Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

Where Was Transparency On Angels Talks While Tait & Moreno Were In Charge?

Councilman Jose F. Moreno has been re-posting this September 29, 2020 op-ed by Wylie Aitken, an Orange County super-attorney, Democratic fundraiser and Chair of the Board of the Voice of OC.  He served as Anaheim’s lead negotiator with the Angels from 2015 until (presumably) the end of 2018. In the op-ed, Aitken outlines his reasons for opposing the recently approved ...

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Jose Moreno’s Deceptive Angel Stadium Math

The narrative being broadcast by Councilman Jose F. Moreno and his political and media allies – in their attempt to derail the Angels agreement – is that the stadium site is being sold for less than it is worth. However, upon closer examination, Moreno’s numbers don’t add up. Last week, the Anaheim City Council voted 5-2 to approve agreements keeping ...

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UPDATED: Denise Barnes’ Supporter Quits City Post Over Sexually Demeaning Comments About Female Activist

Mark Richard Daniels, a vocal political supporters of Councilwoman Denise Barnes and her appointee to the Anaheim Cultural & Heritage Commission, resigned his position yesterday following publication of an Anaheim Independent article on sexually demeaning remarks he made on video about Jodie Mosely, a long-time advocate on crime, homelessness and other quality-of-life issue in West Anaheim. An aide to Barnes ...

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UPDATED: Denise Barnes’ City Commissioner Caught On Video Sexually Demeaning A Female Community Activist

Mark Richard Daniels, one of District 1 Councilmember Denise Barnes’ most vocal political supporters and her appointee to the Cultural & Heritage Commission, has been caught on video making sexually demeaning comments about a female West Anaheim community improvement activist. Daniels is a regular speaker during public comments at council meetings, and an active member of the Anaheim Democrat Club. ...

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Anaheim Council Approves Agreement To Keep Angels, Sell Stadium Site for $320 Million, Transform Site

The Anaheim City Council early this morning approved several agreements that collectively will keep the Angels in Anaheim until at least 2025 and potentially until 2075, while selling the stadium site to partnership led by team owner Arte Moreno, which will transform the site with a mixed use development that will create 75,000 construction and permanent jobs, and ultimately generate ...

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6-Month COVID Closure Pushes Disney To Begin Laying Off 28,000 Resort Cast Members

More COVID-19 economic wreckage was visited on Southern California today as Disney announced it is beginning the process of laying off approximately 28,000 cast members more than 6-months after closing the Disneyland Resort in response to Governor Newsom’s lock-down edicts at the dawn of the pandemic. The move was precipitated by Governor Gavin Newsom’s unwillingness or inability to issue re-opening ...

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Stadium Deal Critics: Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing

Opponents of the agreement to keep the Angels in Anaheim and sell the stadium site at fair market value to Arte Moreno for jobs- and revenue-creating development are resorting to increasingly frayed arguments. Unicorn Valuations From Unnamed “Experts” Councilman Jose F. Moreno and former Mayor Tom Tait continues claiming the stadium site is worth “hundreds of millions ” more than ...

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Angel Stadium Agreement: Myths And Media Bias

This evening at 6:00 p.m., the Voice of OC is holding a live online discussion of the Angels agreement, featuring a panel of a dozen “professionals.” Who are these professionals? There’s Jeannine Robbins, a council gadfly and Anaheim City Council candidate who has filed a lawsuit (using her paper People’s Homeless Task Force as a cut-out) alleging the December 2019 ...

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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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