Government & Politics

Trevor O’Neil: Relief Today, Recovery Planning for Tomorrow in Anaheim

[Editor’s Note: this article originally appeared in the Orange County Register] We know Orange County is missing all that is great about Anaheim ― Disneyland, baseball, hockey, concerts, conventions, entertainment and dining. But don’t worry. Anaheim will be back. Right now, we are doing our part. And no other Orange County city has done as much to address the impacts ...

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Hearing On Jose Moreno’s Arrest Continued…Again

The pre-trial hearing on Councilman Jose F. Moreno’s two misdemeanor counts of criminal arrest was continued yet again. He and his 20 co-defendants – including Ada Briceno, the boss of UNITE-HERE Local 11 and the OC Democratic Party – were scheduled for a pre-trial hearing on April 29. But since the courts are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ...

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OC Register Editorial Board Punts On Publishing Informed Opinion

  Last week, the OC Register published an inaccurate and misleading editorial on the resignation of Chris Zapata headlined “Anaheim Punts On City Manager Exit.” The irony reality is it’s the OCR editorial board that punted…on its responsibility to publish informed editorials. There is such a thing as opinion journalism, practiced in its best form by outfits like the Wall ...

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District 1: Denise Barnes AWOL On Key West Anaheim Revitalization Vote

Why did Councilmember Denise Barnes skip a key West Anaheim revitalization vote Tuesday’s council meeting? She participated in the marathon three-hour closed session meeting to determine City Manager Chris Zapata’s fate.  When the city council re-convened for its public session, Barnes was absent. Mind you, the council meeting was being conducted via telephone – so Barnes didn’t physically go anywhere. ...

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City Manager Resigns; Greg Garcia Tapped As Interim City Manager

During a nearly three-hour closed session meeting last night, the Anaheim City Council voted to accept the resignation of City Manager Chris Zapata, and appointed Deputy City Manager Greg Garcia to serve as Interim City Manager. Mayor Harry Sidhu, Mayor Pro Tem Lucille Kring, and Councilmembers Jordan Brandman, Steve Faessel and Trevor O’Neil voted to accept Zapata’s resignation and for ...

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