Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Services will be Saturday, December 27 at 11 am.
Memory Gardens Mortuary Chapel
455 W. Central Avenue Brea, CA
Marianna left provision for a lunch gathering after the service, location to be announced at the service, but please plan to join us after interment, as we recall Marianna in a more relaxed setting.
In lieu of flowers Marianna requested that donations be made to:
Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
919 7th Street N.W. Suite 1190
Washington, D.C. 20006
St. Joseph Hospice
1845 W. Orangewood Avenue
Orange, CA 92868-9500
We also invite you, in honor of Marianna, to go out and just make someone’s day today. Open a door for a stranger. Call an old friend and tell them you love them. Forgive a hurt. Answer your telephone with a hearty Good Morning/Afternoon/Evening that makes your caller feel special. Marianna made every day count. May we all be so blessed.
With all of our family’s love to you and your family.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Took a day off from the battle against ovarian cancer to goof with the kids at the House of Mouse. Richard and I have long talked about those Annual Passes, and then we cheap out and don't do it. But it is time, the restorative powers of the Happiest Place on Earth were beyond compare, and especially now that our brilliant leader Ahnold wants to tax Dland tix to the tune of nearly 10%, we figure we better grab those passes now. Yes, the new Sleeping Beauty visuals meet the Disney hype. But some areas bottle neck and we found ourselves essentially trapped in the castle, unable to move forward or back. Just avoid anyone who had the garlic shrimp last night and you're fine.
Candelight was, as always, unbelievably beautiful, it touches my soul like no church service. I had read on some blogs that you can buy dinner passes to the event, but they are pricey and sell out immediately. I'll let y'all in on the dirty little secret. I have attended Candlelight for several years now, and I have yet to buy a ticket. How? VOLUNTEER! Candlelight was intended by Walt to be a thank you to the community. While there may be a few people there who may have bought tickets, I would say the overwhelming number of people I see are the same people I run into at the community events. They are the people who volunteer as City Commissioners, or Board of Directors for local non-profits. Put in some time, make your world a better place, and let Walt's people say "thank you" at Christmastime. Not sure where to put in your time? Give me a holler, I have a huge list of ways you can help Anaheim.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
2008 Foundation Series: Visual Arts Workshop
The International House of Blues Foundation-Anaheim (IHOBF-Anaheim) cordially invites Anaheim community members and their children to attend an IHOBF-Anaheim 2008 Foundation Series: Visual Arts Workshop.
About the Foundation Series: IHOBF's Foundation Series is an annual series presenting opportunities for donors and other community members to learn about IHOBF programming and to experience an IHOBF program or an arts/cultural activity related to IHOBF program content. the IHOBF-Anaheim 2008 Foundation Series: Visual Arts Workshop will offer participants and their children (up to 2 children per attending parent, recommended age is 5 and above) an opportunity to participate in a hands-on art workshop at the House of Blues-Anaheim. The workshop will include a guided tour of the House of Blues art collection, draw on content from the IHOBF Blues SchoolHouse Program, and feature a mixed media/symbols art activity based on the work of folk artist Roland Knox. All materials will be provided by IHOBF and no arts related experience is required.
Date & Time: Saturday, December 6th, 2008, 9:00am - 11:00am
Location: House of Blues-Anaheim, 1530 S. Disneyland Drive, Anaheim, CA 92802
Cost: this workshop is offered free of charge. Registration is required.
Registration: Space is limited and registration is handled on a first-come first-serve basis. To register please contact IHOBF Program Manager Amber Portz by telephone at 714.520.2388 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
About the IHOBF: IHOBF is dedicated to bringing the arts to schools and communities through programs that promote cultural understanding and encourage creative expression. For more information about IHOBF programs. please contact the IHOBF-Anaheim office by telephone at 714.520.2388 or visit the IHOBF website at www.ihobf.org.
The International House of Blues Foundation is supported by the House of Blues, House of Blues Foundation Room Members, Live Nation and other public and private donors.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Today's image is our own Lorri Galloway, not only attending, but clearly leading, a Union protest at Disneyland that disrupted the vacations of our beloved TOT paying visitors, whose vacations help pay for the salaries of the firefighters who helped Re-Elect Lorri (talk about turning yourself into butter). The image is posted in "celebration" of today's swearing in ceremony, which Ms. Galloway insisted on moving to the Heritage Forum so her friends could all attend. Look carefully at the faces of these union leaders, they are certain to be at the party tonight! Sour grapes? Oh yeah, as sour as they get. But not for the reasons you are thinking. If I believed for a second that the people of Anaheim had a grasp of the very real issues that our City faces, if I believed for a second that the people of Anaheim truly understood who Lorri Galloway is and what she stands for, and that 22.6% of my neighbors wanted her to represent them, I would bow to that decision. But the reality is, many of the people who pride themselves on voting in every election do not bother to examine the issues, or the candidates, before casting that vote. Example: Jennifer Rivera, an unknown candidate who never filed a candidate's statement and ran no campaign, did not attend any candidate's forums, and never even posted a website, picked up 8,208 votes! How? She was the first name listed on the ballot-and voters were overheard at the polls admitting they simply picked her because she was first and they wanted to get home. So today I share this photo in one last scream of election futility. When voters were presented with this photo, Lorri lost votes. Sadly, the mainstream press, even the ones who bothered to cover the Union protest, never mentioned the presence of Lorri Galloway, so the exposure of this info was limited to a few political blogs. Thanks guys!
While I am the first to admit my viewpoints may be those of a bitter old (Forty-something) woman, a recent study http://www.americancivicliteracy.org/ shows that more people know that Paula Abdul is a judge on American Idol than understand the origins of the Gettysburg Address.
