Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

District 6 Candidate Hari Lal Falsely Claims Endorsements From Key Elected Officials

Hari Lal, an attorney running for Anaheim City Council from District 6, has falsely claimed endorsements from Assemblyman Tom Daly and Anaheim Councilman Avelino Valencia. He also submitted a “if I don’t hear from you, I’ll assume you said yes” endorsement request to a current member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors. Taken together, they call into question the ...

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District 6 Council Candidate Hari Lal Owes $146,337 In Delinquent Property Taxes, According To OC Tax Collector

[Editor’s Note: this article was originally published the evening of September 13, but has since been updated with additional information. I sent several e-mails to Mr. Lal yesterday asking for additional information and clarification regarding his delinquent property taxes and his explanation for it. Mr. Lal has not responded.] In a September 8 post on his campaign Facebook page, District ...

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Anaheim May Buy Red-Tagged Covered Wagon Motel As Part Of Beach Boulevard Improvement

Tomorrow night, the Anaheim City Council will vote on a $6.6 million proposal to purchase the red-tagged Covered Wagon Motel on Beach Boulevard as part of its ongoing efforts to revitalize the troubled corridor and West Anaheim in general. The city intends to re-develop the property as a mixed-use development. The squalid, 70-room motel was shut down by city officials ...

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Planning Commission Unanimously Approves ocV!BE Mixed Entertainment-Housing-Office-Retail District At Honda Center

On Monday, the Anaheim Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the ocV!BE project – an ambitious, 95-acre sports/entertainment/dining/residential/office mixed development project proposed by Henry and Susan Samueli that will transform the space surrounding the Honda Center. The Samueli’s own the Anaheim Ducks hockey team and Anaheim Arena Management, the entity that manages the city-owned Honda Center arena.  The Samueli’s purchased ...

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All AUHSD, AESD Incumbents Are Running Unopposed

In an article on Monday about city council and school board races in Orange County, the Voice of OC quoted Fullerton College political science professor Jodi Balma: “Balma also noted there’s an organized effort to elect conservatives to local school boards, but no similar effort on the left.” Really? If so, that effort has overlooked the board of education for ...

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Angels Owner Arte Moreno Announces He’s Looking To Sell The Team

Angels Baseball announced today that owner Arte Moreno is exploring selling the team, which he has owned for 20 years. The announcement was posted earlier today on the Angels Twitter account: The announcement comes on the heels of the implosion of the agreement with the city by Moreno-led SRB Management to buy the stadium site for $320 million and commit ...

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Anaheim’s Council Election Draws Fewest Candidates In More Than 20 Years

One of the claims made by proponents of district elections used to make is they would spur greater political competition and encourage more residents to run for council. So far, there are barely enough candidates in each of Anaheim’s council districts to hold an election. In Districts 2 and 3, only two candidates qualified in each district. The filing deadline ...

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Galloway: Anaheim Shouldn’t Impose A Gate Tax Just Because It Can

Anaheim mayoral candidate Lorri Galloway has come out against Councilman Jose F. Moreno’s plan for a 2% gate tax on large entertainment, sports and recreation venues, which Moreno is asking the city council to place on the November 2022 ballot. “I am opposed to requiring a gate tax without a defined need to do so,” Galloway, a former two-term councilmember, ...

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