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    Anaheim Councilwoman calls for end to Chamber of Commerce funding over Disney

    In yet another ugly move in a already nasty fight between the City Council of Anaheim and Disney, Councilwoman Lorri Galloway is calling for the cutting of $205,000 in funds to the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce because she feels they are supporting Disney.

    The chamber is currently organizing 2 Disney backed measures that will preserve the nonresidentail zoning around the Disney resort. A move that the city council is apparently not going to stand for.

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    Re: Anaheim Councilwoman calls for end to Chamber of Commerce funding over Disney

    This is the same Ms. Galloway who said this...

    A Disney-led business coalition on Thursday launched a referendum to toss out the City Council's approval of residential zoning near its theme parks.

    The coalition, called Save Our Anaheim Resort, took out petitions for the measure just one day after the council's 3-2 vote on the plan that could pave the way for developer SunCal to build 1,500 homes in the Anaheim Resort area.

    The referendum could go onto the February ballot, along with a previously announced initiative meant to deter all housing projects in the resort area geared for tourist uses.

    "It is disappointing that once again the Disney Corporation is escalating Disney's war with the city of Anaheim," said Frank Elfend, SunCal's consultant, in a prepared statement. "Disney's new referendum is just another intimidation and bullying tactic to force their will on Anaheim."

    Mayor Curt Pringle and Councilman Harry Sidhu, who voted against the housing plan, were among the 25 or so business, civic and neighborhood leaders who stood up at Thursday's press conference to announce the referendum. No Disney representatives spoke.

    Councilwoman Lorri Galloway, who supported the housing plan, said she was "furious."

    "It's disrespect of the Democratic process," Galloway said. "This is the ugliness of politics. It's absolutely disregarding the people who we represent."
    So it is disrespectful of the Democratic process to ask the citizens of Anaheim (at least the registered voters) to vote on the decision...

    In my humble opinion, that IS the Democratic process.

    Now she is upset that a group of BUSINESS persons are trying to protect the interests of the Businesses in the city, because they disagree with her...

    Seems all she wants is HER way OR NO way.....
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    Re: Anaheim Councilwoman calls for end to Chamber of Commerce funding over Disney

    Anaheim -- home to more than Disney

    The city's squabble about resort-adjacent affordable housing highlights one of the region's worst problems.

    By Scott Darrell, SCOTT DARRELL is executive director of the Kennedy Commission, an Orange County-based housing advocacy group.
    May 8, 2007

    NATIONAL headlines have declared a rift in the 50-year relationship between the Walt Disney Co. and the city of Anaheim. Disney has sued the city for the first time to block a mixed-income housing development, and it is leading efforts to get two measures on the ballot that would determine the future development of sites near its Disneyland resort.

    While most of the coverage and commentary have focused on Disney's heavy-handed response, the underlying story is one of greater significance to many California communities: the lack of affordable housing. More than 200 workers and residents attended the April 24 Anaheim City Council meeting during which the project was approved. Many people shared their stories of raising children in overcrowded and substandard apartments, mobile homes and motel rooms. Their message was clear: If we're good enough to work here, then we should be able to live here in high-quality, affordable homes.

    Orange County's working-class communities are in stark contrast to the O.C. portrayed in television "reality" shows and dramas. At the meeting, Councilwoman Lorri Galloway captured the reality of Anaheim's resort-area neighborhoods with some startling statistics: 6,000 low-wage jobs (with wages averaging less than $15 an hour) were added in the resort district since 2000, but no new homes affordable to those workers were developed. The rental vacancy rate is less than 4%, and a worker must earn about $29 an hour to afford the typical two-bedroom apartment. Many workers must double and triple up in overcrowded homes, and about 850 homes near the resort are categorized as "extremely substandard" and lack basic plumbing and kitchen facilities. As a result, Anaheim ranks fifth in the nation among cities with the most overcrowded housing conditions.

    More than 35,000 Orange County residents are homeless, according to the latest figures, and more than half of them are members of working families with children. For many of its resort-area workers, Anaheim is clearly not the happiest place on Earth to live.

    Disney's opposition to the housing proposal may seem simple enough: Disneyland is the city's economic engine, and the resort area is zoned only for projects with compatible commercial uses. "This (resort) district pays for police services and fire services and parks and repairs," said Disney spokesman Rob Doughty. "This is the major funding source for this city, and it perplexes us as to why they would jeopardize it."

    However, Disney's position points to a major, if not the major, problem California communities face. Proposition 13 limitations on commercial and residential property tax increases have made local governments dependent on sales and hotel "bed" taxes to pay for community services. All too often elected leaders feel compelled to choose the development of new hotels, shopping centers and auto malls over new homes, regardless of the housing needs.

    Others in the community have argued that Disney and the city have no role in "subsidizing" housing for low-wage workers. But this "let the market prevail" argument ignores more than 70 years of federal, state and local involvement in the housing market. Generations of families have achieved homeownership through federally subsidized and guaranteed loans. One form of "subsidy" is the more than $70 billion (twice the operating budget of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) devoted to mortgage interest deductions a program that helps mostly middle- and high-income homeowners.

    Local and state governments also play important roles. Anaheim has invested millions of dollars in rehabilitation loans for substandard apartments, facilitated the redevelopment of small "in-fill" sites as moderately priced homes and partnered with developers to construct new rental communities. This summer a nonprofit developer will open the first rental housing developmentaffordable to low-wage working families to be built in the city in more than 15 years. Unfortunately, these efforts have not been able to keep pace with housing prices and the growing number of low-wage jobs.

    If the resort area is to be reserved for sales-tax generating uses, then housing development sites in every other neighborhood in the city should be identified. The city should provide incentives to developers to build mixed-income rental and homeownership communities on underutilized commercial and residential sites. An impact fee to help pay for housing construction should be attached to all large-scale commercial development that generates low-wage jobs. The city should require that a portion of all new housing be affordable to low-wage workers.

    Most important, Disney and the business community must move beyond their "let them live elsewhere" attitude and instead play a role in identifying solutions and support the city's efforts at increasing housing opportunities for workers at all income levels.

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