Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

UPDATED: OC Democrat Party Leader Who Praised Ho Chi Minh Quits Post Under Pressure

Jeff LeTourneau, a long-time progressive Democrat activist, resigned all leadership posts in the Democratic Party of Orange County tonight after a heated marathon meeting of the DPOC executive committee, over a Facebook post this week in which he praised the late Vietnamese Communist dictator Ho Chi Minh. LeTourneau was the DPOC Vice Chair for North Orange County. Prior to the ...

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OC Democratic Party Leader Praises Ho Chi Minh, Outrages Vietnamese Community

A top-ranking official of the Democratic Party of Orange County with a history of courting controversy has ignited a firestorm over a social media post in which he praised Ho Chi Minh, the Communist founder of North Vietnam, for defeating the “imperial” United States in the Vietnam War: So, in LeTourneau’s telling, Ho Chi Minh overcomes his social awkwardness by ...

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Magcalas And The COVID Exemption For Protests And Politics

J. Paolo Magcalas is running for a second term on the Anaheim Elementary School District Board of Education from Trustee Area 3.  Readers may be familiar with Magcalas as a radical exponent of Ethnic Studies who thinks Thanksgiving is racist, supports gutting Proposition 13 and defunding the police (including school safety officers) and voted to spend nearly $1 million in ...

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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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