Government & Politics

District 4 Update From Councilwoman Lucille Kring

From District 4 Councilwoman Lucille Kring: STC Management New Owners at Gardenwalk Last Tuesday April 30th, I was glad to take part in the press conference at Gardenwalk where STC Management formally announced their new ownership. John Hsu and his team presented their exciting new vision for the design of the project, including a variety of new tenants who will ...

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District 2 Update From Councilman Jordan Brandman

From District 2 Councilman Jordan Brandman: Investing in our children In April, we invested in our youth by giving them endless amounts of opportunities. I was proud to be involved in the Snap the Gap launch and the Dreamers & Doers Luminary Scholarship Awards. The Snap the Gap program launched at West Anaheim’s very own Walt Disney School. LittleBits, Disney, ...

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Senator Umberg’s Homelessness Relief Plan for Motel Conversion Passes the Senate Floor

From the office of Senator Tom Umberg: On May 6, Senator Thomas J. Umberg (D – Santa Ana) has moved his Senate Bill 450 (SB 450) through the California State Senate. SB 450 streamlines the process of converting motels into supportive and transitional housing. The bill would exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) projects related to the conversion ...

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The Real Story Behind The Casa Grande Apartments Rent Hike

Last night’s Anaheim City Council illustrates there are no simple, easy answers to the issue of housing affordability in general and rising rents in particular, that the reality is often more complex than conventional greedy-landlord-versus-poor-tenants narrative, and simplistic solutions like rent control are inadequate and actually counterproductive. A group of tenants from a small apartment building spoke during public comments. ...

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Bernie Sanders’ Disney-Bashing Misses The Mark

Disney is a favorite pinata for leftist politicians – be they local or national. Last week, Bernie Sanders was once again whacking Disney – although he’s not really at it “again” since attacking successful companies that create opportunity and wealth for millions of Americans is his life mission. Last week, Sanders tweeted this:   What would be truly heroic is ...

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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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