It was SRO at the Anna Drive candidate forum (courtesy OC Register)

Six of nine Anaheim council candidates attended at last night’s street side  candidate forum on gang-infested Anna Drive. Judging from pictures on Voice of OC and the OC Register, the audience didn’t outnumber the candidates and forum organizers by very much.

Nonetheless, some useful information emerged in the coverage by the VOC and OCR.

John Leos, the government union activist being supported by organized labor, came out in support of imposing a dollar head-tax on visitors to the Disneyland Resort and Angel Stadium (it’s unclear whether this head-tax would also be imposed on the Honda Center, the Grove of Anaheim, Muzeo or any other attraction in Anaheim).

Leos was responding to a question to candidates as to whether they would support such a tax to fund “youth programs and neighborhood development.”

Excellent — another government tax to generate revenue to be funneled to amorphous programs.  There’s an original, untried idea. Plus, sending the message that City Hall views new taxes as a solution to crime is a sure-fire way to attracts more jobs and business to Anaheim.

“They are a vital source of income in the city of Anaheim, and I cannot forget that,” Leos said (according to the OCR). So vital, in fact, that he wants to tax them more.

Now, will someone explain to me again how electing Leos to the Anaheim City Council is supposed to move city government in a conservative, reform direction?

I’m guessing a ticket tax wasn’t among the ideas Leos was “brimming with” when he interviewed for the OC Register editorial board’s endorsement – which he, inexplicably,  received .

Leos was not alone in supporting a new tax. Brian Chuchua, Duane Roberts and Rudy Gaona.

Roberts’ support for a tax isn’t surprising: he’s a Green party member, after all.

But Brian Chuchua? Well, Brian is also John Leos’ unofficial running mate, and he’s donated to liberal Democrat John Santoianni Anaheim school board candidacy, as well.  Ah, another brilliant candidate endorsement by the Republican Party of Orange County Central Committee!

Jordan Brandman and Lucille Kring oppose a ticket tax. Steve Chavez Lodge has also declared his opposition to it.

However, Kring did throw the assembled a bone by saying she supports re-directing 1% of TOT revenue to “youth programs and neighborhood development.” So, using TOT revenue to subsidize hotel development: bad. Using TOT revenue for social programs: good.

Kring apparently did not say whether any such use of TOT revenue had to first be put to a vote of the people.