Government & Politics

Kris Murray: Democracy Tabled In Anaheim

From Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray: Democracy Tabled In Anaheim We need more transparency, not less. At last night’s Anaheim City Council meeting, I attempted to bring debate on additional transparency measures aimed at conducting the people’s business with greater sunshine. Sadly, that debate never occurred. I offered amendments to strengthen an open government proposal by Council Member Jose Moreno. These ...

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SB 54 “Sanctuary State” Bill: Political Points vs. Public Safety

Councilwoman Lucille Kring has requested the city council vote to send a letter of opposition to SB 54, a bill by Senate President Pro Tem Kevin DeLeon that would make California a “sanctuary state” by forbidding law enforcement from cooperating with federal immigration authorities in almost every instance. The council will take up her request at the August 15 city ...

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Kris Murray: Anaheim Is Focused On Taxpayers and Neighborhoods

This op-ed originally appeared in the OC Register on August 13, 2017: Anaheim Is Focused On Taxpayers and Neighborhoods by Kris Murray Anaheim’s City Council has a shared focus to better the lives of its residents and quality of its neighborhoods. On this, there is no disagreement. Where reasonable people do disagree, however, is on how best to address the ...

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More Candidates Enter the 2018 Mayoral, Council Races

Three more candidates entered the lists during the last week, hoping to be elected mayor or win a seat on the city council. Mayor John Machiaverna, the executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Anaheim and owner of J. Mac Jewelers, today filed his candidate intention statement to run for mayor. The other announced candidates are former Anaheim ...

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Pioneer Park Renovations Completed

The OC Register reported last week on the completion of renovations to Pioneer Park: High ceilings, stainless steel fixtures, painted walls and washable flooring, Pioneer Park’s bathroom has been completely renovated. The upgrades at the park, at 2565 E. Underhill Ave., were part of $1.2 million earmarked in 2014 for park renovations. Construction was approved in 2016. The park features ...

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Chief Quezada Responds To Police Union Vote of “No Confidence”

Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada has released this response to the “no confidence” vote by the Anaheim Police Association: Statement from Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada Unfortunately, Anaheim PD has not been immune to the issues facing police departments across the nation during these turbulent times. In 2012, following days of unrest, we embarked on an ambitious-but-necessary journey to rebuild ...

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UPDATED: Anaheim Police Association Overwhelmingly Votes “No Confidence” In Chief Raul Quezada

Members of the union representing Anaheim police officers have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a resolution of “no confidence” in Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada’s “leadership, management and actions.” Quezada, in a prepared statement, dismissed the vote as a “strong arm tactic” police unions are using against “reform-minded police chiefs who have yet to hit retirement age.” Quezada has also ...

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Sen. Janet Nguyen Endorses Harry Sidhu for Anaheim Mayor

This came over the transom from the Harry Sidhu for Mayor campaign: Today, Anaheim business owner and public servant, Harry Sidhu announced State Senator Janet Nguyen’s endorsement of his candidacy for the Mayor of Anaheim. Senator Janet Nguyen cited Harry’s years of dedicated commitment as a local business owner and an Anaheim elected official. “Harry Sidhu’s years of experience as ...

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Fact Checking The Mayor’s Distortions About The Resort District

Mayor Tom Tait penned an op-ed with the high-minded title of “Change for the Good Of All in Anaheim,” which ran in the OC Register yesterday. It was in response to an earlier op-ed by OCBC President Lucy Dunn criticizing the Tait majority’s defenestration of City Manager Paul Emery in particular, and its general approach to governing Anaheim. The mayor ...

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Young Kim Leads Fundraising in 4th Supervisor District Race

Former Assemblywoman Young Kim leads fundraising among the announced candidates for the 4th Supervisor District seat of termed-out county Supervisor Shawn Nelson, according to campaign fundraising reports for the period January through June 30 of this year. Kim, a Republican, reported raising $238,979 and spending $37,663. Her cash-on-hand balance totaled $207,070. La Habra Mayor Pro Tem Tim Shaw, also a Republican, raised $53,513 and spent $10,724, and ...

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