Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

OC Democratic Party Deadlocks On Endorsement In District 5 Council Race

A split Democratic Party of Orange County Central Committee was unable to make an endorsement in the District 5 city council race last night, as committee members deadlocked between the two Democrat candidates, Kenneth Batiste and Sabrina Quezada. Councilman Steve Faessel, a lifelong Anaheim resident, businessman and city historian with many years of active civic and community involvement, is running ...

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OC Register Opposes “Corporate Welfare”…Except For Itself

Yesterday, the OC Register editorial board pulled out the anti-Anaheim-Chamber-template and published a boiler plate editorial criticizing the Anaheim City Council for approving an agreement with the Chamber to operate a Shop/Dine/Buy/Hire Local program to support Anaheim businesses, using federal CARES Act funding. The writer’s dismissal of the program as “corporate welfare,” indicating an ignorance of the program, how it ...

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JW Marriott Anaheim’s Long Road To Opening

The JW Marriott, Anaheim Resort officially opened for business yesterday. It has been a long and difficult road for this beautiful property – the first 4-Diamond hotel to open in the Anaheim Resort since Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel opened its doors in January 2001. The project was approved by the Anaheim City Council in early 2012. The developers, Ajesh Patel ...

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Progressive Vote-Buying and Cancel Culture In District 5 Race

The District 5 council race is the scene of some questionable vote-buying by the Kenneth Batiste campaign, plus a related bout of left-wing cancel culture. On Facebook this Sunday, Yesenia Rojas, a union member and community activist who has generally sided with the Tait-Moreno side in Anaheim’s civic battles, called out left-wing blogger Vern Nelson for putting Kenneth Batiste campaign ...

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Moreno Telegraphs Rationalizations For Opposing COVID-19 Recovery Plan Tonight

Councilman Jose F. Moreno is already telegraphing his plan to vote against using $4 million in federal CARES Act funding to extend eviction protection, support for local businesses and COVID-19 testing. His vehicle: cynical alternative ideas for the $4 million which he admits aren’t realistic. Item 14 on tonight’s council agenda would expand the Anaheim Community and Economic Recovery Plan ...

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City Council To Consider $4 Million Expansion Of Community & Economic Recovery Plan

This Tuesday, the Anaheim City Council will vote on expanding the Anaheim Community and Economic Recovery Plan, including the extension of eviction protections, more support for local businesses and increased funding for COVID-19 testing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The expansion would tap up to $4 million of the $33 million in CARES Act funding the city received from the ...

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Westin Anaheim Resort Looking To Fill 400 Positions

The Westin Anaheim Resort is holding a series of job fairs in order to fill 400 positions at the 4-Diamond hotel, located across from the Disneyland Resort and slated to open in October 2020. The $245-million, 618-room luxury hotel is owned by Wincome Properties, and is the first new Westin built in Southern California in a quarter century. The first ...

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OC Democratic Party Rejects Endorsing Denise Barnes

District 1 Councilmember and life-long Republican Denise Barnes switched parties on June 12 and is running for re-election as a newly-minted Democrat. However, her bid for the Democratic Party of Orange County Central Committee endorsement was rejected last night on a split vote. 30 committee members voted for and 23 members voted against endorsement, with 7 members abstaining, according to ...

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Newly-Minted Democrat Denise Barnes Seeking OC Democrat Party Endorsement

Several 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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