What was once thought of as a one-time effort of political consolidation to prevent the permeation of housing into the infamous Anaheim Resort District has now become a full fledged attempt of Disneylandâ€™s political ascension. Disney has lined the coffers of the California Republican Party, Anaheim Chamber of Commerce, and the S.O.A.R. initiative with hundreds of thousands of dollars in a consolidated effort to keep Anaheimâ€™s City Council firmly within Disneyâ€™s political agenda.
The Mouse Effect has tangibly demonstrated its potential for enacting itâ€™s political will, as we all saw with the Suncal low-income housing fiasco, and more recently numerous comments coming from city council candidates and Councilman Harry Sidhu which have demonstrated Disneyâ€™s adamant will for the city to subsidize itâ€™s new proposed 4 and 5 star hotels to the tune of $120,000,000.
This Mouse Effect has had setbacks, having just lost the election of its number one supporter, Gail Eastman. Perhaps the residents of Anaheim can put a stop to this corporate welfare before the plan is solidified. Anaheim is expected to take a hit in its tax revenue by as much as 20 million because of the economic downturn. Surely the city can find more effective ways of allocating $120,000,000, instead of compounding its budget shortcomings by giving Disney this enormous welfare check.