Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

City Council Approval Of Three 4-Diamond Hotels Is In Anaheim’s Best Interest

[Cross-posted from OC Daily] This Tuesday the Anaheim City Council will vote on applications from three 4-diamond hotel projects to participate in the city’s Hotel Incentive Program; among them is Disney’s first new hotel project in more than 15 years. The meeting will doubtless be a donnybrook involving the various forces that have been contending over Anaheim’s future trajectory. Anaheim’s ...

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240 Years of Liberty Under Law: Happy 4th of July!

Cross-posted from OC Daily: Amidst the revelry and relaxation, let us take a moment to read the document that announced our noble experiment in self-government and reflect on the transcendent natural rights upon which that experiment is founded. IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, ...

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Will Anaheim City Council Kill Off Short-Term Rentals?

The Anaheim City Council is holding a special meeting this evening, called by Mayor Tom Tait to consider ordinances that, in essence, would ultimately largely kill off short-term rentals (STRs) in Anaheim. Sharing economy innovations such as Airbnb and VRBO have empowered individuals to tap what had been a latent asset – their homes – in order to earn additional ...

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Martin Lopez Out In District 4; Ferreras Joins Tait Slate

According to multiple sources over the last couple of weeks, Martin Lopez, an officer of the militant UNITE-HERE hotel workers union, has decided not to run for the Council District 4 seat. Although he never filed candidacy papers, The left-wing political activist had made it clear this spring that he planned to challenge Councilwoman Lucille Kring for the seat. That ...

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UNITE-HERE Hypocrisy On Hotel Incentive Programs

Cross-posted from OC Daily A militant, politically left-wing union that for years has denounced tax subsidies for luxury hotel development in Anaheim is embracing just such subsidy program in Santa Ana due to the city council’s inclusion of mandatory “labor peace agreements” for participating hotels. For the last four years, leaders of the militant hotel workers union UNITE-HERE Local 11 ...

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UPDATED: These Watchdogs Need Glasses

[NOTE TO READERS: story is updated at the bottom.] Anaheim gadfly and independent AD68 candidate Brian Chuchua, along with his tribune Greg Diamond, are claiming campaign signs going after former Villa Park Councilwoman Deborah Pauly are illegal. Why? In Diamond’s words: This photo was taken by Brian Chuchua early Friday evening; we’ve cranked up the brightness to make them more ...

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Jennifer Rivera Files To Run In Council District 3

The mysterious-yet-electorally potent Jennifer Rivera has filed her official intention to run for Anaheim City Council from District 3. Rivera has run for council twice before. In 2008, she finished sixth in a field of 10 candidates, garnering 5.8% of the vote. In 2012, she finished fourth in a field of nine candidates, nabbing 10.3%.  In neither race did she ...

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Trump In Anaheim

Cross-posted from OC Daily: The presumptive nominee of the Republican and Democratic parties were in Orange County yesterday; Donald Trump at the Anaheim Convention Center and Hillary Clinton in Buena Park at the United Food and Commercial Workers union hall. Unsurprisingly, it was colorful and controversial Trump who drew the biggest crowds and most attention. An estimated crowd of 3,000 – ...

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Two New Candidates in Council District 1

Two more candidates pulled papers last week – and the same day, May 20 – to run for Anaheim City Council from West Anaheim’s District 1. Freddy Fitzgerald Carvajal A Democratic activist and insurance broker who lives near Western High School, one of Carvajal‘s recent foray’s into local politics was participating last fall in the OC Young Democrats-Connor Traut action ...

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