District 5

District 5: Ken Batiste Repeatedly Violating Campaign Donor Disclosure Law

Anaheim Independent reported last week how District 4 council candidate Annemarie Randle-Trejo has been blowing off laws governing disclosure of her campaign donors. She isn’t the only one. Over in District 5, Ken Batiste has been having trouble complying with campaign finance disclosure law. The period during which candidates are required to disclose contributions of more than $1,000 within 24 ...

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Batiste Campaign: Food For Votes

They’re at it again. In August, it came out the Kenneth Batiste campaign was in disadvantaged neighborhoods in District 5, handing out food boxes topped with Batiste for City Council campaign flyers. Using food to appeal for votes was the brainchild of local blogger and Democrat activist Vern Nelson. A backlash prompted him to admit having the campaign use food ...

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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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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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Mayor Sidhu, Council Take Action To Continue Enforcing Anti-Camping Laws

Earlier this month, the Anaheim City Council approved an agreement augmenting its partnership with the Salvation Army to increase the city’s inventory of homeless shelter beds – allowing the city to continue enforcing ordinances against camping and storing personal property on public facilities like city parks. Under the agreement, the Salvation Army will add another 100 beds to its existing ...

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AUHSD Leadership Traveling To Asia, Europe To Recruit Students From “High Net Worth” Families

The Anaheim Union High School District is sending district staff – including Superintendent Mike Matsuda and Anaheim High School teacher Ryan Ruelas – on recruiting trips to Asia and Europe to convince “high net worth families” to enroll their children in AUHSD schools. The Recruited students would pay tuition of nearly $14,000 to attend an AUHSD high school for their ...

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Council Approves Stadium Sale for $325 Million; Angels To Stay Through 2050

At an 8-plus hour long special council meeting yesterday, the Anaheim City Council voted 4-2 to approve a purchase and sale agreement (PSA) under which SRB Management, a development partnership controlled by Angels owner Arte Moreno, would buy Angel Stadium and the surrounding property for $325 million. As part of the sale, the Angels committed to splaying in Anaheim for ...

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Steve Faessel Becomes Anaheim Mayor Pro Tem

District 5 Councilman Steve Faessel was appointed Mayor Pro Tem by his fellow councilmembers for 2020. Outgoing Mayor Pro Tem Lucille Kring nominated Faessel for the post. “I think Steve Faessel will make a wonderful Mayor Pro Tem,” said Kring, noting Faessel’s long history of service to the community as both a volunteer and a member of city boards and ...

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Anaheim Elementary School Board Endorses Ballot Initiative To Raise Property Taxes

At its October 23 meeting, the Anaheim Elementary School District Board of Education voted unanimously for a resolutions of support for a proposed ballot initiative that would strip Proposition 13 protections from commercial property. If the initiative qualifies for the ballot and passes, it would result in massive increases in commercial property taxes, which would be passed on to small ...

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