Government & Politics

Cinco De Mayo Festival This Weekend At La Palma Park

The annual Cinco de Mayo fiesta in La Palma Park continues through this weekend. The celebration, which Fiesta United has been putting on in the park since 1971, offers live music, dance performances, carnival rides, games and food, a folklorico competition –  basically lots of ways for the entire family to have fun. Last year, the festival drew an estimated ...

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Council Aides: Moreno Hires Radicals, Barnes Hires Cynthia Ward

There have been recent changes in the ranks of aides to Anaheim City Councilmembers, as two councilmembers have added two political activists to their ranks. As readers may (or may not) know, the mayor and councilmembers are each allotted a budget to hire council aides to assist them in their duties. Technically, they work for the city manager’s office. At ...

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Denise Barnes and Jose F. Moreno Play The Race Card

Indiscriminately accusing political opponents of being racists – especially as a substitute for argument – has become a hallmark of the contemporary progressive Left. Last week, District 1 Councilmember Denise Barnes decided it was her turn to play the race card by accusing members of the council majority – Mayor Harry Sidhu, Mayor Pro Tem Lucille Kring and Councilmembers Jordan ...

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O’Neil: Standing Up For Residents Facing Extreme Rent Hikes

At last Tuesday’s council meeting, my colleagues and I tabled a measure on a 6-1 vote that would have introduced Rent Control to Anaheim. The issue came to our attention after residents of Rancho La Paz mobile park reported proposed rent increases of upwards of 50 percent. I empathize with those struggling to cope with rising rents, particularly seniors and ...

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Anaheim Fire & Rescue’s Accreditation Renewed By Unanimous Vote Of International Body

From Behind the Badge: Anaheim Fire & Rescue is known as a leader among fire agencies. The department has a reputation for innovation, excellence, and serving a dynamic community. AF&R officials earned that prestige by constantly examining their resources, strategies, and efficiency to keep the department at its best to serve citizens – and being accredited by the Commission on ...

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City Council Puts Moreno’s Mobile Home Park Rent Freeze On Ice

Last week, the Anaheim City Council effectively squashed an attempt by Councilman Jose F. Moreno to impose a 6-month rent freeze on every Anaheim mobile home park.  The council had already voted on April 4 to table Moreno’s rent freeze, but the District 3 councilman re-agendized it for consideration on April 16. The pretext for Moreno’s proposal came from the ...

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Council Supports Mayor Sidhu’s $250 Million Neighborhood Revitalization Program & Anaheim First Partnership

Last night, the Anaheim City Council voted unanimously to endorse Mayor Harry Sidhu’s 2030 Neighborhood Revitalization Program – an ambitious initiative to invest $250 million over 10 years into Anaheim’s neighborhoods. Sidhu unveiled his proposal earlier this year at his inaugural State of the City address. The council also approved a $250,000 matching contribution toward a $500,000 Anaheim Community Assessment.  The ...

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Council To Vote On $250 Million Neighborhood Revitalization Program, Partnership With Anaheim First

Tomorrow night the Anaheim City Council will vote on a resolution supporting Mayor Harry Sidhu’s $250 million 2030 Neighborhood Revitalization Program, and cement a partnership with community organization Anaheim First to implement the initiative. Sidhu proposed the ambitious neighborhood investment program during his inaugural State of the City speech in February – beginning with a $20 million investment in the ...

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Hotel Tax Revenues Continue Exceeding Projections While Sales Tax Lags

Anaheim’s Transient Occupancy Tax revenues continue to outstrip projections, while sales tax lagged, according to a recent budget workshop presented to the Anaheim City Council. The continued over-performance of TOT revenues confirms the wisdom of Anaheim’s tradition of fostering hotel development – resulting in not only greater economic activity but rising city tax revenues without the need for general tax ...

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