Government & Politics

TOT Revenue From Completed 4-Diamond Hotels Critical For Meeting Anaheim’s Budget Obligations

Cities all across California are struggling to funding city services while covering the rising cost of pension obligations. They would kill to have Anaheim’s tax revenue base – which is built on an ever-expanding river of Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) revenue that will ultimately become a flood. That is, if – as the city’s finance director recently informed the city council – ...

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Palm Lane Charter School: Hundreds of Families, Community Leaders Attend Grand Opening

Hundreds of children, their parents and community leaders turned out for the new Palm Lane Charter School‘s grand opening fiesta on Saturday, August 11: Dr. Sagui Doering, the principal of the new independent charter school, welcomed everyone to the grand opening and ribbon-cutting. It was a day for which a brave group of poor and working class parents had fought ...

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Final Anaheim Mayoral and Council Candidate List

The candidate filing period closed on Friday, August 10 at 5:00 p.m.; following is the (alphabetical) final list of candidates for Anaheim Mayor and City Council, along with their ballot titles and links to their candidate statements (if they paid for one). MAYOR Ashleigh Aitken          Consumer Protection Attorney          Ballot Statement Lorri Galloway  ...

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District 6: OC Taxpayers Association PAC Endorses Trevor O’Neil

The Orange County Taxpayers Association PAC has announced its endorsement of Trevor O’Neil for Anaheim City Council from District 6, which encompasses the Anaheim Hills section of the city. “I am honored that the Orange County Taxpayers Association has endorsed my candidacy for Anaheim City Council!” said O’Neil on his campaign Facebook page. “OCTAX fights to make taxes fair, understandable, ...

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Jose F. Moreno Criticizes OC Democrat Legislators For Being Too Moderate

During an interview last month on a progressive Internet program, Anaheim Councilman Jose F. Moreno criticized other Orange County Democrats for being too moderate in their politics. Moreno, a vocal Berniecrat who hails from the far-left of the political spectrum, specifically called out Rep. Lou Correa, Assemblyman Tom Daly and former Rep. Loretta Sanchez: I was told constantly, right, when ...

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OCCORD Executive Director Shakeel Syed Calls America “Racist”

When UNITE-HERE Local 11 has a political interest in an Anaheim City Council council agenda item, it’s a safe bet Shakeel Syed, the executive director of its subsidiary OCCORD, will be there to speak. Last week, for example, he and other UNITE-HERE Local 11 minions joined co-president Ada Briceno speaking against Councilwoman Kris Murray’s proposal to revise the $18 minimum ...

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CD39: Democrat Gil Cisneros Distances Himself From “Abolish ICE” Movement

“Abolish ICE” has become a rallying cry among progressive candidates and activists, but remains limited to the left-wing of the Democratic Party – at least in races where winning depends on attracting the support of swing voters. One of the top pick-up targets for congressional races is CD39, currently represented by retiring Rep. Ed Royce (R-Fullerton). While he welcomed progressives ...

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Palm Lane Charter School Grand Opening Fiesta This Saturday, August 11

For the parents and students of Palm Lane Elementary School, it has been a long road since the summer of 2014, when they began collecting signatures for a Parent trigger Law petition to convert the school to charter status. What followed was three years of trench warfare with the public school unions, the district superintendent and the Anaheim Elementary School ...

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Unions Win, Voters Lose: Council Majority Opposes Including Dollar Amounts In Minimum Wage Ballot Question

This November, Anaheim voters will weigh in on a union proposal to hike the minimum wage requirement for targeted Anaheim Resort businesses. Last week, The Tait-Moreno council majority voted to provide votes with less information on the wage initiative by excluding the dollar amounts of the wage hikes from the ballot question voters will consider. The original ballot question drafted ...

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Should A District Superintendent Participate In School Board Member Campaigns?

Left-wing political activist Al Jabbar held a kick-off fundraiser this week as he seeks another term on the Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) Board of Education. Prominently in attendance was AUHSD Superintendent Michael Matsuda:   Matsuda’s presence isn’t surprising. He is a committed progressive political activist and part of a tight-knit alliance of left-wing Democrat activists in central Orange ...

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