted earlier this year to make council meetings operate more efficiently – including a re-structuring of public comments. Until this year, council meeting routinely went into the late hours of the evening, in part because the public comment period ran on h=for ...

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UPDATED: Why Is AUHSD Superintendent Involved In Santa Ana School Board Campaign?

Why is Anaheim Union High School District Superintendent Mike Matsuda involving himself in a school board candidate campaign in neighboring Santa Ana Unified School District? Yesterday, Matsuda posted this on his Facebook page: Earlier, Santa Ana SJW Ben Vazquez touted the campaign endorsement by Matsuda – who also pledged his financial support for Torres: Carolyn Torres is running in the ...

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Meet the Anaheim PD’s Robbery & Assault Detail

From Behind The Badge: Meet the members of the Anaheim PD’s tight-knit Robbery & Assault Detail By Greg Hardesty On a recent weekday morning, detectives and co-workers on the Anaheim PD’s Robbery & Assault Detail were standing at their workstations, their attention intensely focused on a… Forty-foot golf putt. The shot was too hard, and the ball pinged off a ...

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Rash of Attacks By Mentally Ill Homeless Raise Public Safety Questions

From Behind The Badge: Rash Of Attacks Committed By Mentally Ill Homeless Raise Questions About Public Safety by Joe Vargas Is the increasing level of homelessness a significant public safety problem? The answer, in a nutshell, is both yes and no. A number of recent encounters has generated a great deal of discussion and debate. In Orange County, a high ...

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Internal Turmoil At Left-Wing Advocacy Group OCCORD

Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD), a left-wing political advocacy group that focuses its energies on Anaheim and Santa Ana, is suffering from internal turmoil amidst a mass exodus of staffers. Earlier today, OCCORD sent out an e-mail from OCCORD Chair Ada Briceno regarding a mass exodus of staff: “Over the past few weeks, several of OCCORD’s employees ...

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City Council Votes To Re-Adopt Traditional City Flag

Last night, the Anaheim City Council voted to return to using the original, traditional flag that had served as the city’s symbol from 1967 until 2018 – ditching the new city flag adopted last year at the behest of then-Mayor Tom Tait. Tait’s desire to re-design the flag had been sparked by watching a YouTube video of a Ted Talk ...

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Moreno Wants City Council To Wade Into Divisive “Public Charge Rule” Controversy

Tonight, Councilman Jose F. Moreno is asking the Anaheim City Council to oppose the recently announced change by the Department of Homeland Security – which oversees the Immigration and Naturalization Service – to the “public charge” rule. With so many pressing matters facing Anaheim upon which the city council can actually take action, residents can be forgiven for wondering why ...

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UPDATED: Constitution Day Celebration On Saturday, Sept. 14 At Chapman University

Few American institutions have worked longer, harder, more effectively and more articulately than the Claremont Institute at recovering and reviving understanding of the principles of the American Founding – which are now under more concerted and intense attack than anytime in memory. This Saturday, the Claremont Institute invites all to its annual Constitution Day Celebration at Chapman University, under the ...

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Kotkin: Public Schools Should Be Places Of Learning, Not Propaganda

[In an op-ed that originally appeared in the OC Register on August 25, Chapman University scholar and demographer Joel Kotkin and co-athor Doug Havard provide trenchant insights into how the education establishment’s hostility to charter schools and increased emphasis on political indoctrination (e.g. the ethnic studies curriculum) is most harmful to those students and families these social justice warriors purport ...

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