Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

AESD Trustees Magcalas, Alvarez Want To “Defund” School Safety Officers

Are campus safety officers “bullies in blue”? Are they part of a “school-to-prison” pipeline? A manifestation of “systemic racism” that victimizes minority students? Some elected members of the Anaheim Elementary School District Board of Trustees think so. Trustee Juan Alvarez co-authored a June 8 op-ed in the Voice of OC advocating “defunding” campus safety officers, calling them “repressive” and “contributing ...

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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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Moreno, Randle-Trejo: Woke Ignorance On Parade

Councilman Jose F. Moreno posted this meme on Facebook on Monday. It is less a statement that Black lives matter – on that we can all agree – so much as claiming the American Founding was racist, and the signers of the Declaration of Independence did not believe its principles applied to all people, particularly Black people. Moreno’s claim is ...

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Heartening Innovation Breakthroughs In The Fight Against COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID is a worldwide problem, but innovations and advances in its treatment can have impact everywhere, including Anaheim. It’s worth noting it is the private sector that is driving these innovations. Ensuring an adequate supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is a chronic difficulty for hospitals and other medical providers, where it often isn’t possible to avoid re-using PPE such ...

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Federal Aid Shrinks Anaheim’s Budget Gap

Significant relief is on its way to partially offset Anaheim’s budget woes stemming from the government-imposed shutdown that has dramatically reduced tax revenues from the city’s tourism and convention sector. Anaheim will receive $30.6 million under the federal CARES legislation enacted this spring. The money is intended to assist state and local governments cover costs related to COVID-19. City officials ...

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Moreno’s Anti-Business Ideology Bubbles To The Surface Again

George Orwell once said, “Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.” I was reminded of that quote while listening to Councilman Jose F. Moreno yesterday afternoon on “The Raad Life” podcast, which unsurprisingly revolved around the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, Moreno and his hosts were talking about how businesses responded as the pandemic progressed. ...

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Truncated Angels Baseball 2020 Season Begins July 23

Major League Baseball will begin playing a truncated 2020 season in fan-less stadiums nest week. The Angels kick off their season with a home opener at Angel Stadium on July 23 against the Oakland A’s. The 2020 season is off to such a late start due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Training camps only opened two weeks ago, and teams could ...

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City Council Permanently Bans Needle Exchange Programs In Anaheim

Last night, the Anaheim City Council voted to make permanent a one-year moratorium on needle exchange programs in the city.  The vote was 5-2, with Mayor Harry Sidhu, Mayor Pro Tem Lucille Kring, and Councilmembers Steve Faessel, Trevor O’Neil and Denise Barnes voting for the ban. Councilmembers Jordan Brandman and Jose F. Moreno supported authorizing regulated needle exchange programs after ...

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