Community Editorial: How Best to Keep the Angels in Anaheim

From The Voice of OC: 

Transparency.

That was the among first words mentioned by Anaheim’s stadium consultant Charles Black about how city officials want to handle the Angel’s desire for a new stadium, as he sat down last week with the Voice of OC Community Editorial Board.

Watch the the cities representative, Charles Black, lie to the public once again in the video below: 

“This process, and this discussion this morning is indicative of the benefits of the process that the council majority adopted, to put these issues out before the public and discussion them as we begin the negotiation process,” Black said.

Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, who openly clashed with Black at the editorial board gathering on the future of the stadium, said the process unveiled publicly for the first time for taxpayers on the Friday before Labor Day is anything but transparent.

In a 4-1 vote earlier this month, the City Council approved a framework for negotiations that grants Angels owner Arte Moreno 155 acres of land around the stadium for 66 years at $1 per year. The council majority also gave Moreno nearly three more years to decide whether to quit the stadium and move to another city.

The idea is that Moreno could use revenue from development of the property — which is entitled for more than 5,100 residential units, 3 million square feet for office space and 3 million square feet for commercial space — to finance up to $150 million in improvements for the stadium. And Moreno would be allowed to drop "Anaheim" from the team's current name, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

“I think the public is skeptical because if you are interested in transparency, that’s something you would not do," said Tait referring to the Labor Day weekend debut of the stadium deal. "You would give weeks of notice,” he added.

Tait goes as far as calling the current approach “reckless.”

He is openly critical of the ensuing lease deal approved earlier this month arguing that it gave away key leverage.

Black, Anaheim Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Todd Ament and Tom Morton, who heads the Anaheim Convention Center, all clashed with Tait at the editorial meeting with Black accusing Tait himself of being reckless by describing the council’s recent action as a giveaway.

Black argues that by taking those a dicey issues off the table (extending the outclause trigger), city leaders helped themselves in their negotiation with billionaire team owner Artie Moreno, noting that the city essentially bought itself Moreno’s focus for the next six months on crafting a deal with Anaheim and nothing else.

And that’s important, Black said, because Moreno could move the team.

Tait – who is already at odds with the council majority over their staunch support for hotel developer tax subsidies – said such concessions lay the groundwork for an uneven lease agreement.

He argues the Angels don’t have a credible threat to move to another city within the next two years so taxpayers should have stayed firm and not allowed the team to extend their outclause.

Noting that there is significant “community pride” in sponsoring a sports franchise, Tait also severely criticized dropping the requirement that the Angels acknowledge Anaheim in their name.

Tait notes that under their current lease, the Angels would either have to explore leaving altogether immediately or stay for the duration of the contract – with the obligation that they fund up to $150 million in future stadium upkeep.

It’s against that backdrop that Anaheim should have been negotiating a future arrangement, Tait argues. Not the other way around.

Tait openly worries that this latest stadium proposal – championed by the Anaheim city council majority and the chamber of commerce - will cheat Anaheim taxpayers worse than the last 1996 Disney deal – which allowed the team to keep virtually all stadium revenues, kept their net rent at zero and put off key maintenance upgrades until after a key outclause – one that is now under negotiation.

At the editorial board meeting, Black countered Moreno could easily move his team to a number of alternatives across the Southern California area – including a return as a co-tenant with the Dodgers at Chavez ravine while a new stadium was built elsewhere.

He bristles when Tait describes the changes to the Memorandum of Understanding and general deal points – such as a $1 a year land lease with the team – as a final point instead of the starting point that he stresses they are.

Black, who played an influential role in the drive to establish San Diego’s largely successful downtown ballpark development consortium, said he expects many more public meetings and strong discussions, arguing that’s what the city’s negotiating team needs to hear to craft an effective deal.

“It’s a laudable process.,” Black said talking about the process that was associated with the creation of Petco Park. “This panel discussion this morning, this roundtable is further evidence that its going to be an open and transparent process. Having said that, I don’t want to go over the negotiation points. I think there does need to be a private negotiation with the Angels. At some point, and sooner rather than later, those points need to be fully vetted before the public.”

There’s already a Facebook page up called “Keep the Angels in Anaheim. And today, Anaheim residents will get a chance to head to city hall continuing a critical discussion about the condition of Angels’ stadium and what kind of lease terms city leaders should consider crafting that would entice team leaders to stay long term.

As the debate moves forward, two key questions will dominate the debate.