So what is the answer to increasing, oh lets be nice and call it "voter awareness'? One friend suggests sending voter instructions as a type of scavenger hunt. If you are smart enough to unravel the clues and find your polling place, you are smart enough to vote. I like it. At the very least, I think each and every one of us should be required to pass the same Citizenship test required of immigrants. Just for fun, see if you can pass it. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/13442226/ Then tell me, what are your theories for keeping the "eenie-meenie-minie-moe" voters from spoiling it for the rest of us? Discuss among yourselves.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Today's image (courtesy of Google images) shows the Sleeping Beauty's castle under construction, prior to opening of Disneyland. The Mouse recently announced they have re-opened the Castle aftrer retooling the interior scenes to reflect the original imagery of the movie. They have also included an "accessible experience" which allows visitors to enjoy the scenes without climbing the flights of stairs. I look forward to seeing it opened again while visiting my favorite place prior to "Candlelight". For those who did not get that coveted invite, there is always the Nutcracker Tree Lighting at Downtown's Center Street Promenade on Saturday afternnon/evening, with snow trucked in againt this year, and the Anaheim Arts Council is again hosting art projects for the kids. I highly recommend the event, it is a great neighborhood kind of experience, and it is FREE.
A piece of trivia I just read today, apparently of all of Walt's princesses that could have been chosen for a castle depiction, Sleeping Beauty was the movie in production at the time, and therefore the blonde got the castle. So for those who think Disney's shameless marketing is new, Walt was doing it early on, and God bless him for it, today that shameless marketing pays for those wonderful firemen who worked their tails off last week. Fitzgerald and Anaheim HOME be buggered, I love the Mouse.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
November 24th, 2008, 5:21 pm · Post a Comment · posted by Martin Wisckol, Politics reporter
William J. Thom was mayor of Anaheim 1976-1978 and then served as chairman of the Democratic Party of Orange County in 1979 and 1980. He died last week at the age of 78, and a funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. tomorrow, according to current DPOC Chairman Frank Barbaro.
“He was very colorful, very funny,” said Barbaro, who also served a stint as DPOC chairman immediately before Thom held the post. “He was the consummate politician…. He was always extremely well dressed and well groomed.”
The funeral service is scheduled for St. Boniface Roman Catholic Church, 120 N. Janss St., Anaheim, according to former DPOC Chairman John Hanna. The phone number for the church is 714-956-3110.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Enjoy and have a great weekend. http://www.fromtimespast.com/
Thursday, November 20, 2008
And looking for the positive, we have multiple opportunities for great stuff to do in Anaheim tonight. Stephanie Hales Panlillio and her Trucor team invite us all to an Open House to review the completion of her new projects from 4:30 to 6:30 today. The homes are located at:
1231 W. Center
12225 W. Center
1219 W. Center
Some are relocations, and I believe one is new construction to reflect the surrounding Five Points neighborhood. While there, stop to admire Bill Taormina's new/old Five Points Flatiron building, soon to be a Ruby's Restaurant! The big pergola thing in the parking lot will shelter car hops and classic car shows! Also if you are there take note of the unfortunate tagging, and get the contact info for the new grafitti program Bill wants to start. One of these days I will have my camera ready and get a photo to post here.
Then stop by Farmer's Market on Center Street Promenade to enjoy their new hours, and grab some good eats to take to the Colony Potluck. This month it is at the Garner's home, the turn of the century Grim House, at 194 N. Vintage Lane. The team of sisters buys distressed historic homes, returns them to their former glory, and then sets them free on a new life with new owners. God bless them, this is about their 5th or 6th rehab in the Colony, and the place is going to be amazing when they are done. A fun group, I recommend attending. Just bring a dish to share, and your favorite beverage, at 7pm, and no you do not have to live in the Colony to attend.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Anyway, the deal with SADI did not address any of the details of the affordable housing project; it merely allowed Lisa Stipkovitch to continue to negotiate the details, which is fair. But this is one I will be watching in the future.
It was highly appropriate that City Council honored the CERT class last night, as they were put to the test during this firestorm. Sadly, Fitzgerald of Anaheim HOME went on a rant about how cowardly some of the off duty firemen were to not come to work, and Mayor Pringle had to point out that many of them live in other communities and could not get in on the freeways. I guess nobody caught the irony of the fact that many of our Police, Fire, and City office Staff do choose to live elsewhere. Why is that? Hats off to our Police Chief for actually living in the City he serves, and he and his wife are very involved in community activities, which is greatly appreciated. I see them at all kinds of events, where I do not see other Department heads, because many of them are sitting on the freeway after 5 pm, heading for their south county homes. Seems like folks should be proud enough of the work they are doing to live close to the decisions they make. But that is just me.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
UPDATE: 4:30 pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ANAHEIM FIRES INFORMATION ANAHEIM, Calif. (Nov. 15, 2008, 3:25 p.m.) – The City of Anaheim Fire Department is calling for mandatory evacuations. BOUNDARIES: 91 freeway on the north 241 freeway on the east Weir Canyon Road or Serrano Avenue to the west And all homes to the north of Marblehead Way AND Mohler Drive on the north Del Giorgio Road on the west Canyon Rim Road on the south Deer Canyon Park and Fairmont Park to the east Approximately 4,500 homes and 12,600 residents have been asked to evacuate. SHELTER AND RECEPTION Those evacuated can report to the care and reception facility at the Downtown Community Center, located at 250 E. Center Street, Anaheim, CA 92805 (cross street Anaheim Blvd.). SHELETER AND CARE Katella High School (2200 E. Wagner), Anaheim High School (811 W. Lincoln), and Loara High School (1765 Euclid) are open as care and shelter facilities. The Annabella Hotel is also offering rooms to displaced residents at a discounted rate. The Annabella Hotel phone number is 714-905-1050. ANIMAL SHELTER Horses only- Rancho Del Rio stables are excepting horses 1314 Sandersen Avenue Anaheim 714-535-3510 As a precaution, the Fire Department is asking all homes and businesses to reduce their water use in the hill and canyon areas in Anaheim, east of the 55 freeway. Please visit _www.anaheim.net_ (blocked::http://www.anaheim.net/) , tune in to channel 3 (local only) or call 714-765-4333 for continual updates. Contacts: Maria Sabol PIO, Anaheim Fire Department 714-620-6234 Ruth Ruiz PIO, City of Anaheim 714-420-7797 cell
Friday, November 14, 2008
Approve and authorize the Executive Director to execute an Exclusive Negotiation Agreement with SADI, LLC, in substantial form, for the development of an affordable multi-family housing project on the corner of Manchester and Orangewood Avenue.
