From the Save Anaheim Blog
About an hour and a half before the July 24th city council meeting, Bill O’Connell the ungrateful recipient of the outrageous $158 million tax subsidy, sent this e-mail to Mayor Tom Tait and the entire Anaheim City Council:
I implore you to quit the political posturing you are playing with our City. Whether you realize it or not, our City is crumbling from a lack of leadership on your part.A good leader has a clear vision of what is wanted to be accomplished. Good leaders are able to articulate this vision using clear and persuasive language. Unfortunately, the only utterance from you is this deal sets a bad precedent and it is not fair to other hoteliers and business owners. I view this situation differently. What’s the downside to this deal? It creates thousands of jobs and establishes a tax base to ensure future TOT for years to come as well. You have done everything in your power to ensure that this City remains divided ever since the January 24 council meeting where a majority of council members voted against you.
After failing to get the required signatures to put this initiative on the November ballot, we stand here again on July 24 discussing the same issues while the City is about to implode! This initiative will hand cuff all future elected to broker any public private partnerships to create jobs and raise revenue for the City thru TOT. I firmly believe your support of this initiative is tantamount to relinquishing your decision making powers. Therefore, why have a mayor or council for that matter when everything is going to be decided by costly special elections? The end result will be a “No Growth” situation where future development will be non existent. You know the majority of the City Council disagrees with you so why do it? Why continually divide the City? Why agendize a discussion to amend sections 500 and 501 to require members of the City Council to be elected by regional city residence rather than a resident of this great City regardless of your zip code? This is done despite the fact the City has already been reviewing this issue determining the practicality and constitutionality of such an amendment. Once again, this is a premature maneuver on your part to divide the City.
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