Anaheim Council Members Gail Eastman and Kris Murray are members of the Advisory Committee of the SOAR (Support our Anaheim Resort) PAC (Political Action Committee. Both were endorsed by SOAR when they won seats on the Anaheim City Council in 2010. Yet they both voted last month to give “up to $158 million in tax incentives to build luxury hotels in the Disneyland area, despite opposition by city staff members,” according to the O.C. Register.
“The city will not provide any money up front for the $283-million hotel project, which is to include 866 four-star rooms. Instead, the hotels would get money later from hotel bed taxes. In Anaheim, guests pay 15 percent of their room rentals for the bed tax, which normally goes to the city,” according to another article in the O.C. Register. Continue reading
Two candidates have filed with the Irvine City Clerk for the 2012 Irvine City Council election. They could not be more different from each other. One of them, Evan Chemers, is a Republican and a business owner. The other, Gavin Huntley-Fenner, claims to be an independent – but closer scrutiny makes that sound like a load of B.S.
Huntley-Fenner serves on the Irvine Unified School District’s Board of Education. He ran in 2006, garnering 30.9% of the vote – good enough to win. He won again in 2010, with 37.8% of the vote. He was endorsed in both elections by the Irvine teachers’ union. He was also endorsed in 2010 by the Orange County Young Democrats.
Irvine Mayor Pro Tem Beth Krom is running this year for Mayor of Irvine – and her campaign website is completely laughable. All it shows is a full length picture of a haughty Krom making some kind of fish face, with a caption below “It’s Official! Beth Krom for Mayor of Irvine 2012.” Wow – talk about hubris!
I think the OC Weekly’s R. Scott Moxley put it best, “Could there be more of an embarrassment to Orange County Democrats than Beth Krom, the Irvine city councilwoman who doubles as chairwoman of the Orange County Great Park board?” Continue reading
Ruh roh! It looks like uber-liberal union hack Julio Perez DID NOT get the California Democratic Party endorsement after all. Here is a press release from the California Democratic Party explaining why Perez FAILED:
To: Interested Parties
From: Chris Myers and Dennis Raj
Re: Assembly District 69 Pre-‐Endorsement Conference Results
Date: January 27,2012
Preliminary results: Continue reading
A statewide survey released this week by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC), found that 64% of the state’s voters oppose raising the state sales tax – a major element of California Jerry Brown’s proposed fix for our state budget deficit. Majorities across parties are against this idea, although Democrats (54%) are less likely to oppose it than independents (71%) or Republicans (74%). The poll also found that 35% adults, (41% likely voters) prefer closing our budget deficit mainly through spending cuts.
The news wasn’t good for our federal government either – only 35 percent of those surveyed think President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress will be able to work together and accomplish a lot in the next year and 62 percent do not. And just a quarter of Californians (25%) approve of the U.S. Congress, whose job approval rating sank to a record-low 20 percent in December 2011. Likely voters are even less likely (14%) to approve of Congress. Continue reading