Transcript of comments by former Irvine city councilman Chris Mears:
Look, this is the kind of backroom politics and backroom deal making that just sorta sets my hair on fire about about politics.
Umm and also it needs to be said that the amounts of money that we're talking about here are so grotesquely large, that we really have to question the ethics and morality of these basic expenditures.
First of all, we're talking about a city that wants to build a streetcar system. And let's be honest, it really is just going to just serve Disneyland at a cost of one hundred million dollars a mile.
Just the numbers are just so staggering that it almost takes your breath away and this dispute then is about just a small fraction of the measure M2 money that is being sought to pay for this streetcar system, because in this case, this controversy arises out of the location of one of the streetcar stops from a location over on Disney Way to a location that's across from the main gate, which on in isolation, in and of itself make sense.
If you’re going to have a streetcar stop, or any kind of stop servicing Disneyland it ought to be across from the front gate. The problem from Disneyland 's point of view about that, and from the city side of this, is that they’re going to have to demolish your IHOP and a hotel there and do some other things at an additional cost of thirty million dollars, which quite clearly reading between the lines here, Disneyland had a deal Disneyland has brokered behind the scenes for the taxpayers of greater Orange County to foot the bill for as little as a larger part or smaller part of this larger investment of money.
This is clearly a deal that was cut in the backroom. Disneyland isn’t going to pay a dime by the way for this improvement, even though they are going to benefit greatly by it. But then again, really just taking a step away from this. We have conservatively every single night in Orange County in excess of twenty thousand homeless people who can't find a shelter bed and we are the city of Anaheim is in the process of developing a system that's going to cost one hundred million dollars a mile.
This is obscene. It's obscene by any measure. Let's take the cost of one mile of that one mile that am devote it to public health issues devoted to homeless issues devoted to any one of a hundred issues that and in ways and programs that we try and service the poor and the disadvantaged in this count, instead of this ridiculous boondoggle.