Anaheim Activists for Accountability Demand Vote on Tax Giveaway!

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An uproar tomorrow in Anaheim?  People just won’t sit still for the hotel tax giveaway! This just in:

Anaheim -- Let People Vote!

Uh-oh -- will the 99% show up at Anaheim's City Council meeting to demand a vote on a tax giveaway? (Note: graffiti is no joke. This illustration does not endorse graffiti. Don't do it. And don't threaten the Council, either. Glowering is OK.)

The people planning this action are looking for speakers who represent the interests (and in this case the anger) of the 99% before the Anaheim City Council.  This sort if thing is what brings all sorts of people on OJB together.  If you’re interested in being one of the speakers — and they want literally dozens of them — you can contact Joanne Abuqartoumy to sign up — by phone at 714-715-8798 or by e-mail at  (Don’t abuse the kind (and authorized) provision of her contact information, please!)


TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2012, 5 PM


Let the people vote! Tell City Council to place the $158 million hotel give-away on the ballot.

  • Three members of the city council, Eastman, Murray and Sidhu, voted to give one rich developer a gift of $158 million of the people’s money to build two luxury hotels at the GardenWalk mall.
  • This egregious gift of taxpayer money is shameful.  The developer does not have to pay the city back any of the money nor does he have to pay the transient occupancy tax (TOT) that other hotels have to pay, for at least 15 years.
  • At a difficult economic time when police and fire personnel have been reduced, crime has increased, and library and park services have been cut, Anaheim cannot afford to give away precious resources that go to the city’s general fund.
  • They say jobs will be created and sales tax will increase.  There is no guarantee that any jobs created will be local jobs and their overly inflated projections are “pie in the sky” numbers that, in reality, would be miniscule compared to over $10 million per year that would be lost in the TOT give-away.

We, the people of Anaheim, wrapped in the democracy of the American flag, claim the freedom and justice that is rightfully ours.  We ARE the 99%!

“What do we want, Anaheim? Let the people vote!

To get a seat, be sure to come early (4:30)

Anaheim City Council Chambers, 200 S. Anaheim Blvd.

About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose worker's rights and government accountability attorney, residing in northwest Brea. General Counsel of CATER, the Coalition of Anaheim Taxpayers for Economic Responsibility, a non-partisan group of people sick of local corruption. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Occasionally runs for office to challenge some nasty incumbent who would otherwise run unopposed. (Someday he might pick a fight with the intent to win rather than just dent someone. You'll know it when you see it.) He got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012 and in 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. A family member co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)