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2015 Anaheim Cinco de Mayo Festival and Carnival set for 4/30-5/3

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Anaheim Cinco de Mayo Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contact:  Ruth Ruiz, (714) 765-5060 office, (714) 420-7797 mobile

ANNUAL CINCO DE MAYO FESTIVAL AND CARNIVAL IN ANAHEIM

ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 27 , 2015)  Food, games, carnival rides and music will be part of the annual family-friendly Cinco de Mayo Fiesta and Carnival in Anaheim, taking place April 30 – May 3 at La Palma Park in Anaheim. The fiesta will feature free live entertainment on Saturday and Sunday. Vendor and food booths will be available for guests to enjoy. La Palma Park is located at the corner of Harbor Blvd. and La Palma Ave.

The carnival will feature thrill rides for the older members of the family while also offering rides suitable for young attendees. Guests can play skill games for the chance to win a wide variety of prizes. Read more…

 
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Anaheim man convicted of embezzling from the Parks and Rec agency in Buena Park

Peter Juarez and Gabriel Garcia

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # 13NF2644

Date: April 24, 2015

TWO FORMER PARKS AND RECREATION MANAGERS CONVICTED OF PUBLIC CORRUPTION FOR EMBEZZLING OVER $1.3 MILLION FROM CITY OF BUENA PARK

SANTA ANA – Two former parks and recreation (PAR) managers for the City of Buena Park were convicted and sentenced today for public corruption and embezzling over $1.3 million from the City. Former PAR maintenance manager Rudolph Peter Juarez, 58, Anaheim, pleaded guilty today to 233 felony counts of misappropriation of public funds and four felony counts of filing a false tax return and sentencing enhancements and allegations for causing over $100,000 loss, aggravated white collar crime over $500,000, and property loss over $1.3 million.

Former PAR supervisor Gabriel A. Garcia, 42, Chino Hills, pleaded guilty today to 186 felony counts of misappropriation of public funds and four felony counts of willful failure to file or making a fraudulent tax return and sentencing enhancements and allegations for causing over $100,000 loss, aggravated white collar crime over $500,000, and property loss over $1.3 million. Read more…

 
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Anaheim approves a new City Planning Director

Anaheim City Seal

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Media contact:  Ruth Ruiz, (714) 765-5060 office, (714) 420-7797 mobile

ANAHEIM APPROVES NEW CITY PLANNING DIRECTOR

ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 23, 2015) David Belmer will join the City of Anaheim as Planning Director, effective May 26, it was approved and announced at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. Belmer brings more than 25 years of experience in municipal government, including his most recent position of Assistant City Manager/Director of Economic Development and Community Preservation for the City of Lake Forest, to Anaheim’s residential, business and tourist communities.

Belmer’s experience also includes Community Development Director with the City of Cypress, and various Economic Development, Redevelopment, Code Enforcement and Planning positions with the City of Garden Grove.  Read more…

 
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The Anaheim Convention Center is expanding again

Anaheim Convention Center

ANAHEIM CONVENTION CENTER BREAKS GROUND ON SEVENTH EXPANSION

Expansion to add more meeting space, more economic impact, more jobs in Anaheim

ANAHEIM, Calif. (April 21, 2015) The City of Anaheim today broke ground on the seventh expansion to the world-famous Anaheim Convention Center, for a significant construction project that will add more meeting space, more economic impact, and more jobs in Anaheim.

