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Another Day in Anaheim’s “Year of Kindness”

Mayor Tom Tait has declared 2013 the Year of Kindness in Anaheim – not that one would know it from the public comments during this morning’s special council meeting. A group of the mayor’s supporters showed up this morning to oppose Councilman Brandman’s proposal that the mayor or a councilmember have the support of at least one colleague in order ...

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Local OC Blogger Gets It On Angels Negotiations

While the Chicken Little brigade runs around with their collective hair on fire about the Anaheim City Council’s approval of the MOUs outlining the Angels negotiation framework and extending the Angels’ opt-out date, clearer heads with eyes for the bigger picture understand this is a pathway to a win-win for all involved. My friend Dan Chmielewski over at TheLIberalOC.com is ...

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Charter Review Commission To Consider Existing Requirement for City Manager To Live In Anaheim

The Charter Review Committee meets again this evening at 6:00 p.m. in the council chambers at Anaheim City Hall. Items on the agenda include: 3. General clean up of language throughout the Charter/gender neutrality 3b. Deliberation of potential obsolete provisions, including but not limited to the following sections: 402, 517, 601 And what are those sections? 402 pertains to “Limitations ...

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Janet Nguyen Calls Out “Voice of OC” for OCEA Funding

Anaheim Insider here. It’s no secret the Voice of OC got its start with very generous funding from the Orange County Employees Association. What many of us didn’t know was how dependent the Voice of OC still is on OCEA funding, which is in turn funded by government employee dues automatically deducted from their paychecks. According to this press release from ...

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Angels Negotiations: Anaheim Citizens Better Served By Reporting That Informs Rather Than Inflames

Reading the media coverage of the MOUs regarding the Angels lease negotiations (not to mention the over-the-top reactions from certain gadflies), I am struck by the amount of misleading and false information. The Name Change Scare Take the Voice of OC, for example. It’s article initially bore the inflammatory headline, “Angels May Drop Anaheim from Team Name.” Where did that ...

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Asset Forfeiture Seizure of Jalali Office Building is Wrong

I had heard about this case before, but wasn’t aware of any of the details until reading this story in the OC Register. Tony Jalali has never faced federal charges, yet the federal government wants to seize his office building because he rented space to a medical marijuana dispensary. Even though medical marijuana shops are allowed in California, the businesses ...

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Why Does Jose Moreno’s Anaheim City School District Stick With At-Large Elections?

Let’s say a member of a school district board of education was the lead plaintiff in litigation against the city in which his district was located, alleging the at-large council election system disenfranchised the city’s Latino majority and asking the court to force a change to electing councilmembers from single-member districts. Let’s also say this same school board member was ...

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Councilwoman Murray Spearheads Quality Rental Housing Program

This came over the transom yesterday from Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray: Anaheim to Pursue Quality Rental Housing Program City Committed to Ensuring Quality of Life for Most Vulnerable Residents Just this week, Prevention Magazine listed Anaheim as 4th among the 25 Happiest, Healthiest Cities in America – ranking above Honolulu, Hawaii! Prevention Magazine evaluated 100 of the Nation’s largest cities based ...

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