Government & Politics

Pat Russell Named Anaheim Fire & Rescue Chief

From the City of Anaheim: Pat Russell, a 35-year fire service veteran including eight years as a deputy chief in Anaheim, has been named the next chief of Anaheim Fire & Rescue. Russell will be the 18th chief in Anaheim Fire & Rescue’s 136-year history. As chief, he will lead Orange County’s largest city fire department and oversee 276 employees, ...

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Former Anaheim Councilman Irv Pickler Passes Away

Former Anaheim Councilman Irv Pickler passed away on July 17.  He was 98. Public and community service was a hallmark of Pickler’s life. Pickler served for 12 years on the Anaheim City Council, from 1982 to 1994, and was an elected trustee on the Anaheim High School District Board of Education during the 1960s. He also served as a member ...

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Sanders’ Minimum Wage Hypocrisy Takes Center Stage

The controversy stemming from Bernie Sanders’ labor dispute with the union representing his campaign field organizers had laid bare the hypocrisy of his attacks on business, especially his fixation on Disney. A centerpiece of Sanders presidential campaign has been his call for more than doubling the federal minimum wage – from $7.25 to $15 an hour.  “There’s nothing “extreme” about ...

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City Council Changes Youth Commission Into Advisory Board

Responding to the high cancellation rate of Youth Commission meetings due to poor attendance by commissioners, the Anaheim City Council voted last night to change its status to an advisory board. The Youth Commission was created in 2017 at the behest of District 3 Councilman Jose F. Moreno. It was established with 21 members ranging from 14 to 26, with ...

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Why Are Moreno And His Allies Afraid Of Anaheim First?

A group of nearly 100 Anaheim residents of all ages, ethnicities and viewpoints, coming from every walk of life, and equally distributed among Anaheim’s six council districts – come together as Anaheim First to volunteer their time, energy, experience and ideas to develop a resident-driven plan for guiding city investment in their neighborhoods. They invest time in learning more about ...

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Nearly 100 Residents Convene At Anaheim First Community Summit

Anaheim First kicked off the historic Anaheim Community Assessment with a packed community summit on July 10 that was attended by nearly 100 Anaheim residents of all ages, from every walk of life and every part of the city. Anaheim First is a 501(c)(3) grass-roots community organization whose mission is generating resident-driven solutions that positively transform our neighborhoods — led ...

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Should Teenagers Have Power To Allocate City Funds?

In February, the city council appointed an ad hoc committee to study potential reforms for city commissions, especially the fledgling Youth Commission, which has been plagued by meeting cancellations and commissioner absenteeism since its formation in 2017. During its 2017-2018 term, 44% of Youth Commission meetings were cancelled because not enough commissioners showed up to form a quorum. The situation ...

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OC Register Editorial Page AWOL On Rent Control Push In Anaheim

An OC Register editorial from last week criticized the City of Anaheim’s recently approved contract with the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, under which the city renewed its traditional, long-standing partnership with the Chamber to promote economic development in Anaheim.  The editorial attempts to contrast it unfavorably with the city council’s mid-2000s approach – praised as a time when “Anaheim made ...

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