Anaheim City Council candidate Jordan Brandman has been utterly trashed by a new website. The home page states, “Jordan is bad for Anaheim because he is part of the culture of pay for play in the City of Anaheim. ”
Is Brandman part of a pay to play culture in Anaheim? The evidence is compelling. Here are a few excerpts from “No Jordan Brandman:”
In January 2012 the City of Anaheim approved up to $158 million in TOT subsidies to a private developer named Bill O’Connell to build two luxury hotels at the failed GardenWalk outdoor mall. TOT or transient occupancy tax is charged to guests who stay in a hotel in the City of Anaheim. The TOT funds acquired are used by the City of Anaheim to support vital services such as police and fire. Under this agreement the developer, once the hotels are built, would keep all TOT funds for up to 15 years or $158 million. This will rob the City of Anaheim of vital future TOT revenue to fund services that affect the residents directly.
Why would Jordan Brandman support this project?
Jordan Brandman claims it is all about jobs. Jobs for the students that he oversees as a board member of the Anaheim Union High School District as well as their parents. “Highly skilled jobs,” as he puts it, but the reality is that the average hotel employee makes $37,000 a year.
So what’s the real reason Jordan Brandman supported this project?
Jordan Brandman received up to $8900 in campaign contributions for his 2012 City Council run in the months leading up to his speech at the council meeting from the developers, unions, and other folks directly involved with the GardenWalk project. Furthermore, Jordan calls former Mayor Curt Pringle his “mentor,” and Mr. Pringle, now a lobbyist, represented hotelier Bill O’Connell in his efforts to secure this tax subsidy of up to $158 million.
Has Jordan Brandman helped developers out financially before?
Yes. Check out this article from OC Politics Blog:
It turns out that Anaheim City Council candidate Jordan Brandman didn’t break new ground when he decided to publicly support the $158 million hotel bed tax giveaway that his allies, Council Members Gail Eastman, Kris Murray and Harry Sidhu voted for.
For three year in a row, the Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) trustees, including Brandman, voted to defer their developer fees until the Gardenwalk project was complete. That was Brandman’s gift to the Orange County Business council, the Anaheim Chamber of commerce, big developers and SOAR (the Anaheim Resort Political Action Committee).
If the Gardenwalk hotel project runs over $200 + million the school district will end up leaving millions of dollars on the table which could have been used for dilapidated schools that need AC units, field maintenance, painting of schools, new gymnasium wood floors and the list goes on and on. Brandman apparently had foreknowledge that the Gardenwalk hotel project was in the pipeline, which is why the he and his fellow School Board members deferred the developers fees back in December of last year.
You have to love this website! I hope a lot of Anaheim voters find it. Brandman has been one of my least favorite local politicians for a long time. He was working for the awful Orange County Clerk-Recorder Tom Daly up until a few months ago. According to Facebook, Brandman now has his own consulting (shilling) company.
I remember running into Brandman a couple years ago at the Annual Orange County Labor Day event at the Santa Ana Zoo. He was wearing a health care reform sticker and he made sure to take it off before I could take his picture. But I was able to get his picture before he got the sticker completely off. This guy is a total phony. He loves to hang out with Republicans but he is a Democrat. Brandman ought to make up his mind which way he wants to go.
Speaking of which, Brandman is awfully old not to have a significant other, or even a girlfriend. Yet he does not list any relationships on his Facebook page. What’s up with that? And why has Brandman sought out the endorsement of so many anti-gay Prop. 8 supporters?