Government & Politics

UPDATED Fact Check: Councilmember Barnes Misleads Public About Homeless Shelter Plans

[Editor’s Note: the story has been updated with reporting from Councilwoman Barnes’ community meeting.] District 1 Councilwoman Denise Barnes may or may not be running for re-election in 2020, but she is actively engaging in political mischief and gamesmanship. Last week, she used her councilmember Facebook page to feed the public very misleading information about a proposal to increase the ...

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AUHSD Cancels Visits By Students From Chinese Province With Skyrocketing Coronavirus Cases

The outbreak of novel coronavirus in China has been dominating headlines this month, as the Chinese government struggles to contain its spread and more cases of infection are confirmed around the world – including here in Orange. Last month, the Anaheim Union High School District Board of Education signed agreements with several high schools in Jinan, the largest city in ...

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OC Board of Education: Rich Anti-Charter School Candidate Pours Another $60,000 Into Campaign

Andy Thorburn, the rich, left-wing Democrat running on an anti-charter school, pro-teacher union platform to oust incumbent Dr. Ken Williams from the OC Board of Education, has written another $60,000 check to his campaign treasury. Thorburn has now poured $710,000 of his fortune into his campaign – a county record for an Orange County Board of Education seat. And vote-be-mail ...

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Rich, Anti-Charter School Candidates For OC Board of Ed Closing On $1 Million In Campaign Spending

Two rich progressive Democrat candidates running for the OC Board of Education on anti-charter school, pro-union platforms are spending their personal funds at a record-breaking pace. Andy Thorburn, a left-wing Democrat who live in the wealthy enclave of Villa Park, has already pumped $650,000 of his personal wealth into his campaign to unseat Area 3 incumbent Dr. Ken Williams, a ...

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AUHSD Excludes District Students From Oxford Academy Enrollment Increase

The Anaheim Union High School District recently announced it has increased elite Oxford Academy’s enrollment cap by 32 students. However, those spots will not be available to AUSHD students, but will be limited to students from outside the district. The AUHSD established Oxford Academy 21 years ago as a f7-12 public high school. Oxford accepts up to 25 students from ...

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Randle-Trejo Opposes Agreement To Keep Angels Baseball In Anaheim

Annemarie Randle-Trejo, the AUHSD trustee and progressive activist running for Anaheim City Council from District 4, spoke at last week’s council meeting to announce her opposition to the agreement that will keep the Angels in Anaheim for at least 30 years, while generating hundreds of millions in revenue for the city in the years to come. At a special meeting ...

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Rich, Anti-Charter School Candidates Spending Hundreds of Thousands Running For OC Board of Education

Two rich candidates – Andy Thorburn and Paulette Chaffee – are each spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to elect themselves to the Orange County Board of Education. In Trustee Area 3, Andy Thorburn, a wealthy uber-progressive Democrat, has dumped $300,000 of his own money into an attempt to oust incumbent Dr. Ken Williams, a physician and conservative Republican. In ...

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Is Paulette Chaffee Claiming Court-Ordered Community Service Makes Her An “Educator”?

Paulette Chaffee is the wife of Orange County Supervisor Doug Chaffee, who was narrowly elected to represent the 4th Supervisor District in November 2018. While her husband, a Fullerton councilman, was running for the Board, Paulette Chaffee was running for the Fullerton City Council. During the campaign she was caught on video stealing campaign signs attacking her candidacy and arrested. ...

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