There are questions about the current condition of the stadium as well as the investments required to keep it as a competitive venue for a major league sports team and other events. City leaders say the Angels are on the hook for up to $150 million in upgrades. A city-commissioned study is expected to be released soon.

The central challenge facing the public is can city leaders craft a deal that could potentially develop the 150 acres around the stadium allowing the ensuing economic buzz to pay for it’s upgrades over the next few decades as well as spur overall economic development?

 

Disney beneficiary of Enterprise Zone tax credits

From The OC Weekly: 

Anaheim's 'Enterprise Zone' (AEZ) has come under increasing public scrutiny in the first year after its implementation. The Weekly checked in on the program back in February to see how it was holding up to its supposed aim to create new jobs and spur economic development in distressed areas through tax break subsidies. Based on the data given at that time, a whopping 180 new jobs had resulted from the zone.

Disney lobbyist Carrie Nocella wants more tax credits.

Disney lobbyist Carrie Nocella wants more tax credits.

The lingering question as to what specific businesses had taken advantage of the AEZ remained unanswered...until now!

A six-page document obtained by the Weekly unsurprisingly shows that, as of August 20, 2013, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts as well as Wal-Mart have been the chief beneficiaries of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce-administered AEZ gobbling up nearly half of all processed vouchers--two notorious poverty wage-paying all-stars there!

Nearly 250 companies have participated in the program with 181 of them claiming 10 hiring tax credit vouchers or less. By comparison, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts yielded 1,667 of the total 4,308 alone. Together with Wal-Mart's tally of 347, the two mega-corporations comprise 47% of those taking advantage of what the zone has to offer. Countless other big business interests are among the top 50 listed including Fed Ex, Angels Baseball, Starbucks, and Staples.

The AEZ became a hot button issue during the impending layoffs for hundreds of Honda Center concession workers. Anaheim Arena Management could have taken advantage of tax credits for new hires, but declined to do so. Ironically, Aramark, the company whose contract with the workers expired earlier this summer, appears on the list, but with only seven vouchers claimed.

The Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, amidst efforts by state legislature and Governor Jerry Brown to 'repurpose' Enterprise Zones, apparently has been trying to squeeze the program for all its worth before the end of the year or as councilwoman Kris Murray put it, gain "tremendous momentum." Back in February, city figures stated that roughly 1,800 vouchers had been received, a number revised down to 1,417 in the annual report that finally came out in May. Since that time, according to records obtained by the Weekly, that number has more than doubled.

The Anaheim Enterprise Zone came into being on January 24, 2012 by way of unanimous vote. The program appeared to enjoy consensus support from an otherwise fractured council. "I know that the governor is talking about making changes to the program," Mayor Tom Tait said during his 2013 State of the City address. "I just want to let you know that the city will work vigorously to keep this economic program in place."

Since that time, he became the lone voice on the dais that reasonably insisted on reviewing a performance audit that wasn't finished at the time before voting to increase the Chamber's five-year contract by $600,000. An additional amendment of $388,000 inflated to total terms of the deal to $2.75 million. Last month, Mayor Tait moved to modify and cancel it outright at the end of the year in another politically isolated move. The council majority, including Jordan Brandman's comment that the motion for termination upon termination date would be "reckless," argued for patience.

The Chamber is due another installment payment related to its work on the AEZ this month. The city informs the Weekly that no such transaction has taken place at this time, but that $112,334 is due by the end of September.

Recommendations for revisions for the implementation of the zone are slated to come by either the September 24 or October 8, 2013 meeting of the city council.

Anaheim Chamber of Commerce's Todd Ament.

Anaheim Chamber of Commerce's Todd Ament.

Audit: Anaheim Chamber of Commerce Tracking of City Funds Spotty

From The Voice of OC: 

A city performance audit critical of how the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce administers the city's enterprise zone found that the business group hasn't been adequately tracking expenses, with staff time-keeping methods that are “not reliable,” according to sources who have seen the audit and say its been held up for months.

Despite not documenting staff time in reliable ways, the chamber requested a $600,000 contract increase earlier this year, citing the need to hire more staff for day-to-day tasks.

Council members awarded the requested funds at their May 14 meeting, bringing the total contract amount to $2.9 million over five years.

Mayor Tom Tait, the only council member to vote against the contract increase, argued that the council shouldn't be granting the chamber more funds without first seeing the performance audit, which has yet to be released.

