Author Archives: Matthew Cunningham

FACT CHECK: Patty Gaby Wrongly Claims Disney Hotel Deal Cancellation Puts $267 Million Into City Treasury

At the Anaheim Republican Assembly’s candidate forum this Wednesday, District 6 candidate Patty Gaby demonstrated astonishing ignorance of an issue that has been at the heart of Anaheim city politics for years: using TOT tax rebates to attract 4-Diamond hotel projects to Anaheim. Earlier in the day, news hit the media regarding Disney’s request to cancel 1) the 30-year gate ...

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OC Register Columnist: Disney Had No Choice But Halt 4-Diamond Hotel Project

Jonathan Lansner, the OC Register’s veteran real estate columnist, wrote today that Disney had no choice but to pull back plans for Anaheim luxury hotel. Some key excerpts from the column, which Register subscribers can access here: Disneyland’s luxury hotel in Anaheim wasn’t a financial no-brainer to start with. So a last-minute pullback of a controversial city tax break would, at ...

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The Dearden’s Shopping Center Eyesore

The Dearden’s shopping center at the intersection of Euclid and La Palma has become a blight on the local community. It had been anchored by Los Angeles-based furniture and electronics retailer Dearden’s, but the 109-year old company never recovered from the Great Recession and shut it’s doors last year.  Now, a group of transients is encamped next to the empty Dearden’s ...

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Disney Puts 4-Diamond Hotel On Indefinite Hold, Citing Hostile City Business Climate

According to media reports, Disney is putting its 4-Diamond hotel project on indefinite hold due to a hostile and volatile business climate in the Anaheim Resort. The 700-room, $625 million luxury project, located next to Downtown Disney, would have been Disney’s fourth hotel in the Disneyland Resort and included a large parking structure (which is separate from the 5,500 space ...

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TOT Revenue From Completed 4-Diamond Hotels Critical For Meeting Anaheim’s Budget Obligations

Cities all across California are struggling to funding city services while covering the rising cost of pension obligations. They would kill to have Anaheim’s tax revenue base – which is built on an ever-expanding river of Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) revenue that will ultimately become a flood. That is, if – as the city’s finance director recently informed the city council – ...

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Palm Lane Charter School: Hundreds of Families, Community Leaders Attend Grand Opening

Hundreds of children, their parents and community leaders turned out for the new Palm Lane Charter School‘s grand opening fiesta on Saturday, August 11: Dr. Sagui Doering, the principal of the new independent charter school, welcomed everyone to the grand opening and ribbon-cutting. It was a day for which a brave group of poor and working class parents had fought ...

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Final Anaheim Mayoral and Council Candidate List

The candidate filing period closed on Friday, August 10 at 5:00 p.m.; following is the (alphabetical) final list of candidates for Anaheim Mayor and City Council, along with their ballot titles and links to their candidate statements (if they paid for one). MAYOR Ashleigh Aitken          Consumer Protection Attorney          Ballot Statement Lorri Galloway  ...

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District 6: OC Taxpayers Association PAC Endorses Trevor O’Neil

The Orange County Taxpayers Association PAC has announced its endorsement of Trevor O’Neil for Anaheim City Council from District 6, which encompasses the Anaheim Hills section of the city. “I am honored that the Orange County Taxpayers Association has endorsed my candidacy for Anaheim City Council!” said O’Neil on his campaign Facebook page. “OCTAX fights to make taxes fair, understandable, ...

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Jose F. Moreno Criticizes OC Democrat Legislators For Being Too Moderate

During an interview last month on a progressive Internet program, Anaheim Councilman Jose F. Moreno criticized other Orange County Democrats for being too moderate in their politics. Moreno, a vocal Berniecrat who hails from the far-left of the political spectrum, specifically called out Rep. Lou Correa, Assemblyman Tom Daly and former Rep. Loretta Sanchez: I was told constantly, right, when ...

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