Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

UNITE-HERE Town Hall On Angels Draws The Usual Left Activists

UNITE-HERE Local 11 has launched a campaign it calls “Honest Anaheim” as a vehicle to push its demands vis-a-vis the city’s negotiations with the Angels. Among the militant hotel workers union’s demands: any Stadium deal must include a “labor peace” agreement, i.e. mandatory unionization. Also, if an agreement provides for the residential development on the stadium site, Local 11 wants ...

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Will OC Democratic Party Approve “Abolish ICE” Resolution Tonight?

Will the Democratic Party of Orange County head over a political cliff this evening by approving a resolution to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency charged with enforcing the nation’s immigration laws? The DPOC has twice tabled attempts to bring the resolution to a vote. According to sources, this is at least in part due to pressure from ...

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Wealthy, Anti-Charter School Politico Running For OC Board of Education

Andy Thorburn wants to be elected. To something. Last year, the rich, progressive, perennial candidate lost a nasty primary election for the 39th Congressional District to a more moderate (and equally rich) Democrat, Gil Cisneros – who went on to narrowly defeat Republican Young Kim in the general election. Earlier this year, Thorburn set his sights a little lower and ...

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Long Beach Council Also Adopts Rules To Speed Council Meetings. Will Moreno Object?

The Anaheim City Council has come in for some pretty vituperative criticism from certain quarters over procedural reforms enacted earlier this year to make council meetings operate more efficiently – including a re-structuring of public comments. Until this year, council meeting routinely went into the late hours of the evening, in part because the public comment period ran on h=for ...

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Disneyland’s Local Economic Impact: $8.5 Billion, 78,000 Jobs

A new study by the Cal State Fullerton’s Woods Center for Economic Analysis and Forecasting confirmed the Disneyland Resort’s standing as Orange County’s economic powerhouse. According the the study, Disneyland generated $8.5 billion in economic activity for the Southern California economy – a huge increase from $3.5 billion in 2005. That’s a 50% increase since 2013. The Resort is also ...

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UPDATED: Why Is AUHSD Superintendent Involved In Santa Ana School Board Campaign?

Why is Anaheim Union High School District Superintendent Mike Matsuda involving himself in a school board candidate campaign in neighboring Santa Ana Unified School District? Yesterday, Matsuda posted this on his Facebook page: Earlier, Santa Ana SJW Ben Vazquez touted the campaign endorsement by Matsuda – who also pledged his financial support for Torres: Carolyn Torres is running in the ...

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Residents Participation Growing As Anaheim First Town Halls Hit Half-Way Mark

The District 3 town hall organized by Anaheim First last week marked the half-way point in the first phase of gathering resident input for the Anaheim Community Assessment. The assessment will help guide how the 2030 Neighborhood Investment Program allocates a proposed $250 million investment by the city in neighborhoods over the next decade. Approximately 130 people participated in the ...

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Meet the Anaheim PD’s Robbery & Assault Detail

From Behind The Badge: Meet the members of the Anaheim PD’s tight-knit Robbery & Assault Detail By Greg Hardesty On a recent weekday morning, detectives and co-workers on the Anaheim PD’s Robbery & Assault Detail were standing at their workstations, their attention intensely focused on a… Forty-foot golf putt. The shot was too hard, and the ball pinged off a ...

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Internal Turmoil At Left-Wing Advocacy Group OCCORD

Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD), a left-wing political advocacy group that focuses its energies on Anaheim and Santa Ana, is suffering from internal turmoil amidst a mass exodus of staffers. Earlier today, OCCORD sent out an e-mail from OCCORD Chair Ada Briceno regarding a mass exodus of staff: “Over the past few weeks, several of OCCORD’s employees ...

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City Council Votes To Re-Adopt Traditional City Flag

Last night, the Anaheim City Council voted to return to using the original, traditional flag that had served as the city’s symbol from 1967 until 2018 – ditching the new city flag adopted last year at the behest of then-Mayor Tom Tait. Tait’s desire to re-design the flag had been sparked by watching a YouTube video of a Ted Talk ...

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