Business and Tourism

Anaheim City Council Votes 4-1 to Approve GardenWalk Agreement

It was a loooooong Anaheim City Council meeting (I did not attend as it is my youngest daughter’s birthday, but caught as much as I could on the Internet), the Anaheim City Council voted 4-1 to approve the GardenWalk economic assistance agreement. Mayor Pro Tem Gail Eastman and Councilmembers Lucille Kring, Kris Murray and Jordan Brandman voted “yes.” Mayor Tom ...

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Tom Tait Records Anti-GardenWalk Robocall

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait recorded a robocall that went out yesterday (I don’t know how wide a voter universe it went to): This is Mayor Tom Tait. At tomorrow’s city council meeting, special interests and lobbyists are returning to ask taxpayers to subsidize two luxury hotels. If passed, our city will be forced to pay one developer $158 million dollars over the next 29 years, taking away money meant ...

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Taste of Anaheim Coming Up On May 9

The 18th Annual Taste of Anaheim, organized by the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, takes place next Thursday, May 9 at the GardenWalk mall. Guests get to enjoy the food proferred by the raft of restaurants – 40 eateries and breweries — participating in the event, and live entertainment will be featured as well. Tickets are $35 pre-sale and $45 at the door. It’s ...

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Interim City Manager Won’t Seek Permanent Post

The uncertainty over exactly who was managing city government was dispelled on Tuesday when the City Council, which would be Bob Wingenroth’s last as City Manager. The council confirmed Anaheim Public Utilities General Manager Marcie Edwards would henceforth take the reins as Interim City Manager. Edwards, a veteran of Anaheim city government, will not seek the permanent city manager position. ...

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OC Register Shifts Its Stance On GardenWalk Project

[EDITOR’S NOTE: For reasons I don’t understand, when a reader clicks on the title of a post to read the full post, the byline disappears, which often leaves readers confused as to the authorship of the post. To allieviate that confusion, going forward I will insert an editor’s note at the beginning of posts not written by yours truly to clarify the authorship. ...

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Honda Center: Can Someone Introduce UNITE-HERE To Reality?

Thus far, UNITE-HERE Local 11 has been trying to spin their dispute with Anaheim Arena Management into an issue of whether their members will continue working at The Honda Center when AAM takes over food service operations from Aramark on July 1. Judging by the media coverage, the spinning is working. This Voice of OC article from last week is a good ...

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Anaheim Must Compete In Hotel Market Distorted by Garden Grove

Some of my Republican friends argue with me over my support for the GardenWalk project TOT rebate, pointing out that it isn’t free market economics and that government shouldn’t subsidize a business enterprise. My response is that they’re right, but Anaheim isn’t working in a free market. I recognize that state government has gone too far on the regulation and ...

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UNITE-HERE Rumbling About Change in Honda Center Food Operations

Anaheim Arena Management — which operates the Honda Center for the City of Anaheim — is taking over the food concession from Aramark. That has UNITE-HERE Local 11 worried. From the union’s website: Anaheim Arena Management, the company that owns the Honda Center and the Anaheim Ducks,  plans to take over the operation of the stadium’s food concessions from Aramark. ...

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UNITE-HERE Pushing Anaheim To Adopt “Retention” Policy

Wondering what kind of anti-business policies single-member council districts would make more likely in Anaheim? Look no further than UNITE-HERE Local 11’s lobbying of the City of Anaheim to adopt a “retention” policy a la that paragon of mismanagement and ill-governance, Los Angeles. To illustrate how “retention” works, I’ll excerpt from Los Angeles International Airport’s retention policy, which imposes these requirements on LAX contractors: ...

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