At the May council meeting, Planning Director Sheri Vander Dussen said the audit would be complete in June, but sources said chamber President Todd Ament has been delaying finishing the audit for months.

Ament did not return a call seeking comment.

Todd Ament

Todd Ament

Paying city funds to the chamber has been one of many political battles fought between Tait and the council majority, which is supported by the Disneyland Resort and other high-powered business interests.

Tait earlier this month pushed to have the contract terminated after news that the state would be eliminating the enterprise zone program – which grants tax credits to businesses that hire from economically disadvantaged areas -- by year's end, but the council majority argued that canceling the contract was premature.

According to City Hall sources who have seen a draft of the audit but would only speak on condition of anonymity, the chamber's four-to-five time keeping systems for its handful of employees are confusing, inadequate and not consistently used.

While the audit didn't find that enterprise zone funds were being inappropriately spent, it was also difficult to tell whether the chamber was using enterprise zone funds for other chamber expenses because of unclear time keeping, sources said.

Mayor Tom Tait said that such findings confirm that it was imprudent to award a contract increase before the audit was finished.

“Without an audit trail the council cannot know whether our funds were spent appropriately,” Tait said. “It was irresponsible to vote for a $600,000 increase without such verification.”

Other council members could not be immediately reached for comment.

An agenda staff report submitted by Vander Dussen for the contract increase in May downplayed the draft audit's findings. It said that city officials had received “positive feedback” and mentioned only “minor” internal controls issues. There was no mention of the difficulty in tracking chamber staff time.

“These observations have related to minor elements of the administration of the [Anaheim Enterprise Zone] and do not involve any significant issues,” the staff report states.

The chamber has implemented a new system that Ament says will better track staff time, sources said.

Meanwhile, the chamber has also engaged in political spending.

Considering the fact that it is unclear how the chamber is spending city funds, their political spending has raised eyebrows at City Hall.

“It is very concerning,” Tait said about the situation.

Matthew Cunningham, a blogger who promotes the council majority, has received between $10,000 and $100,000 from the chamber, according to a statement of economic interest he filed with the county. The business group earlier this year purchased an advertisement in the Orange County Register touting the council majority. And the chamber's website has promoted Councilwoman Kris Murray's June 25 fundraiser.

Matt Cunningham

Matt Cunningham

Cunningham didn't deny that he is being paid by the chamber to run his political blog, but he also declined to comment on his contract with the business group, or share it with a Voice of OC reporter.

“I'm a private business, and my contract is with a private organization... so no,” Cunningham said when asked for a copy of his contract.

The audit also found other issues, like a potential conflict of interest with having the chamber, which is controlled by businesses, awarding government tax vouchers to businesses, according to sources. And a chamber luncheon event that was supposed to achieve multiple goals under the program, like a youth networking event, appeared not to have fulfilled all those goals, a source said.

This isn't the first time a city commissioned audit has found problems with the chamber.

In 2007, auditors found that the chamber was facing “serious solvency concerns,” and a “potential inability to meet its short-term financial obligations.” In a 10-month period, the chamber only turned a profit during the three months it collected revenue for city events, according to the report, suggesting that the chamber had relied on city funds to stay afloat.

The business group was also not complying with generally accepted accounting practices, the report said.

That audit also found that the chamber was increasingly going into debt to sustain operations, including a $50,000 corporate loan and credit card debt. The review recommended, “monitoring the Chamber's progress through future contract audits.”

However, the draft performance audit did not review the chamber's finances.

 

Anaheim Chamber's deal for doomed program up in the air

By The OC Register with commentary below by Cynthia Ward

The head of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce said he hopes to retain a $2.9 million, five-year contract to manage the city's enterprise zones, even though the state program is poised for elimination by Dec. 31.

However, Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait said the chamber's deal should be nullified in the wake of legislation signed last month by Gov. Jerry Brown, which dismantles enterprise zones and creates a new series of tax breaks for companies expanding or relocating to California.

Todd Ament, chief executive officer of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, is seen in 2011 at the Anaheim/O.C. Job Fair at the Anaheim GardenWalk.

"We're talking to the city on how the contract will transition or wind down," said Todd Ament, president and CEO of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce.

Todd Ament

"It's too early to say what will happen," Ament said. "We have to see how the new legislation will affect job attraction and retention and how we can continue our economic partnership."

The chamber will be working with the governor's office to determine how Brown's new incentive program will be administered, along with how the chamber can find ways to attract businesses to Anaheim.

