Business and Tourism

Interim City Manager Won’t Seek Permanent Post

The uncertainty over exactly who was managing city government was dispelled on Tuesday when the City Council, which would be Bob Wingenroth’s last as City Manager. The council confirmed Anaheim Public Utilities General Manager Marcie Edwards would henceforth take the reins as Interim City Manager. Edwards, a veteran of Anaheim city government, will not seek the permanent city manager position. ...

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OC Register Shifts Its Stance On GardenWalk Project

[EDITOR’S NOTE: For reasons I don’t understand, when a reader clicks on the title of a post to read the full post, the byline disappears, which often leaves readers confused as to the authorship of the post. To allieviate that confusion, going forward I will insert an editor’s note at the beginning of posts not written by yours truly to clarify the authorship. ...

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Honda Center: Can Someone Introduce UNITE-HERE To Reality?

Thus far, UNITE-HERE Local 11 has been trying to spin their dispute with Anaheim Arena Management into an issue of whether their members will continue working at The Honda Center when AAM takes over food service operations from Aramark on July 1. Judging by the media coverage, the spinning is working. This Voice of OC article from last week is a good ...

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Anaheim Must Compete In Hotel Market Distorted by Garden Grove

Some of my Republican friends argue with me over my support for the GardenWalk project TOT rebate, pointing out that it isn’t free market economics and that government shouldn’t subsidize a business enterprise. My response is that they’re right, but Anaheim isn’t working in a free market. I recognize that state government has gone too far on the regulation and ...

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UNITE-HERE Rumbling About Change in Honda Center Food Operations

Anaheim Arena Management — which operates the Honda Center for the City of Anaheim — is taking over the food concession from Aramark. That has UNITE-HERE Local 11 worried. From the union’s website: Anaheim Arena Management, the company that owns the Honda Center and the Anaheim Ducks,  plans to take over the operation of the stadium’s food concessions from Aramark. ...

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UNITE-HERE Pushing Anaheim To Adopt “Retention” Policy

Wondering what kind of anti-business policies single-member council districts would make more likely in Anaheim? Look no further than UNITE-HERE Local 11’s lobbying of the City of Anaheim to adopt a “retention” policy a la that paragon of mismanagement and ill-governance, Los Angeles. To illustrate how “retention” works, I’ll excerpt from Los Angeles International Airport’s retention policy, which imposes these requirements on LAX contractors: ...

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Profile of New Prez of Anaheim/OC Visitor & Convention Bureau

The OC Register published a profile today on Jay Burress, the new president/CEO of the Anaheim/OC Visitor & Convention Bureau. Burress has been on the job for a month, now: The top of his list is getting the word out about all of Orange County’s attractions that people may not be aware of, he said. International travelers, who make up 10 ...

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OC Register’s Misplaced Concern Over GardenWalk “Haste”

I’d like to share some more thoughts about last week’s OC Register editorial, especially the worrying about “hastily” putting the GardenWalk agreement on the agenda and concern that “other interested parties deserve more notice.” The GardenWalk agreement isn’t exactly being rushed back to the City Council. The judge’s decision voiding the council’s January 2012 approval came out on December 10. ...

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OC Register Needs To Remember Its Own Criteria for Business Incentives

I read a little editorial on the GardenWalk hotel project in this morning, which was interesting in several ways. The paper re-stated its opposition to the subsidy agreement, which the paper says local developer Bill O’Connell would like to have on the January 29 council agenda. The editorial even urges pushing back the hearing date to give opponents more time to organize! ...

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