Government & Politics

Shrillness From Moreno & Comrades As Election Day Arrives

Election Day is here at last. While most eyes are focused on the presidential election, there’s a lot at stake in Anaheim, with elections in three council districts that will decide whether the current council majority retains control or if District 3 Councilman Jose F. Moreno controls the dais for the last two years of his term. One measure of ...

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Placentia-Yorba Linda USD Board: Community Volunteers v. Carpetbagger

There are three candidates running this November to represent Trustee Area 2 of the Placentia Yorba-Linda Unified School District. Two of them are long-time residents with histories of community involvement.  The third is a political operative with no ties to the community who only moved into Orange County at the beginning of 2019. Area 2 includes parts of Placentia, Fullerton ...

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Economist: Massive Job Losses If Disneyland Shutdown Continues

Chapman University’s Economic Forecast Conference last week fleshed out in chilling detail the Disneyland Resort shutdown is inflicting on Orange County’s economy, as well as regionally. Dr. Anil Puri, a Cal State Fullerton economist, presented the damage in black-and-white (you can view here, beginning at about the 1:02 mark).  Puri noted the state-ordered pandemic shutdown has resulted in 45% unemployment ...

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Council Candidate Randle-Trejo Supports Largest Property Tax Increase In California History

Annemarie Randle-Trejo is running for Anaheim City Council in District 4. She works part-time for the Anaheim Elementary School District and sits on the Anaheim Union High School District Board of Education.  She’s also adamantly in favor of Proposition 15, which would enact the largest property tax increase in state history. Prop. 15 partially repeals the landmark Proposition 13 (passed ...

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The Anaheim Hotel Supports Wildfire Evacuees With Special Hotel Rate

To support friends and neighbors affected by the wildfires in the surrounding community, The Anaheim Hotel, a Wincome Hospitality owned and managed property, is providing special fire distressed hotel room rates of $89/night with parking for a minimum two-night stay in an executive room with two queen beds.  Guests are welcome to book online or call the hotel at 714-772-5900. ...

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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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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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Randle-Trejo Fails To File Required Disclosure of Donors To Her City Council Campaign

This morning, the Voice of OC published a story by Brandon Pho bemoaning the volume of ballots already cast before more voters have had  a chance to read the latest round of candidate campaign finance disclosures. The article’s premise illustrates the VOC’s view that these reports are Rosetta Stones for deciphering candidates, while simultaneously overlooking the reality that – outside ...

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Newsom Guidelines Will Likely Keep Disneyland Closed Until Late 2021

After weeks of foot-dragging despite desperate pleas from business, labor and civic leaders, the Newsom Administration today finally announced re-opening guidelines for California’s theme parks – which have been closed for more than seven months. However, the news was grim: the bottom line is that under Governor Newsom’s rules, major theme parks like the Disneyland Resort and Knott’s Berry Farm ...

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Petty Hypocrisy From Magcalas & Moreno Crew

Anaheim Elementary School District Trustee J. Paolo Magcalas is running for a second term. And for the first time, he has an actual opponent: Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring. Magcalas is having conniption that Kring is on a number of slate mailers: the campaign mailers sent to voters urging them to vote for certain candidates for Congress, legislature, city council, school ...

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