Now y'all may recall that the last time SADI LLC came before RDA for an affordable housing project, it was that stucco monstrosity over at Elm Street Commons. Richard Chavez, backed by Lorri Galloway, pulled that project for discussion, and bumped the developer's profit from the standard 15% that every other developer gets, to an unprecedented 50% profit! All this (over Mayor Curt's objections) while Galloway admonished the developer to be sure to acknowledge how cooperative Council had been to them! If you will recall, Lorri Galloway recently received a substantial donation of Independent Expenditure during her campaign from "Elm Street", which popped for those ugly billboards all over town, and a hefty mailer.
So the questions for next Tuesday are:
A) Can Galloway even vote on this if she recently received an IE from the developer?
B) Will Galloway try to give away the farm again for this project?
C) Why do we continue to deal with private developers like SADI who demand higher profit margins, when non-profits like Mercy Housing do a fabulous job and agree to the standard 15% profit margin?
I for one intend to be there to ask, and will certainly report back here. Anyone care to tag along?
On a personal note, my beloved Mother In Law, Marianna Ward, has been diagnosed with advanced stage 3 cancer which has metastasized, and prayers are welcome and appreciated. I will be dramatically scaling back a lot of my volunteer work, and frankly much of my work-work for a while. If you are here looking for info on Marianna, I have begun a new blog at http://wardnewsnetwork.blogspot.com/ However, if I gave up watching City Council to watch my Mother In Law she would have my head, so I will somehow find the time for community activism. But I could use some help with extra eyes and ears during the challenges my family is dealing with, so if I can count on the community to give me a head's up for upcoming events, or dirty deals, it would help me immensely. Thanks.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
New Farmer's Market Hours noon to 8 pm Thursdays! Center Street Promenade!
Come down to the Downtown Anaheim Association office during Farmers' with proof of Anaheim residence to get your $1 off (with any $5purchase) coupon!!Pick up some of my farm-fresh favorites:Yummy berries (blue, rasp & black), fresh dill roasted red pepper sourdough bread, red potatoes, vine ripened tomatoes, french crepes,organic avocados & Korean BBQ Chicken.Also, if you haven't been down in the last week or 2, there are somereally cool new non-agricultural vendors... Here's some of my favs...Knit beanies, mineral make-up, Peruvian art/handbags, cool trendyclothes, tie dye clothes, hand blown glass, hand-made jewelry, cuddlyblankets and amazing scented bath/skin products.We have a crazy unicyclist Noon-5pm, then an awesome blues/classic rock solo artist is performing from 5pm-7:30pm.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
In the meantime, we can all focus on making Anaheim a better place to live outside of the government by participating in community events:
Our own Downtown Farmer's Market now enjoys expanded hours and you can do your shopping for local produce, handcrafts, etc from noon to 8 pm, so those who work somewhere other than SBC or City Hall can enjoy too!
While you are down on Center Street Promenade, pop across the street to celebrate art in Anaheim. The Anaheim Arts Council is hosting their Art in Public Places Awards, 5:30 pm on November 6, (that would be tonight) in the Anaheim City Council Chambers.
Anaheim Cultural and Heritage Commision is hosting "Celebrando el Arte", with a reception at the Downtown Community Center, on Friday November 7 at 5:30 pm. The DTCC is on Center between Anaheim Blvd and Olive.
Also on Friday night is a Casino Night fundraiser for the Police Activites League, at the Hotel Menage (nice place) Call Georgina Meza at 714-493-4631.
Special thanks to Andrea Manes' column in the Anaheim Bulletin, you don't think I look this stuff up myself, do you?
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
While elected officials have a tendency toward hubris, it seems first term Anaheim Councilmembers are especially prone to the condition. When newly surrounded by those who bow, scrape, fetch and carry, while told how amazingly wise and wonderful you are, it is hard not to buy into your own PR. While this is amazingly apparent during this election cycle, we have seen it in previous elections.
Back in 1998, Bob Zemel thought he was the coolest kid on the GOP block. Seeing himself cut from the cloth of B-1 Bob Dornan, he believed himself cool enough to take on the wildly popular Tom Daly. He got creamed. Why didn’t Bobby Z play it safe and run for his virtually assured seat on City Council? Hubris. Where is he now? Heck if I know.
