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Briceno To Moreno: “My Team Loves The Idea For You To Get Arrested”

Using the California Public Records Act, Anaheim Blog obtained this January 2019 text conversation between District 3 Councilman Jose F. Moreno and Ada Briceno, the chair of the OC Democratic Party and co-president of UNITE-HERE Local 11 (a major Moreno campaign donor and supporter) – pertaining to Moreno’s participation in the union’s illegal shutdown of the Katella/Harbor intersection. Some background: ...

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Hotel Tax Revenues Continue Exceeding Projections While Sales Tax Lags

Anaheim’s Transient Occupancy Tax revenues continue to outstrip projections, while sales tax lagged, according to a recent budget workshop presented to the Anaheim City Council. The continued over-performance of TOT revenues confirms the wisdom of Anaheim’s tradition of fostering hotel development – resulting in not only greater economic activity but rising city tax revenues without the need for general tax ...

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Anaheim Visitors Spent $9 Billion Throughout Orange County In 2018

Visit Anaheim, the destination organization for Anaheim, today announced its sixth consecutive record-breaking year for both spending and visitation in 2018. According to preliminary reports, the landmark year welcomed 24.4 million visitors to the Southern California city and visitor spend topped the charts at $9 billion across Orange County (Source: CIC Research, Inc.).  Visitor expenditures cascades across a variety of ...

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UNITE-HERE Local 11’s Stunt Threatens Orange County Workers

This opinion article was originally published in the Orange County Register on January 25, 2019 By Reuben Franco and Kris Murray A small faction of radical left-wing unionists has been working over the past decade to establish their political dominance in Orange County. They refuse to engage in constructive dialog and regularly put their own political interests ahead of others, including ...

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Anaheim/OC Hotel & Lodging Association Endorses Harry Sidhu for Mayor

From the Anaheim/OC Anaheim & Lodging Association PAC: AOCHLA PAC Announces 2018 Anaheim Mayor Endorsement ANAHEIM, CALIF. – AOCHLA PAC, the political action committee formed by the Anaheim/Orange County Hotel and Lodging Association, has announced its endorsement of Harry Sidhu for Anaheim Mayor. Sidhu is a longtime business owner in Orange County. He served on the Anaheim City Council for ...

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UNITE-HERE’s Desperate Claim That Disney Still Subject To “Living Wage” Initiative Doesn’t Add Up

Disney’s recent decision to terminate its tax incentive agreements with the City of Anaheim threw UNITE-Here Local 11 and the Resort union coalition it leads for a loop, upending the strategy for their so-called Anaheim Living Wage Initiative (ALWI). While gathering signatures to qualify the initiative, union walkers told voters its aim was to force Disney to raise wages for ...

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Consequences of Ending Disney Tax Incentive Agreements

Last week, Disneyland Resort President Josh D’Amaro informed the City of Anaheim the company wished to dissolve its tax incentive agreements with the city, specifically the 30-year gate tax moratorium that was part of its agreement to invest up to $2 billion in the Disneyland Resort (including Star Wars Land) and 2) and the TOT rebate agreement for the 4-Diamond hotel ...

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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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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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