Mayor Tom Tait said he plans to introduce a motion at Tuesday's meeting for the City Council to terminate the deal when the city's enterprise zone program expires. It's unclear how much money the city would save if the deal is broken, but Tait said the funds would be better spent on hiring police officers or making neighborhood improvements.

"Without an enterprise zone, the purpose for the operation contract goes away," Tait said. "Obviously, with nothing to operate, the city needs to cancel the chamber's contract."

Councilwoman Kris Murray said she was "disappointed" that enterprise zones were eliminated, but believed the city's contract with the chamber simply needs to be amended rather than voided. A city spokeswoman said that officials are waiting for direction from the state's Department of Housing and Community Development on how to phase-out the program.

"As the city analyzes the new tax credit hiring program, I will support our continued public-private partnership for economic development with the Anaheim Chamber and the business community," Murray said. "I anticipate the city will review our current contractual agreement with the chamber and may need to amend and update some of our strategies to obtain, attract and retain jobs in Anaheim."

Anaheim was awarded an enterprise zone designation in December 2010. The city hired the chamber in February 2012 to oversee the program for five years, under an initial $1.8 million contract.

Tait cast the lone opposing vote when the City Council voted 4-1 in May to add another $1.1 million to the deal after chamber officials said they needed to hire additional staff to manage the program – even though Brown had repeatedly called the programs "wasteful" and signaled that he wanted to kill enterprise zones statewide.

While cities have long operated their own enterprise zones, the Anaheim City Council outsourced the work to the chamber because the city eliminated its economic development manager – the person who would normally oversee the program.

Under the chamber's management, Anaheim has issued more than 4,000 hiring credit vouchers, allowing companies to earn up to $37,440 worth of tax credits for each employee added to payrolls and kept for five years.

In turn, the city has seen about $10 million worth of business investment, while Anaheim's unemployment rate has gone from 12.3 percent in 2011 to just over 9 percent as of last month, Ament said.

"It was a very valuable tool that helped create a lot of jobs and investment here in Anaheim," Ament said. "We're disheartened to see the program end."

 Comments by Cynthia Ward:

The Enterprise Zones are failures because they were created on the premise that the incentive of a tax credit will encourage a business to hire a worker. Anyone who runs their business that way won't run it for long! Businesses hire workers to fill a need, period. The tax credit therefore is a nice extra "spiff" to a business that was hiring anyway. Earlier the Register told us that Disney just hired 3,000 workers for the new DCA/Cars Land expansion. 

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/disney-354761-jobs-california.html

I assume that Disney hires represent 3,000 of the 4,000 new jobs Ament is taking credit for? Does anyone out there believe Disney was NOT going to expand DCA or hire new bodies to run it if they didn't get tax credits? A progress report following the first year of the EZ project showed jobs created were in the range of minimum wage to just slightly above, and most offered no benefits, so I am not sure how that is such a benefit to society that we are supposed to reward them with tax credits? 

The assumption that when Disney makes more Anaheim makes more forgets that when the Resort District was formed, we froze the tax base from Disney properties at 1995 levels. No matter how much more The Mouse makes, Anaheim’s General Fund does not see the increase! 100% above the 1995 base for sales, property and TOT taxes on Disney properties goes to repay bonds for improvements that benefits Disney and surrounding businesses. Do the math and figure out how rewarding them for increased minimum wage jobs when we see none of the increased tax revenue works out to benefit Anaheim? Now wonder why Anaheim looks like a 3rd world nation in many neighborhoods. Our “partnerships” are not paying dividends, but we keep finding new ways to put tax money into these private businesses. 

As far as the Chamber's claim that they merely want to maintain the partnership between the Chamber and the City to create economic development opportunities, I would like them to point to the specific jobs that have been created in Anaheim due to the Chamber's involvement. The list of goals for the Chamber to accomplish for pay are ridiculously thin, without any measurable goals to show their efforts are producing benefits of any kind. We have a bunch of people designing “business development” programs who have little to no experience running businesses in the private sector! Is it any wonder we are such a mess? 

Meanwhile, the one leader at City Hall who does have a track record of running a successful private business, offering employment to many people in skilled, good paying jobs, is being ripped to shreds by the Chamber and their paid “consultants” including a website run by a “keyboard for hire” (on Chamber payroll) who launches the most unprofessional, ugly, and personally vile attacks on the Mayor. In fact, anyone who stands up to the crony capitalists at City Hall are routinely bashed and insulted, in a continuation of the disrespect we see in interviews with the Chamber leadership and the Council majority, where they use phrases like "ill advised" "irresponsible" and "reckless" to describe the Mayor's attempts to reign in the deficit spending created by Mayor Pringle that left our General Fund in the hole and our reserves depleted. Living within our means is not "ill advised" unless your paycheck depends on someone else's deficit spending! 

