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Unstableheim: Asst. City Manager Kristine Ridge Leaving For Laguna Niguel City Manager Post

Anaheim Insider here. The exodus of talent and experience from Unstableheim City Hall continues as Assistant City Manager Kristine Ridge departs to become City Manager of Laguna Niguel. Ridge will take the reins of the South County city in January 2018. Anaheim city government is a financially healthy, billion dollar enterprise in a city that is home to iconic Disneyland ...

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Anaheim Has Become Unstableheim

Anaheim Insider Here. What’s the most common word around Anaheim City Hall these days? If you guessed “homeless,” you’re probably right. But a close second is “Interim.” Anaheim has a Council-Manager form of government in which the professional City Staff receive policy direction from the elected City Council and carry out the day-to-day affairs of the City. In fact, the ...

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Kris Murray: Democracy Tabled In Anaheim

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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Dunn: Instability Breeds Instability In Anaheim

This opinion piece by Orange County Business Council President Lucy Dunn originally appeared in the OC Register on July 29, 2017: As America’s sixth most populous region, Orange County is unique. Every U.S. metropolitan region has a city center where half or more of county folks live: The city of Los Angeles in Los Angeles County; Houston in Harris County; ...

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Moreno’s Sunshine Ordinance Drafted In The Shadows

Tonight the Anaheim City Council will take up a proposed “Sunshine Ordinance” that has been drafted in secrecy per the instructions of its sponsor, Councilman Jose F. Moreno. While Moreno bills it as a transparency measure, its most transparent aspect is its bald attempt to force out the policy aides to councilmembers Kris Murray, Lucille Kring and Steve Faessel. It ...

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Emery Out; City Clerk Linda Andal Named Interim City Manager

The Anaheim City Council began its closed session meeting at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon to decide the fate of City Manager Paul Emery and appoint an interim city manager. They didn’t emerge until nearly 6:00 p.m. – long past the official 5:00 p.m. start time for the regular council meeting. City Manager Paul Emery tendered a forced resignation which was ...

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What’s Motivating Tait Council Majority Push To Oust City Manager?

Anaheim Insider here. It’s unusual for a City Council to oust a City Manager, especially when the normal indicators of city government health are generally positive. Anaheim’s tax revenues are up, civic improvements are being funded and moving through the pipeline, the city’s convention and tourism economy continue growing, major economic investment is taking place. Other Orange County cities would ...

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Tait Council Majority Set To Terminate City Manager Paul Emery

Anaheim Insider here. It took King Henry VIII 38 years to go through six wives. Mayor Tom Tait is working on five City Managers during just six-and-a-half years in office – and there’s still time to make to match Henry’s record. Topping the closed session agenda for Tuesday’s council meeting is “Public Employee Resignation/Release/Dismissal” and the second item is the ...

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Anaheim Office of Immigrant Integration?

One of the the ideas floated at the most recent Welcoming Anaheim immigration task force meeting was creating an Office of Immigrant Integration within Anaheim city government. During a discussion following a presentation by Rhonda Ortiz of USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, task force member and progressive activist Julio Perez, the executive director of the Orange County ...

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Councilwoman Kris Murray’s Transparency Measures for Boards and Commissions Approved

This came over the transom from Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray: In a big win for residents and open government, the Anaheim City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to enhance transparency and expand public access for all city council-authorized boards, commissions and task forces. I called for this important change in our transparency measures when the mayor’s Welcoming Anaheim Task Force ...

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