The seventh expansion to the LEED-certified Anaheim Convention Center will add 200,000 square feet of leasable, flexible space to the building, solidifying its spot as the largest exhibition center on the west coast. The expansion site encompasses the existing Car Park 1 area that fronts Katella Avenue, east of the Convention Center Arena. Read more…

 
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Anaheim pedophile extradited from Mexico to be sentenced on May 8

Published on April 22, 2015 by in Anaheim, Crime, Mexico, News, OCDA

Henry Arthur Quinones

ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY PRESS RELEASE

Case # C-78106

Date: April 22, 2015

MAN ON OCDA’S MOST WANTED LIST ARRESTED AND EXTRADITED FROM MEXICO AFTER FLEEING DURING TRIAL IN 1991 ON CHARGES OF COMMITTING LEWD ACTS UPON CHILD

*FBI located defendant in Mexico

SANTA ANA – A man on the Orange County District Attorney’s Office (OCDA) Most Wanted List was arrested and extradited from Mexico after he fled during the middle of a jury trial for committing lewd acts with a child in 1991. Henry Arthur Quinones, 75, was convicted by a jury on Sept. 9, 1991, of 26 felony counts of committing lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14, in his absence. He is scheduled to be sentenced on May 8, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. in Department C-5, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.

“This defendant is a pedophile who has escaped punishment for too long. He committed one of the worst violations against a young innocent child,” stated District Attorney Rackauckas. “We will never give up on seeking out fugitives until they’re brought to justice.” Read more…

 
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City Council – Apr 21, 2015

Published on April 21, 2015 by in News

The agenda for City Council dated Tuesday, 21 April 2015 has been archived. Access it here:
http://anaheim.granicus.com/AgendaViewer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1474

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Convention Center Expansion a disaster for Anaheim’s future.

Published on April 21, 2015 by in News

By Save Anaheim

What the heck happened to Gail Eastman’s hair? Losing the election must have turned it white.

Little history lesson from the Voice of OC archives:

The Anaheim City Council is scheduled Tuesday night to approve a massive convention center expansion, a gamble that industry experts say puts the city’s general fund at tremendous risk because flawed revenue assumptions are all but certain to fall short.

The proposal up for consideration, according to a city staff report made public late Friday, calls for adding over $200 million to the general fund debt — more than double the current city facilities debt — to finance the addition of 200,000 square feet to the convention center, among other costs.

City officials assume the expansion will more than pay for itself mostly through added hotel room tax revenue and cite a report by Tampa-based Crossroads Consulting Services that claims the expansion will bring in between 292,400 and 350,200 additional guest stays annually.

However, experts in the economics of convention centers say the city is making this bet during an era in which convention center space nationwide is rapidly increasing while demand remains stagnant.

Across the western United States, cities are either planning or have completed such expansions in recent years, …read more

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Workshop: Community Services Capital Improvement Plan Update – Apr 21, 2015

Published on April 21, 2015 by in News

The agenda for Workshop: Community Services Capital Improvement Plan Update dated Tuesday, 21 April 2015 has been archived. Access it here:
http://anaheim.granicus.com/AgendaViewer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1473

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Matt Cunningham on ARTIC deficit

Published on April 21, 2015 by in News

By Save Anaheim

For once I agree with the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce’s Minister of Misinformation. Check out his latest comments on the ARTIC deficit:

Tapping surplus revenue to cover this deficit isn’t exactly optimal; it’s money that could be used for other purposes and there won’t necessarily always be surpluses to tap. ARTIC isn’t going away, and carping won’t dispel the deficit either. Ways have to be found to realize the promise of it being self-sustaining. Among those is bringing back the freeway billboard proposal, and doing so in a manner that anticipates and prepares for the disinformation onslaught that will almost certainly be mounted by Regency or another outdoor advertising company.”

Matt Cunningham

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The failure of ARTIC is good reason to reject all Pringle-backed candidates

Anaheim ARTIC boondoggle

Anaheim’s new ARTIC transit center will run into a $2 million operating deficit by the end of June, and Anaheim officials will soon consider how to cover the shortfall, according to the O.C. Register.

Of course we all new this was coming.  Former Anaheim Mayor turned lobbyist Curt Pringle drove the ARTIC project – and lied to everyone about the estimated use of this unneeded building.

Anaheim already had a functional train station, in the parking lot of Angel Stadium.   They did not need ARTIC.  And apparently the business community agrees as ARTIC has been unable to attract a sponsor dumb enough to put their name on the empty building, for the sum of over $160K a year. Read more…

 
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