Here’s video of District 1 candidate Denise Barnes at this week’s Anaheim Republican Assembly candidate forum, answering the total of two questions that were posed to the 11 council candidates. The questions were allegedly selected at random. Barnes is the hand-picked candidate of Mayor Tom Tait, part of his quest to obtain a council majority for this last two years in office.
The first question was a two-parter asking candidates their stances on the proposed streetcar system connecting the Resort District with ARTIC and on the TOT tax rebate to attract luxury hotels to the Resort District. In the hands of moderator David Flores, the question quickly degenerated into “Your position on the streetcar luxury tax.”
Barnes answered the first part but not the second part (apologies for the grainy quality due to a technical issue beyond my control; the shakiness is my fault):
The second question put to the candidates asked their stance on the recent council action to ban additional Short Term Rentals and force existing ones to shut-down within 18 months:
Mind you, STRs are not atop-of-mind issue for voters in Districts 3 and 4, let alone District 1.