Business and Tourism

Who Is Heywood Sanders?

Who is Heywood Sanders? He occupied a starring role as one of two experts in the Voice of OC extremely skeptical coverage of the Anaheim Convention Center expansion; and it was largely on Sanders’ views that Mayor Tom Tait based his opposition to the proposed expansion project. It’s quickly apparent from a Google search that Sanders, a professor of public ...

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City Council Approves Anaheim Convention Center Expansion

The Anaheim City Council voted to approve the seventh expansion of the Anaheim Convention Center in its 47-year history. A long parade of speakers representing a broad spectrum of Anaheim – large and small businesses, labor, homeowners, activists — spoke enthusiastically in favor of approving the expansion. Only Mayor Tom Tait dissented, unsuccessfully requesting to continue the item for another ...

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What “Experts”?

Reading the two Voice of OC articles (here and here) that are very critical of the proposed Anaheim Convention Center expansion, it’s hard to miss repeated claims that “experts say” this and “experts say” that – and these “experts” have a uniformly negative attitude toward the expansion. The headline of the first article goes so far as to shout “Experts: ...

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Honda Center Scores A Win Over UNITE-HERE

UNITE-HERE is 0 for 2 in its litigation against Anaheim Arena Management (AAM), which runs The Honda Center, over AAM’s decision last year against renewing its contract with Aramark and bring food service in-house. A press release from AAM came over the transom yesterday afternoon announcing “the Orange County Superior Court’s ruling on Friday granting a demurrer without leave to ...

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Honda Center Completes Bloom Energy Fuel Cell Project

This came over the transom yesterday from The Honda Center: HONDA CENTER DEBUTS BLOOM ENERGY FUEL CELLS IN MAJOR ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVE Bloom Energy, Honda Center and the Anaheim Ducks team up for a perfect power play December 11, 2013 – Anaheim, Calif. – Anaheim Arena Management, LLC, the management company for Honda Center, held a celebratory event marking the completion ...

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A Thought As The 2013-2014 NBA Season Approaches

Anaheim Insider here. Here’s a thought.  What if Mayor Tom Tait had put as much energy and drive and fight into securing a deal to bring the Sacramento Kings to Anaheim that he’s now putting into blowing up a deal to keep the Angels in Anaheim? We’d probably getting ready for the Anaheim Royals to start their second NBA season ...

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Disney Buys Property At Harbor & Ball for New Parking Lot

The OC Register reports that Disneyland has purchased the 11-acre Anaheim RV Village, with plans to convert it into a 1,400-space employee parking lot to accommodate increased demand for parking stemming from increased attendance at its parks: The plot holds 293 trailer and camping spots aimed at Disney tourists, as well as an auto-repair facility, according to documents. The new ...

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UNITE-HERE-backed Legislation Targeting Honda Center Should Be Tossed As Unconstitutional

Judge Frederick Horn’s has granted of UNITE-HERE’s request for temporary restraining order against the Honda Center. However, it is still questionable whether the militant union’s lawsuit will ultimately succeed, given that dubious constitutionality of how the relevant state labor code section was enacted. It was last-minute, non-budgetary amendment that slipped into a budget trailer bill. Loren Kaye, president of the ...

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