1998 was the year of hubris, as Lou Lopez swam in the arrogance pool, believing himself well known enough to parlay his reputation as an Anaheim cop for a run at County Supervisor. Not a bad move, since Anaheim was entirely in the 4th District back then. But in doing so he abdicated the throne of Anaheim City Council, only to be beaten by Cynthia Coad. Where is Lou now? Possibly having coffee with Bob Zemel.
In 2006, Richard Chavez, the darling of the unions, ran a lazy campaign for re-election. Dear Richard had roughly $40k on hand for the last stretch of the election, money enough if he was running somewhere like Mission Viejo, but nothing near enough for a city the size of Anaheim. Richard could easily have amassed $200k over his term, but didn’t bother. Why? Hubris. Richard’s arrogance led him to believe that his name recognition would allow him to carry Bill Dalati, a man who publicly switched parties on the City Hall steps. Richard tried to prop up the very candidate who drew votes away from him. In the end, manly Richard got beat by a girl, as Lucille Kring proved that name recognition and shoe leather beats union affiliation, by 200 votes.
Following in the heels of now-convicted-felon Richard Chavez, Lorri Galloway should have been building her own war chest. But again, hubris convinced her that having her name in the paper and her photo on the city website was sufficient. Ultimately, she fell prey to the belief that everyone knows her, everyone loves her, and everyone admires that tired red suit.
At the end of the reporting period she had less than $10k on hand, and a whopping $50k in debt. A sure sign of hubris, convinced that her union buddies would walk precincts till their fireman shoes fell off, it has left her open to a challenge. Now she finds herself behind the 8-ball as Gail Eastman and Harry Sidhu threaten to change the face of City Council.
What does all this hubris over all these years have in common? When the chips are down, and these candidates realize that their names are not enough to pull off a win, they become beholden to the Independent Expenditures of others, usually those “friends” who have benefited from your last 4 years in office, or those who wish to become your friend in the next four years. Look to any last minute expenditure and play follow the money.
This election has taught me much, about human nature, and the nature of money, and yes, hubris. It has taught me that things at City Hall are rarely as they seem, and it has taught me that nobody is watching the everyday business of these people who accept mass mailings and TV commercials from their buddies. If we are lucky, we catch the deal and expose it in time for the election, but all too often, it flies under the radar, until come time for the next election, nobody puts two and two together to come up with a developer and a favor.
Thus the rant. While I have my hopes for Tuesday’s election, I have no assurance that the very embodiment of hubris will not be returned to a seat on Anaheim’s City Council. While I am fairly confident that at least one newcomer to the seat will not succumb to the disease that has afflicted so many of the brethren, I am interested in how alliances form and deals play out. Rather than wait for the next election and back track the dirty deals and political favors, from here on out this blog, in addtion to reporting neighborhood picnics and hootnannys, will be committed to keeping up with the comings and goings and who is scratching whose backs. What makes me think I am qualified to cover City Hall as some sort of answer to Anaheim’s need for a political watchdog? Hubris I guess.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Anaheim Chamber of Commerce
Please join us for an
Evening with the Anaheim Chamber's Endorsed Candidates
Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Location: Bella Marri's Italian Restaurant, 20 South Anaheim Blvd, Anaheim, CA 92805
Serving: Delicious Appetizers and a no-host bar
This will be an opportunity to meet the candidates and learn easy ways to help them to victory in their campaigns.
We look forward to seeing you at this event.
Please RSVP to 714-758-0222 or call if you have any questions or need additional information.
Remember to Cast Your Vote on November 4th, 2008 in the General Election!
CHAMBER ENDORSES BUSINESS CHAMPIONS COUNCILMAN HARRY SIDHU AND PLANNING COMMISSION GAIL EASTMAN FOR ANAHEIM CITY COUNCIL
Following an extensive vetting process including written questionnaires, personal interviews and a voting procedure, the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has endorsed two
candidates running for positions on the Anaheim City Council. Planning Commissioner Gail Eastman and Councilman Harry Sidhu were endorsed by the Chamber for the two seats up for election in November because of their strong pro-business philosophy.
Eastman has served the last seven years on the City Planning Commission, the past three as the Chair. Sidhu is an incumbent Councilmember, having served on the Council for the past four years. Both have been active in the community of Anaheim in business and volunteer capacities for many years.
“Our Chamber chose these candidates because of their strong past record and stated commitment to continue to support the needs of the business community, promote job growth and encourage the future economic vitality of our city,” stressed Bruce Solari, Chair of the Board of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce. “This dedication includes their records as champions of protecting our Anaheim Resort District, which we all know helps fund vital city services like fire and police.”
The Anaheim Chamber of Commerce is the voice of business in Anaheim. In addition to candidates, the Chamber will be weighing in on the issues and propositions that have business implications. For more information you can go to www.anaheimchamber.org.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Her election to the City Council will give her even greater opportunity to keep Anaheim moving forward, to make neighborhoods a priority, to protect public safety, to provide freedom and opportunity for our residents and businesses, and to bring jobs and prosperity to our city.