Now it is the Constitutional right of the Chamber and the remaining Council to disagree with the Mayor's policies, (especially when his policies try to prevent our tax money from landing in the pockets of them and their buddies) but to flat out pay someone who writes petty insults about Mayor Tait, and anyone who dares to support his policies of smaller government, does NOTHING to promote business in Anaheim! If you were looking for a place to start your business, and you saw that type of contentious bickering and juvenile spending from the Chamber of Commerce, would that say Anaheim is ready for business? What about that childish behavior makes you want to invest there? Come to think of it, go check their website and see how much usable info is actually there. The Chamber website is useless, filled with typos and misspellings, is rarely updated, and that is the public face of business development for the 10th largest City in California. What are we paying for? 

From what I have seen of the Chamber's performance (they came back for another MILLION BUCKS within a year of signing the contract, before the audit was even complete to tell us how our tax money had been spent to that point) even if any of these cockamamie "economic development" schemes were a good idea I would like to see someone else administer them please, someone who cares about the taxpayers of Anaheim more than their own bottom line. 

Indeed the City's staff report says the projects were outsourced to the Chamber, because we had let go the ONE person on staff that would have done the job. Now I know we are all concerned with how much public employees make (with pensions) but really, how many staff could we have hired for what we pay the Chamber, and we would have had direct oversight of those employees? 

On Tuesday, look for the Chamber to hang onto ANY shred of the contract, whether the work falls under the appropriate role of government or not. It is the job of business to promote itself, it is not the job of government to promote business, not when we are still short Police officers and park space. Give me a choice between keeping a library open longer so kids can do their homework or letting the Chamber pay the Director's six figure salary, and you can guess where my priorities are. 

Other than that I really have no opinion.

 

 

Disney in control of Charter Review Commission

Enough is Enough Mickey! You've already siphoned off $319 million of taxpayer funds for your private streetcar project. Not to mention the sweetheart deals connected to the Honda Center, Angel Stadium, the GardenWalk Hotel, and the resort area improvements. Now you want to get your white gloves on the charter (constitution) of the City of Anaheim. When are you going to learn to be a good citizen and not the rat you've become. 

For the uninformed, here is the cast that Disney has chosen (Disney lobbyist Carrie Nocella pictured below):

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Craig Farrow  - GardenWalk Hotel giveaway afficiando

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Gloria Maae - card caring SUCK OUR ANAHEIM RESOURCES (SOAR) member

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Todd Ament  - employer of Matt Cunningham who supported pedophile priest enabler John Urell amongst other nefarious activities. Mr. Ament also is the show runner for the Anti-Anaheim Blog that on a daily basis spins the truth for Disney.

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Keith Olesen  - Anaheim's biggest sellout and lap dog of Kris Murray.

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Amanda Edinger  - known for her anti-immigrant online rants, which comes as no surprise as she was given this post by Lucille Kring.

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Todd Ament loses $2.9 million

Governor Brown has eliminated the Anaheim Enterprise Zone. A program that simply enriched corporations and hurt workers in the long run.

The Anaheim Chamber of Commerce will now lose the $2.9 million that it received from the City of Anaheim. Hopefully that money will now be put to good use.

I've been waiting for karma to come around and bite Todd Ament for awhile. Hopefully this is only the beginning.

Todd Ament

Todd Ament

The Anaheim Chamber's gravy train is in jeopardy.

Todd Ament is sounding the alarm that Anaheim's Enterprise Zone is in jeopardy. According to a press release by the Chamber "Today, the Senate Budget Committee is expected to meet and adopt Assembly Bill 93 – the Governor’s May Budget Revise plan that guts Enterprise Zones as we know them."

Todd Ament on the far left. Click to enlarge

This would mean a drastic reduction in the Anaheim Chamber's budget. Why? Because if you didn't know, the Anaheim Chamber is paid millions by the city to maintain the program. Here is an excerpt from the Voice of OC which shines some light on the subject:

The original sole-source contract, which started Feb. 1, 2012, was worth $1.8 million over five years and includes processing tax credit applications, contacting local businesses about the zone and marketing the program at trade shows and other events.

