District 1

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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UPDATED Fact Check: Councilmember Barnes Misleads Public About Homeless Shelter Plans

[Editor’s Note: the story has been updated with reporting from Councilwoman Barnes’ community meeting.] District 1 Councilwoman Denise Barnes may or may not be running for re-election in 2020, but she is actively engaging in political mischief and gamesmanship. Last week, she used her councilmember Facebook page to feed the public very misleading information about a proposal to increase the ...

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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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West Anaheim Residents Welcome Council Approval of “39 Commons” Project

Last week, the Anaheim City Council voted unanimously to approve the long-awaited Beach Boulevard economic revitalization project now known as “39 Commons.” 39 Commons is a joint venture of Irvine-based Greenlaw Partners and Los Angeles-based Zelman Development Co. and involves purchase of a city-owned 30-acre parcel at the northeast corner of Beach Boulevard and Lincoln Avenue and developing it as ...

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Democrat Registration In Orange County Will Surpass The GOP Today

August 5 marked the last night in who knows how long that Orange County residents went to sleep in a red county. The Republican Party will almost certainly lose its voter registration advantage in Orange County today for the first time since the Democrats their post-Watergate advantage in 1978. According to the OC Registrar of Voters’ weekly Report of Registration ...

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Nearly 100 Residents Convene At Anaheim First Community Summit

Anaheim First kicked off the historic Anaheim Community Assessment with a packed community summit on July 10 that was attended by nearly 100 Anaheim residents of all ages, from every walk of life and every part of the city. Anaheim First is a 501(c)(3) grass-roots community organization whose mission is generating resident-driven solutions that positively transform our neighborhoods — led ...

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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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Mayor Sidhu: Fast-Track West Anaheim Revitalization Project

I am excited to announce long-awaited economic development plans for West Anaheim! The time has come to move development forward. At our June 18 City Council meeting, I will direct staff to agendize the necessary approvals to move forward in order to have plans before the Council by our July 30 meeting. When I campaigned for Mayor, too many West ...

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