Joining with my previous endorsement of Councilman Harry Sidhu for re-election, I am proud to recommend to Anaheim voters that by electing these two candidates to the two Council seats on the ballot this November, we can keep making the kinds of positive changes and progress that will continue to make Anaheim a great city where people can make their dreams come true.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Food service was glacially slow, but the meal was worth waiting for, and waiting for, and waiting for. Thankfully we had incredible entertainment while waiting, including Timothy Carney (the former US Ambassador to Sudan) a very good jazz band that I cannot recall the name of, and MC Ed Arnold. The highlight of the night was a concert by Ladysmith Black Mambazo (hubby's fave, we are now subjected to Paul Simon's cd over and over and over) Honestly, I have not seen so much money in one place in Anaheim before, much of it new, and much of it from the hills, and all of it for a good cause. I gave up counting, but the live auction raised what I estimate at $60-$70K for Muzeo! I would encourage everyone to go see the new Muzeo exhibit Under African Skies, running from October 4 to January. Ladysmith Black Mumbazo also did a 70 minute concert today, to rave reviews from husband and neighbors.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Sheri Vander Dussen at the City of Anaheim's Planning Department has been inviting the locals to attend a meeting on September 29 to review a new housing project for 622 S. Velare. The existing complex, built in 1961 and sold in February 2007 for $4,500,000. will be demolished, and a new complex built in its place. Because the new complex is slated as affordable housing, the density bonuses allow the developer to nearly double to number of units on the property. Local reports tell of a three story building, with a setback variance granted (State Law allows it) so the building will essentially dwarf the single story residences in the area. I have not seen the plans to confirm that report, but I would encourage anyone interested to attend the meeting scheduled for September 29, 2008, at the Magnolia Baptist Church at 720 South Magnolia Avenue. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. City staff and the developer will be available to present the plans for the project and respond to any questions or concerns related to the proposed affordable housing project or any other neighborhood issues.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
Aye mateys! It be me favorite day of all days today! International Talk Like A Pirate Day! Get yer parrot outta the footlocker and practice yer RRRRs. We know ye have that hint o scoundrel in ye, let it run free today! For extra fun, practice yer piraticalness in the course of yer day. Make that trip to Whole Foods a bit more interestin', ye not be shoppin fer organics today, ye be layin in supplies fer the galley, vittles fer the trip to Tortuga. Don't ferget the rum, me mateys!
Ye olde image o the day is Anaheim Landing, (now Seal Beach) where our vineyardist forefathers landed their swag. To me knowledge thar be no pirate activity thar, but it be water so we’ll use it. Fer help in gettin' yer pirate on, see the websites:
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
Looking for more Anaheim? Click on the graphic to your left, it is a basic map of historic Anaheim locations that you might use for a tour of the area. It does not cover all three of our historic districts, but it will get you started.
For the ultimate historic Anaheim experience, come to the Anaheim Historical Society’s 2008 Historic Home Tour on October 11 and 12 from 10 am to 4 pm. Tickets are $20 per person, $15 for Anaheim Historical Society members. The ticket center is at Center Street Promenade, where Meghan Shigo hosts her Vintage Marketplace, a street fair of historic preservation vendors, local artists, and non-profit groups. The Home Tour features seven homes including Victorian, bungalows, Mediterranean, and a Pacific Ready Cut kit home! The tour even includes a hard-hat house in process of being restored by two sisters. Get your tickets by downloading the flyer and ticket order form at www.anaheimhistoricalsociety.com
If you want to check out the “downtown Anaheim” area seen on the show, you can look for events like street concerts, Farmer’s Market hours, etc. at www.downtownanaheim.com and check out what is happening at our world-class museum at www.muzeo.com. If you want to do some local history research in the Local History Reading Room, check http://www2.anaheim.net/article.cfm?id=113 Jane Newell and her amazing staff can take good care of you there! If you want to do research on Orange County in general, go visit my friends at the Orange County Archives, http://www.ocarchives.com/ We will be forever grateful to Anaheim resident and former Anaheim Mayor Tom Daly for reopening the Archives after they were in mothballs for so long!
If you fall in love with the area and decide you would like to live here, we have several local Realtors who can hook you up with a great deal on a vintage home. You met local Realtor and potluck maven Meghan Shigo on the show. Check out the vintage homes she has to offer at www.meghanshomes.com. Or visit Barbara Gonzalez at www.barbaragonzalez.net. Barbara does speak Spanish if that is more comfortable for you. Both of these ladies know all there is to know about living in the Colony, and their specialty is vintage homes.
Love the idea of living in the historic district but think that fixing up an old house is not for you? Our new construction is amazing, and right in the heart of the action. For the live-work lofts seen in Huell’s program, check them out at www.harborlofts.com/ there are also some rental units in the downtown area, come visit and tour the models. The rentals have been home to the US Volleyball team, while they train in Anaheim! Another great new for-sale development in the area is Colony Park, at www.livecolonypark.com
Of course there is the Linbrook Bowling Center, which the Anaheim Historical Society recently recognized as Historically Significant as a Googie style landmark. www.LinbrookBowl.com For more info on Googie architecture, see Chris Jepsen’s http://www.spaceagecity.com/ and for more on Orange County history in general, I never start my day without checking out Chris’s blog at http://ochistorical.blogspot.com/
I hope you enjoyed the show, it was a delight to work with Huell Howser, and yes, he really is that nice in person! The entire point of doing the show was to tell the world what a great town Anaheim really is, if you need any more information, I am happy to help at Cynthia_Ward@sbclgobal.net.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Monday, September 8, 2008
That same weekend, the Santa Ana Canyon Historical Council invites the community to attend the 17th Annual Pioneer Family Picnic from 11 am to 4 pm, Saturday October 11, Yorba Regional Park. Please RSVP to 714-499-7975 or 714-579-7945.
Friday, September 5, 2008
On Wednesday, September 10, 2008, at 7:00 pm, the West Anaheim Neighborhood Development Council will meet at the Tiger Woods Learning Center. The center is located at One Tiger Woods Way (Gilbert/Crescent)
Get there at 6 pm for a tour of the Tiger Woods Facility. Otherwise the 7 pm meeting includes:
- Graffiti Initiative Update
- Police-Code Enforcement Reports
- High Density Apartments
If you have any questions, please contact Esther Wallace at 1-714-828-5526.
