Business and Tourism

Anaheim Tops List of Most-Sought After Venues In Nation

Anaheim topped a list of most sought-after event destinations, according to a story in the Orange County Business Journal: Anaheim and Newport Beach were among the most-sought U.S. cities for events in the past year, according to a list released by a McLean, Va.-based online database of meetings venues. Anaheim was up seven spots to No. 25 and Newport Beach ...

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Anaheim City Council Approves Convention Center Expansion Bonds

I don’t think any one doubted the outcome of last night’s meeting, but it was still heartening late last night when the Anaheim City Council voted 4-1 to approve the bonds to finance the expansion of the Anaheim Convention Center. Mayor Pro Tem Kris Murray and Councilmembers Gail Eastman, Lucille Kring and Jordan Brandman all voted yes, while Mayor Tom ...

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OC Register Editorial On Convention Center Expansion Misses The Mark…By 50 Years

Editorials like the one this morning opposing the Anaheim Convention Center expansion cause me to wonder if the editorial page staff at the OC Register has any understanding or institutional knowledge of Orange County government and politics. The editorial opines: But the taxpayer shouldn’t be on the hook if that 2 percent tax doesn’t meet its projections, especially with municipal ...

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Location, Location, Location: Proximity to Disneyland A Boon To Franchises

The OC Register published an article a couple of days ago reporting that – no surprise – that the top-performing stores in various franchises are located by Disneyland: The Cold Stone Creamery outside Disneyland’s gates, at roughly 600 square feet, is smaller than most of the chain’s locations. But don’t let that deceive you. As many as 400 customers, including ...

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Anaheim Chamber of Commerce PAC Voter’s Guide: Yes on Measures C, D and E

The Anaheim Chamber of Commerce PAC has published its voter’s guide for the June primary:  MEASURE C — VOTE “YES” Various Charter Amendments Shall the Charter be amended to: modernize and remove outdated language to reflect changes in the City and law; authorize financial documents’ availability in electronic format; update matters regarding boards/commissions; allow setting City Manager compensation by agreement, ...

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Who Is Heywood Sanders?

Who is Heywood Sanders? He occupied a starring role as one of two experts in the Voice of OC extremely skeptical coverage of the Anaheim Convention Center expansion; and it was largely on Sanders’ views that Mayor Tom Tait based his opposition to the proposed expansion project. It’s quickly apparent from a Google search that Sanders, a professor of public ...

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City Council Approves Anaheim Convention Center Expansion

The Anaheim City Council voted to approve the seventh expansion of the Anaheim Convention Center in its 47-year history. A long parade of speakers representing a broad spectrum of Anaheim – large and small businesses, labor, homeowners, activists — spoke enthusiastically in favor of approving the expansion. Only Mayor Tom Tait dissented, unsuccessfully requesting to continue the item for another ...

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What “Experts”?

Reading the two Voice of OC articles (here and here) that are very critical of the proposed Anaheim Convention Center expansion, it’s hard to miss repeated claims that “experts say” this and “experts say” that – and these “experts” have a uniformly negative attitude toward the expansion. The headline of the first article goes so far as to shout “Experts: ...

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Honda Center Scores A Win Over UNITE-HERE

UNITE-HERE is 0 for 2 in its litigation against Anaheim Arena Management (AAM), which runs The Honda Center, over AAM’s decision last year against renewing its contract with Aramark and bring food service in-house. A press release from AAM came over the transom yesterday afternoon announcing “the Orange County Superior Court’s ruling on Friday granting a demurrer without leave to ...

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