Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

City Council To Consider $4 Million Expansion Of Community & Economic Recovery Plan

This Tuesday, the Anaheim City Council will vote on expanding the Anaheim Community and Economic Recovery Plan, including the extension of eviction protections, more support for local businesses and increased funding for COVID-19 testing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The expansion would tap up to $4 million of the $33 million in CARES Act funding the city received from the ...

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Westin Anaheim Resort Looking To Fill 400 Positions

The Westin Anaheim Resort is holding a series of job fairs in order to fill 400 positions at the 4-Diamond hotel, located across from the Disneyland Resort and slated to open in October 2020. The $245-million, 618-room luxury hotel is owned by Wincome Properties, and is the first new Westin built in Southern California in a quarter century. The first ...

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OC Democratic Party Rejects Endorsing Denise Barnes

District 1 Councilmember and life-long Republican Denise Barnes switched parties on June 12 and is running for re-election as a newly-minted Democrat. However, her bid for the Democratic Party of Orange County Central Committee endorsement was rejected last night on a split vote. 30 committee members voted for and 23 members voted against endorsement, with 7 members abstaining, according to ...

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Newly-Minted Democrat Denise Barnes Seeking OC Democrat Party Endorsement

Several short weeks after switching her party affiliation from life-long Republican to Democrat, District 1 Councilwoman Denise Barnes is trying to secure the endorsement of the Democratic Party of Orange County Central Committee, which will vote on it tonight. Whether she gets it is another matter, since a number of Central Committee members object to the party giving consideration to ...

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Councilwoman Barnes’ Policy Aide Derides Federal Agents Battling Antifa Rioters As “Thugs”

Among the items on tonight’s Anaheim City Council agenda are informational presentations on the Office of Independent Review Group report and Police Review Board 2019 Annual Report. Councilman Jose F. Moreno will doubtless use the occasion to press his #defundthepolice agenda (while trying to explain that he doesn’t really mean defund the police). District 1 Councilmember Denise Barnes is Moreno’s ...

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AESD Trustees Magcalas, Alvarez Want To “Defund” School Safety Officers

Are campus safety officers “bullies in blue”? Are they part of a “school-to-prison” pipeline? A manifestation of “systemic racism” that victimizes minority students? Some elected members of the Anaheim Elementary School District Board of Trustees think so. Trustee Juan Alvarez co-authored a June 8 op-ed in the Voice of OC advocating “defunding” campus safety officers, calling them “repressive” and “contributing ...

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Another Council Candidate In District 1: Jose Diaz

Another aspirant to represent District 1 on the Anaheim City Council has thrown his hat into the ring: Jose Diaz. Diaz is a Cuban immigrant who has lived for the last 21 yeas in Anaheim, where he and his wife have raised their four children. He works for the City of Orange, where he manages the Water Division of the ...

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Moreno, Randle-Trejo: Woke Ignorance On Parade

Councilman Jose F. Moreno posted this meme on Facebook on Monday. It is less a statement that Black lives matter – on that we can all agree – so much as claiming the American Founding was racist, and the signers of the Declaration of Independence did not believe its principles applied to all people, particularly Black people. Moreno’s claim is ...

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