Tom Tait

Lansner: Why Would Anaheim Walk Away From A $100 Million Tax Revenue Windfall?

OC Register real estate columnist Jonathan Lansner penned this column last week. Lansner’s trenchant common sense cuts through the council majority’s bunkum and blindness like a hot knife through butter: What city would walk away from a $100 million business windfall? By Jonathan Lansner Anaheim has essentially rejected a no-money-down, debt-free deal that would have put $100 million in city ...

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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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Unions Win, Voters Lose: Council Majority Opposes Including Dollar Amounts In Minimum Wage Ballot Question

This November, Anaheim voters will weigh in on a union proposal to hike the minimum wage requirement for targeted Anaheim Resort businesses. Last week, The Tait-Moreno council majority voted to provide votes with less information on the wage initiative by excluding the dollar amounts of the wage hikes from the ballot question voters will consider. The original ballot question drafted ...

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Bill O’Connell Speaks Truth To Power

At the October 17, 2017 Anaheim City Council meeting, District 3 Councilman Jose F. Moreno pulled a routine consent calendar item: the annual certification of whether the GardenWalk Hotels project developers were in compliance with the development agreement the city council approved in 2013. What followed was a disturbing exercise in arbitrary, capricious governance by Moreno and Mayor Tom Tait.  ...

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Inclusionary Zoning: Will Tait Be “A Freedom Guy” Tonight?

Anaheim Insider here. This is a text sent to Mayor Tom Tait by his staff consigliere Mishal Montgomery on April 28 of this year, alerting him to rent control concerns expressed by Vickie Talley, who represents mobile home park owners: Given Councilman Jose F. Moreno’s political philosophy, Ms. Talley’s fear were (and are) warranted. The “Denise” to whom Montgomery refers ...

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Jose Moreno Met With GOP Powerbroker, Offered To Use Influence To Broker Palm Lane Charter Deal

Anaheim Councilman Jose F. Moreno recently spearheaded the city council’s adoption of a “Sunshine Ordinance,” which included a partial lobbyist registration requirement. He declared it “seeks to affirm that the business of the people is being done in an open and transparent way.” Apparently, he doesn’t think the business of the people of the Anaheim  Elementary School District needs to ...

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Will Tait Vote On Operation Home Safe Tonight?

Anaheim Insider here. Will Mayor Tom Tait vote on Operation Home Safe, Councilmember Kris Murray’s proposal to declare a state of emergency on the Santa Ana River Trail and mobilize to move the homeless out of it? It’s not an idle question. Mayor Tait is known for recusing himself from votes even when it isn’t necessary, citing a desire to ...

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4th Supervisor District: Tim Shaw Announces Anaheim Endorsements

From a Tim Shaw for Supervisor press release: (Anaheim, California) – La Habra Mayor Pro Tem Tim Shaw has won the endorsement of Anaheim’s top City leaders in the campaign to succeed termed out Orange County Supervisor Shawn Nelson in the Fourth District. The largest city in the Fourth District, Anaheim is the only city with a directly-elected mayor. Mayor Tom Tait ...

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