Voice of OC

What Is OCCORD? Part 4: On A Mission To Roll-Back OC Conservatism

As I posted yesterday, one of OCCORD’s funders is The New World Foundation, a radical, New York City-based non-profit that funds left-wing organization in the United States and around the world. OCCORD’s grants came from the NWF’s “New Majority Fund” – which is its largest funding vehicle. The ambitious agenda of the New Majority Fund is  “building electoral majorities that can reverse the rightward trend ...

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What Is OCCORD? Part 1

I’ve attended most of the Citizens Advisory Committee meetings, and as I’ve noted in previous posts, it was clear from early on that a left-wing coalition was forming to push the CAC toward recommending a switch to electing the Anaheim City Council from single-member districts; that is, Anaheim residents would only have a vote within their council district, and have no voice ...

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Citizens Advisory Committee Chairwoman’s Political Tie To Union Staffer Pushing for Council Districts

The Anaheim Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections and Community Involvement meets again this Thursday, March 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Anaheim Central Library, 500 West Broadway. On the agenda: an overview of the cost of Anaheim elections and the size of the city council, plus a staff update on the ACLU lawsuit against city. If past CAC meetings are ...

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Another Voice of OC Story About…Nothing

In January, I wrote of my disappointment with Voice of OC reporting on Anaheim. I had high hopes for the Voice when is started. However, I have reluctantly concluded reporter Adam Elmahrek has a definite agenda that colors his decisions about what stories to cover and how those stories are slanted. Some players in Anaheim politics are subjected to intense ...

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Is CAC Chair Vivian Pham Watching the Same Meetings I Am?

The Voice of OC posted this story today on the Anaheim Citizens Advisory Committee on Elections and Community participation. I was struck by this passage about CAC Chair Vivian Pham: Chairwoman Vivian Pham said city staff has refused to provide information relevant to forming council districts by ignoring her requests for specific speakers to present information. Latino activists and an American ...

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The Great Jason Young Temper Tantrum

The “controversy” over the OC Register modifying its advertising policy is one of the most over-hyped trivialities I have read in a long, long time. It was started by the Voice of OC putting itself in the position of being publicist for a temper tantrum thrown by a noisome gadfly named Jason Young, a blogger and long-time Anaheim resident who ...

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Mike Houston Named New Interim City Attorney for Anaheim

It was announced at this week’s Anaheim City Council meeting that Mike Houston of Cummins & White has been named interim City Attorney, reported the Voice of OC the other day. The council approved the choice 5-0. I have known Mike for 20 years. He is a very good, very smart attorney of the highest integrity. Anaheim made a terrific ...

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More Demolition Of Myth-Making About Talley’s Departure

Gabriel San Roman of the OC Weekly has published a story taking aim at the myth being spun by the usual suspects — Vern Nelson, the Take Back Anaheim crowd, Los Amigos — that Cristina Talley was a sort of Latina Joan of Arc pushed out by a sinister council majority in retribution for speaking out on behalf of la ...

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Who’s Cynthia Ward’s Source in City Hall?

Two recent Voice of OC stories made quite a lot out of a 2008 e-mail between Public Works Director Natalie Meeks and then-Mayor Curt Pringle. The e-mail didn’t live up to the hype. Anyone with some understanding of the issue could tell there was no “there,” there. The origin of this e-mail tells its own story about shenanigans inside City ...

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Voice of OC Downgrades E-mail from “Politically Explosive” To Merely “Questionable”

On Friday, the Voice of OC published an article about an e-mail the reporter had not even seen, breathlessly describing it as “politically explosive.” Last night the Voice published a follow-up story — this time after actually reading the e-mail (or as it turns out, e-mails) in question and being educated on the actual context and meaning. The description of the ...

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