Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

Westin Anaheim Resort Going Up On Anabella Hotel Site

The City of Anaheim has wanted a Westin Hotel to the Resort District for nearly 20 years, and is getting its wish: the Wincome Group announced that the 4-Diamond hotel it is building on the site of the Anabella Hotel will carry the Westin brand. The new hotel will be the first Westin in Southern California in more than 25 ...

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Santa Ana River Trail Belongs To The Taxpayers

[This was originally published in the OC Register on September 3, 2017] By Carolyn Cavecche Every few years a public policy issue grows so immense and overarching that it becomes the issue that a leader is judged by. For local elected officials it is usually something that so impacts their constituents, it taints everything they do in office. The taking ...

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Anaheim Craft & Vintage Fair Coming On Saturday, September 23

The Anaheim Craft & Vintage Fair is coming on Saturday, September 23 at Annunciation Byzantine Catholic Church. The fair runs all day, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and features local crafters and artists. No multi-tiered marketers. Real art and handmade items.! Attention foodies – there will be plenty of food, including Eastern European favorites, homemade jam.  There will also be ...

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Moreno Porta-Potties Proposal Dies; Murray Unveils State of Emergency Plan To End Homeless Encampments

The Anaheim City Council shelved District 3 Councilman Jose F. Moreno’s proposal to allow homeless advocates to install porta-potties in the Santa Ana River Trail homeless camp in District 5, while Councilwoman Kris Murray outlined an ambitious plan to declare a citywide state of emergency and tackle the explosion of homeless camps through a combination of assistance and enforcement she ...

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Homeless Encampments: The Public Is Weary Of Government Allowing Order To Give Way To Disorder

Last week, I published this photo of a bucket full of used hypodermic needles: It was taken at the trash collection site of the Rampart section of the sprawling Santa Ana River homeless village, as a county-contracted cleaning crew loaded garbage onto their truck. This week, there were hypodermic needle disposal containers fastened to the the fencing of the trash ...

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UPDATED: Moreno Alleges Anaheim Police Officers Misleading the Public About Enforcing Anti-Camping Law

As the Santa Ana River homeless village grows and Anaheim residents are increasingly denied use of their parks by the presence of homeless campers, enforcement of the city’s anti-camping is a front-burner issue. A group of residents launched an online petition on Tuesday demanding enforcement of anti-camping laws; it has already garnered more than 4,000 signatures. District 3 Councilman Jose ...

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Anaheimers Post Online Petition Demanding End Of Homeless Encampments on Santa Ana River, City Parks

A group of Anaheim residents fed up with the exploding homeless encampments in Anaheim and along the Santa Ana River trail have been self-organizing on social media. They have launched an online petition on Change.org demanding enforcement of the anti-camping laws on the Santa Ana River trail – which is swamped with homeless encampments – and in city parks. The ...

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Tait Tabling Council Discussion and Votes To Protect Council Allies

Three times during the past two council meetings, Mayor Tom Tait has used on obscure parliamentary tactic to shut down debate and safeguard his council allies from having to cast politically damaging votes. Councilwoman Lucille Kring had placed on the July 25 city council agenda a request to re-affirm the city’s anti-camping ordinance, adopted in 2013 as a tool to ...

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