Chris Norby Climbs About The Resort Union Train

What happened to Chris Norby?

Anaheim Republicans have received a campaign mailer featuring former Supervisor Chris Norby urging them to vote for Measure L – an initiative bankrolled by Anaheim Resort unions that would ultimately impose the highest minimum wage in the nation on a number of Anaheim Resort businesses.

Norby built a reputation as a small “L” libertarian. Now he’s advocating for government dictating wages and discredited “priming the pump” liberal economics. If jacking up the minimum wage generated prosperity, then why not boost it to $25 or $35 an hour?

It’s worth noting the union-Norby mailer barely mentions the hourly minimum wage increase, and omits the amount: in increase from $11 to $15 in January 2019, escalating annually until it reaches $18 an hour in January 2022.

Furthermore, the claim about tips is bogus: it is illegal for employers to take an employee’s tips.

Somehow, I doubt the Reason Foundation or the Cato Institute would share Norby’s enthusiasm for coercive union economics.  Unfortunate to see Norby lending himself to this deceptive union campaign.

16 comments

  1. Well well well…let’s revisit the Norby show…shall we!!!?
    * As Supervisor he is regularly caught drunk and passed out on the step of the historic court house
    * Arrest and charged in a domestic violence case where the victim is HIS WIFE
    * As Assemblyman, defeated by Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva and he was shunned from politics
    * Has been hiding under a shamed rock until John Lewis hires him.
    * John Lewis is Tait’s political servant and his hit man- currently running IE plays with OCEA to hit Sidhu and he is running Vanderbilt and Gaby’s campaign
    * Norby spoke at Republican central committee against the Anaheim business community when he has been MIA for years! What a crock!!!!!
    He cannot be taken seriously. Norby is part of the Lewis/Tait cabal. So, doe this mean Tait SUPPORTS MEASURE L!?!? Wake up all you ridiculous long time Tait apologists……
    GET OUT OF ANAHEIM NORBY. WE KNOW YOU NEED A PAYCHECK BUT YOU ARE PATHETIC! NO ONE FOR A SECOND BELIEVES YOU! TAIT & LEWIS SUPPORT MEASURE L…WAKE UP REPUBLICANS. Pay attention to this election, Anaheim. It matters. Tait is gone and we are all very happy about that.

  2. I love it when folks like Matt bring up the Reason Foundation or the Cato Institute … on those rare moments that they’re not calling for corporate subsidies.

  3. I love it when folks like Matt bring up the Reason Foundation or the Cato Institute … on those rare moments that they’re not calling for corporate subsidies.

  4. Personal attacks on me don’t change the facts:

    Disney’s parking structure was built with $108m in public money–for which it pays only $1/yr. in “rent” to the City and pockets $35m in annual revenue–all of it for Disney, none of it to repay Anaheim taxpayers.

    Disney earned $9 billion in profits in 2018, and its CEO Bob Iger will earn $423m over the next 4 years.
    I’m all for profits and CEOs are entitled to earn whatever they can–but NOT at taxpayer expense. If they do, some of this money be shared with workers in Anaheim, rather than all going to billionaires in Beverly Hills and shareholders on Wall Street.

    • Chris:

      Thanks for your response.

      Are you saying Disney’s profits are coming at taxpayer expense? After all, the TOT rebate program doesn’t kick in until the participating hotel is built and guests are paying their bills (and the TOT). So not a dime of rebates has been paid out. Otherwise, what is your point in waving Disney profits around?

      Who are the “Republicans throughout Anaheim” you say are supporting Measure L?

      Do you think it is fair for the city to unilaterally alter the terms of a contract after the fact? Because that is what you are advocating.

      Also, do you realize that only a very small percentage of Anaheim workers live in Anaheim, so this government wage diktat is not “sharing money with workers in Anaheim”?

      Do you really, honestly believe the government can engineer economic growth by dictating higher wages? If so, then why not support imposing a $25 an hour minimum wage on these businesses? Based on the reasoning you endorse, that would generate hundreds of millions more in economic growth.

      Do you also realize that the parking structure was part of a larger agreement in 1996 that has subsequently led to huge tax revenues for Anaheim – far beyond what was originally projected? Do you generally think that cherry-picking and isolating one aspect of an agreement and ignoring all other parts of it is sound and reasonable policy discussion?

      Do you agree with the City Attorney that Measure L does not apply to the Disneyland Resort? Or do you agree with UNITE-HERE’s attorney that it does apply to the Disneyland Resort? If you agree with the City Attorney, then it puts you in a strange situation vis-a-vis the union campaign in which you are participating – since that campaign is (falsely) telling voters that Measure L applies to Disney.

  5. Do you really believe that government can engineer economic growth by subsidizing politically-favored businesses? That’s mercantilism, not capitalism. If the TOT rebate is so great, it should be given to ALL hotels, not just two.

    All Anaheim workers may not live in Anaheim, but a lot more do than Disney stockholders and corporate executives.

