ANAHEIM, Margaret Hoien:
Victor Andrade’s Oct. 22 letter states that the “gang problem in Anaheim must be addressed.” I could not agree more. I wonder if Andrade and other Anaheim residents know what is looming over the Anaheim City Council elections this Nov. 6 that could severely further disable the Anaheim police and City Council from being able to do anything much to contain the current gang problem, much less keep it from growing into more areas of our city?
Disneyland has funded the election campaigns of two City Council candidates to the tune of about $300,000 through contributions to local political action committees. Disney is supporting Jordan Brandman, a school district board member under investigation by the Orange County district attorney for using district resources for his own benefit. The other council candidate that Disney thinks is appropriate for our city is retired cop Steve Lodge, who lost a federal jury trial where the plaintiff, a jaywalker, was awarded $612,000, because he was thrown to the ground and beaten with a baton.
Disneyland is spending so much of its hard-earned park admission fees on these two in order to gain control over the Anaheim City Council and continue to divert even more of our tax dollars to their favorite developers to keep building up their empty Resort District, their hip lofts that no one lives in, their hotels no one stays in, their stores no one shops in, so they can maintain that fake “Disneyland” feel all throughout the “Resort” area while the rest of the city has that great “crime-ridden, rundown infrastructure, graffiti-riddled, drug-dealing, crime-spree” feel from the lack of police services and basic city services due to the layoffs required after our tax dollars are all robbed in the name of progress for the Resort District.
All Anaheim voters need to do their research carefully before they cast their ballot for City Council. Look to the people who are not supported by Disney and the developers.
Elect those who will represent the people of the city, not the make-believe land.
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