Author Archives: Anaheim Insider

VOC’s Selective Reporting on “Scandal” Coverage in Anaheim: Any Tait Conflict Overlooked, But Every Perceived Council Majority Slight Magnified

Anaheim Insider here. Another day, another breathless blog post from the Voice of OC attacking a member of the Anaheim City Council majority for a perceived “scandal.” The M.O. has become all too familiar – tenuous, almost acrobatic leaps in logic and innuendo to create impressions of impropriety and conflict. Selected quotes from experts decrying the “appearance of conflict” then ...

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Tait Opposition To Gate Tax Ban Is The Opposite Of Conservative

Anaheim Insider here. At the brand launch celebration last week in downtown Anaheim, as the former Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau officially relaunched as Visit Anaheim, protocol dictated that the Mayor be on hand to make a few remarks. But more than a few snickers could be heard from the back of the audience as the Mayor ticked off ...

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Hollow Rhetoric From Opponents of Gate Tax Ban

Anaheim Insider here. Disney is proposes to invest a billion dollars into expanding and improving Disneyland Resort and the surrounding Resort Area.  This will include a 5,000 space parking garage, built on Disney’s dime. This is in contrast to the huge Mickey and Friends parking structure, which was publicly financed as part of the 1996 agreement, for which Mayor Tom ...

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Tait Trying To Resurrect Public Employee Union-Funded Initiative

Anaheim Insider here. It’s helpful to remember that at this evening’s council meeting, Mayor Tom Tait will try to resurrect “Take Back Anaheim”: a failed 2012 initiative that was crafted by Anaheim liberals and funded by the union representing Anaheim city government employees. The Mayor has re-named it (but you can see the “new” name on the banner above), but ...

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Vanderbilt’s Election Lawyer Now Working On CATER’s Lawsuit Against Angels Negotiations

Anaheim Insider here. Earlier this month, Superior Court Judge James Di Cesare smacked down the CATER lawsuit against September 2013 council approval of the now-defunct negotiations MOU with the Angels. His ruling dressed down CATER lawyer and blogger Greg Diamond but gave him one more chance to get it right (most likely to bullet-proof his ruling against being overturned on ...

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Tait Nominates CATER Member for City Commission; Leos for Council Again?

Anaheim Insider here. Last week, Mayor Tom Tait tried and failed to convince his City Council colleagues to increase his council assistant budget from $60,000 to $100,000 a year. It was a long, contentious discussion. Tait’s council assistant, Mishal Montgomery, is the only council assistant who is vested in the CALPERS retirement system. Consequently, employing her under those circumstances is ...

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CATER Rumored To Not Be Doing Well In Its Lawsuit Against Angels MOU

Anaheim Insider here. The word in legal circles is that CATER’s lawsuit against the Angels MOU isn’t going well. There was a court hearing last week, I’m told Superior Court Judge James J. Di Cesare’s attitude toward the verbalizations of Greg Diamond, blogger and CATER general counsel, was impatience with ground already covered, while giving CATER the opportunity to amend ...

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Anaheim Should Consider Outsourcing Its Senior Mobility Program

Anaheim Insider here. Item 11 on tomorrow’s Anaheim City Council agenda item would authorize the Director of Community Services to apply for a Federal Transportation Authority grant in order to purchase three “new large buses” to the eight mini-buses the city currently owns and uses to operate its Anaheim Senior Mobility Department. The staff report states that “Since 1977, the ...

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Tait Wines and Dines Anti-Cop Activists; More Naivete About By-District Council Elections

Anaheim Insider here. Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait took offense during the election when hit with campaign attacks alleging he was hostile to the police and soft on gang crime. When his intimate “Team Anaheim” campaign thank you dinner at Thee White House includes anti-police activists Mark and Mary Daniels (seated in front, first two from the left), it’s easy to ...

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Is A Subsidy OK As Long As It Subsidizes Something That’s Cool?

  Anaheim Insider here. Since early 2012, Mayor Tom Tait has hammered at the evil of “taxpayer giveaways” and “crony capitalism,” and preaching that the City of Anaheim shouldn’t subsidize any business endeavor. Unless it’s something really cool like the Anaheim Packing District. Mayor Tait loves the Anaheim Packing District and actively identifies himself with it: “The Anaheim packing House ...

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