    Corporate welfare is now a political loser in California. Brown the killed the Redevelopment agencies (I was happy to help) and the NFL couldn’t shakedown San Diego or LA for a tax-funded stadiums. Rust Belt states still bail out struggling industries lest they move to Mexico or China, but Disneyland is neither struggling nor likely to move.

    If Measure L doesn’t even apply to Disney, than why the fuss? If the mere threat of Measure L killed the hotel TOT deals, then it’s already served its purpose.

    • “Do you really believe that government can engineer economic growth by subsidizing politically-favored businesses?”

      Chris: in the mailer you say Measure L “will generate $140 million for our economy.” In other words, you are are telling Anaheim voters that government can engineer economic growth by spiking the minimum wage.

      That’s mercantilism, not capitalism.

      The TOT policy was not mercantilism. Mercantilism has to do with exports and trade balances.

      If the TOT rebate is so great, it should be given to ALL hotels, not just two.

      The TOT rebate policy designed to attract 4-Diamond hotels and was available to ANY 4-Diamond developer whose project met the 4-Diamond hotel criteria. It wasn’t limited to just two. The “cronyism” charge is a load of BS.

      All Anaheim workers may not live in Anaheim, but a lot more do than Disney stockholders and corporate executives.

      A) neither of us know whether or not that is true and B) it is irrelevant.

      If Measure L doesn’t even apply to Disney, than why the fuss?

      Because it is A) bad policy, and I am still stunned that you endorse it; B) it constitutes government unilaterally changing a contract against the wishes of the other party, via raw political power – and I’m stunned you support that; and C) it will kill two of the 4-Diamond hotel projects -and resulting in the loss of thousands of good jobs those projects would have created and hundreds of millions in city tax revenue they would have generates.

      And from a political perspective, I think you would agree it is a bad idea to empower radical leftist unions that want to turn Anaheim into Los Angeles.

      If the mere threat of Measure L killed the hotel TOT deals, then it’s already served its purpose.

      And that would make you the one member of the Tait political faction willing to publicly state their real reason for supporting Measure L, or remaining silent on it or pronouncing themselves to be “undecided.”

  6. It’s these deal you defend that will “turn Anaheim into Los Angeles.” LA already has TOT rebate deals with 7 different hotel developers, without any demonstrating any economic benefit. Read the City Controller’s analysis: “Too many tax breaks and too few questions” (LA Times, Aug. 17, 2018). Anaheim should not follow LA’s example.

    Redevelopment agencies spent billions over decades in such targeted subsidies, without ANY proof of net public benefit. Read “Subsidizing Redevelopment in California” (Michael Dardia, Public Policy Institute, 1998).

    An unregulated, unsubsidized free market for all goods and services optimizes prosperity. Once private business start taking public money, however, they can expect the inevitable conditions that come with those subsidies.

    Corporations should pay for their own parking structures, and luxury hotels should pay their fair share of taxes. What’s “radical” about that?

    • NO TO AITKEN AND MORENO

      unregulated free markets optimize prosperity… Yeah- that would explain areas like Beach Blvd.
      It also explains why Norby aligned himself with the likes of the Beach Blvd Motel Owners who have long been known as meth dens and prostitution havens…
      Sadly, the Dland resort once looked like Beach Blvd today and it was the public private partnership Norby denounces that completely turned the resort around- funneling millions into the General Fund. Certainly Norby can rely on the “studies” he mentioned. But I think residents are better served by looking at what actually occurred and completely rejecting his argument.

    • Chris: Anaheim isn’t – or at least, wasn’t – doing it the LA way. And the unions with whom you’ve allied yourself do not oppose TOT rebate programs. In fact, UNITE-HERE Local 11 spoke in support of a TOT rebate program enacted a couple of years ago by the Santa Ana City Council – because it contained a mandatory unionization provision. THAT is what your allies want to bring to Anaheim.

      This isn’t redevelopment, Chris. That argument has no bearing here. The 1996 agreement creating the Anaheim Resort has been a huge success, but you’re trying to cherry pick at it 20-plus years later.

    • Again – please explain your argument that spiking the minimum wage generates prosperity? And who are these “Republicans all across Anaheim” who are joining you in support of Measure L?

  7. Defender of Chris Norby

    I am ashamed at the terrible things you have said about a very honorable man, Chris Norby. You started your discussion with a personal hit piece against Chris that had nothing to do with his political position or views. It is obvious that you are trying to smear his credibility. All anyone has to do is look up Chris Norby’s Wikipedia report to see his incredible work and history serving our community, Orange County and the State. I may not agree with all his positions, but I fully trust his motivations. Yours, on the other hand, appear vicious and probably politically motivated. I do not understand all the comments and do not live in Anaheim or Southern California anymore; however your bullying tactics make me question in negative terms the position you expound. I knew Chris Norby from his involvement with our church and redevelopment reform. He is a true hero and champion of what is right regardless of affiliations.

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