Harrah Gets His Tower With Supreme Court Refusal to Hear Appeal

Santa Ana developer Mike Harrah now has the final green light needed to move forward on the development of his 37-story monolith with the rejection of an appeal of the lawsuit filed by activists to stop the One Broadway Plaza project.

The City Council in 2010 voted to trample the will of the voters and approve a modification to the developer agreement which allowed Harrah to skip past the requirement that he have 50% of his proposed tower leased out before development. That requirement was specified in the initiative placed on the ballot by Harrah and approved by voters allowing the development to move forward. Due to a cleaver writing of the initiative, the legal language of the initiative did not specify that the developer agreement was covered by the vote.

Claudia Alvarez

Santa Ana Councilwoman Claudia Alvarez (Photo: Chris Prevatt)

The approval happened because Mayor Pro Tem Claudia Alvarez was allowed by then City Attorney James Fletcher allowed Alvarez to skirt city regulations prohibiting her from voting since she had accepted campaign contributions from interested parties within one year prior to her vote. Fletcher determined that contributions from the leasing agents for the project were not covered by the law.

The Voice of OC has more on the decision here.

  6 comments for “Harrah Gets His Tower With Supreme Court Refusal to Hear Appeal

  1. Repulsed
    February 23, 2012 at 8:08 am

    OMG What a riot, Harrahs quote at VOC about God’s work! Really REALLY! all he needs is a picture of himself, surrounded by children and holding a basket of puppies, in front of that classic drawing of only six floors of his shrine to his phallus

  2. Where's my bike?
    February 23, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    I hope nobody stoled the blueprints.

  3. SAGirl
    February 24, 2012 at 7:46 am

    When did Harrah become a man of GOD??? Such a joke that he is building this in the “name of the lord”

  4. Steve
    February 24, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    I somehow doubt that building could be a shrine to Harrah’s phallus. If that was the case, there’s no way it would be 37 stories.

    And the big truck he drives? Yeah. You get the picture.

  5. junior
    February 25, 2012 at 6:20 am

    Will someone please come up with a photoshop of Harrah as Moses laying down the law?

  6. February 27, 2012 at 10:31 am

    The real vilans in this fraud are the corrupt santa ana city council who have a conflict of interest and brazenly ignore the law- just like the City of Bell

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