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Tait Family Wealth Used to Attack His Council Colleagues

Anaheim Insider here. If you could spend $49,750 on anything in your community, what would you spend it on? Just to make it a little easier, here are a few options of what that kind of money buys you in Anaheim: A. Annual tuition for 199 low income kids to attend the Anaheim Boys and Girls Clubs after school programs. ...

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OC Register Editorial On Convention Center Expansion Misses The Mark…By 50 Years

Editorials like the one this morning opposing the Anaheim Convention Center expansion cause me to wonder if the editorial page staff at the OC Register has any understanding or institutional knowledge of Orange County government and politics. The editorial opines: But the taxpayer shouldn’t be on the hook if that 2 percent tax doesn’t meet its projections, especially with municipal ...

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Anaheim City Council Votes 4-1 to Approve GardenWalk Agreement

It was a loooooong Anaheim City Council meeting (I did not attend as it is my youngest daughter’s birthday, but caught as much as I could on the Internet), the Anaheim City Council voted 4-1 to approve the GardenWalk economic assistance agreement. Mayor Pro Tem Gail Eastman and Councilmembers Lucille Kring, Kris Murray and Jordan Brandman voted “yes.” Mayor Tom ...

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Lucille Kring E-Mails Anaheimers With GardenWalk Facts

Yesterday, Anaheim Councilwoman Lucille Kring sent out this e-mail regarding the GardenWalk agreement coming before the City Council this evening: To the Residents, Business Owners and Workers in the City of Anaheim, There has been so much misinformation about the Garden Walk issue that I feel the time has come for my voice to be heard on this subject. First of all, ...

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Tom Tait Records Anti-GardenWalk Robocall

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait recorded a robocall that went out yesterday (I don’t know how wide a voter universe it went to): This is Mayor Tom Tait. At tomorrow’s city council meeting, special interests and lobbyists are returning to ask taxpayers to subsidize two luxury hotels. If passed, our city will be forced to pay one developer $158 million dollars over the next 29 years, taking away money meant ...

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OC Register Shifts Its Stance On GardenWalk Project

[EDITOR’S NOTE: For reasons I don’t understand, when a reader clicks on the title of a post to read the full post, the byline disappears, which often leaves readers confused as to the authorship of the post. To allieviate that confusion, going forward I will insert an editor’s note at the beginning of posts not written by yours truly to clarify the authorship. ...

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Anaheim Must Compete In Hotel Market Distorted by Garden Grove

Some of my Republican friends argue with me over my support for the GardenWalk project TOT rebate, pointing out that it isn’t free market economics and that government shouldn’t subsidize a business enterprise. My response is that they’re right, but Anaheim isn’t working in a free market. I recognize that state government has gone too far on the regulation and ...

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Kris Murray Proposes Return of “Home Improvement Holiday”

During councilmember comments at last night Anaheim City Council meeting, Councilwoman Kris Murray proposed the return of a most excellent policy: the Home Improvement Holiday (HIH). It’s been almost 10 years since Anaheim launch the original HIH under Mayor Curt Pringle. It was one of the emblematic policies of the “Freedom Friendly” days. HIH by-passed the top-down, bureaucratic and expensive governmental ...

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More Councilmember Resolutions: Brandman and Kring

The OC Register has published New Year resolutions from the two newest members of the Anaheim City Council, Jordan Brandman and Lucille Kring: Here’s Brandman’s (who was the top vote-getter in November’s election): A time of reflection and new beginnings Each new year brings forth a time of reflection and new beginnings filled with hope and opportunity. As I begin ...

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