The council then voted last month to increase the contract to $2.9 million after city staff cited a need for the chamber to hire more staff to handle the workload and to assume sponsorship of some community events.

Mayor Tom Tait objected to the contract increase, questioning why his colleagues on the council couldn’t wait a few more weeks for an audit of the zone’s management to be completed.

“We’ve got this audit that we’ve paid for that’s about ready to come back, and now we’re going to extend the contract and increase it?” Tait asked. “It makes no sense to go forward with this at this time.”

Here is an excerpt from the CA Labor Fed which explains the issues with Enterprise Zones: 

The best independent research finds that California’s Enterprise Zone (EZ) program fails at creating new jobs and economic activity. Despite the damning evidence, the EZ tax break program has enjoyed unchecked growth of 35 percent annually—costing the state $3.6 billion since it started in 1986.

To make matters worse, companies do not have to create a single new job to get a tax break in an EZ. EZ credits are given for new hires, not new jobs, so companies are rewarded for high-turnover, low-skill jobs. The structure of the credit incentivizes churn rather than stable employment and the creation of job ladders.

The EZ program creates an additional incentive for low-wage jobs that pay so little workers still rely on public programs like food stamps. Since the EZ credit is only given up to a cap of 150% of the minimum wage, employers do not have to pay a living wage to get the credit. The EZ offers no reward for higher wage jobs.

Since tax breaks are only available within the Zone, communities are pitted against each other to attract roving businesses. The impact can be devastating on communities and a huge boon to unscrupulous employers that shift jobs around the state, while penalizing responsible employers that pay workers a decent wage with benefits.

 I hope Governor Brown is successful in shutting down yet another corporate welfare program. I'm especially pleased that one of Pringle's goons, Todd Ament, is on the losing end of this deal. 

 

 

  

 

Pringle and his sycophants apply for Charter Review Commission

1. Curt Pringle - the master behind these enormous wastes of taxpayer funds: 

Curt and Alexis Pringle

Curt and Alexis Pringle

a. $158 million GardenWalk Hotel Giveaway

b. $319 million Disney streetcar

c. $184 million ARTIC train station

d. Bike Nation

e. The Platinum Triangle aka Anaheim's ghost town

 2. Steve Chavez Lodge - dirty cop who was named one of OC Weekly's Scariest People of 2012.

Read more a about Mr. Lodge here: 

http://saveanaheim.com/blog/2012/10/26/lodge-named-one-of-ocs-scariest-people-of-2012 

Steve Lodge and Matt Cunningham

Steve Lodge and Matt Cunningham

3. Sandy Day -  resident cheerleader of SOAR (Disney) aka Suck Our Anaheim Resources. 

Sandy Day

Sandy Day

4. Todd Ament - CEO of the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce and client of Matt Cunningham who runs their AnaheimBlog.net. Cunningham is know for supporting pedophile priest protector John Urell and outing sex abuse victims.

Todd Ament

Todd Ament

5. Amanda Edinger - Save Anaheim found plenty of online posts that shows Mrs. Edigner has issues with latino immigrants. 

"Stop handing out benefits, cut the automatic birthright, cut education and impose heavy fines on employees that hire them." - Amanda Edinger

Amanda Edinger

Amanda Edinger

 6. Craig Farrow - founding member of SOAR (Disney) aka Screw Our Anaheim Residents and supporter of the $158 million GardenWalk Hotel Giveaway. 

Craig Farrow

Craig Farrow

7. Keith Olesen - member of ANA. Check out this video of Keith talking about the priorities of the Anaheim City Council back in 2011:

Master of the House - Bill O'Connell

I thought you'd all enjoy perusing Bill O'Connell's letter to the Anaheim City Council asking to have his outrageous tax giveaway re-instated. What a piece of work.

Bill O'Connell on the right with "thank God for the riots" Eastman, Todd "crony capitalism" Ament, and some other SOAR clown.

Bill O'Connell on the right with "thank God for the riots" Eastman, Todd "crony capitalism" Ament, and some other SOAR clown.

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Save Anaheim Artwork

Right to left:

Todd Ament, Carrie Nocella, Reed Royalty, Kris Murray, Harry Sidhu, Curt Pringle, Jill Kanzler, Jordan Brandman, and Steve Lodge.

SOAR, Orange County Business Council, OC Taxpayers Association, Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, Disney

Kris Murray

Harry Sidhu

Gail Eastman