Government & Politics

Honda Center/ARTIC Agreement Looks Good – But What’s The Rush?

Tonight, is the final regular council meeting for Mayor Tom Tait and Councilmembers Kris Murray and James Vanderbilt – Tait and Murray being termed out, while Vanderbilt lost his re-election bid. But the agenda is a packed one, and on it is Item 35, an agreement with Anaheim Arena Management (AAM) pertaining to the Honda Center and ARTIC.  AAM is Henry ...

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Homeless Tent City At Maxwell Park Keeps Growing

I visited Maxwell Park yesterday. The scene was reminiscent of the early days of the Santa Ana River Trail encampment. Since visiting the park a month ago, the transient population has grown considerably. I counted nearly 30 tents, along with piles of stuff and a number of barking dogs  of various sizes. Maxwell Park is in District 1, represented by ...

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Loretta Sanchez Running in 3rd Supervisor District Special Election

Former Representative Loretta Sanchez will join the rapidly growing field of candidates who will run in the 3rd Supervisor District special election that will likely take place in March 2019. Sanchez, a Democrat, represented central OC in Congress from 1996 until 2016, when she opted to run for U.S. Senate. Sanchez’ name had been circulating as a possible candidate for ...

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Chief of Disney Parks Praises The “Hospitable Business Environment”…Of Central Florida

Bob Chapek, chairman of Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products for the Walt Disney Company, gave the keynote this year’s International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) expo in Orlando. While talking the company’s investments in new attractions around the world, he highlighted the pivotal role of the local business climate to those investment decisions: “In fact, over the last ...

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Anaheim Chamber of Commerce Endorses Kris Murray for Supervisor

Supervisor Todd Spitzer’s election as Orange County District Attorney will precipitate a special election, likely sometime in March 2019, to fill the remainder of his term representing the 3rd Supervisor District. Earlier this year, Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray declared her candidacy for the 3rd District seat, and last week announced her intention to run in the special election. Today, she ...

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UNITE-HERE Fails To Kill Development Agreements On 4-Diamond Hotels

Almost forgotten in the post-election coverage was Anaheim voters affirming the the development agreements for the two 4-Diamond hotel projects planned by the Wincome Group in the Anaheim Resort. Measures J and K were referendums on the development agreements for the 4-Diamond hotel currently under construction next to the Anaheim Convention Center, and an approved luxury hotel project on the ...

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Deceptive Union Campaign Garners 51.9% for $18 Minimum Wage Initiative

Backed by more than $1 million in Resort union funding and a deceptive campaign message, union-sponsored Measure L squeaked to a win with 51.9% of the vote. If Measure L survives virtually certain litigation, it would mandate that certain Anaheim Resort businesses raises their minimum hourly wage to $15 in January 2019, escalating each year to $18 in January 2020. ...

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EXHIBITOR Magazine Names Anaheim One Of America’s Top 10 Trade Show Destinations

Anaheim was named one of the nation’s most popular trade show destinations, according to EXHIBITOR Magazine’s 2018 Travel and Accommodations Survey. The survey queried 200 exhibit and event professionals, who spend an average of nearly two months traveling to trade show and corporate events in cities around the world. The survey’s aim was determining which cities those marketers are frequenting, ...

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Tait Appoints Jose F. Moreno to OCTA Board of Directors

The City Selection Committee met this evening, as they do every November, to make appointments to certain regional bodies such as the Orange County Transportation Authority. Mayor Tom Tait is in the middle of a two-year term. Since he is leaving office on December 4, it’s necessary to appointment a replacement. Some background: The OCTA Board of Director is comprised ...

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District 2: Jordan Brandman Defeats Incumbent James Vanderbilt

Former Councilman Jordan Brandman pulled off a political comeback, defeating Councilman James Vanderbilt to return to the Anaheim City Council representing District 2: Brandman, a Democrat, was first elected to the city council in 2012, when the elections were still at-large. He ran for re-election in 2016 from newly-created District 3, but was narrowly defeated by left-wing academic Jose F. ...

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