A broad coalition of elected and local Democrats and labor groups are coming out in strong support to urge the Anaheim City Council to approve an agreement that would extend an existing tax policy in Anaheim for another 30 years. In exchange, Disney will invest a minimum of $1 Billion for a third major expansion of the Disneyland Resort.
During public comments at tonight’s council meeting, we expect to see Labor leaders urge the council to adopt the deal. And given Mayor Tait’s terrible record with unions on city contracts, it’s going to be interesting to watch.
For LA/OC’s building trades, the proposed $1 billion expansion by Disney in the Anaheim Resort means thousands of good jobs at good wages for workers here in Orange County instead of trekking to the far reaches of Southern California.
The Liberal OC has learned that both the Anaheim Fire Association and Anaheim Police Association have come out in support of the proposed Entertainment Tax Policy because as the Resort grows, tax revenue derived from guests will go to the City’s General fund, helping Anaheim cover it’s wage and pension obligations for public safety workers.
There’s no breakdown on the types of jobs that will be created by Disney’s proposed expansion, but construction jobs almost always are above living wage guidelines. Disney’s not perfect, as their recent outsourcing of IT jobs goes, but there are a few thousand permanent jobs that will be created from their expansion that will cross the spectrum of compensation from generous to entry level.
While there are some loud voices on the right, Mayor Tait — who supported the original 1996 agreement — and CATER president Cynthia Ward are against the plan as is Dr. Jose Moreno on the left. But some Democrats are speaking up and making their voice heard in support of the deal.
Democratic leadership for this agreement includes Assemblyman Tom Daly, who was also Mayor of Anaheim when the original agreement was passed nearly 20 years ago. Others include: OUSD Trustee Diane Quezada-Singer, ACSD Trustee DR Heywood, Centralia School Board member Connor Trout, Anaheim Planning Commissioners Bill Dalati, Mitch Caldwell, Grant Henninger, and Michelle Lieberman, retired Anaheim school teachers and community leaders Alden and Linda Esping to name a few.
While an entertainment tax would add to Anaheim’s coffers, it’s an admission tax that Disney or any other provider won’t pay — customers will. A greater economic benefit for the city and its residents ate good jobs at good wages that help Anaheim’s working families gain a higher standard of living while adding to the local economy in significantly greater ways.