Monday, September 1, 2008
The candidates for Anaheim City Council 2008, in alphabetical order:
Brian Chuchua: Retired Businessman/CEO, declined to file a candidates’s statement, which in my mind is just plain lazy. How are we supposed to support someone who will not share information about himself?
Gail Eastman: Businesswoman/Planning Commissioner:
See this link for her Candidate Statement http://www.anaheim.net/images/articles/1773/EASTMAN.pdf
I have made no secret of my support for Gail, so I will not pretend to be fair and balanced here. If you have not met her, check her out. www.gail2008.com In my opinon Gail Eastman is the most qualified candidate out there. Her support base tends to be more non-partisan than the others, as an independent she is not playing party politics, which I think do not belong in a Council race. Her support base also tends to be people I want to have a drink with at a fund-raiser, and they tend to be passionate about the things I care about. Gail Eastman has my vote for one seat. I am still waffling on my other vote.
Robert Flores: Another candidate that declined to file a Candidate’s Statement. Bobby runs for everything. He wants to be elected to something, and does not seem to care what it is. Maybe it’s a marketing thing for his real estate business?
Lorri Galloway: Of all the candidates, she is the only one I know with a campaign AGAINST her! Rumors have always surrounded her past ethics, and the way she runs the Eli Home has been in question since the beginning. I did some digging around, some of the past rumors did not actually play out when investigated, on the other hand, I have verified some of them with my own research. Not enough space here to get into the lack of judgement of one candidate, email me directly if you want more info, or check out the opposition’s blog at http://noongallowayanaheim.blogspot.com/
Again, because it’s my blog and I can say what I want, I openly admit that I have a Lorri Galloway magnet on my fridge, as a daily reminder of how hard we need to work to get her off that dais in November. This chick is bad for the City with a hey-nonny, she needs to go.
John Karczynski: Businessman/Non-Profit Chairman, also heavy vested in the Republican party. Here is his candidate statement: http://www.anaheim.net/images/articles/1773/KARCZYNSKI.pdf
I have met with John a number of times, I like him, I like his views, I think he has a great vision for the City. Check him out at www.JoinJohn2008.com
Steve Perez: Ballot designation intentially left blank, he lists no occupation, but here is his ballot statement: http://www.anaheim.net/images/articles/1773/PEREZ.pdf
From my limited knowledge, Steve Perez is a college student, and while I am excited that young people are getting involved, I have some issues here. My biggest is that he has not done his homework, and has spouted off on issues based on fallacies and urban legend. Next up is his insistence that Disney is too involved in Anaheim, and that they are somehow bad for the City. Again, those who know me know better than to bag on the Resort, it does not fly. On the other hand, he did take my advice and switch from a juvenile MySpace page to develop a real website, at www.steveperez08.com. I have offered to meet with him, but he has put me off, so I do not have much to share on him.
Ballot Designation intentionally left blank, Declined to File a Candidate’s Statement. A non-player in my book, with the exception of littering the City with annoying and amateurish campaign signs. In the name of fairness, if anyone has info about her I will update this blog with it, but I am not wasting my time chasing her down.
Kostas “Gus Roditis: CEO/Transportation Executive: Candidate Statement http://www.anaheim.net/images/articles/1773/RODITIS.pdf He does not appear to have a website, but lists his cell number as 714-423-7137.
Harry Sidhu: Incumbent Councilmember: Heavily involved in the Republican party, in June he ran for State Senate, losing to Mimi Walters. Here is his Candidate’s Statement http://www.anaheim.net/images/articles/1773/SIDHU.pdf
And website www.JoinHarry.com
I like Harry, he tends to be very conservative, especially when it comes to spending tax dollars, which is always welcome. On the other hand, the buzz I hear is an underlying anger that if he still had a vision for Anaheim he should not have tried to leave for Sacto. Harry can easily finance a campaign, and I hope it is enough to win over those who are miffed with him for treating his Anaheim seat like a fallback position. Me, I could live with 4 more years of Harry.
Faiz Zuberi: Realtor, Declined to file a Candidate Statement. Ran for City Council in 2004, came in dead last.
This will be a tough race. Three viable candidates, Eastman, Karczynski, Sidhu, and two seats. In the end it will likely come down to who Mayor Curt Pringle gets behind, and right now he’s not saying. However, he has resurrected his old PAC, with a fundraiser on September 23 at House of Blues. Jubal at Red County reports on it at http://www.redcounty.com/orange-county/2008/08/if-there-was-ever-any/
So, the whole shooting match is up in the air for now. All I can say is do your homework, and if you have information or a contact for a candidate I missed here, let me know.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
During Labor Day Weekend, the famed Linbrook Bowl will celebrate their 50 year Anniversary with a parking lot party. The Anaheim Historical Society will recognize the site as a "Googie" style landmark on Saturday, August 30 at 12:30 pm. The Linbrook Bowl is unique in that it is still owned by the same family that built it. In most other cases, bowling alleys in Orange County are on leased land. As those 50 year leases inked in the post-war boom come up for renewal, the owners of the underlying land boot the bowling alley tenants to develop condos. That is how we lose bowling alleys that are otherwise successful. Thankfully, it looks like the Linbrook Bowl folks honor their heritage, and will be around for a while.
