Here is the message they posted tonight: Continue reading
By: Todd Spitzer, Chairman of the O.C. Board of Supervisors
The Board of Supervisors recognized the Disneyland Report’s 60th Anniversary Diamond Celebration with a resolution presentation at the Board meeting this week that declared July 17 as “Disneyland Day” in Orange County.
Disneyland opened in the City of Anaheim on July 17, 1955, marking a new era in amusement parks. It is the only theme park designed and built under the direct supervision of Walt Disney. Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 1, 2015
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SACRAMENTO – Yes, that was Disneyland’s most well-known ambassador, Mickey Mouse, making an appearance on the Senate Floor today. Disneyland Resort’s president, Michael Colglazier, joined Mickey and Sen. Janet Nguyen (R-Garden Grove) in the Senate Chambers today to commemorate SCR 54, her resolution recognizing June 1, 2015 as “Disneyland Day” in California. The resolution marks the sixtieth anniversary of the world-famous resort.
Sen. Nguyen, who after noting that her two sons were going to be very jealous that she got to meet the famous and beloved mouse, issued this statement: “On the floor I often hear members speaking about their district – the best wine district, the best beach district, the best craft beer district. But I have to tell you, I have the Happiest District on Earth.” Continue reading
Disney poured at least $671,000 into political action committees financing the city council campaigns of Anaheim City Council candidates Gail Eastman and Kris Murray in the NOv. 4, 2014 General Election, according to the Voice of OC. At least one Disney-supported PAC spent $136,925 on campaign ads against two challengers, Jose F. Moreno and James Vanderbilt, according to campaign records, as reported by the OC Register.
John Lewis, a former state senator and assemblyman who is working as a campaign consultant for Vanderbilt and Mayor Tait, said Disney is using its financial clout to ensure that a $320 million streetcar is built. The project would connect Disneyland to a a transit hub near Angel Stadium, according to the OC Register.
For Disney it was worth spending $671K if they could ensure that they could rip off the people of Anaheim with a $320M streetcar the city doesn’t need. Continue reading
Doing the proper “due diligence” for Anaheim and Santa Ana Public Works, and the OC Transportation Authority is a tough job, but we’ll do it for nothing since they’re failing at it.
Here’s a revealing piece from Randal O’Toole at the Cato Institute: Slower Than Molasses in a Minnesota Winter. O’Toole is an expert on urban transportation systems that we’ve referenced before. He is unbought by the big transit systems designers (like the suits in the back of the OCTA Board meetings or Santa Ana Mayor Miguel Pulido’s friends at Cordoba Corp.) and the vehicle vendors (a single streetcar is more than double the cost of an ordinary bus per O’Toole’s work, The Great Streetcar Conspiracy, Table 3). Continue reading
A press conference was held this morning in Anaheim, at City Hall, by representatives of URSA (United in Respect for Stuffed Animals), as they gathered to decry the recent actions of Matt Cunningham, a paid blogger who does work for the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce and for lobbyist Curt Pringle. Cunningham is also an appointee of Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer, on the Orange County Parks and Recreation Commission.
Cunningham posted a photo ridiculing the mourning rituals for young Latino men shot and killed by police, triggering outrage from mothers whose sons were killed by officers, according to the Voice of OC. Continue reading