Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

Pandemic Shutdown Forces Disney To Lay Off 4,000 More Employees – Bringing Lay-Off Total To 32,000

Disney has laid off another 4,000 cast members due to the state government imposed economic shutdown, according to company filings with the Securities & Exchange Commission.  This brings the company’s pandemic shutdown-induced layoffs to 32,000. “Due to the current climate, including COVID-19 impacts, and changing environment in which we are operating, the company has generated efficiencies in its staffing, including ...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Day proclamation, 1863: By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been ...

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City Council Approves Agreement To Rapidly Create 1,000+ Affordable Workforce Housing Units

Acting on the recommendation of an ad hoc committee led by Councilman Trevor O’Neil, the city council earlier this month approved that will create more than a 1,000 units of affordable workforce housing. The council voted to participate in the California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA), a new state program that assists local governments in finance affordable workforce housing. Most ...

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COVID-19: Newsom Issues Statewide “Limited” Stay-At-Home Curfew

Prompted by a rise in COVID-19 cases, the Newsom Administration has issued its latest decree, imposing a “limited stay at home order,” mere days after telling the public it was not contemplating a stay-at-home order because “many Californians are fatigued and tired.” The order, issued by Acting State Public Health Officer Erica S. Pan, instructs Californians to stay indoors between ...

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Disney Announces More Furloughs On Heels Of 28,000 Layoffs, As Newsom Closure Continues

The state-imposed pandemic economic shut-down continues wreaking havoc on jobs and livelihoods, as Disney announced furloughs of cast members at the executive, salaried and hourly level. The company pointed to the Newsom Administration’s re-opening criteria and guidelines for theme parks, which have kept the Disneyland Resort closed for eight months and place it in a state of “limbo.” “We expected ...

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PYLUSD Area 2: Marilyn Anderson Defeats LaShe Rodriguez

Marilyn Anderson, a long-time Placentia resident, community and school volunteer, defeated political professional LaShe Rodriguez for the open Trustee Area 2 seat on the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District Board of Education.  Joshua Correa, a local artist and preservationist activist, finished third. Anderson is a life-long resident of Placentia, where she has raised her family and sent them to the ...

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Pro-Growth, Pro-Law Enforcement Candidates Sweep Anaheim City Council Elections

The Anaheim City Council elections were swept by candidates supportive of economic development, law enforcement, neighborhood investment and re-opening the local economy. Council seats in Districts 1, 4 and 5 were on the ballot. In Districts 1 and 5, incumbents Denise Barnes and Steve Faessel, respectively, were seeking re-election to a second four-year term.  District 4 was open, as term ...

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Shrillness From Moreno & Comrades As Election Day Arrives

Election Day is here at last. While most eyes are focused on the presidential election, there’s a lot at stake in Anaheim, with elections in three council districts that will decide whether the current council majority retains control or if District 3 Councilman Jose F. Moreno controls the dais for the last two years of his term. One measure of ...

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Placentia-Yorba Linda USD Board: Community Volunteers v. Carpetbagger

There are three candidates running this November to represent Trustee Area 2 of the Placentia Yorba-Linda Unified School District. Two of them are long-time residents with histories of community involvement.  The third is a political operative with no ties to the community who only moved into Orange County at the beginning of 2019. Area 2 includes parts of Placentia, Fullerton ...

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