Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

New Leadership At Disneyland Resort, And Disney Parks Worldwide

The Walt Disney Company, in the midst of probably the most challenging environment in the company’s history, yesterday announced a number of changes in the corporate leadership team – including the Disneyland Resort, comprised of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, three resort hotels and Downtown Disney, the 20-acre entertainment, retail and shopping district. Josh D’Amaro was named chairman of Disney ...

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DPOC Chair Briceno’s Shutdown Cheerleading At Odds With UNITE-HERE Members Desire To Work

Under the chairmanship of Ada Briceno, the Democratic Party of Orange County is unequivocally the Party of Shutdown. Regardless of how arbitrary Governor Newsom’s edicts may be, Briceno and the DPOC are backing the shutdown of businesses, parks, beaches, et al, to the hilt. For example, the DPOC attacks as “hyper-partisan” efforts by local elected officials for re-open beaches and ...

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UNITE-HERE Tries To Extract Dues Payments From Unemployed Members

The state government-imposed COVID-19 shutdown has devastated the tourism, convention and hospitality industry. That devastation extends to UNITE-HERE Local 11, the politically radical union representing hotel workers. According news reports, 95% of Local 11 have lost their jobs. Nonetheless, the union continued trying to collect dues from its unemployed members. A UNITE-HERE Local 11 member shared with Anaheim Blog text ...

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Anaheim Eviction Moratorium Extended Through June 2020

At its May 12 meeting, the Anaheim City Council voted 5-2 to extend until June 30, 2020 the eviction moratorium it had unanimously adopted on March 24. The moratorium, which covers both residential and commercial tenants, was set to expire at the end of this month. The vote was 5-2, with Mayor Harry Sidhu, Mayor Pro Steve Faessel and Councilmembers ...

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Angel Stadium Sale: Council Approves Accelerating Stadium Development Plan, $10 Million Payment To City

The Anaheim City Council this evening voted 6-1 to accelerate development of the Angel Stadium site, in an action that will advance submittal of the stadium site development plan and put $10 million into city coffers more than year early. In December 2019, the Anaheim City Council approved an agreement under which the Angels agreed to stay in Anaheim until ...

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Hearing On Jose Moreno’s Arrest Continued…Again

The pre-trial hearing on Councilman Jose F. Moreno’s two misdemeanor counts of criminal arrest was continued yet again. He and his 20 co-defendants – including Ada Briceno, the boss of UNITE-HERE Local 11 and the OC Democratic Party – were scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on April 29. But since the courts are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ...

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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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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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