Taxes

Council Approves Taxpayer Protection Act, Rejects Ballot-Box Budgeting, Switches Angels Negotiator

The Anaheim City Council voted on a number of controversial agenda items last night in a marathon meeting that lasted until almost midnight. Anaheim Taxpayer Protection Act Councilwoman Kris Murray’s proposed amendment to the city charter would raise the vote threshold for the city council to place a new or increased tax before the voters from a simple majority to ...

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OC Business Council: “Approve Protection for Anaheim Taxpayers”

Orange County Business Council President and CEO Lucy Dunn published a column in yesterday’s OC Register calling on the Anaheim City Council to vote to place before voters the Anaheim Taxpayer Protection Act proffered by Councilwoman Kris Murray: Approve protection for Anaheim taxpayers In the middle of California’s drought, I’m reminded of an old Jewish proverb that says “taxes grow ...

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The City Council Spent Way Too Much Money Too Soon

In my blog of September 21, I explained why the upcoming use of video cameras by Anaheim police officers will not provide transparency. State laws and court decisions will prevent public disclosure of the video evidence police collect. I also noted several reasons for spending $1,100,000 cited by members of the city council to purchase these cameras: accountability, trust, alleviating ...

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Anaheim City Hall Could Still Use Some COIN

A year ago, I published a post advocating the Anaheim City Council adopt something similar to Costa Mesa’s COIN (Civic Openness in Negotiations Ordinance) ordinance.  Tomorrow night, the Fullerton City Council will begin discussing whether or not to adopt its own version of COIN. This is a discussion the Anaheim City Council should consider having, as well. The staff report ...

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Self-Styled Taxpayer Champion Suing County for a Pile of Taxpayer Money

David Zenger has lately become a fixture at Anaheim City Council meetings, where he thunders during public comments against what he considers the council majority poor stewards on behalf of the taxpayers. The Voice of OC yesterday reported on what has been common knowledge among county insiders for several weeks: Zenger is suing the County of Orange because Supervisor Shawn ...

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Anaheim City School District Considers Form of Publicly-Financed Campaigning

In addition to the proposed addition to the governing board bylaws regarding how it is elected, there was another interesting item on the agenda of last night’s Anaheim City School District Board of Education agenda – related to paying for candidate statements. Candidate statements are probably the single most important communication a school board candidate has with the public. It’s ...

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Unions Making Phony Claims About Honda Center

Apparently, something doesn’t even have to be true to become the subject of media coverage. Today, the Voice of OC published a story headlined: “Honda Center Layoffs Could Mean Tax Credits for Company.” What follows is an entire article claiming that when Anaheim Arena Management hires some 500 food-and-beverage workers as part of bringing that service in-house, it could, maybe, ...

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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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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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More Councilmember Resolutions: Brandman and Kring

The OC Register has published New Year resolutions from the two newest members of the Anaheim City Council, Jordan Brandman and Lucille Kring: Here’s Brandman’s (who was the top vote-getter in November’s election): A time of reflection and new beginnings Each new year brings forth a time of reflection and new beginnings filled with hope and opportunity. As I begin ...

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