Government & Politics

Spanish Translation Service Doesn’t Translate Into Good Policy

On Tuesday, the Anaheim City Council unanimously approved a one-yea pilot program, proposed by Councilman Jordan Brandman, to provide translation services for Spanish-speakers addressing the city council. When a someone wishes to address the council in Spanish, councilmembers will do headphones, like at the United Nations. Cost isn’t really an issue; the program will cost only $5,000 because a city staffer will be ...

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Mayor to OCBC: Willing To Let The Angels Leave Anaheim

Word has been spreading in OC political circles about comments Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait made a couple of weeks ago at a meeting with the Orange County Business Council’s executive board. One subject that came up was negotiations with Angels. The opt-out for the Angels is in 2017, and the team would have to tell the city by 2016 if ...

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Anaheim Council Set To Increase Campaign Contribution Limit To $1,900

Like the county’s TIN CUP ordinance, the city’s campaign ordinance allows the city council to increase the campaign contribution limit in January of odd-numbered years, to account for increases in the Consumer Price Index. In practice, that translates into $100 increase every two years. On Tuesday, the Council will bump the limit from $1,800 to $1,900. For many years, the contribution limit ...

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OC Register’s Misplaced Concern Over GardenWalk “Haste”

I’d like to share some more thoughts about last week’s OC Register editorial, especially the worrying about “hastily” putting the GardenWalk agreement on the agenda and concern that “other interested parties deserve more notice.” The GardenWalk agreement isn’t exactly being rushed back to the City Council. The judge’s decision voiding the council’s January 2012 approval came out on December 10. ...

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OC Register Needs To Remember Its Own Criteria for Business Incentives

I read a little editorial on the GardenWalk hotel project in this morning, which was interesting in several ways. The paper re-stated its opposition to the subsidy agreement, which the paper says local developer Bill O’Connell would like to have on the January 29 council agenda. The editorial even urges pushing back the hearing date to give opponents more time to organize! ...

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What A Surprise: Eight Anna Drive Residents File Claims Against Anaheim

Remember the notorious incident last July that took place on Anaheim’s gang-ridden Anna Drive when Anaheim police jousted with residents in the wake of the shooting of fleeing gang member Manuel Diaz? As if we could forget. Well, eight residents of Anna Drive have filed claims against Anaheim citing, according to the OC Register, “physical injuries, emotional trauma, violations of constitutional protections against ...

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Anaheim in Wonderland: More Yellow Journalism Coverage of Anaheim

Anyone looking for modern examples of yellow journalism will find a stunning example of it in this Al-Jazeera “”Faultlines” news report on Anaheim’s recent civil unrest, which aired in December 2012. It is crystal clear the Al-Jazeera reporter set out, from the get-go, to establish an agenda driven narrative: the Anaheim police are racists who target Mexicans. The reporter barely ...

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Diane Quezada-Singer Appointed To Public Utility Board Vacancy

Last night, the Anaheim City Council appointed Diane Quezada-Singer to fill the Anaheim Public Utilities Board vacancy created by Jordan Brandman’s election to the Anaheim City Council. Singer lives in Anaheim Hills and is an elected trustee of the Orange Unified School District, representing Area 1.  She briefly explored running for the Anaheim City Council in 2008 before deciding against it. Three ...

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Anaheim In Wonderland: Who Needs Oversight? Gangs or Police?

Since when are the police, and not gangs, the problem? There is something unreal about the coverage and hubbub surrounding the issue of oversight of the Anaheim Police Department. This unreality is evident in this this Voice of OC account of an exchange between Anaheim Police Chief John Welter and left-wing agitator Duane Roberts: The debate in Anaheim about police conduct ...

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Reminder That Resort Area Is A REGIONAL Economic Engine

The OC Register ran an article the other day headlined, “Big Conventions Mean Big Bucks For OC.” The illustrative focus is the big NAMM convention that comes to the Anaheim Convention Center each year: ?An estimated 95,000 visitors – equivalent to a city the size of Mission Viejo – will descend on Anaheim for the three-day private music industry meeting. ...

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