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ACLU Goes Fishing; Demands Anaheim Turn Over Huge Trove of Documents, Emails and Texts

The ACLU is demanding the city turn over a trove of documents, voice-mails e-mails, and text messages – both official and personal — from a small army of current and former councilmembers, staff, city commission appointees and private citizens, often pertaining to circumstances, events or issues not even tangentially related to “racially-polarized voting.” It’s sort of like litigation carpet bombing, and ...

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Anaheim Veteran’s Day Ceremony Set for November 9

The City of Anaheim will be honoring our veterans in a Veterans Day ceremony on November 9 on the Downtown Community Center Lawn, adjacent to City Hall. The annual celebration on our military veterans is being chaired by Councilwoman Lucille Kring, reprising her tradition of chairing the event since her initial election to city council in 1998.

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Anti-Camping Ordinance Is Pro-Public, Not “Criminalizing Homelessness”

Some thoughts on the ongoing debate over Anaheim’s recently adopted anti-camping ordinance. For starters, it was good to see the City Council unanimity on the matter. This really isn’t a complicated issue: there is a homeless encampment in La Palma Park which has a deleterious effect on the life of neighboring residents and is effectively denying the use of a ...

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UPDATED: “Is It La Palma Park or La Palma Shelter?”

UPDATED: I’ve added a video clip of Mr. LaFontaine’s remarks at the end of the post. I’m glad the Anaheim City Council acted with unanimity to enact the anti-camping ordinance. I was impressed by the testimony from the many residents who live near the park, who addressed the council last night. They spoke with plain and direct eloquence about their ...

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Anaheim City Hall Could Still Use Some COIN

A year ago, I published a post advocating the Anaheim City Council adopt something similar to Costa Mesa’s COIN (Civic Openness in Negotiations Ordinance) ordinance.  Tomorrow night, the Fullerton City Council will begin discussing whether or not to adopt its own version of COIN. This is a discussion the Anaheim City Council should consider having, as well. The staff report ...

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Media Watch: David Nazar Twists the Truth

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jdmEtiSy9c&w=420&h=315] So I’m watching this PBS SoCal program in which Rick Reiff is interviewing producer/reporter David Nazar about the William Fitzgerald anti-Semitic/homophobic rant incident, and I’m startled when Nazar’s narrative really twists the truth as if it were a pretzel:

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New Miraloma Park Illustrates Challenges Facing Older OC Cities

On the Anaheim City Council’s agenda on September 24 was some good news amidst all the usual unpleasantness: the creation of Miraloma Park and Community Center. The city had its eye on a commercial property for some time, and moved to purchase it when it became available. According to the staff report, amenities will include: Miraloma Park and Community Center ...

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More Lorri Galloway for Mayor Buzz

Anaheim Insider here. Back in August, I reported that Lorri Galloway was plotting to run against Tom Tait for Mayor next year. Last week, I blogged that at a union send-off party for OC Labor Fed firebrand Tefere Gebre, Galloway was telling others of her plans to challenge Tait. Gabriel San Roman is following on our heels with this post on ...

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Mayor Tait Condemns Fitzgerald Rant

Mayor Tom Tait posted this comment on his Facebook page, condemning William Fitzgerald’s rant at Monday’s special council meeting and explaining what he believes he can and cannot do about it as mayor: This past Monday, a special meeting of the Anaheim City Council was held, and an Anaheim resident, who regularly attends council meetings and regularly makes offensive comments, ...

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