Save Our Anaheim Resort Public Statement
SOAR Asks Council to Abandon Developer's Anti-Tourism Proposal
Statement from Todd Ament, Co-chair of Save Our Anaheim Resort coalition
I want to thank the more than 50,000 Anaheim residents who have supported the two SOAR petitions aimed at preserving the Resort District. The Orange County Registrarís official notice today that our second measure has qualified is no surprise. The outpouring of community support for Preservation of the Resort District has been overwhelming. Voters were literally seeking out our petition gatherers so they could sign the petitions.
The Resort District represents less than five percent of the land in Anaheim, yet it generates more than fifty percent of all city tax revenues. Every single Anaheim resident benefits from these additional city revenues and there is now broad public awareness of these basic facts.
How ironic that while we celebrate the support of more than 50,000 Anaheim residents, one out-of-town developer is trying to circumvent the petition process and persuade the City Council to place his anti-tourism initiative on the ballot. The developer knows the voters will not support his initiative Ė thatís why he is afraid to circulate it. Yet, he wants the City Council to save him $500,000 and place this obscene proposal on the ballot.
I urge City Councilwoman Lucille Kring and her two colleagues to abandon their efforts to place the developerís anti-tourism measure on the ballot. The law is clear about how to place a petition on the ballot -- you must obtain signatures from at least 13,500 voters. SOAR did it twice.
If the developer wants his own proposal on the ballot Ė let him get the signatures. Thatís the democratic way. Donít try to go through the backdoor and try to get the council to do your work for you
The SOAR coalition is growing daily, and it now numbers more than 4,650 business leaders, public safety leaders, union members, neighborhood leaders and residents. We are looking forward to a public vote on our Resort Preservation petitions and we are extremely confident of an overwhelming victory.