Denise Barnes

District 1: Council Candidate Ryan Balius Off To Impressive Start

Ryan Balius, who is running for Anaheim City Council from District 1, is off to an impressive start in his campaign. This is first bid for elected office by Balius, a long-time member of the Anaheim Parks and Recreation Commission who is active in the West Anaheim Neighborhood Development Council (WAND). First-time candidates without a deep background in political activism ...

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Who Is Running In District 1?

Three Anaheim City Council seats are up in November 2020: Districts 1, 4 and 5. The big question in District 1 is whether or not the incumbent, Councilwoman Denise Barnes, will run for re-election. District 1 encompasses the westernmost part of Anaheim: Councilwoman Barnes was recruited to run in 2016 by then-Mayor Tom Tait, who was trying to capture a ...

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“Free Speech” Hypocrisy From Moreno, Barnes & Gadfly Guild

There’s been a lot of hand-wringing and violin-playing from Councilmembers Jose Moreno and Denise Barnes and their minions – claiming the council majority is being tyrannical and stifling free speech due to a few instances of tabling Moreno items with little discussion. This criticism is hollow and hypocritical given how Moreno and Councilmember Denise Barnes staunchly supported Mayor Tom Tait’s ...

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Campaign 2020: Denise Barnes Veers Left

District 1 Councilmember Denise Barnes campaigned in 2016 as an opponent of government intervention in the marketplace. Two years later, the first-term Republican has veered sharply to the Left – most recently in joining democratic socialist Councilman Jose F. Moreno in supporting price controls on rental properties in Anaheim. Barnes Embraces Rent Control  Rent control is a top political priority ...

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Is Rent Control Advocacy Part of Good Parenting? OCCORD Thinks So

If you asked people to list the attributes of good parenting, it’s unlikely anyone cite rent control advocacy. Don’t tell that to OCCORD, the social justice advocacy and community organizing group with a $1.5 million annual budget. At the political rally it organized at Katella High School last month, the progressive lobbying group passed out this flyer: Apparently, being an ...

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Council Aides: Moreno Hires Radicals, Barnes Hires Cynthia Ward

There have been recent changes in the ranks of aides to Anaheim City Councilmembers, as two councilmembers have added two political activists to their ranks. As readers may (or may not) know, the mayor and councilmembers are each allotted a budget to hire council aides to assist them in their duties. Technically, they work for the city manager’s office. At ...

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Are Days Numbered For Maxwell Park Homeless Encampment?

The temporary emergency shelter on State College is due to open its doors the morning of December 20. The first order of business is to accommodate those homeless encamped at Maxwell, Twila Reid and La Palma parks.  Homeless people camping at those parks have been outreached to and warned that with the opening of the temporary shelter, the city will ...

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District 1: Homeless Encampment Has Taken Over Maxwell Park

If, as the saying goes, possession is nine-tenths of the law, then Maxwell Park belongs to homeless campers – not the general, taxpaying, law-abiding public. Earlier this week, Anaheim Blog took these photos of Maxwell Park – which is in District 1, represented by Councilmember Denise Barnes: Yes – that is human feces at the park’s restroom. The trash can ...

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