District 6

Resort Unions Pump $125,000 Into Electing Allies To Anaheim City Council

Resort unions are ratcheting up their effort to elect their political allies to the Anaheim City Council, pouring at least $125,000 into independent expenditure committees. On September 22, the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 324 contributed $125,000 to an IE committee called “Helping Working Families Get Ahead in Support of Aitken for Mayor and Leon for Council 2022, Sponsored ...

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Where Do Anaheim Candidates Stand On Hotel Worker Union’s $25 Minimum Wage Initiative?

UNITE-HERE Local 11, the militant hospitality workers union, is circulating an initiative to impose a series of costly labor rules – including a $25 an hour minimum wage – on Anaheim hotels and event venues. Buried in the initiative is language exempting hotels and event centers from these mandates if they agree to unionize. Obviously, the numerous Garden Grove hotels ...

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Hari Lal Pays $146,377 Delinquent Property Tax Bill In Wake Of Media Scrutiny

On September 18, I broke the story that Hari Lal, running for Anaheim City Council from District 6, hadn’t paid his property taxes the beginning of 2019 and owed $146,377.93 in delinquent property taxes. This is public information, and accessible to any member of the public on the OC Treasurer-Tax Collector’s website. The article also included Lal’s convoluted explanations, which ...

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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’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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Councilman Trevor O’Neil Blasts Latest Newsom COVID Lockdown Strategy

Following the swearing in of the new and re-elected councilmembers last night, District 6 Councilman Trevor O’Neil used the council comments portion of the meeting to take aim at the latest in Governor Newsom’s ever-changing criteria and strategies for coping with the COVID-19 pandemic: We have now been subjected to another stay at home order that is just crushing our ...

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City Council Approves Agreement To Rapidly Create 1,000+ Affordable Workforce Housing Units

Acting on the recommendation of an ad hoc committee led by Councilman Trevor O’Neil, the city council earlier this month approved that will create more than a 1,000 units of affordable workforce housing. The council voted to participate in the California Statewide Communities Development Authority (CSCDA), a new state program that assists local governments in finance affordable workforce housing. Most ...

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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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Trevor O’Neil: My Priority Is Ensuring Anaheim’s Continued Fiscal And Economic Health

[Editor’s Note: District 6 Councilman Trevor O’Neil published this on his Facebook page on Friday, April 3 – partly in response to an off-target, misinformed OC Register editorial.] My priority is to ensure the continued fiscal and economic health of our city, so Anaheim has the resources to fund essential services like police and fire, improve our roads and parks, ...

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