What was the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce thinking when they agreed to spearhead the Disney ballot measures?
Councilwoman Lorri Galloway is taking the Chamber to task on this one, and rightly so.
“We’re giving them up to $200,000 a year to promote and work with Anaheim’s businesses, not to do referendums against the city,” the councilwoman said. “The chamber is supposed to be promoting businesses, not pitting them against each other. Why should we give them one dime?”
The chamber received $205,000 from the city this year, about 9% of the group’s annual budget.Ã‚Â In November, the chamber’s 41-member board voted overwhelmingly to take Disney’s side in the housing dispute. The group’s website lists “political action” and “represent business interests in government” as two of the chamber’s five initiatives. Last year, the chamber helped promote Measure M, the county’s sales tax for transportation projects.
It’s one thing to engage in political action that benefits local businesses.Ã‚Â However it’s another to go directly against the city when they are providing you with funding.
The LA TImes has the complete story, I couldn’t find any thing in the Register, though it may only be in the print edition.