Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

Florida Using Long Closure Disneyland Resort & Theme Parks As Wedge To Lure CA Businesses

The State of Florida is taking advantage of California’s fitful and shifting re-opening strategies, on top of the state’s already hostile business climate, to woo California businesses into relocating to the Sunshine State.  The latest salvo spotlights Governor Newsom’s failure to issue re-opening guidelines for theme parks – a major generator of jobs and tax revenue – long after such ...

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Disney Calls On Governor Newsom To Re-Open Theme Parks

Pressure continues to build on Governor Newsom to take action to resuscitate the ailing convention and tourism sector. Yesterday, Disney publicly called on the Governor to issue re-opening guidelines  for theme parks. The Disneyland Resort and other California theme parks have been closed for more than 6 months, and are one of the few economic sectors foe which Newsom has ...

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Magcalas & Friends: Covertly Using School Resources For Anti-Charter School Activity

A September 16, 2016 OC Register articled headlined “Celebrating Anaheim Public Schools“ gave glowing coverage to a Anaheim Union High School District (AUSHD) event called “Walk To Celebrate Our Schools” – a door-to-door public relations exercise to burnish the district’s image in the eyes of residents manned by “more than 500 hundred students, teachers, staff and parents.” It was staged ...

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We Have A New Name – But Same Great News, Commentary & Analysis

Welcome to the Anaheim Independent. Eight years ago, we launched Anaheim Blog to provide coverage of “civic affairs in OC’s largest city.” Since then, we have endeavored to provide readers with factual opinion journalism and analysis, reporting on City Hall machinations, city council actions, candidates and campaigns for city council, school boards and legislative races, as well of coverage of ...

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Hypocrisy: Moreno Urges Followers To Swarm Colleagues’ Social Media, Keeps His Closed To Critics

Yesterday, Councilman Jose F. Moreon made another appearance on “ITZ Happenin!”, a podcast co-hosted by Joese Gloria Hernandez, a former staffer for the left-wing advocacy group OCCORD and Moreno’s former campaign manager. Appearing with him was former Mayor Tom Tait. Both of them bashed the agreement negotiated with the Angels to keep them in Anaheim while selling the stadium site ...

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OC Register: No COVID-19 Outbreaks At Largest US Theme Parks Since Their Re-Opening

There have been no reports of COVID-19 outbreaks at the 20 largest amusement parks in the nation, the OC Register reported yesterday. Meanwhile, California theme parks remain shuttered after six months – with devastating effects for their local economies – while waiting for Governor Gavin Newsom’s office to figure out guidelines to allow them to do what theme parks all ...

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The Paranoid Style In Progressive Anaheim Politics

Does this sound like something a reasonable person would say?: Would a reasonable person entertain seriously the possibility that when a wide swatch (and likely majority) of Orange Countians to re-open the schools, it is really a deliberate conspiracy to commit genocide? Of course not. What’s most unsettling part is this isn’t the social media ranting of some random crackpot. ...

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AUHSD Vice Principal Floats Idea Of Racially-Segregated School

A long time ago, in a political culture far, far away, progressives opposed segregation, especially in public schools. They believed the law should be color-blind and the government should not discriminate or treat individuals differently due to their race or ethnicity. Now, you have “social justice educators” – infused with the ideas of Paolo Freire, Critical Pedagogy and Critical Race ...

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Angel Stadium Agreement: $320 Million Sale Price, 7-Acre Public Park, Hundreds of Affordable Housing Units

On September 9, the Anaheim Planning Commission will take up the proposed final agreement keeping the Angels in Anaheim while selling the stadium and surrounding acreage to SRB Management, a partnership controlled by team owner Arte Moreno.  The highlights of the agreement: A final sale price of $320 million, consisting of $150 million in cash and $170 million in city-requested ...

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Santa Ana Abandons Failed Affordable Housing Policy That Moreno Wants For Anaheim

This week, the Santa Ana City Council voted to abandon the sort of stringent, but ultimately counter-productive – affordable housing policy that Councilman Jose F. Moreno wants to impose in Anaheim. Councilman Jose F. Moreno relentlessly pushes for the imposition affordable housing mandates on home builders – conditioning project approval on setting-aside a certain percentage of housing units as “low-income” ...

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