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District 1: Council Candidate Ryan Balius Off To Impressive Start

Ryan Balius, who is running for Anaheim City Council from District 1, is off to an impressive start in his campaign. This is first bid for elected office by Balius, a long-time member of the Anaheim Parks and Recreation Commission who is active in the West Anaheim Neighborhood Development Council (WAND). First-time candidates without a deep background in political activism ...

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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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Who Is Running In District 1?

Three Anaheim City Council seats are up in November 2020: Districts 1, 4 and 5. The big question in District 1 is whether or not the incumbent, Councilwoman Denise Barnes, will run for re-election. District 1 encompasses the westernmost part of Anaheim: Councilwoman Barnes was recruited to run in 2016 by then-Mayor Tom Tait, who was trying to capture a ...

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Council Approves Stadium Sale for $325 Million; Angels To Stay Through 2050

At an 8-plus hour long special council meeting yesterday, the Anaheim City Council voted 4-2 to approve a purchase and sale agreement (PSA) under which SRB Management, a development partnership controlled by Angels owner Arte Moreno, would buy Angel Stadium and the surrounding property for $325 million. As part of the sale, the Angels committed to splaying in Anaheim for ...

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“Free Speech” Hypocrisy From Moreno, Barnes & Gadfly Guild

There’s been a lot of hand-wringing and violin-playing from Councilmembers Jose Moreno and Denise Barnes and their minions – claiming the council majority is being tyrannical and stifling free speech due to a few instances of tabling Moreno items with little discussion. This criticism is hollow and hypocritical given how Moreno and Councilmember Denise Barnes staunchly supported Mayor Tom Tait’s ...

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Anaheim City Council Votes Down Rent Control, Saying It Will Not Solve Affordability

The Anaheim City Council last night voted 5-2 to reject a 6-month rent control ordinance proposed by District 3 Councliman Jose F. Moreno. The ordinance would have limited rent increases to 5% plus the Consumer Price Index. Mayor Harry Sidhu, Mayor Pro Tem Lucille Kring and Councilmembers Trevor O’Neill, Jordan Brandman and Steve Faessel opposed the measure, while Councilwoman Denise ...

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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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District 1: Homeless Encampment Has Taken Over Maxwell Park

If, as the saying goes, possession is nine-tenths of the law, then Maxwell Park belongs to homeless campers – not the general, taxpaying, law-abiding public. Earlier this week, Anaheim Blog took these photos of Maxwell Park – which is in District 1, represented by Councilmember Denise Barnes: Yes – that is human feces at the park’s restroom. The trash can ...

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What, Us Worry?

Last month, the Anaheim City Council majority made clear it would rather kill the TOT rebate agreement for Disney’s 4-Diamond hotel than accommodate a minor siting change. Consequently, Disney put the $700-million, 700-room project on indefinite hold. This prompted Fred Brown, chairman of the Anaheim/Orange County Hotel and Lodging Association, sent the following e-mail on August 21 to Mayor Tom ...

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Unions Win, Voters Lose: Council Majority Opposes Including Dollar Amounts In Minimum Wage Ballot Question

This November, Anaheim voters will weigh in on a union proposal to hike the minimum wage requirement for targeted Anaheim Resort businesses. Last week, The Tait-Moreno council majority voted to provide votes with less information on the wage initiative by excluding the dollar amounts of the wage hikes from the ballot question voters will consider. The original ballot question drafted ...

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