Cynthia Ward

Joel Acevedo Shooting: The Myth of the Missing Gun Shot Residue Test

Ever since the OC District Attorney’s office released its report stating the police shooting of Joel Acevedo was justified, a tiny but vocal group refuse to accept that finding.  To do so would entail relinquishing their belief that the Anaheim police actually executed Acevedo. One of slender reeds to which they cling is the “missing gun shot residue test” claim. ...

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Stop the Presses! Disney Has Had Input Into Development Of Anaheim Transit System!

Is this what passes for news nowadays? Today, the Voice of OC reports that Disneyland has had input into the development of the Anaheim Rapid Connection system. Wow, what a shock. Public agencies (the smart ones, at least) always consult with and seek input from the public — which includes businesses — when developing transportation projects.  Yet, the Voice of ...

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OCR Article On Crime-Clearance Informative, But Hardly An Indictment

The OC Register published an interesting article on Sunday regarding a steep decline in crimes-solved statistics during the last decade (sorry, it’s behind the OCR paywall). Predictably but prematurely, the dementors of the Anaheim politics are crowing. Cynthia Ward, in typical hyperbolic fashion, headlines her post “The Register Blows The Lid Of More Dirty Secrets of the Anaheim Police.” That’s not ...

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Drawing Moral Equivalence Between Gangs And Police? Really?

I saw this posted yesterday on the Facebook page of would-be conscience of Anaheim, Cynthia Ward: “…I wish the issue could be an April Fool’s joke, but nobody is laughing, not the grieving mothers who have buried their sons, not the neighborhoods forced to watch the violence from gangs and cops alike…” [emphasis added]. “Violence from gangs and cops alike”? ...

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Who’s Cynthia Ward’s Source in City Hall?

Two recent Voice of OC stories made quite a lot out of a 2008 e-mail between Public Works Director Natalie Meeks and then-Mayor Curt Pringle. The e-mail didn’t live up to the hype. Anyone with some understanding of the issue could tell there was no “there,” there. The origin of this e-mail tells its own story about shenanigans inside City ...

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Flashback: Cynthia Ward Quits SOAR Over Tait Endorsement

For some reason, Matt’s post about Cynthia Ward starting up an “Anaheim Taxpayers Association” PAC reminded me of her dramatic resignation from the Save Our Anaheim Resort PAC board back in September 2010. Back then, Cynthia was a big backer of Shirley McCracken’s campaign for mayor and a loud opponent of Tom Tait, whom she dismissed as a special interest ...

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Cynthia Ward Forms Political Campaign Committee

Last week, Anaheim gadfly Cynthia Ward formed a political action committee, calling it the “Anaheim  Taxpayers Association.” Its stated purpose: “To support or oppose candidates for all offices, and to support or oppose initiatives which affect Anaheim.” The treasurer is Helen Myers, a friend of hers who is also treasurer for rich Fullerton gadfly Tony Bushala’s campaign undertakings. Cynthia regularly and vociferously ...

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Voice of OC Downgrades E-mail from “Politically Explosive” To Merely “Questionable”

On Friday, the Voice of OC published an article about an e-mail the reporter had not even seen, breathlessly describing it as “politically explosive.” Last night the Voice published a follow-up story — this time after actually reading the e-mail (or as it turns out, e-mails) in question and being educated on the actual context and meaning. The description of the ...

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