Linbrook Bowl was also one of the locations we recently visited with Huell Howser, and we will return to the scene of the crime for a no-host party in the Kopa Room lounge for the airing of California's Gold, Anaheim episode, on Sunday, September 14 at 7 pm.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
My name is Robert Nelson and I live in the 900 block of Alberta Street. Last week my father of eighty-eight years, Robert B. Nelson, passed away. For the past seven years, I cared for him while he suffered from the terrible disease of Alzheimer’s. The man who would tell his life stories to me as I grew up, needed me to tell him these same stories during these last few years. To me, my Father was a great man. He did have his faults, but the love he showed me and the virtues that he taught me over-shadowed anything that he may have lacked. My Father was a registered Democrat, but was a Republican at heart. He always believed in the “little guy.” He believed that if you want something, you need to work for it. But, if somebody else needed something, he would do whatever he could to help him out.One of the most special things about my Dad was that he was a Pearl Harbor Survivor. His job at Pearl was Radio-Man for the Commander of the Pacific Fleet, Adm. Kimmel. On December 6, 1941, he was working the night shift. He would later tell me the stories of what he saw and heard in those early hours leading up to the attack. His watch had ended around 6 a.m., and as he was heading back to the barracks for some sleep, he stopped for reveille in front of the flag. Then, just like in the movies, the Japanese began their attack. “A day that will live in infamy.” Dad never talked about the horrible tragedies that he saw that day or all during the war. He would only talk about things that seemed important to him. He served on the USS Pennsylvania, USS West Virginia, and the USS Maryland, earning medals for battles in the Asiatic-Pacific area, and the Philippine Liberation. Often, during his service, my Father would volunteer. Most of the time, it was to go ashore and care for the wounded. The Battle for Eniwetok Atoll in the Marshall Islands was an exception. The Marines were suffering heavy casualties. The call came out for volunteers to go ashore and fight with the Marines. My Dad, the true patriot that he was, raised his hand and off he went. When the battle was over, and we were victorious, he felt it was best that he go back to being a radio-man. But by then, his ship had left. It took him an entire month, hopping from ship to ship, with only the clothes on his back, to reach his duty ship. Born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, he travelled extensively in his youth, attending more than fifteen different schools. Many of them were here in Orange County. He graduated from Santa Ana Junior College, before joining the US Navy in 1940. Following the war, my Dad studied chemistry at UC Berkeley, and later worked as a chemist and researcher for a variety of companies which manufactured everything from paint to vitamins. He retired as a clerk from the Los Angeles County Courts. An ever-curious mind, he was a prolific reader and writer. He loved learning languages and studying the Bible. I don’t think I can remember a time where he wasn’t taking some kind of college course. He developed a variety of inventions to help children read, and predict earthquakes. He even ran for Congress, but lost. He was a member of the American Legion for fifteen years at Post 75 and 72, serving in leadership positions at Post 75 until his health began to fail. He was married, and is survived by his wife Alice, sons, Robert, Bentley, and Charles, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. If you would like to help me pay respects to a man who served diligently during a time of war, so that we could continue our freedom, then please join us on Friday, August 29th, at 10:00 a.m. at St. Boniface Church. Military honors will be rendered at the conclusion of the service. Tom Brokaw calls these people “The Greatest Generation.” I couldn’t agree more.Thank you,Robert Nelson
Friday, August 22, 2008
We now have a confirmed date and time for the Disneyland Hotel tour with Don Ballard. Don will escort us for a FREE tour on Friday, August 29. Meet under the Sorcerer's Hat on the hotel grounds at 6 pm. We are trying to get a head count, so please RSVP to Cynthia_Ward@sbcglobal.net if you plan to join us.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
We have an air date for Huell Howser! The episode of California's Gold featuring a tour of historic Anaheim will air on September 12 at 10 pm and September 14 at 7 pm! Stay tuned for announcement of a "viewing party".......
Since the visit by Huell, there has been much discussion of nominating the Morten Bay Fig tree on West Street as a historic landmark. It looks like there may be support for doing that, watch for details as that develops.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
THEN the Famous Royal Crown Revue will woo and wow you as you dance the night away on a huge dance floor under the stars! ROYAL CROWN REVUE, the reigning kings of all that is sartorially and otherwise splendid in classic American music has pioneered a totally unique sound and style, serving as the blueprint for an entire generation of musicians and music lovers. This band exploded from the underground scene into bona fide cultural phenomenon. Admission/Parking FREE! Food Vendors, Beer/Wine/Cocktails, Classic Car Show + More!Located at Center Street Promenade and Lemon Street in Downtown Anaheim, 92805myspace.com/swinginonthepromenade714 956 3586
Monday, August 11, 2008
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Thursday, August 7, 2008
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Summer Cooking Class Fundraising Series
This summer, join us on Wednesday evenings in Anaheim Hills as we utilize some of the finest ingredients of the season to make truly unique dishes that are delicious and inspiring.
Jonathan Dye, chef and cooking class instructor at local Williams-Sonoma, Brea will be on hand to conduct the class and offer new ideas and culinary tips. Jonathan will show you how to take advantage of all that summer has to offer in the kitchen, including ideas for the upcoming fall season too.
Classes are intimate and samples of each prepared dish will be served with wine, therefore it is a perfect opportunity to enjoy time with friends or to stoke the culinary fires within you.
An All-American Outdoor Dinner
Wednesday, July 30, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Join us as we prepare four dishes perfect for dining al fresco. This menu celebrates flavors at their peak during the summer months, and is a satisfying way to enjoy an evening with friends or family.
On the Menu:Tomato and Feta Salad, Grilled Steaks on Rosemary Skewers, Orzo Salad with Shrimp and Strawberry Shortcakes
Easy Family Dinner
Wednesday, August 6, 6:30 – 8:30
Enjoying time with your family is precious, and this wholesome menu enables you to make a memorable meal in less time than you might think. Each recipe can be made quickly and with easy to find ingredients.
