2016 Election

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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St. Jose Moreno the Virtue-Signaller

District 3 Councilman Jose F, Moreno is at it again – assuming the worst about the fallen with whom he shares the council dais. In yesterday’s LA Times, Moreno besmirches the motivations of Mayor Sidhu and several of his council colleagues: Jose Moreno has expressed concern that Anaheim Mayor Harry Sidhu is the council’s lone representative on the city’s negotiating ...

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Jose Moreno: Unilaterally Changing 4-Diamond Hotel Agreements Puts Anaheim In “Breach of Contract”

The Anaheim Resort unions are trying to place a measure to radically boost the minimum wage from the current $11 to $18. It would apply – at least initially – to Anaheim Resort business that receive TOT or sales tax rebates or other economic assistance. If it qualifies and is approved by voters, it would constitute a retroactive, unilateral change ...

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File Under: Cutting Off One’s To Spite One’s Face

Recalling Sen. Josh Newman over his vote for the SB 1 gas tax increases is a top priority for California Republicans. It would deprive the Democrats of their two-thirds majority in the state Senate and return the competitive 29th Senate District to the GOP column. California Democrats, naturally, are pulling out all the stops the defeat the recall, including the ...

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LAT Reporter’s Claim To Have Killed The Eastern Gateway Project Is Laughable

Yesterday, Los Angeles Times reporter Daniel Miller essentially took credit for Disney’s decision to cancel its Eastern Gateway Project: A month after our report on the tense Disney/Anaheim relationship, Disneyland kills plans for disputed transit hub: https://t.co/CTY3UKe6NU — Daniel Miller (@DanielNMiller) October 26, 2017 Hubris? Ignorance? Shameless self-promotion? All of the above? Miller’s implied claim betrays an embarrassing level of ...

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Dear Los Angeles Times: Yes, Disney Does Pay Its Fair Share in Anaheim

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times headlined a front-page article with the rhetorical question “Is Disney Paying Its Fair Share in Anaheim?” The author, Daniel Miller, unmistakably tilts the article toward the conclusion that Disney does not – despite the overwhelming weight of the evidence to the contrary. By any reasonable, objective standard, the relationship between Disney and Anaheim – including ...

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The Myth of the Anti-Disney, Anti-Resort Backlash

Media narratives can be powerful things, which is why politicians and interests seeking to influence public debate try to craft clever narratives.  It’s why the winners of elections always try to claim a “mandate,” whether they won by a landslide or squeaked out an electoral college win while losing the popular vote by millions. In Anaheim, it’s why the progressives ...

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Fact Checking The Mayor’s Distortions About The Resort District

Mayor Tom Tait penned an op-ed with the high-minded title of “Change for the Good Of All in Anaheim,” which ran in the OC Register yesterday. It was in response to an earlier op-ed by OCBC President Lucy Dunn criticizing the Tait majority’s defenestration of City Manager Paul Emery in particular, and its general approach to governing Anaheim. The mayor ...

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