Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

Jose Moreno’s Premium Pay Proposal Will Hurt Anaheim Businesses, Workers and Families

On May 11, the Anaheim City Council will consider whether to take action on Councilman Jose F. Moreno’s proposal to impose premium pay on Anaheim grocers, retailers and drug stores. It’s proponents like to call it “hazard pay”: a $3-$5 an hour premium tacked onto employees’ existing wages – which currently average $18 an hour for grocery store employees. At ...

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City Council Removes Commissioner Over “China Virus” Comments

At it’s April 27 meeting, the Anaheim City Council voted unanimously to remove Larry Larsen from the Sister City Commission. The removal stemmed from comments Larsen made at the commission’s February and March meetings in opposition to pursuing sister city status with Pudong, China.  Larsen blasted the proposal, pointing to the economic havoc wreaked on Anaheim by what he termed ...

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Disneyland Resort’s Re-Opening Sets Stage For Anaheim Economic Recovery

After being closed for an unprecedented 14-months due to shutdown order by Governor Gavin Newsom, the Disneyland Resort admitted its first guests in more than a year on April 30 – heralding the return of the Happiest Place on Earth and the economic engine of Anaheim. According to the Newsom Administration’s ever-changing re-opening guidelines, the Disneyland Resort is allowed to ...

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Moreno Fails To Condemn His Appointee’s “China Virus” Comment About Potential Sister City

Tonight, the Anaheim City Council will consider dismissing one of Councilman Jose F. Moreno’s appointees to the Sister City Commission. As first reported in the Anaheim Independent, at the February and March meetings of the commission, Commissioner Larry Larsen blasted consideration of sister city status with the Chinese city of Pudong, blaming China for the economic devastation inflicted on Anaheim ...

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Moreno-Appointee Blasts Proposed Sister City With Pudong, Blames “China Virus” For Devastating Anaheim

You wouldn’t expect Anaheim’s Sister City Commission to be the occasion for charged political debate, but during the body’s February and March meetings, Commissioner Larry Larsen has taken a rhetorical blowtorch to cementing a sister city relationship between Anaheim and the Chinese city of Pudong. Pudong is basically a borough of Shanghai and home to the Shanghai Disney Resort. The ...

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Why Do Al Jabbar and Co. Insist On Keeping AUHSD Schools Closed?

Next week, Anaheim Elementary School District students will return to school for limited in-person instruction.  However, their older siblings in Anaheim Union High School District schools will still be stuck at home, trying to learn from a computer screen, for the rest of the school year. Why?  The AUHSD is an outlier among public schools, most of which – guided ...

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DisneylandForward Initiative To Pave Way For New, Immersive Theme Parks

Yesterday, Disney announced DisneylandForward, a public engagement initiative to update its existing development rights and pave the way for a significant Disneyland Resort expansion that is more integrated and immersive. The announcement comes on the heels of the company’s announcement that it re-open the Disneyland and Disney California Adventure theme parks on April 30. The company is recalling 10,000 of ...

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AUHSD Board President Should Call Special Meeting To Re-Open Schools

The Disneyland Resort will re-open to the public on April 30, initially at 15% capacity. Next week, the Angels will begin their season at Angel Stadium, playing in front of real, live fans. Restaurants are now able to have indoor dining again, albeit at a limited capacity. And throughout the pandemic, we have all crossed paths and shared indoor space ...

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Disneyland Resort To Re-Open on April 30

The Disneyland Resort will re-open on April 30, it was announced yesterday by Resort President Bob Chapek. Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure closed on March 14 of last year as part of the statewide shutdown ordered by Governor Gavin Newsom as part of his strategy to combat the spread of COVID-19. In the case of Anaheim, Newsom’s strategy was successful ...

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Anaheim, OC Leaders Call On Newsom To Finish Job, Re-Open Conventions and Meetings

Orange County and Anaheim leaders representing business, labor and local government  held a press conference on March 11 to support Newsom Administration actions to accelerated re-opening of the Disneyland Resort and Angel Stadium, while warning that the Governor’s failure to issue meeting guidelines for convention centers and hotels undermines efforts to revive the Anaheim Resort economy and the jobs and ...

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