Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

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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Moreno Wants City Council To Wade Into Divisive “Public Charge Rule” Controversy

Tonight, Councilman Jose F. Moreno is asking the Anaheim City Council to oppose the recently announced change by the Department of Homeland Security – which oversees the Immigration and Naturalization Service – to the “public charge” rule. With so many pressing matters facing Anaheim upon which the city council can actually take action, residents can be forgiven for wondering why ...

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UPDATED: Constitution Day Celebration On Saturday, Sept. 14 At Chapman University

Few American institutions have worked longer, harder, more effectively and more articulately than the Claremont Institute at recovering and reviving understanding of the principles of the American Founding – which are now under more concerted and intense attack than anytime in memory. This Saturday, the Claremont Institute invites all to its annual Constitution Day Celebration at Chapman University, under the ...

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