District 1

District 1 Candidate Ryan Balius Marking Independence Day Distributing 6,000 American Flags July 3-4

Ryan Balius, who is running for Anaheim City Council from District 1, will celebrate 244th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence by providing American flags to more than 6,000 residences in the district. “The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays because it brings family and friends together to celebrate our country, reflect on the ...

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District 1: Councilmember Denise Barnes Switches From Republican to Democrat

When she campaigned for Anaheim City Council from District 1 in 2016, Denise Barnes was a Republican. She sought and received the endorsement of the conservative, pro-life Anaheim Republican Assembly. She unsuccessfully sought the endorsement of the Republican Party of Orange County. Since then, Barnes has drifted steadily left-ward: supporting rent control, calling for new taxes, standing and clapping at ...

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Jose Moreno’s Garden Of Taxation

Since he first ran for city council in 2014, Councilman Jose F. Moreno has hankered to enact more city taxes. In recent weeks, he has been exploiting the damage the COVID crisis has inflicted on city finances to push for new taxes. He has been asking the council to place new taxes on the November 2020 ballot. He is talking ...

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OC Register Editorial Board Punts On Publishing Informed Opinion

  Last week, the OC Register published an inaccurate and misleading editorial on the resignation of Chris Zapata headlined “Anaheim Punts On City Manager Exit.” The irony reality is it’s the OCR editorial board that punted…on its responsibility to publish informed editorials. There is such a thing as opinion journalism, practiced in its best form by outfits like the Wall ...

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District 1: Denise Barnes AWOL On Key West Anaheim Revitalization Vote

Why did Councilmember Denise Barnes skip a key West Anaheim revitalization vote Tuesday’s council meeting? She participated in the marathon three-hour closed session meeting to determine City Manager Chris Zapata’s fate.  When the city council re-convened for its public session, Barnes was absent. Mind you, the council meeting was being conducted via telephone – so Barnes didn’t physically go anywhere. ...

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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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