Anaheim Council Member Gail Eastman was quietly celebrating even as a massive protest shook Anaheim’s City Hall this week. Why?
“Eastman’s rationale, which she posted on a message board for her neighborhood in central Anaheim known as the Colony, was that the riot prevented the City Council from considering ballot initiatives that would place future hotel room-tax subsidies to citywide votes and change the city’s at-large voting system,” according to the Voice of OC.
Eastman gloated in her Yahoogroups message that her side won “with no shots fired,” but critics pounced on that remark as obviously a lot of shots were fired – at the protesters!
She was ecstatic that measures regarding the tax giveaway she and her colleagues were involved in (they waived the hotel bed taxes for a new hotel development, depriving the city of needed tax revenue) as a favor to a hotel developer.
Here is Eastman’s message, in its entirety:
To everyone who sent an email and/or came out to City Hall to support the Council tonight. It’s finally quiet in the hood and I’ve had time to collect my thoughts.
There was a time during the meeting whe we were being told things were escalating outside and our PD was only able to just hold out until back up from County and other cities arrived, that I looked at all my friends in the chamber audience and regretted my earlier plea to show up and show support. I am most grateful that you all were there for the quiet show of support and happy that everyone was safe.
It appears to have been quiet now for almost an hour so I trust we will all get a good nights sleep. The bonus now is that a threat of seeing either the TOT issue or districting on the November ballot is past.
In spite of how it happened, it was a big time win for all who opposed seeing that placed on the November ballot. We could still be asked to vote on both issues in the future if 15% of the registered voters in the city sign a petition requesting it. We may also be facing a recall if some of tonights speakers follow through on their threats, but that will be a fight for another day.
Tonight we celebrate a win with no shots fired!
Thanks my friends for standing with us!