Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

Why Is Anaheim Republican Assembly President Supporting Democrat Politicians?

The California Repulican Assembly has long branded itself as the keeper of the conservative flame – or as the CRA likes to put it, “the conscience of the Republican Party.” However, the president of the Anaheim Republican Assembly (ARA), George Grachen, has been most prominent for his support of Democrat politicians in Anaheim. Here’s Grachen appearing in a campaign video ...

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Randle-Trejo Fails To File Required Disclosure of Donors To Her City Council Campaign

This morning, the Voice of OC published a story by Brandon Pho bemoaning the volume of ballots already cast before more voters have had  a chance to read the latest round of candidate campaign finance disclosures. The article’s premise illustrates the VOC’s view that these reports are Rosetta Stones for deciphering candidates, while simultaneously overlooking the reality that – outside ...

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Newsom Guidelines Will Likely Keep Disneyland Closed Until Late 2021

After weeks of foot-dragging despite desperate pleas from business, labor and civic leaders, the Newsom Administration today finally announced re-opening guidelines for California’s theme parks – which have been closed for more than seven months. However, the news was grim: the bottom line is that under Governor Newsom’s rules, major theme parks like the Disneyland Resort and Knott’s Berry Farm ...

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Petty Hypocrisy From Magcalas & Moreno Crew

Anaheim Elementary School District Trustee J. Paolo Magcalas is running for a second term. And for the first time, he has an actual opponent: Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring. Magcalas is having conniption that Kring is on a number of slate mailers: the campaign mailers sent to voters urging them to vote for certain candidates for Congress, legislature, city council, school ...

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Batiste Campaign: Food For Votes

They’re at it again. In August, it came out the Kenneth Batiste campaign was in disadvantaged neighborhoods in District 5, handing out food boxes topped with Batiste for City Council campaign flyers. Using food to appeal for votes was the brainchild of local blogger and Democrat activist Vern Nelson. A backlash prompted him to admit having the campaign use food ...

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Disney Concludes Return-To-Work Agreements With 11 Unions; UNITE-HERE Local 11 Holding Out

The Disneyland Resort has reached return-to-work agreements with 11 of its cast member unions. These agreements implement a set of COVID-19 health and safety measures and protocols that will be in place when cast members return to their jobs whenever Governor Newsom gets around to allowing the Resort to re-open. The unions in question represent the large majority of Resort ...

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Paolo Magcalas Urges Passage Of $12 Billion Property Tax Increase

Proposition 15 will partially repeal the property tax limits of landmark Proposition 13 and impose a massive increase in commercial property taxation – a tax hike that will trickle down to small business owners in the form of higher rents, to consumers in the form of higher prices, and everyone in the form of few jobs and higher cost of ...

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Disneyland Providing Multiple Methods of Free COVID-19 Testing For Cast Members

The Disneyland Resort is offering three different ways for cast members to obtain free COVID-19 tests. “We have finalized a plan for all working cast members of the Disneyland Resort to have access to free, easily accessible testing options,” Disney theme parks chief medical officer Pamela Hymel said in a statement. The Disneyland Resort includes Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure and ...

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Moreno Support for Prop. 15: Putting Government Profit Over People

On Tuesday, shortly before the beginning of the Anaheim City Council meeting, Councilman Jose F. Moreno shared an Anaheim Brewery Facebook post and urged people to “support local business”: A few hours later, Moreno was arguing in favor of Proposition 15 – a ballot initiative that would hurt small businesses like Anaheim Brewery by dramatically raising commercial property taxes. In ...

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Trevor O’Neil Leads City Council Majority In Opposing Prop. 15 Property Tax Hike

Last night, the Anaheim City Council approved a resolution opposing Proposition 15, the controversial, government union-backed initiative to repeal Prop. 13 limits on commercial property taxation. Currently, Proposition 13 – passed overwhelmingly by the voters in June 1978 – limits the property tax rate for both residential and commercial property to 1% of the assessed value at purchase, and limits ...

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