A coalition of Anaheim residents, local hotels operators and small businesses has formed the Anaheim Residents Against Cuts to Essential City Services coalition to protect city funds for critical services, such as police, fire and parks and recreation that are at risk should the Anaheim City Council adopt a special interest ballot measure.

The initiative sponsored by UNITE-HERE Local 11 would mandate unscientific work rules, immediately increase labor costs by 39 percent and cost the City of Anaheim upwards of $9 million annually. The measure would put local, family-owned businesses, including most of the city’s hotel owners, at risk as they would face a dramatic increase in operating costs after being closed for almost two years during the global pandemic.

“Operating a hotel in Anaheim is what my family has done for three generations, serving our guests, providing careers for our team members and being proud ambassadors for the city,” said Greg Eisenman, General Manager of the family-owned Tropicana Inn and the Camelot Inn. “Now, this special interest labor union wants to raise our costs 39 percent in one year and dictate unscientific work rules! This will make it extremely hard for us to make ends meet.”

“Anaheim and my business depend on great hospitality,” said Dara Maleki, owner of Anaheim-based The Pizza Press with 20 locations nationally. “This measure’s costs and mandates 100 percent puts our hotels at risk, which puts businesses like mine at risk. Higher costs equal fewer guests equal less pizza sold. Our City Council has to do the right thing for all of us, not just special interests.”

Last month, the Anaheim City Council authorized studies of the measure’s economic impacts, including the potential loss of Transient Occupancy Taxes from hotels, decreased sales tax revenue to the city, and increased costs for the city-owned Convention Center and the Honda Center. The studies are scheduled to be presented to the City Council on June 13, when the Council also is expected to decide to adopt the ordinance, authorize a special election, or place the measure on the November 2024 ballot.

Those interested in learning more about the issue can e-mail info@protectanaheim.com.