Neighborhood Improvement

So Much For “Respectful Dialogue”

[Editor’s Note: the video in this post contains obscenity] Last week, at a press conference following the Los Amigos meeting, Donna Acevedo led a press conference claiming “Working-Class Anaheim Neighborhoods Say “Enough” To Police Brutality and Harassment.” Leaving aside the question of whether Ms. Acevedo and the half-dozen other participants can legitimately claim to speak for the working-class Anaheim neighborhoods, one of Ms. Acevedo’s demands was ...

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Anaheim in Wonderland: Explain Again How The Police Are To Blame?

I was just reading this Voice of OC article, “Neighborhood in Anaheim Turns on Police” and found this passage extraordinary: “In the second incident early Sunday morning, officers arrived at the neighborhood with guns drawn because of a report that an armed gang member had invaded a resident’s home, according to Dunn. Hostile residents again challenged police officers, he said.” ...

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Kris Murray On CA Supreme Court Ruling On Marijuana Dispensaries

In her e-newsletter last week, Anaheim Councilwoman Kris Murray published this column on the state Supreme Court’s ruling on the legality of cities banning medical marijuana dispensaries, and I’ve been meaning to post it here: CA Supreme Court Upholds Cities’ Right to Ban Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Last week, the California Supreme Court ruled in favor of cities’ right to ban ...

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ESCRI Forum: Blame The Anaheim Police

I encourage you to read today’s Voice of OC article on last night’s forum organized by the East Street Community Renewal Initiative (ESCRI), a project of former (and potentially future) Councilwoman Lorri Galloway. It contains many jewels. Let’s start with this one: “The consensus from the forum attendees was clear – the police department is still racist, and city government still can’t ...

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Saturday, May 11: WAND’s 17th Annual Anaheim Western BBQ

The West Anaheim Neighborhood Development Council (WAND), a long-time community action group,  is holding its 17th Annual Anaheim Western Barbecue this Saturday, May 11. WHERE: Twila Reid Park 3100 W. Orange Avenue (between Beach Blvd. and Western Ave.) TIME:      10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The WAND BBQ offers a panoply of activities and diversions for friends and family alike. Attendees can look forward ...

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Anaheim Must Compete In Hotel Market Distorted by Garden Grove

Some of my Republican friends argue with me over my support for the GardenWalk project TOT rebate, pointing out that it isn’t free market economics and that government shouldn’t subsidize a business enterprise. My response is that they’re right, but Anaheim isn’t working in a free market. I recognize that state government has gone too far on the regulation and ...

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Kris Murray Proposes Return of “Home Improvement Holiday”

During councilmember comments at last night Anaheim City Council meeting, Councilwoman Kris Murray proposed the return of a most excellent policy: the Home Improvement Holiday (HIH). It’s been almost 10 years since Anaheim launch the original HIH under Mayor Curt Pringle. It was one of the emblematic policies of the “Freedom Friendly” days. HIH by-passed the top-down, bureaucratic and expensive governmental ...

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What A Surprise: Eight Anna Drive Residents File Claims Against Anaheim

Remember the notorious incident last July that took place on Anaheim’s gang-ridden Anna Drive when Anaheim police jousted with residents in the wake of the shooting of fleeing gang member Manuel Diaz? As if we could forget. Well, eight residents of Anna Drive have filed claims against Anaheim citing, according to the OC Register, “physical injuries, emotional trauma, violations of constitutional protections against ...

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More Councilmember Resolutions: Brandman and Kring

The OC Register has published New Year resolutions from the two newest members of the Anaheim City Council, Jordan Brandman and Lucille Kring: Here’s Brandman’s (who was the top vote-getter in November’s election): A time of reflection and new beginnings Each new year brings forth a time of reflection and new beginnings filled with hope and opportunity. As I begin ...

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