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Newly-Minted Democrat Denise Barnes Seeking OC Democrat Party Endorsement

Three short weeks after switching her party affiliation from life-long Republican to Democrat, District 1 Councilwoman Denise Barnes is trying to secure the endorsement of the Democratic Party of Orange County Central Committee, which will vote on it tonight. Whether she gets it is another matter, since a number of Central Committee members object to the party giving consideration to ...

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Councilwoman Barnes’ Policy Aide Derides Federal Agents Battling Antifa Rioters As “Thugs”

Among the items on tonight’s Anaheim City Council agenda are informational presentations on the Office of Independent Review Group report and Police Review Board 2019 Annual Report. Councilman Jose F. Moreno will doubtless use the occasion to press his #defundthepolice agenda (while trying to explain that he doesn’t really mean defund the police). District 1 Councilmember Denise Barnes is Moreno’s ...

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Another Council Candidate In District 1: Jose Diaz

Another aspirant to represent District 1 on the Anaheim City Council has thrown his hat into the ring: Jose Diaz. Diaz is a Cuban immigrant who has lived for the last 21 yeas in Anaheim, where he and his wife have raised their four children. He works for the City of Orange, where he manages the Water Division of 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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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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