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    Anaheim City Council approves the SOAR Initative, will not be on the ballot

    6:45 PM UPDATE

    Mayor Pringle and Council Members Lucille Kring and Harry Sidhu voted in favor of adopting the Initiative, which passed on a 3-2 vote.

    The measure is now law, and since it will be law, there is no need for it to be on the June, 2008 election.

    Any change to the Anaheim Resort area for Residential use now must have a full Enviromental Report, A Economic Impact Analysis, approval of the City Council and by a majority of Anaheim Registered Voters.
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    Re: Anaheim City Council approves the SOAR Initative, will not be on the ballot

    What does this mean for the DLR?

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    Re: Anaheim City Council approves the SOAR Initative, will not be on the ballot

    It means that the resort gets to stay the way it was meant to be a resort. DLR already has so many restrictions because of residential locations near the park such as no fireworks after 10 or those ugly noise tubes on california screaming.

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    Re: Anaheim City Council approves the SOAR Initative, will not be on the ballot

    Quote Originally Posted by 2DieFR View Post
    What does this mean for the DLR?
    The main short term benefit, that Disney won't have to spend Hundreds of Thousands on a Ballot Campaign. (The city is saving $250,000 in election costs).

    In the long term, it will make it harder for non-tourism uses to be built in the Anaheim Resort Area, which will allow for Hotels and Restaurants to be built in the area with less hassle.

    But it should help in the building of a Third Park for Disney in the future.
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    Re: Anaheim City Council approves the SOAR Initative, will not be on the ballot

    Thanks for the clarification, Darkbeer. Sounds very encouraging (on Disney's side of it that is).

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    Re: Anaheim City Council approves the SOAR Initative, will not be on the ballot

    This is a huge win for Disney!

    The OC Register is reporting tonight that SunCal has failed to pay its bills to many subcontractors, and that several of its properties in Orange County have recently entered into foreclosure after SunCal stopped paying mortgage payments late last year. Subcontractors on SunCal projects in Orange County have not been paid for completed work on land clearing and site preparation from 2007 when SunCal was still moving forward with several housing projects in OC.

    The SunCal lawyer released a vague statement about working with banks and Wall Street to secure funding so that bills and payroll owed could be paid. But the outlook is fairly clear that SunCal is on the verge of collapse and banktrupcy.

    This news just happened to break hours after the Anaheim City Council meeting.

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    Re: Anaheim City Council approves the SOAR Initative, will not be on the ballot

    I'm very happy to hear this. Anyone wanting to build homes in the resort area did not care about the Anahiem Resort, they were only looking for $$$. There is so much other space in Anaheim if they wanted to build there.

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    Re: Anaheim City Council approves the SOAR Initative, will not be on the ballot

    The OC Register now has a big story and series of articles in todays newspaper about the serious financial woes now hitting SunCal.

    Apparently SunCal is in serious financial shape and they have not paid many subcontractors, have had property and developments foreclosed and repossesed in recent weeks, and have multiple tax liens and lawsuits against them across Southern California in the last few months.

    The Register story mentions the Disneyland issue, but also outlines every other legal problem, unpaid bills, and repossesed property that SunCal has also racked up in the last few months. It's quite a story, especially considering the bluster and fight that SunCal was putting up in 2006 and most of 2007 regarding the Resort District property.

    http://www.ocregister.com/money/sunc...4-company-bill

    There's also a hilarious question and answer article between a Register reporter and SunCal's Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, David Soyka. For a guy supposedly worried about public affairs, Mr. Soyka sure comes off sounding rather vague and distrustful. http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister...le_1992447.php

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    Re: Anaheim City Council approves the SOAR Initative, will not be on the ballot

    Quote Originally Posted by GhostHost View Post
    There is so much other space in Anaheim if they wanted to build there.
    Where? Any example locations?

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    Re: Anaheim City Council approves the SOAR Initative, will not be on the ballot

    rad

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    Re: Anaheim City Council approves the SOAR Initative, will not be on the ballot

    So now another chapter in Anaheim and Disneyland history comes to a close...

    However, SunCal's in it pretty deep...

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    Re: Anaheim City Council approves the SOAR Initative, will not be on the ballot

    Quote Originally Posted by Retrocool View Post
    Where? Any example locations?
    There's a couple square miles of land roughly north of Ball Road bounded by State College and the 55 Freeway that is currently made up primarily of abandoned or under utilized warehouses and railroad switching yards. If SunCal really wanted to provide low income housing to the good people of Anaheim out of the goodness of their heart, they could start there.

    Something tells me though that SunCal really just wanted to make a few quick bucks, and they wouldn't pursue those areas because it would mean more work for them in getting environmental zoning approvals in those formerly industrial areas.

    There are also dozens and dozens and dozens of empty blocks or underutilized industrial buildings throughout central and western Anaheim that could be turned into multi-unit housing. That kind of development is called "in-fill development", and it often has a much smaller impact on the environment and local infrastructure over ripping up barren land for new housing tracts.

    Although it you want barren land, there's still quite a bit of it in Anaheim city boundaries out in the Anaheim Hills section of this sprawling city.

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