Government & Politics

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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City Manager Resigns; Greg Garcia Tapped As Interim City Manager

During a nearly three-hour closed session meeting last night, the Anaheim City Council voted to accept the resignation of City Manager Chris Zapata, and appointed Deputy City Manager Greg Garcia to serve as Interim City Manager. Mayor Harry Sidhu, Mayor Pro Tem Lucille Kring, and Councilmembers Jordan Brandman, Steve Faessel and Trevor O’Neil voted to accept Zapata’s resignation and for ...

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Anaheim Economic Recovery Plan Rolling: Visit Anaheim Books $500 Million In Convention Biz Since March

The COVID-19 Crisis is a public health crisis unlike anything we’ve experience in our lifetimes. Sheltering at home, social distancing protocols and personal protective equipment are flattening the curve. At the same time, our economy has been hammered. Cities all over the country are facing massive tax revenue hits as large swaths of the economy have simply shut down. Cities ...

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Voice of OC Misses The Real Story On City Manager Chris Zapata

Anaheim Insider here. It’s been a while. Yesterday, the Voice of OC once again showed it participates in, rather than reports on, Anaheim politics. We get it. But how about getting their facts straight? The article starts out: Anaheim City Manager Chris Zapata raised concerns about the high pay of top executives at the Disneyland area resort promotion group, Visit ...

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Can California Cities Survive The Virus?

People throughout the country have a greater affection for their cities than any other level of government.  They may not know their mayor or council members by name, but they most positively embrace the services and value that these local-est of governments provides. And this affection is not unwarranted.  People feel that they can get more done at the local ...

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COVID-19 Update From City Of Anaheim: Steps To Re-Opening

From the City of Anaheim: Saying stay at home “cannot be a permanent state,” Gov. Gavin Newsom has outlined six points California will be looking to as part of a gradual, eventual transition to some parts of normal life. As expected, though, the governor did not provide a date for easing California’s stay at home order, which remains until further ...

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Anaheim School Trustee Juan Alvarez: People Who Didn’t Vote For Bernie Are “Greedy, Racist, Sexist”

When socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders ended his quest for the Democratic presidential nomination last week, it prompted much wailing and gnashing of teeth from his fervent base of revolutionary progressives. Many of the Bernie Bros on Orange County also hold elected offices in Anaheim, Santa Ana and Garden Grove. Juan Alvarez was especially out-out by the demise of the Sanders’ ...

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Mayor Harry Sidhu: Thank You To The Heroes Of Anaheim

There are many heroes in this crisis who deserve our praise. I have mentioned some of them before. Very special thanks must be given to our medical workers in hospitals who are caring for the sick at great personal risk to their own health. Thank you to our City’s first responders, Anaheim Fire & Rescue personnel and Police Officers, who also continue to provide ...

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AUHSD To Teachers: You Can Drop Curriculum, Talk About Coronarivus For Rest Of Semester

The Anaheim Union High School District has extended its school closures through the May 21 – the end of the academic year. AUSHD teachers and students will try to continue education in their various subjects an requirements via remote learning. Or not. Last week, Superintendent Michael Matsuda gave AUHSD teachers permission to stop teaching from the established curriculum and instead ...

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