District 1

Mayor Sidhu: Our New Council Focused On Coronavirus, Economy

We have just come through a test — and triumph — of our local democracy. As coronavirus challenged voting this year, Orange County’s democracy emerged stronger, with a smooth election and nearly 90% turnout, the highest in half a century. In Anaheim, Orange County’s largest and most prominent city, voters sent a clear message of support for our city’s ongoing ...

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Pro-Growth, Pro-Law Enforcement Candidates Sweep Anaheim City Council Elections

The Anaheim City Council elections were swept by candidates supportive of economic development, law enforcement, neighborhood investment and re-opening the local economy. Council seats in Districts 1, 4 and 5 were on the ballot. In Districts 1 and 5, incumbents Denise Barnes and Steve Faessel, respectively, were seeking re-election to a second four-year term.  District 4 was open, as term ...

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Why Is Anaheim Republican Assembly President Supporting Democrat Politicians?

The California Repulican Assembly has long branded itself as the keeper of the conservative flame – or as the CRA likes to put it, “the conscience of the Republican Party.” However, the president of the Anaheim Republican Assembly (ARA), George Grachen, has been most prominent for his support of Democrat politicians in Anaheim. Here’s Grachen appearing in a campaign video ...

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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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OC Democratic Party Rejects Endorsing Denise Barnes

District 1 Councilmember and life-long Republican Denise Barnes switched parties on June 12 and is running for re-election as a newly-minted Democrat. However, her bid for the Democratic Party of Orange County Central Committee endorsement was rejected last night on a split vote. 30 committee members voted for and 23 members voted against endorsement, with 7 members abstaining, according to ...

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Newly-Minted Democrat Denise Barnes Seeking OC Democrat Party Endorsement

Several short weeks after switching her party affiliation from life-long Republican to Democrat, District 1 Councilwoman Denise Barnes is trying to secure the endorsement of the Democratic Party of Orange County Central Committee, which will vote on it tonight. Whether she gets it is another matter, since a number of Central Committee members object to the party giving consideration to ...

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Another Council Candidate In District 1: Jose Diaz

Another aspirant to represent District 1 on the Anaheim City Council has thrown his hat into the ring: Jose Diaz. Diaz is a Cuban immigrant who has lived for the last 21 yeas in Anaheim, where he and his wife have raised their four children. He works for the City of Orange, where he manages the Water Division of the ...

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