On the Menu: Chicken Parmesan, Cheese and Herb Breadsticks, Salad with Lemon vinaigrette, Potato Salad with Balsamic Vinegar and Chocolate Pudding.
An Inspired Luncheon Menu
Wednesday, August 13, 6:30 – 8:30
Whether you are hosting friends for a simple lunch or attempting a more formal gathering, selecting a menu that is versatile and enticing is key. This classis menu pairs great flavors and is great for wine tasting as well.
On the Menu: Quiche Lorraine, Roasted Beet Salad, Green Beans with Shallots and Lemon and Minted Fruit Salad
Dinner in Italy
Wednesday, August 27, 6:30 – 8:30
Italian food is praised for its simplicity and bold flavors. You will learn how to prepare dishes that celebrate the essential flavors of their ingredients, including a salad that contains Italy’s prized Burrata cheese.
On the Menu: Florentine Steak, Caprese Salad, Grilled Pizzas and TortaSbrisolona.
Fast, Fresh and Fun
Wednesday, September 3, 6:30 – 8:30
This menu is full of great inspiration for your next outdoor gathering. Grab some friends and head outdoors to enjoy this inspired menu! We will create dishes that are very fresh and with items that are easily found at the market.
On the Menu: Fresh Tomato Bruschetta with Balsamic Reduction, Orzo Salad with Shrimp, Grilled Halibut with Compound Butter, Grilled Marinated Vegetables and Peaches Poached in Wine.
Wednesday, September 17, 6:30 – 8:30
Preparing a meal for your family is rewarding, ad these recipes are sure to become favorites in your home. We will be preparing classics with a twist; irresistible delights that will satisfy and warm your home.
On the Menu: Chicken Pot Pie, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Mache with Beets and Goat Cheese and Coconut Cupcakes.
Practically perfect Paninis
Wednesday, September 17, 6:30 – 8:30
Panini sandwiches have long been a staple of Italian bistros, using fresh and delicious ingredients to enliven cured meats and delightful cheeses between layers of crispy bread. Learn now to create and serve these creations to your family and friends.
On the Menu: Ham and Brie Panini, Turkey and Roasted Pepper Panini, Buffalo Chicken Panini, Grilled Vegetable Panini and a Butter and Chocolate Panini.
North and South
Wednesday, October 1, 6:30 – 8:30
Whatever your politics, the appeal of these South of the Border inspired dishes can’t be denied. Here you’ll learn how to make authentic sides to enjoy with tortilla chips and on quesadillas or tacos, as well as imaginative main course and side dishes.
On the Menu: Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Onions on Cornbread, Grilled Corn Salad with Avocado, Tomatoes and Herbs, Pico de Gallo, Guacamole and Mexican Wedding Cookies.
The classes will take place in John’s intimate home kitchen, therefore space is limited.
A $100 Campaign Contribution is suggested to attend one class.
To reserve space for classes, please call (714) 685-0995. Unfortunately, online reservations may not be made at this time. Pre-payment is required to reserve class space.
Paid for By: Committee to Elect John Karczynski FPPC# 1305820
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Having just celebrated another fabulous 4th on the streets of the Anaheim Colony Historic District, specifically Meghan Shigo's annual blowout on Clementine Street, I thought it might be fun to see how Anaheim did the 4th in years past. Here is a photo from the Anaheim Public Library's Digital collection (sponsored by the Anaheim Historical Society from home tour proceeds). The 1901 photo depicts a horse drawn carriage decorated for the 4th, and traveling down South Olive Street, with the old Hotel Del Campo in the background. Contrast that with Larry Torgeson's "float" on Friday, and we have come a long way....with the same quirky attitude. Did anyone get a photo of Larry's vehicle?
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
Thursday, June 26, 2008
It appears the Ciy Council campaign of Gail Eastman is coming out strong, no wonder, she has the backing of the "Who's Who of Anaheim". Her campaign headquarters officially opens this weekend with a Grand Opening Party on Friday June 27th, from 5:30 pm to 9. Donations of $35 per person and $50 per couple support Gail's campaign. Jerry's Dogs will be serving up hot dogs, and a no host beer and wine bar will be offered. Campaign Headquarters are at 301 N. Anaheim Blvd Suite C. RSVP to (714) 768-2925.
The Anaheim Colony Historic District is also hosting the monthly potluck Thursday, June 26th. This month's festivities are at the "Castle House", owned by Helen and Carol Garner. The Garner sisters recently won the Anaheim Historical Society's coveted Margaret Atkins Award for Historic Preservation, for their lifestyle of serial restoration. The ladies are obsessive about every detail of their projects, and a visit to one of their homes is not to be missed. The potluck is at 727 N. Harbor, beginning at 7 pm. Bring a dish to share, and your favorite beverage. NOTE: there is NO PARKING on Harbor Blvd.
Sadly, one must choose between a visit to the Castle House and the Taste of Anaheim, hosted at the Grove tonight. The event features Orange County's finest restaurants sharing their best food, beginning at 5:30 pm.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Today's image is an old aerial photo of what became West Anaheim. Notice the communities of Claire, Hansen, etc.
Covering the development of West Anaheim is the job of WAND, or the West Anaheim Neighborhood Development Council. Their next meeting is Wednesday, June 11, 2008 at 7 pm in the Mutli-purpose room of Maxwell School, 2613 W. Orange Avenue. For more information contact Esther Wallace at (714) 828-5526.