About an hour and a half before the July 24th city council meeting, Bill O'Connell the ungrateful recipient of the outrageous $158 million tax subsidy, sent this e-mail to Mayor Tom Tait and the entire Anaheim City Council:
I implore you to quit the political posturing you are playing with our City. Whether you realize it or not, our City is crumbling from a lack of leadership on your part. A good leader has a clear vision of what is wanted to be accomplished. Good leaders are able to articulate this vision using clear and persuasive language. Unfortunately, the only utterance from you is this deal sets a bad precedent and it is not fair to other hoteliers and business owners. I view this situation differently. What’s the downside to this deal? It creates thousands of jobs and establishes a tax base to ensure future TOT for years to come as well. You have done everything in your power to ensure that this City remains divided ever since the January 24 council meeting where a majority of council members voted against you.
After failing to get the required signatures to put this initiative on the November ballot, we stand here again on July 24 discussing the same issues while the City is about to implode! This initiative will hand cuff all future elected to broker any public private partnerships to create jobs and raise revenue for the City thru TOT. I firmly believe your support of this initiative is tantamount to relinquishing your decision making powers. Therefore, why have a mayor or council for that matter when everything is going to be decided by costly special elections? The end result will be a “No Growth” situation where future development will be non existent. You know the majority of the City Council disagrees with you so why do it? Why continually divide the City? Why agendize a discussion to amend sections 500 and 501 to require members of the City Council to be elected by regional city residence rather than a resident of this great City regardless of your zip code? This is done despite the fact the City has already been reviewing this issue determining the practicality and constitutionality of such an amendment. Once again, this is a premature maneuver on your part to divide the City.
The City is on the brink of civil unrest. Lack of jobs for the youth of our City is a significant factor. These kids feel isolated and disparity is more the norm rather than the exception. These public private partnerships will go a long way towards addressing the economic conditions so many of these kids and their families face on a daily basis. You’ve stated on numerous occasions your number #1 priority is to protect the Citizenry. It is not to demonize your colleagues who disagree with you and may vote against you from time to time. I expect more from our Mayor. I and the citizens of Anaheim are counting on you to bring the City together not divide it.
Oh Bill, where do I begin.
#1 Our city is crumbling due to the theft of our TOT revenue by wealthy folks like you who choose to use public funds to bankroll your hotel development instead of looking to your own wallet.
#2 Where are the jobs Bill? It's been over 3 years since you first uttered this line of baloney. If jobs are so important to you, why don't you open your wallet or line of credit and break ground on the hotel already. Oh wait, I forgot, it's easier and cheaper to buy off city council members and steal from Anaheim residents instead. What a business plan.
#3 The TOT initiative wouldn't handcuff the city council from future TOT development. It will allow the voters to decide if and when it is appropriate for hotel development only. Comparing your 4 -star hotel to the Honda Center or Angel Stadium is a joke. Those venues at least provide entertainment for the public whereas your hotels only serve your bottom line.
#4 Mayor Tom Tait has done everything in his power to bring our community together. It is you Mr. O'Connell and your special interests who are dividing this city.
#5 Why don't you sell the land to someone who can build the hotel on their own dime? Then we would have the jobs and 100% of the TOT revenue. That would make a real difference in Anaheim.