Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

Does Publicly Answering Constituents’ Questions “Politicize” Them?

When elected officials attend community meetings, they’re customarily willing to publicly answer questions from their constituents. That is apparently not the case in District 1. The West Anaheim Neighborhood Development Council (WAND) has been the organized voice of West Anaheim residents for decades. Earlier this month, Esther Wallace, WAND’s long-time president, invited District 1 Councilmember Denise Barnes to speak at ...

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UPDATED: New City Attorney Appointment Tomorrow?

There’s a special closed session meeting of the Anaheim City Council tomorrow. There are two items on the agenda, both related to picking a new City Attorney. The first is “Conference with Labor Negotiators” – presumably hammering out the compensation agreement. The designated city representative is Acting Human Resources Director James Motsick. That item is followed by “Public Employee Appointment” ...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Day proclamation, 1863: By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been ...

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UPDATED: Underground Bunker Constructed By Homeless And Stash of 1,000 Bikes Discovered On Santa Ana River Trail

In the wake of removing a 200-person homeless encampment on the Santa Ana River Trail in Fountain Valley, County of Orange officials discovered a well-constructed underground bunker and 1,000 bikes stashed in a flood control tunnel.  Also found was a half-loaded .357 magnum revolver that had been fired.                 The approximately 5×10 underground ...

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Public Appreciation Event for Anaheim Firefighters and Police on November 21

The Anaheim Hills Community Council is organizing a public appreciation event on Tuesday, November 21, honoring Anaheim firefighters and police officers for their heroism and service during the recent Canyon Fires 1 and 2. Orin Abrams, the food & beverage concessionaire at the Anaheim Hills Golf Course, is hosting the lunch “in appreciation for his home, business and others being ...

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Moreno Supports Boycott of Papa John’s Pizza – Which Has 3 Stores In Anaheim

On his Facebook page last month, District 3 Councilman Jose F. Moreno endorsed boycotting Papa John’s Pizza: “Hit haters in the wallet” exhorts the Vocal Progressives boycott post shared by Moreno – and hitting those haters includes the three Papa John’s Pizza stores in Anaheim. Before moving to the identities of the “haters” who are allegedly exploiting their Anaheim employees, ...

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Anaheim School District Hires Radical Group To Train Leadership Staff

The Anaheim Elementary School District has hired a radical identity politics advocacy group to train district leadership in “cultural competency relative to Muslims and Islam communities.” At its September 27 meeting, the AESD Board of Education approved an independent contractor agreement with the Los Angeles chapter of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, an progressive legal advocacy group driven by identity politics. It ...

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Parents’ Choice For Palm Lane Charter School Operator Goes To Anaheim School Board Vote On December 13

The parents behind the successful petition drive to convert Palm Lane Elementary School into an independent public charter school have selected New Century to be their charter school operator. The parents who signed the Parent Trigger Law petition in 2014-2015 selected New Century Charter Schools from the charter operators who had made presentations on their programs. Parent signatories cast their ballots ...

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Radical Homeless Advocates Try To Silence Kris Murray With Bogus Allegations

If you thought Anaheim City Council politics couldn’t become even more dysfunctional, District 3 Councilman Jose F. Moreno has proven them wrong. Jeanine Robbins and Wes Jones are part of a cadre of progressive political activists whose lives seem to revolve around using public comments at Anaheim council meetings to flog their cause-du-jour and denigrate those with whom they disagree. ...

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