Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

Election Law Expert: Resort Unions’ $18 Wage Initiative A “Litigation Bonanza”

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The Resort unions’ proposed $18 minimum wage initiative is vaguely worded, broader than proponents suggest, contains weak protections for small businesses, is constitutionally problematic and promises to be a “litigation bonanza” is approved, one of the state’s leading election attorneys testified to the Anaheim City Council last night. Bradley Hertz has practiced election law for 30 years and been involved ...

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Anaheim Radisson BLU Is Not A 4-Diamond Hotel; But UNITE-HERE Still Uses Racketeer Tactics

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The Anaheim City Council last night voted unanimously to approve  plans for a Renaissance BLU hotel on an arrowhead-shaped parcel sandwiched between the I-5 freeway and Anaheim Boulevard.  The 12-story hotel will have 326-rooms with ground floor and rooftop restaurants, and pool amenities. It will also include a 348-space parking structure and hotel gym. The hotel developer is Greenlaw Partners ...

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It’s In The Numbers: $18 Minimum Wage Initiative Will Reduce Revenues for City Services

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Last Tuesday, city Finance Director Debbie Moreno gave a budget workshop for the Anaheim City Council. It was an overview of city finances and administration. While the $18 minimum wage initiative sponsored by Anaheim Resort unions wasn’t formally on the agenda, it was clear from the numbers that Anaheim city revenues and services will be negatively impacted if it passes. ...

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Lessons For Anaheim In LA Convention Center Expansion

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Entertainment giant AEG is proposing a $1.2 billion expansion of the LA Convention Center and the JW Marriott Hotel. Proponents say the facility is already relatively uncompetitive as a first tier convention destination, and is falling behind cities such as Anaheim that have completed their own convention center expansions. The $500 million convention center expansion would add 350,000 square feet ...

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LA-OC Building Trades Council Votes Unanimously to Oppose the Anaheim Job Killer Initiative

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This just came over the transom from the Los Angeles-Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council: LA-OC Building Trades Council Votes Unanimously to Oppose the Anaheim Job Killer Initiative ANAHEIM – The Los Angeles-Orange County Building and Construction Trades Council, representing 48 local unions/affiliate councils and over 100,000 hardworking skilled trades members, announced today that they had voted unanimously to ...

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Anaheim Resort Visitor Growth Off To Strong Start In 2018

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The most recent Anaheim visitor statistics from Visit Anaheim show the Resort District is off to a strong start in 2018, with visitor volume and spend pacing ahead of 2017. An estimated 1.8 million visitors came to Anaheim in January 2018, representing a 4.8% increase over the previous year.  Visitor spending throughout Orange County pumped nearly $670 million to the local ...

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District 6: Mayor Tait Finds His Candidate – Patty Gaby

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For months there has been speculation on who would be Mayor Tom Tait’s candidate in Anaheim Hills-based District 6. The question was answered last month when Anaheim Hills resident and close Tait family friend Patty Gaby filed candidate papers. Gaby served for several years as a member of the Anaheim Golf Commission, was a member of the Anaheim Golf Commission ...

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The Economic Roundtable Report’s Flaws and Union Bias

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This evening, two progressive academics – Daniel Flaming and Peter Dreier – will present to the Anaheim City Council their study supporting a proposed initiative by the Coalition of Resort Labor Unions (CRLU) to boost the minimum for targeted Resort business from the current $11 to$18 an hour by 2022. The study was conducted by the Economic Roundtable, a Los Angeles-based ...

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Jose Moreno: Unilaterally Changing 4-Diamond Hotel Agreements Puts Anaheim In “Breach of Contract”

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The Anaheim Resort unions are trying to place a measure to radically boost the minimum wage from the current $11 to $18. It would apply – at least initially – to Anaheim Resort business that receive TOT or sales tax rebates or other economic assistance. If it qualifies and is approved by voters, it would constitute a retroactive, unilateral change ...

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