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    Anaheim Voters Call for Repeal as Referendum Qualifies - SOAR Press Release

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    Anaheim Voters Call for Repeal as Referendum Qualifies

    Council Representing More Than 100,000 Union Workers Joins Call to Repeal SunCal Decision, Save Taxpayer Dollars and Protect Police, Fire and Other Vital City Services

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (June 20, 2007) —Election officials confirmed today that a referendum signed by 21,000 Anaheim citizens to protect the original tourist-serving vision of the Anaheim Resort District has qualified for placement on a ballot. The referendum now goes before the Anaheim City Council, which has the option to repeal its earlier decision or place the issue on an upcoming ballot. Save Our Anaheim Resort Area (SOAR), a coalition of community, business and labor leaders, strongly urges the City Council to reverse its earlier decision.

    “Anaheim voters have sent a clear message to the City Council that it should repeal its vote and protect the original vision for the Resort District,” said Todd Ament, co-chairman of SOAR and president and CEO of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce. “The Council should listen to the voters and spare taxpayers the expense and time of an election by repealing this decision.”

    “Our members support SOAR’s efforts to protect the Anaheim Resort District and the jobs within its boundaries,” said Jim Adams, business representative for the Los Angeles/Orange Counties Building & Construction Trades Council, representing more than 100,000 union workers, staff and officers in Los Angeles and Orange counties. “Our members collected signatures and spoke with voters. The Council should listen to the voters and repeal its vote on SunCal.”

    The referendum targets a 3-2 City Council decision on April 25 that allows a high-density residential development in the Resort District. The next City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 17.

    “As the largest single source of tax revenue that helps fund vital City services, the Resort District generates ten times more hotel visitor tax than any other city in Orange County. It should be protected,” said Larry Slagle, co-chairman of SOAR and president of the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau.

    SOAR collected more than 21,000 signatures in less than 30 days and turned them into the Anaheim City Clerk on May 21 for verification. More than 100 volunteers participated in the signature gathering effort, walking neighborhoods and staffing tables at community events.

    Background

    In 1994, the Anaheim City Council created the Resort District by a unanimous decision, and limited new developments to tourist-serving needs, such as theme parks, hotels, restaurants and convention facilities. The Council specifically said that no residential developments should be allowed within the boundaries of the Resort District.

    Since then, billions of public and private dollars have been invested to upgrade streets, improve landscaping and aesthetics and turn the area into a world-class resort destination. As a result, the Resort District has become the City’s single largest source of revenue that funds police, fire and other city services. The Resort District generates nearly 50 percent of the City’s revenues yet is covers less that five percent of the City.

    In fact, since 1994 the Resort District has more than doubled the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) or visitor tax it pays to the City from $33 million to $80 million.

    Initiative

    This referendum is separate from a ballot initiative SOAR filed in March. The ballot initiative addresses the longer-term principle of protecting the District, its boundaries and land uses, and seeks to ban any similar proposals for future non-tourist uses in the Resort District without the approval of Anaheim voters. SOAR has made significant progress in gathering the signatures needed to place the initiative on the ballot, and will continue to collect signatures over the next few weeks. The coalition has until Sept. 21 to gather the required signatures for the initiative.

    SOAR is a broad coalition of concerned Anaheim businesses, labor unions, organizations and residents, who want a permanent solution for the future of the Anaheim Resort District and believe voters have a right to decide about that future.

    Information about the referendum and the petition drive for the initiative is available by contacting the SOAR office at the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce offices, 201 E. Center Street, Anaheim, Calif. Phone: (714) 400-0734. Web site: www.soaranaheim.com.
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    Re: Anaheim Voters Call for Repeal as Referendum Qualifies - SOAR Press Release

    I think this is great. Keep disneyland as far away from residential areas as possible my dream for a perfect dfisney park. WDW in anaheim with disneyland versions of attractions (except for maybe ToT) ahhhh perfect.

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    Re: Anaheim Voters Call for Repeal as Referendum Qualifies - SOAR Press Release

    That's great news concerning the resort district. Maybe Anaheim residents can now start a "Recall Lorri Galloway" campaign....
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    Re: Anaheim Voters Call for Repeal as Referendum Qualifies - SOAR Press Release

    Quote Originally Posted by Disneymike View Post
    That's great news concerning the resort district. Maybe Anaheim residents can now start a "Recall Lorri Galloway" campaign....
    Not a bad idea...any Anaheim residents out there???
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    Re: Anaheim Voters Call for Repeal as Referendum Qualifies - SOAR Press Release

    To be honest with you, the LAST thing Anaheim needs now is a Recall a City Councilperson on its plate.

    We have one referendum, trying to cancel a Council vote on the SunCal rezoning, and then more than likely a second vote that would require a public vote on any change to the Resort Zoning.

    That is going to take a lot of time and energy to either pass, or defeat (depending on your point of view), more than likely on the February, 2008 ballot.

    There is NO need to add a third issue on the same ballot.

    Instead of recalling a councilperson, the better choice (IMHO) is to find somebody better to run against them on the next scheduled election.
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    Re: Anaheim Voters Call for Repeal as Referendum Qualifies - SOAR Press Release

    A recall effort would only serve as a negative ploy that may well hamper both the referendum and the initiative.

    I do think that I will call council members Galloway, Kring and Hernandez in order to urge them to vote in favor of repealing thr zoning change in favor of ScumCal. In the event thet I am unable to get ahold of these city officials, I shall RE-CALL them.

    As they each, evidently, into curruption up to their necks, I doubt that they will change their mindset. Darkbeer is correct in his assertion that the time to work against these council members (if you do not favor them) is after the election. Personally speaking, I'm thinking about traveling from NorCal to get envolved in the defeat of each of the "three scumigos". That would be sooooo sweet!

    Incidentally, much praise is to be given Mayor Pringle for trying to talk the wayward crew into not making the decision that they did. He also worked diligently along with SOAR in it's efforts to push the ballot referendum. Those, such as myself, that favor his actions owe him a debt of gratitude.
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    Re: Anaheim Voters Call for Repeal as Referendum Qualifies - SOAR Press Release

    It's ridiculous that we even have to discuss this. It's a no-brainer.


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    Re: Anaheim Voters Call for Repeal as Referendum Qualifies - SOAR Press Release

    Quote Originally Posted by sir clinksalot View Post
    It's ridiculous that we even have to discuss this. It's a no-brainer.
    Unfortunately, there are a few zealots that align themselves with the wrong side of every "no brainer" issue - turning what should be an obvious course of action into an exercise in futility. Another problem here is that the three "development happy" council members" and Disney are each using their considerable clout to pursue their own self interests.

    Disney is the lesser of two evils - as a worldclass resort (unimpeded by reidential impediments) will ultimately allow the company to expand and become comparible to WDW and TDR. This wil mean more business and jobs for Anaheim and Orange County, as well as an overall improvement in the image of the State of California, and the U S as a whole.

    The downside is that neither Disney nor anybody else in Anaheim's resort district seem to give a care about rank and file employees. Of cours. local government perceives the working poor as pawns on a chess board. When this current battle with the council is over, I favor mounting a coordinated effort to petition Disney to compensate it's cast members with higher wages, benefits, and seeing to it that employees have affordable housing.
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