GardenWalk: Anaheim Residents Raise Hell Over Subsidized Hotels


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Ahead of yesterday’s Anaheim city council meeting, a mailer to city residents from the Orange County Employees Association and numerous news reports on recently approved tax incentives for two future GardenWalk-area hotels made sure for a packed house. Mayor Tom Tait had an idea what would dominate the discussion of the public comments section and pleaded for civility.

The chambers were indeed filled–more evenly than the pro-subsidization-stacked meeting two weeks ago–and people spoke for nearly two hours on both sides of the decision to allow for up to $158 million dollars in tax incentives. It was one of the most contentious gathering at city hall since the Gigante supermarket liquor license desmadre of years past.

Read more about the issue on my latest OC Weekly Navel Gazing Blog post:

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2012/02/anaheim_gardenwalk_tax_breaks.php


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